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Posted 11/4/2016 5:20pm by Sally Voris .

Four of us gathered today to prepare for our Drum Circle to Honor the Ancestors tomorrow night. We strung lights, set the benches, created a community altar and placed the first mementos there. 

Tomorrow night, Grandmother Michelle Moreau and Paul Thomas, will lead us in honoring our deceased loved ones (family, friends and pets). We will place photos, mementos and/or a small offering of food or flowers on a community altar. We will share stories, dance, sing songs and drum in the Old Chestnut Barn. We will then send offerings into the fire at the fire circle. Snacks will be provided.

All are welcome to bring food to share and percussion instruments to play. Cost: $10/adult; $15 parent and child; $25/family. Space is limited. Register here.

This event helps me remember those I loved, reminds me to live as I want to be remembered and to spend time with those I love. What a fine way to spend an evening! We hope you will join us! Please RSVP if you can.  

Thanks!

Sally Voris, White Rose Farm

www.whiterosefarm.com, 410-756-9303

Posted 10/25/2016 12:06pm by Sally Voris .

Why come to a drum circle to honor the ancestors? What is its relevance now?

In this moment in our culture, when our institutions and social structures are fracturing, we will come together in the spirit of community, to honor our shared humanity and to honor the Earth, from whom we have emerged and to whom we will return. We will leave the world of polls and pundits and return to the roots of our culture: night sky, pregnant earth, stories, song, drum and fire. That world so fills our senses and is so rich in meaning, that it restores our humanity.

Traditional cultures honored the Earth at the change of seasons. They recognized that the cycles of the seasons mirrored the cycles of life. They recognized time halfway between the solstices and equinoxes as significant transitions. (We still recognize Groundhog's Day, May Day and Halloween. Lammas, a High Summer Feast, has been almost forgotten in our modern culture.)

At the end of October, as leaves fall off the trees; life returns to its bare bones: roots and seeds. When those we love die, their ashes or bones return to the Earth. It is the time when many cultures honor their dead: Christians celebrate All Saint's Day; pagans Halloween; Mexicans, the Day of the Dead.

But why is this important? For me, we open to a longer view—a view beyond the politics of the moment. We choose to honor those who came before us—blood ancestors, those who have inspired us; those who have created the world as we know it, pets that we have loved. As we share our stories and songs, we recognize our common ground. We act now knowing that our actions and intentions support the great circle of life. We trust that some day, we, too, will be honored.

This year, Grandmother Michelle Moreau and Paul Thomas are leading our circle. Grandmother Michelle asks you to bring photographs or mementos of your loved ones, as well as flowers or food to share with them.

Paul Thomas, of Samara Healing Center, will lead a drum circle to help us express the rhythms of naure and the cosmos through the voice of the drum. Those drumbeats will reverberate around us in our chestnut barn and down into the Earth, connecting our drumbeats and heart beats with the heartbeat of the Earth. Weather permitting, we will end with a fire circle and send our blessings skyward.

Encouraged by Grandmother Michelle, I made an altar of my own a few weeks ago. I searched the house for just the right mementos, a photograph of mentors, of my Grandmom and my grandparents, a crocheted tablecloth from my aunt, a tea cup and a cobalt blue vase for my mom, homemade bread and jam for my Granny, a bottle of wine just because—and fresh flowers and a candle. I shared my stories of those items with a friend. We both felt closer. I was surprised by how creating the altar of favorite things mellowed me.

If you are not able to join us in person, I invite you to remember your loved ones at this time of year. Light a candle, say a prayer, remember a favorite story, share with a friend, or do what Grandmother Michelle suggests and make an altar of your own for your loved ones, including flowers and food.

Let us know what the experience was like for you, if you choose. And may your journey inside be rich and meaningful as the leaves fall and the cold winds blow....

 

 

Posted 10/21/2016 9:44pm by Sally Voris .

Mark your calendars and plan to come honor your ancestors! 


In this family-oriented event, led by Grandmother Michelle Moreau and Paul Thomas, we will honor our deceased loved ones (family, friends and pets) by placing photos, or mementos and a small offering of food or flowers on a community altar. We will share stories, dance, sing songs and drum in the Old Chestnut Barn. Weather permitting, we will then send offerings into the fire. Snacks will be provided.

All are welcome to bring food to share and percussion instruments to play, if desired. Cost: $10/adult; $15 parent and child; $25/family. Space is limited. Register here. 

Sally Voris, White Rose Farm

www.whiterosefarm.com, 410-756-9303

Posted 10/16/2016 1:02pm by Sally Voris .

There is still a half a hog available for sale as the hogs go to Bullocks in Westminster for butchering tomorrow. I am selling these hogs live weight. I estimate that half of one of these hogs will be about 75 pounds. You should get about 40 pounds of premium pork. 

These are Guinea hogs, a heritage-breed homestead hog that according to one friend is the fourth best tasting hog in the world. A customer who ordered a hog last year concurs! 

We are charging $3.50/pound live weight for the hog. The butcher will charge his own fees, which I estimate at around $50.And the butcher will need to know by Wednesday or so how to cut the meat. 

Interested? Please contact me ASAP!  Thanks. 

 

Sally Voris, White Rose Farm

www.whiterosefarm.com, 410-756-9303

Posted 10/2/2016 3:48pm by Sally Voris .

They sky is clearing and it looks like we will be able to see the stars tonight! 

Sally 

Posted 10/2/2016 12:06pm by Sally Voris .

