RESONANCE is the Wichita Burner’s annual four day camping event that up holds the ideals of the Burning Man Festival and other regional burns throughout the world. The goal of Resonance is to unite the scattered Burners and potential Burners of Kansas and the Midwest in this celebration of Art, Fire, and Life – further spreading the unique Burner experience throughout the region.
Like Burning Man, we will build a temporary city-community of tents, domes, light, dance, fire and music in the wilderness (in this case the plains, not the desert). We will celebrate our diversity continuously from Thursday through Sunday morning. Then we will dismantle our city and Leave No Trace.
Resonance is held on secluded Private property, located in the Flint Hills near Sedan Kansas less than a two hour drive from Wichita. We will occupy a beautiful semi-established dispersed style Campground. There is no running water on sight so make sure you bring extra for washing and cooking. The site does have 16+ portable restrooms on site, horseshoe pits, a large pond with a doc, Phone charging stations and two pallet showers that may be reserved for emergency use.
"The 10 Principles of Burning Man. Burning Man co-founder Larry Harvey wrote the Ten Principles in 2004 as guidelines for the newly-formed Regional Network. They were crafted not as a dictate of how people should be and act, but as a reflection of the community’s ethos and culture as it had organically developed since the event’s inception." -Burning Man Website
Anyone may be a part of Burning Man. We welcome and respect the stranger. No prerequisites exist for participation in our community.
Burning Man is devoted to acts of gift giving. The value of a gift is unconditional. Gifting does not contemplate a return or an exchange for something of equal value.
In order to preserve the spirit of gifting, our community seeks to create social environments that are unmediated by commercial sponsorships, transactions, or advertising. We stand ready to protect our culture from such exploitation. We resist the substitution of consumption for participatory experience.
Burning Man encourages the individual to discover, exercise and rely on his or her inner resources.
Radical self-expression arises from the unique gifts of the individual. No one other than the individual or a collaborating group can determine its content. It is offered as a gift to others. In this spirit, the giver should respect the rights and liberties of the recipient.
Our community values creative cooperation and collaboration. We strive to produce, promote and protect social networks, public spaces, works of art, and methods of communication that support such interaction.
We value civil society. Community members who organize events should assume responsibility for public welfare and endeavor to communicate civic responsibilities to participants. They must also assume responsibility for conducting events in accordance with local, state and federal laws.
Leaving No Trace
Our community respects the environment. We are committed to leaving no physical trace of our activities wherever we gather. We clean up after ourselves and endeavor, whenever possible, to leave such places in a better state than when we found them.
Our community is committed to a radically participatory ethic. We believe that transformative change, whether in the individual or in society, can occur only through the medium of deeply personal participation. We achieve being through doing. Everyone is invited to work. Everyone is invited to play. We make the world real through actions that open the heart.
Immediate experience is, in many ways, the most important touchstone of value in our culture. We seek to overcome barriers that stand between us and a recognition of our inner selves, the reality of those around us, participation in society, and contact with a natural world exceeding human powers. No idea can substitute for this experience.
GPS will use a dirt road instead of paved at the end and if you drive a trailer the hill can be rough so if you follow these directions you are better off and so are the roads. The landowner would appreciate us trying to use the paved road in and out if possible.
Thursday: 10:00 AM to 12:00 AM
Friday: 10:00 AM to 12:00 AM
Saturday: 8:00 AM to 7:00 PM
Sunday: Open at 8:00 AM for departure
Resonance has a first Aid tent on site equipped to treat common First AID needs. Several of our volunteers are trained in basic to moderate first AID and CPR. Local EMS is a 13 min drive from Sedan and the closest Regional Medical Center is in Coffeyville 34 min drive from site. When attending Resonance please be mindful of this and keep safety first. Flying trapeze, human catapults, and other dangerous activities should be avoided.
There are no spectators at Resonance. Every part of our event is supported by volunteers. So get out there! Meet new people. You make your experience here at Resonance. Everyone shares the play, the work, and the cost of creating Resonance.
Do you enjoy helping people, solving problems and making new friends? Would you like to greet people with a big hug? Do you hate MOOP (Matter Out Of Place)? Do you have medical training? Help turn work into play by volunteering!
At the front gate you are first contact for all our wonderful participants. This is the check-in point for the event and a great way to meet new people. Training in the check-in procedure will be given and there will be a walkie for contact to a gate lead.
GREETERS AND EDUCATION
The greeter and education station is the participants second stop on their way into Resonance. If you like to educate and give lots of hugs and spankings, then this is the job for you! The 10 principles and any other information the participant could need regarding their experience at the event is given here. Welcome Home!
