They don’t call Burning Man a “transformational festival” for nothing! Spending a week in our beloved Nevada dust-bowl can be wild, mellow, relaxing, enlightening, inspiring, intense, and so much more. You can also count on meeting some of the kindest, most open hearted and accepting people to be found anywhere on our precious planet. It is very easy to form lasting and meaningful relationships during this relatively short period, and quite natural that some of us will want to spend time outside of the event basking in the jubilance and acceptance of the burner community.
Most people who attend Burning Man find themselves meeting and enjoying the company of new acquaintances so much that referring to them as “friend” is simply not enough. That extraordinary bond, for some, can only be done justice with the word “family.”
According to our 2013 data, only 3% of attendees did not feel that the burner community was like family. 13% indicated that they considered the burner community “A bit” like family. The largest group of 32%, said that they felt it was “Somewhat” like family, and 30% reported that it was “A lot” like family. Finally, there are 22% of us who well and truly “Extremely” consider the burner community our family. That’s really no small number, when you consider the worldwide number of Burners!
At Burning Man and regional events, newcomers are consistently in awe of the rampant acceptance of Burners, as well as the intensity of the new bonds they’ve formed. Keeping in contact with these people in the default world only serves to strengthen those bonds, and cement them ever deeper with each interaction. This is perhaps why so many Burners greet their extended family to the event with a warming “Welcome home.”
Written by: Wendi Corbin Goulette
Edited by: Eulophia