The gathering is over. The gates are closed.
There was hardly any alcohol (I saw 4 or 5 beer cans in the trash), and no other obvious drug taking. Most people were sober the whole gathering - a very clean spirit. There was a fair amount of male & female nudity (stop sniggering at the back, there) but that’s all good, clean and healthy. Lots of nude river bathing. I saw no-one screwing in the open, although it probably happened somewhere. The kitchen was amazing - some great vegan meals were turned out from there. I wasn’t there for the gnocchi evening, shame on me. There was 1 hornet sting, 1 snake bite (ambulanced to Hualien, but returned the next day Ok), some kitchen knife cuts and a mountain of sand fly bites.
The Full Moon circle & bonfire was powerful, the 2nd Talent Show was good, but the highlight was the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party at the river-side tea-house. Dusk to dawn, candle-lit, large fire, a feisty Queen of Hearts, and folks taking it in turn to perform on the small sandbank stage. Plus there were 7 rounds of tea, including a cacao ceremony and an astounding masala chai with coconut milk. The 7th and pre-dawn round was apparently kratom, although I’d gone to bed by then.
There is now a smaller follow-up gathering in Miaoli, peaking on the Full Moon of the 29th.