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To me, home has always been a safe place. I could curl up on the rug, talk about my day, have a hug from a loved-one, squeeze my favorite pet. The most important lesson that Burning Man has taught me is that home can be anywhere you want it. Burning Man plants the seed...it is our job to spread it. My home on the playa is absolutely the most wonderful place imaginable, but after 5 years, I have found that this other world I live in is anything but default. In fact, Burning Man has instilled values and lifestyle examples that show up in almost everything I do all year long. I go to Burning Man to be reminded that the safe place I am seeking, that comfort that can only really be found at home, the feeling that you are loved for who you are and can love others unconditionally as well, is right under your nose. It is my breath of fresh air, my snuggly rug to curl up on, my loved-one who always listens about my day.
Hope this helps to explain my idea of home at Burning Man. Keep up the amazing work!
Bon Bon <email@example.com>
Denver, CO USA - Monday 9/27/2004 9:01 AM
Being home at Burning Man for me is feeling that I am accepted, for whatever and whoever I feel I am at that moment. Totaly relaxed, completely free, and at peace with everything around me. It's a time for introspection and exploration. A time to let loose and discover what a true "HOME" can be... totally FREE!
The only place that I feel at one with myself all the way to my inter core. One can almost remember that feeling.The one that they had as a child waking up early on a weekend. The house quiet and still and complete...home. Knowing that you were exactly in the most wonderful place there was to be because you were at home. This is the feeling that you have when you are at Burning Man.You are home again.
Home is the place where I belong.
Home is where the members of my tribe from all over the world gather in one place.
Home is where I am accepted and not judged.
Home is where I am welcomed with open arms.
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I'll be watching your sight for new developments.. Burn on.
Home is where you feel comfortable, at ease, where the environment supports you to explore and enhance your being. That's the feeling I get at Burningman. Supported, valued for my presence and my contribution (no matter how small) to the overall community.
Why B-man feels like home to me...
Why was I so excited the first time I drove towards Black Rock City? I still remember what I saw, with tears in my eyes and a feeling welling up in my chest like a child running to gifts under the tree on christmas day. I remember my first bike ride around my temporary neighborhood, giggling like I was 5. It was like being on the surface on the moon! The chearing I heard from the community at the first sunset, the stars at night, the costumes, the highly intelegent and interesting people... thinking to myself why do I feel so comfortable in a place that could only be described as "strange" in "normal" society's terms...
Coming up on my 4th year on the Playa, I still anticipate the site of black rock city on the horizon, feeling that feeling in my chest... Being welcomed home by the greeters, touching my feet on the playa, feeling the energy, the 1st bike ride, the sunset, the people - I feel the same way I felt the 1st time and it never gets old or comonplace.
I think it feels like home because I feel connected to the earth there and to the people on it, who, like me are looking for a higher truth and belonging we can't find at our home in society - which is "out there" not "here" on the playa.
Also, the free feeling you have as a child comes back, in my day to day it gets squashed, and pounded out of me in my corporate existance, with bills to be paid and things I want from people and what they want from me.
The feeling of home brings you to a place of comfort food, drawing pictures, discovering the curious world around you, feeling safe and innocent - how you felt as a child... and that is how I feel in Black Rock City
For me the biggest lesson from Burning Man has been being at home with myself. It's one of the few places and times where you don't have to be self-conscious about who you are -- no matter what you are.
I had an experience at the BM Meat Inspection Station last year where I met a 20-something gay boy from a small town in Wyoming who just showed up at BM alone. Right as he entered the city he stopped at the Meat Inspection Boys. He felt so comfortable with these folks that they invited him to camp there and so he had found his home... amongst total strangers. THAT, to me, is what BM is all about: absolute acceptance. It's what I felt when my greeter the first year said "welcome home" to me, and my life has never been the same.