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(Red) EARTH (City) HOUR – Managing Your Impact at Seed

by MOOP DADDY

Leave No Trace at Burning Seed!With Earth Hour (19 March 2016) focusing everyone’s minds on ways to Leave No Trace (or at least less trace) on this beautiful planet of ours, Burning Seed’s Leave No Trace (LNT) Team thought we’d take an opportunity to give veteran and new burners some ideas about how you can plan NOW to reduce your impact on Red Earth City, our lovely Matong State Forest home.

Top Ten Tips 

So in time-honoured tradition, here’s a few ways (in no particular order) that you can be a better Burner and minimise your impact on the environment during your visit to Burning Seed in 2016:

  1. Start planning to rideshare – we are looking at ways to better manage traffic this year, but the best way to manage traffic (and emissions!!) is for you to find a buddy or two or five and organise a rideshare. Look out for rideshare forums closer to the event.
  2. Don’t fly in – yes that’s controversial, and difficult (particularly if you live overseas). At least consider offsetting your emissions.
  3. Pack it in, pack it out – dealing with the rubbish can be the worst part of your Burn if you haven’t made plans. When we say we Leave No Trace, WE MEAN IT. Plan to take all of your smelly refuse with you when you leave (or find ways to not bring it in the first place).
  4. MOOP is what we call MATTER OUT OF PLACE. When in Red Earth City, MOOP as you go. Don’t leave it all to the end.
  5. PARTICIPATE and carry a MOOP bag with you. Look out for MOOP around Red Earth City and grab it before it gets away! Join the MOOP Troupe!
  6. Leave glitter, confetti and other microplastic crap at home. Glitter bad. Very Bad.
  7. Line-sweep your camp site when you leave. Form a line with your camp-mates and walk a grid before you depart.
  8. Use solar or rechargeable lighting and power wherever possible. Coordinate with other camps to share generator power. Collaborate!
  9. Get involved early and join the Red Earth Ecology Biodiversity Planting project next month in Matong (April 22nd–24th)
  10. The best thing you could do? DON’T COME!* It was better last year anyway 🙂

*Hmm, this is actually kinda true but we won’t hold you to it.

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Burning Seed 2016 – First Site Visit!!

Red Earth... but no City - YET!

Plenty of Red Earth… but no City – YET!

It begins! We’re six months out from what promises to be the best Burning Seed yet and crew from Seed’s Department of Planning and Infrastructure (DPI) made the first site visit of the year this week to check in with the local community and start making plans for site works and improvements.

Running an event like Burning Seed is no short term deal. As the event has grown (and continues to grow) over the years, much work is involved in managing that growth, being mindful of the impacts on the site and on the local community, and taking account of a range of factors that relate to our commitment to Seed as a sustainable event.

Each year brings new lessons about how the event can be improved. For instance the DPI crew spent time on site last week reviewing the situation with roadworks, with a view to expanding the space particularly around the Gatehouse to ensure adequate lanes for emergency exit and to help address the problems in 2015 of the traffic bottleneck near Gate/Greeters.

DPI crew start their journey towards Burning Seed 2016

DPI crew on the road towards Burning Seed 2016

DPI also met with the sanitation team that handled all our 85+ toilets and 70,000 litres of toilet waste last year to talk about better ways of getting the waste trucks in and out of the Paddock, and to begin consultation on any additional infrastructure needed.

The site visit also provided an opportunity for the DPI crew to meet with our friends in the local community in and around Matong to discuss more ways that we can help leverage Seed for the benefit of local people.

For example, we raised more than $3000 in funds for local schools last year with our ice sales, and there are some great new ideas and initiatives emerging for 2016, including raising funds from the local collection of garbage on departure from Seed, and potential water deliveries to site.

If you want to get involved in crew for DPI or any other team get in touch NOW with our crew wranglers by signing up on the website.

And, if you haven’t already signed up for the Red Earth Ecology planting weekend next month – 22-24 April – now is the time!

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2016 DEEP SPACE THEME DESIGN… REVEALED!!!

WOW! You folks are TALENTED!

