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2016 Regional Rainbow Gathering of Living Light in Oregon
June 4th through the 12th 2016

There were 4 concensus at the Site Selection Council.
1. We are calling this spiritual gathering for healing and peace and we honor all beings of light.
2. We want to go home.
3. We block the Jefferson site.
4. We will gather at the site scouted outside of Hebo, Oregon.
There was a kitchen council there were 2 agreements.
1. Next kitchen council is on Friday in morning past coffee 10 am.
2. No kitchens or fires dug in until area coordination is couciled on.

Check out this Mini-manual if its your first time attending Rainbow.

 

North of Hebo, OR along HW 101 take Farmers Creek Road West miles turn left on FR 1024. Drive past some blocked off with timber access roads till intersection. Site requires close in/strategic parking and tight knit/planned camping because the site is small and the gathering could be big.

Enjoy these Directions:)

Shared route
From Salem, OR to National Forest Development Road 1024 via OR-22 W.

1 hr 19 min (61 mi)
1 hr 21 min in current traffic

1. Head east on Center St NE toward Church St NE
2. Turn left onto Church St NE
3. Turn left onto Marion St NE
4. Continue onto OR-22 W/Marion St Bridge
5. Keep left to stay on OR-22 W
6. Take the ramp to Oregon Coast
7. Merge onto OR-18 W/OR-22 W
8. Turn right onto OR-22 W
9. Turn right onto US-101 N/Pacific Coast Scenic Byway
10. Turn left onto Farmer Creek Rd
11. Arrive at location: Farmer Creek Rd
12. Head west on Farmer Creek Rd
13. Turn left toward NF-1024
14. Continue onto NF-1024
15. Arrive at location: National Forest Development Road 1024

View in Google maps exactly where it is.

 

If you want to learn more, check out The Rainbow Gathering Perspective I wrote when I attended the South Dakota gathering last July

 

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

 

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2016 Regional Rainbow Gathering of Living Light in Oregon
June 4th through the 12th 2016

So check it out oregon, its rainbow time! Welcome home!
Starts tomorrow and goes till the 12th… 🙂

See you there….
Best directions as of June 4th 2016

Shared route
From Salem, OR to National Forest Development Road 1024 via OR-22 W.

1 hr 19 min (61 mi)
1 hr 18 min in current traffic

1. Head east on Center St NE toward Church St NE
2. Turn left onto Church St NE
3. Turn left onto Marion St NE
4. Continue onto OR-22 W/Marion St Bridge
5. Keep left to stay on OR-22 W
6. Take the ramp to Oregon Coast
7. Merge onto OR-18 W/OR-22 W
8. Turn right onto OR-22 W
9. Turn right onto US-101 N/Pacific Coast Scenic Byway
10. Turn left onto Farmer Creek Rd
11. Arrive at location: Farmer Creek Rd
12. Head west on Farmer Creek Rd
13. Turn left toward NF-1024
14. Continue onto NF-1024
15. Arrive at location: National Forest Development Road 1024

Never been to a gathering? Check out this Mini manual

Read about my Experience when I attended the South Dakota gathering in 2015.

Do you want that chance to attend a Rainbow gathering?
June 4th – 16th 2016

2016 Regional Rainbow Gathering of Living Light in Oregon

There were 4 concensus at the Site Selection Council.
1. We are calling this spiritual gathering for healing and peace and we honor all beings of light.
2. We want to go home.
3. We block the Jefferson site.
4. We will gather at the site scouted outside of Hebo, Oregon.
There was a kitchen council there were 2 agreements.
1. Next kitchen council is on Friday in morning past coffee 10 am.
2. No kitchens or fires dug in until area coordination is couciled on.

North of Hebo, OR along HW 101 take Farmers Creek Road West miles turn left on FR 1024. Drive past some blocked off with timber access roads till intersection. Site requires close in/strategic parking and tight knit/planned camping because the site is small and the gathering could be big.

Enjoy these Directions:)

Shared route
From Salem, OR to National Forest Development Road 1024 via OR-22 W.

1 hr 19 min (61 mi)
1 hr 21 min in current traffic

1. Head east on Center St NE toward Church St NE
2. Turn left onto Church St NE
3. Turn left onto Marion St NE
4. Continue onto OR-22 W/Marion St Bridge
5. Keep left to stay on OR-22 W
6. Take the ramp to Oregon Coast
7. Merge onto OR-18 W/OR-22 W
8. Turn right onto OR-22 W
9. Turn right onto US-101 N/Pacific Coast Scenic Byway
10. Turn left onto Farmer Creek Rd
11. Arrive at location: Farmer Creek Rd
12. Head west on Farmer Creek Rd
13. Turn left toward NF-1024
14. Continue onto NF-1024
15. Arrive at location: National Forest Development Road 1024

View in Google maps exactly where it is.

