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.

Monday, September 2, 2013

What is Thanksgiving Council?

The gathering has a cyclical process.  In Montana this summer, vision council on the land reached consensus that the 2014 gathering will take place in the state of Nevada or Utah if no site is found in Nevada.

But then what?

Because the Rainbow Gathering has no leaders, no board of directors, no staff and no one in charge of anything, we depend on people working together to do all the preparation for the gathering in Nevada or Utah. So over the years a process has come together to make sure that planning is open to everyone who wants to be involved.

The year starts off with Thanksgiving Council or T-Council over the four day weekend of the same name. This is a time for people interested in plugging in, talking about visions for the gathering, discussing scouting, strategies about legal issues, etc. to get together.

T-Council generally takes place in the state or region where we will be gathering. It's usually a camp, cook, council, share heart songs kinda of thing. Often but not always, the people at T-Council pick the dates for the Scout Rendezvous and Spring Council. Often times a PO box is established for snail mail and a banking council is formed to deal with any donations.

As with all things Rainbow, no experience is necessary, just a willingness to participate. Keep in mind this is not a gathering, it's a working council and the way this council unfolds sets the tone for the gathering. If you're not familiar with our style of council process, read the Council Mini Manual.

Generally folks in the area take the lead on finding a place to hold T-Council.  Planning is underway and directions usually come out the second week of November.

I'm hoping that there will be a real mix of generations at T-Council. We need older people, we need younger people, we need more experienced gatherers and we need less experienced gatherers to come together to create a vision for a peaceful, healing and fun gathering in Nevada/Utah 2014. Be the change you want to see in this world.


  1. Call your mother camp

  2. Continuing the concept of the "pissoir" that XXXX built near Montana/Ovens this year.

    Dig a hole, fill it with duff. Put up three sheets to make a triangular privacy screen. Extend out from one side with two more sheets to make an adjoining triangle. One side is for the boys. It doesn't need anything but a handwash. the other side is for the girls. It has a roll of toilet paper and a paper bag to collect.

    A couple of signs to remind people "No pooping!" Peeing only!"

  3. 'permaculture' camp and 'outdoor wilderness survival' camp

  4. Training for those attending their first Gathering. Like getting the raps like I got at my first.

  5. Clarification on women's pissing space
    t: fill the hole with rocks for better drainage. Only put duff on top as it holds the moisture and is then easier to replace. 2 layers of sheets were necessary this year as the light shone thru and turned this into an unintentional performance space. One of the important parts in my eyes was the support for leaning or pulling self back up after squatting. Also the foot powered hand wash squirted onto duff to keep the odor down. The men's side evolved after the second set of sheets went up. And definitely no pooping!

  6. How do repeat gatherers become ..elders.. there are no classified ads for these positions/ive benn to last ten and still only able to influence small groups how about the masses

  7. heres a site suggested by magic bowl bob...its kinda pricey but bob says hed be willing the help pay for it http://www.vacaguru.com/vacation-rental/p828855/

  8. TGC should be on public land and not somewhere people who pay the bill and put their name to it can control who can and can't be at the Council. Sorry to spoil that for you Gary.


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