The Give Away !

Stones Rising XXX: 2024

Celebrating our 30th year anniversary!

The Roots of The Rising: A Homecoming

All Registration Fees are waived !

All Meals are included !

Wednesday, August 28th - Monday, September 2nd, 2024
Sunday, September 1st - The Rising!

The Circle of Standing Stones

is the beating heart of Four Quarters.

Join Us in the Great Work

Gather, Labor Together, Build a Circle for Yourselves and those not yet Born.

We raise Stones the old way

...the hard way, with ropes, rollers, and people. A Work of years, Stone by Stone.

We build it together as a Community

growing the Stone Circle and our Interfaith Sanctuary

We celebrate a Ceremony of Ceremonies

a multi-day matrix of ceremony, service, and celebration of the Divine, the Land, and the People

Share in the magic of the Standing Stones

Six days of transformative Ceremonies and Pathways of Service.

The Stone Circle is here for All

We welcome new ones to the community through the Mother Stone.

There is a place for you at Stones Rising

Only you can make that place your own; Step up and Serve.

The Pathways of Service

By giving Service to the Stones, you become an integral part of the ceremonial whole

A deep wellspring of commitment

to the Land and People, a diverse community of Spirit

The Stones are Calling You...

Join us at Stones Rising and Raise Stones!

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Registration Information: Stones Rising Registration/RSVP

Please RSVP through our shopping cart. 
We need to know what day you will arrive
so that we can provide our communities meals.

Membership Privileges Apply. Children under 16 are loved, cherished and FREE.

Sharing a Weekend of Community: Ceremony, Celebration and Purpose
Daily Meditative Rituals, Evening Ceremonies, Sweat Lodge, Fire Circle... and Working with the Stones!
Sharing our food is key to our sharing of community - all meals are included in your registration.

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A Work of Years... Stone by Stone

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    Almost every indigenous culture celebrates the Ceremony of the Giveaway.
  
The Giveaway happens when we have been so fortunate, so blessed that our lives, our hands, and our hearts spill over with gratitude for the many blessings that life has showered upon us. This outpouring of gratitude is the catalyst for the Giveaway. We have a deep-seated need to share our blessings. They wash over us is so many, many ways.

    For thirty years, despite many challenges, we have stood together in Circle at Four Quarters and raised the Standing Stones. And against all odds, and by paths we could have never imagined, we have stood the test of time.
    We began with almost nothing but a drive to set The Land aside as a Non-Profit Sanctuary of Earth Religion. With mud roads and a mountain of debt, brutally hard physical work and functional poverty... we persevered.  Over three decades we expanded the church owned Land and paid off the mortgages. We set Pennsylvania law in recognizing raw, natural land as the walls and roof of Our Church. We grew, we built, we made ceremony.

    Can it be that the first Sweat Lodge was poured thirty years ago alongside the river? And will that Traditional Elder be with us for this 30th Rising? Can it be that the woman who first cast a Wiccan Circle will be with us as she passes her 96th year? That our Madrina of Afro-Carribean tradition will call the Orisha as she did 25 years ago? Can it be that we were so impossibly young three decades ago, and still we work the magic together here on The Land? And with aching joints, white hair and failing health some of us wonder how much longer will our aging bodies persevere as the decades continue to flow past?

    The Giveaway is the Ceremony of Gratitude made solid. Made tangible. It is the offering of our open Home, Heart, and Hearth. This Stones Rising is open to all who would come in good faith to share in our bounty, to share in our Ceremony, Celebration, and Sacrifice.
    Our chalice overflows, and it is only right that the bounty of the Land, the fruits of many hands over many years come full circle to benefit and bless us each and every one.

    The Stones always have a gift for those who seek them in good heart, but this year, the Stones ARE the Heart of the Gift.
    So come, let us make a welcome together, let us eat together, let us work together. As it all flows from the One Source of Blessings, flowing in and out of our open hands.
     Raise Stones with us. Break Bread with us. Stand with us in Circle and raise your song to the Sun and Stars on high. Let our gratitude wash over us. Let us accept the gift.
    Welcome to Stones Rising. Welcome Home.

(For the 30th Stones Rising we need only the RSVP of your day of arrival so that we may plan our shared meals. All costs are borne by Four Quarters InterFaith)

Four Quarters
 is an Interfaith Sanctuary: a place of Spirit, allowing all the opportunity to Seek, Evolve and Grow as they would wish. The heart of our Sanctuary is the Circle of Standing Stones, begun 30 years ago when a single Stone was raised to inspire those that would come after. Follow in their Footsteps, Gather, Labor Together, Build a Circle for Yourselves and those not yet Born.