Never been to a gathering? Check out this Mini manual

Read about my Experience when I attended the South Dakota gathering in 2015.

What are Rainbow Gatherings?

Rainbow Gatherings are not festivals.

They’re intentional gatherings of all kinds of people who come together for a month somewhere in nature to cook together, sing around the fires, make workshops, share experiences and generally come together as ‘a family’.

Some people see the Rainbow Gatherings as a manifestation of a new consciousness as a tribe of many colours gathers to bring in a New Age upon the earth, fulfilling ancient Hopi Indian prophecies.

Others see it as an opportunity to hang out in nature for a month and have a great time.

Either way the Rainbow Gatherings are unique events in that there’s no commerce of any kind, no alcohol, and there’s nobody in charge. As is often heard in the Rainbow: ‘if you see a job – it’s yours!’

Rainbow Gatherings usually last for a month (a cycle of the moon) and are held all over the world and are particularly strong in Europe. There are regional Rainbows in many countries and also a European Rainbow Gathering which moves country each year.

Here is the most up todate information on the Oregon gathering.
As info gets added I will screenshot and update.

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From: “Moredhel AzHryoth, DisSpencer” <cazzell@chuma.cas.usf.edu>

Welcome Home!

The Rainbow Family of Living Light welcomes you to our family gathering. A place where people co operate not compete.

Each year the family holds the Gathering of the Tribes, a totally Free non-commercial sharing of our lives and sacred hearts, in the Cathedral of Nature for the healing of the earth.

There is no authoritarian hierarchy here. It works because each of us takes the responsibility to make it work. Part of that responsibility is a pledge we keep to each other :

  • we pledge to respect and care for each other in all things

  • we pledge to drop all forms of violence in our relations with each other

  • we pledge to deal with each other up front and with open hearts.

FOCUSED MAGIC

Technology

Recent councils have reaffirmed original consensus that the gathering of the tribes is intended as an opportunity to experiment with different ways of living. For this reason and others we ask that firearms, radios, tape decks, electric lights, sound amplification equipment, chainsaws, and power tools be left at home. All vehicles stop at the parking lot or bus village.

Dis-Organization

Beware of people who say things like, “I’m in charge!” We are All leaders of the rainbow. The dishes get done and crappers get dug because We see to it personally.

Main Gate

When you volunteer for main gate you get to see it all come in. Parking crew keeps the roads open and gate crew greets the world with hugs and info. Main gate is where new gatherers first see RAP 107 (Read and Heed!). All weapons and alcoholic beverages stop here. All forms of intoxication can be harmful to the spirit of our gathering. Main gate is where newcomers learn that, in terms of ideas, they are about to enter “Liberated Territory”.

Kitchens

Once you have helped a silent forest glade become a bustling volunteer kitchen that serves thousands of nutritious Free meals and becomes a silent glade again you will know what they mean when someone tells you magic did it! Each person needs their Own cup, bowl, and spoon. Wash buckets, including a bleach dip prevents the spread of disease.

CALM/MASH

Center for Alternative Living Medicine. In this wounded world many of our family come to the gathering in need of healing. CALM provides free health care, healing workshops, a woman’s center, an herbal apothecary, and counseling to all in need. Look for the large tents. Healers of all kinds are invited to join the staff!

MASH provides field care and an evacuation vehicle. MASH provides emergency care and volunteer experts who combine gentle natural remedies that promote the body’s natural defenses with standard medical practice.

Gathering on Public Lands

Our Permit to Gather reads as follows: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof or abridging the freedom of speech or of the press or the right of the people peaceably to assemble and to petition the government for redress of grievances.”

IGNORE ALL RUMORS OF CANCELLATION!Council

It is around the council fire that everday questions and the future of the rainbow are decided. When the conch is blown we assemble in a circle and, holding hands we seek to treat each other and the earth with respect.

Consensus

All council decisions are by consensus. This means that action is taken on an issue only After a clear statement of the proposal has been read and no one has blocked Consensus. This is why it is important to be present when issues that concern you are discussed. Everyone is given an opportunity to speak. A feather is passed to designate the speaker. We respect the person holding the feather with silence and attention. When we hold the feather we respect the council by being short and to the point.

