Vote For Your 2019 Volunteer Community Event Committee

Thank you for all of your great submissions for the new Community Event Committee! We removed a few duplicate entries, now it’s time to vote! The top 11 vote recipients will form the new committee. If you would like to have your name displayed differently, please email us with the name displayed and what name should be displayed. If you were nominated and are unable to serve the community, please email us.

NOTE: Nominees who are unable to serve at this time are indicated by a disabled checkbox, a line through their name, and zero votes on the result page. So far, both removed nominees did receive enough votes to place them in the top 11 and, along with everyone who voted for them, we appreciate everything they have done and are able to do for the community ❤️

Afterburn 2019 Community Event Committee FAQ

As promised in our announcement post, this page will provide answers to your questions.

Updated June 21, 2019

Can Burnt Oranges board members be nominated to the event committee?

As board members will already be serving the event committee and art grant committee in a variety of ways and will be required to serve as Board of Director on Call (BoDoC) during the event, board members who are nominated will have their nominations removed from voting.

Why can someone nominate someone else?

“The hero can go forth of his own volition to accomplish the adventure … or he may be carried or sent abroad by some benign or malignant agent … The adventure may begin as a mere blunder… or still again, one may be only casually strolling when some passing phenomenon catches the wandering eye and lures one away from the frequented paths of man.”

Joseph Campbell, The Hero with a Thousand Faces

Some times we all need a little encouragement. If a community member thinks you have the ability to help 10 other people run this event, we encourage you to take it as a compliment.

But shouldn’t I be able to know who nominated me?

We encourage the elected event committee to work with the Burnt Oranges board to refine the event committee – including nomination procedures – for future events.

What if I’m nominated, but can’t serve?

If you’ve been nominated (check here) and know you can’t serve, please let us know at We encourage you to do so as soon as possible, if you’re elected to the committee then have to step down, you may disappoint those who voted for you.

Why am I just now hearing about this change?

It likely means you missed most or all of our communications last year where we outlined where to get official Burnt Oranges communications: this website, via our email newsletter, and via our official Facebook Page. If you’d like to stay informed of Burnt Oranges activities, we recommend subscribing to our email newsletter.

Can’t we have more time?

Unfortunately not. Community members are already working on their projects for TTITD and we need to give them, and everyone else, enough time to plan. Remember: fewer people have done more in less time with less support the last two years, you can do this.

When and where can I register my theme camp?

Excellent question and we’re excited to hear you’re excited about bringing your theme camp! The Burnt Oranges board will be working with the upcoming event committee to determine how they would like to collect this information and we anticipate they will announce additional information as soon as possible.

When is the event?

Historically, Afterburn has been Veteran’s Day weekend, which would be the weekend of November 9 and 10. If the new event committee wants to stick to this date, cool! If they’re concerned about the multiple conflicting events that weekend and want to change the dates, neat! If they want to move it to the second Tuesday of next week or spring or a day ending in Y, rad! The point is, we don’t really know when the event will be because it’s up to the event committee.

What if I want to join the committee but don’t want to lead it?

Please nominate yourself! First check to see if you’ve already been nominated. Once the committee is formed, you will vote on two chairpeople to lead the committee.

I have some questions about Burnt Oranges that have nothing to do with this committee or Afterburn…

Yay! We love chatting with community members! Send us an email at and we’ll be happy to discuss what’s on your mind.

The 2019 Afterburn Experiment

In the wake of Hurricane Irma, Afterburn: Restoration was gifted to the Florida burner community in an effort to assemble and strengthen our community after tumultuous times – both within our community and meteorologically.

In between AB17 and AB18, a few of the community’s artists participated in the Florida Arts Road Road show and installed their art in front of 35,000 participants – and thrived. Many thanks to the Palm Beach Burner Collective for your participation, leadership, and sense of community. We see you.

The entire year of 2018 was spent dedicated to safety training by consulting with leaders at the highest level of BMORG and Black Rock Rangers and FAST. In addition, past and current leaders taught a re-formed CATS team the art of burning brightly. Anyone who saw Shelter From the Tempest or the Hippocampus burn saw the art executed flawlessly – and safely.

