Imagine being covered in fine dust for days, and mix in an ample amount of sweat and exhaustion and you're starting to get close to what your body feels like at Burning Man. Now imagine stepping into a big tent with loud music from a live DJ and about 200 naked people dancing as they excitedly wait their turn 'get foamed'. Now imagine standing there dancing as you watch about 60 people at the front of the line enter into a big plexi-glass chamber and stand shoulder to shoulder with friends and perfect strangers - all naked of course. Now imagine you are now one of those people in the chamber and from the catwalk above, people with hoses give you the gift of cool refreshing water from head to toe. The excitement builds and everyone around you is chanting "Foam, Foam, Foam, Foam". Just then, copious amounts of Dr. Bronner's peppermint foam come spewing down from the heavens above! All you can do is close your eyes, squeal with delight, and start rubbing up against the other slippery foamed bodies all around you. It's freakin' hilarious! I know it sounds kinky but it's so epic that it's not sexual or weird at all. Oh yeah, and you can feel the tingle of the peppermint soap Everywhere! Then you step out of the chamber completely elated and in amazement of what you just experienced. That's the 'foam dome'.
Haircuts with intention:
Last year a few friends of mine shaved each others heads. They had set intentions for what they wanted to let go of and what they wanted to call in (this is right up my alley of course). It was so powerful for them that they were inspired to give this gift to others. They packed up their clippers and went to the 'foam dome' to set up shop. They asked each person what they wanted to release and what they wanted to call in. Then they would hold the space as they shaved that persons hair off. It was a big hit so they returned this year and I felt called to be part of it. So for 3 or so hours I worked one on one with a bunch of people that shared their intentions and prayers with me before I either shaved their head, part of their head or carved out some funky design. Oh, by the way, all the people were naked of course - not us cutting hair though. Working with hair that was full of playa dust was like working with a whole different medium. Very sculptural. It was super awesome. I got totally lost in what I was doing and my creativity was completely unleashed! Some people gave me some direction for what they wanted me to do to their hair but many just asked me to do whatever came through me. I had to work as fast as possible and let go of my perfectionist tendencies since their were so many people waiting in line for our services. It was so different than how I work at the Beauty Temple and absolutely liberating! I am already looking forward to gifting my Burning Man community in this way again next year!