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Welcome to… The Watershed

The beautiful brains behind Splash Mansion are set to revolutionize the way Theme Camps manage their water on the Paddock... Trash Mansionite Professor Johnny Breakwell is not just a pretty face. That brilliant mind of his has been working overtime on ways to:

  1. make it wetter down there on the Paddock,
  2. help Theme Camps Leave No Trace AND
  3. give back to the local community in Matong and surrounds!

Making a Splash
In 2013 he created Splash Mansion: “It got me out from behind the bar at Trash”, says Johnny, “and for the cost of an hour or two each day it meant we got showers, kept cool and had some awesome fun.

“Splash grew bigger in 2014/15 and we ended up doing daily water runs - it made me think about how much water we were going through, not just our camp but others too,” he says.

Then at Seed in 2015 Johnny met Rowan Kos and these two legends got talking about water. Rowan suggested the idea of setting up a collective group of Theme Camps to better manage the supply of water to camps at Seed.

The Watershed
Skip to 2016 and welcome to the fruit of that conversation…. The Watershed.

This by burners, for burners, not for profit collective comprises a willing coalition on a mission to mutually obtain and distribute quality water to Theme Camps at the lowest possible price.

“This is a fantastic social enterprise,” says Johnny. “The Watershed is facilitating the purchase of a bulk amount of water for Theme Camps - something like 20,000 litres - from farmers local to the Burning Seed site at Matong.

“The farmers will donate their time and use their water licenses to sell us the water, and any profits they make after their costs are covered will go to support the local school in Ganmain.

“These little schools make a big difference in the community - any dollars we can raise make a big difference to these kids,” he says.

How it Works
Johnny says The Watershed is owned by Theme Camps that join the collective as members.

“The members are currently Splash, Sunset Island, Trash Mansion, Dirty Birds, Detox, Casbah and The Brink.

“These and potentially other Member Theme Camps will pay in advance for a water cube of 1000 litres - the cube will be delivered to them on site during set-up, and a water tanker will come by and fill it up. The empty cube will be picked up from the camp at the end of the event.

“The Watershed will bring a lot more drinking water into Theme Camps and also make a serious environmental impact on site - for instance by minimising waste packaging from water containers - no more taking empty cartons full of air home - and reducing the number of journeys needed for water runs during the event.

“But there are many other benefits - if Theme Camps know they’ll have water delivered on site they’ll have more cargo space for Theme Arts and it also gives them scope to gift more drinking water and nautical activities.

“Importantly - this is NOT about free water on the Paddock. The Watershed is only working with member Theme Camps, not individual participants. Everyone outside our Member Theme Camps will still be required to bring the necessary amount of water they need to survive for the week. This is just about providing

Making the Infrastructure Pozible
Johnny says that with stronger interest from other Theme Camps, funding is now needed to buy the water container infrastructure.

“Without some initial funding the Watershed may have to limit further memberships and have less impact than we might do in this first year.

The Watershed is running a pozible campaign right now to help cover some of these upfront costs for basic infrastructure.

“Each one of the 1000L water cubes we’ll use for distribution of the water to Theme Camps will cost about $80 to $100 and the Watershed crew will also need radios and cleaning products to sanitize the cubes,” says Johnny.

“We’re offering some sweet water-based perks for anyone who wants to donate from $1 to $10 or more - and every dollar counts to help us get this fantastic project off the ground," says Johnny.

Find out more about The Watershed or go visit the Possible campaign and donate!

 

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Find out more about The Watershed

Prof. Johnny Breakwell: it's vitally important to stay fully hydrated on the Paddock... (photo: Andy Flint)

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Burner Journeys… Why do we do this burn thing?*

By Leash

A lot of rhetoric gets thrown around about the fundamental philosophy of burning man and regional burns… what it is to be a “burner”… and then a volleying of either post-modernist cynicism, or holier than thou rationalist, or sacred space community, or adherence to principles, or volunteerism intensity focussed, or seniority of burn experience centred interpretations of what that means. “Do you even Burn, bro?”

The Burn? What does it mean? Is it empty and ultimately meaningless in relationship to our broader communities and the world at large? Is it an authentic and intense crucible for growth and learning with transferable lessons? Or is that trip a naiive indigo child or reductionist intellectual projection of fantasy that is best served up scoffs and eye rolls? Is the meaning of our shared time simply pingers and dancing, and if so is that so bad, isn’t that enough? Is the concept of being a burner simply a brand? Burner™? Is the burn not real? Why do we devote so very much of our lives to it? Is it a cult? There are some strong indications in the positive. I feel like the only person I can answer this question for with any kind of authority is myself.

