Moving forward together

The gates to Black Rock City open a mere six weeks from now, and there are still challenges between us and our arrival home. The most important of these is preparing ourselves to be of service to our community at the Temple with a unity of purpose. We stand ready to hold the space that our community calls forth to create the Temple and to hold the intention that the artists and builders put into their work.

Each year as Temple Guardians, we stand for the promise of the Temple. This promise, that a miracle, a healing, or a reconnection with joy in life will occur, is something that none of us take lightly. We are drawn together by this common purpose, and our deep love for people. We want you to know that your love is echoed back and magnified many fold by both your team and by the participants whose lives you make a difference in. In ways that none of us will ever fully know, the work that we do matters, and we are committed that this year you feel more supported than ever before.

For our outgoing council and those collaborating on Homage camp, we thank you for your hard work and dedication to the Temple Guardians. We will be building on the excellent work that you have done, and appreciate your reaching out to us via the cadres below. For those who have already signed up for shifts, your shift schedules will not be altered.

To help serve our commitment of enhanced support for all Temple Guardians, we have been working to create all new training. This training, developed with professional personal development coaches, is designed to offer something new to each of your lives that resonates long after the Temple burns.

We are also forming several new leadership teams to manage our growing body of Guardians. These teams will be supporting previously underserved areas. These are:

Voice Cadre: This group is responsible for collecting information on the experience of Voices and Guardians on shift. On playa, the Voice cadre meets daily to ensure everyone understands challenges we are facing, and that solutions are provided with immediacy. They will also meet during the year to analyze the previous year’s operations and use the lessons learned to help the Guardians council provide better support to the team as a whole.

We are enormously proud to say that Flamingo John, veteran Voice, ombudsman, and Guardian will be taking a key role in building this team for 2016. This will be a six seat cadre, and we will be recruiting five additional members. If you are interested in being considered please contact

Support Cadre: ‘Support’ is our behind the scenes team that ensures everything required on a shift is provided to the Voice(s) as needed. The support cadre will meet daily on playa and regularly during the year to ensure that back end support is working smoothly. These Guardians will also be working to bolster our training by helping us design and implement our first mentorship program, which we expect to debut in 2017. This will be a six seat cadre, and we will be recruiting four additional members. If you are interested in being considered please contact

Communication Team: To meet the community’s need to be kept up to date and ensure sacred space, the communications team will be providing clear and concise information and will be available to support conflict resolution. This team will be tasked to ensure timely updates to promptly address community issues and concerns. If you are interested in joining this team, please contact

Volunteer Coordination Team: We are developing a team of six to handle all aspects of scheduling and supporting our people to make and meet their scheduling commitments. We are recruiting three additional members for this team, so if you have interest in the VC team, please contact

Home Team: The Home team creates our central home and camp on the playa. They are responsible for both the physical aspects of our camp and training area, as well as creating and holding space for the Guardians to find our center. If you are interested in this team and/or joining the Temple Guardians Home at Do More Now village, please contact

Guardians council members are available to you regularly on playa. We are eager to receive feedback about your experiences. Our community would not exist without the unique and valued contribution of each of you.

In service to being the pebble that creates ripples on the still waters of our grief and sorrow, carrying love out from our tiny oasis in the desert to a world that calls out for something more, your Council:

Steve ‘Cherub’ Cabrera
Minda ‘The Oracle’ Aguhob
Tonya ‘Green Eyes’ Winter
Jake ‘Carousel’ Markow

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