Radical participation is the cornerstone of Burning Man and the psychospiritual force that powers Milk + Honey. In order to maintain a dynamic public space, not to mention our infrastructure, each participant will be required to volunteer over the course of the week with rotations in the kitchen, MOOP sweeps, and camp breakdown. In addition, Milk + Honey hosts a Shabbat service and meal on Friday during Burning Man for the entire playa community. This is one of our main events, and your participation and help are what make it possible.
As ever, you are encouraged to make art and display your work, whether it’s unicorns painted with lipstick on your body or sculptures made of cold spaghetti noodles and crazy clue. In addition to creative expression, the ethos of Burning Man is to take a proactive approach to any problem. Ninety-nine percent of the time, when you see a problem — whether the kitchen needs cleaning or the geodesic dome is on fire — there’s nobody better than yourself to set things right.
At the bottom of this page we’ll have a listing of things we currently need assistance with in the lead up to September. Please give it a read and lend a hand if you feel so moved.
Ten Principles from the Creators of Burning Man
Anyone may be a part of Burning Man. We welcome and respect the stranger. No prerequisites exist for participation in our community.
Burning Man is devoted to acts of gift giving. The value of a gift is unconditional. Gifting does not contemplate a return or an exchange for something of equal value.
In order to preserve the spirit of gifting, our community seeks to create social environments that are unmediated by commercial sponsorships, transactions, or advertising. We stand ready to protect our culture from such exploitation. We resist the substitution of consumption for participatory experience.
Burning Man encourages the individual to discover, exercise and rely on his or her inner resources.
Radical self-expression arises from the unique gifts of the individual. No one other than the individual or a collaborating group can determine its content. It is offered as a gift to others. In this spirit, the giver should respect the rights and liberties of the recipient.
Our community values creative cooperation and collaboration. We strive to produce, promote and protect social networks, public spaces, works of art, and methods of communication that support such interaction.
We value civil society. Community members who organize events should assume responsibility for public welfare and endeavor to communicate civic responsibilities to participants. They must also assume responsibility for conducting events in accordance with local, state and federal laws.
Leaving No Trace
Our community respects the environment. We are committed to leaving no physical trace of our activities wherever we gather. We clean up after ourselves and endeavor, whenever possible, to leave such places in a better state than when we found them.
Our community is committed to a radically participatory ethic. We believe that transformative change, whether in the individual or in society, can occur only through the medium of deeply personal participation. We achieve being through doing. Everyone is invited to work. Everyone is invited to play. We make the world real through actions that open the heart.
Immediate experience is, in many ways, the most important touchstone of value in our culture. We seek to overcome barriers that stand between us and a recognition of our inner selves, the reality of those around us, participation in society, and contact with a natural world exceeding human powers. No idea can substitute for this experience.
Art at Milk + Honey
Are you interested in making art for the playa? Contact us to find out what kind of resources and logistics Milk + Honey can offer you. Are you interested in funding art on the playa? Contact us to find out how you can make the art at Milk + Honey even awesomer.
Honeys, we need you! Each year an incredible thing happens in the Nevada desert, our camp, our home for the amazing experience that is Burning Man, rises from the sand thanks to the hard work of volunteers like you. For those of you who’ve been before, you know what an awesome feat this is. For those of you who haven’t, trust me, its awesome.
Come and join us as we make it happen! Each year a small group of Honeys volunteers to arrive early on Playa to get everything ready and/or stay late on Playa to make sure everything is put away. As people who have done it can attest, there are few better ways to immediately connect with our community and feel ownership over the remarkable space that we create. The work is hard and hot, the hours long, and the vibe can be stressful. That being said, we firmly believe that hard work in the service of others is what community is all about.
And even more, we are dedicated to revamping what was known as Exodus to what will be the amazing, ineffable, indescribable spectacle that is LEGACY. So that we do not spend 40 years in the desert cleaning up our MOOP–the bits of glitter, the lone garlic skin, that errant feather–we have a small and hardworking team who stay until the bitter but beautiful end. To encourage the beauty and reduce the bitter, we welcome all of you who can stay after the end of Burning Man to pack up camp, clean, and watch the amazing transformation of city to wilderness once again. From dust to dust our friends, we invite you.
The Committee of Awesomeness (CoA)
Milk+ Honey is organized by a group of pretty amazing individuals who take on leadership positions from year to year to make sure that everything from bikes to boudoir is provided for. If you have any questions regarding specific aspects of the camp, or want to help out with any of these aspects of running Milk + Honey, feel free to get in touch with us. We’re a democracy and a do-ocracy so come help out! This is an incredible way to give back to camp and feel very very intimate with all of its glorious and notorious details.