Please read the following manifesto.
All Mystics must agree to abide by it before registering.
CAMP MYSTIC MANIFESTO
This is our public declaration of our shared aims and intentions, our paths and policies. It is our public declaration of who we are, what we value and what we commit to uphold as members of the Camp Mystic community both on the Playa and in the Grand Playa.
WHO WE ARE:
Camp Mystic has a 15 + year history as a theme camp at Burning Man.
We’re an intimate tribe of creative talent and energy expressed as artists, thought leaders, entrepreneurs, teachers, speakers, musicians, and healers. We’re all about ecstatic contribution, radical self-expression, and intimate connection.
Camp Mystic is an ongoing experiment in the power of love, artistic expression, community, contribution, collaboration, compassion and exploration into our conscious evolution and ultimately the evolution of our human civilization.
Inspired by a sense of mystery, wonder, and our profound inter-connectedness, Mystics encourage the exploration of a deeper connection not only to each other as a chosen family, but also to this planet and the Universe.
We gather physically each year at Burning Man and beyond to manifest these intentions and express the possibilities of collectively realizing the fullness of these potentials.
These are the values that guide our choices and actions and guide how we treat each other. As members of Camp Mystic we are inspired to be iconic representatives of these values and agree to uphold them with our fellow citizens at Camp Mystic and on the Grand Playa:
1 Radical Contribution
We embrace ‘Ecstatic Volunteerism’ and look to enhance every environment we’re in and leave it better than we found it...the way art does that, the way science does that, the way human interaction does that and especially our dedication to Leaving No Trace.
2 Radical Compassion
Mystics understand that camp is a refuge, home, and an oasis for our tribe. Our intention is to always allow Love and Respect to be our guiding principles in the way we treat each other. Our commitment is to harmoniously resolve any types of challenges or conflicts that arise. We seek to compassionately understand and then be understood realizing the underlying positive intentions that drives our actions. We ask ourselves ‘How can love live through me now?’
3 Radical Collaboration
Together we make synergistic magic happen by setting clear intentions and then surrendering to the moment. Great collaboration happens when we focus on creating an environment that artfully maximizes the development of everyone inside it. We know that we can create so much more together than we can alone and seek to openly include the wisdom and diverse perspectives of our tribe when we are leading, interacting, and making decisions.
4 Radical Self-Expression (Beauty)
We celebrate beauty and creative expression in all forms. Mystic and Burning Man is a unique place that encourages us to come out of our shell, let go of our normal social contracts and explore what it might look like to become the enlightened child who interacts, plays, and expresses exactly who they are. We welcome creative expression in all its forms and have in fact created a stage for those with extraordinary skill and those with a fledgling talent alike to share their offerings with the playa.
5 Radical Evolution (Truth)
We have a profound curiosity about what empowers people and allows them to evolve. We look for and welcome opportunities to stretch our boundaries. This curiosity bonds our community together as we explore the new story of humanity’s evolution. We are pioneers seeking that leading edge. We do this through exploring evolutionary love, evolutionary relationship, evolutionary civilization, evolutionary entrepreneurship, evolutionary leadership, evolutionary sex, evolutionary masculinity, evolutionary femininity, evolutionary community, and more. Come be a beacon of humankind's evolution riding your own razor’s edge.
Visionary Art & Performance:
We bring together an incredible showcase of visionary art and performance from artists like Android Jones, Joma Sipes, Hans Walor, Phadroid, Susan Boulet, Michael Divine, and many more to celebrate creativity in all its forms.
Night Time Music & DJ's: Transmissions of Truth & Beauty
We present music and performances of some of Burning Man’s best artists including Phutureprimitive, Random Rab, Human Experience, Kaminanda, Kryston Pixton, Alia, NIMITAE, Dixon’s Violin, Eric Gilliom, and many others on our center stage in our large 3-story Mystic Theater. During the early evenings come hear soulful singers and acoustic jams that will open your heart and get you singing along. On Wednesday night our Mystic Theatre turns into the premiere spot for our electronic Artists and DJs to mix their tracks on Mystic's bassy and beautiful club-level sound system.
