Through Communal Effort
…The Entheos community brings a lot of resources for its campers to share. We do this to make the Burn less about immediate survival for our campers so that we will all have more energy to contribute to the extensive interactivity that we gift to the entire Burning Man community. To be clear, though, we are not a Burning Man hotel where you can buy a reservation, this is a high-participation theme camp where all members work together to create an amazing space and experience for others.
Entheos builds over 14,000 square of ten-foot tall shade structures for our members who are camping in tents and opt for Tent Shade with Power. The tops are 100% UV blocking so that your tent does not become an oven in the sun (so nice for sleeping in after a long night of adventuring). The sides are 80@ UV filtering mesh shade cloth that provides shade while still allowing some airflow. These shade structures have been Playa tested in 60mph+ winds and virtually nothing moves inside.
The camp prepares two major meals per day at brunch (10 am) and dinner (6 pm). Healthy and delicious food with options for omnivores and vegetarians. This is not beans out of a can type food; our camp members who volunteer to run the kitchen are professional chefs in the default world or are skilled amateur cooks. "Best food I have ever had at Burning Man," is a commonly heard expression around camp. Entheos provides all of the food for these meals, and most people find this to be all of the food that they need at Burning Man (where people tend to eat much less than in the default world). Do, however, bring whatever personal snacks you might want to carry with you while out exploring Burning Man or for those late night munchies.
Entheos has two shower stalls with changing rooms on a raised deck with a pergola roof. They operate on a reservoir pump system. If you pour in one gallon, you get a one gallon shower; if you pour in two gallons you get a two gallon shower.
To lower our carbon-footprint and to minimize noise, Entheos does not allow campers to use personal generators (either stand-alone or RV) for power in camp. We do, however, bring a large scale, trailer-mounted generator to provide power to the camp infrastructure (kitchen, stage, showers, boutique, camp lighting, sound system, etc.) and we set up a power grid to provide power to RVs (30amp, 110) and tents (15amp, 110) with an additional cost share above camp dues. All RVs at Entheos are required to participate in the power cost share and space for RVs is limited. All tent shade spots include power.
Our mobile stage, backed by an impressive Funktion One sound system and integrated lighting, is the platform for performances, DJs and interactive mischief. This year, the bar will be located on the second story of the stage truck for events like sunset cocktails before dinner. Please note that we do not run a 24/7 bar at Entheos. We do host a number of social events which feature alcoholic drinks for participants who are 21+ (see Interactivity section for schedule). If you are interested in sponsoring and offering additional bar related events, please be in touch. At all Entheos public activities where alcohol is served, an equally attractive non-alcoholic alternative will also be served to welcome and include all participants.
This year Entheos is installing The Merkaba, a 25’ tall star tetrahedron art installation that will provide BRC explorers a shady place to rest by day and a color shifting beacon of light to guide their way by night. Last year, Entheos hosted the civic art installation Lodestar. This year we are hosting both artists with placed art installations on Playa and large-scale sculptures in camp. We also have ample space for the installation of art created by individuals or groups who are camping with Entheos. If you have an art project that you want to bring to Entheos, please let us know.
For the last couple of years Entheos has operated a 400 square foot clothing and makeup Boutique on Playa. This year we are expanding to a 1,600 square foot Bazaar. The Entheos Bazaar is an interactive and welcoming space for all of Black Rock City's citizens, synonymous to a warm, vibrant and slightly chaotic place where a curious soul would find many treasures, and will embark on a journey of Radical Self-expression, sensorial discovery and fun encounters. This Bedouin-style space will offer a variety of gifts from Entheos, enticing visitors to explore the depth of the tent and allow the care of their souls and beauty to rest in the hands of others. The Bazaar offers mainly 6 gifts: The Boutique (Outfits and accessories for a new look); The Makeup Station (Entheos make-up artists and body painters accent your beauty); The Tattoo Parlour (Resident artists offer a temporary gift); The Olfactive Journey (experience new scents and make your favorite to keep); The Desertic Sounds (Daily music offerings from DJs and live performers); and Guest Activities (drop-in offerings like Tarot cards and tea ceremonies).
Entheos brings a large amount of potable water to run the camp kitchen, which is producing over 350 meals from scratch twice a day. This year, for the first time, we are bringing communal effort to potable water and will provide water on Playa to our campers (up to 15 gallons each in 5 gallon increments). Campers must bring their own water containers to be filled. Most campers in the past have brought 15 gallons of water in six of the 2-1/2 gallon jugs of water from Walmart that come two to a box. Our hope with this effort is to keep over 2,000 plastic jugs off of Playa as part of our Leave No Trace effort.
Entheos collects and disposes of grey water generated by both the camp kitchen and the camp showers. Last year, this was approximately 2,000 gallons of grey water for 250 campers. To put that in perspective, 2,000 gallons is 16,000 pounds, or eight tons, of water. Any grey water (other than kitchen and showers) produced by individual campers is the responsibility of that camper to remove from Playa.
Entheos builds a play/hangout space for the very young children (infant to 5) of parents who are camping with their kids. To be clear, this is NOT a baby-sitting service, it is a safe, age-appropriate space for kids to relax with their parents and/or approved guardians. Adults without children are expected to respect this space as kids only, and keep all adult activities away from this space. Families and children are welcome at Entheos, and just like Burning Man, kids 12 years old and younger are free when attending with their parents.
Entheos provides a private space for camp members, and for screened, invited guests, to engage in a variety of healing modalities, whether physical, mental or spiritual. This might be: massage or other body work; sound, light, or vibro-acoustic therapy; meditation; sacred healing circles and/or shamanic work, to name a few. It is not, however, a place to hang out and party (there are plenty of other places in camp in which to do that). It is requested and expected that this ceremony area will be treated as sacred space. Active use of the space may be scheduled, either in advance or on playa, through a conversation with Logistic (Entheos Founder), Dandy-witch! (Entheos Board Member for Vision), or with TedX (Ceremony Coordinator) who will approve use that is both consistent with the Entheos mission and is structured within our ethics and consent policies.