This is part 4 of 4 – to start from the beginning please go to Rainbow Gathering, Day 1.
My husband, step-son, and I just returned home from the rainbow gathering in the Big Hole Valley area of south western Montana. I wrote most everyday while we were gone and thought I’d share our adventure.
Written on July 5th:
Yesterday was the big peace circle in the main meadow (the apex of the gathering). After a morning of silence (which most people engaged in) we gathered holding hands, a huge circle up into the hills and trees with a few concentric circles in the middle where the om circle was. The silence was broken by the kids parade around noon with cheering, shouting, and celebrating which then gave way to drumming, dancing, merriment, and laughter.
It was quite powerful to see thousands of brothers and sisters holding hands, smiling, holding silence, gathering for peace and unity.
The gathering, like life, is what you make of it and we all had a great time exploring, camping, making friends, spending time in the woods, being with our greater family, and enjoying the rich diversity and warm community atmosphere that is woven into every thread of the gathering.
We are many hands strong
coming together for brotherhood and sisterhood
We are all ages, all faiths, all backgrounds
standing lightly upon the earth where many others before us have stood
From the greening sage field through the lodgepole pine forest
spreading out from the western shores of the pacific
to the eastern shores of the atlantic
From above and from below
We are a community of diverse threads and many talents
We are made of earth, sun, water, and air
We are a family – the gathering of a rainbow