We had a record number of submissions to our Design Lab for the 2016 DEEP SPACE theme design! Now, the amazing quality of all the entries made the job of selecting a design hella tough for our Team Leads, but they’ve only gone and picked one!! Check out the awesome design they selected below….

Deep SpaceSarah Barber – a graphic designer and hot glue-gun user extraordinaire, originally from New Zealand but now based in Sydney – submitted the selected design which was a hot favorite from the outset. We loved the cool, clean lines, pulling the sophistication of Art Deco into the galaxy – just beautiful! Ornamentation meets sacred geometry. In Sarah’s own words:

“The idea is that the moon is a mirror into our soul and thoughts. To look upon the moon and gaze up to the sky helps us to find meaning in our ponderings. The lines represent a blueprint of architecture (temple) and the coloured squares are windows looking past the lines into one’s thoughts and reflections. The image below the moon is from last years burn of people around the fire at temple burn, howling at the sky to let their inhibitions and fears rise up into the universe making them truly free. The watercolour top part of the image represents art and creativity.”

Beautiful! And that photo of you howlers included in Sarah’s design is of course courtesy of the outstanding Ryan McRobb from his collection of work from Burning Seed 2015.

Sarah Barber - Deep Space Designer and Pickle Bar operator

Sarah Barber – Deep Space Designer and Pickle Bar operative

Sarah is a two-time participant at Burning Seed but is yet to attend KiwiBurn and Burning Man. You may even recognize Sarah from the Bloody Mary Sundays, serving Bloody Marys in the mornings around the various theme camps at Seed last year? Re-imagined in 2016 as Camp Lazertits, look out for Sarah and a few of the LazerTits camp riding across the Paddock in their new and awesome mobile BubbleStitch Bar!

“Each time I come back I always find such joy and amazement in the people that I meet in this community. Everyone gives in their own beautiful way and welcomes one another with open arms. It is a breath of fresh air seeing so much creativity, self expressionism and environmental awareness all in one glowing hub found in a tiny red forest in the middle of nowhere. It has changed my way of thinking, and the memories shared have stayed with me on tough days in the rat race. I am truly grateful to have found such a supportive, free-thinking community of people. Burn Bright you mad mad wonderful creatures.”


Voting process

We had 18 entries all up, a fantastic response to our call out for designs which was open from 22 January to 22 February. The Burning Seed Team Leads were presented with all the artwork, numbered so as to retain anonymity, and asked to rank their first, second and third choice. Each choice was given a value – 3 points for first, 2 for second and 1 for third – and once all the votes were cast the points were added. The selected design – Sarah’s design – was the one with most points.

What will the design be used for?

Sarah’s design will be used to create all the main Burning Seed 2016 event collateral, including:

  • all our social media shenanigans – for instance the banners and headers on our Official Facebook Page and the 2016 Event Page;
  • the event wristbands, on the stickers we give out at the Gate and on community crew schwag;
  • our official publications and guides including the First Timers Guide, The Survival Guide and the What Where When on-site event guide.

How was the DEEP SPACE theme chosen?

The Deep Space Theme was chosen from almost 100 community suggestions following last year’s event. Whether you’re planning your Theme Camp, your art, your costume or your gift to the community we’d encourage you draw inspiration from this year’s Deep Space Theme.

I wanna use this DEEP SPACE image! How do I get a copy?

You’re welcome to download the poster (765kb portrait version, this is great for the screen saver on your phone!) and/or the banner (456kb landscape version, great for Facebook) if you want to use them. Alternatively, right click on the images displayed here to save them to your desktop. If you want to do more (say you want to use the design elements for your theme camp or artwork etc) and need to contact us for the files/fonts then email comms@burningseed.com with your request.

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Want to get involved in our next Design Lab? We’ll be opening submissions SOON for the design of the 2016 Temple! Go and LIKE our Facebook Page to stay in touch.

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The Ritual of Burning Seed?

Credi: Noma Kim Photography

Burning Seed – it’s a pretty magical place for sure.. but is it a religious experience? A new ritual? (photo: Noma Kim Photography)

by Dokktor Wonderlust

I was fortunate enough to experience Seed 2015 as a ‘burgin’. I am by trade an anthropologist and a couple of days into the experience, a veteran of five years asked for my professional opinion.

