Welcome to Tabula Rasa: An Afterburn Project


The focus of Tabula Rasa is the creation of an empty slate. We ask each participant to release their expectations, and focus their intentions on three of the ten principles gifted to the regional network by Larry Harvey:

  • Participation: “Our community is dedicated to a radically participatory ethic. We believe that transformative change, whether in the individual or the 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.”
  • Communal Effort: “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.”
  • Radical Self-reliance: “Burning Man encourages the individual to discover, exercise, and rely on his or her [or their] inner resources.”

In the spirit of Participation, there will be no spectators. Every participant will be expected to pARTicipate in some capacity. Participants not already working with a department or art project are encouraged to volunteer on the existing teams. Every participant will be expected to contribute to LNT (Leave No Trace) of their own space and join in the efforts of providing LNT for the property.

In the spirit of Communal Effort, participant ticket prices will cover the costs of basic infrastructure only. In order to maintain financial transparency and sustainability of this experiment, the event budget (provided here transparently as a LIVE link) is designed to be “net zero” with no room for anything superfluous; only the basic necessities.

Continuing in the spirit of Communal Effort, large art and civic projects, infrastructure builds, site prep and site teardown are community projects, not the responsibility of the Board of Directors of a 501(c)3 arts organization, nor the organizers. The land will be cleared to a reasonable expectation prior to the event. Any additional land clearing, trimming, mowing, or site improvements will be the responsibility of participants who will be given access to the property on the 11/3-11/4 (Volunteer Signup Link) work weekend prior to the event. From an organizational standpoint, participants are encouraged to contact the event’s Department of Public Works (DPW) if they’d like to get involved with additional setup efforts leading up to the event.

In the spirit of Radical Self-Reliance, participants are responsible for themselves, which includes basic concerns such as adequate attire (closed toe work boots are recommended), basic first aid necessities such as band aids and sunscreen, and basic insect treatments such as bug spray and itch relief especially for the fire ants on property. There will be no other warnings about this well-known issue that affects most outdoor land in this part of our state. This is not a beach or park. Please prepare accordingly.

Prepare for limited on-site medical services. Bring a first aid kit. Pace yourself. Know your limits.

Just like at Burning Man, participants are directed to bring all water necessary for drinking, cooking, and bathing for the duration of their stay. So far nobody has approached the event in forming an “Ice Camp” for on-site ice distribution, please contact Burnt Oranges to discuss your plan.

The event will provide basic portable restrooms for participants, who are asked not to deface them in any way, to help keep them sanitary, and bring additional paper products as desired to their own level of expectation.

For this year’s event, we are attempting 100% participation. During ticketing, each participant has pledged to do 3 hours of volunteering.

Burnt Oranges’ board of directors enacted an event operations committee in July that included all departmental leads, co-leads, the BOD, and any invited advisors. The structure of the event will be as follows:

  • Event Operations: There are five board members who will be running this event, with one BODOD (board of director on duty) at any given time. There are no event leads. BODOD can be reached on the radio at any time with the callsign AFTERBURN.
  • Event Departments: Some departments such as Sanctuary have been handed back to the community. Most departments have seen some level of restructuring to facilitate more do-ocracy and less Burnt Oranges responsibility. Each department has a board member acting as their facilitator. Ultimate responsibility for each department falls upon the lead / co-leads of that department as they have participated in the do-ocracy of the event by deciding to gift their time and energy in a leadership role. If you’d like to participate in the communal effort of the event by joining a department, you are encouraged to do so.
  • Event Participation: Participants who aren’t on a department roster will be given the opportunity to volunteer. Participants will be required to sign up for THREE (3) hours.
  • Event Art: Every dollar spent will be accounted for and published for the event’s participants to see.


Tickets are $90 for adults, $45 for ages 3-17, and free for those under 3.


For Mandarin donors, 2017 volunteers, and registered art projects and theme camps, you will be receiving an email with your ticket purchase codes. You do not need to worry about rushing to purchase your tickets as your tickets are reserved, just make sure to purchase them more than 24 hours prior to the event as ticket sales will close automatically at that point.

General on-sale will be October 5, 2018 at noon. There will be 500 tickets available. Each order may include four (4) adult tickets and an unlimited number of tickets for those 17 and under.

Ticket sales are handled through Brown Paper Tickets. If you need to transfer a ticket, change the name to match your ID that you’ll be presenting upon entry, or discuss billing concerns, that is handled through their customer service department at 1-800-838-3006 or support@brownpapertickets.com.

If your ticket concern is regarding purchase codes for the reserved groups listed above, please contact Burnt Oranges.

If you need reduced price tickets, please contact Burnt Oranges.

Event Details

Gates open at 8AM Friday, November 9, 2018.

The event officially ends at midnight Sunday, November 11. Anyone staying beyond noon on Monday, November 12 will be expected to be actively assisting in event tear down and LNT.

For those eligible for Worker Access Passes, entry will be available Thursday, November 8, 2018. You will be contacted regarding eligibility or you may email the board to explain your need for a Worker Access Pass.

The event will be in the same location as last year:

25 Sand Lake Road
Bartow, FL 33830

If you have event announcements you would like shared via this website, our Facebook Page, and email newsletter, please send an email to bob@burntoranges.org.

We look forward to burning with you!