Where will the gathering be?

Where will the 2014 gathering be?
Near Heber, Utah. Click here for directions
Who is invited?
Every person with a belly button. If for some reason, you lost your belly button, you are invited as well.
What you really need to know:
How to Get Into The Gathering Without Getting a Mandatory Court Appearance Ticket.
How to Contact Someone?
If after reading the information on this blog, checking out the links on the right hand side, you still have questions, concerns, or problems, email random gatherers for assistance.

Friday, August 30, 2013

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 &p; Navajo 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 honor & 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.

On July 11, 2013 vision council on the land in Montana reached a consensus that the 2014 annual gathering of the tribes will take place in Nevada or Utah if no site is found in Nevada. Consensus reached on July 11 by a passing of the feather in silent consensus between 2-2:30 PM by a group of over 30 individuals.

Wording of consensus:

The 2014 rainbow family of living light world peace and healing gathering will take place July 1-7, 2014, in Nevada or Utah. The gathering will not take place at the 2003 Utah site.

Thanksgiving Council

The next step in the process of landing on a site is Thanksgiving Council (T-Council) which takes place over the four day Thanksgiving Holiday in or near the area for the following gathering. This is a time of people to council and share their hopes and dreams for the 2014 gathering.  If you have potential sites you think are worthy of scouting in the spring, bring topo maps and forest service maps.  Directions to T-Council usually come out in the first half of November. Check back then. If you're not familiar with T-Council, read more here.

Scout Council(s) or Scout Rendezvous

T-Council usually picks dates for one or two Scout Councils. Scout Councils/Rendezvous is a time for people out scouting to connect up, share information, talk about scouting efforts. As with all things Rainbow, no experience is necessary, just a desire to walk, learn, teach and share. If you come, please be self sufficient - have green energy for gas, food, etc. You don't need your own vehicle if you can be a positive traveling companion, but $$$ are always in short supply for scouting, so please bring enough for yourself and some to share with the person whose vehicle breaks down.  This year Thanksgiving Council picked the date of May 10 for a scout rendezvous.

Spring Council

Spring Council is when all potential sites for the gathering are brought to any people who want to be involved in selecting a site. The council usually takes one to seven days and normally ends with either a consensus by silence among people at the council or an exodus of the majority of people heading to the preferred site.  T-Council picks a date for Spring Council but the exact location for this council generally isn't determined until one to two weeks before Spring Council starts. In 2014 Spring Council starts June 14. Click here for more information.

For those of you who think the site is picked in advance and want to get the 411 now so you can book plane tickets.  I'm sorry, but there is no site picked at this time.

Keep in mind that weather conditions (which are unpredictable) play a part in all of this. So let's say someone found a great site in August 2013 (and I have no knowledge that anyone did), for all we know come the first week of June that site is still under snow, then what? Keep in mind that 4 feet of snow at a gathering is rough.

Drought and high fire danger can have the same effect. A great site that was nice and wet in August 2013 can be dry as a tinder box in June 2014. If the Forest Service has a no open fire ban on that site that looked so great last year, guess it's not looking that great this year. Available water can change year to year as well depending on snow melt.   Conditions change all the time.  The family needs to find the best possible site for the health and safety of gathering participants and the land on which we gather.

Seed Camp

Once Spring Council reaches a decision, people move onto the site and start Seed Camp. Seed Camp is about creating trails, building kitchens, digging shitters, taping springs and dealing with the United States Forest Service. Historically, law enforcement harassment is highest during Seed Camp so if you are planning on being there, take the necessary precautions to keep your self out of the system if you so choose.

The Gathering

The main day of the gathering is July 4 when we observe silence from dawn until high noon and put our energy into manifesting world peace, the positive evolution of the planet and other good things.  Many people observe this with a prayer or mediation for world peace. Others do Yoga for world peace, blow bubbles for world peace, etc. Basically, if it's a silent, gentle energy then it fits in very well.  As to when the gathering starts, that's dynamic.  It's usually one day during the last week of June when some friends and I look at each other and say "today it's a gathering."  (of course you may pick a different date than I do when it feels like a gathering and not like seed camp)  The earlier you come the more self sufficient you need to be and relationships with the Forest Service can be rougher. On the other hand, showing up for seed camp allows you to influence the way the gathering goes. If you show up later, say after June 27, then most (but not all) of the drama has subsided.  Traditionally the dates are listed as July 1 to 7, but most years people start leaving in droves on July 5th.

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  1. Why isn't it going to be in Washington or Colorado?

    1. The Annual 4th of July Gathering took place in Washington in 2011 and Colorado in 2006. We try to spread the gathering around.

    2. looking for scout camp go every year any idea where badger is camped at?

  2. I am hoping for Humboldt-Toiyabe Natl Forest area. Also concerning is the major drought we are having in the west. Wherever we chose--water needs to be a major focus.

  3. It was decided in council on the land by concensus

  4. I keep getting messages from a person or person named timmy time saying that gathering cancelled due to violence at front gate i thought this was a peaceful event i have contacyed local authorities on dillon mt they say the arrest &violence at these gatherings are bad this was to be my first bit unsure @moment ....i cant risk getting hurt by some crazed druged induced person i.ll pray from home

  5. Dear anonymous Timmy time is an out cast in the family he has been spreading rumors and lies through out the family and has been banned from most rainbow groups please don't let his lies influence you no gathering has ever been cancelEd and every national is a peaceful and healing experience come see for yourself

  6. hi family, loving you <3 how can we be informed of where the gathering will be, just subscribe to the mail list?
    thank you,
    the smiths

  7. Do not build trail, tap springs, or dig shitters in the Nevada Desert. You will only destroy the existing natural resources. Crypto biotic soils take hundreds of years to develop and footprints can last forever. Water resources are limited and the flora and fauna will dye if you tap into springs. The Great Basin is fragile compared to forest land. Please do not consider Nevada a location. You will do more harm then good.

  8. Somewhere with the majestic Redwoods.

  9. I absolutely agree with anonymous regarding the fragility of the desert. Fortunately very wise and sensitive family are involved in most actions, on the flip side of that, fortunately the green and stubborn help lead the group as well, it is a learning experience. Let us acknowledge our unity and let it guide us that we may not err. Thank you Anon.

    Let us choose a resilient site and treat it with respect and care.

  10. Gathering,
    We hope to meet up with a dear friend. Sadly, my husband can't really camp so we'll probably have to stay off site unless someone has a better idea. maybe we can rent a camper this year for his use. Looking forward to my second rainbow. A.

  11. OK it's June 15 so where is the gathering going to be ?
    when will it be announced my guess is welcomehome.org will announce the location on July 20th or so

  12. i am hoping for iran next year.


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