The “open letter to the world”, below, emerged from the February 2011 Argentina world rainbow vision council. This is how the story of the caravan began. The letter is reproduced here in a slightly edited version to keep it up to date and not cause confusion.
Beloved rainbow family of living light,
This is an open letter from the world rainbow family to all rainbows everywhere. We are many brothers and sisters, tribes, clans and communities in many places around the world, but we are ONE family. Our message concerns us all.
2012 is the year of the rainbow, 2012 is the year of unification! The world family will gather in Brazil in January before moving north in a caravan that will link communities and celebrate eight consecutive full moons on our way to Guatemala, where we will join hands with the North American caravan to build a permanent home for us all! Finally, many of us will observe the end of the Mayan calendar in Palenque, Mexico, in December.
We are an open group of brothers and sisters from around the world who are keeping the focus to turn this vision into reality, and we invite all family everywhere to participate, focalise, and to translate and spread this message.
Let us hold hands, unite our intentions, shine our lights and join all hearts together. The energy is spiralling, more and more brothers and sisters are joining this path and pledging their support every day. This is not a dream, not anymore; it really is happening. The vision is clear, the way to realise it is up to us.
Love and light,
Maira, Rubia, Juevez, Justin, Fly, Diego and Martin
This is the world rainbow gathering consensus from Argentina:
“The 2012 world rainbow gathering starts in Brazil on new moon January 23rd and ends in Guatemala on new moon December 12th. It includes:
- A one month gathering in Brazil (joining the national) in the state of Espirito Santo from new moon January 23rd to new moon February 21st.
- An eight month caravan sweeping north through South and Central America via many meeting points.
- A one month gathering in Guatemala from new moon November 13th to new moon December 12th.”
The Brazil vision council will consense for the 2013 world rainbow gathering, Guatemala will consense for 2014.
We want to create well-run, healthy and happy gatherings with safe water sources and strong welcome centres.
The first part of the 2012 world rainbow gathering will be joined with the Brazil national gathering, which is already consensed to be held in the state of Espirito Santo.
We are calling a scout council in Caparao, Espirito Santo, on July 19th 2011.
The caravan from Brazil to Guatemala will create a rainbow bridge between two continents. It can take any form imaginable; we can walk, cycle, hitchhike, drive or spread our wings and fly. We envision the caravan as the centre point of a multitude of art, ecology and educational projects, including the performance of shows. Our path will be a process of learning; we can visit sustainable communities to participate in permaculture projects, to share knowledge and spread seeds, and to bring all this new energy with us to Guatemala.
We already have several invitations but we would like to share our light with more people, places and communities in Brazil, Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador, Colombia, Panama, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Honduras and Guatemala, between February and November 2012.
We hope for a small armada of RainBoats to help us bypass the impenetrable Darien Gap between Colombia and Panama; the Rainbow Peace Fleet have already offered their support and many more boats will hopefully join. We plan to cross a bridge over the Panama Canal on foot in order to re-establish the trans-American energy flow broken by the canal; another caravan of northern eagles (the North American family) could meet our caravan of southern condors in a magical ceremony right there on the Puente de las Americas!
Whatever our intentions, projects and means of transport may be, we want a few vehicles to be the moving headquarters and heartquarters of the caravan, carrying pots and pans and communal tents, keeping magic hat and always providing a central camp with meals for all. We will create improvised mini-rainbow gatherings in various meeting points along the way, at least every full moon.
The first caravan vision council will be held at the Espirito Santo gathering approximately one week before full moon. Come and shape the caravan with your ideas!
Part of the vision for the one month Guatemala gathering is to create a more sustainable rainbow. At previous gatherings we have been almost entirely dependent on the use of magic hat money as a means of exchange for food from mostly unsustainable sources. It is important that rainbow stays true to its original idea of living in nature but “leaving no trace”, but it could be possible to use an adjacent piece of land for a bit of “rainbow gardening”. Scouts and local family in Guatemala are intending to plant seeds before the rainy season so that we can harvest during the gathering and therefore make the rainbow more sustainable and less dependent on the monetary system.
Taken one step further, this could be the beginning of the first Peace Village, a permanent home for our family! We could buy the land with the intention of freeing it from ownership. The rainbow family is everyone; land belonging to the rainbow family therefore belongs to everyone and no one. We would create a free piece of land which would sustainably support a group of free people living communally in peace with Mother Earth. The scouts will become the first caretakers of this land.
We could create an open and transparent legal entity like a company, charity / NGO or trust that can hold money and land on behalf of the whole family, then raise an online magic hat in order to purchase the land.
The Peace Village is connected to but different from the rainbow gathering; they will co-exist side by side and feed each other energy but remain separate entities.
Local family, including Mayans and established communities, are already working in support of this vision.
The first scout council in Guatemala is being planned for September 21st 2011 (unconfirmed).
From Guatemala, we are all invited across the Mexican border to “the global rainbow gathering of the tribes” in Palenque from December 1st to December 31st in order to celebrate the end of the Mayan calendar. Another part of the family is dedicated to focalising this event.
We believe rainbow works when communication is open and everyone is included and allowed the privilege of taking their share of the responsibility to make it happen. Join our open focalising group if you have energy to share.
The worldrainbowgathering Yahoo group is another great source of information for the world family.