Thousands of hippies, yoots, kind people, space cadets and gentle folks seeking freedom will descend upon the Appalachian Trail for the Northeast Rainbow Gathering near Danby, Vermont, in July.
We will gather peacefully for silent meditation in the morning of July 4th, 2016 until noon; and a peaceful assembly of free speech and expression from July 1st through the end of Vision Counsel; in the public lands of the White and Green Mountains National Forests in the states of Vermont, Maine or New Hampshire.
Like it or not, the AT is going to be clogged beyond belief for a week or two. You might as well slap on some patchouli oil, smile and pass through at your own speed. The only thing you have to fear (probably) is being hugged by friendly strangers.
One source says this is "the 45th Annual Rainbow Family Gathering of the Tribes." This site says:
The Rainbow Family is one of the largest non-organization of non-members in the world. There are no leaders, and no organization. The family here have been drawn to the community building, care taking of mother earth, nonviolence and living a compassionate and loving life.
Having worked in Berkeley in the 70s before camping in Alaska for a summer, I have no personal prejudice toward this unorganized organization or its non-members. As long as they observe Leave No Trace principles, don't bathe/pee/swim in streams, I'm all "this land is your land, this land is my land" about the gathering.
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