Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Planning for 2011

Here's some things we can do to prepare ourselves and contribute to a safe and sane gathering for everyone.

  • Stock up on toilet paper to bring to the gathering
  • Get a local circle going to discuss ways your local   family can contribute to the gathering. This could   be 3 people or 30.
  • Build a handicapped person shuttle rickshaw.
  • Get your camping gear in order.
  • Brainstorm on something positive you can do for the local community on your way into the gathering.
  • Go to http://www.welcomehome.org and read all the cool info about gathering to prepare yourself.
  • Start getting your car in working order - all lights, turn signals, wipers, seatbelts, etc.  Make sure   you have registration, a drivers license and insurance or you may receive a mandatory court appearance ticket from the USFS LEOs
  • Build raised shitters - a Square plywood box with a whole on the top and a lid and no bottom for people who can't squat.
  • Get a job and earn some money so you can buy a bunch of fresh fruits and veggies, or medical supplies, or water filters to bring to the gathering.
  • Fix up some of those old tarps laying around and bring them to the gathering.
  • Collect art supplies and bring them to the gathering and plan an art camp.
  • Do a teach in for all the folks planning on coming home in your local community.
  • Plan a dog or cat camp to care for dogs or cats whose owners don't have their shit together.
  • Plan a ceremony to share with the family
  • Prepare an act for the variety show
  • Plan some activities to do with the kids in Kid Village
  • Make a commitment to work Welcome Home and the Front Gate with a few of your friends.
  • Do the ground work for hands free hand wash stations.
  • Do a fund raiser in your local community and donate the proceeds to the Magic Hat.
  • Start working out so you'll be in shape for hauling stuff at the gathering
  • Prepare a workshop to share with the family on something you are interested in.
And the list goes on and on.

The more planning energy we manifest now, the higher the gathering will be in 2011.  Be the magic you wish to see at the gathering.

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Where Will The Gathering Be in 2011?

Usually when someone gets on my email list, this is the first information I send them. So to you out here in blogsphere, here's that same information.

From the invite to the very first Rainbow Gathering in 1972:

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 & Navajo 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 honor & 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.

The truth is no one knows where the gathering will be at this time.

In July 2010, Vision Council on the land in Pennsylvania called for it to be in Washington State.

Thanksgiving Council

The next step in the process of landing on a site is Thanksgiving Council (T-Council) which takes place over the four day Thanksgiving Holiday in or near the area for the following gathering. This year T-Council will be in Washington State.  This is a time of people to council and share their hopes and dreams for the 2011 gathering.  If you have potential sites you think are worthy of scouting in the spring, bring topo maps and forest service maps.  Directions and more information on T-Council will be available later - usually late October or early November so check back here or any of the other usual places.

Scout Council(s) or Scout Rendevouz

T-Council will pick dates for one or two Scout Councils. The locations will be announced one or two weeks before each date (here and all the usual places). Scout Councils/Rendevouz is a time for people out scouting to connect up, share information, talk about scouting efforts. As with all things Rainbow, no experience is necessary, just a desire to walk, learn, teach and share. If you come, please be self sufficient - have green energy for gas, food, etc. You don't need your own vehicle if you can be a positive traveling companion, but $$$ are always in short supply for scouting, so please bring enough for yourself and some to share with the person whose vehicle breaks down.

Spring Council

Spring Council is when all potential sites for the gathering are brought to any people who want to be involved in selecting a site. The council usually takes one to seven days and normally ends with either a consensus by silence among people at the council or an exodus of the majority of people heading to the site.  T-Council will pick a date for Spring Council but the exact location generally isn't determined until one to two weeks before Spring Council starts. 

Seed Camp

Once Spring Council reaches a decision, people move onto the site and start Seed Camp. Seed Camp is about creating trails, building kitchens, digging shitters, taping springs and dealing with the United States Forest Service. Historically, law enforcement harrassment is highest during Seed Camp so if you are planning on being there, take the necessary precautions to keep your self out of the system.

The Gathering

The main day of the gathering is July 4 when we observe silence from dawn until high noon and put our energy into manifesting world peace, the positive evolution of the planet and other good things.  Many people observe this with a prayer or mediation for world peace. Others do Yoga for world peace, blow bubbles for world peace, etc. Basically, if it's a silent, gentle energy then it fits in very well.  As to when the gathering starts, that's dynamic.  It's usually one day during the last week of June when some friends and I look at each other and say "today it's a gathering."   The earlier you come the more self sufficent you need to be and the rougher things with the Forest Service are. If you show up later, say after June 27, then most (but not all) of the drama has subsided.

Until spring council reaches a decision, there is no answer to the question "where is the gathering?"

Ignore all rumors of cancellation or organization!
Live lightly with the Land and People!