Transformus is a Burning Man sanctioned regional Burn experience dedicated to the principles of inclusion, gifting, decommodification, self-reliance, self-expression, communal effort, civic responsibility, leaving no trace, participation and immediacy. We have also added Consent.
Everyone at Transformus is a participant; there are no spectators. It is an experiment in temporary community. A city that is formed by and for its citizens for just a few days and then it vanishes, leaving absolutely no trace behind.
It takes place at Deerfields, over 900 acres of Appalachian paradise: a land of forests and fields tucked into a mountain valley near Asheville, North Carolina. There are hiking trails, two lakes for swimming, and miles of streams and pondlets stretching up into the shady woods of the valley’s branches. Transformus changes the property into an ethereal, dream-like world of supernatural beauty; a world that the locals call Mysteria. We also call it Home ❤
Mysteria is an homage to the mythic, heavenly planes that are archetypal to the human experience: Eden, Narnia, Shangri-La, Xanadu, Valhalla, Nutopia, Argonath and the Elysian Fields. In these different areas you can experience art, culture, music, food,and every type of human interaction possible.
Packing for this is so much fun! Alcohol…snacks…actual food…glow things…costumes…cookies for Girl Scout Troop 69 to hand out!! The cats love it when I pack 🙂
Me and Jessica are ready for our road trip!
Asheville is only a few hours from Greensboro. If you’ve ever been to Transformus then you know that very last Ingle’s! Everyone stops there for water or one last flushing toilet! Odds are you WILL see someone you know there!
We have arrived!!! Once you hit the stretch off the main road it’s like you really are in a different world. My cell service was gone. And that is what’s so lovely. Turn it off and disconnect from all that mess. Reconnect to actual people.
The 10 principles line the drive. We stop at Greeters station….Jessica is a Tfus virgin!! Welcome home hippies!
Her and I are staying at two different camps for this burn so she drops me off at Fuck Me Harder,Baby to set up my tent and she heads over to Pretty Titty Bang Bang to set hers up. We are just across the bridge from each other so we met up afterwards to take the car back down the mountain to park it. There are no cell phones to coordinate this …you just make shit happen 🙂
One of the members of DMV (Department Of Mutant Vehicles) will bring you back up to the top of the mountain by decorated golf cart. DMV is just one of the many volunteer forces that help bring our temporary city to life and make it run smoothly.
It’s night by the time we get unpacked,return the car and get back to the top of the mountain. Night one…this is where the real fun begins. The first night is usually chill for me,though. The calm before the storm of all things. This night we ran into some people we knew and then made some new friends up in the effigy.
This was the first year we brought Troop 69 out to play and some ladies brought official badges to hand out. You saw them pinned all over people’s clothing…hilarious! Troop 69 wuz here!!!
What footwear people wear to a burn always fascinates me. You see everything! And yes I have indeed seen barefoot AND stilettos. I usually sport a pair of black boots that goes easily with any of my costumes but in the later years I was all about some rain boots!
After a few of us left the effigy we went back to Pretty Titty Bang Bang and hung out on the Bang Bang Bed with some new friends. It was pouring rain. People wandered in and out. We were gifted some awesome necklaces and it was just magical!
I don’t even know what time it was when I made it back to my tent. It’s always difficult to sleep at a burn. BUT tomorrow is packed with adventure and costumes so…for now…goodnight from my huge tent at Deerfields…
We’ll pick back up with The first full day at Tfus tomorrow on the blog. A fun day consisting of an early morning Greeter shift, theme camps, Running Of The Brides,Kitty cat pasties, my first ever Ranger shift and more!
If you want to see photos from other burns here are links to my experiences at Alchemy in Ga!