Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Marie Hanson’s Family Finding Closure

From ( & KRNV) South Lake Tahoe, Calif. – Loved ones of a South Lake Tahoe woman who went missing nearly 3 months ago say they’re beginning to find closure.

Marie Hanson’s Family Finding Closure

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Marie RIP

--From 10/10/11 Updated on 10/11/11
Marie's family has confirmed that the remains found yesterday at the site in Washington are Marie's.
Services will be held this Saturday, October 15th at Sierra Community Church, Sierra Bvd in South Lake Tahoe at noon.
1. The Search Fund has now become the Marie Hanson Memorial Fund ... Donations can be made at 1036 Al Tahoe Blvd. S. Lake Tahoe, CA 96150
or at All donations will help the family with expenses. Most people have life insurance, but Marie did not.
2. Please come show support for Marie's family and friends by attending Saturdays Memorial Service. Please bring a dish if you are able.
3. Pray, Pray and Pray for her family and friends. She is sorely missed by us all.
For those who were at the gathering, Marie's body was found  up the Rd 32/3220 (past the 150 road and before Road 166), before you come to the big "drop-off" .... Her body was on the far side of the road - about 200 yards off the road. An investigation is underway. Once there is more information to share, it will be shared.

--From 10/9/11
Late this afternoon the Skamania County Sheriff informed Marie's family that human remains and jewelry were found at the search site. Positive identification has not been made, however the remains were located near Marie's camp, and there are no other missing persons reported. Sheriff officers will remain at the site throughout the investigation.

Marie's family requests that you allow them their privacy for a couple of days. When positive identification is made, we will post the news.

Thank you friends for your loving support.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Family and Friends Searched for Marie Last Weekend

Last weekend, gatherers, local folks, local law enforcement and Marie's friends gathered on the site to search for Marie. At this point there is a very high probability that Marie's body is up there although it has not yet been found. Cadaver dogs will search again for her remains over the next few days.  For an interview with Marie's daughter on what the search turned up,  click here.

We love you Marie!

Monday, September 19, 2011

Searching for Marie Before the First Snow Fall ~Sept 30/Oct 1~


Inviting all people in the area or from distant lands to rendezvous at the site of the 2011 Annual Gathering of the Tribes to search for Marie before the first snow fall.  Meet around 10 AM on Friday, September 30 and Saturday, October 1st on US Forest Service Road 3111 -- about a mile west of the Lone Butt Snow Park. Road 3111 picks up a 1/4 mile west of the  intersection of Wind River/Meadow Creek and Forest Service Road 30 (also called Lone Butte). Drive about another 1/2 to 3/4 mile and you'll see find the search party.  the intersection of US Forest Service Road 32 and 150 (back gate)...  For directions, click here

We need self-sufficient persons... i.e. people who have their own transportation and, hopefully, bring a Search Partner as we will be using the buddy system so we don't loose anyone else.

Bring warm, brightly covered clothes... Hunting season is upon us and we don't want you to get shot.

We'll be asking all volunteers to go through a workshop concerning the search -- please honor this process as we want to find Marie and protect any evidence we may encounter while making sure you stay safe.  If you come, you are liable for your own safety. This is rough country so be prepared for freezing temperatures and wet weather. Wear hiking boots. Be prepared for bugs, bugs and more bugs.

We will be doing "grid work" meaning walking close with one another for 2 days.
We respectfully ask you to move out of the immediate area Saturday night - people will probably retreat to a campground in the area. Folks on site will plug you in once you're there.  Marie's family will be with us and it would be great if a few people can come and focus their energy on supporting the family during this stressful and emotional time. 

We strongly encourage all local town folks to come participate in this search.  We need your help  ~~ the more legs the better and you all know this area better than we do.

EVERYONE, please take the time to watch this video and see if you remember seeing Mellow on the evening of July 7, anytime on July 8 or July 9 & 10.  Cathy is in the background when Mellow is being interviewed.


We're trying to reach out to any person who was at the gathering on July 7 and/or 8th and who may have been on the road past the 150 gate on FS Road 32 near Omnivore Cafe and 1 mile in either direction on 32. If you were in that area and saw any of these people, this car or this dog, please email me, post anonymously to this blog, contact the family directly or either of the sheriff's departments involved in this case.

    * Skamania County Sheriff - Detective Tim Garrity
    * (509) 427-9490
    * Case #11-05271

    * Or South Lake Tahoe Police
    * (530)542-6100
    * Case #1107-1214

Mystery Man Who May Have Seen Marie on July 7

Bandit the Dog

Marie and Bandit


Cathy, aka Cat

Marie with young child

Cathy's Car. Marie was last seen on USFS Road 32 the night of July 7 near this car. If you remember seeing anything around this car between sundown on July 7 and July 10, you may have the missing info that will help us find Marie.

Other than Mystery Man, we know who everyone else is. So if you know who Mystery Man is, please ask him to share what he and Marie talked about that last day.
On a tangential issue, I'm looking for information on anyone who did ceremony at the gathering in a tent with a shaman named Troy where Bandit the dog was present.

Please download and distribute this flyer in your local co-ops, head shops, dispensaries or any place you can think of in your area were hippies or gatherers might visit.  For general info and more photos of Marie, click here.

Please help in what ever way you can. Contact the media in your community and get the message out. In forty years of gathering, we have yet to loose anyone from the gathering site. Please don't let Marie be the first one.  This is our chance to show the local folks how we walk our talk.  Let's help Marie's family find closure by finding her remains so they can morn, celebrate her life and bury her according to their beliefs.

And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.  
~~ Nelson Mandela

Thursday, September 1, 2011

The Dog That Everyone Remembers (with Marie)

I'm trying to get a higher resolution photo, but in the meantime, do you remember meeting "Bandit" the dog at Loven Ovens or Safe Swinging. Bandit would have been accompanied by Mellow, Marie or Cathy.
Bandit & Marie

The Search for Marie Continues and Goes Back to the Land

Cathy's Saturn
Marie was last seen late on the night of July 8 camped near this car on the 3220 road (where all the cars were parked), past the 150 road/gate (Kitchen Drop Off, Ominvore Cafe, dirt road to Loven Ovens).