Resonance medics are on site in case of medical emergencies large and small.
This is for everyone and anyone who wants to be a part of something special. Earth Guardian’s have the pleasure of wielding the sledge hammer of doom to smash cans and bottles, to hand out personally decorated butt cans, to educate about our precious earth and to keep track of the lost and found board.
Do you want to meet lots of people? Do you enjoy solving problems and being helpful? Be a Ranger! Folks who get things done… whether it’s helping move some logs, or assisting with the assembly of the main sculpture and other infrastructure, Reso Rangers are on call for just about any job that requires a little elbow grease. Anyone skilled or trained in social work, medicine, First Responder work, or Firefighting is also urgently needed and would be a very valuable part of our crew. All ResoRangers, except folks involved in the Pre-Burn Ceremony, need to help maintain the perimeter at the main burn.
FIRE ARTS AND SAFETY TEAM
FAST team is on the job to make sure we burn as safe as possible.
We build the city infrastructure for Resonance. If you’re a badass that likes to pick shit up and put shit down, this is the place you want to be. Check your egos at the gate!
Early entry will be allowed in the following instance and ONLY if approved ahead of time with the Wichita Burners.
If can seek approval for early entry if you:
Send request to Register
All vehicles are required to park in the parking area. You may apply for an exception (a parking pass) if:
If you receive a parking pass, your vehicle must remain parked in your camp and you must disguise or cover it.
Ice will be available for purchase on-site from Wednesday through Sunday for $2 per bag at 11 AM and at 5 PM.
Resonance is a first come, first camp event. This means you can camp wherever you want provided the space isn’t restricted or already occupied. If your campsite occupies a huge amount of space, you should consider arriving at Resonance early Friday morning. Driving, walking, camping and lounging will be restricted in some areas. These areas will be clearly roped off. Please respect all boundaries.
In addition to tents big and small, you’ll also see many offbeat structures at Resonance. If you’ve been to Burning Man you will recognize them – geodesic domes, parachute structures, yurts, and constructions that defy all description. Some of them are art, some of them are called home.
Some basic safety guidelines for all Resonance structures:
Sound and music will be a big part of Resonance. You’ll get the chance to hear all kinds of different music and ambient sounds, all day and all night. There will be drummers and drumming groups at Resonance. Bring your own drum and join in – you don’t have to be a pro.
Got a boombox? No problem. Play that funky music. If you are really close to other campsites you should check to see that your volume is reasonable next door. While the property may be very secluded, be mindful that we are not immune to noise complaints. If Reso Rangers or Sound Marshalls request you turn down your music, please do so immediately.
If you do not coordinate your sound camp setup with the event planners and show up at the front gate with an amplified system in tow, you will not be allowed to use it. You can enter and not use it, or leave without refund. Resonance does not “book” musical acts – no one is paid, no one gets a comp ticket. Everyone attending Resonance is a participant, donating their time, equipment and talent for the enjoyment of all.
There is no flyering or promoting at Resonance. You’re welcome to talk to people about your events as you meet them but get their e-mail and send them information later. You may give out free CDs of your music with your e-mail address as a gifts though. The emphasis is on making friends, not building a consumer base.
You must bring enough food, water and first aid to survive in a natural Kansas environment for four days. There is absolutely no vending at Resonance.
Some people like to rough-it and eat granola bars for three days. Others like to dine like Kings and Queens. It’s your choice. Bringing a little extra food to share makes a fun gift and is a good way to meet your neighbors.
BBQs and fire pits are allowed at Resonance (but remember to bring wood or fuel).
In addition to your regular Fall camping clothes, you must take the Kansas weather into consideration. Bring appropriate clothing and products to protect yourself.
Whether you bring only the bare essentials or the entire house, be sure to carefully consider each of these equipment categories:
Alcohol is permitted at Resonance for those 21 and older. When you arrive at Resonance and sign-in, you will be required to show a legal ID proof of age. Those over 21 will get a colored wristband. Anyone drinking alcohol without that wristband will be required to either show ID and get a new wristband, or leave without refund. This is for everyone’s protection and complies with local, state and federal law.
Please note NO GLASS BOTTLES ALLOWED!
This is a list of items not allowed at Resonance. Anyone possessing these items will be required to leave the event.
The main event at Resonance (10:00 pm, Saturday) is the burning of a giant effigy. It will be by far the largest fire at Resonance and is very inspiring.
Fire Art Installations must be registered with Resonance Event Coordinators for placement. We will coordinate with the artists to ensure maximum safety while their Fire Art installations are lit.
If you’ve ever seen a performer spinning fire balls in the dark, moving to a drummer’s beat, you know your life won’t be complete until you see it again. There will be plenty of individual and group fire performers at Resonance.
