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Posted 4/30/2017 4:42pm by Sally Voris .

  

This year, we welcome White Rose Farm Circle, Inc, as our partner. This non-profit wants to develop a model of community that empowers people to work together to restore health to the land, the natural world and each other. We will involve and engage people--their heads, hands and hearts in this work.  

May Day Celebration: Sunday, May 7 from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m.

Last year, in cold, drizzly weather, some 40 people came to celebrate May Day. Together we created an event to honor the beauty and bounty of the Earth, and the palpable energy of Spring! The event this year includes the traditional May Pole Dance, accompanied by Artie and the Vipers, and a lap puppet show, "Butterfly Wonder" by Beech Tree Puppets. Click here for a flyer; click here to register. This year's event includes a pot-luck for members only after our formal program. 

Circle Memberships:

We encourage you to join White Rose Farm Circle as members! We have made membership easy! We have an adult or a family seasonal membership and a 30-day trial membership. Click here for membership information; click here to join. 

Overnight Retreats:

We are pleased to offer our Retreat House for overnight guests. Enjoy the sounds and smells of nature as you relax in this country setting. For details or to reserve space, visit https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/14449926

Volunteer Time:

The farm will be open to members to volunteer and visit in the garden. Dig in the dirt, pick your own premium local food and learn gardening skills.  Details? Click here

This is the start of a new season with new leadership! We invite you to join us.! Visit the website for more information. Hope to see you soon! 

Sally Voris 

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Posted 4/28/2017 8:38pm by Sally Voris .

 

Sacred Women's Circle, Saturday, April 29, 10:00 to 3:30 p.m. 

Some of us are marching in support of climate change, but some of us are still gathering at the farm to spend the day with other women and with the land itself.

My friend, Gwen Marable, will lead tomorrow's gathering. She encouraged me to create a Sacred Women's Circle at White Rose Farm. We envisioned a women's circle meeting regularly eight times a year at the changing of the seasons--with the land supporting the circle; the circle supporting the land. 

We appreciate coming together on a regular basis, savoring time and space to listen to each other and reflect on our lives as we share our journeys. The passing of the seasons becomes more present to us.

The circle is open to all the women in our larger network: some come once; others return again and again. Please call with questions (410-756-9303). We suggest a donation of $25 for each event,  with a discounted suggestion of $15 for first-time participants. Bring food to share. RSVP as space is limited. The event will be held at 5009 Teeter Road, Taneytown. 

Enjoy Spring and hope to see you soon! 

Sally Voris, White Rose Farm

www.whiterosefarm.com, 410-756-9303

 

 

 

 



Posted 4/23/2017 12:00pm by Sally Voris .

We have two events this week specifically for women:   

Global Sisterhood, Wednesday, April 26, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.

"Profound and uplifting," were the words one woman used to describe a gathering of our circle of the Global Sisterhood (sister.unify.org). The group is calling for a movement of soulful women around the world focused on transforming themselves and the world to create harmony and health for all. They are asking women to meet at every new moon to embody transformative leadership. 

This month theme is Cherished Body: I Honor my Body as a Sacred Temple. 

Even before we knew the theme, Renee Deiaco had planned to facilitate our circle. She will present easy-to-follow Qigong movements from the Radiant Lotus Women's Qigong. This program is an empowering practice of self-care for women and emphasizes a supportive, nurturing environment for women's healing. Renee is certified as a instructor by Daisy Lee, who shares teachings from her Tibetan Chinese and Western teachers in Radiant Lotus Women's Qigong. 

Renee has studied several styles of Qigong and is also an Usui Reiki Master & Holy Fire Karuna Reiki Master. She offers to assist us to expand our own abilities and heal ourselves through Infinite Universal Love of Reiki and Qigong.

The event will be held at the Retreat House, 4234 Ruggles Road, Taneytown. It is free and we are taking donations to support refugee women throughout the world. RSVP here as space is limited. 

 

Sacred Women's Circle, Saturday, April 29, 10:00 to 3:30 p.m. 

Spend the day with other women, reflecting on your life and the seasons of life.

My friend, Gwen Marable, encouraged me to create a Sacred Women's Circle at White Rose Farm. We envisioned a women's circle meeting regularly eight times a year at the changing of the seasons--with the land supporting the circle; the circle supporting the land. 

We appreciate coming together on a regular basis, savoring time and space to listen to each other and reflect on our lives as we share our journeys. The passing of the seasons becomes more present to us.

The circle is open to all the women in our larger network: some come once; others return again and again. Please call with questions (410-756-9303). We suggest a donation of $25 for each event,  with a discounted suggestion of $15 for first-time participants. Bring food to share. RSVP as space is limited. The event will be held at 5009 Teeter Road, Taneytown. 

