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.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Thanksgiving Council

It's that time of year folks.  Thanksgiving Council (happens on the holiday weekend) is coming up and people in the region are starting to focalize where the council is held. If you're not clear on the concept of  focalizing Rainbow style, click here.  As with all things Rainbow, no experience is necessary, just a willingness to work cooperatively with others.

Traditionally, the folks in the area of the upcoming gathering take the lead on focalizing the council, so if you're in the area and want to plug in, email me and I'll hook you up with the effort.

The more positive and strong energy we put in at T-Council, the better the rest of the year goes.  There's many things to do besides council like cooking food and child care and just getting a deeper understanding of what goes into focalizing a large gathering.   Here's to a strong showing from folks in the area.

We are located in the George Washington National Forest on the Jackson River.

From the East: take I-64 W to Staunton exit (US 250 W) to Coalter St.( Rt 254 W); Rt 254 W picks up Rt 42 at Buffalo Gap; Rt 42 S through Goshen (Rt 42 and Rt 39 come together at Goshen); continue on Rt 39 W over Warm Springs Mountain to Rt 220; turn Right on Rt 220 N (2.6 miles) turn Left onto McGuffin Rd (Rt 621); go 1.8 miles to Hidden Valley Rd; turn Right and follow the road over the river to the Mansion (2 miles). *take the right into the forest just before turning into the mansion neal run trail is about 1mi up FSR 241. Neal run (about 1m) trail is drive-able to the camp for 4wheel vehicles.*

From the West: take I-64 E to Covington, Va; take Rt 220 N past Warm Springs pools (2.6 miles); turn Left onto McGuffin Rd (Rt 621); go 1.8 miles to Hidden Valley Rd; turn Right and follow the road over the river to the Mansion (2 miles). *take the right into the forest just before turning into the mansion neal run trail is about 1mi up FSR 241. Neal run (about 1m) trail is drive-able to the camp for 4wheel vehicles.*

This space is a Bed and Breakfast in a National Forest.  For details on the facilities, click here.

Please do not use MapQuest for routes into Bath County, they are incorrect.

If you have 20lb propane cylinders full of propane,  bring them along as they are needed.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Where will the gathering be in 2012?

(Updated 6/11/12)

Directions to the gathering are available here.

Usually when someone gets on my email list, this is the first information I send them. So to you out here in blogsphere, here's that same information.

From the invite to the very first Rainbow Gathering in 1972:

We, who are brothers & sisters, children of God, families of  life on earth, friends of nature & of all people, children of humankind calling ourselves Rainbow Family Tribe, humbly invite:
  • All races, peoples, tribes, communes, men, women, children, individuals -- out of love.
  • All nations & national leaders -- out of respect
  • All religions & religious leaders -- out of faith
  • All politicians -- out of charity

to join with us in gathering together for the purpose of expressing our sincere desire that there shall be peace on earth, harmony among all people. This gathering to take place beginning July 1, 1972, near Aspen, Colorado - or between Aspen &; the Hopi &p; Navajo lands - on 3000 acres of land that we hope to purchase or acquire for this gathering -- & to hold open worship, prayer, chanting or whatever is the want or desire of the people, for three days, but upon the fourth day of July at noon to ask that there be a meditative, contemplative silence wherein we, the invited people of the world may consider & give honor & respect to anyone or anything that has aided in the positive evolution of humankind & nature upon this, our most beloved & beautiful world -- asking blessing upon we people of this world & hope that we people can effectively proceed to evolve, expand, & live in harmony & peace.

The truth is no one knows where the gathering will be at this time.

In July 2011, Vision Council on the land in Washington called for it to be in the White Mountain National Forest (in the Northeast), or the Appalachian states of Kentucky, North Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, Georgia.

Thanksgiving Council

The next step in the process of landing on a site is Thanksgiving Council (T-Council) which takes place over the four day Thanksgiving Holiday in or near the area for the following gathering. This year T-Council happened in the consensed upon region.  This is a time of people to council and share their hopes and dreams for the 2011 gathering.  If you have potential sites you think are worthy of scouting in the spring, bring topo maps and forest service maps.

