I am a native Californian, with roots stretching back to the Bronx and a tendency for word play and deadpan non-sequitors. Luigi is a nickname that stuck with me after I returned from studying architecture in Florence. People are sometimes perplexed by the combination, ‘Luigi…Silverman’ — the Italian-Woody Allen?
I’ve been doing architecture for quite a few years. Lately, I’ve been rebuilding my house in San Francisco, where I will disappear for days, and turn up, disheveled and covered in wood and aluminum shavings. I enjoy tinkering on cars and other mechanical contraptions, though mostly to save the money I’d spend at the #$%@ mechanic. I play guitar a bit, and really like to play around with folks, not minding being the worst musician present. I am dangerously addicted to film of all kinds from the 1970’s, both magnificent and appalling.
I haven’t been to Burning Man for years. I went in ’96-’97 and was blown away by the beautiful, post-apocalyptic wasteland community that had spawned on the playa floor. I was also over-stimulated, fearful for my sanity, and fell out of my comfort zone, swearing up and down that I’d never return, until now.
I was introduced to the land of More Carrot through my friend Tatiana, who after much stonewalling, cracked my defenses and convinced me to join this fabulous bunch of international juicers and harvesters. I am excited to enter this community, to learn from it and to help it flourish.
I love to build. I love collaborating with people, knocking ideas around and making them happen. I’m looking forward to the madness with all of you.
I’m an old school Soviet raised, art and neuroscience educated, design, theatre and film monkey! I’ve been working in Art, Photography and Design most of my adult life, and have been a professional member of film and theatre crews – as a producer, lighting tech, and director. So, you can imagine my delight at discovering the world of Burning Man!
I’ve been part of the burner culture since my Boston days, have participated in two different East Coast regionals many times. This will be my third BRC burn – and I’m excited to be there with More Carrot!
I’ve even been to the Playa off season, for a week surrounding the 4th of July, for a No,it’s-definitely-NOT-an-event (event) that some people call 4th of JuPlaya. If anyone wants to know just how harsh the Playa can be without the support of BRC, what it’s like to stew with 20 old-school burners in The Frog Pond hot spring, or how loud a 50 caliber rifle sounds on Playa, come and ask me. I have stories to tell. 😉
Both times at Burning Man I have been at The Countless Carrot march. I enjoyed the craziness, carrot infused drinks, dressing like a carrot and chasing bunnies, and incidentally.. Orange and Green are my very favorite colors! This year I was looking to up my participation on playa, and of course, More Carrot quickly came to mind – Did I mention I am really psyched to be on Team Carrot! I hope to bring my unique sense of design, irony, directness, and love for eating things that are my favorite colors (see above) to The Playa this year.
By the way, I am packing a real mongolian style Yurt this year that I built by hand. Come visit me! I’m kind of shy, but I love visitors. Especially with wine. Or whisky. Possibly even premium Vodka. Don’t worry, I’ll supply the salami, bread, cheese and pickles. I mean.. I did say I was Russian, didn’t I?
I’m Major Tom, I’m 35 and I live in Sydney Australia with my wife Kate and our 22 month-old son Bodhi. Simply put, I love Burning Man. This will be my sixth burn and, after missing the last two while moving back to Australia and embarking on the journey of parenthood, I’m super-excited to be returning, especially as I’m bringing so many wonderful friends with me! Burning Man is special to me for a number of reasons but key amongst those is the inspiration that comes from working with a group of people to create something magical. This is true on multiple scales: both the work we’ll all do together to create our camp and the combined work that goes into creating Black Rock City. And boy is it magical, like nothing else on earth. I go there to experience what’s possible, to be completely present and immediate with my surroundings, to exist without money for a week, to make new friends and deepen existing friendships, to challenge myself and see what I learn. I can’t wait to share this adventure with all the carrots this year.