Enjoy Spring and hope to see you soon! 

Sally Voris, White Rose Farm

www.whiterosefarm.com, 410-756-9303

 

 

 

 

 

 

Posted 3/29/2017 9:16am by Sally Voris .

On Sunday, May 7 from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m, we are holing our traditional May Day Celebration. The band, Artie and the Vipers, will play music as we weave the traditional May Pole. Beech Tree Puppets will also present the lap puppet show, "Butterfly Wonder." 

Hope you will join us to celebrate the energy and wonder of Spring! 

More details soon. 

Sally Voris, White Rose Farm

www.whiterosefarm.com, 410-756-9303

Posted 3/14/2017 8:42pm by Sally Voris .

Global Sisterhood Gathering, Monday, March 27, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.

"Profound and uplifting," were the words one woman used to describe last month's gathering of a circle of the Global Sisterhood (sister.unify.org). The group is calling for a movement of soulful women around the world focused on transforming themselves and the world to create harmony and health for all. They are asking women to meet at every new moon to embody transformative leadership. 

This month, Christine Pilson will facilitate our circle. Christine is a Certified Health Coach. She writes, "I believe that food is medicine, and is the foundation of a healthy body and sharp mind. There’s no greater joy than having the energy to do the things you love and to be with the people who love and support you." 

The event will be held at the Retreat House, 4234 Ruggles Road, Taneytown. It is free, though we are taking donations to support refugee women throughout the world. RSVP here as space is limited. 

Thanks and hope to see you soon! 


Sally Voris, White Rose Farm

www.whiterosefarm.com, 410-756-9303

 

 

 

 

 

 

Posted 3/12/2017 10:06am by Sally Voris .

We are holding a Prayer Ribbon workshop today, (Sunday, March 12) from 1:30 to 5:00 p.m. at 4234 Ruggles Road, Taneytown. We will host an informal gathering and farm food afterward. Native American Evan Pritchard will combine story, ritual, song, flute, and drum to lead people into a deep expression of prayers for healing. The event will be held partly inside, partly outdoors. We still have some space available. To register, click here.  For a flyer, click here .    

Posted 3/11/2017 10:18am by Sally Voris .

Native American Evan Pritchard combined story, ritual, song, flute, and drum to lead people into a deep expression of prayers for healing in Baltimore on Friday, March 10. We will lead a workshop here at the farm today from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. There is still some room for people to join us. Click here to register. 

I have talked with Evan. We have agreed to offer the workshop again this Sunday, that if at least 8 people sign up. We will lead the workshop from 1:30 to 4:30 with a ceremony at 4:30 and then simple farm food. 

It is a full moon on Sunday and there is a place on the property where one can watch sunset and moonrise (which will occur between 7:15 and 7:30 p.m.) We invite those who can to stay for that event and then we will close for the evening. 
 
Most of the event will be inside in a  warm house, and we will be briefly outside for parts of the workshop/ceremony. 
 
Please RSVP here if you can come. And please invite others if you feel so moved. Click here for a flyer (information is the same, except for the change in date.) Thanks 
 
To harmony and healing for ourselves, for our nation and for the world! 

 Sally Voris, White Rose Farm

www.whiterosefarm.com, 410-756-9303

Posted 3/9/2017 7:35am by Sally Voris .

Harmony & Healing with Prayer Ribbons

Saturday, March 11, 1:30 to 4:30 p.m.

White Rose Farm, 4234 Ruggles Road, Taneytown, MD 21787, 410-756-9303, www.whiterosefarm.com. Sponsored by White Rose Farm Circle, Inc. Space is limited. RSVP by clicking here.  Download a flyer.  

1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Workshop: Harmony and Healing with Prayer Ribbons. Native American Evan Pritchard will introduce the Algonquin tradition of prayer ribbons and set the context for how the prayer ribbons speak to finding harmony in diversity in America. He will share the meaning of the ribbons and how they are used; participants will make and tie their own ribbons.

From 4:30 p.m. To 5:30 p.m, Evan Pritchard and Sally Voris will lead a ceremony with the ribbons to connect with the spirits of the land and the spirit of unity in diversity. Following the ceremony, White Rose Farm will host a fire circle and offer simple farm food. Participants are encouraged to bring their drums or musical instruments. We will feast, sing, dance and drum. Cash donations will be accepted for the food.

Sunday, March 12―Evan is available to lead a workshop/ event, (If the event fills on Saturday, we will lead an additional workshop on Sunday.) 

