Survival Field Book

Survival Field Book V 1.02

At first you might find some of the ideas of burn events very different from other festivals, but after attending you will soon realise how important these are to make these festivals so awesome.

Participate 
Unlike most other non-burner events, WildeBurn is created by the people who attend. That means you and me. Ensuring a most creative and awesome festival every year. No spectators! We encourage everyone to bring a piece of art, whether it be something you made, some music anything that will amuse and inspire fellow burners.

Leave No Trace
WildeBurn is a leave no trace event. Everything you bring with you – you must take away again. We would like to leave the WildeBurn farm area as clean as we found it. Make sure everything is secured in your camp so that plastic wrappers etc doesn’t blow all over the place. Remember to carry a little container with you at all times for cigarette butts if you smoke (any little mint tin etc will do).

Moop
A most important word in the burner lingo is MOOP : Matter out of place. MOOP is an acronym for “Matter Out of Place”, a way of referring to anything that is not originally of the land on which our event takes place. So EVERYTHING that wasn’t originally on or of the land, no matter how small, is considered MOOP, and is to be removed as part of our Leave No Trace efforts.

Gifting
WildeBurn is all about a gifting economy. Wildeburn exists because of contributions to and from our community. Everyone is encouraged to bring gifts – whether it is something to eat (like pancakes), something to drink, music, hugs, showers, art, bangles or a beautiful smile – it all contributes to making this an awesome event.  Whether these gifts are made manifest in funds, labour, artwork, or other forms, they are the fuel that makes the burner culture work. As a culture we are devoted to acts of giving that are unconditional, and as individual contributors, we acknowledge that all such gifts are given freely, with no expectation of reciprocity or exchange. Each gives according to his or her nature and capabilities, and no one is entitled to special treatment as a result. No contributor, regardless of the magnitude of his or her gift or position, will receive preferential treatment or undue influence over the course of our actions in the world.

Gifting Ideas

No Money and Nothing for Sale
No money will be exchanged at WildeBurn. There are no vendors, no advertising or branding. It just doesn’t fit in. It’s not even a barter economy – it’s a decommodified zone with a gift economy that’s about giving without expecting anything in return. Selling anything (including food/handmade stuff) at the burn to cover your cost is not cool. The whole event functions on contributions to and from our community.

No Advertising
In line with the burner culture – this is a decommodified event. We live in a society which bombards us with advertising all the time. Here we try to get get away from it for a while. No promotion of any products or services at WildeBurn. Promoting products through gifting is also not on.

Photography & Video
Please bear in mind everyone’s right not be photographed if they don’t want to. It’s better to ask permission, and if they ask you not to – please delete photographs already taken. Photos and videos taken at Wildeburn is only for personal use cannot be used for any commercial purposes.

Sound
Be thoughtful of your neighbours!  All speakers to be pointed away from Camp Areas. Speak to the organisers if you plan to bring sound systems bigger than 30 watts.

No Animals
No pets are allowed. This is for the protection of both festival goers and your awesome animals. WildeBurn can be a loud and scary place for animals.

Kids
Kids are a big part of the burn culture and are welcome at Wildeburn. Parents are responsible at all times for their kids.

Contribute and Create
WildeBurn is more of a community than a festival. It’s a temporary village/city build by the participants and that is what makes it so awesome. Every year will be different. No better way to bond with the people around you than to work on some great ideas together.

Read the ten principles 
Ten principles

Come early and stay to the end
To have the true WildeBurn experience participants  are encouraged to come early and to stay till the end .

Rangers
Please Respect the Rangers, they are here so you can have fun in a safe environment.

Fire Safety
Tents and fuel should be at least 5m from open fires. Don’t leave any camping or cooking fires unattended at any time. Raise your fire off the ground with a brazier, braai or other metal container. Open fire on the ground cause burn scars in the ground and are a hazard for people and kids.

Generators
If you bring a generator. It must be in a fireproof Baffle/Soundbox or be a silent generator like the Honda EU65is and Honda EU20is. Always have at least a 1.5kg fire extinguisher next to every Generator.


  • Your Wildeburn ticket and a photo ID
  • Carry water bottle
  • Food and drinks for the duration of your stay
  • 5 litres of water per person per day
  • First-aid kit
  • Sunscreen/sunblock and sunglasses
  • Warm clothing
  • Rope
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Garbage bags
  • Stuff to clean up your camp – Dustpan & Brush
  • Duct tape – always needed for something
  • Torch/Flashlight and spare batteries and or headlamps
  • Lights for you and your bike
  • Tent and warm sleeping bag or bedding
  • Portable ashtrays if you smoke
  • Prescriptions, and anything else you need to maintain your health in a remote area
  • Fire extinguishers to protect your camp and property
  • Awesome attitude and lots of common sense
  • Shade structures, umbrellas, parasols, sheets – something to break the midday sun
  • Hat or Cap
  • Cooking stuff and gas stove
  • Lotion, lip balm and earplugs (Not everyone will want to sleep when you do!)
  • Watertight protective bags
  • Costumes, musical instruments, props, decorations, and anything that might make the experience more fun for you and your playa neighbours
  • The ground at WildeBurn is soft and ordinary tent pegs will do for most tents. Rebar works well but is not required. If you do use rebar be sure to put a tennis ball or plastic bottle or other suitable “cap” on it to prevent playa injuries.
  • No dust storms or whiteouts at WildeBurn (if you are gonna miss those you may bring your own dust).

Coffee, Tea and Shade at Alienz Coffee Shop Theme Camp.

Dress up bring costumes and exchange your old stuff at Sparkleponies Theme Camp.

Fashion Show on Saturday at Alienz Coffee Shop.  Dress up and come show your stuff.  Many prizes to be won.

You can get a quick and hot! 7 litre shower at Rapid Showers Theme Camp.

Compost toilets with a view are provided within walking distance from the main camp area.  At least one toilet for every 50 people. (Double festival standards.)

FOMO
Fear of Missing Out, Suggesting to the overwhelming scope of things to do and see at Burn events. May lead to sleep deprivation.

Gifting
A core tenet of the Burn ethos, gifting is the act of giving something (material or otherwise) to another person without any expectation of receiving something in return.

Leave no trace
Participants clean up after themselves. Whatever you bring in you take away again. Leaving no trace is also one of the Ten Principles of Burning ethos. No really, we’re serious about this.

MOOP
Matter Out Of Place. Litter, debris, rubbish…

No Spectators
Another central tenet of the Burn philosophy. By blurring the line between audience and performer, everybody is a superstar at Burn events.

Playa
The festival takes place on “The Playa”. Especially referring to the open area where the art and burns take place. Playa is the Spanish word for beach and was also used to describe the dry lake beds such as the Black Rock Desert where the first burns was held.

Ranger
A volunteer devoted to non-confrontational community mediation and the peaceful facilitation of public safety.

Rebar
Steel rods often used for tent stakes.

DFTBA
Don’t forget to be Awesome!!!

  • Wet Wipes are your friends.
  • Do get some sleep.
  • Don’t miss the sunsets and get some sunrises in too.
  • Express yourself in your dress and in your art.
  • Talk to strangers.
  • Give and receive.
  • Practise synonyms for awesome 🙂  eximious, topgallant, prestantious, budgeree, supernacular,jam, boss, ripping, topping, rattling, fizzing,
    deevy, bonzer, bodacious