10 Principles

Joanne Delabruere10818287_10152882132336516_5554225428364655631_oBurning Man co-founder Larry Harvey wrote the Ten Principles as a guideline of the community’s ethos and culture as it has developed since the event’s inception.

Zenith follows these core values:

Radical Inclusion
We welcome and respect the stranger. No prerequisites exist for participation in our community, just acceptance of other cultures and lifestyles.


Gifts are unconditional offerings, whether material, service oriented, or even less tangible. Gifting does not ask for a return or an exchange for something else.

There is no buying or selling of products or services at this event.

Radical Self-reliance
You are responsible for you. Bring everything with you that you need. Burns are an opportunity for you to enjoy relying on yourself.

Radical Self-expression
What are your gifts, talents, and joys? Only you can determine the form of your expression.

kim-cleary10945854_10207010579614095_8710668540158637457_oCommunal Effort
Cooperation and collaboration are cornerstones of the burn experience. We cooperate to build social networks, group spaces, and elaborate art, and we work together to support our creations.

Civic Responsibility
We value civil society and take responsibility for communicating these agreements to participants and conducting events in accordance with applicable laws.

Leaving No Trace
Our community respects the environment. We are committed to leaving NO physical trace of our activities wherever we gather. We clean up after ourselves and strive to leave places in a better state than when we found them. Whatever you bring here should leave with you.

The radical participation ethic means you ARE the event. Everyone works; everyone plays. No one is a spectator or consumer.

Immediate experience is, in many ways, the most important touchstone of value in our culture. We seek to overcome barriers that stand between us and a recognition of our inner selves, the reality of those around us, participation in society, and contact with a natural world exceeding human powers. No idea can substitute for this experience.