Burning Man

posted 4 months ago in Parties
Post # 3
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Busy bee

After having read somsome of your threads I agree with your fiance. Not trying to be mean

Post # 4
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Blushing bee

A lot of friends go every year, but I’ve never gone because it’s seems way too filthy. 😂 The “gift” of a haphazard rub down in lieu of a shower ain’t my thing. Also not huge into the drug scene so meh. Maybe I’m too close minded! 

Post # 6
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Blushing bee

I do not think you would enjoy it at all. 

Post # 7
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2016

I know a lot of people who have been to Burning Man multiple times. It’s not my scene so I’ve chosen not to go, but I’ve spoken with them extensively about their experiences and I’m familiar with other similar types of big public rituals/ceremonies like this.

Given the tone of many of your threads, I would agree that it probably wouldn’t be the best fit for you. You come across as someone who is very sensitive to your environment and can be easily thrown off center and ungrounded by what is happening around you (and who struggles to recenter afterward).

All of my friends who go to Burning Man go with teams (not alone) and they are very familiar with navigating the wildness and intensity of everything that takes place. Even without the drugs, it’s still a lot and very jarring to the senses. And the drugs seem to help people disconnect from the discomfort of all that is happening around them over the course of the days. There have been multiple incidences of someone dying during the event, and there’s also the process of navigating lack of resources (especially for those who haven’t planned effectively- which often happens when people attend for the first time). After years of attendance, my friends still talk about needing quite a bit of time to decompress and reintegrate afterward (think days to weeks).

Granted, we do not know you, but you seem like the kind of person who would be completely shattered by the experience. If you really want to have the living on the land, Earthy wild person, ritual and music experience, there are many other events that are smaller, shorter and easier to access (and leave) than taking yourself out to the desert for an event that is the energetic equivalent of throwing yourself off a cliff.

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2021

If you’re interested in it, I think it could be a positive experience for you! I think the key would be to not go alone. If you were with your fiancé or a group of friends, you wouldn’t just be out there by yourself, and you would be sharing any challenges that come up with your support group. Also, keep in mind that nobody can prevent you from leaving early if it turns out to not be your thing. If you’re really having a bad time, you can leave whenever you want. 

Burning Man certainly isn’t my thing (I dislike regular camping, I definitely don’t want to camp surrounded by noise and drugs and fire!), but if it sounds interesting to you and you’re willing to take a chance, don’t feel like it’s something you’re not allowed to try out. You might surprise yourself and expand your comfort zone, or you might absolutely hate it and cut your losses and leave after a few hours. Either way, it’s not the end of the world. 

Post # 10
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Bee Keeper

You seem more the Renaissance fair type.

Post # 12
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Helper bee

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@lauralaura123:  an experience like this doesn’t compare to a rock concert or light show…  yes those aspects are there, but this is on top of a very intense series of experiences – from the trek in, resource constraints, dust, and sensory experiences. 

i am not in a position to tell you whether you would enjoy it – but it may be wise to learn a lot more about ti and start with a lower key, less intense and less isolated experience. 

Post # 13
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Busy bee

Do you like camping? Ive never been, but its not really a “festival” they call it a “community”. You have to bring every. single. thing. with you. And pack it back out. Shelter, transportation, food, water, etc. PPs note about having to care for newbies seems pretty accurate, because youre in the middle of the desert, hours away from the nearest airport, in the middle of summer. And you want to go because “light shows”? Definitely do more research before deciding, it could be quite dangerous for someone who isnt prepared. 

I will add that this sounds like my worst nightmare haha. So I am not saying this to be cruel. But I have several friends who are hardcore festival goers and have looked at attending for years and still havent pulled the trigger. 

Post # 14
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Bee Keeper

@lauralaura123:  I went to one Renfair, and that was enough, so I know what you mean about boring lol. Your fiance knows you well, so I would listen to him, but if you go, just try to relax and have a great time. You have a while to think about it. 

Post # 15
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 1997

I don’t think you have fully considered this. Have you read this? I mean, REALLY read this?

https://survival.burningman.org/survival-health-and-safety/survival/

 

People should carry in 15 gallons of water per person, per day. Whiteout conditions periodically happen, and winds can hit 75 mph. You’re expected to light everything you have, including yourself if you walk at night. Your tent needs weights. Toilet facilities? Yeah, bring it. Goggles for dust storms, masks, sunscreen, temperature over 100 degrees F. during the day to possibly below freezing at night. Burning Man functions as a gift economy, and people don’t use money. You trade for what you want or need. You prepared for that?

Festivals are all fine and good and Burning Man is fantastic for those who are prepared. For those who aren’t, it’s a nightmare, for you and everyone around you. As a PP said, I’ve got hardcore festival-going friends who still haven’t mustered the fortitude for Burning Man. It isn’t just fun; it’s a committment. If you aren’t truly prepared, you can end up seriously injured or worse.

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