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Burning Man Decom 2017: LA, SF Oct. 14

October 13, 2017
Decompression [dee-kuh m-preshuh n] noun
  • 1. the gradual reduction in atmospheric pressure experienced by divers,construction workers, etc., after working in deep water or breathingcompressed air.
  • 2. the act or process of releasing from pressure.
  • 3. a state of relief from pressure; a return to normalcy after a stressfulperiod or situation.
After an intense experience like a week at Burning Man, or hiking a 1000 or so miles on the PCT/AT/CDT or even 300 miles on the JMT, or other similar life changing challenging adventures, returning to the “mundane” or default world can be hard. While you may not be fighting a wind storm to keep your tent in place or blinded by dust or tormented by heat, life in the default world is missing something– a big something. The out doors, for one. And struggles to over come with ingenuity for another.  And just the sense that
you are living life to the fullest imaginable.
Life back home can seem tedious, lacking art, or LIFE. It can seem dead — or deadening. You realize that on the trail or at Burning Man
you are ALIVE

It is not uncommon for folks coming off the PCT or other long distance trails to feel a let down, to be depressed. To feel lost. And this is often true for people coming off the playa after Burning Man.
On the trail or on the playa, many of us truly feel like we can be ourselves, we are home. And it can be hard to be that person in the every day humdrum world.
PCTers gather together online to share. Some get together. But attendees of Burning Man have been able to gather in San Francisco for almost 20 years where they share art, music, theme camps, art cars, performance, food, drink, and most importantly, the community that makes Burning Man Burning Man — a place to practice the 10 Principles, Decompression, a place where where you can get a taste of the playa experience and reconect with your fellow Burners.

Just like regional Burns occur around the world, from Israel to South Africa to Arizona, Minnesota, and Joshua Tree, so do Decompression events, particularly following the main Burn in Black Rock City Nevada. Here in California, both the LA and the San Francisco Decompression takes place Sat Oct 14. Starting in the afternoon, and going on into the night. Like Burning Man itself, these are family friendly events and Kidsville will be have a presence at both. You might even find me at Kidsville in LA teaching people how to make their own mouthwash and sharing the 10 Principles Coloring Book and some crayons!

From the SF Decompression team:

It’s scary in Northern California right now. The fires raging in the North Bay have caused heartbreaking damage to the homes and livelihoods of thousands of people, including many in our community, and the ash and smoke have blown all the way to the Bay Area. It’s hard to imagine holding Decompression here during all this — but we are. It’s important.

We have to come together in times like these. Being in community breeds resiliency far better than staying home. And as always, when there are urgent community needs during a Burning Man event, groups of participants have organized relief efforts at Decompression:

  • * Skinny Kitty Teahouse is collecting clothing (shirts, pants, socks, shoes, new underwear) for adults and children, canned food, blankets, pillows and toys.
  • * The Kazbah is collecting socks, boxers, tote bags, potatoes, onions, blankets, sleeping bags and pillows.
  • * Burners Without Borders is holding a tool donation drive at Decompression. Details here:

Please bring only items detailed here, and make sure they’re in good condition, or they may not be accepted

For your health and safety, check the air quality on Saturday and bring breathing masks for yourself and a few to share. Radical Self-reliance, Civic Responsibility and Gifting matter even more right now.

Once again, The Altervision 3D Blacklight Experience is a feature at LA Burning Man’s annual Decompression Event in downtown LA. 

Altervision is an immersive environment to new heights.

Although set up all day, The Altervision is best experienced after-dark

For more info see

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