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.
Rainbow Gatherings in 2020
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 Desert Rainbow Gathering 24 January – 23 February
Near Tafraout Sidi Ali. Bring warm clothes for the cold nights.
Spanish Equinox Healing Gathering 14-23 March
A mini-gathering held in Catalunya.
Middle European World Peace Gathering 22 May – June 21
Possibly in Austria as the disaster of 2016 has already been forgotten apparently..
Balkan Rainbow Gathering 23 May – 21 June [cancelled]
This one will be in Macedonia. Such a beautiful country.
World Peace Rainbow Gathering in Russia 20 May – 19 July
Wow. A 2 month gathering. Once you’ve gone all the way to Siberia you might as well stick around..
Middle East Rainbow Gathering 22 June – July 20 [cancelled]
Be honest, would anything other than a Rainbow Gathering have given you the idea to go to Armenia? Every country’s tourist board should be helping Rainbows organise..
French Rainbow Gathering 21 June – 20 July
It’s going to be in the South Alps and to find out the address you’re supposed to write to one of the ‘French elders’. Try the Facebook group but they can be a bit snobbish.
Rainbow Roots Gathering in Poland 28 June – 12 July
This one is going ahead it seems
European Rainbow Gathering in Estonia 20 July – 19 August
Busted and broken up by the Authorities predictably…
Albanian Rainbow Gathering 17 September – 16 October
You can also find info in the Albania Rainbow Facebook group – I still remember the mood of celebration in a vision council when they prohibited Rainbow’s presence on Facebook. It was like banning the rain from the full moon celebrations.
And though it’s not a Rainbow Gathering we, the team behind this site, also run the Road Junky Festival of Creativity (26-30 November in the Czech Republic (and again in July 2021) which also has loads of music around the fire, creative workshops etc
Likewise for the Sahara retreats in Morocco each winter..