For its 9th year, Things that Swing is once again headed to the playa! 

Things That Swing is the official theme camp of Archimedes Design. Our original community hub, it is the place that first initiated the need and desire to build better playa structures. We bring it back to Burning Man year after year where we keep refining how we build, camp, and make participatory space. 

First and foremost, Things That Swing (TTS) is a lounge dedicated to pendular motion and friendly interactions. The over-sized and playa-sturdy porch swing in our “front yard” is emblematic of our attitude. With plenty of space to share the swing with a stranger or two, you can also load it up with a cozy crowd. Day or night, you’re always welcome to get off your feet and into the swing of things. 

Some visitors to our camp are content with this level of interaction, but we do our best to draw them in for more. All week long we have camp hosts who encourage visitors to come inside our public dome spaces and stay awhile. Hosts are there to answer questions, describe camp offerings, and share a story or two. To us, nothing says success like this basic act of engagement and friendship. 

The people part is vital, but without supporting infrastructure and shelter we’d all be standing around in the sun getting burnt to a crisp! We plan to have 8 Archimedes Design domes as part of our theme camp offering. This year the domes are more inter-connected, where the central shade structures will serve as both community space and provide access to the other domes in the complex. This will provide ample shaded space for community gatherings, scheduled events, and deep relaxation. 

Architecture shapes our interactions; for example, the round enclosures created by dome architecture are fundamentally democratic, nudging people to sit in inclusive circles. Brightly coloured, perforated walls and large entrances suggest a playful and welcoming camp environment that rarely fails to attract visitors. 

On top of the chill and welcoming vibe, there will never be a dull moment with a pretty full schedule of classes, workshops, and performances. We will have fire, circus, yoga,  workshops and events, and even a wedding!

This year, we’re partnering with a women’s circus troupe from Montreal. They have an aerial rig for silks and trapeze; they’re also stilt walkers. This is their first time back to Burning Man in 10 years, and they’re thrilled to share all the things they’ve learned since they were first inspired to take up the circus arts—at Burning Man! They’re also celebrating the anniversary of a playa wedding that’s still going strong. They’re committed to teaching a couple classes and putting on a couple performances, plus they’ve assured us that ad hoc instruction and entertainment will be almost daily occurrences. Lucky us!

It also wouldn’t be Burning Man without some fire. Both of our founders are NYFD-licensed fire safeties and fire performers. We’ll be hosting a impromptu neighbourhood spin jam for fire performers mid-week. During the day, we’ll offer a couple technique classes on spinning and flow-arts.

For several years, we’ve been offering naked yoga classes. We’re not sure what changed, but the past two years have been wildly popular. Rather than turn anyone away, the studio space has been filled to maximum capacity, with standing room only. This presents some interesting challenges to offering traditional yoga poses, and the classes have veered into a rather more heady and mindful experience, leaning into a message of vulnerability and radical self-acceptance. The feedback has been overwhelming. 

We're also thrilled to continue offering a workshop on sensual touch exchange that we call The Bonobo Lodge. This event arose from an early survey of erotic interactivity’s at Burning Man. Those were (mostly) wonderful, but we felt like there was something missing, so in true Self-Reliant fashion, we developed something new. Consent is an essential requirement for participation. Workshops are offered during the day, as we find this helps participants remain focused on the intent of the practice. 

We are so excited to once again bring this offering out to the playa. We hope that anyone who is attending Burning Man this year won’t hesitate to stop by for a visit! 

We are located at 2:15 & B

Our scheduled event times:


Monday, 11:00a - 12:30p

Come check out this new method of dome construction that sets up in under an hour with no tools and only two people!


repeats Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, 1:00p - 3:00p
also on Tuesday, 4:00p - 6:00p

Come learn to touch in the way inspired by our Bonobo cousins, who resolve the tension of conflict through intimacy rather than violence. This is a naked experience where you should expect to touch and be touched by someone you don't already know, within a carefully structured and monitored program. 


Monday, 4:00p - 6:00p

Learn to tie a loincloth. Fabric will be provided or bring your own strip (approx 1' x 8'). Put YOUR fun in a FUNdoshi!


repeats Tuesday, Wednesday, 11:00a - 12:30p

Wonderful circus performers Mélodie and Daïna from Montreal, Quebec, will help you shimmy and shake to make your hula hoop shine! All levels welcome.

Things That Swing B & 2:15


Thursday, 11:00a - 12:30p

Calling all spinners, flow artists, and upper-body activators. We'll be teaching simple and complex movement patterns, to restore health and balance to your arms, shoulder girdle, and trunk. Bring your favourite prop or try out some of ours. Beginners welcome.


Thursday, 4:00p - 7:00p

Come celebrate 10 years of sparkling, delicious and ecstatic love between Mélodie and Daïna at this vintage, classy, sassy, wedding afterparty.


Friday and Saturday, 11am-12:30pm

Yoga gradually removes the false layers covering your true self. Begin with a powerful symbolic and liberating act: strip off your cloth layer. This all-levels practice will focus on awakening your largest sense organ to help ground you in the present moment.

Make sure to drop by or check the event board at the front of the camp to catch impromptu events, performances and ad hoc classes!

 Article by  Jodi Sharp

Article by Jodi Sharp