Building the Man



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Sacred Bass Sessions + tea = LOVE


Reposting this from our friends over at Sacred Bass Sessions:

The Sacred Bass Sessions crew is thrilled to be partnering with the
SynchroniciTEA House to help facilitate some informal ambient/downtempo sets at Cascadia NW Arts & Music Festival! We've got some of our favorite producers and bass wizards dropping in to conjure up some vibes ~ these sessions will be spontaneous and the musicians are encouraged to jam with the mood of the teahouse, getting as experimental / chill / weird as they want to (you can catch their more "traditional sets" on stages throughout the weekend)!

If you've attended a Sacred Bass Session before, you likely enjoyed some delicious tea and loving, grounding vibes at the SynchroniciTEA House ~ they're excited to be a part of Cascadia for the second year in a row, offering a communiTEA space for relaxation and inspiration, daily yoga and playshop offerings, lighting design by Acorn Productions and most importantly, FREE TEA FOR THE PEOPLE!

This 3-minute video tells the story of the SynchroniciTEA House, from Burning Man to SBS to Photosynthesis, and hopefully will inspire you to make a tithing towards their efforts of serving enlightened infusions for festival-goers at gatherings around the NW this summer: http://www.gofundme.com/synchronicitea

Here's a new mix from DJ Playaduster + Kaya Rainfall of
Destination Burning Man created for SynchroniciTEA House, featuring exquisite sacred bass music from Subaqueous, Erothyme, GUDA, The Polish Ambassador, BioLumigen, Soulacybin, David Starfire, Goopsteppa, Beatfarmer & ancient oolong codes from teamasters around the planet (free download) :

Hope to see you at Cascadia!

Summer Outlook: NW Festie Tour


Greetings friends, fellow Burners & faithful listeners! Destination Burning Man and the Get Found crew has decided to sit this upcoming Burning Man out - maybe with a few exceptions - for the first time since 2009 (I think, hard to keep track!)

We’ve had more and more pull towards smaller regional festivals, based close to home in the Pacific Northwest. The past few summers have found us dabbling here & there, and this year we’ve got an extremely well-researched, solid slate of regional transformative festivals we’re working towards:
Luminosity on the Sunshine Coast of BC, Cascadia NW Festival in the woods north of Seattle and Beloved in Oregon.


A gaggle of Get Found yogis will be participating in Wanderlust again this year in Whistler, BC, and we’re also eyeing Inspire Gathering at Doe Bay Hot Spring Retreat on Orcas Island in Washington and, last but definitely not least, Symbiosis 10 a few hours east of San Francisco, California.

Having collaborated on several Burning Man camps together over the years, culminating in the founding of the SynchroniciTEA House in 2011, we haven’t been content with showing up at the Burn or festivals empty-handed. The joy and presence and community we’ve felt in serving tea in particular ~ steamy cups of oolong, pu’er, white and herbal blends ~ has led us down an unexpected, intuitive road that morphs and evolves each year. It is a calling, and we are honored to answer ~

SynchroniciTEA House is more than just a teahouse: it is a hub of creative community, engagement and exploration. It is a vessel that facilitates Get Found’s desire to contribute to the emerging transformational festival culture and serve others. As a collective we are intentionally working to manifest the emerging New Paradigm.  Each cup of tea is infused with love consciousness and a seed of the high frequency shifts needed to support new ways of sustainable living on the planet.

Learn more here and if you feel inspired to support our efforts, donate here.

We’ll be using this here dBM blog to give you previews and reports as the summer rolls on…. have fun out there!

What is the SyncroniciTEA House?

A few words of explanation from Get Found:

Destination Burning Man is a proud partner in the SynchroniciTEA House project, bringing inspired tea infusions, healing arts & yoga, fresh DJ sets, the Mystery School Library & a place for grounded CommunitTEA at festivals around the Pacific Northwest this summer! Will you help us help the well-being of our community by making a donation, however large or small, to the SynchroniciTEA House today?


SynchroniciTEA House is more than just a teahouse: it is a hub of creative community, engagement and exploration. It is a vessel that facilitates Get Found’s desire to contribute to the emerging transformational festival culture and serve others. As a collective we are intentionally working to manifest theemerging New Paradigm.  Each cup of tea is infused with love consciousness and a seed of the high frequency shifts needed to support new ways of sustainable living on the planet.

