Gathering of Rainbows
30 December 12
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.
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.