HOWDY FOLKS!! Florida Family welcomes you!!
- HOWDY FOLKS!! Florida Family welcomes you!!
Hopkins Prairie Site ~ Ocala National Forest
Main Gate Coordinates: 29.297814 - 81.70939940
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Directions: See http://flrainbow.org/Ocala/
Seed Camp - February 2nd-February 7, 2013
Gathering - February 8th-24th, 2012
Cleanup February 25th-March 3
We the children of the earth & sky. Brothers & sisters of love & light, friends of nature & all people, united by our love for each other & the yearning for harmony, calling ourselves a tribe, invite all peaceful beings to gathering with us to express are sincere desire & prayer for world peace & healing!
ALL ARE WELCOME! All ages, colors, sizes, sexes, beliefs, cultures, religions, interests, professions, etc. The gathering is a month long event which will create and then dismantle a small city made up of kitchens, camps, workshops, demonstrations, parties, entertainment, music, art, activities, spirituality... in the Ocala National forest.
This is a spirtual event that is FREE & non commercial, open to all.
This is an experience in cooperative living without leaders.
Decisions are made in council by consensus.
Ignore all rumors of cancellation.
Warning: "CHILDREN AT PLAY!"
Safety at the Ocala Rainbow Gathering
IMPORTANT INFO, PLEASE READ!!!
It important that you understand that camping in the woods requires that you pay extra attention.
Don't throw light cigarrettes on the ground! Snub them out, and put them in your pocket! Bring you trash and recycling to a "recycling station" (should be at all kitchens).
Please practice fire safety at all times. Out of control wild fires are expensive, dangerous and makes us look bad. When the "Forest Service" helicopter has to be called in, it can cost $10,000+. Community fires only please, no personal fires! A Community fire is for the groups of camps in your area. All brush and grass should be removed around the fire area, so that hot flying ashes don't light the ground on fire. The fire pit should be lined with clay or rocks (none in Florida), to prevent ROOT FIRES (fires that spread underground and can take days or weeks to resurface). A five gallon bucket of water and some shovels must be next to the fire, in case of problems. Please don't leave fires unattended, and put them completely out with water, when you leave. If you have never built a campfire in the woods or don't know how to do it safely, please ask someone how.
If you have to go to the bathroom in the woods, please find the nearest "Shitter". If you can't find one, go to a kitchen and ask someone where one is. When you're done, cover your shit with a little dirt, and wash your hands please. Break the shit, flies, food connection. All "Shitters" should have a hand wash and toilet paper. If the hand wash is empty or there is no TP, please take it to a kitchen and ask for a refill. The hand wash should contain water, a little bleach and maybe a spot of soap. 2 liter bottles with a small hole it the lid, make a great hand wash bottle. Mark it with "XXX" so people know not to drink it.
If you would like to help out in a kitchen, please go to one and ask what you can do. Its important to wash your hands often when in the kitchens (use soap and nail brush). Kitchens should contain: clean well marked drinking water, a dishwash station (3 marked buckets, left to right. 1st bucket (hot water with a little dish detergent), 2nd bucket (cool safe rinse water), third bucket (final rinse, cool water with 1/2 cap bleach to 3 to 4 gallons of water), a supply tent (to keep food off the ground and to keep flies out), and a well maintained "Shitter".
Please take extra steps to Prevent Injuries at the Ocala Gathering by doing everything you can be safe in the woods. It can be very expensive if someone has to be Air Flighted out of the woods when they are injured.
Please respect the Rainbow Family consensus, drinking is discouraged inside the Gathering. If you must drink, please do it in the Parking Lot, and not in the Gathering. Remember your are camping with large collection of people trying to peaceably gather.
If you have an angry person, try not to argue with that person, it can be dangerous . If you see someone getting beat up, hurt or an argument is getting out of hand... please yell "Shanta Sheena". Shanta Sheena ("Peace Keepers") is called to gather people when someone is in need of help. It is everyone duty to be Shanta Sheena.
