Welcome Home.

For directions to the gathering, click here.

If you do not want a go directly to jail card, a mandatory court appearance ticket, or your stuff tossed all over the ground as you enter the gathering, read this.

If the information on this blog does not answer your questions, send an email to gathering info and someone should respond.

Thursday, June 6, 2013

What is the Rainbow Family of Living Light?

Today's guest blog post is an oldy but a goodie, written by a long time gathering a long time ago but her wise words still hold true today.  Copied from the grandmommie of Rainbow web sites: Welcomehome.org filled with great hipstorical information. Enjoy!

 ~ ~ What is the Rainbow Family of Living Light? ~ ~ 

First of all, be prepared for a different answer from each person who responds. Rainbow is different things to different people.

Most of us, though not all, who consider ourselves part of the Rainbow Family, have attended the Rainbow Gathering of the Tribes, which takes place from July 1 - 7 every year. The first gathering was in 1972, the invitation to it reading as follows:

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. - Amen -

The 3000 acres never materialized, and the first gathering took place partly on private land offered for temporary use, and partly on National Forest land. As you can see, this was intended to be a onetime event. However, people liked it so much that gatherings continued to happen annually on federal lands, each year in a different state. The length of the gathering has since expanded beyond the original four-day span.

For many years, there was only the one gathering, and the spiritual focus was foremost in the minds of everyone who attended. Most folks were identified with the "hippie" movement of the times, engaged in establishing alternative social, economic, spiritual, political, and/or environmental consciousness. Many were involved either in the Peace movement in the cities or the communal, back-to-the-land movement in the country. In either case, exploration of alternative spiritual systems and states of consciousness was often a common theme.

Sometime around the mid-1980s, folks who felt it was too far or too long to the annual gathering started coming together for smaller, regional gatherings. People all over the country developed local and regional bonds.

In the past few years, the spiritual focus has been less obvious, due to the huge influx of people who may not realize the central purpose of the gatherings. These folks may come to party, to hang out, to find like-minded people, to gain support for their political causes, or whatever. Who knows? (I sure don't, since I haven't spoken with all of them.)

The interesting thing is that we all consider ourselves to be part of a huge, extended family, no matter what our reason for gathering, no matter what our spiritual or religious or political or economic or social views may be. And many people who have not yet had an opportunity to attend a gathering also feel they are part of this family.

Another interesting thing is that there is no formal organizational structure. There are no membership qualifications, no fees or dues, no leaders, and virtually no rules other than the one of "peaceful respect." Each year, individuals take personal responsibility and work together with others on whatever they are inspired to do, from office work, to scouting, to building the kitchens at the gatherings, to hauling in food and first-aid supplies, to peacekeeping, etc. Every project undertaken operates essentially on a consensus basis. Participation, communication, and cooperation are how things get done.

It is nothing short of miraculous.

The gatherings are free and non-commercial, and everyone is welcome. Each person is asked to bring their own camping equipment (this all takes place in remote areas of the National Forest), their own cup, bowl, and spoon, and whatever they might want to share to help the gathering happen (tarps, shovels, musical instruments, bulk food, etc.). No one will be turned away because of lacks in these areas, however. The Magic Hat is passed at mealtimes and around camp. Donations are used to buy food in bulk for the kitchens and whatever else may be necessary for the communal well-being (plywood covers and lime for the latrines, first aid supplies, etc.).

Besides the work that goes on to help the gathering happen, there's also lots of accoustical music, drumming, dancing, workshops, herb-walks, council circles, sister circles, brother circles, brother-sister circles, people hanging out, people bartering, people enjoying nature, people meditating, chanting, and praying, people talking politics, people talking spiritual and personal growth, people visioning the future, people doing bodywork and other healing work, ...

The list could go on forever.

For me personally, the Rainbow Family is where I have found my greatest opportunities to learn, to grow, to celebrate, to be one with my fellow beings and my mother Earth, to serve, to pray, to play. The gatherings for me are living theater, evolution in process, creativity manifest. I am passionately in love.

Picture twenty thousand people in a sunlit meadow, standing silent in prayer, holding hands in one huge, unbroken circle. Picture a parade of children approaching, singing songs, their countenances bright with enthusiasm and face paint, baloons and banners waving in the breeze. Picture the breaking of the silence with a cheer from the circle, then the silence returning once again, to grow slowly into a thrum of voices united in a single OM reverberating through the valley and on to the hills beyond. Hold the OM in your mind. Let it spread through and around and in you. Feel it pass from hand to hand and heart to heart.

The magic, the connection you feel is the essence of the Rainbow Family of Living Light.

Peace, love, and light,



  1. Hey mama, any word on what the hike in looks like? my boyfriend and I want to go but we need kind of an idea of what that looks like.

  2. http://montanagathering2013.blogspot.com/2012/08/where-will-2013-gathering-be-held.html

  3. OK, so be careful . the drug and dope fueled devils cult is coming. we don't want you! take your dope elsewhere. our duty is to hassle all of you and we will make trouble for you. you can count on that. Police and LEO presence will be heavy, and drugs will not be tolerated.did pull your permits to gather? What about the filth and AIDS diseases you carry. You abuse children and animals by exposing them to drugs(pot is illegal here).You don't care for your kids or animals.You damage groundwater sources. I could go on and on... expect many problems..yes your cult is the target

  4. Wow, seriously? A cult? LOL.

  5. Great description sister - from a brother lucky enough to stumble across the 1rst gathering in 72! I brought Rainbow into the Titanic Co-op, where I'd just taken a room, and that was the staging location for our shuttle bus to Granby! Hope to see you in Montana!

  6. Hey, I M nobody, but I do observe and make comments about things I find interesting.

    rainbow is a collection of like minded. No real leadership, no real organization. A real hey man like wow - happening (i m old enough to know what a happening is).
    And this is what I find interesting. You have a lot in common with other groups of leaderless like minded loosely affiliated organizations. Except you all are politically correct and haven't received the adoring attention of the main stream media and the political slandering of power mobs that perceive you as "opposition".

    In fact, given what you are like minded about - I would hazard a guess that many of rainbows people actively join in persecuting other loosely affiliated groups. Philosophically one could make the argument that by bringing the heat and participating in the mob in persecuting the other, you all are in effect setting up persecution of your own efforts.

    I haven't said what group you share so much with because I wanted you to keep reading and knew that if I did, minds and ears would close and emotions would supersede open discussion. But the group I am talking about is the tea party. No one leader, a group of like minded, barely affiliated groups, some grand standers, some quiet souls chiming in about something they care deeply about. And yet... vilified, lied about, propagandized against, called sexually offensive names, and made into something they never were by those that perceive such a thing as a tea party a threat to their way of life and beliefs.

    So there you are. Rainbow and Tea Party sisters of common bonds. Yet I wonder how much hate or negative emotion is roused within Rainbow's against Tea Parts? A lot I bet. Odd though. You are both in the same fight about the same organizational legitimacy issue, taking the same fire (w/ different munitions), from the same government groups.

    So Tea Party stands or falls, so Rainbow stands or falls. Sisters strangling each other, in a fight that ensures the success of neither. And their "causes" nullified and lost to the powers interested only in their own powers.

    And that is what I find interesting. I M not Tea Party or Rainbow I M on the outside looking in...

  7. fuck tea party and rainbow filth

  8. everyone has a bandwagon


What do you think?