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Posted 1/15/2019 9:02pm by Sally Voris .

  

On a recent morning, I woke to sunlight, snow and silence. Then I began sharing stories with a close friend.  This is the gift of the midwinter season on a farm, and I invite you to treat yourself to an overnight retreat. This space offers shelter, clarity and grounding from the chaos that swirls around us now. We have a mid-week special--three consecutive night for a reduced rate or single nights and most weekends through airbnb.  

Our next Women's Circle will be on Saturday, February 2 from 10:30 to 3:30 p.m. at the Retreat House, 4234 Ruggles Road.  We meet eight times a year to honor the seasons of the year and the seasons of our lives. The events include a seasonal ritual, a time of sharing, an art activity and a shared meal. (Bring food to share.)  Cost for participant: $25; first-timer, $15.00. Register here.

 We are also making the Retreat House available for overnight stays for up to four women on Friday night, February 1 and Saturday night, February 2, so those coming from a distance can spend a night away and really relax in the quiet of the country. Please call 410-756-9303 or e-mail sally@whiterosefarm.com for more information or to reserve your space on these nights.   

GLOBAL SISTERHOOD GATHERING: Our next gathering will be on Monday, February 4 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. at the Retreat House, 4234 Ruggles Road, Taneytown.  We will lead a program based on materials from the Global Sisterhood. The event is free and we collect donations to support women refugees.  RSVP.

May we center ourselves in the silence and prepare for spring and new growth. 

Sally  

 

 

 





    TANEYTOWN, MARYLAND                                                                                                    WWW.WHITEROSEFARM.COM

 

Posted 1/1/2019 7:35pm by Sally Voris .

  

 

What do you raise on your farm? The question came from a colleague I had known in another chapter in my life. Dare I say out loud that I cultivate pregnant space--space where we can express ourselves and ask questions without knowing what the answers will be, where we can connect with nature and be transformed in the process, where we can create community events that bring us together. A place of forming, becoming, blossoming...

So it seems most appropriate that our first program of the new year will be:  

GLOBAL SISTERHOOD GATHERING: Our next gathering will be on Saturday, January 5 from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. at the Retreat House, 4234 Ruggles Road, Taneytown.  Renee Deiaco will lead the program with the  theme: Her Revolution: I prioritize my soul's needs. The event is free and we collect donations to support women refugees.  RSVP.

We have planned this event for the afternoon so that our elderly friends who cannot drive at night can join us. Participants are welcome to stay for tea and conversation. (Please feel free to bring light refreshments to share.) 

RETREAT HOUSE AVAILABLE: We are also making the Retreat House available for overnight stays for up to four women on both Friday night, January 4 and Saturday night, January 5 to give women a chance to steep themselves in the quiet of the country for a soul's retreat! Please call 410-756-9303 or e-mail sally@whiterosefarm.com for more information or to reserve your space!(The Retreat House is available at other times through airbnb.  

May we find our and follow our heart's path! Happy New Year!

Sally  

 

 

 





    TANEYTOWN, MARYLAND                                                                                                    WWW.WHITEROSEFARM.COM

 

Posted 12/13/2018 9:03am by Sally Voris .

  

Our next Women's Circle will be on Saturday, December 15 from 10:30 to 3:30 p.m. at the farmhouse. We meet eight times a year to honor the seasons of the year and the seasons of our lives. The events include a seasonal ritual, a time of sharing, an art activity and a shared meal. (Bring food to share.)  Cost for participant: $25; first-timer, $15.00. Register here.

Come for Retreat at our Retreat House: it is available for single nights and weekends through airbnb. We are now offering a mid-week 3-day special.  

Finally, Hazel has returned pregnant! Her calf is due at the end of January. Our thanks to Leah Mack at whose farm, Hazel and Daisy spent the summer with a virile bull. Now both heifers are pregnant. We are seeking a new home for Daisy, a Jersey born on this farm and weaned at five months from her mother, Buttercup. Daisy will be advertised on Craig's list shortly. Interested? Let me know. Thanks.  

May we share our joy with others as winter approaches.

