Getting Started


When I first read about Burning Man, (in Bruce Sterling’s 1996 Wired article) finding your way to Burning Man seemed near impossible. “If you have to ask, you don’t belong there.” was the line famously given at the Gerlach gas station, and for a young tree-planting island punk, finding Burning Man took knowing someone or a lot more dedication to getting in over my head than I had at the time.  

Fast forward a half dozen years, when we ran into burners on the ferry, on their way to Recompression, on the Sunshine Coast.  These were fun seeming people, doing interesting things locally that I thought were only possible in the mythical world of the Nevada desert.

Immediately after getting home, I looked them up on the internet, or tried to, and came up with nothing. Burners in those days kept a low profile, I’m certain the information was there, but I didn’t speak the language of subversive art event well enough to find it. It took until 2009, when friends of a friend invited her to Recompression and she dragged us along, for me to finally find a way into the burnerverse.


Recompression 2009
When I finally fell down the rabbit hole.

These days, getting into the burner community has never been easier, simply by finding this blog you’re already much farther along than I was for over a decade. It’s much less subversive now, and Burning Man isn’t a thing that you necessarily have to hide from your parents or your boss anymore, so there are lots of resources available online, readily searchable (or on our links page) that will help you get started.  
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Burners & Beer.
Because… Electrolytes
Yeah. That’s it.

Offline, the local community has opportunities to get together quite often. If you want to meet some people, you can attend a Burners & Beers, which is nothing more than an irregular social night where we go have a drink together, reconnect in the off season, talk about burner stuff (sometimes) and help each other to get inspired.
When the weather is nice, we have Burner picnics which turn into sprawling potluck parties with lots of flow toys, giant bubbles, and inspired costumes.
For those folks who don’t feel comfortable just showing up and hanging out with a bunch of strangers that are already friends,  and for those who prefer to do rather than talk, activity focused gatherings are the way to go. Working together breaks down those social barriers faster than booze.
If you’re paying attention on Facebook, you’ll find craft and costume nights happen during the lead up to events, and art and theme camp builds are always looking for people who are willing and able to get creative. And, not least of all,  Kindle Arts, Victoria’s burner built art society, is often looking for volunteers to help put on burner events, and they quite regularly put on classes to build your burner skill set.



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