27 April 2008

oN tHe wAy...2 tHe rAiNbOw gAtHeRiNg...


we travelled on monday and arrived on thursday, but only now I'm having the time to seat and try to write about it...me, Marcia, Lyna and Juran went on a short trip to a rainbow gathering down south in Algarve...I feel I lost the momentum to write about it, but lets see what comes up in this post as it goes :-)...
when i arrived I was filled with lots of feelings and emotions, heart connections, lots of stories in my heart, lots of beautiful pictures in my mind... I have to say that I didn't take many pictures there cuz I don't feel comfortable as I know many people don't like cameras...But most of the things we saw and experienced cannot be capture in a picture anyway...

we had a nice trip, around 5 hours long...we stopped once in Portalegre to have a coffee and to admire an ancient tree, a massive 160 year old "Plátano" (don't know how it's called in English) ... Simply Beautiful !!!

you can call me tree hugger, I won't get offended :-) hug this !!!

We arrived after lunch and set up our "tent" on the hill...

beautiful view as well...
here's also a beautiful flower I've never seen before...it was like made of wax or something... amazing!!! it was right next to our place in the camp...
over the rainbow camp and the beautiful valley of green, yellow, purple and white... a strong fast river run through the valley and along its bank the rainbow camp was set...tents were all over in different places, the main kitchen, 2 tippis and the "coffe shop" from where we could hear shouting "coooooooffee" all day long :-)...
in about one hour we were ready to join the others...
I feel at home at the rainbows...if you're not familiar with these gatherings you can find out more here in a previous post I wrote...
people received us with a warm hug and the usual "welcome home" saying... some were already preparing dinner in the kitchen, a couple of children were playing in the water naked, some others were arriving too.. .we went to the main circle where the fire place is always burning and we joined the musicians... the guy with the guitar started to sing a nice song...I don't remember now exactly but it was something like "Jah is with us , we don't have to fear" , I followed with my drum and it went on and on till dinner was ready ..." Foooooooood circle" :-) time to gather all around the fire and join hands...we forgot the plates...Tsssss....silly us !!! but Provision never failled :-)...once a bottle cut in the middle, a plastic plate and even a normal one... God is good...and the food was always good as well !!!
I met old friends I haven't seen for years, I met new ones...there were around 60-80 people... all beautiful , each with their own characteristic, each one special...
the nights were filled with fun, music and dance...

some nights more than others...one time people were getting wild making animal's sounds...it was so fun!!! so freeing !!! so releasing !!! indescribable with words...

many people asked us about our community and so we left the directions on the "information tree"... we are hoping to have some of them over as there's gonna be another gathering soon nearby in Serra da Estrela, and also a "natural trance party" called "walking to Zion" near Covilha, where people are invited to join with all sorts of instruments ... I wanna go to that one, but I don't think I'll go to the other gathering...too much work in the garden in this hot sunny days ...
But I really wish some of those people we met will come here... That's what this land is for anyway, to welcome the pilgrims, the nomads, the travellers who need a bit of peace and rest on their journey...
not that this meetings are not peaceful nor restful, on the contrary, but as a nomad myself, I know what it's like when you just need a "home" to come back to... I miss travelling actually, and being on The Way...but I know I'm on the right place on the right season... I love hospitality as well:-)...
we also met a nice English couple who shared about permaculture and they will come as well... we could learn few nice things to put in practice here at the land, and I got challenged to attend a 72hours course on Permaculture which will give me lots of new insight and ideas to use in the land... I'll pray and research about it...