My answer was that participation in ritual is an essential part of being human.  As the established rituals of the default world lose their meaning and cease to offer us the sense of community they may once have, new rituals like Burning Seed are needed to reflect the values of our changing world.

Language, Religion and Ritual

My experience of Burning Seed brought to mind the work of Roy Rappaport, an anthropologist who spent his career studying ritual in Papua New Guinea and elsewhere.

Rappaport says that language is what makes us human, it allows us to conceptualize things beyond our physical existence and therefore reflect on the nature of our own existence – it facilitates our consciousness.

The human mind has endless capacity to imagine, an our minds are open to infinite possibilities – heaven and hell, angels and demons, wookies and even unicorns (if we must).

However, this same ability allows us to lie and deceive. So how can anyone, much less a society, know what to believe and what to reject? This is a moral question, and Rappaport argues that the answer humans came up with was religion, and the rituals that accompany it.

Ritual is a Community Experience

Ritual prevents language from descending into meaninglessness because unlike mere words, the performance of ritual is considered trustworthy. This is because the meaning of ritual is not determined by one individual performer but, rather, by the participating culture at large – that sounds a bit like Burning Seed to me.

Rappaport argues that ritual is necessary in order to allow one to transcend individuality and participate in communitas – ‘the revelation of the hidden oneness of all things’ – which is beyond the grasp of any one individual and beyond what can be expressed in words.

The Ten Principles 

Burning Seed is not one person, and in performing the ritual of Burning Seed we create a society guided by the our cultural fundamentals – the Ten Principles. These are the values that guide the society of Red Earth City.

Another world is possible. In my fluorescent-lit hub of daily wage slavery it is easy to lose sight of this. In the performance of the ritual of Burning Seed we create a more desirable society.

So, in answer to my friend’s question, humans need ritual and as the established rituals of Christianity and Capitalism cease to reflect our values or serve our needs new rituals must be invented. I believe Burning Seed is one of these…

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What do you think? Want to find out more? Go LIKE our Official Burning Seed Facebook Page or take a trip around the website and let us have your thoughts… 🙂

 

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The Ten Principles… for Dummies

by Havoc

I lost my burginity in 2014, turning up to Burning Seed ImagiNation with so much crap it took two trips from Sydney to fit my kid in. I didn’t know anybody and my little girl had no idea that her mum was a dooflord in the olden days. I had never put up a pup-tent let alone the eight-man monster I now call the Taj Mahal, which was to be our home in unknown territory for the next week.

10 principlesI discovered Burning Seed while “researching” how to do Burning Man. I noticed the ‘regional’ tab and thought “maybe there’s a burn in Asia…wait, what? Burning Seed in Wagga Wagga?!“.

There’s nothing really that can prepare you for the experience of a Burn, you have to just brace yourself and get in it. But we’ve all been there. We’ve all been first timers. We’ve all been Burner Virgins or ‘Burgins’ and the majority of participants are prepared to help each of you through this experience.

So you may hear a lot of arguments about Burns not being festivals or doofs. They are “events”, “gatherings”, “celebrations” and the words used by some cause a great deal of consternation to others at times. The truth is they are all of those things depending on your own perception and more importantly what you make of it.

So what differentiates Burning Seed from a vapid party tribe at a commercial festival (and you are allowed to do that in your spare time too by the way)? The Burning Man project, of which Burning Seed is officially a part, is based on some key values known as “the Ten Principles of Burning Man” – Go ahead and take a look but don’t be gone too long now!

When you are new, the online chatter around a Burn can be bewildering. The information available on the website is brilliant but it is all created by volunteers, and it is always a work in progress. If you are at least mindful of the Ten Principles, everything goes chaotically smoothly or it also doesn’t. It will be more fun than you can conjure by yourself and believe it or not you might even grow as a person.

At AfrikaBurn and other regionals around the world an “11th Principle” is making the rounds – Each One, Teach One. In the spirit of EOTO, I present to you my “Ten Principles for Dummies”. Nobody does this the same way and few practice it perfectly. All of this is corruptible, corrupted and ultimately meaningless in the best possible way. The Principles are the recipe and we all add our own spice….



