Tuesday, April 29, 2008
If you want to experience a true Hippy festival then check out the Rainbow gathering in Wales. They last for about 2 weeks (from April 27)
Rainbow Gatherings are temporary intentional communities, typically held in outdoor settings, and espousing 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 impulse, combined with bohemianism and hippie culture, with roots clearly traceable to the 1960s counterculture. Mainstream society is viewed as "Babylon," connoting the participants' widely held belief that modern lifestyles and systems of government are unhealthy and out of harmony with the natural systems of planet Earth.
The original Rainbow Gathering was in 1972, and national gatherings are held throughout 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. Relations with law enforcement and local communities are frequently at issue. Media coverage is often unfavorable, focusing on drug use, nudity, and the countercultural aspects of the assemblage. Nevertheless, the Gatherings have proven durable phenomena for 36 years.
Directions to Rainbow in Wales on Tyle Crwn Woodlands:
Get yourselves onto the A470 5 miles north of Brecon.
Travelling southbound to Brecon - you'll pass a sign for 'felinfach'
and shortly after you'll see a pink cottage on your left. Do not take
the left hand turning immediately after the cottage, but take the next
left signed 'Tredomen'. Follow lane until small crossroads, turn left
there and follow single lane track until you come to open fields with
track running across and a green post box on the gate. Go through the
gate and down through the next gate into the woodlands. Welcome
This is a drug free, alcohol free, dog free gathering.
Bring love light and everything to keep you warm and comfortable.
Wellies and waterproofs essential - some access paths are pretty muddy
due to small cows!
Please bring dried food donations, tents, tools, tarps, balnkets,
spoon, mug, bowl, sleeping bag...and don't forget to put your magic in
the magic hat!!
The family here are super lovely and rainbow friendly, please show
them love and respect.
Please network this to anyone who wants to be part of the magic and
come celebrate beltane with the family. the gathering beins now!!