Stones Rising is a six-day intentional community, where all actions are done with the purpose of furthering the growth of the Stone Circle, our Interfaith Sanctuary, and the far-flung greater community of Members and Guests. It is a deep wellspring of our commitment to the Land, our Church and our Community. Each ritual is a step along the way, and from Wednesday evening to Monday noon we recognize that all Service is Sacred.

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The Roots of the Rising: A Homecoming

At the heart of Four Quarters is the Stone Circle; it is the center around which all else revolves. And the rhythm of that heart is the pull and pulse of Stones Rising; its power, passion, and people.

The layers of ceremony lay thick upon the hill crowned by the Stones; you can almost see all the circles cast there, like the rings in an old tree. You can feel the palpable frisson left behind by countless ceremonies and rituals. The air is different, perceptions wheel and shift. And it all unfolded from that first Stones Rising in 1995.

This year will be the thirtieth time we have gathered to raise Our Stones and Our Spirit together. There will be many people on the ropes who were not born when the first Stone was raised...another generation. We see babes who passed through The Mother Stone coming back as Mothers with their own babes in arms...to pass them through, from the outside of the Circle, into loving welcoming arms and the acclaim of the People. And that generation are now having babies...so we are seeing the third generation passing through the Mother Stone in joyful celebration.

We will celebrate the rich history of the Stones and the Stone People, and, at the same time, explore the megalithic impulse throughout history – from furthest pre-history to our own efforts on Rising Day. We will explore the ancient and Neolithic ways of raising Stones – our source and inspiration. We want to stand in ceremony, honoring the raising of the Stones, the seasons of the Earth.

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Gobekli Tepe in Anatolia, Turkey is believed to be 9,000-12,000 years old.
The Calanais Stones in the Outer Hebrides are believed to be close to 5,000 years old, and pre-date Stonehenge and the Egyptian pyramids.
Stonehenge was constructed in phases starting 5100 to 3600 years ago.

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No one person can say why our first ancient ancestors raised the first stone...nor can any person today say why we gather every Labor Day to join our hearts, minds, and hands to raise Stones now. That answer is as varied as the people who come together to embark on this sacred journey.

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Stones Rising is a participatory ceremonial event; everyone is asked to offer their Service throughout the event. There are many ways to serve: working with the Stone People to prepare the Stones; tending to the Sacred Sites, Altars and inspirational places on the Land; assisting in the Kitchen; helping with Ceremonial preparations, and many more. We encourage people to be part of ceremonies; if you feel you can help, please do so! We hope to see everyone together in Ceremony and Service...

Planning sessions for each day's work will be held after Brunch and Dinner.
Please join us and discover the Sacred Celebration that is Service to the Community!

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  Stones Rising Registration/RSVP
All costs are borne by Four Quarters

Membership Privileges Apply. Children under 16 are loved and cherished.
Or call the office at 814-784-3080 with your questions or to RSVP / register.
Late Registrations, CALL US! Handicapped, Special Circumstances? CALL US!

Sunday is The Rising: a Sunday day-trip is free...
to Raise A Stone and Share Our Feast. Please... join us!

Sharing Food is Sharing Community!
All meals from Wednesday Dinner to Monday Brunch are included!
Wednesday - Dinner; Thursday-Friday-Saturday - Brunch & Dinner;
Sunday: Loaves of the Corn Mother, Sacral Foods, 
and The Feast of The Standing Stones

Monday - Brunch

We can accommodate vegetarian and gluten free, let us know when you register.
Our meals are hearty and all-you-can-eat, but do bring high energy snacks for in-between times!
Donations for meals are welcome; $10 per meal covers costs.


You are welcome to arrive before Wednesday and stay later than Monday.
              - Early In and Late Out camping is $10 a night for Members and $15 a night for non-members.

In-Camp Car Camping Permits are $15 each. (Your vehicle must remain stationary)
In-Camp Car Parking Passes are $25 and very limited. (You may enter and leave camp with your vehicle.)
Unlimited free Main Parking.   RV hook-ups, contact our office.

Handicapped? Please contact us for your free In-Camp parking pass.

Lodging at Four Quarters has been reserved for Elders.
We can reccomend:

Local Lodging
     Town Hill Bed & Breakfast 301-478-2794 
A beautiful 100 year old B+B, 3 miles from Four Quarters.
     Buck Valley Ranch 717-294-3759

Our friends Leon and Nadine operate this B+B in a nice old farmhouse with riding stables, just 1 mile from Four Quarters. It's where we get the horse compost for our garden.
      Sleep Inn & Suites in Clear Spring, MD 301-842-0290 
15 minutes from Hancock.
     Creekside Resort & Ranch  814.784.0062    
Cabins to sleep a large ngroup, 3 mies from 4QF.
       