THE TEN PRINCIPLES: FOR DUMMIES

1. Wear What Makes You Happy 
If you want to be a fish, a robot, a dressage champion or a human that is entirely OK with almost everyone. If and when someone calls you out for some random faux-pas only they understand, all you need to do is listen to their point of view and change your behaviour if they have moved you to do so or carry on as you see fit.  Similarly with your words, you can say whatever you want but that doesn’t mean the community will take your crap. The scum always rises to the top to be skimmed off…well no, that didn’t come out right at all…see how easy it is? NEXT!
2. Don’t Sell Shit To Other Burners.
Unless someone consents to being sold shit in places like Burner Classifieds or down a dark alley, leave your business cards at home. Yes money is a reality, and yes you need resources to burn bright but do not spruik, sell or buy at a Burn or on Burner forums or stolen email lists from fundraisers (this includes drugs, parties, sunglasses, shamanic actualization. The only exception is ice…made from water).
3. Paddle Your Own Canoe
Don’t be a Drainbow. The community functions best when nobody has to waste valuable love/art-making/dancing/learning/cuddling/slapshotting time getting other people’s shit together. Conditions can be really difficult at times so prepare well to joyfully participate in the miseries of Burning.
4. Muck In
If something needs doing, do it. If you can’t do it alone find other do-ers to help and amazing things happen. Do not place orders for your dreams to come true.
5. You Are a Citizen (be a good one)
Don’t believe the titles, nobody is your boss here. You and you alone are responsible for your actions and their impact on your community.
6. No One Gets Left Out
….(but that doesn’t mean everyone is going to like you)
7. Muck Out
Do not leave anything you brought with you behind, with the exception of the things you silently and respectfully release in the Temple.
8. The Power of Now
The days go by fast and they are never repeated. Don’t hesitate.
9. Get Amongst It
…but if someone else is part of your cunning plan, ask them first.
10. Plan to Give More Than You Decide to Take.

 


So now you know the Ten Principles (for Dummies). If you need to do this one more time…print it, record it or whack it on a T-shirt. Most of all take this lesson to heart. The Principles are the light that gets through the cracks, the cracked, and the crackpots alike and which makes even the dim ones shine.

With love from Havoc… “Magis Chaos. Narratio Glorificata.”

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Community Crew – it’s all about YOU YOU YOU!

Community Crew makes Seed happen

You. Yes YOU! (Photo: Onur Karaozbek)

by Neil Power aka Neillo

Righto, righto.

So you want to go to Burning Seed this year and are wondering what your gift will be? Well maybe start thinking along these lines – why not gift your time as Community Crew…?

To operate a successful (read: stress free and safe) Burning Seed, the organisers need to fill a whole swathe of crew positions during the event.

Do the Maths

With insufficient numbers volunteering,  for instance, for shifts at the Gate and with Rangers patrolling the Paddock making sure everyone and everything is cool, there can be only very limited growth in the number of tickets on sale for the event each year.

It really is that simple. More crew = more capacity to accommodate more people.

Last year only 8 per cent of Burning Seed participants that weren’t on the organisation team filled a crew shift  during the event.

That is an utterly unsustainable number. We need to AT LEAST double it in 2016. Are you up for it?

Burning Seed is a Do-Ocracy

Burning Seed can only operate with the boots-on-the-ground help of our community and in 2016 we need everyone please to step up and to do so well in advance of the event.

And look at this way, as part of the Community Crew you are signing up to spend a shift or two meeting some of the most awesome people on the planet. Bummer, eh?

So. Many. Options.

So here’s what I’d like you to consider:

1. (a) Find a mate. These experiences can be so much better shared, yeah? and (b) Do it on you own because your friends are usually worthless bastards that end up just letting you down.

2. Consider whether you are a ‘walk around the Paddock looking good in orange with a radio’ type person (Rangers) or a, ‘hmmmm, I’d like to stand in one spot and let the people come to me!’ dude or dudess (Gate, ice sales)

3. Email the awesome Crew Wrangler team on jointhecrew@burningseed.com with your offer to assist or to ask as to how otherwise you can help. (If you like getting your hands dirty, we’ve got some perfect gigs for you too).

