Message To Participants

The days are getting warmer, tickets are showing up in the mail and the trolls are spreading mistruths online.  Yes, it is that time of year again:Pre-Burn Season!

This is also the time of year that first timers start to ask for advice from their veteran Burner friends.  I first send them to the fantastic survival guide, then to my tips & tricks videos (starting with the ones for Virgins).  Then I pat their head, tell them it is all going to be okay, and share some version of the message below.  In addition to bringing the right gear, it is important to bring the right attitude.

*This video was requested from participants of this year’s Midburn. It is worded in a way that applies to people heading to any event where Radical Self Expression and Gifting is embraced.

**If, after watching, you don’t feel drawn to attend this year, please sell your ticket back through official channels. There are many eager and well deserving people waiting for your ticket in the STEP program.

About the author: John "Halcyon" Styn


Halcyon is a 21-year Burning Man participant and co-founder of Pink Heart camp. He is author of "Love more. Fear less." and producer of the Burning Man short film, "The Pink Path." He's won Webby awards for his over-the-top personal site & his "Love On Demand" video podcast Halcyon co-founded the San Diego based "1st Saturdays" homeless outreach program based on Burning Man Principles and coaches people how to be radically self expressed in the default world. You can find his full Playa Tips & Tricks series at

3 Comments on “Message To Participants

  • tito says:

    But what do I get? What’s it all about? I’m not going. What do I get? Why no Mexicans at this thing?

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    • Sam Weiss says:

      If you’re open enough, you can get your life back.

      Or you can not get the message, and wind up being “that guy who is a complete ass!”. I’ve done both at Burning Man. I prefer the burns where I’ve been attentive, and gotten my life back!

      Please don’t be that guy is a complete ass!

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  • James says:


    Stop being racist. I’ve been to Burning Man before and our camp had a Mexican and a black. Plus, the camp next to us had 2 blacks and a guy from China or something like there. Just stop the hate!

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