We’re all home from the rainbow adventure now and well unpacked. The gathering was spectacular! One of the most stunningly beautiful sites; and not just beautiful, but logistically perfect and easy – clean water, nice land, soft grass, no ticks, mozzies or leeches, easy access while not being too close to any towns… and awesome people!
Littletree and I drove down slowly, stopping on the way to see the Solar System Drive that you can read about HERE.
There were so many rainbows on the way there, it was almost like magical providence leading us home
We were lucky enough to get there early, before the road was blocked, so I could drive right in to the site to unload our tipi and the poles and everything (cars aren’t allowed to enter the rainbow site after the opening day), and since we’d decided to sleep the night on the road just before coming into the site, we arrived early morning and had plenty of time to find our perfect campsite and set up and get the car out before the day was over. Our faithful van Sunshine served us like a true champion :)
I had help from a couple of people to get the tipi up and was quickly rewarded by yet another rainbow
So we were settled in and ready to work on helping set up the gathering and build infrastructure
The gathering was so full of wonderful friends. I barely saw Littletree as she roamed freely with a bunch of other kids exploring the forest. They all made bows and arrows
and played all sorts of cool games
and made faerie crowns
and did face painting
and attracted butterflies
It’s such a supportive environment for children – no cars or roads to worry about, dozens of supportive grown-ups available, and freedom to roam and explore :D
A local theatre group, Living Light, joined the gathering to give a preview of their performance
I spent a fair bit of time in the kitchen, though not as much as I have in the past, which is pretty good
and we opened up our tipi for chai nights where I made doughnuts for everyone. I pumped out a few hundred organic chocolate-filled doughnuts, and cinnamon ring doughnuts. mmmm
I also did a lot of crochet – I added six new hearts to Littetree’s blanket, I held a couple of crochet workshops
and I even made a rainbow heart that slowly morphs into a square to be part of a patchwork community blanket; a free-form heart that becomes a square was no easy feat, I don’t think I did too badly, considering this was my first attempt.
Since there were several pregnant mamas,
I held several midwifery circles and did ante-natal check-ups
I swam every day in the creek
sang and danced in the magic hat parade
played capoeira and partied around the drum circle by main fire
enjoyed the sunset against the mountains
and watched the full moon rise
It was such an enriching, revitalising experience. To be in nature, to hold hands and chant AUM with 100 people before every meal, to sit in talking circles, and feel supported by my family. I was sad to leave, but I left knowing the consensus for the next rainbow in Australia will be just 2 months away, in January! details HERE
Of course, there’s no way I could fit the whole experience of rainbow into one (or even two) blog posts, and I took many photos, which you can browse on my flicker page HERE.