Gifts are unconditional offerings, whether material, service oriented, or even   less tangible. Gifting does not ask for a return or an exchange for something else.


Hand in hand with gifting, burns are environments with no commercial transactions or advertising. Nothing is for sale - we participate rather than consume.



Radical Self-Reliance

You are responsible for you. Bring everything with you that you need. Burns are an  opportunity for you to enjoy relying on yourself.

Radical Self-Expression 

What are your gifts, talents, and joys? Only you can determine the form of your expression.




Radical Inclusion

Everyone is welcome, all types, all kinds, friends, strangers, and in between. 






The radical participation ethic means you are the event. Everyone works; everyone plays. No one is a spectator or consumer.



Communal Effort

Cooperation and collaboration are cornerstones of the burn experience. We cooperate to build social networks, group spaces, and elaborate art, and we work together to support our creations.


Civic Responsibility

Civic responsibility involves the agreements that provide for the public welfare and serve to keep society civil. Event organizers take responsibility for communicating these agreements to participants and conducting events in accordance with applicable laws.


Leave No Trace (LNT)

In an effort to respect the environments where we hold our burns, we commit to leaving no trace of our events after we leave. This means everything that you bring with you goes home with you. Everyone cleans up after themselves, and whenever possible, we leave our hosting places better than we found them.




From the Burning Man website : "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."




Note: the principles are not meant to be chosen at random to suit one's need, mood or agenda, but according to our interpretation were created to work together as a whole.  For this reason we've added an eleventh principle : Consent.

Meaning your right to radically and freely express yourself ends when your expression infringes upon another participant to do the same. 

In other words, no one gets a "Get out of jail free" card, nor a permission slip to be a dick. So don't be a dick, hiding behind one or two principles.