Fall 2015 What Where When Guide is here!!

Thanks to the What Where When team for another awesome guide.  To see the guide in its glorious entirety, just click the Cover image to the right.

If you have trouble viewing the guide online, you can download the guide by right clicking the image and choosing "Save File as" or "Save Link As" (depending on your browser) then follow the prompts.




Fall 2015 Art Grant Recipients Announced

Ladies, Gentlemen and Sparkleponies,

The Playa Del Fuego Art Grant Committee would like to announce and extend our congratulations to the art grant recipients for Playa Del Fuego Fall 2015!

They are as follows:

Talk to God – by Princess Mirabal  Art Inside: The Big Box – by Michael Canepi
Dick Poetry – by Andrea Morris  The Confessional – by Liza Shankar
Connies Cantina – by Mary Hickok  Cock Cannon – Timothy Dougherty
Soap Box/AntiBox – by Andie Oswald Knick Knacks, Paddle Whacks, Give Our Dog Your Bone – by Taya Dianna
CHURCH – by Colin Carroll Nemma: the lantern project – by Quentin Davis
Patchwork Painting – by Victoria Chapman Seahorses Forever – by Jeffrey Owens
Dear Future Me – by Zoe Deroo Ark of the Covenant – by William Donelson (Bourne)
Alyse Firefly Art's PDF portrait project – by Lauryll Alyse Russell  Tapestries with Dharma Dye – by Cheryl Erickson

We look forward to seeing their projects come to fruition at the upcoming PDF, and hope that all of you in attendance will enjoy them as well!

Registrations Are Open!

The following registrations for Fall PDF are now open:

Need to manage your applications, registrations and What Where When submissions?  This is the place to go to view and manage it all!

Volunteer Schedule
Sign Up Early, sign up often!  Did you know that Playa del Fuego is a 100% volunteer run event and everyone can be a mad sexy rockin Volunteer!  Check out the volunteer schedule and pick a shift that suits your style, then pick another just for fun!

Theme Camp Registration
Bringing a Theme Camp to PDF, creating it here will make sure it is displayed in the What Where When for all to see.  If you've previously brought a Theme Camp to PDF, instead of creating a new camp, click on My PDF and update your camp information for the upcoming burn.

Theme Camp Placement
If you would like your Theme Camp placed in the main Theme Camp area, please request Theme Camp Placement by clicking on the link above.

Sound Camps
PDF limits the number of Loud Sound Camps playing at PDF.  If you would like to bring a Sound Camp, please fill in this Application. For additional information about Sound, check out our Sound Policies

What Where When
The What Where When Guide is the participants' guide to all the many silly, inspiring, delightful, loud, quiet, thoughtful, foxy, exotic, expressive, interesting, beautiful, humbling, and yummy things that happen at Playa del Fuego.  Click here to read more about it and get your Events or Art in the guide.

Art Placement
New this year!  In order to help with the placement of Art installations through the burn, we are asking anyone who has received an Art Grant, is bringing art to burn, or will have an art piece that needs to be placed outside their own Theme Camp to please fill in a placement application by clicking the Art Placement link above.

On Site Parking Requests
Interested in sleeping in your RV or Van?  Not part of a Theme Camp?  There is VERY limited space available for RVs at playa del fuego, so get your application in early.

Ticket Sales for Fall PDF

Ticket sale dates for Fall 2015:
Round 1 - Sunday, July 12 at Noon
Round 2 - Wednesday, August 5 at 9pm
Reserves Open - Saturday, August 15
Reserves Close - Tuesday, September 8
Fall PDF will be held Columbus Day Weekend October 8th @5pm - October 12th @ noon.

June Planning Committee Meeting Information

Planning Committee Meeting – Sunday June 14 – Noon
The Planning Committee (the PC) will have its first meeting of the summer cycle on Sunday, June 14, 2015 at Noon.   The PC is comprised of literally anyone who calls in and attends the planning meeting call.  Everyone is already a member of the PC, just call in!  All are welcome to join in.
The June PC meeting will be discussing After-Burn Reports for the Spring 2015 event.  After-Burn Reports are typically submitted by Coordinators regarding their respective department, however anyone is welcome to submit a report.  If there is time, there may be some items of new business discussed. 
You can find information for the current meeting on the PONY here:
A thread for After-Burn Reports has been started on the PONY here:
General information about the PC and the calls can be found here:


Self Expression and Cooperation require a social contract to make our event a safe place to play. These rules apply to everyone regardless of their gender or sexual orientation. Remember that not everyone wants your attention so be courteous and always ask for consent.

What do we mean by consent? Consent is an affirmative, unambiguous, and conscious decision by each participant to engage in mutually agreed-upon activity. The consent has to be ongoing throughout any encounter. While consent is generally spoken about in terms of sexual activity, it extends beyond this at PDF - we apply the same guidelines to taking pictures of others, hugging, entering a camps private space, etc. 