Thanksgiving Council took place in Virginia over the 4-day holiday.   A set of notes are posted here

Scout Council(s) or Scout Rendezvous

T-Council picked dates for one or two Scout Councils. The locations were announced one or two weeks before each date (here and all the usual places). Scout Councils/Rendezvous is a time for people out scouting to connect up, share information, talk about scouting efforts. As with all things Rainbow, no experience is necessary, just a desire to walk, learn, teach and share. If you come, please be self sufficient - have green energy for gas, food, etc. You don't need your own vehicle if you can be a positive traveling companion, but $$$ are always in short supply for scouting, so please bring enough for yourself and some to share with the person whose vehicle breaks down.
The dates picked for 2012 are as follows:
  • Scout Rendezvous Phone Calls - April 18. If you don't have the call in information, call (904)274-2012.
  • Scout Rendezvous - Scout Rendezvous Monday April 9th at the site of the Piedmont Regional Gathering. Call (770) 662-6112 for directions.  Note - this is a one day rendezvous. After April 9, people will be out scouting and on the move.
  • Other calls are happening from time to time.  Check the upper right hand corner of the blog.  

Spring Council

Spring Council is when all potential sites for the gathering are brought to any people who want to be involved in selecting a site. The council usually takes one to seven days and normally ends with either a consensus by silence among people at the council or an exodus of the majority of people heading to the site.  T-Council picks a date for Spring Council but the exact location for this council generally isn't determined until one to two weeks before Spring Council starts.

T-Council determined that Spring Council will start on June 2 and continue to approximately June 9 (or a few days later).  Until Spring Council reaches a decision, there is no location for the gathering. I do not know how long after June 9 a site will be announced so check back after June 9.

Cranberry glade IS in black bear territory so be careful w/ your food stuff there.

Check back then. Often, but not always, the Spring Council location is within 100 miles of where the gathering ends up. Although this year it's seeming like it might be further, but only time will tell. I will post the directions as soon as I get to the bottom of a bunch of stuff. You can also call the lightlines listed on the right hand side of this blog.  I know one of the goals for this year's Spring Council is for people in attendance to go look at the sites under consideration.

For those of you who think the site is picked in advance and want to get the 411 now so you can book plane tickets.  I'm sorry, but there is no site picked at this time. People are out scouting (see above) and could use help if you want to plug in.

Keep in mind that weather conditions (which are unpredictable) play a part in all of this. So let's say someone found a great site in September 2011 (and I have no knowledge that anyone did), for all we know come the first week of June that site is still under snow, then what? Keep in mind that 4 feet of snow at a gathering is rough and last year Washington had far heavier snow than normal and much later in the season than normal. Snow levels played a part in where we landed. 

Drought and high fire danger can have the same effect. A great site that was nice and wet in August 2011 can be dry as a tinder box in June 2012. If the Forest Service has a no open fire ban on that site that looked so great last year, guess it's not looking that great this year. Available water can change year to year as well depending on snow melt.   Conditions change all the time.  The family needs to find the best possible site for the gathering.

Seed Camp

Once Spring Council reaches a decision, people move onto the site and start Seed Camp. Seed Camp is about creating trails, building kitchens, digging shitters, taping springs and dealing with the United States Forest Service. Historically, law enforcement harassment is highest during Seed Camp so if you are planning on being there, take the necessary precautions to keep your self out of the system if you so choose.

The Gathering

The main day of the gathering is July 4 when we observe silence from dawn until high noon and put our energy into manifesting world peace, the positive evolution of the planet and other good things.  Many people observe this with a prayer or mediation for world peace. Others do Yoga for world peace, blow bubbles for world peace, etc. Basically, if it's a silent, gentle energy then it fits in very well.  As to when the gathering starts, that's dynamic.  It's usually one day during the last week of June when some friends and I look at each other and say "today it's a gathering."  (of course you may pick a different date than I do when it feels like a gathering and not like seed camp)  The earlier you come the more self sufficient you need to be and the rougher things with the Forest Service are. If you show up later, say after June 27, then most (but not all) of the drama has subsided.  Traditionally the dates are listed as July 1 to 7, but most years people start leaving in droves on July 5th.

