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Saturday, August 1, 2015

Thanksgiving Council 101

The annual gathering of the tribes, which takes place over the 4th of July, has a cyclical process. While various regions in the USA often host a Thanksgiving get together, this blog deals with the annual gathering. In South Dakota this summer, vision council on the land reached consensus that the 2016 gathering will take place in the White and Green Mountains National Forests in the states of Vermont, Maine or New Hampshire.

But then what?

Because the Rainbow Gathering has no leaders, no board of directors, no staff and no one in charge of anything, we depend on people working together to do all the preparation for the gathering in the north east. So over the years a process has come together to make sure that planning is open to everyone who wants to be involved.

The year starts off with Thanks giving Council or T-Council over the four day weekend of the same name. This is a time for people interested in plugging in, talking about visions for the gathering, discussing scouting, strategies about legal issues, etc. to get together.

T-Council generally takes place in the state or region where we will be gathering although sometimes it happens in other areas not to far from the consensed upon areas. It's usually a camp, cook, council, share heart songs kinda of thing. Often but not always, the people at T-Council pick the dates for the Scout Rendezvous and Spring Council. Often times a PO box is established for snail mail and a banking council is formed to deal with any donations.

As with all things Rainbow, no experience is necessary, just a willingness to participate. Keep in mind this is not a gathering, it's a working council and the way this council unfolds sets the tone for the gathering.

For direction to T-Council, click here.

I'm hoping that there will be a real mix of generations at T-Council. We need older people, we need younger people, we need more experienced gatherers and we need less experienced gatherers to come together to create a vision for a peaceful, healing and fun gathering in 2016. Be the change you want to see in this world.


  1. Okay were gonna raid Raye Rays place in Vt. And the over flow will be sent to Vermin and the rowdy folks well send to Rachels in Amhurst.
    It has been written I'll send the 3 maps later.

  2. Okay were gonna raid Raye Rays place in Vt. And the over flow will be sent to Vermin and the rowdy folks well send to Rachels in Amhurst.
    It has been written I'll send the 3 maps later.

  3. I heard Woodstock, where's tgc....havery we a place?

  4. I vote for Rae's! I won't be there but somebody tell me how lovely it is there.


  5. peace, is t-council planned in texas as been posted a while back? & what area could we expect in texas, i assume near nacogdoches around site of the texas gathering of 1988, that welcomehome.org historic stuff claims is were gathering was- Texas, By Boggy Creek, near Lufkin, in Angelina National Forest, that i wish today i would of attended. is there still enough national forest to have a national in texas, seeing population has grown so much & so little national forest seemingly available & suitable to have a peaceful gathering? i'm still hoping to attend a t-council. is why maybe texas t-council is planned to show texas is available & its been 27 years since gathering there. peace

    1. peace, i looked for that post about t-council in texas, couldn't find it, read it i think in august or so. so near the green mts. seems where t-council is so far planned. it seems i'd need a miracle to attend. not giving up, i assume the autumn leaves will be in full color. peace

    2. Hi u holy,

      Information on this page pertains to the annual gathering which takes place over the 4th of July. Many regions hold local get-togethers over the Thanksgiving Holiday weekend that are local affairs. I would reach out to folks in Texas if you are looking for info on a get together for Thanksgiving in Texas.

    3. peace, when we click on t-council thanksgiving directions, this page happens. the recent t-council general location area comes up seeking this page on web. as to t-council whereabouts, what i claimed about texas, has resurfaced on welcomehome.org, from aug.24. i'll copy here. for no other post till last week was ever found denying about texas being where t-council shall be.
      from- alt.gathering.rainbow martywholi...@yahoo.com
      Aug 24
      Ignore all rumors of cancellation or organization! Live Lightly with the Land and People!
      We, who are brothers & sisters, children of God, families of life on earth, friends of nature & of all people, children of humankind calling ourselves Rainbow Family Of Living Light Tribe, humbly invite:

      All races, peoples, tribes, communes, men, women, children, individuals -- out of love.
      All nations & national leaders -- out of respect
      All religions & religious leaders -- out of faith
      All politicians -- out of charity

      To all join with us ALL in One gathering as One Tribe together for the purpose of expressing One Vision
      our sincere desire that there shall be peace with ALL in the tribe & on earth, harmony among all people.
      This gathering to hold open worship, prayer circle for a, Healing Thanks Giving Vision Counsel Gathering
      on Nov 22 to 29 2015 in TX Location to be posted Nov 16th to give honor & respect to anyone or anything
      that has aided in the positive evolution of humankind & nature upon this, our most beloved & beautiful
      world asking blessing upon ALL We people of this world & hope that we people can effectively proceed
      to evolve, expand, & live in harmony & peace.
      - Amen -
      Nov 17
      - show quoted text -
      Is this still in the works or what?
      silver spencer
      Nov 19 (21 hours ago)
      Awaiting more info! Hope all is well. Love

      peace, so both look legitimate, ny/texas. its easier to get to texas for me, but unless a miracle happens, i never seem to have enough funds at end of the month, living month to month on ssa, as a disabled worker. but locally they offer yearly a community thanksgiving dinner that also if you arrive early enough has vegan thanksgiving dinner. but i have been hoping a long time to attend & participate in t-council, being disabled unable to work is what prevents this, that enough funds can exist, for prices keep rising. just want to share that i have been interested the last 15 or so years on attending, participating in t-council. peace

  6. Directions to the farm near Albany so that one may participate with T-Council ?

  7. Spirit blessing to your healing , Chuck , vegan and disabled .


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