Thomas at Casual Encounters


  • First Gathering: Wisconsin 2005
  • Can be found at: Casual Encounters

I come to Rainbow Gatherings for a number of different reasons.

In my youth Rainbow Gatherings were a place of healing and recharging. It’s still that way for me today, though now it’s a lot more work.

One thing I particularly appreciate is that here I can practice service. I just don’t do that enough during the rest of the year.

Coming to Rainbow is working for something greater than oneself. Creating a meal and then serving it to others – just giving it away, giving of yourself – it’s just a beautiful exercise in humanity. It’s a spiritual exercise.

I’ve kind of become dependent on gatherings for that practice of service. It’s also a place where I can develop myself into something else besides me – a sort of cauldron of hard work and community that forces me to grow.

These days the gathering has also become a place to reconnect with friends and family. I’ve reached a point where I know a lot of people at Rainbow. I have friends who show up at Rainbow from all over the country who I don’t get to see otherwise. It’s truly a family reunion.

Cooking at Casual Enoucnters
Frying up some gluten-free tortilla chips.

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