 

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Leash’s burnerTM odyssey

Burning Seed has been a part of my life since we first landed on Bellingen’s lush, bamboo laden and psychedelically wonderful and overwhelming shores back in 2010, but I can’t say it’s really been the most pivotal part at all times or even now. I’ve had a lot of other fucking stuff on.

I’ve been making the very slow chug towards becoming a working scientist in a country with a 26 year low of investment in science as a proportion of GDP and a lot of fucking TV ad money to brag about our “ideas boom”, working to support citizen centric science, building a decent events industry career, helping run a community garden and a small farm over a couple years each, holding space for entheogenic and other progressive “consciousness” movements I both believe in and at times of which I somewhat doubt the honesty.

I’ve been keeping the personal finances afloat, juggling the key priorities of self-care, family, relationships, friendships, grappling with mental health challenges through years of therapy, tricky family trauma, a godforsaken bad back, an autistic mind which I love but often facepalm about in equal measure, sexual awakening pleasures and pangs and generally pressing on towards greater balance, health, authentic relating, individuation and fulfilment, cooking, eating, gardening, writing, dancing.

 

 

I’ve been engaging with wonderful mates who send me videos of alpacas or godawful pirate jokes and go for beautiful sculpture garden walks with me and let me play with their kids or rope me into helping them dress an ARIAs performer in a giant fluffy egg, and love and laugh and empathise with me deeply and vice versa in an genuine fashion and help me decide whether or not to date a non-ironic Satanist ninja (beautiful man, I’m a jerk for even bringing this up, but that’s sometimes another big part of me), doing absolutely nothing at all except maybe lying in a hammock or some grass for long periods of time, wandering beautiful and fascinating places and
ideas: the whole spectrum of life-filling things.

This is my small, weird bombastic world. It’s a bit megalomaniac and intense perhaps – but that’s just who I am, I came out like this and make no apologies for it although I push to tweak it and improve it, especially the parts that impact negatively on other people shining their own crazy or quiet and circumspect beacon. Parts need a lot of work, parts I’m really proud of in a fairly sane balance. There are many things in it that have brought me personal meaning in different ways and loads of joy, peace and pain and a life that feels by and large more and more engaged and real.  I need some more fucking exercise, cash-flow and sex and less pointless fights but overall it’s going fine and I’m working on that too.

How does “burning” fit into the picture?

Sometimes I scoff at how much Burning Seed fits into the rest of my life. Packing and planning for months, working for hours on end for days mainly in some kitchen or mythological/mystical wank or another, dropping into a cuddle puddle, throwing the odd theatrical tantrum, dressing like marginally more of a festival nutcase than I would every other day of my life, dancing around a fire nude and maybe winding up feeding a grown man dressed like a cat a delicious, nutritiously balanced breakfast with the consistency of cat food in a completely non-ironic manner, aka a fairly typical Leash Burning Seed experience.

But I do it, because I’m a huge martyr, I’m addicted to food praise, I love connecting with new people and wild vivid experience and I probably need to dance more and have more mud wrestles with rascals to balance this kind-of uptight organism out. But mostly because it personally brings me meaning on a real, raw visceral level. I feel compelled to. I do it because I feel like Burning Seed is a part of me that is a bit less rational. I feel an inexplicable sense of belonging, which I can’t logically explain yet and maybe never will.

Why do any of us burn?

For each of us, that meaning we relate to it and gain is to the great extent personal and individual and related to our broader lives and perspectives and community. Much of the time I’m mostly in it for the dancing and pingers. We all live in our own simple and humble or brashly full microcosm of life which is individual and personal, and how we engage with meaning in that is very much up to us and there’s no huge rights and wrongs ultimately aside from “try not to be a dickhead!” and even that one’s highly contested and situational.

It is also importantly a collective space, which brings us something bigger than the sum of our parts riffing together off all of the things that we each individually bring to the table and closer relationships we’ve built at seed over the years and in our broader lives. Many of us pitch in up to the eyeballs, especially many of the old cranks on “Burning Seed Sucks”. Some of us only pitch in a little. One beaut old cheeky seasoned burner simply comes along to dance and be joyful each year and he is so delightful and fun this is unarguably valuable for our community. And let’s not forget Slave, I absolutely never will.