The sun just peaked out from behind the clouds; the weather report is not calling for more rain until after 9:00 p.m. so we are open to creating an event at the farm this evening. There are potatoes to dig, dirt to turn and animals to tend and feed, We have dry wood, a fire circle and a telescope available.  

Few places are as grounding as a farm, so we offer the farm as a place to get present, grounded and balanced. With the political climate as it is, it might be just what is needed! Come dig potatoes, spend time with the farm animals, share stories, songs and drumming around a fire. Join us, if you feel so moved--anytime between 4:00 and 9:00 p.m. Bring food to share. We will accept free-will offerings for this evening. . 

Sally Voris, White Rose Farm

www.whiterosefarm.com, 410-756-9303

Posted 9/29/2016 11:34am by Sally Voris .

Few activities restore my soul as easily or deeply as working in the garden with others. I invite you to join me! In October, we will host our volunteer time on Saturday evenings with a fire circle following the work, weather permitting. This Saturday, we will have a star gazing program starting at 7:00 p.m. (for a nominal charge.)

As part of our volunteer work, I plan four us to spread biodynamic preparations on the garden. The volunteer time will include an introduction to biodynamic agriculture. This form of agriculture was initiated by Rudolf Steiner in 1924. It includes working with the rhythms of nature and of imagining one's farm as a living organism. The farm will provide volunteers with food for roasting over the open fire and we invite people to bring food to share. Please bring tools, gloves and wear mud-worthy footwear. It is often colder and windier here, so bring an extra layer of clothing.

Volunteer time is free and appropriate for families with school-age children, though there is a reasonable charge for the star gazing program. The sky may be exceptionally clear after a big storm. It is also just past the new moon, the best time of the month to see the stars.  Bring stories, songs, drums and musical instruments to share around the fire after the meal. 

 Any questions? Please call 410-756-9303. RSVP is helpful. 
 
Thanks and hope to see you soon!
 
Sally Voris, White Rose Farm

www.whiterosefarm.com, 410-756-9303

Posted 9/27/2016 10:41am by Sally Voris .
 
Imagine a puppet show in a chestnut barn
Benches filled; people watching and listening with rapt attention
A mix of German, American, Chinese and Russian people coming together
To share a meal, to sing grace together.
Kids running, playing and squealing,
Climbing trees, swinging on the hammock.
Chasing each other and shrieking.
Men who did not know each other cutting mulberry branches
To make marshmallow sticks.
A quiet, lean oriental man tending the fire all evening.
A man with a beautiful tenor voice who got up in the middle of the event and sang a Kingston Trio song, as he looked at words on his smart phone.
A group of Russians sang several songs in Russian,
Oneman sang a solo in Moldavian.
Young boys led us in singing,
As the evening lengthened, the songs became softer,
our voices melded in simple rounds. 
The sky was clear; the stars sparkled; we could see the Milky Way.
We smelled a tinge of fall in the air. 
It was the perfect evening as we found middle ground together. 
 
Oor thanks to Beech Tree Puppets for their skillful and heart full performance and to the Washington Branch of the Anthroposophical Society who helped support this event! 
Posted 9/21/2016 10:10am by Sally Voris .

 

 

 

 

White Rose Farm is delighted to host Beech Tree Puppets

Saturday, September 24 at 5:00 p.m.  

"Rainbow Crow Brings Daylight"

The show combines two American Indian creation stories from the Lenape and Inuit tribes. Follow Crow on his journey to the Sky Spirit, as he saves the animals, and then travels to the Land of the Light. 

A potluck dinner, fire circle and s'mores(weather permitting)will follow the show. $10/adult; $7/child,$30/family. This event is sponsored by White Rose Farm Circle, Inc, a non-profit organization which has a vision to empower people to work together to restore health to the land, the natural world and each other. Click here to register. Click here for a flyer. 

Hope you will join us for an event that combines art, the magic of the farm and its garden and gathering around the fire circle as Fall begins.  

Sally Voris, White Rose Farm

www.whiterosefarm.com, 410-756-9303

Posted 9/14/2016 7:54pm by Sally Voris .

 

Beech Tree Puppets present Rainbow Crow Brings Daylight

Saturday, September 24, at 5:00 p.m. 

The show combines two American Indian creation stories from the Lenape and Inuit tribes. Follow Crow on his journey to the Sky Spirit, as he saves the animals, and then travels to the Land of the Light. A potluck dinner, fire circle and s'mores(weather permitting)will follow the show. $10/adult; $7/child,$30/family. This event is sponsored by White Rose Farm Circle, Inc, a non-profit organization which has a vision to empower people to work together to restore health to the land, the natural world and each other. Click here to register. Click here for a flyer. 

Community in the garden! Volunteers are coming!

Few activities are better for stress relief that getting hands in the dirt, especially when the soil is good and you are working with others. We now have volunteers helping on Tuesday evenings and Friday mornings in addition to our Family Time on Tuesday mornings from 9:00 a.m. until noon and volunteer time on Saturday mornings from 9:00 to noon. Sunday evenings the farm is open from 4:00 to 7:30 p.m. Come join us for an experience of community in the garden! 

Hope to see you in September! 

Sally Voris, White Rose Farm

www.whiterosefarm.com, 410-756-9303

Global Sisterhood Gathering

The farm will host a gathering as part of the Global Sisterhood, a world-wide movement empowering soulful women to embody leadership to promote peace and harmony on Monday, August 21 starting at 7:30 p.m. The event is free and we ask you to register here.  

Support the Circle!

White Rose Farm Circle, Inc. fosters community to empower people to work together to restore health to the land, the natural world and each other. Learn more about membership and/or donate to support our 501-c-3 non-profit organization. 

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