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post #1 of 39
Thread Starter 
I've poked around a bit but haven't found a tribe for mamas who go to Rainbow Gathering. If there is one, please feel free to point me in the right direction.

We're making the trip for the first time this year and we're all so excited. I'll be 4 months pregnant and we'll be taking my three boys with us. I'm just looking for other mamas that might be there and maybe a kind tip or two along the way.
post #2 of 39

Rainbow mamas

Hey there!
There are a lot of rainbow families out there. I never have travelled to one with my son, but I have been to plenty of gatherings with friends that have had children. Each gathering should have a "Kiddie Village", which would be of course a kid friendly environment. I would probably camp as close as possible to there. Most people there are super nice but I would certainly keep the little ones close to you at all times. I'm not too sure if you have been to this kind of event or not. So I am not to sure what kind of tips would help. I would love to get my boy to a gathering and will eventually. If I can help you out at all, let me know! Safe travels!
Christina
post #3 of 39
where is iy this year?
post #4 of 39
Thread Starter 
New Mexico

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post #5 of 39

Rainbow gathering

Hi mama! its that time of year and im totally thinking about the gathering too! my only trip to a huge gathering was two years ago with hubby, our 2 and 5 yo. i was pregnant at the time and sick and kinda grouchy, but it was a good time. lots of work , which i thought id share- i guess the best thing to do is have some wheels that you can use to cart kids and stuff in. do you have a double jogging stroller, a wagon or something? i wish we had because it was intense truckin those kids and supplies in and then around the huge spread of forest / meadow/river where the gathering was! and, i would definitely camp at kiddie village, easy and really beautiful! and maybe bring some immune boosting herbs/ anti funk kinds herbs because occasionally at communal gatherings of humans there are outbreaks of belly bugs and stuff like that. Though, the set up is amazing and probably the best possible, don't wish to offend anyone!

Hey, my crew could still make it this year! Have a blessed experience and enjoy!
post #6 of 39

This year in NM

I haven't been able to attend any national gatherings in few years and would really love to get to NM with my 2 yo DS and 5 mths pregnant. I'm feeling more cautious than I used to especially with what happened last year in Kiddie Village. What have all of you heard about last years events and this coming event in New Mexico?
post #7 of 39
hey everyone i'm not a mom yet but i've been going to gatherings since i was 6 months old and am a kiddie village alumni kid. if you have any questions about kiddie village or the gathering in general feel free to ask me and hopefully i can help you
post #8 of 39
I'm thinking about going this year mainly because we live right by where the gathering will be in northern NM. I don't think DH will be going, so I'm thinking about going either alone (with the 2 kiddos that is) or trying to get someone to come along with me. If any of you mamas want to coordinate something, I'm game!

For you Rainbow Gathering veterans, can you just sort of show up at Kiddie Village? Or do you need to pre-plan it?
post #9 of 39

Rainbow Mamas

Hey There,

I have been going to Gatherings for many years, only a few with my kids. I went with my eldest son, but held off in recent years after I became pregnant with twins. My twin boys are now 3 and we are giving it a try again.

HIKING IN
First off, it's not impossible, but I highly recommend bringing a partner or a helper if you have more than one child. One cannot usually get all your stuff in on one trip, especially if you have a kid on your back. So, having someone to sit in-camp with the kids while the other goes out for more things is VERY helpful. But people are VERY good with helping to carry your stuff in if you have kids and you ask on the path. An all-terrain wheeled vehicle (stroller, wagon, etc) is a plus but not necessary. A regular stroller won't do well. If you get to a stream, people are always happy to help one cross it if you have a vehicle.

KIDDIE VILLAGE:
Secondly, YES, Kiddie Village is an awesome place to live while there. You just show up, no need to make arrangements. Just arrive and ask folks to direct you there. (Once you get there you might want to tell someone in the kitchen you are a first timer and ask for any advice or info).

There is always something for the kids to eat at Kiddie Village (peanut butter sandwiches on request) , three good meals a day and always clean water. They build a playground for the kids, and there is a big communal area to hang out. No smoking is allowed in most areas there. They also usually have a real sit-down potty for kids whereas most camps have trenches you have to squat over that are often too wide for kids. People also tend to respect quiet hours in the camp after dark.

DIAPERS:
I don't know if the Kiddie Village provides them, but I have often seen parents washing out cloth diapers in five gallon buckets there. If you bring disposable diapers, I advise bringing a double-thick garbage bag to toss your dirties into with a clasp that can easily be opened and closed to toss a new one into. Keep in mind you will have to keep it in your tent (or just outside) and the smell of urine can become a bit much. It is your responsibility to carry your bag of dirty diapers out. For me, for one child that was like carrying a dead body out! lol

DINNER CIRCLE:
At dinner circle in Main Circle each evening, Mamas with kids, pregnant Mamas, and nursing Mamas are invited into the center of the circle to fill their plates before the buckets move out to serve the circle.


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I plug in at the Info Booth every year and camp there, so I am happy to answer any questions I can, although, honestly I have never camped at Kiddie Village, I know a decent amount about it.

MommyBear, I have three sons coming with me, too!

-Karen-
post #10 of 39
Thread Starter 
We had some surprise expenses come up so we won't be able to make it to NM this year We are going to try to be at the gathering in the Ozarks though so we still get some Rainbow time.
post #11 of 39
Thread Starter 
Oh and I wanted to ask you what you all take to eat? It just hit me that we'll be leaving in two weeks and I feel so unprepared.
post #12 of 39
I haven't been to a gathering since I was a kid. I would like to take my daughter when she's a little older.

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Originally Posted by green_pyxi View Post
I haven't been able to attend any national gatherings in few years and would really love to get to NM with my 2 yo DS and 5 mths pregnant. I'm feeling more cautious than I used to especially with what happened last year in Kiddie Village. What have all of you heard about last years events and this coming event in New Mexico?
What happened last year in Kiddie Village?
post #13 of 39
i;m gonna sub!

never been but WANT TO! I hope maybe next year or the year after that with the kiddos.

How do they determine where it is held each year?
post #14 of 39
onyx, wouldn't it be great if we could get one up here? *sigh*
post #15 of 39
I used to go to gatherings all the time when I was younger, but where I'm at, they are now few and far between If anyone knows of gatherings happening on the western side of washington, let me know.
post #16 of 39
Thread Starter 
HipCat, have you plugged into the forums at welcomehere.org? You might be able to find something local to you.
post #17 of 39
Hi everyone. Just bumpin this up now that the gathering is getting super close. We're leaving on the 1st, this will be our first one. I hope to meet all that are going!
post #18 of 39
Thread Starter 
I've got (almost) everything packed and ready to go, I have maps and directions printed, all I'm waiting on is for SO to get his clothes packed. Then all we have to do is take seats out of the van so we have room to haul stuff and we'll be ready to hit the road. After gathering we're going canoeing down a river and then to dig crystals in AR. I kind of wish we were going to Nationals but this one will be a lot smaller and it feels more comfortable for our first trip.

I hope all that are going have safe journeys Home. Lovin' you!
post #19 of 39
We'll be there :
post #20 of 39
Quote:
Originally Posted by green_pyxi View Post
I haven't been able to attend any national gatherings in few years and would really love to get to NM with my 2 yo DS and 5 mths pregnant. I'm feeling more cautious than I used to especially with what happened last year in Kiddie Village. What have all of you heard about last years events and this coming event in New Mexico?
What happened last year?
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