Rainbow Family Gatherings

Last updated: August 28, 2013 (3 years ago)

Listing created on: December 31, 1999

Rainbow Family Gatherings

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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.



  • Land owned by: Other
  • Additional Comments: We have no land. We gather in the National Forests.


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


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


  • Dues, Fees, or Shared Expenses: No
  • Required Labor Contribution per Week: 0
  • Additional Comments: It takes alot of work to feed 15,000 people. Help is always appreciated!

Sustainability Practices

  • Current food produced: 0%, or close to 0%


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

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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.