Warmly,

Sally 

 

 

 

 

 





    TANEYTOWN, MARYLAND                                                                                                    WWW.WHITEROSEFARM.COM

 

Posted 12/4/2018 3:19pm by Sally Voris .

  

The farm will host the next Global Sisterhood gathering on Friday,  December 7, from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. at the farmhouse. The theme will be: Vibrant Gratitude: I am passionately alive and courageously reclaiming joy.! The event is free and open to women in our wider circle: it is one of many held all over the world. We collect donations to support women refugees. Register here.

Our next Women's Circle will be on Saturday, December 15 from 10:30 to 3:30 p.m. at the farmhouse. We meet eight times a year to honor the seasons of the year and the seasons of our lives. The events include a seasonal ritual, a time of sharing, an art activity and a shared meal. (Bring food to share.)  Cost for participant: $25; first-timer, $15.00. Register here.

Come for Retreat at our Retreat House: it is available for single nights and weekends through airbnb. We are now offering a mid-week 3-day special.  

Finally, Hazel has returned pregnant! Her calf is due at the end of January. Our thanks to Leah Mack at whose farm, Hazel and Daisy spent the summer with a virile bull. Now both heifers are pregnant. We are seeking a new home for Daisy, a Jersey born on this farm and weaned at five months from her mother, Buttercup. Daisy will be advertised on Craig's list shortly. Interested? Let me know. Thanks.  

May we share our joy with others as winter approaches.

Warmly,

Sally 

 

 

 

 

 





    TANEYTOWN, MARYLAND                                                                                                    WWW.WHITEROSEFARM.COM

 

Posted 11/21/2018 6:44pm by Sally Voris .

This spring, I bought six poults on a whim for half-price at the local hardware store. Now families will feast on two birds at Thanksgiving, ending a season rich with experience and emotion.

“Gobble doesn't do the sound justice,” a visitor said on Sunday. I agreed. For me, a gobbler is like an Italian tenos striding across the stage, clothed in silks of iridescent bronze, with stripes of green and copper, full-throated, deep-chested. He calls exuberantly, “ I am so here for you, my darling! I want to share my love of life!Come to me! Answer me and I will come to you! ”

No hens have come. The two Toms have stayed behind fencing close to where visitors park their cars. They have strutted for months, their snoods lengthening and turning bright red. They expand their chests, puff out their feathers, drop their wing feathers and circle as they open their tail feathers into a full fan. Their entire chest quivers as they create a deep drumming sound. Some visitors call back to them and they respond. Often they gobble if someone laughs heartily or if a car door opens. Everyone has marveled at these handsome birds.

When they arrived, each bird filled a hand, no more. A reticent young man arrived to begin a summer job placement. Every week, I challenged him with new experiences. When the poults had to be moved from a heated box, I herded them into its corner with a board. “Grab them,” I insisted. He hesitated as they fluttered up the side of the box, then he reached in to get them. A month later, he grabbed the birds and held them down while I trimmed their wing feathers to keep them from roosting in trees.

They grazed in an area behind the barn. Then we noticed that birds were disappearing during the day: one, two, three, four birds. A friend saw the rump of a large brown cat in dense brush at the top of our pond. The cat probably roamed through the wild brush close to this area, climbed the limb of a willow, dropped into the pasture, nabbed the birds and left.

So he drove the Toms into large cages and we took them to the old goat house in the center of an open pasture. We encircled the area with portable poultry fencing. I shooed them in every night; he cleaned the shelter once a week. “It's going to seem awfully quiet without them,” he said two weeks ago.

Mid-summer, an intense thirty-something woman began volunteering at the farm. She had moved back home after exhausting herself in a high-pressured corporate job. “I need to find myself again,” she acknowledged. She saw the turkeys and asked if she could butcher one; she wanted to learn to raise her own animals. She named him Eddie, after her worst boss, and every time she went to see the bird, she curled a snarl, both tender and hurt, as she called him by name, “Eddie!” and planned to serve him for Thanksgiving. Over the summer, she began working for local butchers; she learned that she had a special gift for calming the animals just before they die. By fall, she was processing birds.

