What is [RE]vent?
E-vent, from latin 𝑒𝑥-𝑣𝑒𝑛𝑖𝑟𝑒 (<out>-<to come>), that which happens.
Re-vent, (<again>-<to come>), that which happens again.
You’re standing in the middle of the event on a sunny Thursday afternoon, wearing parts of the costume from last night, your morning slippers, best chill out pants, a plate in your hand, AND a brilliant hat you’ve just borrowed from a new friend. As you jump over a pile of humans in a cozy cuddle puddle, you wonder if they have been lying there since yesterday. You enter the neighboring family who invited you to get yourself a multicolored smoothie from their bar. Besides the joyful voices of the people around you, you hear faint splashes and sweet 80s dance music tubes flowing over from the nearby pool. You take in the spectacular scenery in front of you, observing the rings of all the strange beings around. For a few seconds your mind tries to grasp What On Earth this is — then it gives up, accepting this new world as your new normal. You ventured out of your tent with the beautiful idea to join the "All Animals Out" parade, which is already buzzing with activity nearby. But you forgot all about that, as you fall into a deep conversation that leaves you expanded and in touch with yourself, with new ways of being revealing themselves to you….
What is [RE]vent all about?
[RE]vent is a one-week 200-people co-created non-profit communal event that aims at creating a magical space that allows us to grow and engage in self- and other-exploration. [RE]vent has many faces and aspects and it is for all participants to find out what experience they want to create, but our focus lies on exploring how to relate authentically with ourselves and others.
At [RE]vent, we are inviting each other to attend diverse workshops, events, parties, body treatments, music experiences, and experiential art projects. We are quite skilled in hanging out, swimming in the pool, attending sauna guses, sitting around fires, going for walks, and simply chilling out in the grass with good people. All that is offered at [RE]vent is brought and gifted by participants to participants, free of charge.
[re]connect community was founded in 2016 with the intention of bringing authentic relating practices to the Borderland, the Scandinavian regional event of Burning Man, and to create a safe haven for lost Borderlings. We have created a camp at every Borderland since and have also participated in other Burning Man events (called “burns”). With the cancellation of the Borderland in 2020 and 2021 due to a corona pandemic, we organized our own burns in 2020 and in 2021. In 2021, we decided to call it the [RE]vent. You are so welcome to join and co-create our community!
Authentic Relating and Experience
[re]connect is centered around authentic relating, embodied movement, and exploration of how that feels and looks. We are interested in what it’s like to be real and aligned with the experience we have right now, right here, and what it means to be open and vulnerably human with each other. The whole [RE]vent is an invitation to embody this at any given moment of time through various practices such as authentic relating games, circling, contact improvisation, non-violent communication, different styles of movement, and many more. We strive to keep authenticity as an intention in the everyday flow, in ever-changing groups, pairs, or just us alone in the forest.
We invite you to allow yourself to be the multicoloured, shapeshifting, many-faceted diamond human being on an evolutionary journey that you are. As one of the Borderland’s wristband read: “You are under no obligation to be the same person you were 5 minutes ago.”
Originally, the [re]connect worked with the 10 principles of the Burning Man as a guiding force. At the moment, however, we are in the process of coming up with new ever-changing principles that better reflect what the [re]connect community and the [RE]vent are about. Stay tuned to hear more but we hope you get a taste of our principles when reading this page!
Co-creation and communal effort
[RE]vent is made through communal effort …
~ Out of dust, the stars were formed. ~
There are no organizers as such—the [RE]vent is organized by people who attend it, by all of us. By getting a membership you essentially acquire the right to co-create and not much more. All that will be there is what we, the co-creators, bring. Some step up and engage with organizational topics, bring workshops and experiential projects/art, offer music and various ceremonies, or oversee consent practices at the event. Others do not have much space to prepare gifts beforehand but they gift others their presence during the event—and very often our authentic presence can be the biggest gift there is!
