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We are a gathering of thinkers, doers, artists, and builders 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. 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.

Ephemerisle 2012

Ephemerisle 2012 will happen during June 6-10.

Get involved

Join the Facebook Group and the Mailing Lists, or chat on IRC (http://webchat.freenode.net/?channels=ephemerisle).

Help schedule, plan, or attend any of these other [upcoming events]. (List not kept up to date... check Facebook group as well)

Fill out the boat/platform survey so we can plan the city. Learn how to build your own floating platform! Come to the build your own land event, Saturday, April 8-9. Download Ratha Grimes' 2011 platform design.

Build an Art Project. Ideas for 2012 (what would you like to try this year?)

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

Read the Survival guide.

Rideshares, boatshares, and more.


Current fundraising efforts for ephemerisle projects.

Central Platform -- The central platform was a key component of last year's ephemerisle. Currently at $485. $1200 is needed to pay for the past year's storage and to get it back to this year's event. Another $2000 is needed if we're to also expand the platform to 20'x28' link

Jellypus -- a massive underwater octopus like light show. Funded at $523, looking to raise $1000+ link

Lemonade and lasers -- a floating lemonade stand with lasers. Funded at $1060. Need $1400 for lasers, and $1800 for underwater lights too. link