Rainbow Family to meet near Pinedale July 1-7, 2008
Big Sandy Opening
Pinedale Online file photo. This shows the open areas typical along this road to Big Sandy Opening. There is SNOW here now and the road is not open all the way to the top yet. Hopefully will be by July 1. Please check back for updates. We'll try to keep everyone posted on road conditions.
You'll pass by interesting rock formations on the way in. Note: There are no rattlesnakes here. But we do have bears (black and griz - however, if 30,000 people show up, they probably won't be an issue). Pinedale Online file photo.
Aspen trees along road in
Pinedale Online file photo. You'll drive through pretty groves of aspen trees on the way in. It is early spring here, so leaves will just be coming on the trees. Deer, antelope and moose frequent these areas. Please drive carefully, and bring a camera!
Pinedale Online file photo. Note, there is SNOW here now (June 11, 2008)!
by Pinedale Online!
June 5, 2008
The 2008 World Family Gathering of the Rainbow Family of the Living Light will be in western Wyoming, near Pinedale, July 1-7.
The gathering will happen within 50 miles of Pinedale. Scouts have been in the area to select the site. They have been in contact with Bridger-Teton National Forest officials, and the exact location will be announced soon. Possibilities being considered include the Boulder Lake and Union Pass areas.
The Rainbow Family of Living Light is totally free and non-commercial. They express the ideals of peace, non-violence, ecology, spirituality, love, freedom and harmony with the natural systems of the Earth. The gatherings include communal socialization with workshops on non-violent direct action, alternate healing, yoga, making music, art and dance. They discourage firearms and alcohol at the meetings. All Rainbow Gatherings are held with an open invitation to people of all walks of life and of all beliefs.
The Family does not have designated leaders and there is no official or legal structure to their organization. There is no membership and no one person speaks for the entire group.
The Rainbow Family has gatherings throughout the year in regional, national and international settings. They are typically held in outdoor settings, usually on National Forest land. Regional gatherings can have as many as 5,000 people. The annual U.S. Gathering can bring as many as 30,000 people.
This will be the third Rainbow Family Gathering in Wyoming since 1972. Their second-ever gathering was held on the Shoshone National Forest in 1973. They last came to the Bridger-Teton National Forest in 1994.
United States annual Rainbow Family gatherings
1972: Roosevelt National Forest, Colorado
1973: Shoshone National Forest, Wyoming
1974: Dixie National Forest, Utah
1975: Ozark National Forest, Arkansas
1976: Lewis and Clark National Forest, Montana
1977: Gila National Forest, New Mexico
1978: Umpqua National Forest, Oregon
1979: Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest, Arizona
1980: Monongahela National Forest, West Virginia
1981: Colville National Forest, Washington
1982: Boise National Forest, Idaho
1983: Ottawa National Forest, Michigan
1984: Modoc National Forest, California
1985: Mark Twain National Forest, Missouri
1986: Allegheny National Forest, Pennsylvania
1987: Nantahala National Forest, North Carolina
1988: Angelina National Forest, Texas
1989: Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest, Nevada
1990: Superior National Forest, Minnesota
1991: Green Mountain National Forest, Vermont
1992: White River National Forest, Colorado
1993: Talladega National Forest, Alabama and in Kentucky
1994: Bridger-Teton National Forest, Wyoming
1995: Carson National Forest, New Mexico
1996: Mark Twain National Forest, Missouri
1997: Ochoco National Forest, Oregon
1998: Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest, Arizona
1999: Allegheny National Forest, Pennsylvania
2000: Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest, Montana
2001: Boise National Forest, Idaho
2002: Ottawa National Forest, Michigan
2003: Wasatch-Cache National Forest, Utah
2004: Modoc National Forest, California
2005: Monongahela National Forest, West Virginia
2006: Routt National Forest, Colorado
2007: Ozark National Forest, Arkansas
2008: site to be announced, Wyoming
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