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Banking and Supply coordinate through this council. A written log of events is kept.
Every area of service needs to check in with Co-Operations daily. All plans for new camps and construction should be communicated to here, so that conflicts over land use and campsites can be avoided.
The Magic Hat
The Magic Hat goes round and round. Its magic lies in the miracles that sharing can bring. The gathering is free, but the hat gives everyone the chance to help with our collective need for cash. Money received is used to buy food, medical supplies, gasoline, and general necessities. By giving generously, each of us helps with our financial needs.
Money in the Magic Hat is cared for by a Banking Council of at least 3 persons. They keep written records of the amounts collected and whom it is given to - open to anyone who wishes to see them.
The Magic Hat appears at group meals, and sometimes is carried through camp by wandering minstrels. Beware of personal hats being called "The Magic Hat". It is better to give all that you intend to give early in the Gathering, than space your contributions over several days.
Donations of food and materials are pooled by all kitchens in supply, and redistributed from there. This allows money-saving bulk purchases and helps cut down waste. Contributions from individuals are brought here. This is a major operation, requiring energy from many people.
- Leviticus 11
Food is obtained from Supply, paid for with contributions to the Magic Hat, and prepared by the helping hands of hundreds of volunteer choppers, slicers, peelers, fire tenders, stirrers, and chefs.
Serving styles and times are up to the individual kitchen councils and focalizers - some serve all day, some have specified meal times, some send all their food to Main Circle. Some offer only specialized fare like popcorn or coffee.
Food sent to the Main Circle is competely vegetarian. Some kitchens may choose to serve meat at their own locations, but meat is hard to preserve in the woods, and may adversely affect those used to only vegetarian fare.
Kitchens must be kept CLEAN. There is no faster way to spread disease than to serve contaminated food. Enclose kitchens with railings, and place hand washing stations at entrances.
Volunteers in kitchens wash their hands before working with food. They don't work with a communicable disease. They use only clean knives and chopping boards. Work surfaces are washed with bleach water before and after use.
Everybody brings their own bowl, cup, and spoon to a gathering, and washes them thoroughly after each use. Food is served by servers with designated tools. People do not serve themselves with their own utensils.
Supplies are not stored on the ground, but up on pallets, shelves, or logs. They are covered with a tent or tarp, for protection from the sun and rain. They aren't placed near anthills. Pets are kept out of kitchens, as they get into food and knock things over.
- Every kitchen has a dishwashing station with four containers (usually standard 5 gallon buckets):
- one for scraping into;
- one with hot soapy water, for washing;
- one with clear water, for rinsing; other
- one with water containing 1 or 2 capfuls of chlorine bleach or vinegar - for disinfecting.
The water is watched and changed regularly. Pots and pans should not sit around dirty for hours, attracting the insect life.
Compost (garbage) pits are dug nearby for vegetable wastes. They are filled in gradually, like latrines. When the contents come up to within a foot of the surrounding ground level, they are filled in completely. A mound of dirt is left on top, to level out by itself as the garbage underneath decomposes and settles. Waste water goes into gray water pits. It is not just poured out on top of the ground.
Kitchens constantly need firewood and water. Many make a habit of bringing a piece of wood whenever they visit a kitchen. Others, upon seeing an empty water container, will fetch water without being asked.
- When you volunteer for Front Gate, you get to see it all come in. The parking lot crew greets the world with hugs and info. They maintain an organized and secure parking area., And make an around the clock commitment that involves:
- greeting new arrivals and giving out information,
- traffic control,
- auto repair,
- maintaining a kitchen and fire circle, and
- to active Shanti Sena.
The crew also seeks out vehicles for possible use as shuttles.
Alcohol abuse needs special attention in this area.
Front Gate and Welcome Home are frequently the most understaffed areas of a gathering. Help here is especially appreciated.
Bus Village is for those who come in campers or live-in busses or vans -many of our family are nomads, either part time or year-round. It has its own mini-gathering, with kitchens, councils, work crews, and Shanti Sena. It is a place where electric entertainment is allowed and appreciated.
Bus Village people are well situated to help with Front Gate and Welcome Home responsibilities.
Shuttles are large rugged busses or flatbed trucks, that can provide almost continuous service that is safe and reliable. Drivers need relief regularly. Riders should help with gas and repair expenses.
Welcome Home is set up where a person coming from the front gate begins to enter the populated area, at the end of the shuttle ride and where most of the hike in has been completed. It provides a place for people to rest from their journey in.
New arrivals are offered tea, coffee, or water. They are give printed copies of Raps 107 and 701, reminded of how the Gathering works with volunteers, and informed of conditions peculiar to the current Gathering. The Raps and a map of the Gathering are on a sign nearby.
Joke Toll Booth
The Joke Toll Booth sometimes appears on a main traffic artery in the Gathering. All who approach it are required to tell one joke before they may pass. The jokes collected go to help the merrimentally disadvantaged find gainful enjoyment in our community.
