for more discussions of the european gathering in England,
and details of its exact location etcetera,
(they're somewhere near Skipton in Yorkshire)
For anyone who has been confused by an email from Lyn
Lovell linked to Rainbow Europe from the Rainbow
It is a bit confusing! The Rainbow Circle is an English group who have been putting on camps in England since 1988, completely separate from the Rainbow Gathering. The Rainbow Circle has an AGM each year. The "email" you might have seen was actually an article by me for our Rainbow Circle Newletter, although I did put it on the Rainbow Circle egroup as well. It is about the possiblity of people from Rainbow Circle taking a posse into the Gathering and doing something a bit organised rather than just turning up and having a good time! We are - well, we try to be - an organic, non-hierarchical group and we don't sit in special, closed circles, co-ordinating or plotting!
From: "Lyn Lovell" To: firstname.lastname@example.org Subject: newsletter article Date: 12 January 2006 16:24 THE EUROPEAN INTERNATIONAL RAINBOW GATHERING is coming to E N G L A N D 26th July Ė 23rd August 2006 At the AGM last October we voted almost unanimously not to overlap the Rainbow Circle camps with the European Rainbow Gathering. Earlier we had taken a straw poll on who wanted to go to the Gathering and found that, out of the 38 people present in the hall at the time, 21 would definitely want to go, 11 would probably want to go and only 6 were definitely not interested. When the vote happened, one person abstained and the only person to vote against the motion did so because it didnít go far enough! The Rainbow Gathering has not taken place in England before and is not likely to come again for many years. Itís a great opportunity for all of us to take part in hosting an event for all our Rainbow sisters and brothers from many different lands. The vote at the AGM allows those of us who want to fully participate to do so without divided loyalties. It also allows us the possibility of taking the Big Lodge and 2 or 3 domes and creating a strong Rainbow Circle presence at the Gathering if we want to do that. I would really love all my Rainbow Circle friends to have the experience of a Rainbow Gathering and this year we donít even have to go to another land! The Gatherings are an amazing affirmation of love. When you arrive you are welcomed with love, as you walk around the site you feel it, when you leave the Gathering, you are full of it! They are celebrations of the Rainbow tribe: we are many, we are strong - and we are all beautiful! Iím up for co-ordinating a strong and active Rainbow Circle presence at the Rainbow Gathering! A circle of Rainbow Circle energy, holding a space within the Gathering, a circle created by lots of us with 2 or 3 domes and all our various homes (no vehicles of course, but hey, bring a canvas and weíll make benders!) and focused on our Big Lodge with its beautiful new cover. From amongst our people we could provide all sorts of workshops and we could share our hospitality, our cushty spaces and all our lovely creative stuff with our international friends. Or we could take a cafť and help to feed the circle, or we could take on an area, like the welcome area, or a function, such as ceremonial work, or a womenís space and a menís space. Or we could just have tea, coffee and chat in the Big Lodge. Iím very suggestible and flexible but I cannot and would not want to hold the energy alone. We need a ďcoreĒ group of three or more people, seven would be good, thirteen would be better! People who are into planning the journey, getting there a few days early, creating the area, taking responsibility and holding the vibe. Others could then drop in and out of over the course of the four weeks. Do not worry about the financing of this! Magic has a way of happening and if we are supposed to get to the Gathering, the money will be there! IF YOU ARE UP FOR BEING PART OF THE CORE ENERGY, PLEASE CONTACT ME AS SOON AS YOU CAN ON 01458 832 822 (leave a message if Iím not there) OR 07909 920 634 (donít leave a message Ė if I donít answer, text me). ALSO ON EMAIL: email@example.com Of course, we can all go as individuals, camp up together if we want and have fun - and if no one comes forward to help co-ordinate then that is indeed what I shall do. But we are among the main custodians of the Rainbow energy here in England and as such we have a lot to offer. We could go for the experience of holding a space and being part of the infrastructure. I reckon we should be right in there celebrating! We donít know yet where the Gathering will happen. Scouts are out scouting. Probably it will be in the North Ė but donít let that deter all you southerners Ė it will be worth the journey! Often the journey is part of the magic. There will be a seed camp for setting up. Usually this is between 2 and 4 weeks before the Gathering opens, so if anyone wants to go for it right from the start, thatíll probably be the beginning of July. Information is available on: There are rules: no electricity, no meat, no alcohol, no vehicles, no dogs. From a totally practical point of view, there are many things that we as part of Rainbow Circle can learn, whether or not we want to put on Magic Hat camps in the future. For several years we have tried really hard to make the Magic Hat ethos work for us, so that we could run our camps without the divisions entailed by having tickets and crew: people who pay and people who work. We have tried hard and we have struggled much! We have learned a lot. Now thereís an opportunity to see how other people cope with the same problems, still in the Rainbow way. These problems are endemic in the larger society and they will always be there. Letís pool our coping techniques and see if we can learn to deal with them without feeling either overwhelmed or disempowered! Donít forget to contact me if youíre up for being part of the core group! LOVE PEACE AND LOTS OF RAINBOWS FROM LYN