Until spring council reaches a decision, there is no answer to the question "where will the gathering be?"

Ignore all rumors of cancellation or organization!
Live lightly with the Land and People!
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Monday, October 10, 2011

Bam Bam RIP

The infamous Bam Bam is now silent, but his energy still ripples through all of us.   I first got to know Bam Bam during the mid-nineties when SCROLL was focalizing gatherings in the Southeastern deserts of California. Just thinking of a beautiful evening at a SCROLL regional in the desert in the 1990s. Full moon and drums pounding and Bam Bam taking center stage. Dancing my ass off. Thank you.

Bam Bam took his life at the end of September.

Words from Mama Turtle:

I guess he was just ready to leave this world.
He was never really comfortable here. Too much sorrow and insanity for him to stomach.
He was a real sensitive spirit and he tried many ways to deal with it.
Well, now he's happy. He can finally get some rest and truly be celebrating the Great Spirit
all the time now, which is what he wanted for all people.
I'm torn up, broken hearted and a general mess right now.
I would love to hear any exceptional stories (which would probably be most of them) about Bam
and any pictures would be appreciated.
We will be having a memorial service in CA, probably near Santa Cruz for him at the end of Oct.
as we all have to fly in and plan the thing. Plus, he's being cremated, so it can wait.
He left a note pinned to his shirt and I know Bam would want me to tell you all that
at the end of the note he wrote this,
"P.S. Hang Loose!"

Short video Clip of Bam Bam Drumming 

Memorial Services

The memorial for Bam Bam is at the Center For Conscious Living on 1818 Felt St. in Live Oak, (a suburb of Santa Cruz, CA) 2pm, Sunday Oct 30th. The center is directly on the bus line. Send Mama Turtle a note if you need specific help with that info. It's gonna be a potluck so please bring something. There will be a sprinkling of Bam's ashes at Greyhound Rock on Tuesday, Nov 1st, probably around 2pm. After which we will make music, dance, sing, get real high and generally rejoice! We will be focalizing a shuttle to Greyhound Rock for those of you who need help getting there. Again, send me a note if you do. Try and RSVP me so that we can properly estimate chairs and food. Please also bring a potluck dish to share! Love you all and see you there. Mama Turtle

If you FB, here's a memorial page.

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Planning for Thanksgiving Council

Every year over the four day holiday weekend, we gather together for Thanksgiving Council. This is the first council of the focalizing, planning, brain storming, putting energy towards the next gathering.  As with all things Rainbow, no experience is necessary and all peaceful people are welcome.

This council normally sets the dates for one or two scout rendevouzes and spring council. Usually an interim banking council is formed, often a mailing address established, sometimes a lightline is set up.

People council on a wide range of issues related to the gathering, talk about any scouting efforts that may be have been done between Vision Council and Thanksgiving Council, and try to focus intentions for the 2012 gathering.  Generally the exact location isn't known until a couple of weeks before Thanksgiving. However, planning for the council has already started.  If you're not plugged into this effort and want to be, please email me and I'll hook you up.  Here's hoping for strong support from folks in the regions selected for 2012.

Thursday, July 28, 2011

On Finding a Site in 2012

The consensus for 2012 covers a lot of territory and it's going to take a lot of effort by a large number of people to find the best site we can find.   People have already started map scouting and sharing knowledge with each other about how to find sites on a map.

There's a good thread going here on the basics of map scouting with good comments. There's also some really good discussions on various techniques going on here. (Unfortunately you have to be part of the evil empire (aka FaceBook) to access it ).

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Sort of an Appalachian Gathering in 2012

Consensus for the 2012 annual gathering was reached with 10 seconds of silence on July 16 at 3:55 pm, pdt. We the people on the land at the 2011 annual gathering vision council of the rainbow family of living light, have reached a consensus to hold the 2012 annual peaceable assembly and free speech gathering in the White Mountain National Forest (in the N.E.), or the Appalachian states of Kentucky, North Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, Georgia.

This doesn't include all the Appalachian states but does include many of them hence the name of this year's blog. Stay tuned for more info as it becomes available.

Appalachian Mountains

Appalachian Mountains