Shanti-Sena

Shanti-Sena means “Peace Center”! There are no “Rainbow Police”. We are secure because we watch out for each other. We are All Shanti-Sena. Experienced Shanti-Sena hold regular peace keeping workshops which everyone is encouraged to attend at least once. Do you know what to do in an emergency?

Magic Hat

At each gathering we have a magic hat. Its magic lies in the miracles sharing Can do. By combining our resources we can buy in bulk and use our buying power most efficiently. Magic hat also collects for consensus projects like All Ways Free, the newspaper. We feed the multitudes! A banking council appointed by the main council handles purchases and keeps open books.

Drugs

The rainbow council is in favor of gentle herbal remedies that promote the bodies natural defences. Chemical intoxication of any kind is dangerous to the spirit of our gathering.

Silent Circle For Peace and Healing – High Noon! – July 4 Each year on the fourth we gather at Main Circle and the entire camp is hushed for an hour of silence. Join us in prayer for the peace and the healing of the earth! This event is a central focus of the entire gathering.

Sweats

Experienced volunteers lead native style sweat lodge/sauna baths for health and pleasure. Sweating re-invigorates you by flushing built-up toxins from your body. The closeness and fellowship of the lodge is an opportunity for prayer and song. Don’t be afraid to show up with an armload of firewood. Please don’t enter the lodge with an infectuous dis-ease.

Kid Village

Parents camp around Kid Village. Kid Village has a spring of its own. The kitchen is supplied with drink and nutritious snacks around the clock for children and parents. Volunteers and parents share the responsibility of childcare.

Bus Village

Many of our family are nomads, either part-time or year round. When a vehicle becomes a home it becomes unique. Bus village is a small town of unique vehicles. If you live in a bus, park it here!

Trade Circle

Many of our family work in various crafts and many bring their best work to show off or to trade for pieces that catch their eye. The mutual exchange of gifts is encouraged. Money changing in the temple is not. Our right to gather on public lands depends on our remaining a non-commerical event!

Info Center

Bullentin boards, notices, information, networking, rides, and a crew of volunteers to deal with rumor control and camp communications.

Workshops

Anyone with a skill may announce a free workshop and post notices on info center bulletin boards. There is also a time for public announcements at evening meal.

Scounting Council

The general area of next year’s gathering is decided at this year’s Vision Council. Experienced scouts are sent out to inspect dozens of potential sites. They co-ordinate their activities by contacting a focalizer for the region and attending Scouting Council in April.

Building the Rainbow Camp

Once a site is chosen, teams move onto the land and begin to mark trails and develop springs. Main Kitchen is raised and begins to feed workers. Sanitary trenches are dug and water lines set. This preparation is necessary to deal with the influx of people around July 4. As many as 20,000 people have attended at peak.

Howdy Folks Letter

When a site has been chosen the Howdy Folks goes out to focalizers who copy them and pass them on. The Howdy Folks letter is the “Official” notice of the site and should have instructions for finding it and an info phone number.

Clean Up

The gathering runs from July 1-7. Clean up begins the morning of the 8th. Gear and trash are brought in to the center and channeled up the trail to main gate.

WE PICK UP EVERY SCRAP, EVERY LAST CIGARETTE BUTT! All trash is separated for recycling. Recycling Depots are color coded.

  • red – metal and aluminum
  • orange – glass
  • yellow – burnables (not plastic)
  • green – compost
  • blue – plastic
  • indigo – Lost and Found
  • violet – Free Box

Campsites are dismantled and “disappeared”. Paths are broken up and bare spots re-seeded. Potential erosion is banked and trees planted. A clean up kitchen is last dismantled and continues to feed clean up crews until the job is done.

In a year’s time you won’t be able to tell that a small township of people had lived here for weeks! In all things we walk lightly on the land.

