Camp Mystic Manifesto: Page 2 of 6

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    Mystic Flyer




One of the things that makes Burning Man and its culture so different is the fact that there are no spectators.  Everyone participates.

There are no vendors (other than ice and coffee).   Everyone must be radically self-reliant and because of it being in one of the harshest locations on the planet we all must also band together and rely on each other creating an intentional community for the days we are there together.  

There is a special alchemy that it creates which makes it an incredibly transformative event like no other.   

Leave No Trace starts well before you arrive on the Playa with being conscious about the purchases you make to limit consumerism, packaging, and educating yourself on how to do so.

Remember that many hands make light work and AFTER build is over (where we work like crazy all day and into the night - enjoying the hell out of the process along the way) we venture to make participating in camp easy, fun, and joyful for everyone.  Your participation is what makes this possible.  We have a few agreements we want every Mystic to make with respect to your participation:


  • I agree not to be a spectator but to be a full contributing participant. I realize that I’m part of creating this home for our tribe and I agree to contribute my unique contribution from a state of ecstatic volunteerism, giving joyfully.  


  • I agree to join at least one of Mystics 40+ teams and to work with my team leader (if that’s not already me) and my team mates to participate.

  • I agree to accurately and fully complete my Mystic Profile with all requested information in a timely manner.  Each piece of information requested is needed to make sure I can be placed, watered, fed, and connected with a team and is therefore necessary.

  • I agree to participate in the opening circle, closing circle, and strike if I am on the playa during those times.  They are the only events that are mandatory at camp and form the bookends to our Mystic experience and the only time everyone at camp comes together to set our collective context and then to share our experience together.   PLUS right after closing circle is strike.  EVERYONE is on the strike team.  Surprisingly strike ends up being a highlight of Burning Man for many Mystics.  It’s a way to see your contribution in action and get the immediate gratification that comes from working together with people you love toward a something bigger than yourself.   Opening circle is on Tuesday at 12:00noon Closing circle begins at 1:00pm Sunday before the Temple Burn.

  • I agree to show up to any shifts I might have signed up for.  Many hands make light work and most Mystics have only 1 or 2 shifts that are often only a short period of time during the whole week.  They can be treated as an opportunity to ecstatically be of service to your fellow tribe.  Mystic has a strong history of people showing up and doing even more than their share. I agree to be a part of bringing this reputation further into the future.

  • I agree to Leave No Trace.  Before packing up and leaving camp I agree to meticulously MOOP (removing Matter Out Of Place) and take it with me to throw away.  Burning Man is a Leave No Trace event - every article of trash, every sequin, every shard of wood, every hammer, every nail is picked up and the land is left in a better condition than we found it and is restored to a pristine condition.  Camp Mystic has had a perfect Green record every year of its existence because we take this value seriously.  I agree that to participate in making sure my camping area is completely spotless and clear of Moop.