Please operate your toys sober and safely. Respect the ResoRangers if they approach you with any safety requests.
If you intend to party ’till dawn, you’ll need the ability to navigate at night. That means flashlights and lanterns – either gas or battery powered. Remember to bring plenty of gas cannisters and extra batteries. Fishing around in the dark for your keys is a real bummer.
If you bring or create art that will be displayed in a public area, please illuminate it in some fashion so people can appreciate it at night (and not stumble into it).
A city at night needs lights! Lights everywhere! Try attaching battery powered Christmas lights to your tent or structure. Bring that disco light you’ve kept in the closet for years. Hang glowsticks. Light tiki torches. Use glow-in-the-dark paint. Did you know there are battery powered black lights at party stores? Use your artistic imagination to help make Resonance a city of light in the wilderness
No On-Site Electricity. If you want power you’ll have to generate it yourself.
Power generators are welcome at Resonance, but please keep these things in mind:
NO ANIMALS OF ANY KIND will be allowed at Resonance with the exception of those needed by people with disabilities. Non-disabled people arriving with pets must be turned away at the Front Gate without refund.
Most animals are very bothered by the 24 hour chaos at these kinds of events and no one likes to step in, well, you know. The owners of the property have their own pets that may not appreciate your pet being there.
Your animal friend might be the coolest pet ever, a lover all humankind, an activist for inter-species peace, a performer of amazing tricks, and a crapper of jewels and bubbles. But still, please leave your super-pet at home. Don’t put the Front Gate crew through the emotionally wrenching experience of turning you away.
We all love sound camps and we all love dancing until the wee hours of the morning!
But there are a few rules Sound Camps need to abide by.
There will be Sound Marshalls taking decibel reading through out the weekend. Here are the acceptable levels.
10 AM to Midnight – 110dB
Midnight to 3:00 AM – 100dB
3 AM – 10:00 AM – 85dB
If asked by a Board Member, Sound Marshall or Ranger to turn down the music at your camp, you must do so immediately.
You will be given two warning to turn down your sound without consequence.
If your camp has to be approached a third time, your sound camp will be shut down until the next day at 8 PM.
If your camp gets shut down for breaking sound limits repeatedly, you sound will be shut down for the remainder of the event.
Are you wanting to bring a mutant vehicle, gator or golf cart to Resonance? Or do you need to car camp? Then you have come to the right place!
There are a few considerations you need to know about.
Rules for operating mutant vehicles, gators and golf carts at Resonance
If you wish to car camp, please register and let us know why you need to car camp.
Send request to Register
The rising popularity of remote control aircraft (drones, helicopters, multicopters, UAVs) has created a need for Wichita Burners to create an environment suitable for RC activity to proceed in the safest manner possible, while also respecting the privacy rights of participants.
Restrictions include, but are not limited to:
Rules of Operation
Please be aware that there are other rules and laws that may affect operations of an RC aircraft. For example, using an RC aircraft to photograph or videotape someone without their permission or for commercial purposes is not authorized under the Resonance Rules Agreement.
Intentionally or negligently injuring persons or property with an RC aircraft could lead to criminal assault and or battery charges. Be mindful of all laws, rules and regulations when operating an RC aircraft, and use common sense. If RC aircraft are operated unsafely then they will be subject to further regulation and restrictions in the future. Help make Resonance a place where RC aircraft are a valued part of the community.
Any one under the age of 18 will need to be accompanied by parent or legal guardian at all times. When you arrive at the gate you and your child will receive the same number on your wrist band, additionally your child's wristband will need to have your cell phone number written in it incase you are separated. Anyone under the age of 18 must be properly supervised by a parent or legal guardian at all times failure to so can and will result in you being asked to leave the event.
Children are allowed only in the Common area and the Kid Zone.
The Kid Zone area is reserved for family friendly camping and activities, its a place for younger burners to feel comfortable and interact with other children. Parents are encouraged to host kid friendly events such as Arts, Crafts, Games, and other learning activities that help shape young minds. Nudity is not permitted in or around this area as well as inappropriate costumes or devices.
Resonance is a participation based event, meaning it is what you make of it. Parents are encouraged to plan ahead and think of fun learning activities and events to keep children engaged at Resonance. There will be art, costumes, music, dancing and various other activities to enjoy. We highly recommend doing some research on the burner culture and community if this is your first year attending. Resonance will have a KidZone where families can camp and host events that cater to the younger community.
Children under 13 are free but you do need to acquire a ticket before they are allowed to enter. You can do this on the ticket website when you purchase your ticket. Children 13 and over will require a normal ticket to attend Resonance.