She was camping with Mellow and Cathy, aka Cat or Cheshire Cat. For photos of all three, click here.  If anyone saw Marie, Mellow or Cathy on July 7, 8 or 9, every detail of when and where the interaction happened is very important. Also critical is things like the vibes you got, what kind of a mood they were in, what they were doing and even what they were wearing.  If you remember anything, you can contact the sheriff (509-427-9490) or you can contact the family by going to the Find Marie Hanson website.  If you prefer, you can call me at 858-405-7503 or email me.  Finally, if  you want to remain anonymous, post a comment on this blog with any information you may have. 
July 6 Mystery Man

There was a man Marie was seen with on July 6. He is described by the witness as a white male adult, late 40’s or 50’s, approximately 5’08”, and a thin build and is shown in the sketch to the left. He wore many silver necklaces with medallions, and had rings on his fingers, wore a dark colored Duster type jacket and carried a cane. If you know who he is or are him, we are trying to figure out what was going on with Marie on July 6th.

Also, anyone who was around a dog named "Bandit." The dog was white with a black patch of fur over the eye like lil raskles or a racoon. Hence the bandit name. The dog was being care taken by the man in the sketch. The dog's owner was Cathy. The dog never left Cathy's lap once she arrived at the gathering. 

Shanti Sena Search Party

This weekend (Labor Day Weekend), folks will be going back up to the site for three days of searching for Marie Hanson and camping with each other. The search will be through rough terrain, so bring your hiking boots, rope, basic camping gear, plenty of drinking water and some food. This is not a gathering, but a Shanti Sena Search Party and Camp-out to see if we can find Marie Hanson's body. The directions to the gathering are here.

When searching, please use the buddy system, at least 3 people within visual sight of each other at all times.  The reason for three is that if someone gets hurt, one person stays with the hurt person, one person goes for help. Furthermore, this will allow you to serve as each other's witnesses in case you find anything.

If you go to the land and find what you believe may be human remains, do not touch anything. Keep everyone back from the spot, send someone to call the sheriff and leave at least 3 people near the site. Take photos if you have a camera.  THIS IS CRITICALLY IMPORTANT.  There may be evidence on the body which we do not want to contaminate. 

Finally if you  have any information about Marie Hanson’s whereabouts feel free to contact Detective Tim Garrity at the Skamania County Sheriff’s Office at 509-427-9490 or email him.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Can you help find out what happened to Marie?

For forty years this family has gathered and to the best of my knowledge we've never lost anyone.  Let's make sure Marie doesn't stay lost.  If she's alive, all her family needs from her is a phone call.  If Marie is deceased, her family wants her body back so they can grieve and bury her.

Marie came to the gathering with Cathy and Mellow. She was last seen on the morning of July 7th.

Marie’s family is now asking everyone who saw Marie, Mellow or Cathy at any time during the gathering come forward with dates, times and specifics about locations and people who were seen with Marie.  If you met any of these people at the gathering, know the details may help us find Marie who has now been missing for over a month. Her grandchildren are hurting and finding out what happened to Marie will help them and the rest of her family heal. Don't leave Marie's grandchildren crying for her.

  • Marie arrived at the Gathering on July 2nd with “Mellow” and camped near Lovin’ Oven.
  • She and Mellow moved their camp to the Rear Gate on July 5th.
  • They were joined by Mellow’s girlfriend Cathy on July 6th.
  • The last sighting of Marie was the morning of July 7th near the rear gate. She never came back to camp, leaving all of her belongings.
  • Mellow searched for Marie, showing her ID to people at the Gathering until the morning of July 10th, when he and Cathy returned home.
If you saw Marie, Mellow or Cathy at the gathering, please contact the family or if you prefer to remain anonymous, you can post your comments on this message.  If you wish, you can email me any information you have with instructions to not reveal where I got it and I will honor your privacy.  All we want is to find Marie: dead or alive.

Even if you don't remember these three people, if you were near the rear gate (150 Road -- kitchen supply drop off; handicapped parking; Omnivore Cafe) on July 7, please contact me with everything you can remember about that morning. No detail is too small.  For more information, photos and details of the search efforts to date, visit

Please share this plea with everyone you know who attended the Washington Gathering this year. 

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Marie's Family is Heartbroken

For the latest plea for help and sanity, click here.

Cleanup Seems to Be Done

I got a call from a friend who was at cleanup and he's left the site and apparently so has everyone else.  He will share a cleanup report in a few days. 

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Marie is still missing

Marie is in jeans on the right in the photo
I find it very strange for a 54 year old woman to blow off her husband, kids and grand kids.  For more information and the groovy flyer you can distribute in your area, click here.  Or see the Missing Mom post from a few weeks ago.  Also, anyone from Jesus Camp, Kidde Camp or Lovin’ Oven who may have seen Marie or spoken to her please contact the family.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Rainbow Music

A kind brother has a webiste full of recordings he has made of folks making music at the Gathering in Washington (and other years as well).  Check it out when you're homesick.

Cleanup Update

I don't have much info about cleanup at present. Until I post something that says clean up is done, it will be ongoing.  Word I heard was that trash was a big issue and at this point I would expect cleanup will go on until sometime during the first week of August.

The folks doing cleanup can always use some extra hands, so if you have a day or two and you live in the area, go back up and put some sweat equity into the gathering. Bring work gloves, a shovel and ask any dirty amazing family what needs doing.  If you do go back up and it fits into your budget, bring some fresh fruit or even ice cream (if you have the coolers for it) to boost moral.  True Rainbow Magic is ice cream at the end of a long time of hard work.

Word is that the mosquitoes hatched and are out in force, so prepare yourself.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Did you get a ticket on the road into the gathering?

If so, please read the top of this blog if you don't know how the game is played.  If you didn't deal with your ticket, Jeff Kline has offered to try to help you sort it out (at no cost).  Email him. 

Or leave your contact info as a comment to this post, and someone will be in touch.

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Learning Lessons

For those of you who hang out with me, you've heard me share this rap, but I'll reiterate just for the hipstory of it.

