GVIAS News Letter – July 31st, 2017

Burner Skool / Newbie Picnic

Heading out to Black Rock City this year, or checking out our local Regional Burn in the Forest? Come out to this event, meet local burners, ask questions and get them mostly accurately answered!

This is for all members of the community to network and learn about attending Burning Man events, with an extra focus on BRC. This is an opportunity for burners new & old to meet new people for connecting around theme camps, and generally share some wisdom to make every one’s Burn better. If you know anyone preparing for Burning Man for the first or second or third time, bring them!!

The GVIAS is hosting a BBQ (expect some meat/veggie options – first come first served ) to augment a potluck style community gathering. Bring a salad, fruit, veggies or something good and tasty to share…label your food for food allergy awareness. Also label your bowls, plates and serving spoons before you come or with the tape & markers on the table.

► WEDNESDAY AUGUST 2nd, 5pm-9pm
Picnic area SE corner of Trout Lake park:
Enter closest parking lot via 19th. Here’s a lovely Google map of the exact location of the picnic area and the parking lot access via 19th avenue:

► Presentation experiment for this year: Breakout Sessions!
After a brief intro, speakers will take 1-5 min to do a mega quick drop on their area of passion.
Then all will break away into separate areas around the picnic area, and participants will then be able to self curate what learning they wish to get from the event. Speakers might choose to do a short presentation once folks gather, and/or depending on numbers, can do open free form Q&A, as they see fit. More flexibility, better targeted learning & teaching!

General flow:
5-6:30pm Potluck with GVIAS sponsored BBQ
6:45-7:30pm Mini intro presentations from each speaker, quick max 5min drop of what their topic is
7:30pm-9pm BREAKOUT sessions
9pm Clean up & LNT (clearout by 9:30pm)

► Fascinating & informative topics may include:
Arrival / Departure / Exodus
Consent & Sexual Health
Harm Reduction / Personal & Mental Health
Playa Survival Strategies
Cooking on the Playa
Costumes/Playawear/Personal lighting
Volunteer Opportunities
Participation (no spectators)
Surrender to the experience
Tips, tricks, pitfalls, etc. when running a Theme Camp
Power/Tents/Structures on Playa
Relationships on the Playa
Photography on the Playa
Decompression / Back at home

Dustcovery 2017 (TBC Vancouver’s Decompression)

I know you want to continue all the Burn in the Forest love so please mark Dustcovery in your calendars! Saturday, November 11 at 9 PM – 4 AM @ Cloverdale Rodeo, 6050A-176th Street, Surrey, British Columbia.

Team leads are needed in the following areas:

Artist Liaison – Filled
Volunteer Coordination
Fire Show – Filled
Fire Safety – Filled
Performers – Filled

Please message Andrea Arnot on Facebook if you are interested in taking on one of these roles.


GVIAS Board,
Ryan, Allison, Brodie, Sarah, Tyler, Adrian

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