Boarding the 14-hour flight to Sydney, Australia, a flurry of butterflies filled my belly. Though I’d been daydreaming about this trip for some time, it only now felt real. Stepping off this plane in Australia would put me farther than ever before from my family, friends, and community in San Francisco. However, the knowledge that I’d be welcomed into a network of Burners in Australia and New Zealand made the start of my journey much less intimidating, the gap between our continents that much smaller.
Maid Marian and I had crafted a tight itinerary for our travels abroad and had a lot to accomplish in a short amount of time. Our first mission was to connect with the movers and shakers behind the upcoming OzBurn Seed 2010, Australia’s first Regional Burn that will take place in June, 2010. Over the past several months, I’d shared countless conversations and emails with Burning Man Australian Regional Contact Robin and local community organizers Phil Smart and King Richard about the work they were doing to nurture the growth of the Burning Man community in Australia. Though I knew that the work they were doing was significant, from my desk in San Francisco—and without a background in Australian culture—I had a limited frame of reference through which to understand their experiences. By visiting them in Australia and connecting with the local Burning Man community, I hoped to gain the perspective I needed to comprehend what their contributions meant to the international Burning Man Regional Network.
- View from our plane over Sydney Photo by Maid Marian
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A few weeks ago MonkeyBoy and I went to
so much fun we decided to try it again.
So off we went to Soulfire, South Bay Burners
Decompression in the foothills near Santa Cruz, California.
It was in the woods and close to home, the weather was in the 50s. and a little misty,
and there were going to be over 200 of us hanging out together.
I sometimes find the weather and dust difficult at [BM], so it looked to us
like a regional event might be a little more like a little holiday. And it certainly was!
There were cabins or yurts you could rent or you could camp in your camper or tent, there was a restaurant, hot tubs, tennis, ping pong, music until the wee hours of the morning, Art, Rangers, and all of us, a great start to the weekend.
So if you have been thinking about going to a Regionals Event check out the Regional page, click on the map and choose an adventure that might be closer to home, but with a group of like minded, radically self expressed, wonderful people.
More SoulFire Photos here!
Decompression season continues: Just a quick note to remind you that New York City Decompression is this weekend. If you leave right now, no matter where you are you could still arrive in time for the 4pm start time this Saturday, but especially if you are in the area you should check it out.
For more information click here
I especially love the photo gallery on flickr
It is Decompression season and my favorite time of year. This was our 10th year at San Francisco’s Decompression. It feels like home, we have a spot where we hang out with friends and we can take a cab there and back, talk about easy…but we were going to be in LA last week and went to check out LA Decompression and it was fabulous.
We stayed at my friend’s house in the Valley, we have known each other since the early 80s and are very close so I wanted them to know more about this big thing in our lives known as [BM]. We had dinner outside at their house, it was balmy, and then got in the hot tub, where it was like we were at a spa with a waterfall pouring over us. What a luxurious way to start LA Decompression weekend.
On Saturday off we went to “the cornfield” in downtown LA. We had a blast, we walked around, Aiden’s favorite moment was dancing among the bubbles at Disorient, sat in the rickshaw, had some great food, watched the hoopers, and then it was time for them to go.
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Once Upon a Pinkie Swear
In 2005, when I promised my friend Devin that I would to go to Burning Man, little did I know that I would soon be taken in by a community that would school me in the fine arts of friendship, performance, love and BACON. Up until I fell into the Burning Man community, I thought you needed a stage to perform. That’s not to say that this Lioness doesn’t love the limelight but over the course of the past few years, I’ve discovered that life is performance art and that the immediate moment is as good a time as any to act out your grandest gestures.
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If only I could have made it to AfrikaBurn 2008.
It looks like an amazing event, check out this short slide show and interview with Monique Schiess, one of our Regional Contacts.
It just seems fitting somehow, considering this year’s theme and your 2008 street names, that what we’ve lovingly dubbed America’s motor city, Detroit, is awash with frenzied Burning Man activity. (For more on the street names, check out Larry Harvey’s recent post about them.)
So, if you happen to be passing by Detroit anytime soon, perhaps on an extended road trip to the Black Rock Desert, then stop by Peace Park to see its newest addition, The Temple Of The American Dream. A collaborative effort among the Detroit Burning Man community, the Black Rock Arts Foundation (BRAF), David Best and Detroit community organizations have served to facilitate the realization of a shared dream–to reclaim the historic Old Redford / Brightmoor neighborhood from urban blight and gift a new public space to the people of Detroit. Visit The Detroit Dream Project Website.
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Have you ever seen Juicy Danger Meets Burning Man?! I bet not. It’s a little cult classic documentary about two circus performers from Canada who made the trek to their first burn way back in 1997. It’s a sweet little love story and adventure, (complete with chainsaws!) back in time to a Burn of years past. The film was released on VHS 10 years ago and has just been re-released on DVD.
What better reason to pay a visit to Vancouver, BC to attend the DVD release party and check out what the Vancouver Burner community is up to.
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