The gathering was under siege by the United States Forest Service (USFS)  from the late nineties until 2008 with the worst years seeming to be from about 2001 building to the incident in Wyoming in 2008 (where the USFS cops shot pepper spray guns at folks in Kid Village). 

During these years, myself and many long time experienced gatherers put most of our time and energy into dealing with the USFS not into dealing with our own internal issues.  I'm not saying those of us who did that where right or wrong, I'm just saying that from my point of view that's what happened.  I know personally that besides endless permit issues, I spent a lot of time trying to keep my family, especially my young brothers and sisters, from getting arrested.  At the time it seemed like a good idea.  When I have it to do over again, I may do the same thing only I'll have a different perspective on it.

However, ten years in the gathering is an entire generation. An entire generation of people who started coming to gatherings where main council rarely happened, people weren't willing to step up and focalize things for fear of being labeled a "leader" and going to prison for it like so many of our very wise long time gatherers did.   An entire generation where proper sanitation techniques weren't being appropriately shared with new kitchens, where recycling has gone the way of poodle skirts, where people didn't feel main council was a good place to bring their problems, concerns or ideas for the positive evolution of the planet.

During these years, there was a lot of focus on the "individual" nature of the gathering as proof we shouldn't have to sign a permit and very little focus on the "collective" nature of the gathering.  Even though we are individuals, we are also creating a temporary community which has a "collective" nature.  I'm not talking in a legal sense because I feel as if trying to define who we are in reaction to law is a losing proposition. We need to define who we are based on our collective and individual visions of what this gathering, this family, this world can become. 

Starting in 2009, we started having main council daily from July 1 through 6 (excluding the 4th).  (Thank you David and Cody for your hard work in grounding our gathering.)  I feel the energy shifting.  People are coming and discussing real issues on the land. Nuts and bolts problems that we need to solve together.  We do have a shortage of long time gatherers and especially the "earlies" at main council.   The less experienced gatherers are hungry for what you have to share.

The hipstories have returned with people sharing collective stories from 1972 on to the present. We have workshops galore now after years of diminishing workshops. 

However, we can't drop our own traditions for ten years and then except people who never knew them to pick up the moment we stop feeling under siege from the government.  Since the spring of 2008, I  have created an annual blog for each gathering where I rap about stuff I have learned in my years of gatherings.  This is just one way to share the hard won knowledge and wisdom of this family.  I know other people in this family are doing their part to share the wisdom in whatever manner each person sees fit.  We really need to ramp this up, but not from a place of, I'm smart and you're dumb, but with this entire history of how we got to this point.  Because the problem isn't the less experienced  gatherers, its the more experienced ones who dropped the ball (for valid reasons).

Some experienced scouts started a page on Facebook to discuss scouting and share their knowledge with less experienced folks. (Great idea) and the discussions and ideas are flowing freely there on the topic of site selection.

This year specifically, I felt that lack of a site specific Rap 107 contributed to our struggles with keeping people camped back from the creek and not swimming in the creek. It was my understanding that some of the younger family didn't want the environmental impact of the paper. I can respect that
position, but we need a very small Rap 107 (printed on 100% recycled paper) that everyone gets coming in which includes site specific issues like Bull Trout eggs getting ready to hatch - hence we need to protect the creeks.  That sure would have save me personally a lot of stress.

I'm sure everyone reading this has other ideas on how we can increase the speed at which people are learning gathering basics and our hipstory. I truly believe this is the heart of the various problems so many people are bitching about. 

Be the change you wish to see in the world.

Peace out!

Friday, July 22, 2011

Rainbow Guides lost in transit

They were shipped back and forth the country and never made it to the gathering.  However, the guides were printed and are available by following these directions:

Some 2011 Rainbow Guides are now at my house and ready to be sent by regular mail to anyone who sends a request to Rainbow Guide. You can also ask to be sent via e-mail a PDF file of it. You can ask for more than one copy, and amounts of up to 75 can be sent to regional focalizers.
If you want to be included in the 2012 Guide, you can send an entry by  Clicking here or sending an e-mail to Liz.
The Guide is available at no cost to anyone who wants one, but it costs $1.09 for the stamp and approx $1.85 for the envelope to send one guide thru the mail. It cost 42 cents to print and ship from the printer one issue of the 2011 Guide. Contributions of more than than the total of these amounts help to make up for the people who don't contribute, and to print the Guide next year.

You can direct PayPal to send money here.

You can also send small bills ($20 or less) thru the mail safely to:
Rainbow Guide
3015 Oklahoma Ave.
Muskogee, OK 74401
Do not send checks or money orders made out to "Rainbow Guide". There exists no personal or business checking account with that name where they can be cashed.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Another lost brother (who is now found)

Dennis is OK and is hitchhiking home.  

Since we had two missing women, (one who has been found one who is still missing) it's only fitting that we now have a second missing man.  All we're asking is that he contact someone and let them know he's doing OK.  He's an adult so he doesn't have to, but when folks are worried about you, it's nice to let them know you're doing OK from time to time.

**Begin forwarded message**
My brother, Bruce Davis, attended the Rainbow gathering and we have not had contact from him since.  He was supposed to be in Colorado by last week, but has never arrived.  I understand that someone named Virgil saw him on July 5th at the Gathering and said Bruce was in "good spirits with good vibes."

Could you please post this information and ask the Blog readers to send information if they have seen Bruce or know where he is? If you do, please email Hildreth.

Monday, July 18, 2011

Personal Reflections

I came into this gathering a bit hesitant (due to personal issues).   I packed heavy and managed to stay warm and dry the entire gathering (even during the stretch of rain that lasted 36 hours straight).  Here are some of my own thoughts and reflections.

Due to the snow, seed camp got a late start.  Although I arrived on June 23rd and there were kitchens already set up by then, the gathering seemed like a ghost town. I hiked around the meadow trying to find some place to camp and couldn't find any place that felt like a place.  I ended up spending two nights at the gate by FS Road 150 where I had friends.  A lot of kitchens came in late and the money started coming into the magic hat pretty late as well.  Getting such a late start on seed camp was hard to recover from although people worked hard.

