We are not a festival and unlike many traditional festivals, Where the Sheep Sleep (WtSS) is an entirely participant-driven event. The WtSS participants make the event what it is. YOU are responsible for your experience. No spectators!

What is provided

A place to be, a place to poop, power and a tap where drinking water can be collected (However if you don’t want to stand in line we do advice you to bring your own drinking water). Community power (up to max 100m away from you). That is all that is provided for you. Everything else, including, but not limited to, drinking water, food, drinks, extension chords, sound system, shelter, candy, art, hugs, clothing, music, performances, medical supplies (there is a project called the EHBO with certified first-aid on shifts), fire safety (please follow the instructions from the NL chief of the fire safety), common sense, cleaning, loving and dancing will be up to the citizens of WtSS to provide.

Leave no trace

No trash receptacles are provided. Please take everything you bring to the event back home with you: pack it in, pack it out – every last tiny scrap. Never ever let trash hit the ground, but clean up as You go. If it is your cigarette butt, grey water, snus, beer can or decoration, it goes in your car home.


You cannot buy, sell, promote or barter anything. WtSS is a place of sharing and free exchange within a gift economy. A real gift is given and received without any expectation of reciprocation. That said, don’t feel expected to give what you cannot or will not.

Bring your own cup

WtSS is a BYOC-event, meaning that you are supposed to bring and take responsibility for your own cup, bowl and cutlery. There will be many participants offering food or drinks and if all of them bring disposable utensils it adds unnecessary strain on both our event and our planet. BYOC solves this problem.


Cars that are not essential part of the art and creativity of WtSS (mutant vehicles/art cars) should be parked in the designated parking area. You could buy parking tickets together with your entry ticket.  

Personal Safety

Our event site can potentially be a challenging environment; come prepared to confront and be responsible for your own survival. It’s dark on the site — stay safe: illuminate yourself, your bike, and your artwork and/or camp at night. You are responsible for You. Please view the what to bring and not to bring checklist.

Fire Guidelines

According to Dutch law it’s not allowed to have small fires close to the camping area (this is for our safety and includes flares, BBQs etc). A designated place to cook (where open propane fires and barbecue are ok) is at the camp central kitchen tents. We want to be able to come back to the place so please respect this.

Controlled bonfires are permitted only in the for this use provided “fire bowls” that are placed on designated areas on the terrain.  

Before starting any open fire (including fireworks, open barbecues or bonfires), you are required to make sure that total fire prohibition is not in effect. This decision is taken on a day to day basis by the local government and is non-negotiable if in effect. Your nearest “Wolf Ranger” will know if this is the case.

Questions with answers:

  • Can we make a fireplace anywhere? > Controlled bonfires are permitted only in the for this use provided “fire bowls” that are placed on designated areas on the site.
  • What is the difference between a fire and a stove? > a Stove is only for cooking (on gas), so no open fire!
  • How far from other things does it need to be? > a minimum of 3 meters from (sleeping) tents is required.
  • How common is it that there is a general fire ban in the area in July? > it all depends on the weather…


For those of you who are not an official sound camp but would like to have music or other acoustic & amplified entertainment within their camp, the maximum sound limit at the camp site is 75db (A), comparable to an iPod with small speaker and definitely not a professional sound system.

Be thoughtful of your neighbors and respect our surroundings. Amplified sound after 11pm and before 10am is not allowed as the event takes place in a nature reserve; on sunday morning UNTIL 1pm -out of respect for the “sunday-rest” of our surroundings and our own meditation activities and temple performances- we limit our sounds again. (Also transportation is not allowed during these hours.)

Would you like to share louder music with the other guests please contact the organization, so that we can reserve a spot for you on one of the stages.


We share power at WtSS. The reason for this is mainly environmental reasons, as we can get green power from the grid and we don’t want people to use generators in the quarry. However, this means that we will all have to help each other out in minimizing consumption or the entire city will go down. Bring only LED lights and try to not use heaters (toaster, water boilers). Turn things off when you’re not using them.


WtSS is a closed, private event on private land, only accessible for the members of our non-profit organization and ticketholders of WtSS. This not only allows us to reject non-registered members, but requires us to reject non-registered members, to be able to follow the laws of a non-public event. This is very important.

The event is also subject to all Dutch law. Law enforcement agencies may come visit WtSS, and you risk being cited and/or arrested if you are caught breaking the law. WtSS does not promote or condone the use of illegal drugs.

Public Boundaries

The area we are using is fenced off, but it is possible for un-invited members of the public to wander into the event. If you encounter any outsider in the event area kindly explain to them that this is a private event on private land and ask them to leave. In case you don’t want that to do yourself, ask a Wolf Ranger to help you.


This is a closed event and every participant must be a registered, paying member of our non profit organization to be able to attend (or a guest of a member). Everyone will be checked in by name at the gate. There are no visitors allowed. By registering as a member are you also legally bound to the Event Participation Agreement.

If you see someone not wearing a wristband, please ask them to leave. If this causes any troubles please inform a Wolf Ranger.


WtSS is a pro-consent event. We believe that consent plays a vital part in our connectivity and community. Ensure all sides are mutually consensual prior to physical encounters (i.e hugging, groping, spanking); as are scent-sual encounters (i.e any smelly, oily or other substances applied to the skin); or sexual encounters. Consent must be clearly granted from an individual who is clearly in control of their faculties enough to grant it.

Photography and video

Film and photography is only allowed with full consent of ‘the subject’ and within this policy for the “use of images”.

Only small pocket size cameras are allowed on the terrain (no cameras with changeable lenses or SLR cameras). During the event photos and film could be taken of visitors for the purpose of non-profit goals by Burning Man Foundation: you’ll recognize those cameras by a remarkable tag.

Press & Media

Burning Man Netherlands – “Where the Sheep Sleep” is a private event on private property, and photographers, videographers and documentarians wishing to capture images intended for public distribution are required to submit a proposal and sign use agreements prior to the event.


Where the Sheep Sleep

A Burning Man NL Summer Event - July 29-31 2016

Burning Man is not a festival. It’s a catalyst for creative culture in the world.