The News from Four Quarters

 NewsLogoBuilding, planting and planning. Sharing ceremony and good, home raised food.
Oddities in the weather and how the orchard did.
Observations on the Global Crisis.
Earth Spirit and Earth Living.
These are all parts of the News from Four Quarters.    Enjoy.  

May 17, 2022

Beltaine 2022
By Carrie Krystek

Beautiful Maypole Day Beth 1200x800Ready to dance The Maypole on a glorious Spring Day.

Beltaine at Four Quarters was a joyous celebration of Spring! The day was bright and pleasant, the flowers and ribbons were beautiful, as were the many brilliant smiles everywhere.

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The last of winter said good-bye just a week prior by dumping 4 inches of snow; Saturday’s gentle sunshine as the Maypole was danced was very welcome after the crisp nights. Watching the Maypole go up against the budding and blossoming trees was a sight to behold…it’s exciting to start a new year of camping season!

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February 1, 2022

The 2022 Wheel of the Year Calendar
By Orren Whiddon & Kurt Griffith

WOTYPromo2022 01 NoTextt2 Some of the processes that goes into the Wheel of the Year, available Winter 2022.

A reminder as we fast approach press and publication of the 2022 Wheel of the Year Calendar! In the 2020 onslaught of Covid we printed a simple Black and White calendar on our office printer, mailed out to just our Members. In 2021 we were able to again professionally print our color covered calendar, but we did not ship to our over 3,000 prisoner subscribers.
    We are so pleased that this year we are back to a full print run of 10-12,000 copies! Thank You, each and every person who made the trip out to visit Four Quarters in 2021, for whatever reason. Your support made this financial commitment possible!

    And a bit of a reminder. We keep people on the mailing list for 3 years after their last visit or mailing request. So if we have not heard from you since 2018, you will miss this years calendar.
    Just click this link to renew your subscription to the calendar mailing list and we will send you the 2022 Wheel of the Year, hot off the press.

     We also have our single-page, downloadable Calendar-at-A-Glance available for browsing or download. Over the coming weeks we are digging into the process of updating our events and registration pages. We look forward to seeing you on the Land in the coming season.

Click Here to Request a copy of the 2022 Wheel of the Year Calendar

October 4, 2021

Stones Rising 2021

Griffith SR21 9160 1200 The New Stone gets under way; ropes, rollers, muscle and sweat. Stones Rising 2021.

By Orren Whiddon

On the Wednesday before Stones Rising, the leavings of Hurricane Ida swirled overhead, giving us 4-5 inches of rainfall through the day. We were in the Southern arc of this watery transect; lands North of us received much more rainfall and we felt lucky. I was surprised that the river rose, and rose... and rose again, for what seemed like a not extraordinary amount of rain. By mid-day Wednesday it was clear the river would breach its banks, and soon we had water in the North Crook, at the base of the Lower Shower House, and through the southern half of the Big Bottom. Sweat Lodge Inipi saw almost a foot. Over in New Camp the Wet Meadow was flooded, earning its name. And just as fast as the river rose up, it receded. By Thursday morning we had clear blue skies and everywhere the river was back in its banks. It was enough water to clear the ground of forest debris and deposit a fine layer of silt everywhere. And so riverbanks are made and the bottom lands renewed. As the old farmers say: If you have rich bottom land, don't complain when it floods!

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September 11, 2021

Stones Rising: A life changing event

Griffith SR21 9269 800 Through the Mother Stone. Welcome to the commiunity. Stones Rising 2021

Once again in the Stones I am reborn. Returning back for Stones Rising was one of the easiest decisions I'd made this last year. Since finding Four Quarters and attending my first event, my life has been permanently altered. 

Last year I was in a dark place. Between jobs, relationships and a home I didn't have much to look forward to. What originally started as a getaway week with my best friend quickly spiraled out of control as life didn't seem to want either of us to go. Tickets in hand but no car of my own, the trip didn't seem like I was going to happen.

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October 24, 2021

A Lil Dub Moon Service
By Orren Whiddon

      A Wiccan Circle Ceremony 
       for the attendees of The Little Dub Family Reunion, October 1-3, 2021.

             An Invocation of Demeter - The Divine Mother
                Hosted by Pamela Alexander and Orren Whiddon   

Gather1 We begin as the people gather outside the Stone Circle. To share our intent and provide a hint of what is to come.

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November 4, 2021

By Etain Preston

          Halloween. A delicious word filled with connotations of pumpkins and costumes, spooky movies, parties, and riotous fun. Over the years in pre-covid years I have spent time and expense jet-setting around between Witches Balls; the Elms Mansion in New Orleans, the Hawthorne in Salem.
           And while the glitz and glam has its allure, it is the older, more poignant and meaningful Samhain which draws me to Four Quarters.

BlessMeal We begin Friday evening with a shared meal.

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August 30, 2021

Stones Rising Tropical Storm Ida Update

Hurricane Ida Eye Path Projection - Accuweather 30 Aug 2021 Forecast Eye Path of Hurricae Ida, Projected Tropical Depression by the time it reached our region. Map - 30 Aug 2021.

While we are preparing for this years Stones Rising the remnants of Hurricane Ida will be swirling overhead. No worries, we have worked with hurricanes before!

Best predictions are for TORRENTIAL RAINS of at least four inches here at Four Quarters on Wednesday, then breaking rapidly for clear sky's and dry, sunny weather thereafter, simply perfect weather for a Rising.

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Projected impacts of Ida remmants into the Northeast. We expect drenching rainfaill for Wednesday. Map - 30 Aug 2021.

But the changing weather brings with it changing plans for our schedule. Our experience is that with four inches of rain in one day there is no way to keep our foundations and equipment from becoming water logged, so we are moving all of our preparation work until after the Wednesday deluge. We have rescheduled our concrete delivery for Friday afternoon, leaving precious little time to dig the foundations, form up the pour and attend to all of the other many details that usually take place during the week.

We have worked with tight schedules before, and it does add spice and meaning to what this great work is about. Bring your boot and gloves, and get dirty with us!

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