I’m an O.C. and orange to the core! I was one of the founders of More Carrot in 2009 and the Black Rock City Farmers Market in 2010 and I can’t wait to see how the camp has evolved since I was last there and get to know all the new crew who have fueled this evolution. It’s important to me to participate fully and contribute to the city we enjoy so much, and More Carrot is a wonderful vehicle to do that through which we get to work with friends old and new and create a wonderful space to share together for the week.
I’m an organiser of people and can help make things happen. My attitude is one of collaboration, resourcefulness and commitment to follow through, combined with joy, open-mindedness and discovery (okay yes and sometimes stubbornness and belligerence. Nobodies perfect!). I love being part of ambitious projects with passionate people, and I love the logistical and human challenges of producing a Burning Man theme camp. Let’s do this!
Hi…. I’m Bob; I spend my life trying very hard to balance my work and my other passions …..
My work is one passion because I am a research entomologist and have been lucky enough to spend most of my career studying the ecology and behavior of beneficial insects and spiders. Currently, I am studying the ecology of a group of small biting flies that transmit animal and human diseases with the hope of finding ways to protect domestic and wild animals from the diseases they carry. My other passions are varied but consuming. I absolutely love music and dancing…. of all forms; smooth and creative partner dances with lots of dramatic dips when the music is right and I have the right partner or personally expressive solo dances to a wide range of styles. Other passions include whitewater kayaking which I have done for 23 years now, gardening, good beer, lacrosse, and too many other personal and group activities to mention.
I first attended Burning Man in 2006 and it was a spectacular experience! Before going, I knew nothing about Burning Man and the experience was transformative. Last year was my second burn and first with More Carrots; in ways that I never expected, it was transformative as well. One of the reasons that I want to participate in Burning Man have that I feel like BM is the single most creative expression of community and freedom there is; a place where everyone can be completely free to explore their vision of art, color, motion, sharing, giving and community. I cannot imagine not wanting to share in that. I think that more importantly for me though, I want to participate in Burning Man to explore my own sense of creativity and openness and see where the multiverse takes me.
I am really looking forward to camping with “More Carrots” again and contribute to the BRC Farmers Market because in many ways, gifting produce is be an expression of parts of life where I already find joy. I love to garden and cook; both are expressions of my creativity and passions. I have been looking for ways to give back to the Burning Man community and this is one wonderful way of doing that. Last year I also enjoyed sharing the Burn with some wonderful Carrots and can’t wait to share this one with Carrots new and old!
The attributes that I would bring to the “More Carrot” camp are a desire to share the moment with people of like mind, a desire to share with the BM community at large and a willingness to work hard at making it happen. I am good at organizing and problem solving. I love to work hard, play hard and dance every chance I get! I hope to bring produce from my own garden and help make the kitchen friendly to all of our chefs.
I am Peter Smart a 57yr old married guy who lives in Wagga Wagga NSW Australia. I am a Consultant Pathologist and work in Private and Public Medical Services. I run my own Laboratory and am also the Medical Examiner, Coronial Pathologist, covering an area of 85,500 sqkm of Southern NSW. I have an interest in teaching undergraduate medical students and trainee pathologists.
Hi Everyone I’m Tee and this is my second year at Burning Man and second time with the Carrots. I am a UNI student in a small country town near Sydney. Last year was my first burn and it was such an amazing eye opening experience (literally) that I had to jump at the opportunity to come back and do most of it all again. Last year taught me so much and this year I want to share more with everyone and feel that wonderful sense of belonging again with the carrots.
The More Carrots are such an incredible, diverse and beautiful family who grow and laugh together forever and being part of that makes me feel so lucky. Being a small camp means you can really get to know people and all live together in the dust and never stop smiling. I am so excited to get to know everyone this year and i get butterflies thinking about the adventures and friendships ahead.
This year I hope to bring slightly more then I brought last year (which isn’t hard) and help everyone be as prepared as possible for the burn. I look forward to helping wherever I can – kitchen, decor, cleaning, whatever pops up! Look forward to getting you know everyone over the next few months!
