Annual Gathering of the Tribes in Wyoming

Rainbow or Bust

2008 Rainbow Family Gathering in Wyoming July 2008

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Calling all new family ~ Calling all old family ~ Calling all people with dreams for a peaceful future ~ Calling all people trying to save the planet

Forest Service Updates

So there's been a lot of discussions with the forest service both on and off the land. Mark Rey, the Undersecretary of the United States Department of Agriculture, wrote a letter outlining the Forest Services approach to the gathering. This is based on individuals petitioning the USFS for an alternative manner of accomodation under the group use regulations. If everything happens as spelled out in this letter, the gathering will be "unpermitted" and "legal" in the eyes of the USFS - meaning you won't be ticketed simply for your presence at the gathering.

Click here to read 72K Tif Version.

Click here to read 1,063K PDF Version.

The last conference call happened on June 6. Click here to see the follow up documents from the call.

Karin's Wyoming Gathering Blog

Karin created a blog to easily post information on the gathering. It includes her email messages as well as other useful stuff for getting prepared for the gathering include links to other websites. Check it out. Click here to read.

Here's some notes from the April 6 circle in San Diego including Karin's story about the forest fire at the Wyoming Gathering in 1994. Click here to read.

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 & Navaho 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 honour & 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.


Please protect this Beautiful Land

Walk softly. Harm no living thing. Harmonize - Blend in. Use only down, dead wood. Do not cut living trees. Preserve the Meadows . . . camp in the Woods. And remember, We are caretakers of this land.

Everyone sharing makes a strong Human Tribe!

Please Protect the Water Sources by staying out of DELICATE spring areas. Avoid camping, peeing or washing above spring areas. Keep ALL soap out of streams, springs or the creek! Use a bucket to take your bath 300 feet away from the water source. To be certain drinking water is safe: boil it for ten minutes at a rolling boil!

Use the slit trenches or covered latrines - cover your paper & waste with ashes or lime, wash hands afterwards. Break the fly/illness connection: shit-fly-food-you! Dig no shitters near water areas or kitchens.

Protect our Health!

Use your own cup, bowl & spoon! Wash them after eating and rinse in bleach-water. Go to C.A.L.M. if you feel ill - especially if you have a contagious disease - or are injured.

Camp Together – Establish neighborhoods. Community Fires only! Keep a 5 gallon bucket of water and shovel nearby for Fire Protection. If you are the last to leave a fire PUT IT OUT! Please, NO fireworks! Keep you camp secure. “Tempt Not Lest Ye Be Lifted From.”

Pets are discouraged, but if you must bring them, keep them fed, on a leash and out of the kitchens, springs & fights. Clean up their poop. Love them.


Cleanup begins when you arrive. Please bring only what is necessary. There is no janitor here . . . YOU are the cleanup crew. Separate Garbage for recycling. Please DON’T LITTER - Find a collection point. Compost in pits only.

You are the Gathering!

Participate and Volunteer! Participate in Shanti Sena (the peace keepers council), work crews, workshops, councils and all activities. Volunteer wherever and whenever needed: kitchens, welcome home, firewatch, parking lot, shitter digging, supply, front gate, etc. R-E-S-P-E-C-T your Sisters’ & Brothers’ energies.

Keep the Balance: Earth, Sky, Trees, Water & People!

Alcohol is Discouraged, Guns are Inappropriate, Violence is contrary to the Spirit. Please do not take pictures or videos of people without asking their permission first. Discourage Drug Abuse.

Buying and selling endangers our right to be here. The Magic Hat is our Bank, please donate early to fund our needs. The Magic Hat goes around at Dinner Circle and with the Magic Hat Band.

Our power together is many times our power separated.

Enjoy the Rainbow with an open heart and you Will see the Vision.

Join us on July 4th for a Silent Contemplation & Prayer for Peace, respect those maintaining silence from dawn.

Hold the silence until the arrival of the Children’s Parade.

If you're new to gathering, please visit and read the Mini Manual and other important raps so you are prepared when you arrive.


Spring Council happened on June 10 and the consensus was to go to a site called Big Sandy.