With a “blank slate” in mind, the community brought beautiful art and co-created a thriving enclave on the hills of Sand Lake at Afterburn: Tabula Rasa.

For the past two years we’ve seen participation increase; last year’s Department Leads brought dedication to the Tabula Rasa in new ways. Rangers created by far the largest theme camp at the event and had nearly 50% of the event’s participants stop by for an event safety training. Thankfully there were no incidents to debrief, no trips to an emergency room, and 218 ticketed participants went home knowing they left their mark on the canvas.

A restoration. A blank slate. The next step for Central Florida will be a rebuilding. We spent countless hours listening to those who’ve been hurt in the past, and offered apologies, an ear to listen, and now an opportunity to make a difference.

In all of our conversations and experiences elsewhere in the burn world, we’ve found one thing to be of the utmost importance, that yields the biggest amount of personal transformation, community building and creativity: a true spirit of participation.

There can be no argument; an event that’s run by the community offers the pinnacle of achievement. Community-run events are more vibrant, more expressive, more inclusionary and offer what only a regional burning man event can – the opportunity to come together and say, “We Did This.”

For those who have served the community at past events, we salute you.

For those who wish to say “I Ran AfterBurn,” come this way.

This year, the 2019 central Florida regional burn will be 99% community run.

The 1% is the part where the current volunteer board members will be responsible for handling financials (art grants, paying vendors, reviewing budget proposals, ticketing, etc) and legal concerns (contracts, insurance, security, etc), and the community will run, administer and learn how to bask in the fulfillment that comes from running YOUR OWN EVENT.

What’s Next?

The Board of Directors has unanimously voted, and we’re going to help the community form an event committee!

11 members will be voted onto the committee by you, the community.

Previous event and team leads are encouraged to participate.

The Newcomer is encouraged to participate.

The “great idea” person is encouraged to participate and carry out those amazing ideas!!!

The “naysayer” is encouraged to participate; committees LOVE debate!!!

Event committee members are asked to dedicate their time:

  • Roughly an hour a week between now and October
  • Roughly two hours a week in the month leading up to the event
  • Roughly four days for onsite, pre-event prep, teardown, and the actual, physical, immediacy of doing the thing
  • However long it takes you to finish any post-event work (inventory, submitting receipts, reporting, etc)

One of your first decisions will be picking event dates! We have options, including YOUR option, but yes, you decide.

The nomination process begins now and closes in one week. Community members will vote to determine which nominees will represent you in the committee starting in one week, and continuing through 7/1/2019.

We’ll announce the top 11 vote recipients and plan a public Zoom conference call to kick off the event planning process directly thereafter with your newly elected representatives.

Nominate yourself or someone you see as representative of your community.

Nominations open now and can be completed here.

If you’d like to see who has been nominated, entries are compiled live here.

Your first tasks may be daunting, but will be equally rewarding. Your challenges may seem difficult but with the support of 10 other committee members, department leads and returning veterans and board members, ultimately achievable. And you’ll learn something about yourself you might not have known: you could have been doing this all along but had been told “NO” your entire life. Not anymore. We’re here to say yes. Won’t you join us?

Who Runs Meetings?

There will always be at least one board member present – again to help with financial/legal concerns – but otherwise meetings are scheduled and run by the community. For transparency, we do require that meetings be held through Zoom which we will set up and record.

Who Is In Charge?

For legal liability, the events committee is a voting, advisory panel represented by the community who attends the event. The committee shall form no legal entity, nor have any liability beyond the personal action of any member. The committee shall elect two co-chairs who will take roll, and present written recommendations to the Burnt Oranges Board of Directors.

If it’s sane and safe, we move forward together. If it’s crazy and ludicrous and just might work, we move forward together. If it’s legal, we move forward together. If it’s affordable, we move forward together. If we’re going to take a bath on it due to poor ticket sales, it gets postponed or cancelled prior to vendor and property deposits being paid.

Department leads (CATS, Rangers, Medics, etc) will report to the Community Event Committee. The Community Event Committee will have the ability, at their discretion, to appoint, steal, beg, borrow, or otherwise appoint, vote or select “Event Leads,” or whatever titles they desire for those who will be doing the majority of the event’s work.