  • Rainbow RAP 107 – Please protect our land!
  • Harm no living thing : use only down dead wood, cut no living trees.
  • Drop no litter of any kind. Separate trash for recycling and deposit at collection sites. Put only vegetable matter in compost pits. PROTECT OUR WATER!
  • Use no soap in or within 50 feet of water areas.
  • Do not pee or poop in or near water areas.
  • Do not camp above springs. PROTECT OUR HEALTH!
  • Use your own cup, bowl, spoon and wash them thoroughly, including a bleach dip.
  • Use only latrine trenches. Clean up after children and pets. Cover feces and toilet paper with dirt and ashes. Wash hands. (Break the Fly connection! Feces – Fly – Food You!)
  • Visit CALM if you feel ill. Especially if you might have a communicable disease.
  • Drink only water that has been boiled briskly for ten minutes.
  • Keep your camp secure. “Tempt not, lest ye be lifted from.”
  • Pets should stay home. Be responsible for your animals. Keep them out of kitchens – foods – fights.
  • Discourage all forms of drug overindulgence.
  • Participate in Shanti-Sena workshops and activities.
  • Weapons are inappropriate.
  • Donate to magic hat. Our power combined is many times our power separate.
  • Confront the Rainbow with an open heart and you will see the Vision!All Ways Free

Each year at the national gathering a different Regional Council undertakes to publish at least two issues of All Ways Free, the family newspaper, in the coming year. All Ways Free is a totally open forum to publish the diversity of ideas that makes up the rainbow. The paper takes stories, letters, poems and art. Rather than sell subscriptions or advertising space, All Ways Free is produced by volunteers and supported by personal donation, regional fund raising activities, and magic hat. You can Earmark part of your magic hat money for All Ways Free.

The Guide

At the info booth are signup cards for those who wish to be included in the Rainbow Guide, a networking directory for the use of family members in contacting each other. The guide is distributed free but is supported by donation.

Local Gatherings

In order to lessen ecological impact and give more people the opportunity to experience Rainbow the family council is encouraging the formation of Local Councils to hold regional gatherings. Contact your regional focalizer as listed in the Guide. All Ways Frees lists dates and sites.

A Local Council can also be a useful way of addressing local concerns and issues. Local Councils hold cleanups, drum circles, pot-lucks, and yard sales. They put energy into shelter for the homeless free kitchens and tree planting. The Rainbow way of “Hands On” problem solving gives people of diverse viewpoints an effective means of co-operating in the healing of the planet.

PEACE Projects

Positive Energy Alternative Community Foundation is an umbrella for various councils seeking to apply the lessons learned at gatherings year round. These include peace village – a year round encampment, the peace fleet of sail ships and the peace caravan. The Guide lists focalizers and All Ways Free reports progress.

Artists For Peace

A project intended to stimulate and aid the contribution of artists and crafts-people to the whole. Check All Ways Free for details. Following is information on the Rainbow Family of Living Light and pointers on getting more information. This is a work in progress. Thanks to all on who have provided this info. An up to date list of gathering and council dates will be posted shortly.

HOT LINES

  • Mid Atlantic Hotline (Washington DC) 202 PYR-EMAL
  • Alabama Lightline (Birgingham, AL) 205 933-7777
  • New York Lightline 212 560-7111
  • Miami Picnics Last Sun of the Month 305 258-4334
  • Chicago Picnics First Sundays (Dennis) 312 281-2312
  • Great Lakes Rainbow (Ann Arbor MI) 313 761-4243 / 517 482-0949
  • Ho! Lightline (Atlanta) 404 662-6112
  • Western Tribes Hotline (Eugene OR) 503 284-6600
  • Louisiana Lightline 504 552-9315

OFFICIAL ADDRESSES OF LOVE! (Please send SASE)

The Rainbow Guide (Note that the Wisconsin address
P.O. Box 29446 is no longer valid.)
St Louis, MO 63126-7446

The directory of participants and supporters of the Rainbow Gathering of the Tribes. The names and addresses in it are freely submitted and distributed for our family’s benefit. It is always free for those who need it to be. However, if you can send a contribution, every little bit helps. New Issue comes out at the National, this year in New Mexico, in July.

All Ways Free (Note that the Eugene, OR address
Rt. 2 Box 84 is no longer valid.)
Warrens, WI 54666-9802

Annual Rainbow-oriented publication, independent of Rainbow Family Tribal Council. Lots of info, Lots of Love! All Ways Free, but a donation is All Ways Welcome!

INTERNET RESOURCES

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

!!! DO NOT BRING !!!

Alcohol: Near the parking area there is a place called

“A-camp”. Rainbow says We love the alcoholic, but not the alcohol.” Personalities change on alcohol (and hard drugs). Sometimes people can’t control themselves as well. Therefore you are respectfully asked to leave the alcohol in A-camp when you hike in to the main gathering space.

  • Aggressive dogs
  • Bad attitudes
  • Hard drugs: Rainbow discourages the use of hard drugs of any kind. Rainbow also discourages the ABUSE of any drugs of any kind.
  • Radios: Also more welcome in A-camp.
  • Guns: Never really welcomed at a gathering.