I’m Mikee… Michael… Mike… Mike Kelly… Mickel… Freedom… Chode… Kelpy… Neville the fat hamster…
Festivals are beautiful places separate from the rest of the world. When you enter a festival you are no longer part of the world we seem to have created… You’re part of a new world, a smaller world, a friendlier world bound by limited space and limited time.
Dane Murray (Muz)
Hi my name’s Dane although most friend’s call me Muz. I’m a chilled-out switched-on fun loving surfer bloke who loves to travel, play and learn. I’ve wanted to come to Burning Man for years as I reckon it’s the world’s best cultural gathering.
I be ZYG, the misfit builder, dreamer and shamanic visionary. I like BeerMosas after Tuesday, Bacon on everything, and art that gets set on fire. I eat and breathe fire, and I absolutely love getting lost. I like jumping on rickety things, swinging from obviously dangerous structures, and going off into unknown places with people I just met. I work hard at participating, and provide a measurable part of the structure that makes things tick.
Hence.. BRC. 🙂
I have been attending Burning Man since 2008, which is the year I met our fearless leaders, Tom and Kate. They have been a great inspiration to me whenever I have been with them. Hi Guys! *wave* I have even spotted them in the wild at some other festivals…. My first year, I brought a 20 foot Yurt. It was awesome, and the entire camp was in it twice during teh week. Once for party, and once for an ICE CREAM party during a white out. Woo!
Otherwise, I am a Mad Infrastructure Dude. If you need indigent structures, networks, big data, or 24/7 VoIP, I be your man.
Because I tried camping with a few other folks. It was OK. I wanted more than OK. I wanted More Carrot (™) I watched as MC went from test camp ( in 2009 I showed Kate how to use an angle grinder to cut pipe for their kitchen structure.. she was REALLY enthused… 😉 ) to ultimate frisbee, and I am not only impressed, but I sincerely want to be a part of it! That, and the smoothies. And I get to make a green and orange Supervillian outfit. I also LOVE the idea of building and riding riding around with a cart, dispensing fruitie and veggie goodness in Deep Playa.
Also, Tom and Kate are The Awesome Sauce, and I know some other folks in camp that will make everything blow open like a soup can on a bonfire. That being said, their friends must be at LEAST as awesome, and so I know.. this will be a great year, and I am really looking forward to participating.
Maker, Builder, Doer of things. I bring my home made 15 foot yurt (which is in iteration #3 and is solid as Black Rock ), a 3k eu3000i genset, and lots of extra supplies for those awkward moments when someone needs a blue ziptie, a pink octopus pin, 5 minute epoxy, a socket wrench, or a roll of yellow thread. I also have a great Maniacal laugh, and I always have a crowbar and 5 lb sledge somewhere…… you know, for kids.
I have built from scratch 2 geodesic domes, have designed and participated in the build of numerous structures on Playa, am very familiar with the constraints the Playa offers and can spot a Bad Idea a mile away. I also fall down very gracefully, and can teach others this most important of skills.
Nick Kantor (Blaz AKA Cpt. Disaster)
Hello there – my name is Blaz. AKA Cpt. Disaster. Burning man for me, is my ultimate adventure. It has highs and lows and ups and downs, and months of preparation beforehand to make it all happen for me. I’m really looking forward to being involved in some projects this year that have already started, instead of my normal 2 month involvement. I have more free time than I used to and I would love to put it towards some fun projects for the Playa, even if there is a chance I don’t make it – I still have to be a part of it all 🙂
Jennifer Neal ‘Nakedjen’
I just asked the small child who sometimes lives with me how he might describe me to someone who doesn’t know me and he said, “She’s pink, she’s full of love and she’s not afraid to share it.” He’s nine and that’s a fairly accurate description.
I am returning to Burning Man this year after walking off the playa last year and saying that I was not going to come back. It’s true. I said those exact words. But my heart actually changed its shape while I was there and was filled with such amazing joy and love and something that I can’t even quite describe except to say that I just *know* I must come back and that I have a lot more love to give and share and that I really just feel like I found a small part of myself that was missing at Burning Man. It’s a knowing and love that I was not able to even articulate it clearly until months later.
