BURNING MAN : 10 principles

These principles aren’t commandments or rules. They’re ideals that offer guidelines to reinvent the world and ourselves. Participation in this event can radically change your perception of the surrounding environment and may permanently alter the way you interact with it.


Everyone must behave in a civic and respectful manner and uphold the 10 principles that govern the event. Community members who organize events should assume responsibility for public welfare and endeavour to communicate civic responsibilities to participants. They must also assume responsibility for conducting events in accordance with municipal, provincial and federal laws.


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.


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. Collaboration, cooperation, mutual aid and communal actions are essential to the camps and to the event, which is constantly looking for volunteers for tasks of all kinds. It’s important to get involved and give of your time during the event. Remember to register on the platform to fill at least two volunteer positions during the event.



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.


We encourage the individual to discover, exercise and rely on their inner resources. Each person takes care of themselves at L’OsstidBurn while looking out for others.


L’OsstidBurn is a Leave No Trace event. 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. You must carry out all your personal effects and your waste after the event. There will be no garbage container at the exit. Bring garbage bags and equipment to manage all your waste, including recycling and compost. In addition, site cleanliness is a shared responsibility and site maintenance is everyone’s business. Have a small bag with you at all times to collect any trash you see on the ground, even if you didn’t drop it there. We also strongly urge you to participate in the site cleanup (MOOP SWEEP) at the end of the event, in addition to your camp cleanup. Please check the LNT guide for more information.


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.


L’OsstidBurn 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.


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.


Anyone may be a part of L’OsstidBurn. We welcome and respect strangers. No prerequisites exist for participation in our community. So “Include yourself, include others!”


L’OsstidBurn is a free and open-minded environment. We want to create a safe-enough space for all. As with the other principles, the well-being and safety of everyone is guaranteed through a collective intention to respect and apply the principle of Consent before interactions.