SynchroniciTEA House : enchanted elixirs for the masses

Get Found is a collective of friends with roots in the Pacific Northwest that stretch down the West Coast: Seattle, Bellingham, Olympia, Portland, Sebastopol and San Francisco. We came together at Burning Man 2009 through a series of serendipitous events and have spent every summer since sharing in adventures, creative work and community building. In 2011, we came together 30-strong to create the SynchroniciTEA House at Burning Man, a respite from the desert sun that offered loungey vibes, music and performance, a place to recharge and connect over endless flowing infusions and elixirs. Our special love is for oolong tea, and we have a supplier in Taiwan who sends us the most choice leaf available; we also serve pu’ers, herbal blends and more.  


After the successful Burning Man experiment, the teahouse was reconfigured to be mobile and began making appearances at gatherings like Sacred Bass Sessions in Bellingham, Pranaforce Yoga’s “Dream it Real” events in Seattle and the 2014 Photosynthesis Festival. Through our experiences, we have learned that it is rewarding to show up and be in service to the community.

As we look forward to Summer 2015, we want to take the SynchroniciTEA House to the next level for the people ~ we have plans for a bigger, bolder teahouse structure, space and amplification for playshops and performances, daily yoga and healing arts offerings and even more exquisite tea sourced from around the planet, with even more potent high frequency infusions.

SynchroniciTEA House is more than just a teahouse: it is a hub of creative community, engagement and exploration. It is a vessel that facilitates Get Found’s desire to contribute to the emerging transformational festival culture and serve others. Each cup of tea is infused with love consciousness and a seed of the high frequency shifts needed to support new ways of sustainable living on the planet.

We have never asked for money for our tea service over the years ~ all are welcomed in, all are given a seat and a steamy cup of tea.  Our patrons leave with the magic warmth of tea in their hearts and a sense of belonging to something greater. This year, we have sketched out a dream budget of $4000 to fund our next-level vision.

Will you help us help the well-being of our community by making a donation, however large or small, to the SynchroniciTEA House today?


Help fund a movement that is much greater than all of us, a movement that is rising from the ground up, like steam off a hot cup of Oolong, unstoppable. May we see you at our table this summer, and may we soon share a cup of tea!

Luminosity Gathering 2015

Join us at Luminosity Gathering 2015 in beautiful British Columbia!

DJ Playaduster's Bhakti Bass series

The Billionaires at Burning Man


"For his 50th birthday, Jim Tananbaum, chief executive officer of Foresite Capital, threw himself an extravagant party at Burning Man, the annual sybaritic arts festival and all-hours rave that attracts 60,000-plus to the Black Rock Desert in Nevada over the week before Labor Day. Tananbaum’s bash went so well, he decided to host an even more elaborate one the following year. In 2014 he’d invite up to 120 people to join him at a camp that would make the Burning Man experience feel something like staying at a pop-up W Hotel. To fund his grand venture, he’d charge $16,500 per head...

For 2014, Tananbaum wanted a camp that was aesthetically novel, ecologically conscious, and exceedingly comfortable. In the spring he and his team sent out a detailed invitation, enticing potential guests with an early vision of the camp, named Caravancicle. Anyone concerned about living in a hot, unforgiving wilderness could rest assured. There would be no roughing it at Caravancicle. Accommodations would consist of a series of cubical tents with carbon fiber skeletons. Each cube would have 9-foot ceilings, comfortable bedding, and air conditioning. The surrounding camp, enclosed by high walls, would be safe and private. Amenities would include a central lounge housed in a geodesic dome, private showers and toilets, solar panels, wireless Internet, and a 24-hour bar. Guests could count on a “full-service” staff, who would among other things help create “handcrafted, artisanal popsicles” to offer passers-by. To help blend in with the Burning Man regulars, who tend to parade around the commons in wild, racy outfits (if anything at all), the camp would include an entire shipping container full of costumes....

For Tananbaum, his improbable journey from the precincts of the East Coast Establishment to the inner circle of one of San Francisco’s great countercultural institutions appeared complete. As it turned out, the honeymoon was short-lived."

"Move over, Google Bus. There's a new symbolic fight over tech money, class, and privilege": http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2015-02-05/occupy-burning-man-class-warfare-comes-to-desert-festival

Our Favorite Music in 2014

The Polish Ambassador + Ayla Nereo at Beloved Festival, August 2014. Photo by Moontroll.

