Burning Man is an annual event held in the Black Rock Desert, in Northern Nevada. The event starts on the Monday before, and ends on the day of, the American Labor Day holiday. It takes its name from the ritual burning of a large wooden effigy on Saturday evening.
The event is described by many participants as an experiment in community, radical self-expression, and radical self-reliance. Organizers have noted, "Trying to explain what Burning Man is to someone who has never been to the event is a bit like trying to explain what a particular color looks like to someone who is blind."
I haven't been, but I would like to go. No, I AM going to go -- next year.
Anyone want to make a journaling tent with me?
A Sacred Space of Self Expression?
Magical Journaling in Community?
We could have blank books, lots of supplies, and just journal our hearts out together for a week.
I want to experience the color and life and joy that is Burning Man, and I want to be creating while I am there . . . . I think it would be amazing.
I can also see hanging huge paper banners and creating a journaling wall - a mural that anyone can add color and images and words on to. . . .
Mark your calenders - Labor Day 2009. Look for me there.
"Both Burning Man and the Internet make it possible to re-gather the tribe of mankind.... We must use technology to create space stations here on planet Earth, islands of intense and living contact."
- Larry Harvey, January 1997
"[Burning Man] reinforced the idea that what we believe in or what we make of things is all that is real ... I was just blown away by the fact that ... it had this mystical quality that demolished the barriers between people. And I thought about it ... "What magical quality makes that happen?"
- Philip Rosedale, founder of Second Life, after his 1999 burn