We have a shared set of principles, crews we form based on deeper compatibility of interests and values, and a community that is spinning out from it where we have rich and diverse and individual friendships, relationships, disconnects, etc. just like in any other walk of life that also spin into our regular lives without a perfect overlap but definitely some influence for many of us, positive at its best.

The only thing I feel I can say with some certainty about us as a group Burning Seed shakes us out of our patterns and shells at its best to engage us to relate in a more real, human, authentic way, and throws us into the usual stupidly shadowy and stuck or self-righteous and stuck patterns of humans trying to interact in other ways, but overall is a vivid, real and loving container for fun loving humans, and the sum of whatever meaning we all put into it.

I haven’t got all of the answers of why we are doing this thing, but I love the process of us all figuring this out together and am optimistic we can push this shared inquiry into meaning further. Lots of efforts towards this have always been made, at Town Councils, Red Earth Talks, and online discussion when it doesn’t deteriorate like a self-righteous witch hunt or an episode of Degrassi Burning High.

Only you make Burning Seed meaningful to you, from your own individual take on it or from the values we share. Don’t just take it from the FB air time hoggers like yours truly.

Leash

 

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P.S. I fucking love Burning Seed and every single person I have ever met there even if I can’t necessarily always/ever get along with some of you because of the sum of all of our flaws and I totally personally believe we’re maybe helping bring forth a utopian society together one day in spite of ourselves. When I was 4 years old I totally thought I could talk to Jason Donovan in my mind though, so maybe I’m deluded. Anyway, Pollyanna here believes what she believes, and I will always unashamedly be a complete tree wizard.

#fuckyerburn #jasonifyourestilllisteningIloveyoutoo

Also, for more on the philosophy of meaning at Burning Seed, check out:

Or weigh in here at the Burning Seed Philosophy group, started by one of our lead Rangers and Burner™ extraordinaire, Wonka.

*This blog is primarily Leash rattling on from her own perspective only, not as any kind of official comms representative of Burning Seed ?

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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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INDIGENOUS ASTRONOMY – YINDYAMARRA CIRCLE

by Niki Wheatley

Yindyamarra (respect, be gentle, to honour, to do slowly)  

Yindyamarra Circle is a space held at Burning Seed for the Indigenous sacred fire which burns for the duration of Seed. The Circle is a space for participants to connect with indigenous art, stories, learning and a quiet place to talk and just take a moment to reflect.

The sacred fire is maintained and cared for by Peter Ingram – a local Wiradjuri man. This sacred fire is treated with respect (we don’t throw rubbish in it!) and the Wiradjuri people, on whose traditional land Red Earth City is built, welcome participation in the Circle.

The theme for this year’s Burning Seed – DEEP SPACE – offers all of us an opportunity to explore, engage with and find inspiration in the ancient but living wisdom of Australian Indigenous Astronomy.

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The ‘Emu in the Sky’ – Indigenous astronomy is linked to the natural world

Ancient Wisdom

The observation and use of astronomy by Aboriginal people is recognised as one of the oldest on the planet. The stars and sky were used for survival, seasonal awareness, storylines and a connection to the Dreaming.

For example, Autumn evenings will soon bring the ‘great Emu in the Sky’ a dark shape with a black head (the Coalsack, next to the Southern Cross) and dark legs trailing along the Milky Way to Scorpius.

In the Kuringai National Park in north Sydney for example we find extensive rock engravings of the Guringai people, including representations of Daramulan and his emu-wife.

One of these engravings shows an emu in the same pose and orientation as the ‘Emu in the Sky’ constellation. On Autumn evenings, the emu in the sky stands directly over this engraving – just when it’s time to gather emu eggs.

Find Out More

There are many more stories and ideas to explore. Check out the Australian Aboriginal Astronomy Project at the Department of Indigenous Studies (Warawara) at Macquarie, an interdisciplinary collaboration of academics and Indigenous Elders who are researching the astronomical knowledge and traditions of Indigenous Australians. You can also stay in touch with the project on Facebook.

A new documentary – Star Stories of The Dreaming – sees Ghillar Michael Anderson share publicly for the first time teachings passed to him as the knowledge holder for his People, the Euahlayi. Prof Ray Norris, CSIRO astrophysicist meets with Ghillar to look at parallels – such as ‘wormholes’ and the pathway to Bullima, the Euahlayi Sky Camp, via the hollow Coolabah tree.

Charles Sturt University’s Sky Stories Project also offers heaps of resources and insights on Indigenous Astronomy.