Destination Burning Man's Favorite Music of 2014

It's been an incredible year for high-quality electronic music, with several of the best producers on Planet Earth releasing full-length albums (usually for free!) that were painstakingly-produced, richly-layered, bursting with innovative sounds and interesting ideas and, last but not least, lovingly-crafted to enhance Bass Chakra Therapy via luscious low-end vibrations. We were lucky to catch many of our favorite musicians-producers-DJs as they took their new music out for a spin at festivals, gatherings and clubs in the Pacific Northwest ~ our favorites were Luminosity on Vancouver Island, Photosynthesis in the Cascade Range and Beloved in Tidewater, Oregon.

In many ways, it feels like the
Year of The Polish Ambassador, with the release of his most fully-realized album yet, Pushing Through the Pavement, his ground-breaking Permaculture Action Tour, his ongoing creative collaborations with Ayla Nereo, Wildlight, Mr. Lif and now Terra Bella and TPA's already-legendary Sunday afternoon set at Beloved ~ throwing down an epic afternoon danceparty at the end of an amazing weekend from the middle of the dancefloor, surrounded by thousands of blissed-out, funkafied, Left Coast bass-lovin' tribal hippies!

In addition to TPA ruling it in 2014, we were blessed with amazing releases from heavyweights like Apex Twin, Bonobo, Tipper, Thriftworks, Androcell and Kalya Scintilla. Also, lots of beautiful, deep music from lesser-known local NW-BC producers like Goopsteppa, Subaqueous, GUDA, Halo Refuser, ATYya and Erothyme.

Below is a list of what releases brought us the most joy in listening this year. You can share anything we missed
on our Facebook page. Here's to an abundant and joyful 2015!


The Polish Ambassador "Pushing Through the Pavement"

Kalya Scintilla "Open Ancient Eyes"

Subaqueous "Tides of Twilight"

Thriftworks "Fade/Fader/Fadest"

Tipper "Forward Escape"

Aphex Twin "Syro"

ODESZA "In Return"

Skytree "Cirrus Sapiens"

SaQi "The Well"

Yaima "Pelucidity"

Emancipator at Wanderlust Whistler, August 2014. Photo by Moontroll.


Androcell "Imbue"
Halo Refuser "Into Your Layers"
Bogtrotter "Jamais Vu"
Soulular "EvoLuminate"
Erothyme "Circadia"
AtyYa "Transendence"
GUDA "Tyromancy"
Soulacybin "Funkerpump"
Goopsteppa "Crystals"

MC Yogi & DJ Drez at Wanderlust Whistler, August 2014. Photo by Moontroll.

You can hear all of these amazing musicians and many more in our dBMcast mixes, available to stream and download on our Music page. The most recent mixes are also up on our Soundcloud page.

Subscribe to dBMcasts via iTunes to receive all episodes automatically at

Here at the beginning of a new year, please consider making a donation to support Destination Burning Man and our efforts to discover, mix and share new music from musicians across the planet. We'll use any funds generated to continue purchasing music and keeping our website and dBMcast service up & running for the people:

Thanks so much!

2014 Dancefloor Highlights

Plantrae in Bellingham, Sacred Bass Session #4, March ~ photo by moontroll

Rising Appalachia in Bellingham, with moontroll

SaQi + DJ Playaduster in Seattle, November ~ photo by moontroll

Bluetech + Plantrae in Seattle, December ~ photo by moontroll

The Temple of Grace

Finally, some images have emerged from the playa to the Default World showing us some of the majesty of David Best's Temple of Grace!


Top photos by Reuters; bottom photo by Michael Holden.

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How to enjoy the Burning Man Experience from the Comfort of your Own Home


1.) Tear down your house. Put it in a truck. Drive 10 hours in any direction. Put the house back together. Invite everyone you meet to come over and party. When they leave, follow them back to their homes, drink all their booze, and break things.

2.) Stack all your fans in one corner of the living room. Put on your most fabulous outfit. Turn the fans on full blast. Dump a vacuum cleaner bag in front of them.

3.) Buy a new set of expensive camping gear. Break it.

4.) Lean back in a chair until that point where you’re just about to fall over, but you catch yourself at the last moment. Hold that position for 9 hours.

5.) Only use the toilet in a house that is at least 3 blocks away. Drain all the water from the toilet. Only flush it every 3 days. Hide all the toilet paper.

