Fujiko Signs, C.S.B. gave a 50 minute Christian Science lecture at the 2013 Burning Man festival in Black Rock City, Nevada titled “Love without limit, Life without fear”. The talk was delivered at the Red Lightning Camp main stage.
Close to the last minute (it’s due at 12pm later today) but I got it submitted. A couple of new points:
If we receive Placement, we’ll be required to arrive before Gate opens to setup our camp. This will impact our scheduling. We’ll need at least 1 person on-site to secure our placed location, and they request we have our camp fully setup before the general public begin arriving on Sunday. We’ll probably shoot for somewhere between 3-6 people to be part of the Build Team, possibly up to 12. Our earliest arrival date will be Thursday, August 21, 2014.
We had to submit a name that was 33 characters or shorter for our Camp name. I chose “Healing Foot Wash Life Truth Love” for this purpose, since our previous “official” name was too long.
I requested placement in the 9:00 Portal, 7:30 Portal and 9:00 Streets areas, each with 150′ of frontage area.
Here are some of the responses to key questions in the application:
2014 Burning Man Placement Application
Please provide the name of your Camp or Village. You will be limited to 33 characters.
You may wish to drop words like “A”, “The”, and even “Camp” from your camp name for better positioning in alphabetical listings.
To honor our principle of de-commodification, we ask that you not include the name of your commercial enterprise in your camp name.
“Healing Foot Wash Life Truth Love”
Please describe your Camp and how you will promote personal interactivity of our community within your Camp at this year’s event. Please be as specific and concrete as possible. We are interested in reading your schedule of events, your plans for service, gifting and hosting in detail. (This is the most important information we are collecting from you).
HEALING FOOT WASH
Our camp enthusiastically provides foot wash stations in a loving, safe, non-sexual environment where visitors can sit on comfortable chairs and have their feet washed. In 2013 we washed hundreds of people’s feet, and received glowing reviews from everyone (see below for some of their comments). Many people were surprised to find us (we were unplaced last year) and visited us each day once they found us.
We’re asked why we wash people’s feet? Our goal is simply to love everyone who visits in the purest way we can, by providing a much needed and appreciated service. We also discuss spiritual topics with visitors if they’re interested, and share additional gifts of loved spiritual books if appropriate. Our motivation is based in the Biblical examples of foot washing as a pure service of love.
This year we’re returning with more camp participants, and plan to wash even more feet. It was a totally awesome experience last year, and this year will be even better.
We provide manned foot wash stations primarily during daylight hours, from breakfast through dinner time. Our goal is to have 10 stations ready at all times. We’ve recruited additional participants to ensure there are always people available to provide the service.
We encourage our “customers” to return and wash other people’s feet, but they must have their feet washed first. We provide the supplies (dilute vinegar, soap, water, basins, lotion) and example of how to do it.
1) Sit, remove shoes, socks
2) Place feet in clean basin, rinse with dilute vinegar / water mixture using squeeze bottle
3) Apply dilute Dr. Bronner’s soapy water using squeeze bottle
4) Rinse with clean water
5) Towel dry
6) Optional (most people want this) – apply foot lotion and massage feet / calfs
7) Sit, relax, talk
8) Once done, dispose of water in evaporator, clean basin for next use.
We also provide fresh cold water to drink and light snacks like cold grapes.
We provide a 60’x40′ public shaded area that provides relief from the hot sun. Our foot wash stations are located under the shade structure, but there are no walls, so it is a very nice open, airy relaxing environment.
OPEN TO ALL
We gladly welcome everyone to our camp, both to receive foot wash service as well as to give.
Some of the comments / notes people left last year:
“This is the best gift I’ve gotten at Burning Man, and I’ve been coming for many years”
“You bring love from my feet to my heart – Alana”
“Best Foot Wash Ever”
“This is Love – Nels S.B. C.A.”
“)'( You guys have made me shoot rainbows out of my toes. You are beautiful expressions of love!”
“Thanks for the fresh feet. Ethiopia Joe”
“A perfect find – Love Lee, NYC”
We are totally looking forward to this year and having a “home” within the Burning Man community for this much appreciated service.
Familiarizing newer Burning Man event participants to our culture and community is a vital role of Placed Camps.
How does your camp encourage Participation, teach about the 10 Principles and set expectations about what it means to be a Burner?
Please describe how your Camp acculturates its members and the greater community.
Our camp holds regular (every 2-3 weeks) conference calls going over Burning Man principles and how we plan to express them. We also have a group that has been focusing on the spiritual as well as practical applications of the 10 Principles, and thinking of inspiring ways of embodying those Principles.
We love all 10 of the Principles. The Principles we strive to embody / express most in our camp are Radical Inclusion, Gifting (the main reason many of our participants are coming with us), Communal Effort, Civic Responsibility, Participation and Immediacy.