You’re encouraged to utilize existing department leads, or create your own. We have plenty of ideas to share with you, and encourage you to come up with your own. Board Members will be “On Call” during the event to deal with any legal, financial, or other ethical manners as required by our sanctioned status and agreement with BMORG. The “Event Producer” shall be listed as a board member (TBD) for insurance, legal, and financial reasons.

But we will not be meddling in the basics of how you want your event to run, nor responsible for its overall operations. We’re literally handing your designated “Property Quartermaster” the keys to all of it.

The Burnt Oranges board will also provide guidance – and, if necessary, a veto of any any activities the Community Event Committee plans that may jeopardize the event, community, or organization. It’s a true partnership; we’re providing the umbrella of liability and fiscal sponsorship; you’re providing the content, team, and feels.

There’s Not Enough Time!

The operational logistics for the past two Afterburn events were handled in far less time by far fewer people, but we do understand the concerns you may have. That’s why we’re available to provide guidance now, and in the future when necessary. Remember, there were 220 people at the event last year, all of our tools are already on site, and we have great team leads to help you along the way!

What About Art Grants?

Standby for a separate post about art grants very soon. Don’t wait for the post to start planning your projects though!

What If The Community Doesn’t Want To Run A Burn?

While all members of the Burnt Oranges board will be sad there isn’t a burn, the burn isn’t ours alone and we’ll respect the decisions made by the community. If the committee decides not to have an event, or to postpone it until 2020, we’ll support it, but miss it as much as you do. We’re already planning a decompression, so if you need some post-TTITD community there will be opportunities!

What’s Burnt Oranges Doing?

Actively pursuing our mission to support participatory art and community throughout Florida! With the burn being returned to the community for management, we now have the bandwidth to focus on that mission, including the aforementioned decompression, casual local burner social events, and additional art-grant-funding events (aka: fundraisers).


If you have additional questions regarding this evolution, please email us at We will compile questions and publish an FAQ.

Afterburn 2018 Ticketing Update

For those of you who were waiting until the day of the event to buy tickets only to see tickets are no longer on sale, we’re helping you out! Tickets are now available to purchase until Sunday November 11 at noon.

For anyone reading this who decides to go through the Brown Paper Ticket listing with a magnifying glass, you may notice that the event dates appear as though the event is an hour long on Sunday. Fear not, the actual event hours have not changed (read the event description on Brown Paper Tickets), we just had to do that to allow beyond-last-minute ticket sales.

Now get your butts out here!

Blurb of Bob Vol. 2 No. 6

Camp Java handmade schwag

Camp Java handmade schwag

Vol. 2 No. 6

November 8, 2018

Hey, guys!

It’s beautiful out here, and we are ready for your fabulous art and interactivity. The sunset was remarkable tonight, as you can see:

Don’t forget the following:

  • First aid kit
  • Bug repellant
  • Sunscreen
  • ID
  • Water (it is HOT!)

And remember, you must volunteer for at least one shift! If you haven’t signed up online, someone at Greeter’s will help you find one.

Gate Hours

Friday: 8 am – Midnight.
Saturday: 8 am – 6 pm.
Sunday 8 am – 7 pm. (exit only, no entry)

Header photo: Handmade schwag by Mike of Camp Java. How ’bout that?

Super-excited to be here,


Blurb of Bob Vol. 2 No. 5 – 2018

Volume 2, Number 5
November 7, 2018

Hey, Guys!

I was out at Woodchuck weekend with a bunch of rockstar volunteers, and we got stuff mowed, trimmed, organized, and generally “chucked.” Wait ’til you see the mind-blowing art that got built this past weekend! I’m super-excited!

The star of this issue is the Survival Guide. We’ve updated last year’s guide, and it provides answers to most questions. The rest of the questions? Email me, I guess.

I have to go pack my first-aid kit now. Don’t forget yours!

How ’bout that?


