Where in the Appalachian Bioregion are we going?

Where in the Appalachian Bioregion are we going? The consensus was for the White Mountain National Forest (in the Northeast), or the Appalachian states of Kentucky, North Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, Georgia. Spring Council selected a site in North Eastern Tennessee.

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Sunday, January 15, 2012

Thanksgiving Council Notes

This is the only set of notes I've received so far for the 2012 Annual Rainbow Gathering and represents one person's thoughts.  I'm sure others who attended may have different thoughts.   Thanks to the brother who shared this with me so I could share with everyone.

These are my notes from Thanksgiving council in Warm Springs, VA. Note we have a FB page at Rainbow Gathering 2012.

It is not complete as I did not take physical notes, only a summery of what I think are some important points.  If I missed anything or have any details wrong please let me know.

I want to say how refreshing it was to have a great group of dedicated Rainbows come together to sow the seeds of the 2012 gathering. Thanksgiving council was represented by many from kitchens, scouts, older Rainbows, and younger Rainbows.  My brothers and sisters did amazing work listening and learning from each other, and it was truly the first time I have seen the elders and the youngers work so hard to come together, listen, and understand each other.  Much progress was made building bridges that needed to have been built long ago.  It was also amazing to see so many dedicated and knowledgeable younger scouts come and share what they had learned.

Much of the first day of counseling was spent getting clarification and heart songs about what we want to see for the 2012 gathering.  People who were not at vision council wanted to get a better understanding of what the vision was, how it came to be, and what were people's thoughts on the, seemingly out of place, inclusion of New Hampshire with the south eastern states. It was felt, by those who were at vision council, that New Hampshire is only a back up plan if no other acceptable sites are found in the South East consented states. Indeed the scouts present had little interest in scouting New Hampshire and were mainly interested in North Carolina, Tennessee and parts of Virginia.   Talk was made about if there were suitable sites and where, and about passing scouting on to the many hard working scouts who had attended rather than defaulting to the “old scouts”.

Folks from Katuah have said that Katuah discussed in their Thanksgiving council the week before that they want to rise up to host and help make this a great gathering.   To this end they are giving many of their resources to the family this year (including the great kitchen we used to cook our Thanksgiving feast). This includes use of the light-line, P.O. box, etc. They also wish to be on the land in time for their Summer Solstice gathering (which takes place around June 21st) and to merge that with the National Gathering this year.

We decided there would be a conference call on March 13th, to be announced by the scouts, at which time a Scout rendezvous location and time would be decided upon. This time would most likely be April 1st and be in the southern end of the consented states. The idea is for the scouts to start south and move north.  Since April first conflicts with a Cumberland event that date may change.  Other scout conference calls will be announced before and after. Most will take place on Tuesday evenings, as that is when they are currently happening.

Spring Council will begin June 2nd. The scouts were concerned that they will be under pressure to have a site ready at this time and that undermines the ability for the scouts to share sites and go look at new locations or make decisions with everyone seeing the potential sites. They do not want time pressures to hijack the gathering this year and did not feel good about how things went down last year.  For this reason the scouts requested that June 2nd is the start of council and at that time they decide a date to meet back for a decision after people have time to visit the sites being debated.   The council will resume no later than the 9th with the intention of it being between the 5th and 7th.

A request was made to keep most offices and the Bank in the Asheville, North Carolina area since Asheville has a large Rainbow population.  Unfortunately only three people from Asheville were present at Thanksgiving council. This made them reluctantly nominated to these posts. For this reason all who were nominated were under the agreement that they could step down if suitable replacements were found.  The current members of the  bank and office are actively seeking more, preferably local, people to join and contribute to these needs.

The office was started with Hawker, Kelly, Caterpillar, Flower, Horse, and Coco nominated to initiate the office.  The Katuah post office box will be used for Rainbow correspondence this year. It is: Katuah Tribe, PO Box 6278, Asheville, NC 28816.  Please address them Rainbow 2012 to separate it from other Katuah mail.
In addition the HO! Light line in Atlanta (770) 662-6112 will be used for all announcements such as conference calls, rendezvous, councils, and locations. It has yet to be determined if we will be able to accept messages at this number due to the potential volume of calls.

For now posts to the Rainbow Gathering 2012 Facebook page can be made by joining that group or emailing RainbowGathering2012@groups.facebook.com.  Voice mails can be made to (904)274-2012. Questions can be sent to rainbowgathering2012@gmail.com.  These last contact sources may change if and when we come up with better ways to communicate.

The office would like to establish as many means of communication possible to make Rainbow open and accessible to all. To this regard they will use Facebook, AGR, Welcomehome.org, appalachiangathering2012.blogspot.com, and other sources. They will also strive to set up a Rainbow2012 e-Mail address and list server, most likely using RiseUp.org when time allows.

A bank was established from now until spring council with the intent that it is to be turned over to a new bank established at spring council. The current bank includes Hawker, Kelly, Caterpillar, and Flower, with Jules in a consulting role as we wanted two scouts on the bank.  The bank will receive any donations from the office P.O box and also intends to establish a means of electronic donation either using PayPal,  WePay or another service to make donations easier.  The bank currently has negative funds, as it did not raise enough to cover the cost of Thanksgiving site.  Note: Marken - are there seed funds left over for scouts or other seed money from last year?

Those are all the big points I can remember. See you in the South East in July!


  1. Namaste and Loving You!

    Thanks so much for the sharing. I Love my Family.

    I know it will be a wonderfull Gathering.


    1. I don't think I've been to an occupy yet and not met at least one rainbow family member lol.

  2. Thank you for all the hard work and blessing to the phamily! See you in the spring! Loving you!

  3. feels good to know., visualizing the togetherness with family

    thank you, love you!

  4. I'm writing an article to share with people who have never heard of rainbow to understand what it is. Having never been to a council, it was informative being able to read about them. Thanks.

    Lovin' you, family!