Where will the gathering be?

We will gather peacefully for silent meditation the morning of July 4th, 2017 from dawn until noon; and a peaceful assembly of free speech and expression from July 1st through the end of Vision Counsel; in the state of Oregon. For directions, click here.

To find out how to get into the gathering without getting a mandatory court appearance ticket, click here and check out the right side-bar. To reach a human being, email Karin.

Sunday, August 13, 2017

2018 Gathering Blog

Happy August Everyone,

Just a bit of house keeping. The ongoing conversation on the rainbow gathering that took place here for the 2017 Rainbow Gathering in Oregon at http://oregongathering2017.blogspot.com/ is moving to the 2018 blog.

If you are an email subscriber to this blog and want to receive updates from the 2018 blog, you'll need to subscribe separately to https://southappalachiangathering2018.blogspot.com.  

You can subscribe to the new blog via email (check the right hand side of the page where it says "follow by email" and enter your email address). You will have to confirm your subscription once you receive the confirmation email.
 
 

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Cleanup is done

A huge thank you to all my amazing siblings who stayed and renaturalized the site. You are my heros!

To everyone else, I'm sure cleanup details will be forth coming.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Songs from the gathering

A wonderful brother Tenali records sounds of the gathering to share with family.

You can find this year's recordings on-line and there are links to other year's as well.

Thank you Tenali!

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Update from Cleanup 7/15/17

Copied this from a friend who originally posted it on Facebook about 4:30 p.m.  on 7/15 Oregon time.

Was at the site this morning. Generally things are looking pretty cleaned up.... meaning 'away from the trash collection areas (which are in full blown sorting/separating mode). But there is still a LOT of re-naturalization and 'micro-trash-collecting' work to do. When I asked "Are more people needed?" there was a number of opinions expressed. The short answer is YES.... IF you are pretty self-sufficient AND could show up REAL quick... like in the next 24 to 36 hours, or less. BUT if you couldn't do that... if it would be several days before you could arrive... you should pass. In other words... for the next 3 or 4 days... more help would be great. Personally, if you do come, I suggest you check in with Jai Hi to get oriented. He seems to understand what is needed quite well.

Friday, July 14, 2017

Remembrances, Musings and Some Sadness

C.J. Jung writes a lot about the importance of "meaning making" in life.   This idea that when we feel our lives have a purpose, the world feels right to us.  Meaning is what keeps us going when things get rough. For example, when tragedy strikes, some people use the event as a way to heal the future by speaking out against violence or by raising funds to cure a disease that took their loved one.

Each of us lives in a cultural world created by the lives we have lived intersecting with our individual selves as embodied human beings living on planet earth. This cultural world is created via stories, music, mythic systems, and the humans with whom we have interacted during our journey on this planet.

From a Jungian or Depth Psychological perspective, the process of reflection allows us to create or modifies meaning. This breaking down of existing beliefs and creation or re-creation of new beliefs is a road with many obstacles.  One can be left spiritually homeless when the old culture no longer works but a new culture has not yet grown up around us.  One can find a missing wall in the old house that needs to be rebuilt differently than the old wall. 

The rainbow gathering forces all of us to confront our cultural blankets and the holes that open up as we participate in creating a leaderless, egalitarian society open to all. Perhaps this explains the sadness I feel after five weeks spent at the gathering. I have many holes in the walls of my cultural house.  I think this is why the local people resist us when we first land in their communities as our culture doesn't fit within everyone's cultural framework.  Over time, bits and pieces of gathering culture weaves its way into the local cultural and what I imagined the gathering to be is reconstructed by what actually happens and the gathering.

The words that follow are my thoughts and experiences on the gathering in Oregon.

We need to have a generational shift where folks in their 30s and 40s start taking on some of the gathering wide functions like town Shanti Sena, relations with the tribes, parking/front gate, and other critical areas, which seem to be heavily focused by family in their 60s and 70s. The younger folks in this family are rocking it when it comes to kitchen, supply, cleanup, and councils.   It is my sincere desire, that more people think about the big picture and step up to fill the shoes of the earlies.

There were a lot of sad moments for me at this gathering. I am trying to reflect on how I could have made a difference.

  • A brother who used the "N" word towards the LEOs when I was escorting them that turned a mellow relaxed walk into a movie with the LEOs calling me racist.  Using racial slurs never makes any situation better. I called out the brother who didn't use appropriate language but the LEOs were made at me. While I don't always agree with the LEOs job, they are human being with belly buttons and are as much a part of this gathering as I am.  The "N" word has no place at a peace and love gathering.  Let's leave the bullshit behind when we gather and be our highest self.  And just for your information, the brother who shot the dog wasn't there that day nor did he come back to the gathering.
  • My friend who was attacked during the silence on the morning of the 4th for trying to peacefully block cars from driving into the meadow.  Disagreeing with someone's actions is one thing, but kicking them and taking their stuff is not O.K.  And during the silence of all times.  Have we learned nothing about creating peace? 
  • People who drove cars into the meadow to help our older family participate in the silence/om on July 4.  We had parking just before C.A.L.M. that would have allowed older family to cut through INFO to the shade structure while still keeping the cars out of the meadow and the circle.  I am so sad about this.
  • The worst 4th of July I have every experienced. The entire morning spent dealing with cars in the meadow, my friend who was attacked, and other related Shanti Sena movies. I ended up with 5 minutes of silence and by the time I made it to the meadow, the om was in progress and I sat in the center of the meadow and cried at how badly we messed things up.
  • I am so saddened by family who duct taped a brother for stealing. While I don't support stealing in any shape or form, this could have been handled in a more loving fashion.  Leaving someone duct taped on the road is violence in my opinion. If folks wanted to press charges, he could have been escorted to law enforcement, he could have been walked out of the gathering, or he could have been baby sat until he decided to leave.  Don't tell me that was better than the alternative. While I'm glad no one beat him up, this type of treatment is not worthy of this family. Leaving someone on the road in this state could lead to death. What happened to loving those among us who are hurting?  Stealing stuff ain't cool, but what was done to the thief was horrible.
  • I am heartbroken that so many cars in the parking lot were broken into, and that a supposed friend stole a friend's car. A dog getting shot was horrible and sad and I really wished my family kept their dogs on leashes. I don't like your dog's ass in my face while I'm eating dinner or having to clean up your dog's poop.  If you love your dog, keep her by your side and out of other people's business.
  • My heartfelt condolences to the families of the two men who died at the gathering and the family of those who died in a car wreck on the way home from the gathering.  All my love is coming your way.
There were many moments where we shone like the north star.