I participated in the Town Hall Meeting the night of June 24. There was a great turn out and lots of good conversations happening. For a copy of the handouts that were distributed at the meeting, click here(Warning! It's a large file). Once back on the land, I ended up plugging into INFO and spent most of my gathering hanging out there and trying to help other people have a positive gathering.

Gathering participants met with the USFS Resourse folks and worked out an unsigned operating plan on the land. Click here to see the PDF version I scanned.

One of the things I really noticed this year is that there are a lot of amazing and wonderful younger family plugging into to kitchens and getting things done.  Yet it still seems like some of the tasks that deal with the gathering as a whole are under represented by the younger folks.  Some examples:  meeting with the Sheriff and Emergency Medical Services in the area; working out gathering logistics with the USFS Resource Advisers on the land, dealing with the circle on the 4th, and parking.  I didn't really realize this until after I left but as I was thinking back on these things, I realized we as a family need to do a better job of making sure our younger family knows how to work as individuals with various government agencies and how to think about gathering wide issues (such as not camping next to the creek, protecting our non-human family and coming to the town meetings).  I guess this is food for thought for next year.

I met hundreds of day trippers and over nighters. Starting on the night of July 1st, they came in droves. Arriving by car at 1 PM and by the time they made it into the gathering, dinner circle was winding down and the day trippers had flip flops and hoodies - many didn't even have flashlights.  Every evening as it got dark, they landed at INFO, lost and not sure how to get back to their cars--cold, hungry and thirsty.  We tried to help them as best we could, but it was tough.  Despite all the warm clothing people brought to share with others, it went as fast as it came in.

Despite the high numbers of first time gatherers, most everything rolled on peacefully and positively.  The nights were cold. The nights were cold. Some of the days were cold as well, but the sun did come out for the weekend of the 4th.

The Rainbow Guide went into shipping hell and never made it to the gathering, nor was there an Always Free, but a new focalizer for Always Free has stepped up so I'm thinking good thoughts for next year.

Thanks to my wonderful friend Cody's hard work at facilitating Main Council, it happened every day. I made it twice and we had people discussing pressing issues regarding the gathering. I also made it to the Cyber Council and it was great to put some faces to people I only know online. We had a lot of people listening in to the discussions and some very good points were made. The two best points where that using the Internet to share directions, raps, etc. is great, but that we need to remember we make decisions on the land. The other good suggestion is when circulating info on the Internet, always include information on what a gathering is, a few of the raps, and make sure people understand what they are going to when someone post directions to a rainbow related event.

We had the usual Shanti Sena issues and lots of people plugging in.  There was a Shanti Sena Council on July 3rd that had a small group of people sharing methods and styles of dealing with various issues. There was a lot of discussion on preventative measures and how people can make sure that no one is getting lost or starting to feud with their neighbors. We had a great mix of young folks who have been actively doing Shanti Sena and experienced folks.

Because most of the meadows were marshes, dinner circle happened on a small spit of dry land between Montana Mudd and Rainbow Crystal Kitchen.  It was cozy to say the least.  On the 4th, there were two circles: a small intimate one in the dinner circle meadow and a large one that spanned the perimeter of Main Marsh.  The children made it to the side of the circle where they stayed before the oming even started (kids were a bit early if you ask me).  The circle at the far end was pretty sparse with fingers stretched out to touch fingers, but I think we closed the circle before the Om broke.

The USFS Resource Advisers came in a couple of days at the end of June and July 1st. Other than that, Gary Campbell and Mary King came in and walked around a few days.  While about 150 people received tickets on the road, the LEO DID NOT server warrants in the gathering.  I repeat, there were no bands of armed and hunting law enforcement officers inside the gathering. I only heard six up a few times in almost two weeks.  From July 2nd until July 6th, we didn't see any forest service.  They did return on July 6th although I was driving out when they were coming in so I don't know why they were coming into the gathering.

For what ever reason, we never manifested a Welcome Home. There where 3 or 4 gates depending on how you counted them and people coming in all of them.  This made it very confusing to direct people out as everyone came in via the "main gate."  Luckily 3 of the 4 gathers dumped people out very close to info, but I know a lot of people had a hard time with the chaotic energy where they came in and it would have helped out a lot to have a Welcome Home camp that was actively greeting people.  The INFO crew was out in force on the busy nights welcoming people home and helping them find the camps they were looking for.

The parking scene was a bit tight. Much of the road side parking was covered in snow drifts that were 2-3 feet high when I drove out on the 6th.  I came into the gathering twice and both times was greeted by a friendly and peaceful face (Thank you front gate - you rocked!).  Unfortunately, some of our family is pretty stupid when it comes to parking and a few people did get their cars towed, but for the most part, we controlled the road and it was tough to stay on top of it.  The USFS LEOS did close the road for 12-14 hours, but then the blockade came down and people started double parking and blocking the road.  Hey family!  DO NOT EVER PARK SO A FIRE TRUCK AND/OR AMBULANCE CANNOT GET THROUGH.  We have medical emergencies all the time and need to get our family medical help.  Don't be an ass.  If you have to park 5 miles away so you're not blocking the road, do so. The life you save may be your own.

I was also dismayed at how many people think pitching a tent two feet from the bank of a creek is OK.  Never, never, never camp on the bank.  All the foot traffic causes erosion in the banks and that's not good for fishes and other creatures who live in the creek.  Plus this sort of damage is very hard to repair. Creeks are sensitive areas.  This year in particular, Bull Trout eggs were getting ready to hatch downstream.  Stirring up dirt in the creek can plug the air holes in the eggs and prevent them from hatching.  Please remember to consider all the living creatures who depend on the ecosystems in which we gather.  A standard rule of thumb is 50 feet back from surface waters.

A big shout out to the folks on the land early who shoveled snow to get into the gathering. That's hard core energy and I'm glad it was you, not me.

Loving all of you!

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Missing Brother Has Been Found.

Dennis has been found.  Thanks to all who helped!

*************BEGIN MSG*******

Our adult son is missing.  We have not heard from him since June 24th and are getting concerned.

