Oregon Rainbow Gathering 2016

Posted: June 11, 2016 in Rainbow gathering, Self-Help
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Rainbow Gathering Oregon 2016

#rainbowgathering #rainbow #oregonregional #2016rainbow #welcomehome

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Started in the late 1960s as an outgrowth of the anti-war and hippy movements, the Rainbow Family of Living Light describes itself as “the largest best coordinated nonpolitical nondenominational nonorganization of like-minded individuals on the planet.”

The flagship Rainbow Family Gatherings, which have occurred every July since 1972 in a different US national forest, are like longer, more authentically weird versions of Burning Man, bringing together upwards of 10,000 “Rainbows” from a cross section of fringe culture: bikers, Jesus freaks, computer programmers, naked yogis, and gutter punks looking to escape “Babylon,” the Rainbow shorthand for the various evils of modern life.

The gatherings are free and open to anyone.

No one is in charge, and nobody can tell anyone else what to do.

Well the journey was an easy one for us. Only 3 and a half hours away we made the adventure to meditation hill where we will soon set up camp. Outside Hebo, Oregon the gathering was about to be sparked off. Long pack from the car made us super tired the first day. My partner decided to take a rest once we made camp. This gave me a chance to explore the hillside and meet some people here. Maybe find the deep fat fried snickers bars I heard a camp was making on my walk in.

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So I headed down to the meadow to see where all the kitchens where set up at. Kitchens are camps dedicated to feeding the gathering. All sorts of food is donated to the kitchens during the gathering. People go to the kitchen offering to help in exchange for being accepted into the camp to eat. Some chores include gathering wood, water runs and dishes. Stumbling into one of these kitchens as hungry as a bear. I offered help in anyway I could and ended up doing the cooking! So I got to prepping the dishes and all my ingredients. Several people came to help me chop things up and boil water. The community aspects of Rainbow are phenomenal. I was a bit bummed when I saw a ton of people who did nothing to help came and swarmed the pot of food. Leaving the cooks with a small portion. I hope some people read this and rethink their tactics next year.

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We developed a dish washing system and installed a counter to prep food.

After cooking an amazing meal and sharing it with my fellow gathers, I departed for my camp. Upon returning, my partner was still fast asleep in his hammock. Tired from the drive that day I am sure. The peacefulness of the forest was very meditative and sung you lullabies at night. Its been a while since I got to enjoy the peaceful sounds of nature. I work on the ocean, very meditative as well, but lacks dirt. Grounding is difficult given I am on a metal boat in the water. This opened my eyes to some things I should bring next time.

THINGS TO BRING TO A GATHERING

Normal camping stuff (this varies depending on “how” you camp):

Sleeping bag/hammock, blanket, tent/tarp, toilet paper/paper towels.

Check the weather: rain gear, appropriate clothes, etc…

PLATE, CUP or BOWL, and SPOON: this will be your food dish. You will eat out of it so this is VERY IMPORTANT.

Biodegradeable soaps and stuff.

WATER, WATER, WATER, and more WATER: Drinkable water is a very precious comodity. If you can hike some in… or bring some to the lot and ask for some help to hike it you will make many people happy. Pretty much all you get to drink at Rainbow gatherings is water coffee and tea. If you don’t like coffee or tea, you may want to bring powdered drink mix (with the sugar already added).

Sweets (especially chocolate).

Fruits and Vegetables. Bring extra if you can to donate to the kitchens.

Tools if you can (i.e. knife, axe, saw) There will always be firewood that needs cuttin’.

Musical instruments (non-electrical)
Poetry
Flow arts toys
Fire toys, poi, nunchucks, staff
Flashlights
Cigarettes, even if you dont smoke. Roll your owns are best, Taylor made [store bought] are expensive.

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This meditation center was established to help people fimd some zen in the forest.

I needed this peace and harmony right now. I did not come to rainbow to socially connect with people. I came to rainbow to connect with myself and the important things in my life. I recently connected deeply with someone before I came here and lost that connection just as fast as it formed. So I came here with a sense to gain clarity again in my mind. Emptying some dead butterflies from my body and making room for love of myself. Letting go of what I can’t control is not an issue for me anymore. I have learned Im strong in my spirit and know myself. Im worth my weight in gold. I know I can father a child, be a great husband and an amazing friend. Im a stack of gold in human flesh and so are you.

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Enter into a world of bonding, man and creature.