While we strive to make PDF a safe place for everyone, assumptions can be made (sometimes from those who have never been to a Burn before) about what is acceptable and what is not. The following is PDFs stance on consent and “best practices” for protecting yourself and others. 

- NO always means NO. Only YES means YES. Get an enthusiastic YES before proceeding with anything that might infringe on someone else's boundaries.

- After someone has said NO, cajoling, pleading, or any form of emotional blackmail is UNACCEPTABLE.

- YES can turn into a NO at anytime and that needs to be respected. You or the other person don’t have to go along with something, even if it was previously agreed on. If you change your mind you should speak up, and if someone else changes their mind you should act in accordance with that new boundary. 

- Before you assume someone wants your physical attentions, ASK. Being direct is OK. This includes anything from hugs, spankings, kissing, etc. Some people do not want to be touched, and that should be respected. Asking is expected protocol, and sexier than you might think. Not respecting these boundaries can be considered sexual assault, and will not be tolerated at the event. 

- Respect the moment. Comfort levels vary at different times and with different people. Even if a person seems comfortable with one person touching them does not mean they are ok with everyone touching them.

- If you’re not sure if what you’re about to do is ok, either where you are, or who you are with, ask. Not everything is a good idea everywhere.

- Being under the influence is not an excuse for infringing on others boundaries. Consider your level of sobriety. Are you able to ask permission and respect an others boundaries? Consider the other persons level of sobriety. Are they able to give consent? TIP: You can say that you would rather wait until you both have your full judgment before doing anything you may regret later.

- Don't hesitate to check in with others around you. If someone looks uncomfortable, don't be afraid to say hello and ask how they're doing. 

- If you are uncomfortable, ask for help. We are a tight knit community and look out for each other. Look around - are there friends close by? Theme camps? Random people walking around? Let them know that you aren’t comfortable in the current situation. 

- Rangers are trained in mediation techniques and can diffuse any number of situations. In addition, if there is a violation of your boundaries, Rangers can intervene and will keep a log of the incident in case the offending party continues this type of behavior. Assault or repeated harassment may lead to ejection from the event; reporting incidents helps us spot predators. Rangers are the cool kids walking around in khaki with walkie talkies. 

- Practice saying YES as well as no. We know it can be challenging to communicate your feelings or boundaries verbally. And no one should assume they understand someone else body language. Being clear about what you want or don’t want can help avoid situations where boundaries are being violated.

- Remember, respecting personal boundaries includes taking pictures or video, as well as physical and verbal interaction.



Are you someone who would like to join the Playa del Fuego Board of Directors? Do you know someone who would make a great addition to the Playa Del Fuego Board of Directors?  Then we want YOU!

The PDF Board Nominations are now open and will close on Tuesday, June 30th.  This will be followed by a public comment period in which community members may submit testimonials about those who have been nominations for consideration.  We will be speaking with individual nominees to discuss the role of the position so that expectations are fully understood. The final selection of new directors is made by the existing board, strongly taking into account community feedback and the results of the interview.


We encourage you to reach out to current Board Members at the BOD and Coordinator Meet and Greet, Sunday at Camp Eat and Beat (near the barn) from 2 - 3:30pm on Sunday. Board members will be around to answer any and all questions you may have. In addition, if you are unable to make this event or are still asleep from Saturday nights shenanigans, look for the Spring 2015 Mayor Dove aka Starfish; she will be wandering around making herself available at all times to speak with you about joining the BOD. She can be found at Camp Sexy, walking around at night patrolling Sound, or performing as a member of the Camp Sexy Synchronized Swim Team on the Slip n Slide at 2:15 on Saturday. Just look for the giant top hat all weekend long!


The responsibility of the Playa Del Fuego Board of Directors is to handle the larger issues related to non-profit management for Playa Del Fuego, Inc.  This includes:


-        handling the paperwork and tax filing needed to remain in good standing as a 501(c)3 nonprofit corporation

-        managing the organization's finances

-        supporting organizational long term goals and strategic plans, including Land Purchase, restructuring of the organization, and increasing community art grants

-        managing art and community grants


You can read the minutes from past BOD retreats at http://playadelfuego.org/node/53


Expectations of BOD members include:


-        Sign a contract agreeing to the duties and expectations

-        Read the BOD minutes, bylaws, and documents prior to joining

-        Attend all meetings (1x month, 1-1.5 hours)

-        Attend the yearly retreat

-        Respond to emails in a timely manner

-        Be willing to use technological resources to communicate, manage tasks, and stay current on the goings in between meetings

-        Work on additional projects outside of meetings

-        Serve on sub-committees

-        Work closely with the PC and Coordinators

-        Be active in strategic planning and long term goals

-        Work on succession planning policies for both the BOD and coordinators


While ANYONE AND EVERYONE should feel welcome to nominate ANYONE AND EVERYONE including themselves, it would be useful to the organization if we had a number of “specialists” who were willing to serve on the BOD. These include but are not limited to:


-        Individuals with backgrounds in other nonprofit work,

-        Individuals who have experience with strategic planning

-        Individuals who have experience with monitoring and evaluation

-        Individuals with experience in grant writing

-        Individuals with a legal background


Again, we welcome anyone and everyone to join; however, we feel that often there is a lack of understanding as to what the BOD does and what skills we may need. We are hoping listing these things will help to reach individuals who may not have realized they could be an asset to the organization.


