November 20th, 2013  |  Filed under Tales From The Playa

The Playa Has Her Own Plans

November 20th, 2013  |  Filed under Tales From The Playa
Tales From The Playa are dreams and memories of events that took place at Burning Man, as told by its participants.


by Playalive

This was my first year. I was so careful in my planning & research. I thought I had prepared myself as much as one could. Newbies! The Playa has her own plans for us. She decides what will happen. She is a living entity. I could feel her energy almost immediately.

Day 2 I stopped trying to fight the dust as I realized it was a losing battle. I went ahead & breathed her into me. I ate the food she got on. I let her live on my skin. I became one with the Playa. The deeper I got- the more she showed me.

One evening while walking to my block from middle Playa, a little dust storm picked up. I braced my back against it, put my mask up & pointed my flashlight around to see how thick it would get. I told the Playa it looked like we were under water. She told me she was showing me how she used to look. She remembers when she wasn’t dry & dusty. She remembers when water & life were a part of her day to day. I fell totally in love with her that night.

When people started packing & leaving, she was very sad. So sad- it was pulling me into the depression. I didn’t want to leave her alone but when the time came for me to leave, my RV wouldn’t start. I realized that we had to talk. I sat down put my hands on her & explained that I knew she missed hosting life & she looked forward to us coming home every year because for the shortest time she wasn’t alone & she was useful… almost like old days for her. I told her I loved her but that she had to let me go. I promised to always return to her & assured her that I knew this was now my home. The tow truck that had been blocked at the gate showed up shortly after.

Next year- no planning! I know our beloved Playa is the one that spins the magic & I will dive right into her dust & let whatever she has planned for me happen.


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8 Responses to “The Playa Has Her Own Plans”

  1. James Says:

    Wow, it totally amazing article . i read twice and stand feel of the story . Making in simple but explained in elaborate manner . hats off of Playalive .

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  2. cosmichoney Says:

    this made me cry. i am so looking forward to 2014.

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  3. player hater Says:

    How much dp was planned???

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  4. Less is More Says:

    Thank you. Beautiful, right on.

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  5. Sarahs862 Says:

    Wonderful, colorful, soulful writing

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  6. Julia Says:

    wow

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  7. Ajax Says:

    She is our Giving Tree!

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  8. Katharine Sullivan Says:

    Beautifully expressed, and possibly what the place wants you to take home with you and apply to wherever you are. The earth is always speaking to us, we aren’t as good at listening.

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