Contact Us: info(at)floridaenfuego(dot)org
MEET THE FOUNDERS:
I was introduced to the Burning Man ethos in 2003 when my sister traveled to Black Rock City to marry her soul mate. Upon her return she invited me to join her at a small Decompression party in Central Florida called Gator Burn. The party was about 150 people, I knew then that I had found my home. Shortly after that, I attended Transformus in NC (2005). I was hooked. By 2008 I made my own pilgrimage to BRC for the year of ‘American Dream’. Music and Painting are my artistic outlets and there is nowhere else I would rather work or play than at a Burn. I considers Burningman Ethos and the 10 Principals as a way of life and carry that spirit of it with me every day. I has worked as Team Lead for Gate and Parking at Transformus, and organized or co-organized several theme camps at different events including Short-Attention-Span-Theatre (Tfus, Afterburn), PandaMotion (Tfus), and Mixed Elixir (Euphoria, Pre-Heat,& Afterburn). Nothing pleases me more than guiding people into the magical reality of the burns, whether it be through Gate volunteering, or gifting them an unforgettable theme camp experience. BURN IT!
My hope is to contribute experience and education to this burn, I believe that educating each other with what we have all learned through our individual experiences is the key to a successful and thriving community. No burner should ever pass through our gate without a good awareness of their environment and its challenges, what their civic responsibility should be to our community, and finding out that you only get what you Give, and sometimes you get it back 10 fold.
Kim Lynn a.k.a. Edible Orgasm – Founding Board Member & Volunteer Appreciation Coordinator
Element “05” & “06”
Transformus “05”, “06”, “07”
AfterBurn “06” thru “18”
PreHeat “06” thru “16”
Love Burn “15” thru “17”
Serendipity “15” &”16″
Southeastern Leadership Summit “15” thru “17”
At Transformus my husband and I were recruited by “Big Daddy” to do the “Rockstar” volunteer dinner for Afterburn. Which we have done it ever since. In “06” Storm ask me to be a founding member, and help her to start the first Florida Regional, Burnt Oranges inc. When “Big Daddy” move he gifted us Afterburn and we have been doing both events ever since. I have cooked the volunteer dinner, served on the BOD as Secretary, I have served as head of the Art Grant committee for 2 years. I am co founder of the Hookah Lounge theme camp. We have started the volunteer dinner for Serendipity & Love Burn. I volunteer for the DMV for Burning man, Rangers at Love Burn, trained as Event Coordinator at Serendipity, did virgin orientation at Storm Shelter several years. Have participated in the South Eastern Leadership Summit.
We have been feeling the need along with the community to start another event that is more community driven, with a stronger focus on spreading our philanthropy in the larger art community, outside the “Burn Community”. We have heard people in our community over the last few years express their wants and desire and have found that the best, only way to achieve all of our goals is to start fresh with another regional in North Florida. It is our dream to do a kid friendly, diverse event. We have volunteers, leadership from all over the country help us to achieve our event. It is our hope that by bringing Burners from all over together will give everyone a true sense of the Burning Man community and spirit.
“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.”
— Theodore Roosevelt, 1910
One of my Favorite Effigies was a collaboration with Tyler Simmons aka Test Kit,
Called Regionopolis, which honored the Burning Man Regional Network for Afterburn 2013.
Florida en Fuego is a blessing to Florida Burner Culture. Let’s make it amazing!
:: standing ::
Hi, my name is Doug and I…. am a burner.
Been one for most of my life I guess… “came out” when I met the Colorado crew at the 2005 Apogaea. Since then my life hasn’t been the same. Now-a-days I crave community, art and collaboration. I expect things to be wonderful and ethical wherever I go…
But alas… I am often disappointed 🙁
Default world, they call it. “How can you reach for the sky if you are always looking at your feet?” I ask.
This brings me to why I do this and included in this group. As the south Florida Regional contact for the Burning Man organization I offer to our group/event my representation and responsibilities thereof. I will guide us in a direction that is in line with the BM ethos and standards while staying true to our local community. I will be your sponsor when it comes time to engage with BMHQ and request regional status. I will be your champion thru out the entire process.
Yes – I have drank the cool aide and see life in our TAZ thru rose colored glasses.
I am looking forward to working with our rock-star cast and create one amazing fucking event that will be talked about nationwide.
Now, fuck yer day and let’s get on with it!
:: steps off soapbox ::
Rusty and Heather Sparks we are a Team this is why we have one Bio
We started our Journey in 2007 when Kim and Fjord brought us to our first burn. We haven’t missed a Florida burn since. Euphoria was our first burn (on our own) which turned into a magical camp and experience with a special group of people that took us over the top of what being a burner is. Through Phamily and most of the people in this group our lives have changed for the better since. Heather has been a major contributor to the volunteer dinner from our first burn to the (last) one. I have been a Dj at every burn we have been to from the beginning. Me and Heather have also helped build two iconic theme camps Mixed Elixir and The Violet Flames as well as being a part of the legendary Hooka lounge for years
I plan to help raise money in the Jax area to fund this burn and be Theme camp Co lead with my wife Heather. We also Plan to Help in any way we are needed to make this the new standard for which other Florida burns are held to.
My first burn was afterburn 2011 and I fell in love with the culture. Since then burns have been an essential part of my existence. I started rangering on my second burn and while I enjoyed it I realized my real gift to the burn was dpw. I love hard work and getting my hands (and the rest of me) dirty. In the default world I am a carpenter but my passion has become building effigies.
Past effigies include:
Regionopolis ( a collaboration with David Hoover) afterburn 2013
Vistors- earthdance 2015
Stars tetrahedron- mid summer nights dream 2017
I got involved with FeF through a burner friend and fell in love with the people and the property. My hope is to provide a stable infrastructure and accessible amenities for all participants. Anyone wishing to be part of dpw feel free to contact me on Facebook. See you at Xanadu.
Service Animal coordinator
Peanut Gallery Lead
Active at: being human on this planet since 1987. Former Regional Coordination Assistant at Burning Man, Former Minstrel of Peace at We Care Volunteers, Former Volunteer Coordinator at Morris Burner Hostel, Studied Liberal arts education at Burning Man, Studied Vocal Performance at Missouri Baptist University