Cognitive Awakening Festival 2012 Survival Guide
You Must Read This!
The Cognitive Awakening is not your everyday festival. Following in the steps of Burning Man, it is held in sometimes extreme conditions and participants agree to take personal responsibility for their own health and safety while at the event. The people who attend Cognitive Awakening are no mere “attendees,” but rather active participants in every sense of the word: they create the festival, the interaction, the art, the performance and ultimately the “experience.” Participation is at the very core of Cognitive Awakening, and there are many ways to participate.
Things to look out for:
Things you must bring:
We Strongly Suggest You Bring:
· Common sense, an open mind, and a positive attitude!
· An extensive First-aid kit
· A wide brim hat (a chinstrap is useful in the wind).
· A cooking stove if you expect to heat food or liquid.
Helpful Things to Bring:
Your Body Vs. The Elements
Daytime temperatures routinely exceed 100ºF and the humidity is extremely low, which rapidly and continually wicks the moisture from your body. Because the atmosphere is so dry, you may not feel particularly warm, but you’ll be steadily drying up. Sunscreen, lip balm and skin lotion are your best friends. Put on sunscreen every morning and repeat as needed during the day.
Don’t be surprised if you spend your first day feeling a bit queasy and cranky. Begin drinking more water as you approach the desert. To stay healthy and enjoy the event, drink water all the time whether you think you need it or not. Drinking up to one gallon of water per person per day is the rule of thumb.
Remember to eat proper salty foods to prevent electrolyte imbalance. Users of alcohol, caffeine or other drugs are particularly at risk for dehydration, and should pay careful attention to their water intake. Dehydration can cause headaches, stomach cramps, abdominal pains, constipation, or flu-like symptoms. It exacerbates both heat-related and cold-related conditions (i.e. heat exhaustion and hypothermia), and makes it difficult for the body to mend itself. If someone you know complains of these symptoms, or shows signs of either severe overheating or (worse) a case of chills under the mid-day sun, get them to shade immediately and seek prompt medical help. In case of emergency, go to the Medical Clinic in the Meadow camping area or at the main stage area. Medical staff are always on duty and evacuation is available.
Some signs that you may not be drinking enough water:
Beating the Heat (and the Cold)
Make sure you bring some kind of shade for your camp and try to lie low during the hottest part of the day (save your strength for the night). Use sunscreen, sunglasses, a hat, and water. If you don’t take a few basic steps to protect yourself, the desert’s midday sun will cook you in no time. However, when the sun drops over the horizon, temperatures can quickly plummet fifty degrees. Overnight lows in the 40's can seem exceptionally cold after extensive daytime sun, so you’ll want to bring warm clothing, and a good sleeping bag as well.
Culture and Community at Cognitive Awakening
Because many people only know a world shaped by institutions, service workers and commercial transactions, they may not even recognize the signs of a community. Here are a few of its indicators:
Communities are built on the recognition of the unique abilities of every member. Commerce and the public service sector outside of Cognitive Awakening define us on the basis of deficiency and need.
Community activities incorporate celebration, parties, and other social events. The line between work and play becomes blurred. The human nature of everyday life becomes part of the way you work. You will know that you are in a community if you often hear laughter and singing.
Community is cooperative uniting us as varied members of one body. By contrast, when we consume a service, we’re made passive. Fifty million people may view a television program or consume a beverage in complete isolation from one another.
In the community, transactions of value take place without money, advertising, or hype. Care emerges in place of structural service.
In universities, people know through studies. In businesses and bureaucracies, people know by reports. In communities, people know by stories.
We are a family friendly event.
We encourage everyone to know where the kids camp, named “Indigo Hive”, is located on the map. If you are not a family friendly camp, please place yourself far away from it. If you are a family camp yourself, consider camping between there. For more info, contact Sophia@cognitiveawakening.com
All parents should attend to their children and are responsible for their safety and well being at all times. Parents not behaving responsibly with regard to their children may be asked to leave the event.
If you encounter a lost child, alert a High Rock Security member immediately. Always be respectful and aware of the presence of children at Cognitive Awakening, and be considerate of their needs.
Never Let it Hit The Ground!
There is garbage collection service at Cognitive Awakening, however every camp is responsible for its refuse. We are ALL responsible for trash in here. Trash is EVERYTHING you bring here: tent stakes, bottle caps, ashes, wood debris, orange peels, cigarette butts, pistachio shells, rope fibers, sequins–even abandoned bikes. Use a tarp under construction areas, kitchens and other areas with small and potentially loose materials. Do not put trash in the portable toilets. Even small trash will clog the cleaning hose for the potty. The toilet will fill and can’t be emptied. When you see trash on the ground, pick it up and take it with you! Better yet, prevent trash from happening. MOOP attracts more MOOP. Observe these simple rules: Never let it hit the ground and clean as you go.
Waste Reduction and Recycle Resolutions:
Have a good time!
Sincerely, The Cognitive Awakening Crew