When I heard it announced that the 2013 National Rainbow Gathering would be in Montana… I knew for sure that I was going to be there. The same site was chosen as where the 2000 Gathering was held; a perfect, beautiful location.
I had been trying to hook up a gas share rider for a month before it started and at the last day, as I was leaving, my supposed rider backed out. Well crap. Even though I did not have enough gas money to make the round trip from Colorado I departed anyway. I made 1 stop in Grand Junction, to see if my 22 year friend and teaching collegue, Victor Woods, wanted to come. He was home. I said “if you can pack fast and light so we can be out of here in a couple hours… He was calculating in his head if he could leave for two weeks on short notice like that… Yes was the answer.
This was awesome. I was going to Montana alone to tell as many people at the Gathering, that had ears to hear, about the news from Western Colorado about the discovery of the prophecied Shambhala. Victor spent 6 months in 2012 researching and cracking the mystery of Shambhala. Victor had it so dialed in, he could point to the exact center of Shambhala on the map, with a pin!
We get to Montana, find the Gathering site easily, park, hike down in, scouted a super kind neighborhood to set up camp, right behind what became Crucial Kitchen (one of the best family food scenes ever!) and towards Kid Village (where I usually volunteer and shanti-sena from).
We hauled a big car battery down in there and a laptop and projector for a powerpoint show. We found a great meadow in line of site from Information Station and we built it! A huge movie screen. I figured that part out, a tautly strung tarp with a sheet affixed to the front of it, made a great movie screen. Put a big sign on it: Shambhala Theatre. Everyone in the gathering saw that theatre. We promoted Victors presentation for the next week. Here, have a look at the movie for yourself:
It certainly was a pleasure to see Kris Harrison (another Baha’i Scholar and teacher) and his wonderful wife Marielle show up at the gathering for a few choice days together. All in all, 2013 was a fantastic Rainbow Gathering and another tremendously successful teaching effort; another Baha’i victory.