Please understand that all of these suggestions are “agreed” upon by consensus. No one is specificaly bound to these

decisions. You are asked however to respect the space of others and the rights of those who _did_ agree to consensus.

With thanks to the hundreds of contributors who wrote this book.

Original Issue June '87
Revised Summer '88 Reconsensed Sprint '89 FAQ created Spring '95
E-Texted Collated Spring '95

Obligatory Disclaimer: I do not speak for Rainbow; I speak only for myself. And that said, COPY FREELY!

Rainbow Gathering E-Text Miniature Manual – Page 6 (of 6)

This Rainbow Mini-Manual is intended to introduce newcomers to the basic technique of “Gathering”. It Does Not represent the last word on any subject! The contents of this booklet are designed to “Evolve” with the family and not to become any form of “bible”. We can do this by basing its contents on the consensus of our councils and by changing those contents as the consensus changes.

The copy you hold in your hand is a “Generic” Mini-Manual agreed upon by the Nevada ’89 Seed Council. Local councils are invited to reproduce this booklet for distribution at regional gatherings. Feel free to add “Site Specific” information, art, new titles. You may rework the content in any way you please with the single restriction that if you do, the booklet can no longer be called a Rainbow Mini-Manual.

Focalizers have been supplied with a “copy original”, so they can fill requests for copies. Send along a couple of bucks for costs. The “Mini-Manual” is a Copy Freely publication. This means that it will only be distributed as far as people find it useful to do so, not only does this save one group or individual a burdensome “publication” job but guarantees that very few copies will be printed above what its merit justifies! If everyone runs off twenty or a hundred and sends them off to others who do the same there will soon be enough mini-manuals around so that everyone who needs on can get one.

The Original Mini-Manual was designed to be easily reproducable on two sheets of 8 1/2 x 11 paper. Any stock, any means of reproduction! Print both sides, slit lengthwise and collate. With the E-Text version you can Do as You Will, however 17 cpi print at 8 lines per inch, with two columns per side and on both sides of normal paper, will print up to the Rainbow Addresses section on 1 piece of paper, and the rest will print on the front of another piece. HOORAY!

The Map is not the territory-but the map Can teach us new ways to See the territory. The Mini-Manual presents the barest outlines of the process it describes. You must fill in everything else from experience and imagination.

Together, We can create the dance!

Well the journey was to begin and all we had been our love to bring. Having no idea what to expect we journey thru the states as we wonder to the black hills of South Dakota. These hills we seek are full of hippys loaded with love and joy. The experience we seek will be at every bend of the trails as we venture into the lands of Rainbow. The venture begins with a Welcome home and a lot of smiles. Every person we met in the beginning was packed full of love. They had a story to share and a heart to explore. One must take the time and spend it  with an open ear. Pressing to be here and now while giving our attention to who speaks.rainbow

It was  a 3 mile hike with a new venture at every turn. A new smile with a story to tell. These stories built up after years of being on the road. You could see it in their hands and feel it with their words. Using words I have never heard of before that obviously were learned from time on the trail. I was left baffled by the endurance and acceptance I saw in everyone’s heart. Hearing some of the funnest things and craziest feats. I knew this was a place I could call home and treat them like family. Never did I want to leave. At this moment peace had found me.

Adventure after adventure I trekked the mountain of love. Meeting new faces and learning new ways of living life. The simple way of working as a team to get the life we deserve. As I was venturing down the path towards the camps I met a girl who needed help with packing food to her nearby camp. A bit of a walk with a ton of buckets lead me right to a family who had much to offer. This family welcomed me with a bottle of whiskey that made me remember why I don’t drink. I accepted with gratitude and loved the acceptance of me. You all made me feel so free. I had no choice to be anything but me.

I found myself not wanting. I was not wanting anything this world had to offer. I had it all right before me as I stared at the tepees in the valley. I had it all right before me and one must only reach out and grasp the love this place had to offer.

11707670_1123193064362661_2071848831588114930_nI met a friend named Caleb who wanted some company as he ventured to his camp. He had just arrived late at night, lonely as could be. I joined him in his journeys and became quite close during our time. He shared his stories and his gear. He made it very clear that I was meant to be here. His presence filled my soul and reminded me to be joyous where I am. After we shared, I departed.Rainbow gathering tent

Walking down the path once more, I stumble upon a fire. At this fire I met a friend that changed my mind. Lucy changed my mind on what I like and what I want. Having bartered a lemon drop for a peck on the cheek. It really made me feel complete. I got a chance to be a gentleman and venture thru the woods. Her plans were to relocated to a new spot a mile away. Her bags were large and heavy, but I packed them out just like a big old Chevy.