We scored 100% clean on the MOOP map last year (aka we Left No Trace). Our camp is very low impact, and we emphasize with all new participants the need to really embrace the principles of Burning Man, including subscribing to Jack Rabbit Speaks, reviewing thoroughly the Burning Man website, and learning from our past experiences at Burning Man.
We need a description of the layout of your Camp. Please describe the physical aspects with as much detail as possible. Include a description of features like structures, buildings, vehicles, tents, platforms, and the locations of your power sources. Maximum of 400 words.
Our camp consists of a central welcoming area defined by a 40’x60′ open public shade structure. This structure is composed of a central 6’x6′ column with 14′ bracing for reflective shade cloth that extends out in a cross shape. We have a 30′ dome (from Shelter Systems) that we provide as a public quiet space for reading (as well as camp participant sleeping area). We have additional tents for sleeping, a kitchen area, a water evaporator. We use solar panels for our light power needs. Our lighting is all solar powered LED. We park cars and RVs in the back of our camp, as our purpose is expressly to be warm and welcoming to public interaction. We have a private shower that is for use of our campers. We have bike parking in the front of the camp.
Public Listing on our website:
What you should know when you submit your Camp description for the website:
Please limit your description to two sentences. Remember, this is our voice to the world. Please consider this when submitting.
Please give us the correct URL; any future changes to the web address will be difficult.
All submissions will be reviewed and may be edited.
After your submission it will take about two weeks for the description to appear on the site.
Please include the description of your Camp that you would like to have included on the Burning Man website.
Text for website listing
Come have your feet washed in a quiet, safe and loving environment. You may come back and wash other people’s feet after you’ve had yours washed, all are welcome!
Regardless of the decision of the Placement team at Burning Man, we’re confident we will be in our right place at 2014 Burning Man and will have the opportunity to be of service to hundreds of people during the week-long festival!
First of all, if you’re thinking of joining us at Burning Man this year, you’ll need a ticket. To get this ticket (if you don’t already have one) you’ll need to register for a Burning Man profile and then click the button that says sign up for the STEP program. This will put you in a queue to purchase tickets when other people put them up for sale. That’s it for now! We’re still looking for a few more tickets for our core team so if you happen to have an extra or two, please let us know.
In other news, we’ve made some good progress on our application for Placement (i.e. a reserved space) for our camp at Burning Man. Specifically, we’ve completed the first draft of our camp layout diagram (a required part of the submission.) What do you think?
If you would like to come and camp with us and might qualify for a Low Income ticket (you need to be able to demonstrate your financial need) the cost is $190 (1/2 price!), and TODAY is the day to apply. Last year one of our participants got one, so it’s definitely possible. Check it out here: http://tickets.burningman.com
Below is from The Jackrabbit Speaks Newsletter:
Low Income Ticket Program Opens March 4
The Low Income Ticket Program application will open on Tuesday, March 4 – that’stomorrow! Here are the details:
4,000 Low Income Tickets are available at $190 each.
Low Income Tickets are one per person and are awarded through an application process.
These tickets are not transferrable and are held for Will Call pickup at the Box Office of the event.
You must be able to demonstrate your financial need to qualify.
Applications are reviewed in the order they are received, so don’t delay if you are planning on applying.
Full information on the Low Income Ticket Program can be found on the tickets page.
We had a really productive call tonight. Thanks to all who were able to participate!!! Please review the notes below and if you are a Team Coordinator (marked with a * in the list below) please work with your fellow team-mates in the next 3 weeks to be able to present the Deliverables (listed below) we all agreed on tonight.
3/2/14 Call Notes
Topic for our call tonight: Discuss who was able to purchase tickets and next steps for the group. Bring your ideas for what specific team(s) you’d like to participate on:
Present: (Tickets, Vehicle Passes purchased?)
– Gabriel (0, 0)
– Amanda (0, 0)
– Anna Lisa (2, 2) – 1 extra
– Drea (2, 2) – 1 extra
(Julian (2, 1)) – Genevieve gets 1
– Mike & Nancy (4, 1) – no extras
– Alexis (0, 0)
– AJ (0, 0)
– Michael (2, 1) – 1 extra
– Patricia (0, 0)
– Ansley (2, 2) – 1 extra
– Genevieve (0, 0)
– Tonte (0, 0)
– Emanual (0, 0)
– Carrie (0, 0)
Total Tickets purchased: 14 – We will almost certainly need additional tickets, will get them through the STEP program when it opens (or Craigslist) Total Vehicle Passes purchased: 9 – We have sufficient quantity
– Metaphysical Preparation Team (Prayer Team) *Nancy, Drea, Alexis, Patricia, Ansley, Michael
– Kitchen Team *Anna Lisa, Drea, Nancy, Alexis, Patricia, Gabriel
– Finance / Bookkeeping Team *Amanda
– Transportation / Homestay Team *Gabriel, AJ
– General Logistics / Physical Planning Team *Gabriel, Amanda, Anna Lisa, Mike, AJ
– Art / Design Team *Gabriel, Anna Lisa, Michael, Alexis, Ansley, Genevieve
– Communications / Outreach Team *Gabriel, Anna Lisa, Michael, Patricia
Deliverables for next call:
1) Meet as a team at least 1 time (Coordinators will organize this with their team, off-list.)