The playa kind of just works its magic that way.
I was a Carrot last year and I can not imagine not being a Carrot. The heart and soul of this camp shines so vibrantly and is so filled with bliss and goodness that, as I said, being a part of More Carrot quite literally changed the shape of my own heart. It’s a juicy delicious camp and I love it to bits.
I’ve done everything in my life from working on organic farms, to being a personal chef, to managing global teams of folks for huge software companies. But my favorite job, honestly, is as a holistic healer and naturopath and chief love vibrator. I’m really big on Love Bubbles and making sure you, even if I just met you, have whatever you need to be the very best you can be. For me, that usually begins with love. Lots of love.
Jessie Newburn (Mama J)
This will be my fifth year at Burning Man in a row and my fifth year with More Carrot! I want to go to Burning Man because I find it an exquisite, unlike-anything-anywhere, magical, alien, humane, human, exotic, utterly natural, challenging, invigorating and soul-nourishing place where I can be myself and be called forth to be more.
Camping with More Carrot is a delight. We are a small, intimate, hard-working, playful, loving camp. And I’m honored to be a part of it. It’s a joy to participate in the farmers market, to gift fruits and vegetables in the dust and to march with our small but powerful posse toward the Billion Bunnies gathering.
I bring to the camp experience (personal, business, community work, More Carrot leadership, Burning Man community and playa experience), logistics, organizational skills, love and an absolute commitment to each person’s development, with myself first and foremost on that list.
Marlene ‘Lupi’ Karpati
Hello all, my name is Lupi.
This will be my second year at Burning Man. For a week, I had the blissful, glorious, glimpse of the marvelous worId that we burners helped create (and it swept me off my feet). The burn is still casting its magic in me and I am discovering day by day places in my heart I didn’t know I had and that I now love passionately.
The Carrots camp was a place where I learnt and loved much. Being a small camp, I had the opportunity to work and play with all the campmates. It is an intimate and lovely camp, and the best it has to offer is nourishment for the body and spirit: hugs, smiles, comradeship, and of course delicious food . In a wholesome camp one becomes a wholesome burner. I want to come back to my Carrots who are my beloved and my friends.
I will help to make sure we will always have a comfortable, clean camp so we will have a relaxing place to come to and that there will be cool water in our chilling space so we all will have more chances to hydrate ourselves to continue playing, loving and giving so much joy to everyone.
I don’t know all of you, but I already love you.
Gabe ‘RockAtman’ Karpati
My name is Gabe “RockAtman” Karpati. I live in the Washington DC area. This will be my second Burn, both together with my best friend and wife of 30 years, Lupi. Camping again with our beloved Carrots, same as last year. Our first burn was a phenomenal experience, fun and transformational, awesome beyond words. So how could we not be back? I remember the surprise at the Burn last year at being greeted by everyone with “Welcome Home”. And it’s so true! The Burn is where my heart is, ergo it has become home. So I’m just going home.
Why do I want to camp with the More Carrots is very simple: some of my dearest best friends, brothers, and sisters, are now Carrots, and many of them will be there too. I am also equally eager to bond with new campmates, and very importantly connect with earlier Carrots and Carrot Founding Fathers to maintain legacy. By the way, More Carrots is an awesome camp, luxury in the desert, relatively speaking, of course. We ate better there than we have ever since. But be ready to work hard; that’s what it takes to set up and run such a great camp.
One of my skills is partying, but I’m sure that wasn’t really the question. I bring energetic groovy vibes, a strength of spirit, but hopefully also some more useful things. I’m an engineer by training, so I have some technical skills
Hey y’all!!! My name is Maya, I’m travelling here from Sunny North Queensland in Australia. l am currently travelling through Canada and America and dreaming of joining all the playas at burning man for 2014! For the last 4 years I have been working as a massage therapist and other odd gigs while I have been travelling abroad. I love to share my energy with people in any way I can and I love to be around others who are open and sharing as well. When I’m not being the cool, calm and collected one while working as a massage therapist, I love to be loud, laugh, dance, groove and shake things up as much as possible! the last few years I have been more affectionately referred to by friends as “the hippy” or “Raa Raa!”