His name is Dennis Robertson, he also goes by Yeramy
He is 32 soon to be 33
This was his first time at the gathering, although at age 14 he was quite influenced by those he saw from the Rainbow family that had passed through our town
He left with some camping gear and hitchhiked there.  He also does a lot of flint napping and was planning on trading a lot of the things he had made.
He was alone

He was going to contact me in a couple of weeks by phone.

Here are a couple of recent pictures of him.  Please let us know if you have any contact with him or any information. 
Thank you,


Email Kathy

Friday, July 15, 2011

Vision Council

Originally this post had the general wording of the consensus. This is now the wording as read on the land.
OFFICIAL WORDING: Consensus for the 2012 annual gathering was reached with 10 seconds of silence on July 16 at 3:55 pm, pdt. We the people on the land at the 2011 annual gathering vision council of the rainbow family of living light, have reached a consensus to hold the 2012 annual peaceable assembly and free speech gathering in the White Mountain National Forest (in the N.E.), or the Appalachian states of Kentucky, North Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, Georgia. We Love You
 I've created a blog for the 2012 gathering, which you can find here.

R.I.P. Steve and Amber "Aya"

While two babies were born this year, we lost two beautiful people due to pre-existing medical conditions. Ignore all rumours about other causes.

In alphabetical order by first name

Amber "Aya" M. Kellar, 28, passed on to her new life on July 6, 2011 at the Rainbow Gathering in Washington state.
Her partner is our brother Rudi Bega of Warriors of the Light kitchen.  Amber had a heart
Amber was a native of Tully, NY, who lived in the Syracuse area for most of her life and was currently residing in California. She was an accomplished artist who was known by many for her artistic talents as well as for her kindness and loving nature. Her brother, Robert Mersfelder, predeceased her in 1999. S...urvivors include her mother, Dale Kellar; her father, Steven Kellar; her sister, Kimberly A. Kellar; her nieces and nephews, Michael, Robert, Stephanie, Kyleigh, Autumn and Bella; and her aunts, uncles and cousins. Everyone is welcome to celebrate Amber's life at a gathering, "Aya's Festival of Life," which will be held at one of Amber's favorite places, 3720 Tanner Road, Syracuse, NY 13215. Beginning 10 a.m. Friday, July 15, remembrance services will be held at the property, and then Amber's burial will follow in Howlett Hill Cemetery. "Aya's Festival of Life" will continue, following her burial, until Sunday at the Tanner Road property. For those inclined to do so, contributions may be made to a fund established for arrangements. 
A second memorial has been scheduled for the weekend of Friday, July 29 · 12:00pm - 3:00pm @ 17106 Player Court --Weed, CA
A gathering and celebration of Amber's Life will be held at our home in Weed, CA. We are going to be gathering for the whole weekend, and celebrating at Amber's favorite spots. North Shore at Lake Siskiyou, McCloud Falls, Pluto's Cave, The Buddha Hole, etc. If you can only make it for 1 day, the 29th will be the one you are looking for. If you can join us for more of the weekend, please do. We have a really really big house, all are welcome to stay, plus there is camping all over around us. Amber would love for you to come share her memories and her favorite places and pastimes, here in the Mount Shasta area. Also I would love to give you all a hug.

Online condolences at

Donations can be made to:
Dale Kellar
3816 Split Rock Rd.
Camillus, NY 13031
It is requested that in the memo space, that "For Amber" is added.

Some additional information from a friend who has been in contact with the family: 
Amber had a pre-existing heart condition. The times I've met and laughed with Amber and Rudi there was such fun, love, and care humbly expressed not just for one another but for our responsible stewardship of the Earth. She is so sourly missed by all who've been blessed to have been touched by her journey.

New York Steve (Steve Pierce) , 50, of Ft. Bragg passed at the Ovens on 6/24. Steve was making sticky buns at Loven Ovens when he passed on to the earth or the sky or heavens. Family and Forest Service united to try to save Steve's life to no avail. It was a team effort and one that touched all who participated deeply. Thank you to all who where there when Steve moved on or up or down. (Photo above is Shalom, Marion, D, Marilyn (Front/Center RIP), NY Steve (lower right) Leaving 1993 Alabama Gathering)

New York Steve and a Friend
Steve had been working on improving his health and he had lost 100 pounds since the last time I saw him.  Steve traveled with cooking gear, lots of cooking gear. I have a wonderful image in my mind of him sitting at Welcome Home in Wyoming 2008 with a huge pile of cooking gear around him that he was trying to get to the ovens. Like a kid sitting in a pile of blocks, Steve sat in a pile of cooking gear.  I wish I had a photo of that moment to share with you but hopefully I've describe it well enough for you to picture it.

Please share your memories of these two shining stars by commenting on this post.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Now we have a missing mom

Name - Marie Colello Hanson
Age - 54
Hair Color - Brown
Eye Color - Brown
Last Seen - July 7, 2011
Last Seen By - Alan Peck and Catherine Ward
Medical conditions - back problems
For more information, click here.

Marie has no ID, no credit cards, no cash, no phone. The people she was last seen by/with have all of her stuff. They left the campsite without her. If anyone has any information please contact Michael Hanson, her son, at 619-818-5292. Please help.

7/22/2011 Additional Info from news article
It has been over 2 weeks since Marie Hanson was reported missing.  Marie, a resident of the South Lake Tahoe community, decided on a whim to attend this year’s Rainbow Gathering held outside of Portland in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest with her neighbor.
Separated at the Gathering, the neighbor retuned home to report Marie’s disappearance.  Marie is without her identification, cash, and vital medication.  Those interviewed claim she was last seen wearing jean shorts, tennis shoes, and a pink and white tank top.  A man known only as “Owl” who is described as about 6’1, slender build, with a gray ponytail was the last person seen with Marie.

