Otherworld 2017: Tabula Rasa

JUNE 23rd-26th, 2017

Tabula Rasa means that Otherworld is your “blank slate”; it is only through your participation, self-expression and communal effort that the event comes alive. We welcome you to help fill the slate by running a theme camp, making some art, reveling in the immediate experience, spinning fire, rangering, dancing a dance, faff-ing, reflecting and releasing the past at temple, joining Jared’s juggalo workshop, consensually hugging a stranger, picking up MOOP, building and burning a runt effigy, or whatever else inspires you!

Kindle Arts Society Values


We cherish self-expression and freedom of identity without judgement. We call upon each other to express ourselves with compassion and respect for others. We pursue self-expressing with respect given to personal autonomy, as well as our collective autonomy. We eschew controlling each other, and choose to control ourselves.


Everyone is welcomed with the opportunity to participate and contribute. There is no audience. Everyone is a participant. We recognize that if we give the gift of our time, effort, energy, art and passion – we create an environment of abundance, where there is plenty for all.


We respect the needs of both the members of the Society as a whole (“the community”) and the individuals who form it. We embrace diversity in all of its forms. We seek to create an environment of tolerance and mutual support, where we all have a sense of involvement and belonging.


We understand that we are responsible for our own actions, emotions, and experiences – and we are committed to being accountable for them. We treat each other with equality, tolerance and respect – even when we disagree. We strive to minimize our impact on others by ensuring that our own emotional, spiritual, and physical needs are met. We recognize that we’re accountable for the health of our community, so we cultivate an attitude of community service.

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.

Radical Inclusion

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.

Radical Self-Reliance

Burning Man encourages the individual to discover, exercise and rely on his or her inner resources.

Radical Self-expression

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.

Communal Effort

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.

Civic Responsibility

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 hearts.


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.

About the Venue

This event is being held on land owned by the Huu-ay-aht (Pron: ooh-ay-at) First Nation. Please be respectful of their territory. Information about the band and the campground itself can be found here:

Please familiarize yourself with the placement map available at the end of this document.

How to get there

Otherworld is located near Bamfield, approximately 5hrs from Victoria and is reached by driving through Port Alberni. There is a secondary route that goes through Lake Cowichan, however this path is recommended only for vehicles suitable for off-road driving and persons who are already familiar with this route. This is a very long and rough logging road that will likely damage any vehicle that is not properly outfitted.

If you are joining us from Vancouver and the mainland, we recommend taking the BC Ferry to Nanaimo, then driving 3.5hrs through Port Alberni.

In both cases, the drive from Port Alberni is about 2.5hrs and is an active logging road that is rough in places. Please make sure your vehicle is prepared for such a rugged drive and bring an emergency kit just in case. Make sure your spare tire has air and your gas tank is full before leaving Port Alberni. Please take it slow on the roads and be prepared to get out of the way for very large logging trucks. This will be a rugged West Coast adventure through an amazing Rain Forest all the way to the coast.

Please note there is limited cell service for the last few hours of the route. You can download maps to your phone in advance.

What to Bring

  • Photo ID – your registration is your legal name as on photo id, you will not get into the event without it.
  • Bring everything you would need to go camping in the West Coast Rainforest including a proper tent, tarps, medical kit, shade structures, sleeping bags, pillows, food, dishes, utensils, camp stove, etc. Don’t forget biodegradable dish soap.
  • Spare Tire(s), jack, tire iron, lock bolt key, puncture seal, puncture repair kit.
  • Anything you need to Leave No Trace. Garbage bags trash receptacles are not provided for you. Pack it in, pack it out.
  • Toilet paper single ply. Please follow the Burning Man rule: “If your body didn’t make it, the potty cannot take it.
  • Sturdy shoes, especially for night time. There are many hazards such as uneven ground, rocks, and driftwood sticking up.
  • Flashlights, head-lamps, lanterns, extra batteries, creative lighting, and blinkies.
  • Earplugs. Not everyone will want to sleep when you do.
  • Rope, glowsticks, solar lights, etc. Use these to mark off hazards like tent and tarp lines.
  • Sunscreen, lip balm, sunglasses.
  • Costumes, clothing, musical instruments, Art, theme camp decor, random creative projects.
  • Insect repellent.
  • Condoms. Lube. Just in case.
  • Smokers – portable ashtrays. Tip: Altoid tins work great.
  • Your Gifts to share with community members.
  • Electrolytes (Gatorade, Emergen-C, Brawndo).

What NOT to Bring

  • Explosives, aerial flares, rockets, fireworks, guns (real or toy or otherwise)
  • Animals. Please leave your pets at home
  • Things that create MOOP: boas, loose glitter.

Hours of Entry

Gate opens Friday, June 23rd at noon. Access to the site between Thursday June 22nd at noon until Friday at noon will be limited to those with Work Access Passes.

You will not be able to reserve a campsite for Thursday evening, and if you are at the site or arrive without an Work Access pass you will be required to vacate until gate opens Friday at noon.


Gate hours will be as follows:

  • Friday, June 23rd noon-midnight
  • Saturday, June 24th 8am-8pm


Limited entry outside of these hours may be available, but keep in mind that you will be disturbing people who are off duty which will cost you social capital.