  • After the second man died, the LEOs gave him a soldier's salute. Then the man's family walked through the meadow ahead of his body and our family lined up on either side sending love and prayers to all. I love my family!
  • The meet-up of children and parents from Dirty Kid Village and Kid Village in Tepee Meadow to have a united children's parade into Main Meadow was wonderful. I love my family!
  • Kitchens serving dinner circle rocked it this year. Lot's of tasty food and plenty of it most nights. I love my family!
  • The amazing job everyone did with serving multiple concentric circles and the newly invented announcements being shouted in synchronous fashion by the food servers allowed us to hear the messages and kept the focus on "us." Great new addition to dinner circle. I love my family!
  • The beautiful family protecting the creek from camping and who moved trade circle off the creek are my heroes. Every creek is sensitive. 10,000 people with sunscreen, bug repellent, essential oils, and/or lotions will pollute all water bodies. If we followed the practice of the Japanese of cleaning ourselves before entering the water, then maybe we would not have a negative impact on surface water. Our evolution to a water quality consciousness is in its early stages. Let's keep moving ahead. 
  • The Forest Service Resource folks who counciled with us staring at spring council and helped us understand the issues with each of the 8 sites we were considering.  Dave, you and your crew are amazing.  If you stay in Oregon until you retired, this is the last annual gathering you will have to deal with.  Thank you for your patience and respect.
  • The water crew who worked tirelessly to get water to the people. I love my family.
  • A huge thank you to everyone who focalized one of the many amazing workshops.  Our family has mad skills and they were being shared all over the place.  I love my family learning and growing together!
  • Family who helped family stuck in town make it home are the greatest folks I know.
  • Family who sat in council and worked on issues of consent -- important, positive work and I thank you very much and hope we as a family continue in this vein of evolving our gathering.
  • Sisters who gathered together to share sister space -- very important work and I was honored to be a part of it.

To all the people whose names I do not know who chopped wood, hauled water, consoled the sad, healed the sick, cared for the lost animals, and spread love around the gathering, I bow down to you. You are the ones who are keeping the dream alive and I want to thank each and every one of you. You are the warriors of the rainbow.

As for me, I will continue to reflect on my experiences and responses during the gathering and work towards a a greater understanding of how to have a positive impact on the world around me.










Thursday, July 13, 2017

Vision Council Consensus

Looks like a consensus was reached.


"We, the individuals assembled at the Rainbow Family of Living Light vision counsel on the land, day 6, Oregon, July 12th, 2017, invite all people home to a silent meditation and prayer for peace on July 4th from dawn until high noon, and to gather from July 1-7, 2018, for the 47th Annual North American world peace and healing rainbow family gathering on Turtle Island in the region of the Atlantic Appalachias, from the Shenandoah mountains through the Chattahoochee forest, in a forest we have not gathered in before."

To stay tuned on updates for the 2018 gathering, visit the 2018 blog here.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

A Huge Thank You to the Burns Paiute Tribe

The Burns Paiute Tribe are the First Nation people upon whose traditional lands this year's gathering was held. Thanks to some long time gatherers contacting the tribe in the spring of this year, we were able to create positive relationships between gathering participants and tribal members to protect Flagtail Meadows and the surrounding areas.  A huge shout out to the tribe for staffing an information station in the main meadow adjacent to INFO.  Many great conversations took place and I personally learned quite a bit about the land used by the Paiute for generations.

One of the members of the Burns Paiute tribal council spoke to a workshop taking place in the teepee on July 3 regarding the rainbow gathering/Standing Rock connections. He told us that when he heard we were coming to their traditional lands, he was upset due to the Occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in 2016 in which damage to culturally sensitive artifacts occurred. He told us he was afraid that the gathering would be a similar event. When, he saw what was happening for himself, he was happy. He asked us to protect the creek and said the rest would heal over time. 

Vision council/counsel/circle put out together this consensus on July 8, 2017:

"The Rainbow Family of Living Light vision council (counsel) on the land day 2, Oregon, July 8, 2017 thanks the Burns Paiute Tribe for welcoming us to gathering on your traditional lands. We appreciate working closely with you to protect sacred sites and the environment. We deeply empathize with the loss of your traditional lands by colonization. We support your ongoing work to build a strong, healthy, and vibrating Burns Paiute Tribe now and for future generations."

Here is a photo of the letter as written out in council/counsel/circle.


This letter, along with several pieces of Obsidian that had been turned into INFO (without a location provided), were delivered to Dean Adams, Vice-Chair of the Burns Paiute Tribal Council, on Monday, July 10 about 9:30 a.m. by myself and a friend.

While we were at the reservation, we drove by the children's park called Rainbow Park.  Here's a photo in case you are curious about the synchronicity of our interactions. I look forward to continuing this relationship after the gathering and cleanup are over.