PDF board members are volunteers.  Despite this, BOD members are expected to be actively involved year round, starting immediately after joining. BOD members leave the board when they choose, or can no longer fulfill their responsibilities.  New members are considered each year after the Spring Burn.  Members may choose to take a leave of absence status if they need to take a break from their board responsibilities, but plan to return to active status in the future. Members may also choose to step down and join the newly formed Advisory Board if they wish to continue to provide input to the BOD but no longer wish to take an active role.


You may submit your nomination via e-mail to BOD Secretary Dove “Starfish” Russo (dovelette@gmail.com) with your nomination any time during the nomination period.  Please include the name of the person you are nominating (both playa name and real name if possible), their e-mail address, your name, and a few sentences about why you think this person should be considered.

Print WWW

Greetings all! The What When Where has gone to print! You can find your copy here. Save a tree - bring your own copy electronically, or if you must, print it in advance. Copies will be at the gate as well.



New Art and Community Grants from PDF!

Playa Del Fuego is pleased to announce a new grant program to provide artists and organizations around the mid-Atlantic region with funding to further the mission of Playa del Fuego, Inc. These grants are specifically meant to support participatory, interactive art, and community projects beyond the Burning Man Regional Event, Playa del Fuego. Eligibility: Artists and organizations that share a passion for the burner ethos and demonstrate a commitment to bringing participatory, interactive art, or forward-thinking collaborative projects to their communities may apply. Priority will be given to individuals and teams that have demonstrated a commitment to the Playa del Fuego community. Applicants may apply as an individual or as an organization. Organizations must be a registered non-profit in the US in good standing. 

Please see full details in the file below and the example contract below.  To apply, fill out the application here.

Spring 2015 Registrations Closed (Volunteer Schedule Still Open)

Our 2015 Theme Camp, Sound Camp, and What Where Registrations have come to a close to give our coordinators time to organize all the awesomeness our community is bringing.  

Never fear though, we know the real reason you came by is to volunteer and that will remain open until the Sunday prior to the burn.  There are still plenty of prime slots available so get them now before they are gone!!!

Spring 2015 Art Grant Recipients Announced

Ladies, Gentlemen and Sparkleponies,

The Playa Del Fuego Art Grant Committee would like to announce and extend our congratulations to the art grant recipients for Playa Del Fuego Spring 2015! They are as follows:

Playa Del Fuego Marquee Sign - by Ursula Sadiq Hanging Balls 2.0 - by Gary Sparks
Strawberry Jam - by Mitch Delsack PDF - by Alan Shechter
6 X 6 Gallery - by Debi "Crackerjack" Mansour Totem 3 - by Quentin Davis
Hall of Mirrors - Giant Pachinko - by Alexander Griffin Pigment of the Imagination - by Diana Svendsen
Saucy See-Saw - by Daniel Ricciotti Evolution - by Peter Willis
Communillage - by Scott E. Frias The Moon - by Robert Jones
Color Changing Building Blocks - by Darren Sontos Philly Phreak Show & Oddities Emporium - by Kimberlee Traub
Galileo's Revenge - by James Thanh Duy Ha Flaming Boptagon v2.0 - by Devin J. Thompson
Intensegrity! - by Benjamin Gardiner  

We look forward to seeing their projects come to fruition at the upcoming PDF, and hope that all of you in attendance will enjoy them as well!

~St. Greg & O Man

Playa Del Fuego Art Grant Co-Coordinators


The Communications Tech list is now open!

One of the themes brought up at the first Town Hall was the confusion about the digital communication tools, and how to make suggestions and/or improvements to the tools PDF has available, including:

We've started a mailing list where we can discuss how to outline and streamline the processes and tools so that it's clearer when and how information gets out to the community. If you'd like to contribute to this discussion, please sign up for the list at http://lists.playadelfuego.org/listinfo.cgi/communications-playadelfuego.org

PDF Town Hall Survey Results

Thanks to everyone who participated in the Town Hall. We're fortunate to have people invested in working on moving forward & making a better event. Here are the results of the survey we put out in full. If there are any questions, please let us know by contacting us at bod[at]playadelfuego.org (replace the [at] with the appropriate symbol, of course).