Last updated: August 28, 2013 (1 year ago)
Listing created on: December 31, 1999

Rainbow Family Gatherings

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  • Status: Established
  • Formed: 1972
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Website address:
  • Address:


  • Visitor Process

    Visitors accepted: Yes
    Visitors should plan on primitive camping conditions; and to really enjoy the community. Working as a volunteer in one of the group kitchens is always a fun experience and a good way to make friends.

  • Membership Process

    Open to new Members: Yes

Mission Statement:

We gather to pray for peace

Community Description:

Some say we’re the largest non-organization of non-members in the world. We have no leaders and no organization. To be honest, the Rainbow Family means different things to different people. I think it’s safe to say we’re into intentional community building, nonviolence, and alternative lifestyles. We also believe that peace and love are great things and there isn’t enough of that in this world. Many of our traditions are based on Native American traditions, and we have a strong orientation to take care of the Earth. We gather in the national forest yearly to pray for peace on this planet.


  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Additional Comments: All religons are welcome, and many set up their own camps.

Social Factors

  • Common Spiritual Practice(s): Native American, Buddhist, Paganism/Earth Religions, Eastern, Protestant/Lutheran, Emissaries, Quaker, Roman Catholic, Hutterian Brethren, Sufi, Jewish, Unitarian Universalist, Muslim, Ecumenical (includes “all religions”), Eclectic (integrates pieces from many religions), Other
  • Education Style(s): Home Schooling, Public Schooling, Up to each individual


  • Decision Making: Consensus (everyone agrees)
  • Identified Leader: No
  • Leadership Core Group: No

Land and Buildings

  • Housing Provided: No, we are a different type of community.
  • Location: Rural, Rural
  • Land owned by: Other
  • Additional Comments: We have no land. We gather in the National Forests.

Labor and Money

  • Required Labor contribution: 0
  • Join Fee: No
  • Regular Fee: No
  • Additional Comments: It takes alot of work to feed 15,000 people. Help is always appreciated!


  • Shared meals: Approximately all meals
  • Current food produced: 0%, or close to 0%
  • Dietary Choice or Restrictions: Not at all important – people may eat however they individually choose.
  • Dietary Practice: Mostly Vegetarian
  • Alcohol Use: Yes, used seldomly, or ceremoniously.
  • Tobacco Use: Yes, used often.

Fair Housing Laws

Our community does not provide land or housing, so is not subject to fair housing laws.

We happily link to the following organizations, all of whom share our strong commitment to promoting community and a more cooperative world:
Cohousing The Federation of Egalitarian Communities - Communes Coop Community Cooperative Sustainable Intentional North American Students of Cooperation Global Ecovillage Network
Special thanks to the sponsors of our Art of Community Events.