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September 24, 2017 - No Comments!

10 PRINCIPLES OF BURNING MAN

THE 10 PRINCIPLES OF BURNING MAN

 The only way I could describe my personal experience of burning man is one of three ways, simple and snappy to more in depth.

  1. It is NOT a "Festival". It is an Outer Space Mission.
  2. Sure, There are destinations all over the world where you may travel and experience the wonders, the diversity of culture, sublimity of nature and the eternal richness of history. However there seems to be no where you else you could possibly go where people treat eachother with so much genuine love. So much genuine compassion. Utterly admirable acceptance and total forgiveness.
  3. Last but not Least, The 10 Commandments. Will give anyone a more in-Depth Explanation of this wonderful world. These were introduced in 2004 as guidelines for the newly formed Regional Network. They were were crafted, not to dictate how people should be and act, but as a reflection of the community’s ethos and culture as it had organically developed since the event’s inception.

RADICAL INCLUSION
Anyone may be a part of Burning Man. We welcome and respect the stranger. No prerequisites exist for participation in our community.

GIFTING
Burning Man is devoted to acts of gift giving. The value of a gift is unconditional. Gifting does not contemplate a return or an exchange for something of equal value.

DECOMMODIFICATION
In order to preserve the spirit of gifting, our community seeks to create social environments that are unmediated by commercial sponsorships, transactions, or advertising. We stand ready to protect our culture from such exploitation. We resist the substitution of consumption for participatory experience.

RADICAL SELF-RELIANCE
Burning Man encourages the individual to discover, exercise and rely on his or her inner resources.

RADICAL SELF-EXPRESSION
Radical self-expression arises from the unique gifts of the individual. No one other than the individual or a collaborating group can determine its content. It is offered as a gift to others. In this spirit, the giver should respect the rights and liberties of the recipient.

COMMUNAL EFFORT
Our community values creative cooperation and collaboration. We strive to produce, promote and protect social networks, public spaces, works of art, and methods of communication that support such interaction.

CIVIC RESPONSIBILITY
We value civil society. Community members who organize events should assume responsibility for public welfare and endeavor to communicate civic responsibilities to participants. They must also assume responsibility for conducting events in accordance with local, state and federal laws.

LEAVING NO TRACE
Our community respects the environment. We are committed to leaving no physical trace of our activities wherever we gather. We clean up after ourselves and endeavor, whenever possible, to leave such places in a better state than when we found them.

PARTICIPATION
Our community is committed to a radically participatory ethic. We believe that transformative change, whether in the individual or in society, can occur only through the medium of deeply personal participation. We achieve being through doing. Everyone is invited to work. Everyone is invited to play. We make the world real through actions that open the heart.

IMMEDIACY
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.

*source: https://burningman.org/culture/philosophical-center/10-principles/

 

Here are a few selects of my favourite moments captured on film over the 10 day experience. Head to my Front Page or Life Without Andy for the full story.

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September 24, 2017 - No Comments!

All Things Great (Greece)

I actually cannot write a full story about Greece because it is simply too magnificent for words.

I was completely stopped in my tracks and lost for words, speechless and utterly taken away by the beauty. My appetite was nurtured by the mezze-style dinners and gorgeous local desert wines made from grapes that grown in the mineral rich volcanic soil. Olives picked just over the fence and the deepest, richest green olive oil I've ever seen. As I walked the streets or if i had a minute to go for a run, I couldn't help but stop and pick the tennis-ball sized, sometimes even semi-dried figs from the trees and nibble on grapes hanging along the aside of the road. My Tastebuds were singing and I was feeling surprisingly guilt-free after the strangely subtle sweetness of flaky baklavas, drowned in honey. The Beaches were incredible, The highly salinated water made floating so pleasantly effortless although it definitely ate a few centimetres off my hair. However, It was well worth the minor hair loss to experience the other-worldly scenery. Santorini’s mars-like red beaches and Milos’ magnificent moon-esque landscapes definitely took the cake for me.

Most importantly My company was what made my trip so dang special. Ari, Dean, Michael, Nico, Phil, Peter - thank you for making my first experience of Greece so damn authentic, so full of culture, smiles, laughs and fucking good times.

In a Nutshell - The Greeks were friendly and welcoming everywhere I went. The dance floors were pumping in Mykonos. The sunsets were otherworldly in Santorini and the beaches were breathtaking in Milos. That is all.

September 21, 2017 - No Comments!

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September 18, 2017 - No Comments!

BODY SHOP Forever Against Animal Testing

Wherever in the world you may be, It's Not just a Lovely smelling place... As you wander past The Body Shop you'll be delighted to see, that they are taking a stand against animal cruelty!

The Body Shop are the first global beauty brand to fight against animal testing in cosmetics. 80% of countries still allow animal testing. Animals continue to be used in testing, and I'm sure you along with everyone else want to end it, forever!

We need YOU!  Help us get 8 million signatures to present to UN General Assembly in 2018.

You can hop online or hear any store to sign the petition!

https://foreveragainstanimaltesting.com/page/9646/petition/1