May we come together in harmony and peace. 

Sally Voris, White Rose Farm

www.whiterosefarm.com, 410-756-9303

Posted 3/7/2017 12:53pm by Sally Voris .

Wednesday, March 8, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.

The Global Sisterhood is organizing a special gathering for International Women's Day. Circles of soulful women all over the world will gather with the focused intention of transforming ourselves and our world to promote happiness and health for all.  Our circle will be held at the Retreat House, 4234 Ruggles Road, Taneytown, MD, 21787. 

Takoa Robinson will facilitate this circle. Takoa is an M.Div. candidate at Lancaster Theological Seminary. In addition to her work as a student, she is a mother of two middle school aged children, with whom she enjoys celebrating the silly side of life.  She and her husband, take their little cockapoo, Ollie, for daily walks as a reminder that bodies need movement and fresh perspectives to live.

Her love of music reminds her to sing out, cry out, shout out in transparent honesty the prayers of lament, hope, and joy that well up in the gut of each of us as we learn what it means to let go and dance, even in the darkness.  

The event is free, but space is limited. Please register here. We will take a donation to support women refugees as part of the initiative of the Global Sisterhood. Visit www.sister.unify.org for more about this initiative or about the Global Sisterhood. 

May we support health and happiness for all peoples! 

Sally Voris, White Rose Farm

www.whiterosefarm.com, 410-756-9303

 

 

 

 

 

 

Posted 3/2/2017 10:22am by Sally Voris .

Three airbnb guests, all young women, graduate students in Washington DC, came for a one-night retreat in the country in mid-February. The weather was unseasonably warm; the sky cloudless. They were open, friendly, and clearly adventurous.

I welcomed them and showed them the house. They spoke to each other in a foreign language. What language are you speaking?, I asked inquiringly. Arabic, the leader responded. Two of them were from Pakistan, one was from Egypt. When I showed her how to light the fire I had set in the fireplace insert, I casually mentioned that they were welcome to make a fire in the fire circle in the back yard using wood next to the fireplace. “Call me if you need me,” I said as I left them.

The next morning, I invited them to work with me in the garden. They were delighted! I walked to the Retreat House with my border collie. Two stepped back immediately as the dog approached. The Egyptian native explained that she had never seen dogs running free. I took her arm reassuringly, as we walked across the property. I threw one stick after another to my dog. They had grown up in large cities and had little experience being in the country. They had finally watched a you-tube video to get the campfire started. Then they sat by the fire and looked at the stars. It was an amazing night!

Now they were eager for a farm experience. They fed a handful of grain to my two Jersey cows. I gave them a brief tour of the garden before starting to work. They had on casual city clothes; one wore white knit boots. She asked if she could borrow work shoes. I said yes. We went to the farmhouse.

One of the Pakistani women sighed deeply as she saw my cat. She scrolled images on her smart phone to show me her short-haired gray cat. I handed my cat to her. She held him close. I remembered how much it meant to me when, as a college student far from home, I was invited into local homes for a family meal. I sensed how these women savored sounds, smells and touches reminding them of home.

Meantime, I considered what job I could give them. Clearly, no mud or muck was appropriate. I thought of weeding the rose bed, but they could not discriminate weed from flower. I saw the row of seven clumps of six-foot-high ornamental grass. Each spring, I struggled to cut the woody stems of the grass in the 25-foot row. My wrists tired from the pressure I needed to exert to cut each stem.

I showed them the grass and asked if they could do it. They tackled the work with the easy rhythm, strength and energy of youth. I worked close by. They spoke to each other in English and Arabic. They could have been women from another time, another place: the cadence of their speech and the rhythm of their work seemed so universal. They began singing a lilting song, a children's song about milk from a cow, they shared. They smiled and nodded toward barn where they had touched cows moments earlier. Their voices, melodious and soft, were a lullaby for my heart, for the land and for the Earth herself.

I imagined my land hearing their song, feeling their touch and and sending a message to their mother land.”Your daughters are here! They are touching the Earth and singing. They are happy and healthy; their spirits are soaring!” It is just what every mother wants to know! Years ago, a friend had suggested that I imagine farming as skin care for the mother, as massage, as touching and being touched.

They finished their work and went to lunch, planning to return to garden in the afternoon. Instead, they packed their things and returned to the city. We had shared a deep moment, touching each other and the Earth. What could be more real, more simple and more filling? May we find more ways to touch each other's hearts and the heart of the Earth. 

 

 

 

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Our garden season is ending and we now have more time to host retreats! Come for an overnight stay and enjoy the quiet of the country and great views of the stars!  

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