4. Turn up! Oh, yeah, and about half the people that signed up for shifts last year didn’t front up. That’s pretty unhelpful too. This is serious people. A smooth Gate experience (and we need Gate people ALL the way through the event, not just for the first couple of days) and a safe Paddock environment are critical to the safe staging of Burning Seed and we simply need more people on site during the event helping out. And if we don’t have that help, the event can’t grow. It’s pretty binary.

So please start thinking about it and start getting in touch NOW!!! Help us stage a great event and allow as many people as possible enjoy the Burning Seed experience by putting your hand up to help.

How Will YOU Role?

We ALWAYS want to hear from people keen on Gate and Rangers shifts but over the next few weeks we are particularly keen to fill a couple of essential Burning Seed roles – we’ve drafted role descriptions so you can see exactly what’s involved and what skills are required for each role:

Check out the link for more information on Crewing and how it all works. www.burningseed.com/participate/communitycrew/ or email the Crew Wranglers on jointhecrew@burningseed.com.

Thanks heaps! See you on the Paddock! – Neillo

 

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Out of AfriKa(Burn)

By Helena Sheridan

I got infatuated by the concept of Burning Man in 2012. At the time I had no idea it would lead me to experience Burns on three different continents.

I didn’t realize it would suck me so deep into a culture of people so diverse, yet so similar, that I would eventually draw a (small) salary from it and get to be involved all year round in creating spectacular events and experimental communities.

DPW in Tankwa Town.... (Photo credit: Adriaan V Zyl)

DPW in Tankwa Town…. (Photo credit: Adriaan V Zyl)

In 2015 my involvement as the Coordinator of AfrikaBurn’s Department of Public Works gave me an opportunity to travel to Australia and work with Red Earth City’s Department of Planning and Infrastructure.

The setting, the faces and the accents may change, but at its core the spirit of the people, who give so much of their time to put on an event of this nature, remains the same. This is my tribe.

Same / Same, but Same, but Different

To date I’ve been lucky enough to work at Nowhere, the European regional Burn in Spain (2012 and 2013) with around 1000-1200 participants and at AfrikaBurn, the world’s biggest regional, in the Tankwa Karoo of South Africa (2013 to 2015) with numbers in the range 8000 to 11,000.

Burning Seed 2015 was a fantastic middle ground in terms of participants (3,400 or so) and I really enjoyed the sense of community I found at Red Earth City.

....meet DPI at Red Earth City

….meet DPI at Red Earth City. What is it with this crew and containers??? (photo credit: Andy Flint)

Interestingly the concerns and issues that plague the membership and the Operations Team at AfrikaBurn HQ in Cape Town also resonate with the Burning Seed team in Australia.

The rapid growth of the events, the constant need to reinforce the message of consent, conflicts between the Ten Principles, keeping everyone happy in a radically expressive environment and burn-out amongst key team members seems to be all too evident both sides of the pond.

Meeting the Challenges of Event Growth

How does a decommodified event start to pay key crew-members? To what extend do we rely on volunteerism and how does involvement not become exclusive if only certain people can afford the time to work on the event? How do we keep growing our events while making sure the culture and Principles of the movement are not lost in the influx of virgins? And at what time can we expect big sound systems to shut up for a while so we can hear the sounds of the beautiful environments in which we find ourselves?

I certainly got new insight on some of these questions during my time at Seed 2015 and I hope I provided the crew on that side with some new perspectives too.

For one thing, I was really inspired by the amount of time, money and effort the citizens of Red Earth City put into theme camps (at AfrikaBurn there are no theme camp grants and there’s a lot more focus on mutant vehicles and big artwork).

With the rascals at the Grong Grong

Helena (centre) hanging out with the Red Earth rascals at the Matong local

It did me good also to see how the communities in Sydney and Melbourne hang out, get creative and take Burner culture back to the cities where they live. Seeing how involved people get in their camps or artworks allowed me valuable perspective as someone who has always just seen the practical, infrastructure side of such creative events.

Come say Aweh

I hope more of the core crew and participants from Seed can come visit us in South Africa to see how much we do with so little. The third world (and our location 3hrs from ANYthing) certainly makes us think outside a lot of boxes and a lot more ‘McGuyvering’ is implemented.