**** Additional Info*****

Hi everyone - I'm Penny, the webmaster that created and I'm the auntie of Tawny and her brother Mike, Marie is their Mom. First I'd like to thank you all for thinking of Marie and posting the link to the website. We are hoping that Marie is ok. The story we were told is that the guy that transported her there lost his car keys and it took several days to panhandle enough money to get a tow truck to the site. Or maybe they were locked in the car, not sure which one. If I had been in Marie's place and my critical prescription medicine was locked in a car I would have grabbed three burly men with rocks and taken care of the situation, but I'm not Marie. She not only takes pain medicine for her recent huge back surgery but for her mental health as well. I personally sat by her husband's side and discussed her medicine, and I personally know that if she was denied access to her medicine it would only be a matter of a day or two before she was not able to make any sound decisions or feel well or feel like herself. It took 3 or 4 days to get into the car, she was never re-united with her ID, her money or her medicine. The driver of the car left without her, although lots of people saw her there after he left. We'll leave that issue to the police. I'm glad I'm not in charge of dealing with that aspect because I'm furious. In the meantime this poor simple grandmother has been abandoned without her money, medicine, ID or her common sense, thanks to the situation that left her in the woods without her medicine. We hope to find her very quickly so she can get the medical attention she needs immediately, and get back to the family she loves, and that loves her. For mental health and the love of grandmothers everywhere, please pray that Marie is found quickly.

And Rainbow followers - can anyone tell me where the Regional Montana Gathering will be held and when? 

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Operating Plan

This year various gathering participants worked with the United States Forest Service on an operating plan. I scanned the latest copy I have and you can find it here if you're interested.  My scanning software is limited so the cover of the document is actually page six.  Please copy and distribute this information freely.

Freaked out Family (Hope has been found)

A 20 year old sister named Hope hasn't been heard of since July 2nd. I'm guessing she may still be at the gathering, but here's some info.  If she's left the gathering and you run into her, please have her call her folks so they will stop stressing.  She's an adult so is free to ignore her parents, but it would be very cool of her to call or email to say she's OK.

Hope Lindsay Johnston Height: 5’ 7” Weight: 150
Hair: Brown Eyes: Green
Residence: Canton, GA 30115
Birth date: October 26, 1990
Last Seen: July 2, 2011, Washington state heading into National Forest at Gifford Pinchot National Forest near Cougar.

Multiple on arms, legs and back. “Shoot The Moon” text on left arm. Cat paws on both hip bones. New flower tattoo on left torso.

Large woman warrior on left thigh

  MISSING!!- Call (404) 679-9000 or (404) 788-1250 w/Information or e-mail confidentially.

Friday, July 8, 2011

Lost and Found (people, pets and things)

Lost People

Every year people go to the gathering and their loved ones worry.  Just a reminder, there usually is no cell phone reception at the gathering. This year, there were a couple of places on the road where Verizon and Creedo could get out sometimes but not all the time.  If you haven't heard from your friends and/or family since they went into the gathering, odds are they are still in the meadow and can't call you.  The other usual event is that the person decided to go on the rainbow trail for a while and didn't feel like letting you know.  Either way, it's generally safer for people to stay inside the gathering, then to run the cop gauntlet to make a phone call.  Most people usually surface by July 15th as the clean up crew starts shrinking by then, but people will be on the land until at least the end of July (and on the land means no or haphazard access to telephones).  If in a few days you still haven't heard, email me and include this information:
  • How old is he/she? 
  • Was this her/his first gathering?  
  • Was he/she planning to camp with any camp in particular?
  • Did she/he travel to the gathering with friends who have since left the gathering?
  • Did she/he have any mental and/or physical health issues?  
  • What kind of drugs (if any) does he/she typically use?
  • Was there a specific previously agreed on plan for he/she to return home at a certain time or at least check in?

Lost Things

For those people who went to the gathering and lost something, found items are taken to Info or sometimes to the nearest kitchen so don't give up yet.  If you didn't check the lost and found items and Information, your stuff may be there. Even if you did, many items are discovered during cleanup. At the end of cleanup, all the valuable lost and found items will be taken out of the gathering site. To try to get reconnected with your stuff, at the end of July call  the Northwest Tribes Lightline @ (503) 727-2498. Leave your name, phone # and a brief description of what you lost. Someone will call you back if your or similar items are there. Keep in mind, lost and found at this level is for things like wallets, cameras, expensive gear.  We don't try to reunite people with lost t-shirts, bliss wear, etc.

Lost Animals

For those people who left without all the animals they brought, please go back to the site and retrieve your pets. If you don't, folks on the land will find a home for your pet. We never leave any pets behind.  Every pet will leave the gathering with a human companion ~ hopefully the one they came with. If you can't go back yourself, try to connect up with a friend in the area to retrieve your pet. Just a reminder, pets on leashes don't get lost as often as those not on a leash.

Saturday, June 25, 2011

New Updated Directions to the Site


These are updated directions from the ones posted earlier, below. They are based on phone calls from folks who have driven these paths. Please note that these directions are based on actual road signs and do NOT directly correspond with the road numbers and road names listed on Google Maps. Many roads have multiple names, for instance, Meadow Creek Road on Google is Wind River Road on the land.

Enroute to the Gathering, please remember the following:
1) Do not camp on private property.
2) Respect the Townspeople and Do not Panhandle.
3) Please shop in the small towns enroute to the Gathering.
4) Speed Limit within the National Forest is 35mph unless otherwise posted.
5) Only park on the left side of the road, coming in, all four wheels off the road.
6) Have a legal vehicle. Tickets are being given for every little thing. Remove danglies from your rearview mirror, and make sure your head and breaklights are working.
7) If you get a ticket, court is being held in Tacoma which is 120 miles north of Woodland, WA.


From Portland, Oregon, take I-5 North 30 miles (through Vancouver, WA) to Woodland, Washington. Take exit 21, and go east on Road 503. At approximately 48 miles from Woodland, down Road 503, you will come to a fork. One is 503 South and the other is a 503 "spur" to Cougar, Washington. Take the Spur to Cougar. (Looking at Google Maps Street Views... this looks like you should continue straight to Cougar, instead of turning right to Amboy). 503 is also called Lewis River Road.

You will pass through Cougar which is the last village before the Gathering.

