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 2018
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!
El Hierro Rainbow Gathering February 7 – March 15
Cancelled! The police came along and chucked everyone one.
German Spring Rainbow Gathering March 16 – April 15
This one is somewhere not too far from Berlin. Hopefully spring arrives soon.
Albanian Rainbow Gathering March 17 – April 16
After the first ever Rainbow Gathering in Albania last year there’s a follow up gathering in the spring. At least there shouldn’t be any big hornets around the place this time.
Raw Food Walkabout in Spain 25-31 March
If you like to walk around munching raw things with other raw food fanatics this could be the thing for you.
Middle European Rainbow Gathering in Southern Germany May 15 – June 13
It’s hoped that the Czech, Polish and Slovak families will come to help and this Rainbow is timed with the school holidays.
Peace in the Middle East Rainbow Gathering in Turkey May 15 – June 13
The Peace in the Middle East Rainbow is maybe the only place in the world you can find Israelis and Iranians hanging out together peacefully..
Romanian Raw Food Gathering May 17-June 17
Should be somewhere in the west of Romania. The European Gathering was in Romania just a few years ago and so perhaps some seeds were sewn there to make more Rainbows.
Russian Rainbow Gathering June 13 – July 13
If you don’t find the info there you can also check here for information and use Google Translate to understand the Russian. And maybe there’s even another Rainbow Gathering in Russia here.
European Rainbow Gathering will be in Poland 13 July – 11 August
We imagine that will be a big one as it’s right next door to Germany and the Polish family is pretty strong.
First World Peace Rainbow Gathering August 11 – September 9
The dates and location for this one are a bit uncertain as discussion continues but it’s probably going to be in Germany after the European Rainbow Gathering so everyone can just flow across the border. The idea is that it’s held a century after the end of the First World War.
Israeli Rainbow Gathering October 9 – November 7
If you don’t use Facebook they also have a Yahoo group where you can find out where the Rainbow will be. It’s usually either in the Negev Desert or somewhere near the Golan Heights.
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..