“Leo co-founded a camp called Disorient, where we just had 200 international campers with strong New York, San Francisco, and Dubai contingencies. Many of these individuals have become our closest friends and now our Burning Man community extends into the ‘default world’ (the one we are in now).
While it was activated in 1986, in 2004 co-founder Larry Harvey wrote the "Ten Principles of Burning Man" to help guide this spontaneously formed culture: 1. Radical Inclusion 2. Gifting 3. Decommodification 4. Radical Self-reliance 5. Radical Self-expression 6. Communal Effort 7. Civic Responsibility 8. Leaving No Trace 9. Participation 10. Immediacy.
The ultimate personal challenge and true reason I participate in Burning Man is to practice living these principles in the difficult albeit beautiful desert environment, with the intention of bringing them back into my reality. “
Photo courtesy of Yvonne Force Villareal.