Thursday morning we woke up early to start our trip back to the land...we wanted to be with Emmanuel who arrived just the day before we left...too pity we didn't get much time to hang out, but I'm sure he'll be back...next time for a longer period...
we put our tent down...
well, not totally, we left our "roof" to a girl who had no shelter for rain... another beautiful person we met... we went to the the kitchen and coffe shop for good-byes :-( and we were ready to get our feet on the road... or on the car :-)
To complete all these nice experiences in the best way we had one more meeting... not casual I would say...
we wanted to have a coffee and some food before our 5 hours drive, so we stopped on the first cafe on the way... there were people on both of the tables outside so we asked a man if we could join him... "of course he said"... we went in to order our things and only when we came out we noticed he was a traveller too... an older man, on his fifties, and not portuguese... we asked him where he was going... "I'm a pilgrim"... we laughed "so are we !!! " ... " I can tell" ,he said (I wondered why? eh, eh) ...
He was going to "Santiago de Compostela"... it's his second time...the first time was 15 years ago and he said he discovered himself then...now he came to discover Portugal :-) ... he's from The Hague-Holland, divorced 20 years ago, a retired policemen (he worked in the human department services he said) , lives alone and he was surprised to hear we were living in a community...he never heard such a thing...and that surprised us as well... he was challenged by the idea I guess... 
we all felt we were before an amazing person with lots in his heart to share... he was also a musician, he had 2 instruments, one for the inside, the violin, and the other for the outside, the harmonica... his words carried wisdom and he would not speak only superficial things...
when I asked him where he was on his journey with God, he pondered a lot and started to share... he said he went through some shadow places in his life, but he learned few things... in his first pilgrimage he said he lost his arrogance... he thought he didn't need others, that he could be happy alone... that was his arrogance...but he learned he is a social person and he needs men for him to realise he is a man... on that time I remembered a movie I saw recently, "Into the Wild",  which I recommend him to see...actually, I recommend it to you all... 
when he finished I went to the car to pick my Bible and read to him a Psalm that came to my mind as he was speaking...23..."The Lord is my shepherd"...he was grateful ... Juran also played for him his "Mbira", a kind of hand piano from Africa, with which the man was amazed...his name was Anner by the way, even though I'm sure it's not well spelled...
the presence of God was clear in our midst and we could all fill it...
he liked my hat... he didn't had one, and he didn't had much hair to protect him as well, so I gave it to him... you should have seen his joy...

Lyna said he looked like Heidi's grandfather...we all laughed :-)...he didn't want to accept it in the beginning, but I was sure it was not my hat anymore... I was happy too :-)... Juran gave him also a necklace he carried with a nice green stone... Anner didn't know what to say nor what was going on...
Neither do we... we just knew it felt right... we went on our way, leaving him on his journey and followed ours...
we couldn't say much to each other, we all felt we just had a sacred encounter... set up by God for sure...
we went in silence and in awe for a while and I stopped to put on Shimshai's music..."I sense Your presence..."
it was so strong... so real... so beautiful... tears almost fell down my face, my heart was filled with them though...
we were also looking forward to be back home... to be with the others...to see the garden and the trees...and to have a nice "sweat lodge" before a good night of sleep...

5 comments:

whitney said...

WOW I am in tears... so moving... this experience... I went to a rainbow gathering in 97 the year God totally showed himself to me. And it was amazing and crazy and beautiful. I miss travelling too. But God weaves it all in somehow doesn't he? awwww... peace to you dear sister and blessings in christ jesus and on the way...

maze said...

hey baba :)

many greetings from tom and monique. (MFG). Maybe you remember. I'm from the Jesus Freaks Munich. I talked with them saturday. They reported from the time which they spent in Portugal. I thought, that I want to do something like that, too. So they gave me your blogaddy. Could we stay in contact? you could mail me: martin[dot]zeiske[at]vodafone[dot]de

Be blessed!

greets

Martin

Sista Simone said...

hey baba, thanx for this comment! I am touched by it...what nice present today on the official holiday "Day of the work" here in Germany...be blessed

Jesse said...

baba....
i love you and miss you. its been far too long since we talked or saw each other.
i have been meeting lots of beautiful traveling pilgrims here in belize as well. so so wonderful! i feel i am learning from them and seeing so many different views on life...beautiful beautiful people. today we are doing a prayer room in our little school community. it is going well. God is good.
one day baba i really will come to a rainbow gathering with you ok? i really want to!
and one day i will be back at the land...sooner then later i hope. no clue though.
well i love you so much. God be with you beautiful sister! peace and love!
jesse

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