Its been almost 10 years for me now since the first time I had heard about burning man and begun dreaming about being part of it… All of my friends who have been for a burn find it difficult to describe their experience and tell me it just has to be DONE!! so here I am just about ready to self combust with excitement at the thought of being there and I’m fortunate to know many beautiful people who are planning to be there this year, many first timers as well to share the experience with.
During my travels I have met Matt who joined your crew last year, and from what he tells me and the pictures I’ve seen, it seems like theres no better way to experience burning man for the first time, than with a big juicy carroty crew!!! From previous experience working at markets, events and festivals I know that its a different and great way to experience an event, meet people and also get face to face with all the other playas and find out whats been happening and hear about other peoples experiences.
I’m a huge foodie! I love everything about it … cooking it…eating it….sharing it…growing it… trying and creating new dishes… you name it!! I’m very passionate about nature, health and people. I love to be part of a team and to have plenty of people around me to bounce off. I’m fit and enjoy working, contributing and creative challenges. I also grew up on a farm so I’m shy of hard or physical work or getting my hands nice and dirty 🙂 cant wait to meet the team and make magic!
Hi everyone! I grew up in the South Island of New Zealand and then lived in beautiful Wellington for 8 years. A bunch of my time has been spent in a dance company, in peoples gardens, and in an organization that promotes the ‘commons’ and free sharing of knowledge. I care heaps about the net so also spent time in activism around cyber issues. Last June I snuck away from NZ to have other adventures for awhile, and am spending winter sliding down Canadian snow. I’m insanely happy if you hand me chocolate 🙂
Hey, my name is Hannah. I hail from the wonderful little country of New Zealand! Been to some amazing festivals back home, and now that I’m on my first living out of New Zealand experience, I’d love to top it off with Burning Man. Its been something I have always heard and dreamed of being able to attend and now that I’m in North America I have the opportunity to be part of it.
I’m currently doing a season in Revelstoke BC and since being here I’ve met some amazing people, one being Matt Davidson! Being a part of the More Carrots crew, bringing refreshing fruit and veg to the dusty hot souls on the playa sounds like a great way to pop my burning man cherry!
For the More Carrots crew I would be bringing a smile, an eagerness to learn new skills and an always willing and helpful hand. A great listening ear and a laugh! I have worked in logistics before so am learned in the process of getting goods from A to B in the easiest and quickest way possible. Pretty good with organization and also a great packer! Can’t wait for my first ever burn, being part of a farmers market and bringing health, joy and refreshment to all!
Hi I’m Ash! I’m an Aussie from a gorgeous coastal town, the Sunshine Coast. I love to scuba dive, snowboard, dance and generally be social. I’ve had the travel bug since I first left Australia when I was 13 and I don’t think I want to/or ever will be cured.
I’ve had Burning Man fever for a few years now, but after my first trip to Revelstoke, Canada this year, I met a small crew of people who made me realise that this was the year for me to finally get on board. I’ve heard Burning Man is life changing and after a not so great 2013, I feel as though I’m ready for that change. 2014 for me is all about making new memories, contributing and bettering myself and the lives of those around me. What better place to do that than Burning Man?
Healthy body, healthy mind is something I try to live by. I love learning about nutrition and would love to share with other burners the simple yet amazing talents of fruit and vegies. A personal goal of mine is to become more self-sufficient and I would love the opportunity to surround myself with the like-minded More Carrots and assist with sharing this way of life with the world.
I’m an avid reader who strives to constantly learn new things. I’m motivated and always see the bright side of life. I love to get involved and would be happy to do any tasks needed to help the camp. I have a multitude of business skills but I think my passion for healthy living and creative side will be the most useful for the camp. Need a sign? I love to paint! Oh, also I’m currently a sales manager for a semi-sustainable catering company so my event planning skills may come in handy.
