Wildwood Burn, a small, new venture focusing on the 10 Principles of Burning Man took place from Friday 29th April to Monday 2nd May. 38 adults and a baby attended the inaugural event set in the beautiful Mendip Hills near Priddy, Somerset.
A flat, 2 acre field with a small section of woodland was the blank canvas which everyone enthusiastically turned into a vibrant, co-created experience.
Many workshops were held which included (but not limited to!):
- tutu making
- head dress making
- lamp shade decorating
- life drawing
- learning how to tie a bow tie
Alongside these, entertainment such as a silent disco (which included a prog rock extravaganza), a participant-created escape box, and a power ballad sing-a-long kept everyone busy.
A tunnel of event shelters and a sizeable stretch tent gave us two communal structures for a bar, workshop, and meeting space. Both were highly decorated and were beautiful in both day and night time. A nightly lantern lighting procession also evolved over the course of the weekend.
Art grants provided us with beautiful light displays and fabric creations in the woods where the effigy (made from reclaimed pallet wood) was sited and burned on the Saturday night with almost 100% attendance.
Despite the end of Spring date, the weather was kind and the rain largely stayed away. The nights were chilly but there were warm fires to gather around before everyone retired to their tent or live-in vehicle.
Post-event comments have been very positive with many already looking forward to next year 🙂