Kid Village is a place for children to find other children. It has a special kitchen for them, as well as for nursing moms and pregnant women. It has shade, playthings, and people who like to play with kids. Here you can meet other parents and their little people. You can find people to leave your offspring with for a few hours.
The people here always need help with the kitchen, firewood, and water. Musicians, storytellers, and game leaders are always welcome.
Kid Village should be somewhere the sound from Main Circle at night is dampened - on the other side of a hill is best.
Keep track of your children. Know where they are and when they should meet you, or be back to your camp.
If you entrust their care to someone else, be sure you know that person to the point of having spent some time with them.
When you leave your children at Kid Village, inform others of your going and return, and leave word where you can be found, if possible.
Older children should all know how to find their home camp. They should also be shown safe areas, like Kid Village, Information, or kitchens. They should know your full name and how to describe you verbally. For younger children who can't talk well, pin pieces of paper on their backs - with their name, your name, and directions to your camp.
If your child gets lost, don't wait too long to act. If they're not in the immediate area, inform Child Search at Information or Kid Village. We need to be told quickly to do the best job, especially if it is close to nightfall.
Many of our Family work in various crafts and bring their best work to Trading Circle to show off, or trade for other pieces that catch their eye. The mutual exchange of gifts is encouraged, money changing in the temple is not. Only barter is done here, a thing exchanged directly for another thing, or for a service performed. No money changes hands here. Using money jeopardizes our right to use public land.
Traders like to set up near the main trail, for visibility and the festival atmosphere of many people passing - but you should take care not to obstruct traffic when you set out your own wares. A wide shady spot slightly off the trail is the best place for Trading Circle.
Workshops can be given by anyone on any subject. Large meadows are designated for workshops, and identified as such.
A workshop board is at information, and workshop offerings with times and places are on it. Additional information about workshops is nearby. Workshop focalizers maintain and update all of these, and provide special materials for their own workshops.
- Some popular workshop subjects are:
- Sister Circle - Women gather in a secluded and safe place - to talk about their special problems, give each other support, perform rituals, and celebrate their womanhood together.
- Brother Circle - The same thing, for the men.
- Brother-Sister Circle - Sisters speak, brothers listen. Brothers speak, sisters listen. New perspectives are gained, common ground is found.
- Heartsong Circle - People speak about the things most important to them - hopes, fears, dreams, visions - to a loving and supportive audience.
- yoga, of all kinds.
- Sufi dancing - The dances of life, a natural way to get high.
- Plants, herbs, and natural healing and nutrition.
- Healing - Recovery, 12 step, co-counseling, anything to bring you back to mental health and wholeness.
Experienced volunteers teach new ones as they lead sweat lodges - for health and pleasure. Sweating reinvigorates you by flushing built-up toxins from your body. The closeness and fellowship of the lodge provide an opportunity for prayer and song.
Sweat lodges are solemn spaces for sacred ceremonies. They are built with care and respect for the old ways. Some ceremonies are guided by traditional leaders and observe strict customs. Ask if there are any special observances. Don't disturb the vibrations with any behavior less than sacred.
Don't come if you have an infectious disease. Do show up with an armload of wood.
A gathering is not a good place for a pet. Dogs fight other dogs, and kill wildlife and even other pets. All animals get into food, and leave shit all over the place. The animals themselves are stressed by the sudden changes in their environment.
Sometimes there is no place to leave your pet, so if you must bring it, be responsible for your animals. Keep them under constant watch, keep them away from kitchens, meal circles, councils, and wildlife. Clean up their droppings.
Feel free to tie up stray dogs in shade with water.
ARF is sometimes set up as a place where pets can find refuge, medical care, shots, and healing. If your pet is injured or sick, find out its location from Information.
Always ask permission before taking a picture of any other person. This includes groups as well as individuals. There are many reasons some may not want to be photographed - they may be in trouble with the law, they may be escaping bad situations at home, they may not want their employers to know they are hanging out with hippies - whatever the reason they don 't want there to be a photographic record of their being at a gathering.
Most people - if you ask - will gladly give you permission, and may even ask for a copy.
Booze and Other Drugs
It has long been a tradition in our family to discourage the use of alcohol at a gathering. Our children (that's all of us) need a safe and unthreatening place in which to celebrate. Alcohol energy can easily threaten. We respect a person's right to drink, but the Rainbow Gathering is meant to be a peace and prayer sanctuary, not a booze party.
If you are hypersensitive to drinkers, don't be a nuisance to them (or to Shanti Sena). Some gatherers are heavy drinkers in Babylon, but come to the Gathering for a chance to dry out and heal. If you are panhandled or insulted by a drunk, turn to your friends for help in dealing with them. Don't try to be a rainbow cop.
Many of our family are active in the movement to legalize hemp, and feel that cannabis products lead to effects much different than alcohol's, and are more conducive to good feelings between people. We let our family to decide for themselves whether or not they want to take the legal risks.