P.S. Speaking of reference, Tabula Rasa is pronounced TAB-yoo-la RAZ-a. Check out this fascinating source for pronunciation samples:

In this issue:

  • The Survival Guide to AfterBurn: Tabula Rasa
  • The Art Attack
  • Who’s going to be there: Theme camp listing

Survival Guide to AfterBurn: Tabula Rasa

The Survival Guide provides an overview of everything you need to survive at the event. Download your copy of the  PDF and read it over: SURVIVAL GUIDE 2018

Art Attack

From Buttercup and Kevin Bean

The Art Department has a new name: Art Attack!! What ya think?

Here are opportunities to pARTicipate with Art Attack at AfterBurn: Tabula Rasa:

  • The Hipocampus needs 2 volunteers  each shift 10am-2 pm and 2-6 pm to help instruct participants on how to help put the finishing touches on the sculpture by wrapping it in muslin soaked in colored paraffin wax! Training will be provided at the beginning of each shift by the artist James Olsen and the Art Attack!
  • Thursday art placement with the Art Attack team 2pm-4pm and 4pm-6pm. Need 2 volunteers per shift.
  • Art placement moop sweep has 4 shifts early Monday, from 9-11 am.
  • The Art Attacks Artist Apreciation Artist Meet Up @ The Hipocampus at 3-5 pm Sunday night! Bring snacks and beverages to share!

Who’s going to be there: Theme camp listing

Want to know who’s going to fill up the blank slate at AfterBurn? We have two pages of registered theme camps on the website! There are some great new offerings, and some friendly and familiar faces. Check it out!



Here’s the form to submit your events. On Thursday, we’ll send out a comprehensive listing that you can print or save to your phone:

If you want to add an event once you arrive, come to the Indaba and post it on the What-When-Where Kiosk. We’ll help you get the word out.


Here’s the link to tickets for AfterBurn: Tabula Rasa


Bob is an exuberant pARTicipant who would rather make art than sit at the computer…but who sits at the computer and writes this stuff for you. You can email Bob at with questions, concerns, or submissions to this announcement list.


Blurb of Bob Vol. 2 No. 4 – 2018

The Blurb of Bob AfterBurn 2018

The Blurb of Bob AfterBurn 2018

Volume 2, Number 4
November 2, 2018

In this issue:

  • Work weekend needs mowers
  • Four important facts about Gate
  • Safety Training is required for volunteers. Volunteering is required for participants. Therefore…
  • Volunteer Shout Out for Sanctuary
  • Have you signed up to volunteer yet?
    • WWW, Theme Camp Registration, Tickets, and more

Hey, guys!

Tomorrow at 10 am, I’ll be at the AfterBurn property to help with mowing, brush-clearing, flagging, inventory, and whatever a Bob can do to assist. I’ll report back to you with my findings on Tuesday. If you can, come out and join us! The signup link for Woodchuck Weekend is included below.

This is my fourth bi-weekly edition of “All the AfterBurn news that’s fit to print.” I hope you’re finding this format informative and useful — if not, just tell me! I’m open to feedback at

Just think, next week this time, we’ll be Burning together. How ’bout that?


Work weekend needs mowers

From Ben & Robl

There’s a lot of grass to be cut on the property this weekend. If you’ve got a mower and a few hours, we can use your help! We’ll be out there all day Saturday and Sunday, November 3 and 4. Sign up here.

Four important facts about Gate

From the Welcome Home Crew

  1. Gate Hours
    Friday: 8 am – Midnight.
    Saturday: 8 am – 6 pm.
    Sunday 8 am – 7 pm. (exit only, no entry)
  2. Do not forget your ID. The name on your ticket MUST match your ID. If you need to change the name on a ticket contact Brown Paper Tickets.
  3. You MUST print out your ticket.
  4. This is a no-reentry event. Bring everything you need, because if you leave, you cannot come back.

Safety Training is required for volunteers. Volunteering is required for participants. Therefore…

From Justin

At AfterBurn: Tabula Rasa, Safety Training applies to everyone! All volunteers must attend one of the following training sessions at Ranger HQ. No one will be permitted to use a radio or golf cart without this training.


  • 5 pm
  • 7 pm (Ranger Khaki)


  • 12:30 Board/ESD/CATS
  • 2:30 pm
  • 5:00 pm


  • 10:00 am
  • 2:30 pm


  • 10:00 am
  • 2:30 pm

Have you signed up to volunteer yet?