Continue on Road 503/Lewis River Road, which will become Forest Service 90 (FS90).
About 18 miles past Cougar, just past the Pine Ridge Ranger Station, you will come to a fork where HWY 25 continues straight and FS90 turns to the right. TURN RIGHT here, staying on FS90. Keep going and then turn right on Curly Creek Road. Drive 5 Miles. (Curly Creek may become Forest Service Road 51). Turn left on Wind River Road and drive 2.5 miles. At the corner of Wind Ridge and FS30, you will see the Forest Service LEO Incident Command Center. Here you turn left onto FS 30 (also called Lone Butte) and drive 1/4 mile to Road 3211 and parking.

Here you will find the first Welcome Station.You have the option to park here and walk about 3 miles to back gate camps listed below. Another option is to drive 4 miles, turn right at junction and then another 1.9 miles to front gate (kitchen supply drop off.) At about 1.5 miles on this road you will pass another welcome station which is where you can walk in about a mile to land at INFO BOOTH.

If coming from Portland, an alternate route is to take Hwy 84 East out of Portland for 42 miles to the BRIDGE OF THE GODS, and pay a dollar to cross the river onto HWY 14 East in Washington. Go East to Carson, and follow the directions from Carson below. This route is advised for BUSES and large vehicles as it is much less twisty than 503 from Woodland to Cougar and in. It is easier for night driving as well.

If you're coming from points east - Take I-84 to Hood River Oregon. Go north on the Hood River Bridge (Hwy 20) to Hwy 14 in the state of Washington. Go west on Hwy 14 to the town of Carson, Washington. Going out of Carson, turn left onto Wind River Road
(signs will say
"Carson" and "Carson Hot Springs", but road is not well marked at junction which is a few miles East of Stevenson.) Once on Wind River Road, go 30 miles north. Just 1/10th of a mile past Mile Marker 30, make a left onto the road Lone Butte Snow Park. Here is the first welcome station. You have the option to park here and walk about 3 miles to back gate camps listed above. Another option is to drive 4 miles, turn right at junction and then another 1.9 miles to front gate (kitchen supply drop off.) At about 1.5 miles on this road you will pass another welcome station which is where you can walk in about a mile to land at the INFO BOOTH.)


We'll gather on the land at Skookum Meadow which is at 3,200 feet about sea level. For current weather, click Weather

Cougar, Washington and Carson, Washington are the closest towns. PLEASE be respectful to the locals... pick up garbage and NO SPANGING please!!!! We are getting way too many reports of panhandling from the townsfolk.

Come prepared for lots of MOSQUITOES! Long sleeves and repellent are good things to bring.
Come prepared for cold wet weather... you are coming to the Great Northwest and this summer there is still snow in the shady areas, and alongside roads and paths. It was 46 degrees at noon on the 24th of June in Main Meadow and it gets down into the 30s at nighttime. Another reports said it can get down to the 40s, though. So, the lows are fluctuating. Pack accordingly. BRING WOOL SOCKS! Main Meadow snow has melted and the meadow is currently a marsh. It is unknown if it will dry up as time goes on.

Parking is going to be alongside the roads this year, on the left side of the road as you enter, but currently many of the road edges are still covered in snow. It might be wise to bring a shovel if you have one to dig yourself a parking space! You will be towed if you park on the right side of the road. Local authorities are being very cooperative this year, but please make sure your vehicle is in good running condition, is legal, and that you give them no reason to get messed with!! Make sure your head and tail lights are working. Remove danglies from your rear view mirrors. GP National Forest speed limit is 35 unless otherwise noted.

Drop off may be 1-2 miles from gate in next few days as the larger volume of
people arrive. Gear can be dropped at gate, and left while you go back and find parking.

The front door has a long hike in, but pretty much all on a road. One source said 3 miles, another said 4 miles. Images of the path and the meadow can be seen in this news footage. There are two back gates, but parking is limited there. The first one is for Supply. FS220 is gated (looking at the map, perhaps this is FS3220), but people can walk in from there, on a road, and then a short cut off the road into the meadow. Do not have info at this time on how to get to the back gates. This is a great site for wheeled conveyances like wagons, carts, wheelbarrows, etc.

The closest large airport is Portland Oregon (PDX). After that Tacoma would be next and the Seattle next closest after Tacoma.

I don't have a lot of information about buses. What I do know is that there is a Greyhound station in Longview, WA on I-5, which is just a couple miles north of Woodland where you begin to travel east. I am told you can also take the bus to Hood River, and follow the directions from there. If you have other Bus information, please post it in the comments for this post.

Near the Back Gate is Lovin' Ovens, Montana Camp, Camp Eugene, and Kid Village.
There are three large meadows. The first is Skookum but there are not many kitchens there because of water on the ground. Then there is the Middle (Skinny) Meadow, where you will find Phat Kids, Bread of Life and Montana Mud). There is a large meadow on the other side of the Middle (Skinny) meadow and there you will find INFO BOOTH, Nick at Night, KID VILLAGE (which I hear is across the meadow from INFO) and I-Don't-Know Kitchen.

Leash your dogs...and please walk lightly on the land... bring garbage bags, and hike out your garbage. At the end of the Gathering, take at least one bag of garbage when you leave, and take it at least 100 miles away before finding a dumpster for it. DRESS WARM!

You're walking into the most well-known Bigfoot habitat, Skookum Meadows!!
Have fun and we will see you there!!!

The link to the map below can be found by CLICKING HERE.

Friday, June 24, 2011

TV News Story with Images of Main Meadow and the Hike In

This video footage of a news story was just posted today by KVAL out of Eugene, OR. The reporter actually hiked all the way into Main Meadow with his camera crew, and you can see the path and footage of the meadow which, I am pleased to say, does NOT appear very snowy! (Reports are that the ground is wet though... pack accordingly!)

Link to Gathering Weather Forecasts

Many people have been asking about the weather on site. At this writing, there is still snow in the meadows and drifts in the shade. Standing water is expected in the meadows when the snow melts. Night temperatures have been in the low 40s lately. Daytime highs average in the mid to upper 60s.