Being a good friend has been the most rewarding. Friends last longer then lovers from what I see. My buddies are still here after years of knowing each other. IM STARTING TO HATE RELATIONSHIPS. When its over its over, thats it. Friendship done, unless both are mature enough to handle it. But you only know that when you know each other. So for future relationships, thats a no go. Get to know me alot before you decide to see how much love I got to give. Read my blog, learn about me. Show that you want to be my friend first. Told that I am too good to be true. Well if you dont feel worthy then maybe I am. Life still has alot to teach and lessons to share with me. But I know the tools to succeed, like Journaling, meditation, gratitude and selfless service. With those tools I can overcome any heartbreak or personal issue I want to abolish. Looking at myself like a super hero when things hurt my feelings. Remembering myself worth and always expanding my mind.

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Enjoying our own camp fire on a rainy morning.

I’m a leader but I know when to follow.  This rainbow gathering has awoken a side of me to be a stronger leader in all that I do. When something needs to be done, I do it. I AM THAT HARDWORKER. I surround myself with successful people to learn from them. Success can be mesasured in several ways but whats it important is mental success. Accomplishing mental clarity is my best tool to be successful. Regain your balance and take charge of your life. Dont be full of negitive comments and jeer. Replace that with cheer!

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The children of the rainbow melted our hearts as they passed the frezbee around the meadow.

I got a chance to play with some cute adorable hippy kids. Kids that live in the rainbow are adorable as can be! We watched them throw the frezbee back and forth. Laughing at the little guys rain terror on the other gathers. This was a blessing and reminds me of the joy kids bring me. I truly can’t wait for the day to raise and enjoy my own. But I am not gonna accomplish that until I am soul mated up. Thus giving me the time to develop patience and virtue for them to enjoy. This time we have to be single is truly our time to be alive! Several kids were walking around asking for pocket trash! Super cool way to keep the trash off the forest floor!

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While gathering under the tree for announcements, local forest service had agents present.

We saw Law enforcement? Why?

See forest Service agents at camp

The Forest Service continues to deploy a National Incident Management Team of about 40 federal law enforcement agents to the annual gathering, at a taxpayer cost of about $500,000. Oregon gatherings have a long history of getting messed with. So dont be shocked when you see them running around. The term 6-up means they are coming! Guns in the church was another term we heard yelled thru the meadow. Like a hippy alarm system for the gathering.

 

Being single allows me to travel and see the things I want to see. I can live a life thats more suited to my smile. I give alot when I am in a relationship, so much that I risk losing my identity sometimes. When I meet someone who has a lower vibration in certain areas I tend to help bring them up. Subconsciously lowering myself out of balence without ever noticing it till its to late.

quotes-about-being-single-and-happy-100 Working on that with each new obstacle life puts before me. Remembering Im worth it and never letting life keep me down. Help, but not feed into co-dependent relationships, either intimate or friendships. Building up those around me brings a smile to my face. Seeing ones I love hurting or lost puts my soul into overdrive mode. Truly caring for someone can change their life. Remind them that they are wanted! Thats what attracted me to most, they wanted me. They wanted to be around my energy, they were supporters of my life. Nourishing my soul with their every action.

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We walk and explore the woods! Seeing all the tents n` tarps people call their homes for the week. Accidentally stumbling upon the bathrooms was quite gross, but cool to see people thinking about sanitation. We stopped several times to chat with bypassing gathers and created hippy road blocks. Getting 10 or 15 people hanging out on the path was fun. So many walks of life here and full of unquestionably unique people. Some have came from a hard life of being a runaway and other have chosen to live this life. Traveling from forest to forest month after month! What a life to travel state by state in a box car on the train tracks. This place will open your eyes to what life could be like if you were given different cards. One of the definitions for the word rainbow i felt fit perfect;

rain·bow
ˈrānˌbō/
noun

a wide range or variety of related and typically colorful things

 

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Sitting in the meadow enjoying the sun and smells of food.

Being able to sit in the meadow and enjoy passing strangers was super super fun. The random people that come up and share with you is what makes sitting in the meadow so great.  Drums fill the air and dogs running crazy like. That made it hard for me to have my doggy out alot, but he did quite well. I would say at least 30 dogs showed up and maybe 10 of them on a lease. Several very agro dogs [aggressive], so we kept a close eye on our puppies.

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The parking kinda sucked.

After 2 days of rain we decided we had enough rainbow for this year. The blessings were many and the connections were so rare. We hope we get a chance to visit our new friends Hippy and Zen at their property in washington next time we have time off. Everyone else that I did not get a chance to meet! I love you!

 

 

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Shared a journal with a friend. She wrote in mine and I in hers.

 

If you have photos of this Gathering please post or email them.
N.paladin@reborn.com.    -Ill update this from time to time. 🙂

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Read about my journey to S. Dakota Blackhills 2015 Nationals Rainbow Gathering.

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Naturopathic Paladin

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