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What are rainbow gatherings?

Rainbow Gatherings are intentional communities, held in natural outdoor settings and practicing ideals of peace, love, harmony, freedom and community, as a consciously expressed alternative to mainstream popular culture, consumerism, capitalism and mass media.

Rainbow Gatherings and the "Rainbow Family of Living Light" are an expression of a Utopian, combined with bohemianism and hippie culture, with roots clearly traceable to the 1960s counterculture.

Mainstream society and modern lifestyles and systems of government are viewed as unhealthy and out of harmony with the natural systems of planet Earth.

The original Rainbow Gathering was in 1972, and has been held annually in the United States from July 1 - 7 every year on National Forest land. Other regional and national gatherings are held throughout the year, in the United States and throughout the rest of the world.

The largest Rainbow Gatherings pose significant logistical challenges, providing up to 30,000 people with food, water, sanitation, medical care, and order in remote settings. The Gatherings have proven durable phenomena for 37 years.