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Wiradjuri elder, Uncle Jimmy Ingram (right) and his grandson Peter (Centre), perform a smoking ceremony at Burning Seed 2015

Yindyamarra Circle at Burning Seed

We are looking forward to welcoming you to Burning Seed this year and to the opportunity for all of us to be a part of learning through stories and talks in the evening under the stars at the Yindyamarra Circle.

If you are interested in being a part of First Camp, crewing, getting involved by helping during Seed or set-up and pack down, or if you have an Indigenous or related art project or workshop you would like to discuss, please feel free to contact me via comms@burningseed.com and we can make it happen .

 

Mandaang guwa (thank you).

Yuwin Ngadhi Niki (my name is Niki),
Indigenous Liaison, Burning Seed

 

We pay respect to the Wiradjuri elders (both past and present) and show our respect in maintaining Traditional values, Language and Culture.
We acknowledge Burning Seed is held on Wiradjuri land.

Star Stories of The Dreaming is screening on 1 March 2016 at the Palace Cinema Como in South Yarra, VIC

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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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MOOP THAT, MELBOURNE!

MOOP SQUAD!

MOOP Squaddies take LNT to the STREETS!

Burning Seed’s very own MOOP SQUAD! hit the streets of Melbourne in December much to the surprise and delight of pre-Xmas shoppers. MOOP (or Matter Out of Place) is a serious business for burners - find out why

The MOOPSquaddies - Carly Bobarly, Di Paulger (of Mint fame) and PRINCESS TRASHBAG herself (the delectable Nikki Santos) - spent a few hours around Bourke St. Mall, Collins St. and Federation Square during Christmas week, MOOPing it up for the Melbourne masses!

“It was a really busy day,” said Carly, ”with heaps of families out shopping and looking at the Christmas decorations and displays. We each picked up about a medium bag of MOOP, mostly cigarette butts and stray candy wrappers/paper.

“To be honest, our main goal was not so much the huge amount of MOOP collected, but spreading the message to families and Christmas shoppers that 1) anyone can pick up rubbish and have a good time while doing it and 2) reusable bags are preferable to plastic, that is, try and cut down on your plastic while shopping.

“We walked around singing a few jingles about rubbish (courtesy of Will and Brendan at MOOP Patrol HQ) and approaching people carrying plastic bags, offering them a calico bag in exchange, and asking them(or their kids) to add the plastic bag to the train on Princess Trashbag's dress.

MOOP SQUAD!

Kids saying no to plastic? FANTASTIC!!

“We had a mostly positive response from the shoppers (only 2 people refused the calico bag) and the kids were fascinated by Nikki's crazy attire. I heard many parents explaining what we were doing to their kids. It felt good!!”

Check out all the photos from the day here at the MOOP SQUAD- XMAS Edition on Facebook.

Seed’s very own MOOP Daddy and Leave No Trace (LNT) Team Lead - Maddocks - says this is exactly the kind of off-Paddock activity Seed’s Leave No Trace team wants to encourage.

“This year at Burning Seed we had an unprecedented number of participants so the task of Leave No Trace was significantly bigger than ever before.

“What’s fantastic is to see the MOOP SQUAD and other Seed participants taking LNT to the default world and spreading the MOOP message - these Melbourne based burners are doing some fantastic work, including a couple of recent Merri Creek clean ups involving dozens of participants."

Take a MOOP journey through Red Earth City with the 2015 interactive web-based MOOP map. There’s heaps of information about different areas of our forest playground this year including Theme Camp LNT performance, plus photos, videos and more.

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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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Consent wristbands: shorthand for no pics or flicks

[bra_dropcaps style=’dropcap2′]W[/bra_dropcaps]e’re introducing optional consent wristbands to help participants and photographers/filmmakers alike navigate the sometimes tricky task of seeking and giving consent around photographs and videos at Burning Seed.

Wanna just let it all hang out — literally, figuratively, hell any way you want at the Burn? Don’t want to worry about being photographed or having to police whether someone is snapping you without having that all-important “ is it OK” conversation? Are you just having one of those days when you don’t want to be the object of somebody else’s art?

Or are you a photographer, filmmaker or videographer who scratches their head over this whole asking-consent-questions stuff ‘cause the magic is in the moment of capturing that shot?

The consent bracelets are designed to help all of you. These are brightly coloured, removable silicon wristbands with “NO PHOTOS OR VIDEOS” written on them. They will allow participants to easily signal when they don’t want to be captured on film, and it will give photographers, filmmakers and videographers a clearer sign of whether someone definitely doesn’t want to be photographed or filmed. #respecttheband

But that doesn’t mean we want you stop talking to each other either.