For months, she and I watched my gander spend his days close to the turkeys. He lost his mate this spring to a fox. This woman searched to find a goose for the gander so that when the turkeys left, he would not be alone. “That would have been the hardest,” she said. Her father delivered a lovely gray goose last Wednesday. I lifted her out of the cage and set her close to the gander. We watched anxiously: he preened; she preened. Soon, they had become a happy pair.

A friend, a hunter, arrived before dawn on Monday to help me load these 40-pound birds into cages and into my full-sized truck. We drank in the fresh morning air and marveled as the first colors appeared in the Eastern sky. I ached with emotion. ” Is it hard for you too?” “Yes,” he said simply. “I practice so that I can shoot cleanly. I thank the animal and I eat all the meat.” He described becoming quiet in the woods and noticing how the light changed moment by moment. “ I have so many pictures on my phone from my times in the woods,” he added, waving his cell phone in the air.

Then I drove the birds to a local butcher where the young woman now works. “Lovingly harvested; lovingly raised. The whole thing is so special!” she exclaimed. Yes, it has been.

Each of us has stepped beyond our comfortable boundaries to a place where soul learning can take place. I came to love these birds, yet I chose to have them butchered rather than keeping them confined over the winter. Was it easy? No! But is it real? Yes, so real, this place where joy and sorrow, life and death, past and future, self and other meet. All can be respected, even celebrated. What a rich harvest these turkeys have provided for our senses and our souls!

May we now honor our splendid brothers as we sit down for the Thanksgiving meal.

 

 

Posted 11/4/2018 9:29pm by Sally Voris .

  

White Rose Farm Circle hosted a Drum Circle to Honor the Ancestors on Saturday, November 3. Jaqui MacMillan of Drum for Joy! led the drumming. Her personal story and the stories of others intertwined to create a deeply moving experience. Thank  you, Jaqui! 

We will host a Global Sisterhood gathering on Wednesday, November 7, from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. at the farmhouse. The theme will be: Sacred Sexuality: I honor my creativity, my power, and my passion.  The event is free and open to women in our wider circle. We collect donations to support women refugees. Register here.

May we support each other as winter approaches. 

Sally 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 





    TANEYTOWN, MARYLAND                                                                                                    WWW.WHITEROSEFARM.COM

 

Posted 11/2/2018 4:29pm by Sally Voris .

  

White Rose Farm Circle is sponsoring its last seasonal event of the year: 

A Drum Circle to Honor the Ancestors on Saturday, November 3, from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. Jaqui MacMillan of Drum for Joy! will facilitate a drum circle to remember loved ones--people and pets. She has been teaching private lessons, leading workshops and drum circles for over 20 years.

The evening will start at 6:00 p.m. with a potluck for circle members(30-trial memberships are available for $5.) Then we will decorate a temporary community altar with photos, flowers, food, mementos, etc. Drumming will start at 7:30 p.m.  Children 12 and over are welcome. Register here or download a flyer hereCost: $10/12 Adult; $8/10 child; $25/30 family (Online/at the door)

This event has been deeply meaningful to participants in years past. It  promises to offer that experience again.

Please note: The weather report is calling for lows in the 40's. Dress warm; bring blankets and wear comfortable shoes or boots--the ground may be very wet. 

Hope to see you!  

Sally 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 





    TANEYTOWN, MARYLAND                                                                                                    WWW.WHITEROSEFARM.COM

 

Posted 10/28/2018 9:02pm by Sally Voris .

  

White Rose Farm Circle is sponsoring A Drum Circle to Honor the Ancestors on Saturday, November 3, from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. Jaqui MacMillan of Drum for Joy! will facilitate a drum circle to remember loved ones--people and pets. She has been teaching private lessons, leading workshops and drum circles for over 20 years.

The evening will start at 6:00 p.m. with a potluck for circle members(30-trial memberships are available for $5.) Then we will decorate a temporary community altar with photos, flowers, food, mementos, etc. to honor our loved ones. 

Drumming will start at 7:30 p.m.  Children 12 and over are welcome. Bring a drum if you have one. We will have extra. Dress warmly; the event will be in the barn.

