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Anna Lisa’s pictures and thoughts from 2015 Healing Foot Wash at Burning Man

Each of my three years at Burning Man has been a different experience, each with different challenges and opportunities.  2013 was a year of just getting out there in that dusty, vibrating, lively place, learning that by our kind acts and loving embrace of all came by, we were living Church in an unchurchy place.  Finding a spot at the outer fringes of the Black Rock City, we washed perhaps about 100 pairs of feet, and gave away a lot of copies of Science and Health, the textbook on healing spiritually, by Mary Baker Eddy.  In 2014, we applied for and received “placement”, meaning our camp was recognized as being of sufficient value to have a designated spot.  We were placed close to some big sound camps, and across from the Spank Bank… and interesting answer to prayer about where to be placed!  Embracing the opportunity, we continued to wash feet to the amazement of many, sharing with folks who were interested what moved us to do so.  We probably washed at least 300 pairs.  In 2015, we were placed near the heart of the Center Camp neighborhood, and found people were both delighted and grateful for clean feet, and generally accepted the invitation to wash their neighbor’s feet.  Giving them that opportunity proved a surprising and very enriching gift for many.  Each day, all 16 chairs were occupied most of the day, with folks waiting (patiently) for their turn. We estimate that well over 1,000 folks had their feet washed.  Most of those 1,000 stayed to wash someone else’s feet.  Here are a few moments from my 2015 week.

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Healing Foot Wash
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Healing Foot Wash camp at Burning Man 2015

Some more pictures from our time at Burning Man 2015. Over a thousand people had their feet washed and also had the opportunity to give the gift of washing feet at Burning Man this year. A lot of work and a great success!

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Happy campers
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Arrived to 40-50 MPH windstorms, setting up our Burning Man theme camp

We finally arrived and were warned at Greeters that there were 40-50 MPH wind storm gusts predicted for that evening, so batten everything down that we didn’t want to blow away. We would have multiple white-out windstorms over the next couple of setup days but made the best of it and had a great time getting everything setup for our Healing Foot Wash camp.

Kind of dusty!

Kind of dusty!

Goggles and face masks came in handy

Goggles and face masks came in handy

Starting to build out our shade structure

Starting to build out our shade structure

Pretty hair

Pretty hair

Pretty hair

Pretty hair

Dusty tents

Dusty tents

Carol hammering in rebar in the wind storm

Carol hammering in rebar in the wind storm

Core of the shade structure is erected

Core of the shade structure is erected

First part of the shade cloth assembled

First part of the shade cloth assembled

Working on prepping shade cloth

Working on prepping shade cloth

Waiting out a white-out dust storm at Burning Man

Waiting out a white-out dust storm at Burning Man

White out!

White out!

Happy campers

Happy campers

Shade structure coming together!

Shade structure coming together!

Pausing for some rest

Pausing for some rest

Foot wash station chairs setup

Foot wash station chairs setup

Working on setting up

Working on setting up

Happy campers

Happy campers

Happy campers

Happy campers

Dust storm left a lot of dust!

Dust storm left a lot of dust!

Dusty sleeping bags inside of tent

Dusty sleeping bags inside of tent

Dust storm left a lot of dust!

Dust storm left a lot of dust!

Hanging out after everything is setup

Hanging out after everything is setup

Healing Foot Wash camp setup!

Healing Foot Wash camp setup! – “But do you have a flag?”

Healing Foot Wash camp setup!

Healing Foot Wash camp setup!

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Off the main road now!
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From Reno to Black Rock City, on our way!

We finally made it to the playa and then proceeded to wait in line (even though we’re Early Arrival there are still thousands of folks also waiting to get in even though it’s 2 days before public entry).

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Working on evapotron
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Evapotron update – all assembled and spinning!

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Working on our evapotron

Washing feet at Burning Man results in some gray water that needs to be evaporated or brought back home.  We’ve been working on building an evapotron to help evaporate water while we’re on the playa.  Mark, Rachel and Anna Lisa did a great job on this!

Building evapotron

Building evapotron

Building evapotron

Building evapotron

Building evapotron

Building evapotron

Building evapotron

Building evapotron

Building evapotron

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We were asked to move our Burning Man theme camp stuff out of the Berkeley CSO basement and storage space.  It was a good opportunity to consolidate and find a new home for our infrastructure.

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Moving out of the Berkeley CSO to our new storage location

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