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Bring Home the Burn

by Tristen Tan

Coming back from a Burn is a feeling like no other, right? This is particularly the case for a lot of first-time burners – you’re still processing the energy, the connections, the enriching experiencesBeneficent Burners you had in a temporary city built by the passions of thousands. Where do you go from there? What do you do with that energy? Well here’s what you do – you bring the Burn home…

On returning from my first Burn I realised I had found a community who were doing things differently. I wanted to do the things I wanted to do differently with these people and that’s where Beneficent Burners began.

We want to harness the energy we create together at a Burn. We bring together like-minded and inspired Burners and also anyone with similar intent who wants to channel their passion, intelligence and creativity into projects that will bring light into our community and the World.

One of the biggest takeaways I had from Seed this year was validation that there is a need for Beneficent Burners in our community to make the bridge between Seed, the values and principles and the real World. For example some of the projects we’re currently into include local environmental clean-ups, community events, social efforts like helping older Australians stay active and socially engaged, and educational work to encourage kids to free up their minds and create stuff.

Beneficent BurnersWe’re also into more guerilla-type projects – we love giving out homework assignments at our meet-ups! For example, we encourage people to get out there and GIFT – to friends, family and to strangers – and to bring their stories back to share.

Over the next few months we want to develop and evolve the Beneficent Burners website, get a regular newsletter going, recruit people to help create content, run their own regular meet-ups, create and collaborate on new projects, support fundraising efforts and get these engaged people to help steer the direction of this cause.

For more information and to get involved, please check out our website www.beneficentburners.com or join Beneficent Burners Australia or Beneficent Burners Sydney on Facebook.

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Health update — Burning Seed 2015

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Photo by Jorgenn

Hey folks,

If you’ve spent any time on Facebook since leaving the Paddock, you might have seen a few posts from people not feeling so great health-wise after Burning Seed.

We had a big boost in population this year to around 3500 souls, and as Seed grows, the risk of contracting something nasty increases too. This includes colds, flus, tummy bugs etc.

To support good communal hygiene and community health, the following measures were put in place this year:

  • twice-daily toilet cleaning
  • hand sanitation
  • advice in the guides
  • a 24-hr medical crew.

However, every participant has a responsibility for ensuring that our Burn remains healthy and safe.

This includes following hygiene rules around the storage, cooking and sharing of food; making sure that you limit exposure to other participants if you are sick; checking in with others if you have doubts about their health and are sharing food, drinks, smooches or more; and making sure that the water you drink or swim in is clean.

If you have any further ideas for improving health and hygiene on the Paddock, please contact us and get involved. jointhecrew@burningseed.com

Meningococcal update

Keep calm and carry onThe one confirmed meningococcal case at Burning Seed 2015 is doing well, and all their campmates have tested negative.

Post-event, another participant was identified with the meningococcal antibody but did not have any symptoms. The doctors said there was no risk of this participant having infected others at the event, and there was no further cause for concern.

At this stage there is only one confirmed, isolated case of meningococcal and one person who was asymptomatic. There is no ‘outbreak’ or ‘deadly scare’.

Some people are suffering the effects of working and playing hard, and sharing and caring together. The flu always sucks, and taking care of yourself is a priority. That includes checking in with your doctor if you are concerned in any way.

However, at this post-event stage, and given the relatively short incubation cycle of meningococcal, the possibility of another case is very low.

According to the Meningitis Centre of Australia: “The incubation period (the time it takes to develop the first symptoms of a disease from when a person was first exposed to an organism) for meningococcal disease is usually between two and ten days.”

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Meningococcal case at Burning Seed

A gentle heads up, Burners!

A participant at this year’s Burning Seed was confirmed to have meningococcal disease. The NSW Public Health Unit has given us fantastic support by identifying all the person’s close contacts and undertaking the relevant checks. There is a low risk for other participants, but if you begin to feel unwell and experience any of the symptoms listed on the attached fact sheet, please go to to your nearest hospital for further help.

Meningococcal fact sheet