I think our two events can learn a lot from each other and together we can all take big bold steps into the future.

I want to thank everyone who hosted me, offered me a couch, a tent, a sleeping bag, a meal, a drink, a puff, a pill, a good time. I have much admiration for the crew putting on this spectacular event without a cent to compensate the time they put in and I have made a whole lot of fantastic new friends.

Come to Tankwa Town, I will look after you!
Yours in dust and deet…. Helena

AfrikaBurn takes place between 25 April and 1 May 2016 – at the time of writing, tickets are pretty close to selling out, so get in quick.

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Tantalize Your Tastebuds with the Burning Seed COOKBOOK!

Burning Seed Cookbook

Spellbinding recipes…. by Burners for Burners

So you’ve heard about the dates for Burning Seed 2016 and you want to relive the experience of Burning Seed 2015 by watching this awesome video, and you’re planning to invite a few close friends over to talk about how this year will be better, but then…. what to COOK!!??

Well, for those who haven’t yet heard, those clever witches at the Burning Witches Association (BWA) have a few of their beautifully illustrated Seed Cookbooks available for purchase, as part of their fundraising efforts for Kids Camp at Burning Seed this year.

These spellbinding volumes include signature cocktails, recipes and Seed survival tips from the wonderful Theme Camps, Crew and Burners who bring the party, structure and gift of themselves to the Paddock year after year.

Make it a Night to Remember (or Forget)

Burner friends coming over you say….? How about starting the night with The Captain’s Cocktail of white rum, OJ and grenadine (Bring Your Own Cup of course)?

Next, move effortlessly into the virtually-no-prep Presidents’ Quinoa Tabbouleh (see full recipe here).

Wrap up the evening with Sunset Island’s caramel bananas with toffee sauce and, with a few more Captain’s Cocktails, you’ll be well on your way back to Matong.

And then for the morning after try a cup of Dr. Love’s famous-beyond-the-Paddock Cup of Love (yes the recipe is available!)

Get Your Copy

Sound good? Donate $25 to receive a Cookbook of your very own so you can sample these sensational Seedy delights and more. (note: please use Google Chrome browser if possible to access the Facebook shop, there are some issues with Safari browser)

Sales of the Cookbook went to support kids camp last year and all sales for the remaining copies will be directed to support Kids Camp in 2016.

Are you organising or planning a fundraiser for Burning Seed 2016? Email comms@burningseed.com with the details – we wanna hear about it!!

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Join the Crew!

Photo credit: Adam B Taylor

Participation is the lifeblood of Burning Seed. Photo credit: Adam B Taylor.

So there you are, still basking in the afterglow of your Burn, compulsively reading all the stories on Facebook, and reliving those beautiful and fun memories of Seed 2015.

The good news is that you can maintain that glow ALL YEAR ROUND by joining the crew!!!

Pulling this Seed thing off is a huge, huge effort and we always need more hands, hearts and minds to get involved.

Crewing is an awesome gift to the community, and it doesn’t matter whether you can spare an hour or 100 hours a week (joking!!). It all really helps.

Find out more by checking out the website or talking it over with friends who are already involved.

We’ll be checking in with the community throughout the year for different community crew needs, but for the moment we’re keen to find people for a couple of areas:

We need a new Crew Wrangler!

Yes! We are super keen for a new year-round Crew Wrangler! Crew Wranglers really are Seed Superpeople! They make the magic happen by working with team leads to identify where the skill needs are and connecting with the community to fill them. They’re also amazing troubleshooters and total nerds when it comes to managing crew rosters. If you have got what it takes, then give it up and get on board!

We need Communications people!

Comms is always, always, ALWAYS on the look out for amazing people to help us crew this 365-day joint – if you’re an web developer, IT graphic designer, a writer, a publisher, a project manager, a curator, a photo/videographer, a media/issues management specialist, a social media maven or just so goddam mustard keen to crew with Comms, get your freak on and fizz it up with that motherhugger!

To express your interest or to find out more, contact the Crew Wranglers at jointhecrew@burningseed.com

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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.