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The Rainbow Family began at the Vortex Biodegradable Festival of Life in Oregon. The first World Family Gathering was in 1972 in Colorado. Rainbow gatherings continue happening all over the world.

“When the earth is ravaged and the animals are dying, a new tribe of people shall come unto the earth from many colors, classes, creeds, and who by their actions and deeds shall make the earth green again. They will be known as the warriors of the Rainbow” Old Native American Prophecy

The rainbow family has national yearly gatherings during the week of July 1-7. The height of the gathering occurs on July 4. On this day, everyone begins a morning silence which is followed by a full day of celebration. This gathering will be occur again July 1-7, 2017 and will be held in Oregon.

The Rainbow Family does not have leaders nor an organization. It is an intentional community composed of the concept of non-violence and alternative lifestyles. Their traditions are based mostly on Native American traditions. This group has a strong desire to take care of the Earth. Everyone gathers in the National Forests in order to pray for peace and celebrate life.

The city is completely run by community collaboration. Food is donated for the festivals. The use of money to buy or sell anything is prohibited. The Rainbow Family restores the environment conditions better than found it putting everything back into the earth. Everyone works together as a team to bury compost piles, cover fire pits, and reseed all walking paths.