Be a Temple Guardian 2010

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Be a Temple Guardian 2010

Postby lizmcdermott » Mon Jul 26, 2010 7:39 am


Every year since 2002, a group of quiet but helpful burners known as
the Temple Guardians have watched over the Burning Man temple at
night, helping to ground the space and assist others in need.

As a Temple Guardian, you volunteer for one or more three-hour shifts.
The shifts run overnight from 6pm until 6am, Monday through early
Sunday morning. During your shift, your job is to hang back, help
ground the Temple space, and provide assistance to those in need.

We use a "small pushes from great distances" approach to help keep the
Temple a serene space. We are not rule-makers, and we are not
enforcers. Rather, we wait in the wings and watch, acting skillfully
on behalf of the Temple and its visitors.

Our group is about 150 people total, and we often create some playa
collectibles, like the bandanna that we produce collaboratively every
year. But even more valuable than any physical items is the time you
will spend at the temple.

Temple Guardians from prior years have reported miraculous
occurrences during their shifts. One couple even met during
their Guardian shift and later married! It's really an amazing experience.
It is truly a special role and a fine way to participate in Burning Man.

If you are interested in being a Temple Guardian, please email Liz
McDermott at

Many thanks and much love -- looking forward to seeing you on the
playa this year.

Temple Guardian Volunteer Coordinator

P.S.: Please feel free to repost this to any of your email lists or friends.

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Postby AntiM » Mon Jul 26, 2010 7:46 am

We've done it and it is wonderful. I've not been able to do it lately tough.

Just as long as they get folks to understand which side of which day their midnight shift falls..... LOL.

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