6.) Set your house thermostat so it’s 50 degrees for the first hour of sleep and 100 degrees the rest of the night.

7.) Cut, burn, electrocute, bruise, and sunburn various parts of your body. Forget how you did it. Don’t go to a doctor.

8.) “Downsize” last year’s camp by adding two geodesic domes, a new sound system, art car, and 20 newbies.

9.) Don’t sleep for 5 days. Take a wide variety of hallucinogenic/emotion altering drugs. Pick a fight with your boyfriend/girlfriend.

10.) Spend a whole year rummaging through thrift stores for the perfect, most outrageous costume. Forget to pack it.

11.) Shop at Wal-mart, Cost-Co, and Home Depot until your car and trailer are completely packed with stuff. Tell everyone that you’re going to a “Leave-No-Trace” event. Empty your car into a dumpster.

12.) Roast and give away 1,000 hotdogs to strangers while singing your favorite obscure Tom Lehr songs.

13.) Listen to music you hate for 168 hours straight, or until you think you are going to scream. Scream. Realize you’ll love the music for the rest of your life.

14.) Spend 5 months planning a “theme camp” like it’s the invasion of Normandy. Spend Monday-Wednesday building the camp. Spend Thurs-Sunday nowhere near camp because you’re sick of it or can’t find it.

15.) Walk around your neighborhood and knock on doors until someone offers you cocktails and dinner. Or acid.

16.) Leave a nice couch on the side of the highway.

17.) Bust your ass for a “community.” See all the attention get focused on the drama queen crybaby.

18.) Parade around naked and then complain that someone is ‘oggling’ you.

19.) Get so drunk you can’t recognize your own house. Walk slowly around the block for 5 hours.

20.) Tell your boss you aren’t coming to work this week but he should “gift” you a paycheck anyway. When he refuses, accuse him of not loving the “community”.

21.) Search alleys until you find a couch so unbelievably tacky and nasty filthy that a state college frat house wouldn’t want it. Take a nap on the couch and sleep like you are king of the world.

22.) Ask your most annoying neighbor to interrupt your fun several times a day with third hand gossip about every horrible thing that’s happened in the last 24 hours. Have them wear khaki.

23.) Go to a museum. Find one of Salvador Dali’s more disturbing, but beautiful paintings. Climb inside it.

24.) Before eating any food, drop it in a sandbox and lick a battery.

25.) Mail $200 to the Reno casino of your choice.

26.) Spend thousands of dollars and several months of your life building a deeply personal art work. Hide it in a fun house on the edge of the city. Hire people to come by and alternate saying “I love it” and “this sucks balls.” Blow it up.

27.) Set up a DJ system downwind of a three alarm fire. Play a short loop of drums n’bass until the embers are cold.

28.) Make a list of all the things you’ll do different next year. Never look at it.

29.) Have a 3 a.m. soul-baring conversation with a drag nun in platforms, a crocodile and Bugs Bunny. Be unable to tell if you’re hallucinating.

30.) Lust after Bugs Bunny.

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Blessings, sister Alicia


Woman, 29, killed at Burning Man was hit by fur-covered 'Shagadelica' party bus filled with festival-goers
Associated Press reports:

The 29-year-old artist who was killed at Burning Man on Thursday was struck by a fur-covered party bus, it has emerged.
Alicia Louise Cipicchio, whom friends described as 'sweet, loving and adventurous', was hit by the vehicle carrying festival-goers just after midnight on Thursday and died at the scene. Authorities are now working to determine what led to the accident.

Cipicchio, from Jackson, Wyoming, was hit by a bus known as the 'Shagadelica', according to the Burning Man blog. She may have been riding on the double-decker bus before she fell under the wheels and was run over by it, said Sheila Reitz, dispatch supervisor for the Pershing County Sheriff's Office.

A website for the vehicle describes it as 'the ultimate night club on wheels... featuring a fully equipped DJ booth, an array of multi-beam laser sky projectors and lights, 32,000W of high quality sound, and a full bar'.

It is not known whether drugs or alcohol played a role in the accident, authorities said. Cars are banned from Burning Man, which has its own transit system with a 5mph speed limit strictly enforced for safety reasons.

Cipicchio worked at a fine art gallery in Jackson Hole and had studied art at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, according to her Facebook profile. The page also reveals her love for hiking and shows her grinning alongside family members.