Register here or download a flyer hereCost: $10/12 Adult; $8/10 child; $25/30 family (Online/at the door)

May we feel connected with those who have come before....

Sally 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 





    TANEYTOWN, MARYLAND                                                                                                    WWW.WHITEROSEFARM.COM

 

Posted 10/24/2018 9:20pm by Sally Voris .

  

White Rose Farm Circle is sponsoring its last seasonal event of the year: 

A Drum Circle to Honor the Ancestors on Saturday, November 3, from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. Jaqui MacMillan of Drum for Joy! will facilitate a drum circle to remember loved ones--people and pets. She has been teaching private lessons, leading workshops and drum circles for over 20 years.

The evening will start at 6:00 p.m. with a potluck for circle members(30-trial memberships are available for $5.) Then we will decorate a temporary community altar with photos, flowers, food, mementos, etc. Drumming will start at 7:30 p.m.  Children 12 and over are welcome. Register here or download a flyer hereCost: $10/12 Adult; $8/10 child; $25/30 family (Online/at the door)

Our next Women's Circle will be on Saturday, October 27 from 10:30 to 3:30 p.m. at the farmhouse. We meet eight times a year to honor the seasons of the year and the seasons of our lives. The events include a seasonal ritual, a time of sharing, an art activity and a shared meal. (Bring food to share.)  Cost for participant: $25; first-timer, $15.00. Register here.

In addition, we will have a Global Sisterhood gathering on Wednesday, November 7, from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. at the farmhouse. The theme will be: Sacred Sexuality: I honor my creativity, my power, and my passion.  The event is free and open to women in our wider circle. We collect donations to support women refugees. Register here.

May we support each other as winter approaches. 

Sally 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 





    TANEYTOWN, MARYLAND                                                                                                    WWW.WHITEROSEFARM.COM

 

Posted 10/14/2018 9:16pm by Sally Voris .

  

 

 

On Saturday night, Kim Forry called line, circle and square dancing in the chestnut barn at the farm to the music of Back Step Cindy. Imagine a cool crisp night, a star-filled sky, hot-mulled cider, home-baked cookies, fire in the fire circle and over 50 donations to our Silent Auction. An unforgettable evening!  

Our special thanks to The Piedmont Grouphttps://tpgins.net,  a corporate sponsor for the barn dance and the company that has insured the barn and the farm for some ten years.     

Mid-October is the perfect time for a Barn Dance; early November the perfect time for a Drum Circle to Honor the Ancestors. Jaqui MacMillan of Drum for Joy will lead this drum circle on Saturday, November 3 starting at 7:30 p.m. in the  barn. We will host a potluck for circle members (It is easy and reasonable to become a trial member) starting at 6:00 p.m. Bring pictures, mementos, favorite foods and stories of loved ones you want to remember--ancestors, favorite pets, and leaders--and help us decorate a community altar. Cost is $10/adult;$8/child;  $25/family. Children over 12 are welcome. Register here.  

Our next women's retreat will be Saturday, October 27 from 10:30 to 3:30 p.m.  A  core group of women gather as the seasons change to honor our own natural rhythms and the rhythms of the year. We share our stories, create a seasonal ritual, share food, and engage in an art activity. Bring food to share. Cost? $15 first-timers; $25 for regular attendees. Register here. 

Our next Global sisterhood gathering will be Wednesday, November 7 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the farmhouse, 5009 Teeter Road, Taneytown. The event is free and open to all women in our wider community. We do accept donations to support women refugees around the world. RSVP is helpful, but not required. Register here.

May our hearts be filled by the richness of community! 

 Sally 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 





    TANEYTOWN, MARYLAND                                                                                                    WWW.WHITEROSEFARM.COM

 

Quiet time is starting....

Hazel is back! She is pregnant and due midwinter. Our thanks to Leah Mack, at whose farm Hazel and Daisy spent the summer with a virile bull.  Now we want to find Daisy, a pure-bred Jersey, a new home. She is pregnant and due mid-spring. Interested? Please contact me. Thanks. Sally    

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