Directions From Southern California, take Interstate 15 north to Salt Lake City. Take Interstate 80 east to Rock Springs, Wyoming. Exit onto Hwy 191 North. Take Hwy 191 North from Rock Springs towards Boulder, Wyoming. Go EAST on WY-353 for 18 MILES to the end of pavement where it turns into County Road 118. KEEP GOING on CR-118 (dirt road) for another 10 MILES (towards "Farson"). This will take you across the river at Buckskin Crossing, then watch for a junction with CR-132 where a sign points left to "Big Sandy Campground 15". Turn LEFT (east) on CR-132 (Lander Cut) and then FOLLOW the SIGNS to "DUTCH JOE G.S." -- After 7 MILES, there will be another LEFT, then go 2 MILES -- WELCOME HOME!!! [Note: The site is NOT at "big sandy campground"-- it IS near "Dutch Joe GS" on the Big Sandy River]

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Thanksgiving Council

It happened near Florence, Montana. Here are various notes from the council.

T-Council Notes Version One

Scout Council(s)

Thanksgiving Council picked dates for spring Scout Council(s) where people who want to participate in the scouting process connect up and go out and walk potential sites.

First Scout Council

IT HAPPENED. Mobile Scout Fire will open 1st of May '08 outside Pinedale in the Upper Green River Valley in Wyoming.

Second Scout Council

Sunday June 2nd is the date of the 2nd Scout Rendezvous. Directions TBA.

Spring Council

Spring Council starts on Tuesday, June 10.

Spring Council is generally when the actual site for the gathering is selected. Once Spring Council calls a site, then the information will be distributed freely in all the usual places (including here).

Directions to Spring Council: From Highway 80 near Rock Springs, Wyoming, Exit Highway 191 North towards Pinedale/Boulder.

Drive approximately 85 miles to Highway 353. Take Hwy 353 two miles east to Boulder Lake Road (Gravel Road). Go 7 miles north on Boulder Lake Road. Look for a sign on your left for Stokes Crossing. If you reach Boulder Lake, you passed Stokes Crossing.

This is BLM land. No potable water on site, minimal trees. Bring one gallon of water per person per day you plan on being there. Bring extra water for those less prepared.

Remember to be prepared for pre-gathering conditions! It's still wet & cold in Wyoming & gas is $4/gal. -- try to be self-sufficient with food, supplies and gear for springtime mountain camping!

Another good site for information when it becomes available is Welcome Home Annual Info

Tips for a safe journey home & a Positive Gathering

If you plan on driving, make sure your car and driver is 100% legal-all lights work, valid insurance and registration, seatbelts, car seats for children. Our government assumes that we are criminals. Please try to arrive during daylight hours as the roads into gathering sites can be tricky and we want you to arrive home safely. If you can make space in your vehicle for a rider or you need a ride, ride share is happening or If you will be sharing a ride, please meet the folks you'll be riding with at a local coffee shop, make sure you feel comfortable traveling a long distance with them, and establish the ground rules. If you are coming via bus, plane or train, try to connect up with a ride from your destination before you get there. If you are planning on hitchhiking, please travel with a buddy, only bum rides during the day and if you get a bad feeling from a ride, PLEASE don't take it. There will always be another one.

*Always* say no to requests for search, no matter what they tell you. It is not illegal for cops to lie to you, and they often will do so to get your consent to search. "You might as well give us permission, because if you do not, we will go get a warrant and you will be here for hours." This is a bluff. Don't fall for it. Their time is much more valuable than yours.

If they insist on searching over your objections, don't prevent them physically in anyway - but continue to repeat "I do not consent." Ask for names and badge numbers, write down time, place, and what happened in detail. Every little thing matters in a court of law, even the things that don't mean much to you or me. If you can, take pictures, videos, and/or tape recordings.

Also, if they ask you if you have contraband, and tell you that if you have just a little bit and give it to them that they will not search you, tell them no. Never, never, never incriminate yourself. That means don't consent to anything, don't give them anything but your license, registration, and proof of insurance, don't admit to anything. When approaching the Gathering site, remember that you're coming as friends in somebody else's back yard. Treat the local folks with the courtesy, respect and concern that they deserve as members of the Family of Humankind. Be Loving and Kind. Don't be rude, steal, trash the town, disturb the Peace, or try to "shock" people. Be mindful of others' sensitivities. Remember the original Golden Rule when dealing with BOTH Babylon AND Rainbow: Treat Others the Way you want to be treated! Please, make your journey a safe one. Don't be under the influence while driving.

Let's all get home safely.

Ignore all rumors of cancellation or organization!
Live Lightly with the Land and People!

Google Rainbow Gathering or Rainbow Guide and read, read, read.

Hug someone you never met!

If this didn't answer your questions you can call the San Diego Family Lightline @ 619-677-0882 No collect calls please. Messages outside the local area will be returned collect. Or