Friday, February 1, 2008

Where will the gathering be?

Usually when someone gets on my email list, this is the first information I send them. So to you out here in blogsphere, here's that same information.


From the invite to the very first Rainbow Gathering in 1972:

We, who are brothers & sisters, children of God, families of
life on earth, friends of nature & of all people, children of
humankind calling ourselves Rainbow Family Tribe, humbly invite:

All races, peoples, tribes, communes, men, women, children,
individuals -- out of love.

All nations & national leaders -- out of respect

All religions & religious leaders -- out of faith

All politicians -- out of charity

to join with us in gathering together for the purpose
of expressing our sincere desire that there shall be peace on earth,
harmony among all people. This gathering to take place beginning July 1, 1972, near Aspen, Colorado -
or between Aspen & the Hopi & Navaho lands - on 3000 acres of land that we hope to purchase or acquire for this gathering -- & to hold open worship, prayer, chanting or whatever is the want
or desire of the people, for three days, but upon the fourth day of July at noon to ask that there be a meditative, contemplative silence wherein we, the invited
people of the world may consider & give honour & respect to
anyone or anything that has aided in the positive evolution of
humankind & nature upon this, our most beloved & beautiful
world -- asking blessing upon we people of this world & hope
that we people can effectively proceed to evolve, expand, &
live in harmony & peace.


The truth is no one knows where the gathering will be at this time.

In July 2007, Vision Council called for it to be in

Thanksgiving Council

In November 2007, Thanksgiving Council (T-Council) took place
over the four day holiday weekend to discuss planning
for a healthy and safe gathering and they came up with the
following dates for the next councils:

For T-Council notes, visit

Specific dates for future councils where set as

May 1st - Mobile Scout Fire (First scout council)

All the scouts and anyone interested in being involved
in site selection show up. No experience necessary, but
you must be able to pay your own way, contribute to food,
gas, etc.

June 2nd - Second Scout Rendezvous

All people who have been scouting will come together
to discuss what they found and possibly revisit sites
that hold great promise.

Spring council
Starts June 10

Spring Council is when people get together and share
the info on the possible sites available for the gathering, discuss the prons and cons of each location and then reach a decision. It generally takes one to seven days. If you come to Spring Council,
please be self sufficient and and prepared to feed and water yourself.

As soon as the site is selected, information is widely
distributed. All the information I have is located
I also email updates to folks on my email list.

Until spring council reseaches a decision, there is no
answer to the question "where is the gathering?"

Once Spring Council reaches a decision, Seed Camp begins.
Seed Camps is when we create the infrastructure to support the
gathering. This means building kitchens, digging shitters,
laying water pipe and building water filtration stations.
Seed camp generally finishes by the end of June.
If you come to seed camp early be self sufficient and be prepared to work.

The Annual Gathering of The Tribes

The main day of the gathering is July 4. Some people come
a few weeks early to create the gathering. Some stay a few
weeks late to help with clean up. Plan on spending at least
a week so you have a chance to get settled in, make friends
and get involved.

Gatherings tend to be located many miles from the nearest Interstate
and paved road. When planning your drive, realize that the
last 50 to 100 miles may be traveled at 20 MPH and plan

Always plan to arrive early in the morning. The roads
into the gathering are generally in poor shape and it's
easy to get lost at 1 AM in the dark when you've been
driving for 12 hours. Kick it at a camp site for the
night, get up at dawn and come on home.

It can take 4 to 8 hours from the time you park
your car until you've gotten to your campsite and pitched
your tent. If this is your first gathering, I'd plan
on 8 so you can figure out what's happening and where
you want to camp.


For people with kids, if you've never been to a gathering
plug in with Kiddie Village - a kid friendly space with
lots of parents willing to share how to sanely and safely
parent at a gathering. If you've never camped with kids
before, read up an that to make sure you're prepared.
Read the rap on kids at Gatherings

For people with special needs, ask for Handicamp - a space
for people with mobility and other related disabilities with lots
of folks willing to help you make the most of your gathering
experience. While the trails can be tough and conditions vary from
site to site, there's usually
a couple of friendly folks just waiting to assist with the
rough spots. Sometimes we have cool things like rickshaws
to assist people in getting around.
Bring your own personal supplies (catheter, wraps, chair,
medical supplies, diapers, cleanup, etc.).
Bring own attendent if you need assistance with personal care
(bowel programs, skin, transfer, catheterizations, wounds, etc) or
supervision issues or other issues (mobility, access, safety) as needed.


I recommend that you read the Mini Manual of
Gathering Consciousness to prepare for a positive gathering.
You can find a copy on online
If you can't read PDF files, email me and I'll send
you an ASCII text copy.
There's other great raps at as well.

For general information on the gatherings,

If you're looking for a ride to the gathering, or can make
room in your vehicle for one more person, please check out - Let's help all our family get home safely.

If you want to get up to speed on what's been happening, visit

If you have any other questions, please ask. If you'd like
to be on my email list and receive Rainbow updates,
just ask.


Ignore all rumors of cancellation or organization!
Live Lightly with the Land and People!

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