We are so happy to hear that you're interested in learning more about camping with us! We tend to have 40% new people each year and so we are open armed to all the amazing people we meet at our camp through those who are veterans who are sponsoring others to join us.
On our website is this page which has a lot of answers:
Our former membership model...
In past years our membership was by invitation, but was open to all eterans and to anyone who was Sponsored by a veteran Mystic. We would open up early registration (April-May) to anyone who had camped with us before on a ‘first-come-first-served’ basis. Newbies who were Sponsored were then invited to register one month later to take the spots remaining also on a first-come-first-served basis.
Our NEW Pillarship model...
Our arms are WIDE open to thousands of visitors as we are a highly interactive and welcoming camp with inclusivity and belonging deeply rooted in our hearts and values AND, we are given a limited amount of space which can hold about 200 spots each year at the burn. We keep our camp at this size so we can both create amazing interactive offerings that are well supported by our growing community and also maintain an environment where everyone feels like they can connect as a tribe and we can feel love, safety and belonging with their fellow Mystics to form life long friendships both on and off playa.
Starting in 2022, we are implementing a new membership model that puts our service and offerings to Black Rock City at the center of this selection process. We have elected representatives to hold the 5 pillars at camp. They will each be holding one of our 5 core values and one major area of camp. Their role is to read these applications and choose who they'd like to give their allocated spots to this year from those that represent that value and who plan to play a key role in the area of camp that they are holding. Given the high demand for our spots this year, this will allow us to give those spots to those that are in the spirit of Burning Man and of are representatives of our culture.
Here are the 5 Pillars and their respective areas of camp:
OUR MEMBERSHIP PROCESS:
FOR VETERANS: You must apply this year
This year given the high demand and limited spots we are asking ALL VETERANS to fill out our Application Form. This form will ask you to let us know which teams you are committed and excited to participate on this year, what if any public offerings are you wanting to share, and to indicate if you'd like to apply for one of our Work Access Passes to come early to build (arriving no later than Wednesday prior to the gates opening) or if you can stay late for Exodus (leaving on Tuesday before 12:00pm PT).
Make sure to fill out this application form below so that we can see which pillar you will be registering under and we can send you your unique registration code. NOTE: This is BRAND NEW this year so please make sure you fill out this application form soon so you have an opportunity to get one of our coveted 200 spots.
STEP 1: GET SPONSORED
All Mystics will have a veteran Sponsor, who has camped with us at least once before, whose role is to welcome you to camp, give you some background about how to camp with us, to represent our culture and to introduce you to the community (via our Facebook group and in-person while at Camp). Your sponsor is letting us all know by their sponsorship that you are aligned beautifully with our culture and are ethusiastically onboard with actively co-creating all the magic that happens at Mystic on the playa. If the person being sponsored is new, both the Sponsee and their Sponsor must be on playa together their first year. Remote Sponsorship is not encouraged in their first year. We feel like it’s important that each new person coming to camp has someone they know and trust that can be available to help them feel a sense of love and belonging and to be their go-to person to help answer any questions or address any challenges that could come up.
A Sponsor’s commitment to other Mystic’s is to actively familiarize their Applicant with Burning Man (especially if they haven’t been before) and also to acculturate them to what it means to camp at Mystic. Sponsors help make sure that Applicants know how to participate at camp, what specifically is expected (pre-playa, #shifts, opening/closing, strike, etc.), what Teams and Offerings there are to contribute to, and to help them pick whichTeam(s) would be the most exciting and relevant for their Sponsee to join given their unique gifts.
Applicants will be asked to write their responses to the following questions in an application form (click the button below):
How do you embody one or more of the core Mystic values (Radical Contribution, Radical Collaboration, Radical Compassion, Radical Self Expression, and Radical Evolution)
How SPECIFICALLY do you plan on co-creating the magic at Mystic? There are no spectators at Burning Man. Everyone at Mystic must join 2 teams and do 2-3 shifts. Let us know if you wish to lead a specific team and which 2 or more teams you are committed to participating on this year?
OPTIONAL: Do you have a public offering you'd like to share in one of our public Space (The Mystic Theater - Main Stage, The Cosmic Heart Temple, The Healing Dome)? Would you like to offer your music or a performance in our programming, offer a workshop or talk in our series, do healing session in our dome, offer a ceremony or ritual in our temple, an art project, etc.)
Would you like to apply for one of our Work Access Passes coming early to help build (arriving NO LATER than the Wednesday before gates open) or stay late for Exodus committing to stay until 12:00pm PT on Tuesday.
To help them answer which teams to join this page is useful: http://campmystic.org/teams-camp-mystic
Request to add them to the Mystic Facebook group and introduce them and some of what they plan on bringing to the Mystic community this eyar so they can be welcomed by the community...bonus points for adding in a fun picture so we can see their beautiful face.