I’m extremely excited to part of the More Carrots, to meet all of the amazing carrot family and to experience my first burn. See you all soon!
Matt Davidson (Mr March)
Hello everyone! I’m Matt (Mr. March to some carrots) and will be returning to the Playa this year to go 2 for 2! Burning Man is a fantastic experience, it’s difficult to verbalise just how special the sense of community and inspiration is that bubbles out of that special dust. I’m returning ‘home’ this year to get another taste, share it with friends, reconnect with old ones and of course spread some LURV!
I popped my burning man cherry last year with the carrots – graciously introduced by Talei and lead through the storm by the unwavering and ever-graceful matriarch Mama J (xoxox). Quite frankly it’s difficult to imagine going back to the burn without being surrounded by energetic, orange, beta-carotenes. I want to contribute to this incredible family and take down some bunnies in the billion-bunny march.
Returning as a second year burner I feel much better situated to guide and ‘sponsor’ new virgins. My background is also in psychology and mental health, and having experienced the playa last year I definitely feel I can offer an ear, shoulder, or party push to keep everyone comfortable and enjoying the magic! I’m also pretty good at packing stuff, like Trucks. Rarely bathe, eat sporadically, don’t need sleep, and prefer being barefooted.
TAKE ME TO THE PLAYA!
Hi Everyone! I’m Danielle Clark… My mates call me Dee. I’m an Aussie virgin Burner, currently living in Tennant Creek which is a remote community in the outback of Northern Territory, Australia. I’m a Artist Liaison with Barkly Regional Arts which support indigenous cultures, delivering art programs and initiatives. I am also Manager of a Backpackers Accommodation for the Trainer’s and Artist which includes being the maintenance chick around the place. I love life and embrace the challenges of life..it only makes you stronger and taking on whatever comes my way.
I was introduced to the Burning Man experience by my good mate Sean the Prawn last year and have never looked back since. The creativity and the ability to express who you really are as a human being with like minded open people is what draws me the most. To be able to play a part with the More carrots camp is something pretty special. It’s a beautiful thing to be able to give to others and what better way to put a smile on those faces by providing nourishment from the taste of fresh fruit n veg.
So super excited to get on board and help out were ever I can. I work hard & enjoy getting my hands dirty. I’m good with a drill and other tools and just giving things a good go. I’m also good at giving good hugs 🙂 I have a love for fire twirling and pretty much anything you can set a light. Can’t wait to get amongst it and meet you all. Love from Dee-Carrot.
Sean Spencer (Prawn)
Hello loves! My name’s prawn and this will be my fourth burn and my fourth camping experience with more carrot. In 2010 the camp called me pickled prawn. But you can just call me prawn if you like.
I like to go to burningman for a whole range reasons, those that have been before will know what I mean and for those that haven’t, I’m not going to list them all here you’ll just have to experience it yourself, because your reasons will be different to mine. I have been living in central Australia in a small outback town in the Aussie desert called Tennant Creek. I put youth events and activities in six really really remote indigenous communities- you think black rock is remote?? Come visit us I’ll show you remote…
The desert is the best place in the world which is why I work and live on the desert then travel to play in the Nevada desert. To give you some idea of what we have to do to get to BM… Drive 550 km to the nearest big airport.. Alice Springs, fly from Alice Springs to Sydney, then fly from Sydney to lax then to Reno. It’s a big trip. But it’s not really burning man that motivates me to go this extraordinary length, it’s being apart of a fantastic community called more carrot, the bells and whistles of BM are just cherries on the top.
Watching more carrot grow and change since I was an original carrot has been like watching a child grow and mature into a youth then an adult. Being apart of that development is a very special and wonderful experience. Absolutely a highlight of my life, one that I look forward to every second year. If I was living state side it would undoubtedly be every year. I can’t wait to see what the camp brings us this year and to meet all you fantastic carrots of beauty. Not long now guys lets rock. Peace. Prawn.