Wisconsin - Milwaukee

Regional Community

Hi! I'm Marilyn Besasie, Playa name – Russian Wulfgar. My first Burning Man set me on a path towards a kind of freedom and independence I'd never known could exist and I believe more people can find these things in their own lives. That's why I work year-round in Wisconsin inviting people to discover the wonders of Burning Man. I've recently developed a new, safe, and growing space specifically for the female Burning Man participants called The Wisconsin Fire Mavens. Write to me for more information.

Hi, I’m Eric Griswold, aka LordNiacin. Like many people, my first Burn showed me a world that strangely seemed more real than the world we normally live in. A place where anyone can step in and help build part of an autonomous Utopia… and then live there and participate. I have seen this experience empower and change many lives. I’m honored to help connect it to Wisconsin people as best I can.

Beginning in 2001, we've sought to connect Wisconsin to Burning Man in a variety of ways. We have brought Snowflake Village to the Playa, which has been home to a couple of Wisconsin Theme Camps. We worked with the Lakes of Fire Regional Burn in its formative years, and have held lots of local activities like Decompressions, mini-burns, and the building of interactive art pieces, including five Honoraria art pieces that have been to Burning Man and back.

At this moment we have several ongoing activities from monthly fun and community-building Burner get-togethers to how-to-build-it meetings. We welcome those who are in any part of the state to join us in building our community both here in Wisconsin, and/or out there in the desert. We are looking into having more meet and greets in town(s) in the next year. Anyone is welcome to join us for more fun and fellowship, learning and art, here in Wisconsin.

It's an exciting time to be a Burner or soon-to-be Burner in Wisconsin because we’re dedicated to finding people who want to join with us for fun, fire, art, camping, and sharing the Burning Man ethos. Get on board with making Wisconsin an awesome place to be a Burner! Please feel free to contact us, we would love to hear from you!

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Russian Wulfgar
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Burning Man changed my life and I wish everyone in the world would go JUST ONE TIME. Just go, and then I'll stop bugging you about it.
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Forget Paris. Go to Burning Man. It's one of the world's centers of innovative design. You will see more astonishing things in a day than you will ordinarily see in a year. People from the Midwest can especially benefit from this. To contribute to this connection is a privilege.