We always tell each other that we should never stress about not contributing enough—those that bring gifts also need others to have the time and space to receive them. Especially if you are coming for the first time, don’t worry—see how much space you have to engage, and relax if you don’t!
That said, it can really open your experience to offer something to others—it can become a field that opens a wider connection with yourself and others, that enables ways for finding fellow creatures, creators, and creatresses to spark something anew within. And although it often feels challenging to find what to gift, giving might even be to receive yourself.
At the very least, though, each member is asked to take 2 shifts or so throughout the week to clean the space, help with recycling, or provide emotional support to others (you pick!). This is because we are collectively responsible for the space we’re renting and no one gets paid to clean or facilitate the space.
Decommodification and gifting
No member of [RE]vent gets paid for any work they do, nor do we use money during [RE]vent. We work entirely with the gifting principle during the event and when gifting, we strive for our gifts to be unconditional—we try not to expect anything in return. Instead, we turn our attention inside and check with ourselves if we truly want to offer our time, energy, skill, and attention to others, and gift only if this is the case. As such, we try to let go of the “exchanging” logic prevalent in society.
Also, when offering a gift, we understand that the gift also needs to be wanted by the other people. Rather than feeling rejected or offended if they refuse, we can find a place of gratitude for other people’s presence with their needs and boundaries.
It’s very nice to take the journey through the [RE]vent with a family, a small group of new or old friends, who set up their favorite mini-camp together, organise food and kitchen structure together, provide emotional support to each other, and perhaps create a dream project together.
Read more about families here.
We are renting an entire campsite for our event so it’s just us and our hosts. The mornings are usually fairly easy with folks preparing breakfasts/brunches with their families and attending occasional yoga/meditation sessions. In the afternoon, you will be able to offer/attend a workshop in one of the workshop tents, jam live music with others, go swim in the pool, sweat in a sauna with a friend, or go for a walk on the nearby field. In the evenings, we usually have some fires going and a sound system that invites you to dance, which is often done in funky costumes. Perhaps someone builds an outdoor bar where you could grab a mojito.
Safety in body, mind, and heart
At [RE]vent we are aiming to create a space in which we both can explore our boundaries and feel safe at the same time; where we challenge ourselves, but only when we are ready to do so; and where we trust that others around us will always respect our boundaries.
We offer and ask for support and together make sure that we are safe. There are some of us, the so-called Tenderbears, who always walk around with a clear mind, being ready to aid in any situation.
Importantly, we have a consent lead, a consent team, and a consent-responsible person on duty at any given moment. Should you encounter any issue regarding consent, there’s always someone you can reach out to!
You can read more about consent at [RE]vent here.
To be very honest, being at [RE]vent can be challenging at times. Often we get entangled in an illusion that everyone around us is having the time of their lives connecting, cuddling, laughing, and dancing, while we struggle under our expectations. We find ourselves lost in the jungle—tired, lost, and looking for something.
What becomes crucial is to realize that it’s ok and welcome to feel those offbeat moments too! When we name our fears, the monsters become less scary. By sharing those difficult emotions with those around us, we can realize that others experience a bumpy road too and that we’re not alone. By being honest to our experience and not pretending to be something we’re not, we’re practicing being real.
At [RE]vent, we invite all types of experience as valid and important. That’s why we specifically target the authentic expression as our party drug!
Artistic projects _aka _dreams
Dreams are made of you and me.
[RE]vent is envisioned as a space where we can creatively experiment with old and new ways of interacting with ourselves and each other. This experience can be assisted through whatever crazy project/art/experience you and your friends come up with! And we have money for you to do that (DKK 30,000!). So dream big, get financing, and create things that others can interact with, in whatever way!
Read more about dreams here.
We communicate and organize through a few different channels which you’re welcome to join:
- Master Spreadsheet where you can sign up for shifts, see who’s coming, and see different families.
- FB group where you can ask questions and find people for your family.
- Slack where you can participate in the organizational topics.
- Our website where you can find general info.
And if you have some questions not covered by the website, message us at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Authors: Michaela & Piotr