From Ephemerisle
Revision as of 16:30, 15 June 2011 by Adam (talk) (2011 Event)
Jump to: navigation, search


Ephemerisle 2009

We are a gathering of thinkers, doers, artists, builders, and partiers interested in life on the water.

We construct a floating city on the Sacramento River Delta and live on it for four days. You could think of it as Burning Man on water, but there's a lot more to it. Burning Man is now a large, polished, centrally organized, and carefully controlled event. Not-Ephemerisle has elements of Burning Man in the early 1990s: a new adventure into an alien environment, with discoveries, adventures, and mishaps along the way. There are no tickets, no central organizers, no rules, and no Rangers to keep you safe. It's radical self-reliance. New to life on the water? So are we! We're figuring it out as we go.

Since there's no central organizer, the event only happens if people contribute. Here are some things you can do: Bring art, give talks, build your own boats and platforms, make music, help build this wiki, go wakeboarding and enjoy being a pioneer.

Pictures are often better than words. Here's a quick slideshow from the last two years of (not)Ephemerisles.

Read about the Event's History.

2011 Event

With no tickets and no organizers, the 2011 event, June 9 - June 12, was an unequivocal success. (GPS Location).

(Most of the) Ephemerisle 2011 microtalks (transcribed by Dan Dascalescu).

Ongoing discussions:

Post Ephemerisle Meetup/Discussion:

Lost and found:


How to attend

Don't know where to start? Learn the Basics.

Read the Survival guide.

Rideshares, boatshares, and more here.

Get Involved

Join the Facebook Group and the Mailing Lists.

Build an Art Project or fund one of the projects on Kickstarter.


Related and interesting links here.

BYOL design here.

Knots to know.

Research about ways to float structures.