Fire Circle Etiquette

The Fire Circle is open to everyone attending the festival. The fire circle is sacred space and must be treated in that manner. When attending a working fire circle, there are a few things to keep in mind. For the safety and comfort of all those attending we ask that you take into consideration the following rules of etiquette.

The Fire

If you would like to help with the building or tending of the nightly bonfire, please speak to our Fire Coordinator and tell them you would like to help. Working a fire can be strenuous and possibly dangerous. When volunteering, please take this into consideration.

Things to consider if you are tending the fire

DON'T START THE FIRE ON YOUR OWN

If you arrive at the circle and the fire has not been lit, please speak to a staff member and find out what time the fire will be started.

APPROPRIATE CLOTHING

Wear something to cover yourself in a material that won't catch fire very easily. Avoid wearing flowing skirts and pants.

WOODPILE AREA

Help to keep the woodpile area free of people and obstructions.

FIRE HAZARDS

For the safety of all attendants, the following is recommended:

  • DO NOT TOSS ANYTHING INTO THE FIRE
  • If you see burning ash fragments land on the ground, please extinguish them before someone steps on them with bare feet.
  • If you see burning fragments land in someone's hair, please put them out.
  • If you notice a rock, cigarette butt, bottle cap, or other hazardous item lying on the ground, please pick it up and properly dispose of it.
  • If you have spare time in the evening before the bonfire gets started, it's nice to walk around and check the dance area for hazardous small objects, and to help fill up water jugs.

Drumming

Drummers of all skill levels are welcome to participate. If you are a beginner please

be mindful not to disrupt the other drummers.

PLEASE DO NOT STAND IN FRONT OF THE DRUMMERS

The drummers need the heat to keep themselves and their drums warm. They also use the fire as an energy source. To stand directly in front of them is to cut them from their source.

TRY NOT TO STAND AROUND THE FIRE

The fire circle is for dancing and fun. Please try not to stand around the fire because dancers may not be aware of you, which could lead to a dangerous situation.  If you identify someone who you feel might be unsafe near the fire, please see a a staff immediately.

Other Considerations

DO NOT SMOKE NEAR THE FIRE

If you want to smoke, please do so only in the designated smoking area.

PLEASE KEEP AN EYE ON YOUR CHILDREN

Little ones are more then welcome to join in the festivities, but we ask that you take full responsibility for the well being of all children in your care. It's for their own safety.

How To Help Yourself Make The Most Of The Fire Circle

There will be water made available every night of the fire. Be sure to drink lots of water. Alcohol and caffeinated beverages will dehydrate you. If you begin to feel dizzy, nauseous, or light-headed, sit down, rest and drink some water. If you feel the need to ground and center, please do so. Please use good judgment. Items to bring to the fire circle include blankets & coats (both to sit on, and to keep you warm when you are not dancing), a flashlight to assist you in finding the way back to your cabin or tent, and extra food and water jugs if you have them. If you see what seems to you to be careless or unsafe fire play, please do not hesitate to bring it to the attention of festival staff.