Here is a link to weather forecasts the part of the forest that includes the Gathering site. When reading this, keep in mind that the site is in the 3,200-3,600 foot elevation range. "Valley" weather descriptions would probably be most accurate.

UPDATE: Many thanks to the anonymous commenter who pointed out that you can get a forecast for Main Meadow itself by clicking HERE!

Please bring any spare warm clothes, blankets, sleeping bags and tents you may have, for those without.

Pack for cold nights and wet ground.

Bring all good things.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Keeping our family warm

Unfortunately, there's lot of folks coming home in hoodies with a thin blanket. If you have spare blankets, warm sweaters or coats, and are coming home in the next few days, please bring what you have for those who don't. Any extra usable tents are great as well. We've still got snow on site even though we're there and keeping people from getting hypothermia is critical. Please be prepared to never see these items again as they will probably go home with who ever uses them at the gathering or be passed on to someone else.

Friday, June 17, 2011

Welcome Home - Gathering Directions

Welcome Home 
40th Annual
Rainbow Family Gathering of The Tribes

Gathering Consciousness
Please protect this Beautiful Land
Walk softly.  Harm no living thingHarmonize - Blend in.  Use only down, dead wood.  Do not cut living trees.  Preserve the Meadows . . . camp in the Woods.  And remember, We are caretakers of this land.
Everyone sharing makes a strong Human Tribe!
Please Protect the Water Sources by staying out of DELICATE spring areas.  Avoid camping, peeing or washing above spring areas.  Keep ALL soap out of streams, springs or the creek!  Use a bucket to take your bath 300 feet away from the water source.  To be certain drinking water is safe: boil it for ten minutes at a rolling boil!
Use the slit trenches or covered latrines - cover your paper & waste with ashes or lime, wash hands afterwards.  Break the fly/illness connection: shit-fly-food-you!  Dig no shitters near water areas or kitchens.
Protect our Health!
Use your own cup, bowl & spoon!  Wash them after eating and rinse in bleach-water. Go to C.A.L.M. if you feel ill - especially if you have a contagious disease - or are injured.
Camp Together – Establish neighborhoods.  Community Fires only!  Keep a 5 gallon bucket of water and shovel nearby for Fire Protection. If you are the last to leave a fire PUT IT OUT!  Please, NO fireworks!  Keep you camp secure.  “Tempt Not Lest Ye Be Lifted From.”
Pets are discouraged, but if you must bring them, keep them fed, on a leash and out of the kitchens, springs & fightsClean up their poopLove them.
Cleanup begins when you arrive.  Please bring only what is necessary.  There is no janitor here . . . YOU are the cleanup crew.  Separate Garbage for recycling.  Please DON’T LITTER - Find a collection point.  Compost in pits only.
You are the Gathering!
Participate and Volunteer!  Participate in Shanti Sena (the peace keepers council), work crews, workshops, councils and all activitiesVolunteer wherever and whenever needed: kitchens, welcome home, firewatch, parking lot, shitter digging, supply, front gate, etc.  R-E-S-P-E-C-T your Sisters’ & Brothers’ energies.
Keep the Balance: Earth, Sky, Trees, Water & People!
Alcohol is Discouraged, Guns are Inappropriate, Violence is contrary to the Spirit.  Please do not take pictures or videos of people without asking their permission first.  Discourage Drug Abuse.
Buying and selling endangers our right to be here.  The Magic Hat is our Bank, please donate early to fund our needs.  The Magic Hat goes around at Dinner Circle and with the Magic Hat Band.
Our power together is many times our power separated.
Enjoy the Rainbow with an open heart and you Will see the Vision.
Join us on July 4th for a Silent Contemplation & Prayer for Peace, respect those maintaining silence from dawn.
Hold the silence until the arrival of the Children’s Parade.

When on-Site... PLEASE SPREAD THE WORD.... BUILD UP, NOT DIG DOWN... meaning build HEARTHS.... i.e. on ground spread rocks, and dirt, then build FIRE UP... i.e. so when clean-up remove ashes... dirt, rocks... water the roots of the grass underneath... Meadows are delicate....

Folks are planning on moving on site today. Please use the buddy systems when walking around the gathering as folks have been getting stuck in snow drifts and have had to be rescued.

Be prepared for mosquitoes. 

* * * Directions * * *
From Portland, take I-5 North 30 miles to Woodland, Washington, Take exit 21, and go east on Road 503 which becomes Forest Service Road 90.  Continue on FS90 (when it come to the intersection of hwy 25 and rd.90 stay to the right and continue on 90). Turn right right on Curly Creek Rd. Drive 5 miles.  (Curly Creek may become Forest Service Road 51). Turn left on Wind River Road and drive 2.5 miles. Turn left at Forest Service Road 32 and drive 1/4 mile to Road 3211 and parking. Here's a google map.

If you're coming from points east - Take I-84 to Hood River Oregon. Go north on the Hood River Bridge (Hwy 20) to Hwy 14 in the state of Washington. Go west on Hwy 14 to Carson, Washington. Take Wind River Road north 26 miles to Lone Butte Snow Park. Turn left on Forest Service Road 32. Drive 1/4 mile to Road 3211 and parking. Here's a google map.

Entrances to this area from the east and the north are not passable at this time because they are blocked by snow.  SNOW SNOW SNOW. Do not go this way and get stuck in the snow.

We'll be at Skookum Meadow which is at 3,200 feet about sea level. For current weather, click  Weather

gates are to be opened soon..snow plows need to get in to clear some please be patient..try to hang out for a few more days, cause you might get there and not be able to park yet..walk in is estimated to be about 3 miles from one source..but iam not 100% sure on the parking yet..Cougar Washington is closest respectful to the locals..pick up garbage and no spanging please!!!! come prepared for cold wet weather...your coming to the great north west and this summer there is still snow!! local authorities are being very cooperative this year..but please make sure your vehicle is good running condition and you give no reason to get messed with!!leash your dogs...and please walk lightly on the land...your walking into the most well know big foot habitat..Skookum Meadows...have fun and see you there!!!

 The closest large airport is Portland Oregon (PDX).  After that Tacoma would be next and the Seattle next closest after Tacoma.