10 November 11
One of the main characteristics of a Rainbow Gathering is the twice-daily food circle. “Food circle!” is called out across the camp — first from the kitchen, and then it’s repeated down the line wherever people are gathered. After the third call (“Food circle NOW!”), we all congregate together around a circle of rocks and a centre fire to share together in the food prepared by the communal kitchen.
We are circling, circling together
We are singing, singing our heart-song
This is family, this is unity
This is celebration, this is sacred.
Circling is symbolic of the non-hierarchical Rainbow Gathering — everyone comes together as an equal, can contribute if they’re interested and decisions are made by consensus. Coming together in a circle for meals is a lovely ritual — new to us, and our girls have been quick to incorporate it into their games.