Nest is a non-profit organisation that runs solely on the energy and enthusiasm of its volunteers: everyone who attends is co-creating the space and experiences they wish to explore. No one gets in for free or gets paid for their contribution – from carpenters, artists and musicians, right up to the organising crew and board members. The more you put in the more you get back.
WHETHER YOU HAVE BEEN TO BURNING MAN, NOWHERE OR ANY OTHER BURNER GATHERING, THIS GUIDE IS A MUST-READ FOR ALL PARTICIPANTS.
NEST IS AN EVENT INSPIRED BY BURNING MAN, ITS CULTURE, COMMUNITY AND PRINCIPLES .
Boundaries & Consent
Any expression or activity involving the participation of other individuals must be consensual.
Respect the boundaries of other participants
If you are concerned that a participant is behaving in a way that violates your boundaries or those of another participant, you can discuss this with a ranger or member of the Welfare team. As a community we take consent very seriously, and breaches will not be tolerated.
Respect photographic boundaries
Not everyone wants to have every moment captured and immortalised on the internet… You must get explicit consent from all individuals before photographing or videoing them. You must also confirm their permission to use the photo/video publicly, whether it’s online, print or social media.
No photos or videos may be used for commercial purposes.
Nest is an experiment in community and economy without money – none changes hands between community members, and there’s nowhere to spend it onsite. Spend this time without having to worry about your wallet (or phone, as there is no signal on site either). And come prepared!
To follow from the last point, nor do we barter. Instead, Nestlings gift freely without any expectation of recompense. Bring extra supplies to help anyone who has forgotten something! Offer massages, body-painting, food treats, themed bling, or get more creative still! Gift your time and volunteer. Gifting is fully unconditional – it is not bartering!
Leave No Trace
Leave No Trace means, nothing hits the ground! However, if you see something on the floor – PICK IT UP – even if it wasn’t you that dropped it. Minimise your packaging in advance, utilise the facilities and advice provided by the onsite Leave No Trace team, and plan to take your rubbish away with you when you leave. All participants are also required to put an hour of your time into site Strike and clear-up in addition to your own pack-up.
We leave our site exactly as we found it or better where possible – leaving no trace, and taking only memories.
Press & Media
THIS IS A PRIVATE EVENT, SPECIFICALLY DESIGNED FOR THE BURNER COMMUNITY AND FRIENDS OF THOSE WITHIN THE COMMUNITY. THE BURNER COMMUNITY IS DEFINED AS THOSE WHO ATTEND OTHER EVENTS THAT FOLLOW THE 11 PRINCIPLES.
We respect the importance of maintaining our core energy and propagating this within our events. Therefore, we rely on word-of-mouth of prior Burning-event attendees, as well as welcoming those who seek out our gathering as something that resonates on a personal level.
We ask that you do not list our event in public Event Calendars or publish articles about the event without the express permission of the coordinators of the event. This does not extend to private blogs or public blogs aimed to share your own personal experience of Nest as opposed to promote the event itself. Contact media(at)burningnest.co.uk for more information.
You must bring your photo ID with you. This year upon entry to the event, your tickets will be checked against it. We also assume a duty of care, to ensuring that minors are not consuming alcohol, and reserve the right to check if in doubt.
FOOD AND DRINK
You must bring all your food and drink for the event, storage for your supplies and any cooking equipment you require.
Please plan to bring your own water solutions for drinking and cooking. Large reusable water containers for carrying water onsite with you are very cost-efficient and the waste-friendly. We recommend up to 5 or 6 litres per person per day, which takes into account drinking, cooking and washing. Alternatively, you might wish to explore the option of a water purification system, for utilising existing natural water onsite.
Although we hope everyone will plan according to the principle of Radical Self-Reliance, Nest will have an emergency supply of drinking water available to participants who run into trouble. Core team volunteers are also negotiating the supply of non-potable water for showers and hand-washing. More updates soon.
Note that the use of non-biodegradable soap and chemicals is not permitted anywhere on site.
PLATE / CUTLERY / CUP
Theme camps that gift food or drinks will expect you to bring your own plate, bowl or cup.
Our participants bring their own soft drinks and alcoholic beverages as there are no vendors on site.
Smokers are required to carry and use a portable ashtray and be respectful of other participants. Smoking is forbidden in all enclosed spaces.
RECYCLABLE AND NON-RECYCLABLE BIN LINERS
Please ensure you bring adequate rubbish and recycling bags. Please take responsibility for your own mess and set a good example to others.
Water receptacles, pots, pans, biodegradable dish soap, scrubby, portable stove & gas, BBQ, snacks, and storage containers.
Tent, sleeping mat/air mattress
Bedding: sheet/duvet OR sleeping bag; pillows/pillowcases
Things to decorate or theme your personal space with.
Your standard toiletries – toothbrush, toothpaste, soap, shampoo, lip moisturiser, wet wipes, condoms, tampons, prescription medication, contact lenses.
Toilet rolls, wet wipes, sunscreen, towels, first aid kit.
It can get cold at night – but can also be hot during the day with occasional rain and resulting mud.
Coats/jackets/gloves – decorative and protective
Hats & sunglasses – decorative and protective
Rain gear/ Wellington Boots
Swimwear – for the on-site wild swimming site
Other fun costume items.
A torch or head lamp is a minimum requirement to make you visible at night. Other items may include el-wire, blinky flashers, glow bling, etc
NOTE: LOOSE GLITTER AND POORLY GLUED FEATHERS ARE NOT PERMITTED AT NEST.
Including but not nearly limited to: skills and services; memorabilia items; food and drink; art; music
OTHER USEFUL ITEMS
Umbrellas; foam ear plugs; torches/lanterns; camp chairs/inflatable furniture/hammocks; extension cords and power strips; utility belts, solar powered lights.