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DECOMPRESSION! Bring Burning Man home: LA, SCruz, SF, SDiego, & more

September 26, 2010

Each year after Burning Man, many people experience a lot of conflicting emotions. They miss their new friends and their new lifestyle, they miss the art and the freedom. Often frustration with the default world and depression sets in.

Or maybe you’re bummed you didn’t go this year. Or maybe you’ve never been or the drive or the desert or the cost just isn’t your thing.

Never fear, Decompression is near!

Decompression is where as many Burners as possible congregate in the default world to recreate a little bit of Burning Man.

Okay, I admit, it’s not even close. But it’s a fun party. Last year I went to Decom in LA and in SF. The one in SF is QUITE the party: streets are closed and bars get so full no one can get in those either. Music and theme camps, costumes and fun.

But no, it is not Burning Man. People keep the naughty bits covered and hide the booze and drugs. People are very happy to see each other but they may not express it quite as flamboyantly as they might on the playa.

You could say Decompression is Burning Man lite.

But like I said, it’s still fun. I’m planning on being at the one in LA where I will be facilitating a discussion on how to create a bike culture. Here are the details and links to learn more about when and where various decompression parties will be held:

At the 8th Annual Los Angeles Decompression Oct 2 from noon-midnight,  experience the art, music and culture of Burning Man right by downtown at the LA State Historical Park 1245 N. Spring St, Los Angeles, CA 90012 . Tickets are $20; children 12 and under are free.

LIMITED Parking: Organizers ask that your ride your bike, take alternative transportation, or park at Union Station on Alameda ($5).  The entrance to the event is approximately 100 yards from the China Town Station.

NO:  Illegal Drugs, Alcohol, Weapons, Explosives, Markers, Paint, and GLOW STICKS. Think about MOOP and Leave No Trace principals.

Remember Radical Self Reliance, Radical Self Expression, Radical Inclusivity, and a Gifting economy that encourages Decommodification! ~)'(~


Also on Oct. 2, you might attend UnSCruz,  Santa Cruz’s second Annual Burning Man Decompression, from noon to 10:00 p.m. DownTown Santa Cruz on Lincoln Street between Pacific and Cedar. Questions?  Enjoy the creative expression that only Santa Cruz can provide for a cost of only $10.00 in Playa couture/costume; $15.00 in streetwear. Email to for more information.


On the continent? How about joining Italian burners in Rome from Friday October 8th to Sunday 10th for a Burning Weekend played around the 10 principles mixed with the Italian hosting culture! The location is a wild Italian country house 1 hour north from Rome. Bring your tent, your furry coats and your love! All the info on:


And of course, the grand daddy of them all, SF DECOM Oct 10! Twelve hours of art, performance, fire, dance, theme camps, circus arts, live music, DJs, Burning Man 2010 imagery, and more, more, MORE!!! All six blocks, the park, and the stages will be overflowing with a stunning variety of creative expression! Bring your imagination to share and BE the art you wish to see in the world!!! It’s looking positively AMAZING and this is going to be quite a celebration after the 25th Burning Man event!

11th Annual SF Decompression HEAT THE STREET FaIRE! celebrates 25 years of Burning Man and  bringing the playa spirit back to the Bay! 10/10/10! 12-12

19th St. & Minnesota St., SF; $10 donation in Black Rock Couture/costume;; $20 in streetwear; kids under 12 always free! All ages outdoors; 21+ inside Cocomo (club closes 1:30am) More info, line-ups, etc.:


San Decompression 2010  is called YOUtopia this year: and it’s a 3 day/2 night camping event that will take place on the La Jolla Indian Reservation Campgrounds. There will be no glass containers of any kind allowed on-site, and no vending, with the exception of firewood and ice.

YOUtopia is a fantastic place, a place of your dreams. It is perfection and balance, Challenge and growth. YOUtopia is your place, the place that you make. YOUtopia is your perfect world. The best of every thing. The best of anything. YOUtopia is your creation and your art. YOUtopia is YOU. YOUtopia is Love and inspiration. Growth into the ideal you. It is Imagination. The place where the dark you is accepted, and the best of you is nurtured. YOUtopia is usually fun, sometimes a little scary, but always full of acceptance for who you are. In YOUtopia your fear and love and anger and hope are reflected in your art and your being. YOUtopia teaches. YOUtopia is your community It is the place that you build. YOUtopia is safe. The home that you love. The family that you join and all that you are. You are your YOUtopia.

Tickets $80 Tickets at the gate will be $100, cash only, NO EXCEPTIONS!


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