Coffee mafia was the name of the camp we seeked. When it was found I took a look around and noticed the sound. Quite and free with tons of coffee, We roasted a marshmallow and this girl busted out a cello. The music was pure and gifted from the heart. The voice made me think how I would change my life in a blink. Let me just flush it down the sink, I already took a big drink. Life was so simple with every ripple.It was ment to be, but it took me a while to see. This is the place for me. Paint with all the colors of the rainbow pocahontas said to thee.

I want it simple and therefore it was. I needed a friend to open my eyes to the world inside. Teach me the ways as I try not to gaze. Those brown eyes never made me hide. Loaded with stories and filled with charisma. This place could never make me sick ma! I craved more and refused to let it end. I pushed thru the night to a sunny smile. Boy did it last a while. I felt the heat as I sat on my seat. I once again refused to miss a beat. The drums were roaring and my dreams were soaring. Naked they danced around the fire/ Why you ask? Cause it was their desire.

10414582_1123193147695986_2104713331310840525_nThis place filled the void and brought the desire. The rules were simple that no one knew, just be true. I thought there would be just a few being true. I found it a challenge to find anyone who was not proud of who they were. Walking with beautiful people who had rocking ethics. You showed me ways to love deeper and on a more profound unconditional level. The connections formed thru this experience  will be forever lasting ones. The Last hugs said it all. (Sad face)

One morning while strolling  down a trial for trades I bumped into several traders who had many gemstones and trinkets alike. Many were offering wire wrapping and other gear for camping. From flash lights to pipes, these guys would trade anything in sight. This gave me an idea to make a reef necklace from a plant called yarrow. Achilles used yarrow to heal the wounds of his men while they fought. They used it after battles to help clear the mind of negative emotions and thoughts as a tea. Used by monks in many meditation practices. These little reefs became quite popular within the tribes. Having several people approach me to trade for these yarrow necklaces. This Lady Named Jennifer loved the one I was wearing and offered to trade  for a Henna tattoo tube that she brought from india. I was in a immediate agree on the transaction. From india!?! I Super cool trade I thought for something that took me 20 mins and some plants I picked off the trail.

Things were always there when you needed them. At dinner time the family gathered in the center of the tepees. We sat in circles, one inside of the others. This allowed a server to transport a large food bin around the circle where everyone was sitting with dinner plates ready. The organic food was so authentic my taste buds did not know what to do! Have experienced some new and amazing foods such as a zu-zu. Peanut butter and cream cheese whipped up on a bagel… Seriously I need more of that in my life. Then I was handed a deep fried deviled egg and at that moment my life was complete. Good company and good food. The food was always available when you were hungry. Soup time kitchen camp was offering soup 24/7. I can’t express how cool it was to get soup at 430 in the morning. Walking at a slow pace enjoying the sun rise with a warm cup of soup in my hand.

rainbow gathering kitchinThat morning stroll made me think, “Man! I’m in South Dakota enjoying a sunrise”. The sky was different from my home state of Idaho. I never saw any planes or satellites floating around. I imagine there is not a lot to watch in these lands of the Lakota. You could feel the freedom to think with the lack of cell phone towers blocking out your connection with the universe. You saw the magic every time you needed something and it magically appeared. Those who have gone to festivals know what I speak of to a point. Places filled with love seem to provide abundance. But this gathering was nothing like a festival. It was real and authentic.

The music shared with my ears was directly from the drum or guitar. The voices that sang were of such pure spirit that it left me wanting more and less of modern tunes. I feel like I need to learn a instrument to contribute to the beauty on the mountain. The sounds  filled the air at night. The drums called your name to attend. I sat amongst others and meditated on the sounds and feeling the energy build.

When the sun arose I was handed a yummy treat of deep-fried deviled eggs. Holy yum… Like wowsers! “This was the life!” I thought to myself. The love these people shared was not changed stranger to stranger. It was so unconditional I at times did not know how to accept so much love and gifts.10985369_1123193024362665_8678718266019862906_n

This was a heart changing experience that I would recommend to anyone who is wanting to feel at home. To feel accepted and at peace with who you are. Everyone was loving everyone. Thank you so much for feeding me and keeping me entertained with natural love my Rainbow family. You all are beautiful people and all of us deserve each other.

Never been to a gathering? Check out this Mini manual