We will gather peacefully for silent meditation the morning of July 4th, 2018 from dawn until noon; and a peaceful assembly of free speech and expression from July 1st through the end of Vision Counsel; in the southern Appalachian Mountains. DIRECTIONS TO THE GATHERING ARE HERE (and contain road closure info, and other critical information. This post is updated frequently so check back for the latest.To learn how to get into the gathering without getting a mandatory court appearance ticket, click here.

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Amber Robinson RIP

Updated 7/20/18 at 11:00 p.m. eastern time with donation opportunity

Dear Amber,

You were with us for such a short time. I did not meet you, but those who did said you were a beautiful soul.

We failed you. You asked us what to do with your life and we said, please come home to the gathering. You came to the gathering with the man that would end your life two weeks later. Both of you came home and we didn't keep you from leaving with him.

So many hearts are broken. These words are helpless scratches on the life that you deserved to live.  These words come too little, too late. We should have, could have, would have.  As a family, we have soul searching to do to prevent this from ever happening again. We owe you this much at least. 
You should have been on your way to another gathering or a beautiful lake somewhere to swim in the cool refreshing water and dancing under the trees by moonlight.  This is the life I wish for you.

I will continue to identify ways that the collective we, and my self personally, will work towards protecting our family from those who would pray upon them as we gather in the future.

Let us sink deeply into our grief and then later when our tears have dried up, channel that grief towards  preventing anyone person from experiencing the fate you did.

To all that knew Amber well, I am so deeply sorrow that we failed her.

If you would like to donate to a GoFundMe opportunity to help her family with the memorial arrangements, click here.

A reporter took a video of her hard at work on trash at the gathering. Its posted on Facebook so I'm not sure if you will be able to see it or not without a Facebook account. Click here for the video.


  1. Who is we? She got a bolt out the blue A real psychopath
    It does not manner where it happened

  2. Have some respect, man. I am sure he is a psychopath, and Im sure some people noticed that fact and turned a blind eye. That is why it matters where it happened. In Rainbow we are supposed to self-police and protect each other. This is why I don’t go to gatherings anymore, I think the sense of community is not what it was meant to be.

  3. I am hoping for peace and solace for Amber's sweet spirit and for her grieving family. <3

  4. So sad. So so sad :( ... this breaks my heart. ... i showed up at this years gathering all the way from Alaska & got a horrible feeling on the 1st day, so my bf and I left. For many readons, we ended up not going, so we camped near Asheville instead. ... wow

  5. Fly with the angels sweetheart. Prayers to the families involved. Such a great loss all around.

  6. A Kentucky whisky-drunk black-out ; an incident of tragic passions .

  7. fly high girl i miss hanging at the beach with you i will forever hold those memories close to my heart i love and miss you forever and always your friend sarah

  8. I feel the same pain, my friend. We are also talking about how we can step up our game and prevent these tragedies. I’m so incredibly sorry that I didn’t meet her and couldn’t stop this. She deserved better.