RAINBOW GATHERING In Romania And Hungary

Artist Janine Beachle shares moments from the Gatherings

11 Feb 2015

Food circle some days before full moon, Romania.
Food circle some days before full moon, Romania. Photo Janine Beachle

 

Artist Janine Beachle shares with The Third Eye her story from the most recent European Rainbow Gathering, held in Romania, as well as the World Rainbow Gathering in Hungary last September.

 

Photography and Text by Janine Beachle

These were my first Rainbow Gatherings after I discovered photos of it some years ago.

I hesitated a long time to go there without knowing anyone. Finally, I decided last summer to go there on my own. I never had any regret. It was the most wondrous time of deep joy and love, connecting to people and making beautiful experiences.

We were eight people looking for the way. We didn’t know how far it was, or how long we had already walked. Having all the people around me suddenly felt good and I knew that everything would be beautiful. After all the insecurity, I felt I had arrived at home.

The wafts of mist floated above the fields and glowed in the moonlight. A green luminous meteorite fell from the sky, like I’ve never seen before.

 

 

Morning light on the tipis, Romania.
Morning light on the tipis, Romania.
Simon Inlakech and Mike El at the Rainbow Gathering in Romania.
Simon and Michael from Germany at the Rainbow Gathering in Romania.
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Welcome centre at sunrise, Hungary.
Artwork by Prins Långkalsong.
Artwork by Prins Långkalsong.
Lovely Tamir in the early daytime surrounded by fire smoke.
Lovely Tamir in the early daytime surrounded by fire smoke.
Tarps of our camp under the willow trees, Hungary.
Tarps of our camp under the willow trees, Hungary.

 

 

We lived in a gorgeous willow copse close to a small lake. At night, the slim leaves rustled above our heads. The paths were very muddy and it rained from time to time, but it was a lot warmer than during our travels.

 

 

Our camp under the willows and the moving stars, Hungary.
Our camp under the willows and the moving stars, Hungary.

 

 

I sat on the carpet in the new chai kitchen. The sky was clear and the air was fresh, the stars sparkling. Autumn was approaching. Candles burnt in between us, chai warmed us a little and the sound of guitars, drums and rattles was in the air. One special brother had an aura of light around him, he radiated pure joy and love. His brown, glowing eyes were squinted to little arches while singing Spanish songs. The chant united us all and we became one. I sank deeply into the rhythms and mantras resonated in my heart.

 

 

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The most beautiful chai kitchen, Hungary.

 

 

On this night, I woke up and the drums called me. Tiny raindrops still fell down softly. I found all the people gathered around the fire, their faces illuminated by the flames. The rhythms didn’t stop till the sky became grey. Across the misty meadows, we went up the hill to see the rising sun.

 

 

A sister early in the morning, Romania.
A sister early in the morning, Romania.
 The beautiful chai kitchen with a chess board on top of the twisted tree trunks, Hungary.
The beautiful chai kitchen with a chess board on top of the twisted tree trunks, Hungary.
White tipi, Hungary.
White tipi, Hungary.
Blue hour, Romania.
Blue hour, Romania.

 

 

Every night I fell asleep listening to the distant drums and singing from the main fire or the surrounding camps. When I woke up, there would already be somebody gently playing the flute…

 

 

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Woody at the World Rainbow Gathering in Hungary.

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Rainbow Gathering in Romania.
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Russian family at the Rainbow Gathering in Romania.
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After the rain, Romania.
The first sunset after days of rain and no sun coming through, a very magical sundance moment with didgeridoo, drums, flute and the epic sound of a gong, Hungary.
The first sunset after days of rain and no sun coming through, a very magical sundance moment with didgeridoo, drums, flute and the epic sound of a gong, Hungary.

 

 

Right after the Equinox I watched the sun going down. Not only were the day and night balanced, but I also felt balanced. I was ready for autumn, ready to leave and welcome all new things yet to happen. I was at peace with myself and the Earth.

 

 

Full moon party, Romania.
Full moon party, Romania.

 

 

It was magical when thousands of people sitting around wood layered five metres high were singing, while lighting up the fire.

‘Fire,
Sacred Fire,
Burning Through The Night,
Come To Me In My Dreamtime,
Bring Me Visions of Light’.

 

 

Main fire, Romania.
Main fire, Romania.
  • I was at the Romanian gathering last year too … and i remember our Russian sister, with her beautiful baba, and handsome man. I was there with my two young boys, and enjoy’d the medicine of singing my songs in the TiPi many nights amid water and fire initiation. Then all too soon, back home to Ireland. Stay bless’d!

  • Anton

    Im glad i stumbled upon your website. Im moving to hungary next week,and ive been trying to make contact with the Rainbow Camp for weeks now,to no avail.

    I think i can provide a support house in Zalaapati,provide some free lodging,internet access,and even have tipis up on my half acre of land. Missing the british festival live ,so hopefully someone can put me in contact with a Kindred Spirit. This is a wonderfullu evocative site,thank you for publishing it,for future lifelines can be established through communication. God Bless…

  • SA

    So many thanks for sharing these beautiful images.. I cannot tell you how much they brought to my heart and soul. Comfort. And a gentle reminder of all that was at the rainbow in Hungary last 2014 . I feel so far from rainbow connections now here in South Africa. But with three eyes open I see the family is not far. Thank you.

  • I was there one of the lovelyest times ever in my life and people and i missing it ever more time is extending 🙂 throwg the magic of space time and life …. 🙂 WE LOVE YOUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU

 

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