PLEASE Carpool! There is *very* limited space for parking at Otherworld. If you need to leave early, please inform the staff at the gate and they will direct you to a special parking lot. Other vehicles will be parked close together and vehicles will be blocked in. You will not be permitted to keep your vehicle in your camping location unless you specify that you will be sleeping in your vehicle when you buy a ticket.

Campsite Facilities

There is a wash house that has hot showers (bring your loonies), flush toilets, and is fully wheelchair-accessible. There is potable water access throughout the whole campground and wash bin areas for dishes. Please endeavour to take out what you brought in. There are garbage bins and recyclables bins however please be mindful that we are a large event and could easily overwhelm these! HOWEVER there will be bins for returnables (anything with a deposit), please use these. They will be collected throughout the weekend.

Important Paperwork (PAY ATTENTION)

Code of Conduct (by purchasing a ticket you agree to abide by this code of conduct)

Waiver of Liability (also agreed to when you purchased your ticket)

Minor Consent form (must be signed and provided for any participants under 18)

Policies (ticket, mobile art, sound)

Ticket Info (see here for Refunds and Transfers information)

Mobile Art (all mobile art/sound must be registered by June 11th, 2017)

Sound Policy

What happens if I break the rules?

Violation of any policies including the Code of Conduct will result in corrective action from the event leadership team up to and including immediate removal from the event (without recourse or compensation) and potentially being disallowed to attend future Kindle Arts Society events. Criminal acts will be reported to the police.


(Also known as the 11th Principle)

Yes means Yes. No means No. Anything other than Yes, means No.
Sex with someone who is intoxicated and or incoherent is not sex. It is assault!

It is YOUR responsibility to ensure that the person you are engaging in sexual activity with is sober enough to consent. If someone is slurring or stumbling or otherwise unable to clearly make decisions, do not engage in sexual activity with them.

Fire Safety

Use fire only in a safe manner and only when authorized. All fire performance and fire art must be authorized by the designated fire safety lead and venue owners. If a fire ban is not in effect, campfires are allowed at Otherworld.

Please follow these guidelines:

  • Fires must be inside of a ring
  • Fires must be attended at all times
  • A bucket of water, a fire extinguisher, or a metal rake must be kept near your fire to help manage the fire if an issue occurs.

Fires which do not comply with all of these guidelines will be extinguished. You can find more info including the Fire Performance Manual and Flame Effects guidelines on the kindle website:


This is a ‘Leave No Trace’ event. Participants are expected to take their garbage with them. Refundable/deposit containers can be left at recycling stations. All participants are expected to MOOP their own camp and surrounding areas.

Even though this is the rainforest – please be conscious of your grey water. Limit how much is created and/or hits the ground.

Also, PEE IS MOOP. Had to be said. Please use designated bathroom facilities only.

First Responder Team

IN GENERAL if you see anyone with a radio and you are having an emergency or need help, you can ask them and they can get you the assistance you need.

Also, say THANK YOU to anyone you see with a radio. This person is choosing to be sober and responsible, likely has put in hours before and during the event to make sure everyone is safe and has a good time. We are a culture of volunteers, and we are a culture who loves and appreciates said volunteers!


Rangers are participants, for the participants. Find them usually in blue, and always with a radio.


Otherworld will have professional Emergency First Aid at the event. Please be ‘radically self-reliant’ – bring your own band-aids, drink your electrolytes, and don’t over do it. Take care of yourself and your campmates. That being said – they are there if needed. Grab the closest person with a radio if you or someone needs help for an emergency.

Producer on Shift

At all times, there will be a Producer available. This person will also have a radio and can assist.


Otherworld will have professional Security services hired for the weekend. They are mostly there to keep non-participants out of the event and to assist the Rangers and Producer on Shift if needed. If you need help, have an emergency or have a crime to report PLEASE FIRST grab a Ranger. They are best equipped to assist and coordinate any additional resources up to and including security.


Water Safety

This isn’t Club Med, there are no lifeguards. Please use common sense here; Don’t swim alone or if you’re intoxicated.

Children under 12 must be supervised at the beach AT ALL TIMES.  Children under 7 years old must be within arms reach of a parent or guardian while in the water.

Wild West Coast

No, you are NOT a mermaid. That means give the whales space. Getting too close is stressful for them, and especially for mothers and calves. We can all enjoy their presence from the beach.

In general, if you are not already aware of fishing/crabbing regulations, please refrain from doing so at this site. For reference, DFO regulations for this region can be found here:

Keep your campsite clean. Don’t leave food out or in your tent. No open alcohol containers outside of your personal camp, and absolutely not on the beach. Bears, cougars of the large cat breeds wander the area.

All local, regional and federal laws must be abided by. Part of the site is under the jurisdiction of Parks Canada, so you may see Parks Canada Wardens present over the course of the weekend. The site is also under the jurisdiction of the RCMP.

For both the Park Wardens and the RCMP, they are welcome to peruse the site and check out the event, but if they have not yet been in contact with or are not accompanied by Rangers or a Producer on Shift please let the nearest radio’d individual know.

Pachena Bay Campground Map