If you like what you see, it’s thanks to our volunteers. If you don’t like what you see, it’s due to a lack of volunteers. Use these links to sign up today!

Volunteer Shout Out for Sanctuary

From Co-Coordinators Melissa & Savvy )'(

Sanctuary is a space where participants can find safe haven for reflection, or reintegration within the self after a shattering or emotionally harrowing experience, we offer peer-to-peer support. While the experiences within Sanctuary are personal, specific, and subjective, the Green Dots mission will always be simply offering support.

Training will be provided onsite, we would love to have your warm hearts and smiling faces join our Sanctuary/Green Dot family!

If you have any questions, concerns, or simply want to find out more information on how you can be more involved please reach out to us.

Here is the Sign Up Link:

The sky is falling! (i.e., timely announcements and critical links)

WWW Submissions

Use this form to submit your events. This coming Thursday, we’ll send out a comprehensive listing that you can print or save to your phone.

Theme camp registration still open

Theme camp registration is still open at

Got your ticket?

Here’s the link to tickets for AfterBurn: Tabula Rasa:

About Bob

Bob is a radical communicator who believes in civic responsibility and wants to keep you apprised of everything AfterBurn-related. Bob regrets any fake news you may have received regarding Bob’s relationship status and has no idea who Pumpkin is.

You can email Bob at with questions, concerns, or submissions to this announcement list.


Blurb of Bob Vol. 2 No. 3 – 2018

Blurb of Bob

Blurb of Bob

Volume 2, Number 3
October 30, 2018

In this issue:

  • No spectators: All the volunteer signups in one place
  • Gate hours, workers’ passes, and more
  • Woodchuck Weekend: The fun, hard-working way to spend Nov. 3 and 4*
  • WWW submissions now open
  • The Indaba is your place

*Bob is not infallible, and previously announced the wrong dates. Woodchuck weekend is Saturday and Sunday.

Hey, guys!

First of all, I want to thank everybody who wrote to me after my last issue. Your content submissions and offers to help are much appreciated! And your questions help me figure out what I need to address in future issues. So keep those emails coming to, and I’ll keep you in the loop on what’s happening.

We recently received the following in an email that captures how important AfterBurn is to members of our community: “I have truly found my community and my drive and my family…I am going to sign up for least one shift in every single department. Should anyone in any department need me for any reason at any time, if you see me walking by, call out or grab me and say “hey we need you, at *insert Department here*, and I will do the best that I can for whoever it is that asked me.”

100% participation: How ’bout that?


No spectators: All the volunteer signups in one place

From Mad Samurai

Tabula Rasa requires 100% participation from attendees — there are no spectators. When you get your ticket, you pledge to volunteer for a minimum of 3 hours.

What can you volunteer for? Here are the SignUp Genius links for all open AfterBurn departments.

Gate hours, workers’ passes, and more

From the Welcome Home Crew

The Gate opens in 9 days! Are you ready? Here’s everything you need to know about Gate Entry for AfterBurn: Tabula Rasa.

Gate Hours for General Public
  • Friday: 8 am – Midnight.
  • Saturday: 8 am – 6 pm.
  • Sunday 8 am – 7 pm. (exit only, no entry)

Do not forget your ID. The name on your ticket MUST match your ID. If you need to change the name on a ticket contact Brown Paper Tickets. (Information in Brown Paper Tickets link) You MUST print out your ticket.

About Workers’ Passes

Workers’ Passes are for early entry by approved build teams ONLY. If you have a Theme Camp or Build Crew for your art installation, you MUST send your list of requested Early Entrants to with First and Last name and what Team/Crew. If you are not on the list for early entry, you will not be admitted on site until Regular Gate hours (above)

Volunteering with the Welcome Home Crew

If you want to volunteer for gate/greeter shifts, use the link above or contact Jolly Hope DuPuy, the Welcome Home Crew Coordinator at You must have at least two prior welcome home crew shifts to be a lead — contact Jolly for a Lead Shift access code (

Official Gate Entry Information and Policies

For full Gate Entry information go to the website:

Woodchuck Weekend: The fun, hard-working way to spend Nov. 3 and 4

This coming Saturday and Sunday, a whole bunch of participants will be getting a preview of the AfterBurn: Tabula Rasa site. It’s Woodchuck Weekend, and we could use your help! Bring your unique skills, tools, and work gloves and help us get ready for the Burn. Bring a tent for the weekend or come for one day. Here’s the signup:

WWW submissions now open

From the Indaba team

What interactivity is your camp offering? Let everyone know by submitting your activity to the AfterBurn: Tabula Rasa What-Where-When. The full listing will be available for download before the event and will be posted at the Indaba. The new Town Crier will also be available to promote your activities. Come to the Indaba and ask about Town Crier service.

Here’s the form to submit your WWW events:

If you don’t have a theme camp, you can still have a scheduled event! Read on for information about holding your event in the Indaba.

The Indaba is YOUR place

The Indaba is an all-ages central gathering space for participants, with seating, shade, and information about what’s going on across the event. If you would like to offer a workshop, perform live music, hold a discussion, play board games, or do live painting, we have room for you. Email with your idea.

Indaba Hosts will facilitate your event and help you promote it. To volunteer as a host, visit Signup Genius and choose a shift.



Theme camp registration is still open at


Here’s the link to tickets for AfterBurn: Tabula Rasa:


Email me at with questions, concerns, or submissions to the Blurb of Bob.

Blurb of Bob Vol. 2 No. 2 – 2018

Blurb of Bob volume 2 number 2

Blurb of Bob volume 2 number 2

Volume 2, Number 2
October 26, 2018

In this issue:

  • Staying Healthy And Hydrated Are Sexy
  • Warm Hearts And Smiling Faces Needed At Sanctuary
  • If You Have Credentials, Medics Needs You
  • Burgers Without Orders Might Serve You…Or Might Not
  • Calling All Healers
  • Woodchuck Weekend
  • Theme Camps
  • Afterburn: Tabula Rasa Tickets

Hey, Guys!

As promised, I’m here to keep you updated and informed about AfterBurn: Tabula Rasa. Do you want to know where the information comes from? Check this out:

1 – AfterBurn volunteers submit department announcements to
2 – Participants (this means YOU) submit fun and interesting information about projects and theme camps to
3 – Bob reads ALL your emails and loves hearing from you!
4 – Bob compiles submissions into easy-to-digest blurbs and broadcasts them on a bi-weekly basis.
5 – Bob publishes using the Burnt Oranges blog and email list. In the spirit of radical inclusion, anybody on the internet can read Bob’s Blurbs. This could be your 15 seconds of fame!

Members of the Bob team don’t use Facebook to gather or share information, because not everybody has access to it. However, if you would please share my posts on your Facebook pages or feed, we would be thrilled by the additional exposure!

As I wrote in my previous issue, this is a two-way street. If you have a question or a concern about the event, or you just can’t find the information you need on the website, email me. I’ll make sure you get an answer.

How ’bout that?

Staying healthy and hydrated are sexy

From the AfterBurn Medic Team

Are you packing all the things for Afterburn 2018: Tabula Rasa? The el wire, your art, your air mattress…that perfect costume you’ve worked on for a month? Well, here’s a friendly (and serious) reminder to also pack your FIRST AID KIT! Don’t leave home without it!

Embrace radical self-reliance, and make sure you have what you (or your camp) needs to handle bumps, cuts, bug bites and cramps! Ladies- pack feminine hygiene stuff, even if you aren’t expecting your period! On-site medics are community volunteers, and our primary purpose is to help with assessment of serious injuries or illness. We have limited first aid supplies, so you are EXPECTED to provide your own!

What should you pack in your first aid kit? Here’s a good starting point:

  • Band aids (all sizes), antibiotic ointment
  • Anti-itch cream, sun screen
  • Ibuprofen, acetaminophen, anti-diarrheal, antihistamine
  • Pepto Bismol, or something similar for upset stomach
  • Dry chemical ice packs, ace bandages
  • Do you have a chronic condition or severe allergies? Bring your supplies!
  • Severe allergies to stinging insects? Bring your epi-pen.
  • High blood pressure? Bring your meds.
  • Diabetes? Bring your syringes, your insulin(s), your meter
  • Asthma? Bring your inhaler(s).

