SOAK*2017, the 13th annual regional Burning Man gathering for Portland and western Oregon, is planned for May 25th - May 29th (Memorial Day weekend), at the Justesen Ranch at White River Canyon in Tygh Valley, Oregon.

SOAK’s stellar collection of department leads is evolving!

Camber has departed as a Gate lead, Chrispy is stepping down as lead for Department of Public Works, and Super Chicken is leaving Placement. We think the world of these people and working with them has been a delight! If you see them on site at SOAK*2017, please express your appreciation for all of their contributions!

We also have several contributors who are changing roles for SOAK*2017:

  • Hero, who was one of the leads for the Placement team last year, is joining the Production team as a Production Assistant and Cartographer.
  • Bubbles, who was one of the leads for the Box Office team last year, is taking over as one of the leads for the Gate team this year.
  • Sassinator was one of the leads for D’Corps last year, and this year is leading the Hospitality team.
  • Space Cadet was the lead for the Major Burnable Structure (the Mothership) last year, and this year she has joined browse as a lead on the Media team.
  • Cucumber, who has been a lead for Rangers for several years, is stepping away from that role to focus on his position as board member for Precipitation NW.

We are also bringing on board a handful of new faces to join our returning leaders from last year. We’re extremely lucky that so many qualified and committed individuals applied for positions, and it was difficult to choose only four. We’re grateful to everyone who offered to be of service.

  • Chew Toy is a new lead for the Box Office team, joining our returning lead, Pantsless.
  • Cupcake is a new lead for the Department of Public Works, working with DPW’s returning lead, Hatchet.
  • Nipple is returning, joining Bubbles as a lead for Gate.
  • Hazelnut is stepping up to be a lead for Rangers, alongside our returning lead, Sinamox.
  • Joshy is a new lead for the Placement team, joining the returning leads, BlindSpot and Ceres.
  • Juliana is a new lead for Sanctuary, joining the returning lead Me2.

Please join us in welcoming the these folks in their new roles!


Before the dust had settled on SOAK*2016, before the last piece of moop was cleared and the last rebar stake pulled out, the fates beckoned us to look to the future -- toward SOAK*2017.

We had plumbed the depths of science, and now sought other modes of inquiry to guide us toward good fortune in the year ahead. We cast lots on Sunday morning in search of an answer. At the Temple conflagration that night, we burned an offering in the flames. We wished for guidance upon a shooting star. We crossed our fingers at midnight and placed our ticket stubs under our pillows before we fell asleep.

Monday morning, an oracle raked the cooling burn scar and read the cinders for an omen. The ashes revealed their prophecy. We are spooked, thrilled and excited to announce the theme for SOAK*2017: Superstition.

Knock on wood; the thirteenth year of SOAK should be a fortuitous experience!