We actively discourage giving powerful psychedelic drugs like LSD to people who don't know what they're taking, or who don't have the experience and mental stability to handle them. Know whom you give to. Remember also there's no guarantee on what somebody you don't know gives you on the trail. If in doubt, spit it out. If you observe an overdose, freakout, or other drug caused problem, contact CALM immediately.
If you are stopped by the law on the way to a gathering, do not consent to searches. Your car is protected the same way a house is if you live in your car. If you observe harassment by police, stop and be a witness. If you are harassed, report it to the Co-Operations Council or to Legal Liaison.
We accept people for what they are, and their bodies for what they are. We can open our hearts, our souls, and our buttons and zippers at a Gathering. Many like the feeling of freedom, some don't like to wear a soggy old swimsuit, many like to be cool on a hot day - whatever the reason, we are creating again an Eden where you can be naked and without shame. This doesn't mean you can't wear clothes here, you just don't have to. Latrines and bathing areas are not segregated by gender here.
Be cautious of sunburn and poison ivy if you go naked. It's a good idea to at least wear sandals. And don't space out and go into town like that.
Many in our family have found deep and satisfying relationships with other family members. Few of these jumped into being at their first Gatherings. The freely given affection, the easy conversation, and the sudden promise of openness here cause many to start searching for their one and only, to build up big expectations, and to be disappointed.
Meet people by volunteering and working with them, by making music and theater with them, by joining them in workshops and spiritual exercises. You will see them in all their moods, and really get to know them.
Be patient and give time for friendships to unfold and grow by themselves. Don't measure them against your expectations. The Spirit will show you your soul mates, if you let it. Many people will be put off by sudden propositioning, and not everyone is in the same state of wanting that you are.
Remember, if the other person says no, but you do anyway, that is rape, which is a crime among us as well. Just because someone is naked doesn't mean you can have a feel. We are all worthy of equal respect.
We make our own music here. This is a place where your creativity is encouraged to come out of the closet. Stereos, boomboxes, and radios can douse a creative spark. Our musicians perform acoustically or with only small batteries, without the distraction of canned music in the background. Bus Village is a place for electric art.
Singers, guitarists, and instrumentalists gather to jam around community fires and in kitchens. Main Circle at night is the traditional place for drumming and dancing.
Share your song with us, even if you are not used to performing. Don't sit by your tent and play for the trees. Listen to the other players, and make music with them. You'll be amazed at how good we'll all make you sound.
If you start music, respect the other musicians within earshot who have already started, especially if you are drumming. Remember that drums can carry like a rock 'n' roll amp. Don't try to compete with them, go over and join them instead.
If it's late at night or early after sunrise, be conscious of folks nearby who may be sleeping.
The Hug Patrol covers the gathering to insure that nobody who needs a hug goes without one. You might be stopped and asked for a hug anytime, so you should be prepared to give them your maximum cooperation.
The Silent Circle for Prayer and Healing
the purpose! ...
We gather to honor and respect
all those who have aided the positive evolution of earth and humankind.
On the Fourth of July, from sunrise until high noon, the camp is hushed and people gather in Main Circle to meditate for World Peace, and the Healing of the Earth.
This is a time of intense energy. The silence is broken with a resonant OM after the Children's Parade enters the Circle, shortly before noon.
Please respect the silence by not speaking within earshot of the circle.
Prepare for this with four days of celebration. Take time to share your fears, traumas, dreams, aspirations, and visions - so that the healing on the fourth will be complete.
- In addition to the National Gathering from the 1st. to the 7th. of July, there are many Regional Gatherings thruout the year Find out about these at Information, in All Ways Free, from your regional focalizer, and on the Internet at
- alt.gathering. rainbow,
- or in Yahoo under Society and Culture: Alternative
At Vision Council the future of the Family is discussed, and more specifically, the location is chosen for next year's Gathering. It usually starts at noon on the last day (hopefully after there's been informal discussion every week). It continues until consensus is reached among all the participants.
Clean Up actually begins the moment you arrive - if you don't disturb the environment to begin with, you don't have to clean it up later. If you pick up trash all along, there isn't a large amount at the end.
After the last day of the gathering, the camp is drawn inward from the perimeters to one central camp, then to the front gate and the parking area, then out the gate and down the road.
Campsites, bridges, and kitchens are dismantled and disappeared. Compost pits and latrines are filled and covered with a dome of dirt, to allow for settling. Logs, rocks, and branches are scattered. Campsites are strewn with grass and leaves. Firepits are drowned with water and covered over with dirt. Paths are broken up, ground packed hard is broken up with pick and shovel, and bare spots are reseeded.Potential areas of erosion are shored up. All traces of our presence are removed. The site is returned to its natural state.
Vehicles leaving the gathering help by taking at least one bag of trash with them, to a dumpster at least 100 miles away. Don't impact the small towns near the gathering. Recyclables are taken to appropriate collection points.
In a year's time, you won't be able to tell that a small city of people lived here for weeks.
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I added several subjects that I thought needed discussion.
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