THE TEN PRINCIPLES
Reclaimation is an experiment in creative, collaborative and cash-free community building and its culture is guided by the following Ten Principles.
Anyone may be a part of Reclaimation. We welcome and respect the stranger. No prerequisites exist for participation in our community. If you’re here, you’re a participant!
Reclaimation is devoted to acts of gift giving. Gifting does not contemplate a return or an exchange for something of equal value. In fact a true gift requires nothing in return whatsoever, not even a “thank you”.
It can be tempting to think of physical objects as gifts but the best gifts are those of time and energy. Would you rather receive the ingredients or the freshly cooked meal?
In order to preserve the spirit of gifting, our community seeks to create social environments that are unmediated by commercial sponsorships, transactions, or advertising. We stand ready to protect our culture from such exploitation. We resist consumption as a substitute for participatory experience.
We encourage the individual to discover, exercise and rely on their inner (and outer) resources. There is no shop to buy supplies from (other than ice), no tap to refill at. The nights can get cold, the sun burns and it will rain…..a lot.
Radical self-expression arises from the unique gifts of the individual. No one other than the individual or a collaborating group can determine its content. It is offered as a gift to others. In this spirit, the giver should respect the rights and liberties of the recipient.
Our community values and relies on creative cooperation and collaboration. We strive to produce, promote and protect social networks, public spaces, works of art, and methods of communication that support such interaction. There are no superstars, VIPs, or classes between you and what you want to contribute.
We are all responsible for learning and demonstrating the Principles together, and supporting each other as we do so. Community members who organise events should assume responsibility for public welfare and endeavour to communicate civic responsibilities to participants. In addition to the principles, they assume responsibility for conducting events in accordance with Australian laws.
Any gifting of alcoholic beverages should be in line with legal guidelines. It is an offence under federal law to provide alcohol to minors.
LEAVING NO TRACE
Our community respects the environment. We are committed to leaving no physical trace of our activities wherever we gather. We clean up after ourselves and endeavour, whenever possible, to leave such places in a better state than when we found them. All MOOP is my MOOP (matter out of place).
Our community is committed to a radically participatory ethic. We believe that transformative change, whether in the individual or in society, can occur only through the medium of deeply personal participation. We achieve being through doing. Everyone is invited to work. Everyone is invited to play. We make the world real through actions that open the heart. Hit up the crew coordinator (pre-event) and part!c!pat!on station (during event) to find out how to get involved.
Immediate experience is, in many ways, the most important touchstone of value in our culture. We seek to overcome barriers that stand between us and a recognition of our inner selves, the reality of those around us, participation in society, and contact with a natural world exceeding human powers. No idea can substitute for this experience.