Five Days with no agenda other than to Drum, Dance, Swim and Play, sharing with each other and our Masters of the Drum for Teaching and Performance.
And sharing a working vision of the possible through Spiritual Community, Ecological Sustainability and Personal Responsibility.
Over the years we have developed an alternative idea of community and of the greatness of our great nation. A modern day American Tribe of flourishing diversity and tolerance.
A community that values family in all of its flavors; and supports the personal choices of each individual.
Where, for a time, we can return to our human roots and take simple pleasure in simple things.
Song, Dance and the making of beauty.A swim in the river.
The laughter of children.Sharing a meal under an oak tree.
For these are the things that are worth keeping close,
and worth celebrating on this, the peoples birthday.
A birthday party for all of us, every one!
Drum and Splash!
Preparing for the Dragon Procession, Saturday Night
Drum and Splash is all about the Drum, Dance and the River; but it is much more too. Because the Drum builds Community in a way that has to be experienced.
You do not need to be a drummer to Drum and Splash. Don't even need a drum. Your hands and feet will take care of the rest. Because for five days we create a village along the river, with lots to do...Daughter and Dad in The Hemlock Hole
:: Drum Circle every night From Wednesday through Saturday night we hold Drum Circle in the Four Quarters tradition. Encouraging drum and dance at all skill levels. Alcohol and tobacco free within the circle. Open for the little children during the early hours. Late night magic until dawn.
:: The Land is solace itself, listed as the most valuable and ecologically diverse tract of land in Bedford County by the Western Pennsylvania Nature Conservancy. The Hemlock Hole is a spectacular natural swimming area, shadowed by our cliffs.
:: Workshops and presentations dealing with issues of Peak Oil, Global Sustainability, Ecology, Personal Spirituality and Living in Mindfulness of our Choices. Drum & Dance classes. Learn to hoop, spin fire, make music with the digeridoo! Yoga, meditation, & Qi Gung. Nature walks and Nature Writing workshops.
:: Thursday Evening Kids Drum Circle! Kids always hold a seat of honor at Four Quarters. Thursday evening begins with our young ones drumming and dancing to their heart's content. Let us show them the way!
:: Friday Evening: Pirate Masquerade Ball! Pack your pirate finery and be ready for swashbuckling fun with fire sword performances and funky beats! Craft time available to make your own pirate gear.
A Drumming Workshop down by the River
:: Our Merchants Green is a village within a village. Find out where those wonderful clothes come from. Have your drum tuned.
:: Masters Performances in the Upper Drum Circle at sundown every night. Children hold the place of honor here. And as the night deepens and the kids fall asleep, the serious drumming begins. And even later in the night, Pure Magic!
:: The Coffee Dragons! Early morning through late at night serving free coffee, tea and cacao from their pavilion on the High Meadow. Sit for a spell. Play a guitar. Take a nap. More coffee?
:: Kid's Tribe! Down in The North Crook is kid's central, with lots of free crafts workshops every day. Its for grown ups too, don't be bashful!
:: Neighborhood Ice Cream SocialSaturday afternoon our Members invite you to stroll down to the cool of the River, and join them for an old-fashioned Ice Cream Social. Our Members will be hosting as a welcome home to our new guests. So come on by and join us down by the river for ice cream and fun.
:: The Masters Classes. In addition to our regular free workshops, our Master Teachers offer intensive fee paid workshops for the serious drummer and dancer. These intensive are $15, all of which goes to your teacher. Show your support for their work and attend their Masters Classes.
:: Fire Spinning Intensive Got Fire? Want to learn how, polish your skills, or help plan and spin fire in the Dragon Dance procession Saturday evening? Attend the Fire Spinning Intensive.
Saturday Night:: ··Fireworks The evening begins with fireworks, and because we are a non-profit we have legal access to some really nice displays. This has become a point of pride for Drum and Splash, and we are extravagant. Prepare to be wowed!
:: ··The Fire Dragon Dance Procession Our Fire Dragon emerges from The Portal of Fire, escorted by our Drummers, Dancers and Fire Artists. More rockets and firecrackers; sparklers for all, and do come with your finery and masks to escort the Fire Dragons home to the Fire Circle. It's your parade!
And trust us, there will be a surprise!
::·· A Drum Circle to the Stars! Our Energy Builds from Wednesday Night with First Fire Circle leading into a Thursday and Friday filled with Workshops, Play and Performance. The River waits cool and inviting, Saturday’s Masters Classes prepare us for the Fireworks that will light up the Sky as our Chinese Fire Dragon does his Dance, leading the way to a Fire Circle that will pulse to your rhythm.