Burning Man is not your typical festival … not by a longshot. If you’re a first timer, you honestly don’t have any idea what you’re really in for — and just how great (or miserable) your Burning Man experience will be is directly proportional to how well you’ve prepared. Lucky for you, there are a LOT of veteran Burners who are eager to share their expertise with you to get you oriented so that you’re ready to take this incredible experience head-on and rock it. They’re gifting their time and talents to help the greater community … because that’s what we do (Gifting and Communal Effort are two of the Ten Principles, after all). Read on, and find one in your local area (they’re in no particular order). Also, you’re encouraged to hook up with your local Regional Network group and get connected.
See burningmanchicago.com for updates
“Burning Man for Beginners” orientation class in May 2012, details will be posted at BurningmanPortland.com
Now in its tenth year, the Seattle Regional Newbie Picnic has something for everyone! Are you a newbie about to take your inaugural trip to the playa? Come and meet seasoned vets who can share all sorts of tips and tricks. Seasoned vet? Here’s a great chance to help out the new folks by showing off cool gadgets, sharing time and space saving tricks, imparting dusty wisdom and/or just bragging about your playa experiences. Food and beverages will be provided but note – this is an ALL-AGES, ALCOHOL FREE event. No really, alcohol free. It’s in a public park.
Date: Sunday July 29th
Location: Heart of the Burner Triangle: Judkins Park SW Corner. Point Your Map Location Devices Here: http://tinyurl.com/3hwgupq
From Barcelona! This is Diana the Bcn RC and I wanted to let you know about our event that will take place on April 28th. It is called Barcelona Burning Bash (BBB) and we will highlight the Gifting principle. The idea is that every edition highlights one of the 10 principles. At this event we will give the participators a little taste of the Burning Man culture, starting out with “Dust Devils” a 45 minute documentary on Burning Man and several other videos including “Gifting” by Halcyon. We will also infuse gifting into the experience by inviting people to participate in interactive games with gifting-like interactions, and giving participants “love-notes” with transformational messages. The night will be blessed with many performances by dancers, musicians, dj’s, artists, and circus freaks. We will also have a costume camp and a “Ask-a-Burner” booth. This booth will be hosted by experienced burners where newbies can ask questions and sign-up for mailing lists. Our event will also focus a lot on our regional event Nowhere. Our intention is to inform locals about the BM culture and inspire them to participate in our community, Nowhere and Burning Man. have a look at the FB event page https://www.facebook.com/?ref=home#!/events/344560798916741/
Spring Fling Campout & Ranger Roundup
Fremont Peak, California
$20/per person includes camping on Friday & Saturday night – kids under 18 free with parent or legal guardian
$10/per person – day pass
During this campout there will be a Ranger Training, Black Rock Scouts Training and Virgin Workshop.
Virgin Workshop will be on Saturday, June 16, at 11a.
www.montereyburners.com to register for the campout or for your day pass.
Facebook event: http://www.facebook.com/events/158449297608278/
We will be hosting three Newbie Orientations before the Burn. One in May, June, and July. Please check www.laburningman.com for specific dates, times, and locations. Events are also listed on our facebook page LA Burning Man.
Great Lakes Area:
Newbie Orientation at this year’s Lakes of Fire in Michigan. Read the WWW guide to find out more details and time and location.
Arizona will be holding its 9th Annual Newbie Orientation in July… dates being firmed up but we are shooting for Saturday July 14th. http://azburners.org/newbie.htm
The Burning Man culture – (What is Burning Man and who are these people)
How to prepare for Burning Man – (Lists, packing, travel, costumes, gifts,art, and self)
What to expect of Life on the Playa – (Self-reliance and self-expression, gifting economy, LNT, WATER!, HEALTH issues, Finding your way, the law, I’ve seen that before! and much more)
This event in intended for those who have not attended Burning Man or have attended once before but still have questions.
South Bay Area, CA:
Virgin’s Workshop at SoulFire Regional Precompression – June 9th at 11am
Practical tips about grey water and vinegar, as well as how to make enough shade to sleep in and whether it’s “sand” or “dust”. Review of Burning Man’s 10 Principles, and what to expect at the Gate. www.southbayburners.org/events
Sat June 30th 3:00pm-8:00pm
Free Flow Dance Centre 224 25th St. W. Saskatoon, SK, Canada
It’s that time of the year! Its time for the annual SK Burner BBQ and info session! Please bring food and drink to share as this is a potluck style event. In the spirit of Burning Man bring your own cup,plate and utensils please. Newbies, veterans and interested parties are welcome to this all ages event! We will also be taking cash donations at the BBQ to go toward the 2012 SCORE project — for more details on the project as it evolves, please see our SCORE group here: https://www.facebook.com/ScoreProject2012
Join us for Burning Man Newbie Orientation/ Las Vegas
June 18th, 2012 @ 107 East Charleston Boulevard, from 6-8pm with drink specials at The Arts Factory!
This is a chance to meet in person with other virgin & longtime Burners from around Las Vegas as well as the world. There is also time at the end of the talk for announcements within our community. Come on down for a drink, meet some of your local regional Las Vegas Burning Man representatives and share your Tales & Tips for the playa!
North Bay (Cotati), CA:
IGNITEaN00b! Tuesday, July 17, 2012. Come at 6pm for the potluck, stay for the 7-9pm meet and greet at FrogSong in Cotati. This is an pecha-kucha format event where veteran Burners get five minutes to wax poetic about their favorite playa tips and tricks, or just tell us all about that one time at that thing in the desert. You get twenty slides which advance automatically, and a live mic. We will invite all our North Bay n00bs to come out and meet the dusty crew and say hi, and maybe find a new camp or a project to work on. Email northbay here: northbay (at) burningman.com to participate!
Announcing the Burner Skool Series!
This year we are going with a bi-weekly Wednesday evening class format from May 9 to July 4, so that you can choose to attend the courses that are of interest to you, or attend all, or share the dates with friends & campmates and compare notes afterwards! We’ll break for the month of July and have a Burner Skool Grad & GVIAS Volunteer Appreciation Picnicon Wed Aug 1st at Trout Lake.
See full series & class curriculum: http://bit.ly/BurnerSkoolCurriculum
Join the Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/BurningVan/ & see the Events tab to RSVP for each class.
Check the www.burningvan.ca site for info and to join the BMV Announce list.
Ka Pilina, the Hawaii Regional organization, will be hosting a “Black Rock City 101″ info-gathering for first time Burners with 2012 tickets. June 16th in Ewa Beach, Oahu. Virgins & Veterans welcome. Contact ruby_holly here: ruby_holly (at) yahoo.com for details.