Lastly, be prepared to stay hydrated through the event. 2 gallons of water per person per day is a common standard. Staying hydrated is sexy! Don’t be the pukey friend that partied all night, forgot to drink water for a day and now needs a trip to the hospital for IV fluids. It’ll be expensive, and it will affect everyone around you (and not in a good way).

Want to know more? Reach out to your medics! We’re happy to help you build the perfect safety net for you and your camp! Email us at

Warm hearts and smiling faces needed at Sanctuary

From Melissa & Savvy of the Sanctuary Team

Sanctuary is a space where participants can find safe haven for reflection, or reintegration within the self after a shattering or emotionally harrowing experience, we offer peer-to-peer support. While the experiences within Sanctuary are personal, specific, and subjective, the Green Dots mission will always be simply offering support.
Training will be provided onsite, we would love to have your warm hearts and smiling faces join our Sanctuary/Green Dot family!

If you have any questions, concerns, or simply want to find out more information on how you can be more involved please reach out to us. You can sign up for a volunteer shift here:

If you have credentials, Medics needs YOU

From Daisy, Burnt Oranges Medic Volunteer Coordinator & Medicnatrix Extraordinaire

Any participant who wants to volunteer for medics need to email the team directly at If you’ve never worked as a medic with BOI, we’ll need copies of your credentials. The shifts are 4 hours from 08:00 to Midnight Friday & Saturday (noon to 16:00 is already full) and 08:00 to 20:00 Sunday.

Please note, NO shift requests will be accepted if sent via FB Messenger, text to my personal phone, email to my personal email or via any thread in any social media. In other words, you must use or risk being completely ignored.

Burgers Without Orders might serve you…or might not

From the Burgers Without Orders Team

Where is BWO?(Bartow, Florida) Known throughout the burnerverse, Burgers Without Orders will be slinging burgers at Tabula Rasa with a sense of decency, style, and dedication only found in half-baked ideas that require no forethought.

You may have a hard time finding them, but trust your nose. When you smell seared meat, follow it. Long pants and hard-soled shoes are suggested. PLEASE DON’T F’ING WEAR FLIP FLOPS.

Come without expectations and you might get a burger. Come with an order and you’ll get nothing.

Hours: Midnight – 4AM
Location: See map, above


Our cooks just said we messed this up completely. We were supposed to be recruiting people, not showing the map.
ANYONE interested in BWO (Burgers Without Orders) participation will receive DOUBLE volunteer credits.
A link to BWO service is now live on SignUpGenius:

Calling all healers

From David of The Magic Touch theme camp

The Magic Touch is recruiting for AfterBurn. If you are a healer, especially with holistic skills, and you’d like to camp with us, please contact David at and mention The Magic Touch theme camp or healers or something like that in the subject line. I will want to talk with you by phone to fill you in on camp history and our vision. We are also looking to expand into the educational field so if you’d like to present a workshop or lecture on a holistic topic, don’t hesitate to contact me.

The sky is falling! (i.e., Timely Announcements & Critical Links)

Can you help us out at Woodchuck Weekend?

It’s November 3 and 4, the weekend before the event. Here’s the signup:

Have you registered your theme camp? Time’s running out!

Theme camp registration is open until Wednesday, October 31 at

Most importantly: Do you have your ticket?

If not, here’s the link:

Blurb of Bob Vol 2. No. 1 – 2018



Hey, Guys!

I’m baaaack! This is your friendly AfterBurn spokesperson, Bob. I was recently called out of my well-deserved Florida shuffleboard retirement when a handful of AfterBurners said, “WTF happened to Bob?”

For the next few weeks, I will do my best to organize and share the news and information you need to pARTicipate at AfterBurn: Tabula Rasa. I’ll post everything on the Burnt Oranges Blog, so if you miss an issue, you can find it in one place. And I’ll send it via email as well.

This is a two-way street — I need to hear from you as well! Please email me at if you have questions about the event or want to tell everybody about the super-exciting things you are bringing this year.

How ’bout that?