Fire Walking should only be practiced by experienced, clear minded individuals!!!
Please bring warm clothes, shoes or boots that can offer protection, sandals don't last long in the forest. Hiking boots hold up well. Perhaps bring two pairs of shoes in case one pair is lost, breaks or gets wet. You can get infections from the soil, which cause open soars on your feet. Please take care of your feet. Go to C.A.L.M if you get minor cuts and burns. It's a first aid station.
When hiking in the forest be aware of where you walk, you could poke your eye with a stick. This may sound silly, but it happens more than you think. Bring a flash light so you can see at night. But please don't shine the flash light in people faces (Hippy Mace).
Although money is not required, and buying and selling are prohibted. Please bring some money to donote to the "Magic Hat" that goes around "Main Circle" at meal times. The money is pooled for all the kitchens on "Main Supply", and goes much further when items are bought in bulk.
Control your dog! Rooming dogs get in fights, bite people, crap everywhere and get in supply tents. Burry your dogs crap please.
Please protect this Beautiful Land!
Walk softly. Harm no living thing. Harmonize. Use only down, dead wood. Do not cut living trees. Preserve the Meadows . Camp in the Woods. Remember, we are caretakers of this land.
Everyone sharing makes a strong Human Tribe!
Please Protect the Water Sources by staying out of DELICATE spring areas. Avoid camping, peeing or washing above spring areas. Keep ALL soap out of streams, springs or the creek! Use a bucket to take your bath 300 feet away from the water source. To be certain drinking water is safe, boil it for ten minutes at a rolling boil!
Use public shitters, slit trenches or covered latrines - cover your paper & waste with ashes or lime, and BURY YOUR SHIT! Bury your neighbor's shit, your dog's shit, your neighbor's dog's shit! Carry a tiny shovel! Break the fly/illness connection: shit->fly->food->YOU! Wash hands afterwards. Dig NO shitters/do not shit near water areas or kitchens. Protect our Health!
Use your own cup, bowl & spoon! Wash them after eating and rinse in bleach-water. Go to C.A.L.M. if you feel ill - especially if you have a contagious disease or are injured.
Camp Together Establish neighborhoods. Community Fires are encouraged. Keep a 5 gallon bucket of water and a shovel nearby for Fire Protection. If you are the last to leave a fire PUT IT OUT! Especially before going to bed! NO fireworks! NO fireworks! NO fireworks! They burn your brothers and sisters! Keep you camp secure. "Tempt Not Lest Ye Be Lifted From."
Pets are family too. If you must bring them, bring a small shovel to carry with you. Clean up and bury their poop. Keep them fed, on a leash and out of the kitchens, springs & fights. Love them. *If your pet is not spayed or neutered, consider leaving them with a loved one if possible. Many female dogs go into heat and male dogs become agitated and aggressive.
PACK IT IN - PACK IT OUT !!!
Cleanup begins when you arrive. Please bring only what is necessary. There is no janitor here . . . YOU are the cleanup crew. Separate Garbage for recycling. Please DON'T LITTER - Find a collection point. Compost in pits only.
You are the Gathering!
Participate,Volunteer, and Plug In!! Participate in Shanti Sena (the peace keepers council), work crews, water/wood runs, workshops, councils, and all activities. Volunteer wherever and whenever needed: kitchens, welcome home, fire-watch, parking lot, shitter digging, supply, front gate, etc. R-E-S-P-E-C-T your Sisters' & Brothers' energies. Keep the Balance: Earth, Sky, Trees, Water & People!
Alcohol is Discouraged inside the gathering area and at main circle. Guns are Inappropriate, Violence is contrary to the Spirit. Please do NOT take pictures or videos of people without asking their permission first.
The Magic Hat is our Bank and goes around at Dinner Circle and with the Magic Hat Band. Meatless meals are served at main circle at sunset.
Our power together is many times our power separated.
Enjoy the Rainbow with an open heart and you Will see the Vision.
Please check back in Mid-January for to the directions to the gathering itself.
"Happy Rainbow Trails"