Lodging in Hancock MD
    Super 8 Hancock 301-678-6101
Plain vanilla, reasonably priced. A 15-minute drive.
    Hancock Budget Motel 301-678-7351
Comparable to the Comfort Inn.
    Hancock Hotel 301-678-6108
A little more upscale, AAA rated.
     And more hotels than we can count in Breezewood, PA and Cumberland MD.

 
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The Stone Circle is the Heart of Four Quarters.

It is a work of years, and each year we gather at Stones Rising to Celebrate and continue that Work.

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Though it is a group experience, Stones Rising moves every person in a different way. For some it is the opportunity to unplug: to serenely walk the Labyrinth; to contemplate the misty mountains in the early morning; or immerse themselves in the magic of the creek. For others it is the expectation of meeting new people—people who will go from being strangers to family in only a few short days. But for all of us Stones Rising is the opportunity to do something that matters—something that will last far longer than any of us will. It is the opportunity to continue the creation of sacred space as we raise megaliths with our brothers and sisters.

The Circle's story is not just about the Stones: it is overlaid with personal histories, with hundreds of stories and memories and milestones. You will often see people laying their hands on the Stones. They might tell you that this is the first Stone they helped raise, or how it was raised in the rain, or how the rope broke. They might tell you about how this Stone took all day to pull, prompting you to remark, “It's so small compared to the others!” The other person will smile and say that the Stones have minds of their own. They might tell you of the year that their baby was passed through the Mother Stone during the Baby Blessing, and of the people who were there who no longer come to the Farm. And with each year, the Circle's history grows richer.

Dreema in the Stone CircleNo membership or specific faith binds us. What binds us is a belief in the value of this world, this life, and the humanity we all share. Can you help raise Stones if you're not a Four Quarters member? If your path is spiritual path is solitary and unique? If you have never set foot on the Land before? Can YOU help raise Stones? YES!

We raise Stones the old way, the hard way, with Ropes, Rollers,...and People. It could be done so much more easily, with so much less sweat and strain, if we would just use heavy construction equipment. But what would be the point? Machines are not important: It is the hands and hearts of the people who move and raise the Stones that is important.

When we raise Stones together, we have the opportunity to take a moment and think about the Sanctuary we are creating. In the interval between one Stones Rising and the next, we have time to appreciate that what we are doing is Holy Work. It is the work of creating Connections between all of us regardless of how different our spiritual paths may be.

                And we'll all stand together and we'll Raise another Stone,
                                     To the Seventh Generation and the Children Yet Unknown!

Service, Ceremony, Celebration - Our 30th Year of Raising Stones!

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Accompanied by witnesses, the Stone Movers lean into the ropes to bring a new Stone into the Stone Circle.

Building the North Copse

At Stones Rising 2024 we will continue the construction of the North Copse section of the Stone Circle, which begin at Stones Rising 2019. 

And what is the North Copse you ask? With The Great North Stone as its northernmost minor axis, the Copse is a 45'x30' ellipse set with the stones almost touching. Intended to create a Sanctuary within a Sanctuary, very much in keeping with the "Fore Courts" associated with British neolithic long barrows.

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In order to follow the very tight curves of such a small ellipse, we need stones no wider than 4 feet, and hopefully in the 12 foot range in height, and all of the same beige colored sandstone of The Great North Stone. Such stones are not easy to find, even when the good folks at the quarry are setting their blasting charges just for us. 
     In a bit of luck, in 2018 we found a wonderful slab that had a natural bedding plane running lengthwise with the rock. In the spring of 2019, the quarry staff set upon that slab with wedges and gently coaxed the flaw into a full split, creating two mirror image book-matched slabs of stone, whose faces are actually the interior surfaces of the previous whole slab. And as luck would have it the irregular outlines of the two slabs almost perfectly match the shoulders of the Great North Stone.
   We cut two other slabs that flanked these book-matched stones, their final trim and dressing done during Stones Rising 2019...which added to the very challenging task ahead. The space within the copse is very tight, and our intention was to set these stones no more than a hands-width apart. Careful planning was called for, the rigging complicated, and we needed everyone in boots and gloves... no bystanders allowed!...to perform the delicate work.

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We think the results of our efforts came out very well... actually quite spectacular. We expect to continue the work on the pearl of the string of the North Copse at Stones Rising 2024...will you bring us your sweat, good hands and hearts, and your witness? Join us!


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You've seen the Stone Circle and you've danced with the Standing Stones. Four Quarters wants you to be a part of building the Circle too!

     We raise the Stones Sunday, September 4th; Labor Day Weekend. We make Ceremony, raise the Stones and share a great Feast together, prepared by The Starvin' Artist Kitchen.

      Please feel welcome on the Land as we raise up Stones! Traditionally we don't charge for Sunday arrivals; but we do ask for a telephone RSVP and whatever donation you care to give, so that we can plan for the Feast.

     Please let us know if you plan to attend; contact the Office at 814-784-3080 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.