What to Expect

Expect the 2016 Serendipity Survival Guide to be published in the near future.

"A unique and distinctive culture emerges from "The Burning Man" Experience. Rooted in the values expressed by the Ten Principles, this culture is manifested around the globe through art, communal effort, and innumerable individual acts of self expression. To many, it's a way of life." -Burning Man

A Burn is an event held with the community in mind, while not neglecting that essentially, YOU are what and who makes YOUR burn, meaning the experience is your own. 

The intent is to share:
 your time, your food, your gifts, your art, your love and create something in the process that inspires the heart, nourishes the soul, replenishes the spirit and sends a ripple effect into the community, reaching the inner child of all those touched by it while at the same time hopefully contributing to growth of the community in the form of outreach programs, education, art, music etc. 

There are no vendors from which to purchase food, drink or other necessary items.  
If §erendipity is your first Burn, we welcome you with open arms. Please take a moment to look over The 10 Principles and familiarize yourself with the unique aspects of such an event.  That way, you'll be better prepared to make it the best Burn possible for you.

A Burn is an incredible way of learning first hand the experience of the Whole being greater than the sum of its parts.

2015 Content:

The Survival Guide is intended to help you navigate the burn from safety precautions to common sense items.
Please be sure to read the entire guide and become familiar with it.
The guide was compiled with your safety in mind and to ensure the best possible experience for you and your fellow burners

The Burner Way is:”Safety Third!”
NOT when it comes to FIRE though.  Please read the following carefully and more than once.  Then read it one more time and take it to heart.



We designed a program used for both Tennessee burns called FIRESAFE and are the only region using this program today that we know of.
FIRESAFE makes sure everyone is able to demonstrate proper use of fire performance safety techniques.
FIRESAFE also has incredibly harsh penalties to make sure we are all absolutely on the same page and aren’t risking injuries to participants.

Please read through this and take it very seriously, as do we, for your benefit.
Before you are allowed to light up any props, you must attend this fire safety meeting.

  • All fire performers AND safeties must  wear an orange FIRESAFE wristband
  • You can get a FIRESAFE wristband by attending a daily class at the volunteer dome or by finding someone with wristbands for an impromptu One On One
  • The class takes about 15 minutes, and we encourage this route as it doesn’t stop someone else’s burn.  Times will be listed on the schedule boards, and will also be known by the greeter team.  They are usually just before dark each day.
  • If you absolutely must get a one on one so you can spin REAL SOON, any member of the Event Lead Team, Fire Safety Team, Conclave Team, Security Team, DPW Core Team or Security Team can give a quick one on one.  Anyone with a radio can find someone to give you a quick one on one.
  • In this training session, you will get a quick talk on the policies our property has, a skill-check/teaching on how to safely extinguish a prop, fuel dump, and person
  • When you are done spinning for the day, feel free to rip off the wristband as you may freely exchange it for a new one
  • Spinning fire AND / OR  safetying without wearing a FIRESAFE wristband is cause for immediate no-questions-asked eviction of you and/or your entire camp

This is the one and only thing that our security team doesn’t even have to involve us in when it comes to evicting a participant.
We love fire performance, but we love keeping our friends safe, too.
Please help spread the word to your campmates, and help point people in the right direction before security finds ’em.


  • You must have an active fire safety within reach, along with a fire safety blanket in hand
  • Fuel that is being used must be kept at the four designated & marked Fuel Dump areas in the field
  • You must spin at least 25ft away from those fuel dumps – this is the only place you will be allowed to fuel your props
    (DO NOT fuel your props in the woods!)
  • There will be water buckets near the fuel dumps to dampen 100% cotton fire blankets/towels
  • Do not dampen duventine
  • No spinning in synthetic clothing or anything flammable as deemed by fire safety leads·
  • Be aware of your surroundings,  props, bystanders and other performers & fuel dumps
  • Open fires are allowed in fire ring / bowls only, not on the ground
  • NO spinning in the woods
  • Ask permission to play with anybody’s props, poofers, propane etc
  • Breaching perimeter during the burn is a serious offense and can result in removal from the event



  • Your Printed Ticket
  • Emergency Contact
  • 1 gallon of water per person per day
  • The Funny Farm does not provide water – bring your own | In case of shortage, a hose is available for filling up but please plan ahead,
  • A reusable water container and non – disposable eating utensils, cups, plates, bowls, etc
  • Food & beverages
  • A first-aid kit
  • Sunscreen/ sunblock & sunglasses
  • Bug spray
  • Ear plugs
  • Rope or tie-down straps
  • Garbage, recycling bags, tools to clean up your camp
  • Duct tape
  • Flashlights, spare batteries, headlamps, LEDs for your camp  (solar powered recommended)
  • Lights for bikes, art cars and yourself for night time
  • A good tent or other shelter, sleeping bags, blankets
  • Portable ashtrays (such as Altoid Tin Can for cigarette butts)
  • Prescriptions, contact lens supplies (disposables work great) / Epi Pen for allergies
  • Fire extinguishers to protect your camp and property, and if you plan to burn your art
  • Toys
  • Condoms
  • Items to share / Gifts
  • Toiletries, biodegradable (1-Ply toilet paper only please) Showers and Porta Potties on site


Critters to watch out for:
-Wasps, Yellow Jackets, and Bees

– Chiggers
– Ticks
– Spiders (Brown Recluse and Black Widow spiders are native to the area)
– Snakes (Rattlesnakes and Copperheads are native to the area)

Fortunately, the snakes and spiders can be easily avoided and aren’t aggressive. Watch where you step, especially around old logs and piles of rocks. Don’t reach your hand into places you can’t see. Don’t corner snakes should you see one. If you fear it’s poisonous, find a Ranger, Funny Farm Native, or other responsible person. Black Widows and Brown Recluse spiders almost never bite people unless they are crushed. Don’t slap a spider on your friend’s back. Rake it off smoothly and quickly but don’t panic anyone. Keep your tent zipped and shake out your boots or any clothes before putting them on. 

How to never get poison ivy ever again

Video about avoiding snake bites

Tips for avoiding insect stings and bites

The Guidelines

We don’t have many ironclad rules but the few in place need to be observed with the well being of the event in mind.

  • Serendipity is held on private property, but please be aware of all applicable state and federal laws. Keep in mind that this is an all-ages event.
  • NO Firearms Or Explosives are allowed
  • NO Animals Allowed – pets will not be admitted onto the property so please don’t bring them
  • Minors must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian
  • No vending, selling or promoting is allowed at Serendipity
  • Ice will be the only thing available for purchase (check invite link)
  • There is no re-entry unless
    – for medical reasons
    – prior arrangements have been made
    – another invite is purchased
  • Gate hours will be strictly adhered to unless prior arrangements have been made with event lead and / or property owner
    (See Invites Tab)