AfterBurn is put on by a group of volunteers organized into teams. Here is a list of the departments, so you can see what it takes to put on this event:

Art Department & Art Grant Committee (Link Coming)

CATS Fire and Event Safety

DPW Dogs (Department of Public Works infrastructure)

Earth Guardians (Leave No Trace)

Indaba (includes Info Booth functions) (Link Coming – contact


Parking (Link Coming – contact

Placement (Link Coming – contact


Sanctuary (Link Coming – contact

Volunteer Coordination (Link Coming – contact

Welcome Home Crew

Theme Camps – Contact


If you don’t have your ticket yet, please jump over to Brown Paper Tickets now. The earlier you purchase a ticket, the easier it is for the organizers (that list above) to plan infrastructure and activities. Here’s the link:


From Sean, our Theme Camp Department Lead:

Theme Camp registration is open and we are keeping registration open as long as we can before the event.

Please register at :

Here is the list of great theme camp entries we have  received as of 6 pm on 10/18 (ordered by date of registration) :

Camp Middle School Dance

A**holes Anonymous (camping in association with Those A**holes)

Shivered Timbers

Flying Carpet Camp

We’re Bananas

Burgers Without Orders

Those A**holes/A**holes Anonoymous

Camp Java (in Indaba Willage)

Camp Psychonaut

Indaba Willage

The Magic Touch

The Happy Spot (in Indaba Willage)

Nomad’s Land

Peter’s Photo-Wall and Foto-Tent

If you have any questions about theme camp registration please contact Sean at

We know of one camp that attempted to register early on, but was not successful. We don’t know the reason, but we do know the form is definitely working.  If you registered your camp early on and you are not on this list please register again. You will get an automated notice if you complete the registration successfully. 

Thank you for your community participation!


…however, it needs you to make it that way.

On November 3 and 4, one week before AfterBurn, a special group of individuals gather on the property to get it ready. What makes them special? They get an extra weekend with their Burner friends, in exchange for a couple of days of hard work. You can be one of those special people! There’s something for everyone to do, depending on ability and willingness. Extra points if you have saws, chainsaws, or mowers. You can also come and feed the volunteers. Check out the Sign-Up page here:


From the Indaba team:

The Indaba is your place, where you can start a discussion, share world-changing ideas, make music, and meet new friends. If you are a welcoming person, we can use your help! Please consider signing up as an Indaba Host.

Do you want to give a workshop or a speech? Book your time in the Indaba now by emailing If you have an idea while you are at AfterBurn, we’ll promote it on the whiteboard when you arrive.

At the Indaba, you can attend an activity, put on an activity, promote your theme camp activity, or find out about theme camp activities. In other words, it’s all about participation. Think of it as a physical What-Where-When.

Indaba Schedule so far…

Friday, 7 pm: Community potluck — bring a dish to share, and your own plates and utensils

Saturday, 11 pm: The First Annual Inaugural Joke-Telling Hour

Sunday, noon: Storytelling circle — bring your best Burner stories

If you have an idea for the schedule, let us know! We’ll make it happen!


If you are building an art piece before the burn starts, please find Buttercup or Kevin Bean. We are adding a new part of infrastructure called the Art Department. If you’re feeling stuck or need a hand during your project, find them for support! 



This year during the Florida Arts Road show, burning man artist Tyson Ayers decided to donate a Sound Cave to our community.

It’s built with 4 baby grand piano sound boards and a grand piano that you can play. You can read more about his project here:

We need to move it out of The Dead Lizard, where it’s been since March and take it to Bartow for the community to enjoy at Afterburn 2018: Tabula Rasa.

And we need help. While this event says it’s starting today, that’s just the first time we could attempt it. We’re looking for at least 4 people to confirm a date they’re available, and then we’ll schedule it. If we can then get 4-5 people to help during work weekend to assemble it, then we’ll have one of the coolest art pieces to enjoy. Work weekend signups are available on SignUP Genius. If you’d like to be part of an art team, leave your availability here and we’ll update the “event” as soon as we have 4 helpers. Thanks in advance! While this is shown as evening times, if you’re available daytimes, drop that in the responses too.

If you’ve got a box truck, or flatbed trailer, drop a line about that too.