We joined a gathering of Rainbows here in Tasmania this week — specifically for the full moon celebration — at a location west of New Norfolk. The gathering was on private land, and the landowner reserved the right to establish certain guidelines, so it wasn’t a “true” Rainbow Gathering where all decisions are made by consensus. However, the spirit of the attendees remained the same to the Rainbow Gathering we attended last year where Elijah was born.

The Rainbow Family is a transient population that comes together in various worldwide locations to camp, work together, share food, engage in creative arts and talk over issues physical and spiritual. Rainbow Gatherings often feature the same people who make pilgrimages to the next site in order to continue the peaceful spirit of gathering in unity and love.

Camping at Rainbow Gathering, Tasmania, December 2012
Whenever we're going to be in one location for more than one night, we set up camp by opening our awning and stringing up our solar lights.

Camping at Rainbow Gathering, Tasmania, December 2012
Other campers have decorated their sites with colourful prayer flags, bunting, solar lights and artistic accents.

Camping at Rainbow Gathering, Tasmania, December 2012
Our surrounds are the beautiful alpine Tasmanian bush with trees in full flower. It's alive with native animals, birds and creepy-crawlies. We love this place!

Camping at Rainbow Gathering, Tasmania, December 2012
Many feet walking the same path have made clear tracks in the grass. This one leads us to the food circle, where we gather around a fireplace for singing, eating and talking.

Camping at Rainbow Gathering, Tasmania, December 2012
The kitchen hut is within site of our bus, making it easy to hang out and help with food preparation.

Camp kitchen at Rainbow Gathering, Tasmania, December 2012
The kitchen set-up is clean and well-stocked. All the food here is fresh and vegan, mostly organic and locally-produced.

Camping at Rainbow Gathering, Tasmania, December 2012
There's a corner where people sit to play music or play games. In this altitude, we appreciate the fireplace at night-time.

Giles and Dan building a cob oven, Rainbow Gathering, Tasmania, December 2012
While we're here, Giles and Dan start working on an outside cob oven using salvaged materials.

Camping at Rainbow Gathering, Tasmania, December 2012
A little bridge crosses the creek on the property. For sanitation's sake, we don't wash in the creek but instead draw water and take it away from the watercourse before washing dishes, clothes or ourselves.

Camping at Rainbow Gathering, Tasmania, December 2012
Delaney discovers she's strong enough to pull up the little bucket full of water which she can then tip into a bigger bucket on the bank.

Camping at Rainbow Gathering, Tasmania, December 2012
I gather water again and again for cooking and cleaning. The process of collecting water in a bucket like this reminds me to be thankful when I do have access to a tap.

We enjoy Rainbow Gatherings because it’s an opportunity to camp with a large group of people — all of whom are our de-facto family members. They’re more loving and accepting than many of our blood relatives, and the girls respond to the new and renewed friendships very quickly.

It’s a peaceful time where — even if you don’t know a brother or sister’s name — you can share their spirit and rest in their presence. This gathering was special to me because although I heal in the anonymity of camping among other travellers, there is also healing in being among people who know of Elijah and David and with whom I can share my heart.

This Tasmanian gathering was special as I made some new friends with local families whom I hope we’ll be able to visit later on. It also gave me the chance to hear the stories of other friends who don’t communicate online, and to share parts of my journey as well.

I don’t feel like we’ve finished at this location. We left only to wash clothes and stock up on more food but didn’t return when we expected to. The road called us on, and so I hope the road will lead us back to this peaceful place so we can spend a bit more time with the beautiful people who inhabit it.