2) Team develops (very) rough draft of an estimated budget. Amanda will communicate with the Team Coordinators about the specific info needed. This is due via email to Amanda by Wed 3/19 so she can present an initial draft of the overall budget needs (useful for our future fund-raising).
3) Each team roughs out major timelines / deadlines and top-level items.
4) Team Coordinator prepares brief report (~5 min) to share with the group at our next call on 3/23 at 6pm PST.
Note: If you decide / realize you cannot make your commitments, please just communicate this to either your Team Coordinator or to me directly, and we’ll make adjustments as necessary. Life happens, and this is O.K., but it will be very helpful to have the heads-up so we can cover all the necessary bases.
Teams / Contact Info:
Here is the list of confirmed (and potential) camp participants along with which team(s) they’ve currently signed up for. If this information needs correcting / updating, please feel free to make changes. We’ll keep this up to date, and if you’re on the core team you should be able to make edits. If you’re on the info list you should be able to view it but not make edits.
Sunday 3/23 at 6pm — Please add this to your calendar!
Access code: 1246521
Agenda for next group call:
10-15 minutes – Inspiration Sharing (Metaphysical Team to present)
45 minutes – ~5 minute sharing from each Team Coordinator with high-level overview of where they’re at, if they need assistance with any specific things etc.
10 minutes – Closing, discuss next steps
THANKS AGAIN everyone for participating, this is truly what makes this camp a reality! If you have any questions, feel free to reply or call.
I’ve begun doing some preliminary reading about washing feet, per last night’s teleconference. I see a Wednesday night topic in the making!
Also, I really love this quote in relation to Burning Man:
“Cleanse every stain from this wanderer’s soiled garments, wipe the dust from his feet and the tears from his eyes, that you may behold the real man, the fellow-saint of a holy household,” ‘Retrospection and Introspection,’ by Mary Baker Eddy (Pg. 86).
The playa is our ‘holy household’ for the week, filled with fellow-saints! And again, when you read the passage in context, it is clear that this cleansing starts with one’s self.
We’re holding a preliminary call today (Friday, Jan 24) at 3pm PDT for anyone interested in joining us in 2014. Here is the proposed agenda for the call (trying to keep it to 1 hour):
1) Welcome, Inspiration, Introductions
2) Begin discussing specific ideas for 2014 camp theme
3) Begin identifying groups / people who want to contribute to specific areas
4) Go over ticketing procedures & individual responsibilities
5) Confirm next call date (~2 weeks from now)
Access code: 1246521
Looking forward to meeting some of you for the first time on the phone today!
P.S. If you cannot make today’s call, there is another one proposed for Thursday, February 6 2014 at 6pm PDT for those who cannot make today’s call.
2013 PLAYA SCHEDULE: SAT – Finish packing vehicles, drive to Reno SUN – Church in Reno, final preparations / shopping MON – 1 am Leave for Black Rock City. Arrive at Burning Man for sunrise, setup camp TUES – Foot washing, informal talks WED – 4:00-5:45 pm Christian Science Lecture by Fujiko Signs, CSB at Red Lightning Camp Triad (8:45 and Esplanade) 7pm Testimony meeting, our camp (9:30&K maybe, find us!) THURS – Foot washing, informal talks FRI – 1:15 pm Fujiko Signs CSB talk at Central Camp SAT – The Man burns SUN – 10:00 am Sunday church service & singing. 8 pm The Temple burns. Strike camp, prepare for Exodus MON – 1 am Gather for departure, 2 am Leave for Reno. Sunrise, arrive Reno, visit, finish driving back to Berkeley.
Yesterday we setup our 30′ Playa Dome for the first time. We selected the Berkeley Marina again, since it’s a nice windy place, and we wanted to see what that would be like. It took 4 of us (Grant, Julian, Drea, and Gabriel) about an hour and a half to get it fully assembled. We broke 4 of the supports (they supply extras thankfully) and we’ll replenish those before we take the dome to Burning Man. One key learning was to use the outer connector pieces for the circular support level instead of inner — the circumference was too tight to get the final piece in. We’ll be at Burning Man in 1 week!!!