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.

If you're not familiar with the gauntlet on the road into the gathering, and want to avoid a mandatory court appearance ticket click here.

For the Howdy Folks and directions to the gathering, click here. For the United States Forest Service Incident Command website with groovy maps and updates, click here.

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Echoes of Gatherings Past

Random Welcome Home sign
Of course you can search the World Wide Web and find a thousand photos but sometimes I like to remember the beauty of gatherings past and what awaits us at gatherings future.  If you take photos of people, please ask - it's a matter of respect -- some folks don't want their photo taken for spiritual reasons.  Then again, some people love hamming it up for the camera.  As always, when cops show up start "filming" before anything happens. Once the shit happens, it will be too late to get the start of it.  Family film has kept more than one person from going to prison.

Map of gathering at Info
Info Map
From The Mini Manual:  

Always ask permission before taking a picture of any other person. This includes groups as well as individuals. Most people say yes, but no means NO. Excessive picture taking can kill a natural or peaceful moment of bliss & make people tense.

Drum circle - 4th of July


  1. After a decade of kidnapping photos at gatherings, I've only had trouble with angry and selfish people. Some claim they are on the lamb, other dare claim they are spiritual, which is total bullshit. It's a public event, not private. Everyone has a cell phone camera. Millions of pictures are took, they hurt no one, except the guy who's all about freedom and being an asshole. I love on fourth of juy the high holies telling avid photographers to ask, to not take pictures of boobs, to hide it. Wtf! The cops got your pictures, but you don't say shit to them? A wee bit of the family is a bit shy and pricks about it, but most are cool. The rules suck, made by people that think that knows what is best, while not letting others do what is sacred and awesome to them. That's where rainbow is just like any republicans, why they are little more then conservatives, why most hippies are little more then uptight yuppies. Pictures are Cool. But people are Jerks.

  2. we are a family. We are different from the mainstream of our society. We don't like our "culture" to be exploited. Sharing is incredibly different and being respectful in all ways espcially with the ART of photography should be paramount. Please note our sister's (&brothers) expressed freedom at gathering is a private family joy and is not expected to be flashed out to the uncaring leering unconcious "public". Show some real love here. Don't dismiss others. Don't dismiss thier take on spiritualty. Don't dismiss an interpretation of anothers freedom. Don't dismiss peoples feelings, mister anonymous. It is a hela lot more than a "wee bit" of US that want YOU to be simply resectful. And in MY quiet voice I will tell you if you take a picture without respect I will dash the camera into the rocks of the firepit.

  3. you tell em, tyrtle.
    please take photos only with permission.
    we have naturists, spiritualists, and anarchists
    and a host of others
    all whom may or may not care to have their picture taken.
    this is not babylon.
    we have our own sense of morality,
    and what it boils down to is kindness and respect.
    -happy thoughts

  4. Here here!! Ask first! In the spirit of the family, it has been concensed upon that photography be enjoyed but a simple request before clicking the camera is all that is asked. It's so easy to love your family and just make sure the subject of your snapshot wants to be the subject of your snap shot. Good word... kyndness and respect