We still encourage you all to have that consent conversation wherever possible (before or after the pic) — especially if someone is not wearing a bracelet and in the middle of a private moment, exposed and/or vulnerable position, naked or any other situation that may require checking in.

A consent bracelet is an automatic red light to not photograph or film the person in question. But a blank wrist is not an automatic green light to film or photograph: check in whenever possible.

Wristbands will be available at the event entrance and also at Red Earth Info.

 

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First-timer friction: the winter of Burner discontent

Written by Jayman

[bra_dropcaps style=’dropcap2′]W[/bra_dropcaps]ith winter upon us and Burning Seed less than four months away, spare a thought for the Principles left out in the cold — and the potential participants.

Over the coming months, there will be lots of potential newbies/Burgins/potential participants asking questions. To some of us, these questions might seem like commonsense or basic information that people could find themselves with a bit of research (I hear the radical choir sing “radical self-reliance!!!”)

Well, here is the thing. Apparently there is more than one Principle. At last count there are nine more and some regional events have introduced 2-3 more.

The Ten Principles are learned, seen in action and experienced. Throwing one Principle at people in isolation is not the Burner way. In everything we do, we should be trying to express as many Principles in an interaction with another human being as possible.

We are building a Community, not a radicalised, exclusive hipster enclave. The very purpose of a Burn event is to prove that there is another way and take back those learnings to the outside world and transform it. We are the Revolution, by making a new world a better world.

So, the next time you pull radical self-reliance out of your back pocket (‘cause it is likely one of the main two you have ready at hand), spare a thought for the other neglected Principles this winter. The Principles work all together, not in isolation.

A considerate response is a Gift of information. In the Immediacy of a sensible answer you are helping to alleviate the fear and uncertainty that a new burner might be experiencing as they make a crucial decision (either consciously or unconsciously) to join our Community.

And in answering even the simplest of questions with your beautiful and amazing Radical Self Expression in a way that does not inhibit the rights and liberties of the recipient shows Radical Inclusion and Civic Responsibility at its best.

Participate in ALL the 10 Principles to embrace new Burners.

For those newbies looking for a place to call home at Seed, Jayman runs the Orphanage Theme Camp. It’s a great way to experience the participation, gifting and community that is so integral to Seed. You can find them here.

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It takes a community to build a forest

Written by Ash Blackwell

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[bra_dropcaps style=’dropcap2′]N[/bra_dropcaps]ew friendships were made, ties between the local community and Seed community were strengthened and a whole lot of good dirty fun took place at the recent Red Earth Ecology biodiversity planting in Matong.

On Saturday May 2, around 30 people from all over the east coast and the Riverina came together for a weekend to plant a forest.

There was music, dancing and a whole lot of planting and watering of native plants. Not to mention Jo’s amazing home-cooked cakes and slices.

Best of all, the weekend gave the local community a chance to interact and learn more about the kind of people that get involved in Burning Seed.

I think they’re almost convinced that we aren’t a cult, and the contribution to the local environment is starting to get around.

The Red Earth Ecology project was established as part of Burning Seed’s ‘Leave No Trace’ principle.

Burning Seed is held at the Matong State Forest, and while we can pick up our litter, we cannot completely remove our impact on the forest. The Red Earth Ecology team work to develop and implement projects that leave a net positive impact on the local ecology.

Over the last two years, the team has worked with local property owners to extend and develop tree corridors on sections of their land. One of the risk factors for small birds and animals is the fragmentation of their habitat. By helping to establish corridors of local plant species, we provide food and shelter for local insects, birds and other species.

Last year we worked with local Burning Seed participant Brian Jones to extend and enrich a tree corridor on his property adjacent to the Ganmain State Forest. Unfortunately Brian Jones fell quite ill late last year (We wish him continued progress on his journey back to good health).

This year, local plant whisperer Jo Roberts reached out to other Burners in the area, who would be happy to facilitate a planting project. Dave and Sonja Currie stepped up to help and offer their property, which is just down the road from Brian.

A big green thank you to all who came and all who contributed. And a very big thanks to Jo, Maddock, Dave and Sonja who made it all possible.

                       diggin them in it takes a team to build a forrest

                       Nikki the kookaburra whisperer plants and peace

Red Earth Ecology strikes again: (clockwise from top left) diggin’ this project, the gang’s all here, Nikki the Kookaburra whisperer, peace and plants. Pics: Madeline Fountain