Day Time Speaker Series: New Story For Humanity's Evolution
Thought leaders, entrepreneurs, authors, speakers, healers and teachers present daily on our main stage in the Mystic Theater and inside our nearby 31ft Healing Dome to offer their wisdom to the Playa regarding the New Story of Humanity’s Evolution. Topics range from evolutionary love, sex and relationship, regenerative civilization, the divine masculine and the divine feminine, awakened entrepreneurship, post-modern spirituality, the Burning Man ethos, and more.
Healing Sessions: Mind-Body Connection
Many of our healers provide meditation, dance, yoga, movement practices, and various awakening experiences in our healing dome and theater.
Everyone pays dues, including all the council members and founders, all the leadership, and all the artists and speakers. We offer a few scholarships for those in financial need but other than that, ONE of the ways everyone contributes is through paying dues. Paying dues are not an entitlement to not participate at Camp.
We want to make sure you understand that we are not a turnkey camp where your dues represent your purchase of amenities and services that you expect to be provided to you such that everything is already taken care of for you. We value radical self-reliance and radical contribution.
So although we do provide an incredible atmosphere to radically expand your Burning Man experience --including things like a communal kitchen and serving tent stocked with all the cooking utensils you need to prepare meals in pods with your campmates, a professionally catered vegan food plan, enough fresh spring water to drink all week, cool bamboo showers you can use to get clean, shade structures for some of our tent campers, a massive chill space and healing dome to congregate in-- your dues are for the privilege of camping together with our tribe and the joy of contributing to creating the beauty and offerings to everyone on the playa. Your dues are NOT in lieu of participation. This is not a "plug and play" camp. This is a 'joyful participation party' camp.
RULES OF ENGAGEMENT
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 both radically self-reliant and also radically collaborative because burning man takes place in one of the harshest conditions on the planet so we all must band together and rely on each other during our time together at the burn.
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 we venture to make participating in camp easy, fun, and an experience of ecstatic volunteerism 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 to be a full contributing participant and NOT a spectator. I realize that I’m part of co-creating this home and the magic at mystic and I agree to contribute my unique gifts from a state of ecstatic volunteerism, giving joyfully.
The culture we want to encourage is one where you move towards inclusivity with your fellow Mystics. Simple things like making eye contact, a warm hello, an invitation to join you during meal time can go a long way towards creating an inclusive vibe. After all, the best friend that you haven’t met yet is likely at Mystic right under your nose. This has been the case for years and years and Burning Man has played a central role in bringing us together to form some of our closest and deepest relationships.
As a registered interactive theme camp, Mystic is given a specifically sized plot of land to co-create our infrastructure, art, public offerings, and camping spaces. We also have arrived at number of campers for that plot of land that creates enough space for everyone AND allows for a feeling of connection and intimacy.
This number was selected as Dunbar's number (150) - the number of people with whom one can maintain deep and stable social relationships.
These are relationships in which an individual knows who each person is and how each person relates to every other person. Since intimacy and closeness are important, we can not accept an unlimited number of people registering and camping with our theme camp.
We consciously curate those members who have been sponsored by other veterans at camp who they believe will positively contribute to the experience of everyone at Mystic and on the playa at large. In general we have between 25-35% new people each year such that you will always encounter new people.
We LOVE getting feedback and end up implementing 80% of what we receive. It’s how Camp Mystic continues to get better and better every year.
The best place and time for feedback is the Facebook Forum and the Post-Burn Survey unless you are asking for support or permission to improve something at camp, all other feedback is better given at a time when it can be fully considered.
We encourage all opinions, including those that are different from our own. We want to hear from you especially if it comes from a generative-tone of an ‘even better if….’ rather than a blame-filled complaint.
Remember camp is not created to handle everything for you. It’s meant to be an environment that fosters our values and a truly transformative experience, so any feedback that leads us toward that direction is whole-heartedly welcomed.
I agree to use the Post-Burn Survey to give organizers feedback, both about what I liked and what I’d like to see more of. I realize my opinion matters and is welcomed and that my feedback is incredibly valuable in making our camp experience better and better every year.
I embrace this Camp Mystic Manifesto and commit to do my best to adhere to its vision, values and agreements.