Rainbow Gatherings are not festivals.
They’re intentional gatherings of all kinds of people who come together for a month somewhere in nature to cook together, sing around the fires, make workshops, share experiences and generally come together as ‘a family’.
Some people see the Rainbow Gatherings as a manifestation of a new consciousness as a tribe of many colours gathers to bring in a New Age upon the earth, fulfilling ancient Hopi Indian prophecies.
Others see it as an opportunity to hang out in nature for a month and have a great time.
Either way the Rainbow Gatherings are unique events in that there’s no commerce of any kind, no alcohol, and there’s nobody in charge. As is often heard in the Rainbow: ‘if you see a job – it’s yours!’
Rainbow Gatherings usually last for a month (a cycle of the moon) and are held all over the world and are particularly strong in Europe. There are regional Rainbows in many countries and also a European Rainbow Gathering which moves country each year.
Here is a book about the Rainbow Gatherings in Europe with some chapters online.
Calendar of Rainbow Gatherings 2017
We’ve summarised here some rumours about gatherings but make no promises for where, when, what or how they will be! You may need to register at the forums to see the info…more gatherings coming soon – check for updates!
Moroccan Rainbow Gathering February 11 – March 12
There is agreement with the locals for this Rainbow Gathering so there shouldn’t be any problems with the police this time! But it is asked that you don’t get naked – it’s a Muslim country.
It’s near Mhamid Ghislane and you can catch a bus there from Marrakech. Then you:
‘..start in the roundabout/circle near the mosque. Leave the roundabout making sure the mosque is on your left side. Keep going untill you cross a bridge. Take the road going left after the bridge and keep going straight on this road 5 km and you will find the place with a sign saying seed camp.’
German Rainbow Gathering in Oberkatz 28 March – 1 May
This little rainbow gathering is on the same location as the 2005 European Rainbow. You can catch buses 409 ad 410 from Meiningen to Oberkatz and Geba where you can find signposts from the church.
WISE Isles Gathering near Brighton in South England April 25 – May 24
Go along and make a gathering so strong and vibrant that even when the British drunks turn up they’ll be converted to peace and love and milky chai.
International Spring Rainbow Gathering in Italy 2017 4-18 April
The word is that for directions ‘Who is seriously interested can write to the following address: firstname.lastname@example.org (till 28th March) – email@example.com (after 28th March)’
Israeli Spring Rainbow Gathering April 5 – 26
The Gathering will be held around an hour south of Tel Aviv in the North Negev Desert. You can call one of the focalisers for more info: +972507696608-sherry. +972506400292-Hadar. +972524459361-Noa, +972538270084-Ariel, +972546633133-Tali
Lowlands Rainbow Gathering 26 April – May 14
The Belgium and Dutch families are preparing for a gathering and seed camp is already starting.
Portugal Rainbow Gathering 26 April – May 24
In the area of Cumeada in Central Portugal. Follow the link to get info!
Germany Rainbow Gathering May 25 – June 22
Somewhere near Munich in Bavaria
Macedonia Rainbow Gathering May 25 – June 24
Location still unknown..
Spanish Rainbow Gathering May 25 – June 24
Bring a hat for protection from the Spanish sun..
Polish Rainbow Gathering 25 May – 23 June
A Rainbow Healers Gathering. Is that the same as Healing Rainbow with no tobacco or chocolate? We don’t know.
Russian Rainbow Gathering June 22 – 23 July
Held in the Tver region of Russia.
Did you know in Russian Rainbow Gatherings they yell pow wow instead of food circle?
Peace in the Middle East Gathering in Georgia 24 June – 25 July
Who wouldn’t want to visit Georgia?
A great chance, actually the only chance we know of, to see Israelis and Iranians hanging out together as friends…
Hungarian Rainbow Gathering 24 June – 23 July
It will be held in the Hungarian Crystal Land (land dedicated to all things Rainbow-ish). For more info write to: firstname.lastname@example.org
French Rainbow Gathering 24 June – 23 July
High up at 1200 metres and please no dogs! The shepherds are worried about their sheep..
Healing Rainbow Gathering in Austria 6-20 July
It’s in Liebenfels and hosts a delightful swamp..
European Rainbow Gathering in Italy 23 July – 21 August
This year it’s in Italy after last year’s disastrous Alps European Rainbow Gathering and we’re hopeful that memories of being chased out by crack teams of Austrian police officers will be just a memory to be told around the main fire. It’s proposed to be somewhere near the Slovenian border (but not the same place as last year!)
Eurasian Rainbow Gathering 23 July – 21 August in Belarus
It’s most likely to be in Northern Belarus and the Russian, Ukranian and Belarussiam families will come together to make this Rainbow Gathering happen. There’s a vision for an ‘artistic seed camp’ to happen from June 10 if you feel like hanging out on the Gathering location for a couple of months.
Central Europe Rainbow Gathering 21 August – 20 September
The Polish, Czech and Slovakian families will come together again to make a Rainbow in the area of Jeseniky in the Czech Republic. The last Gathering in 2015 was great so this should be a good one. A bit weird that that a crowdfunding campaign has been set up for it though.
WISE Isles Healing Rainbow 21 August – 20 September
A Rainbow Gathering in the south-east of England with no caffeine, tobacco or sugar.
Bulgarian Rainbow Gathering 21 August – 21 September
This year the Balkan Rainbow Gathering is in Bulgaria.
We’ll update this page…we we get updates!
Please don’t write to ask us for information about where the Rainbow Gatherings are – we post all we know here!
And though it’s not a Rainbow Gathering we, the team behind this site, also run the Road Junky Festival of Creativity in June in the Czech Republic which is partly inspired by the Gatherings.
Likewise for the Sahara retreats in Morocco..