In a profile on couchsurfing.org, she listed her interests as 'nature, art, music, food, culture, philosophy, dancing, laughing' and said her philosophy was: 'Love your neighbor',
SFGate reported.

A friend added on the website: 'Alicia is such a sweet, loving, adventurous, caring spirit. She just radiates wonderful vibes.'
An employee at the gallery where she worked said Cipicchio, who worked in sales and management, was an 'amazing girl, full of life, loved by everybody', the
Reno Gazette Journal reported.

In a statement, Burning Man co-founder Marian Goodell said: 'This is a terrible accident. Our thoughts and prayers are with her family, friends and campmates. Black Rock Rangers and Emergency Services Department staff are providing support to those affected.'

Burning Man - the largest outdoor arts festival in North America - is patrolled by 500 rangers in addition to 95 federal and local law enforcement officers.

This is not the first death at Burning Man, Jim Parrish, Humboldt General Hospital chief executive, said earlier this week. He said that the most recent death at the event was seven years ago when an attendee fell under a trailer.

The shortest route to the hospital is more than 120 miles, but the roads mean it would take six hours to get there, but the hospital does have a helipad for air transport.

The tragedy comes after revelers eventually got through the event gates after being forced to wait outside due to heavy rains on Monday. On Thursday, it emerged that some festival-goers were forced to wait for up to 29 hours to get inside the gates.

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Burning Man's bacchanal: Big ticket sales, big costs


The annual revelry in the desert brings in millions of dollars, despite its anti-capitalist vibe.
by Verne Kopytoff for Fortune

Money is frowned on at Burning Man, the annual desert bacchanal that runs through Monday in Nevada. Participants are instead supposed to adhere to the festival’s feel-good philosophy of giving gifts like glow bracelets, sparklers, and vodka shots.

The group that puts on Burning Man, meanwhile, rakes in millions of dollars from selling tickets and parking passes to more than 60,000 attendees. It’s a complex operation with a full-time staff and a huge budget that dwarfs many big businesses.

Burning Man has long been led by its co-founder, Larry Harvey, who helped build it up from an informal gathering on San Francisco’s Baker Beach in 1986 to an international happening. Ostensibly, it’s an art event and free-zone for “radical self-expression.” In reality, the event’s vibe has morphed into a mix of flower power, around-the-clock rave, and Silicon Valley wheeling and dealing.

Earlier this year, Burning Man’s owners fulfilled a promise to place the event—long operated by a private company—under the control of a non-profit organization. The switch was partly intended to mollify critics who accused the organizers of hypocrisy for espousing an anti-corporate ethos while operating Burning Man as a business.

In a blog post, the organizers said the change would allow the event to survive beyond the lifetime of its owners. “Our mission has always been to serve the community,” they wrote, “and a non-profit public benefit corporation is the most socially responsible option to ensure and protect the future of Burning Man.”

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Scenes from Opening Day








Photos by John Curley at the Burning Blog

Burning Man Closed for Rain!

Here's an amazing image from the Burning Man webcam taken this morning, showing the playa somewhat underwater and Black Rock City more or less shutdown. No people, no art cars, no bikes, no nothing but mud puddles and dark clouds! Wowsa. We've been through a couple small rainstorms on the playa over the years, but don't think we've ever seen a scene like this before — hard to recognize this place as the sunbaked, dusty city we know and love.

As a result, Burning Man has officially "closed" for now, which means shutting down the gates and turning everybody waiting in their cars around for....not sure where.


The BRC webcam feed went down in the storm, and then BMIR radio followed soon after; they wrote on Facebook: "BMIR tower just struck by lightning but due to our ace engineer Mark Chang we are properly grounded and the charge safely discharged into the ground. We are still standing!"

Update from the BORG at noon PST:


Black Rock City, August 25, 2014 — Organizers of the annual Burning Man event are asking any participants traveling to the event now to postpone their arrival until at least Tuesday morning. Black Rock City has shut down following rainstorms that left standing water on the playa, leaving it un-drivable.

Nevada Highway Patrol will be directing traffic away from Highway 447 at Wadsworth. Local law enforcement have also begun turning around traffic at the event entrance on Highway 34 northeast of Gerlach. Drivers are being instructed to find a safe location to park until the expected re-opening of the event on Tuesday.

Organizers expect the rain to dissipate and the playa surface to dry out by midday Tuesday and participants will be allowed to enter the event again.