Event Details

We are shaking things up a bit starting this decade! We have decided to split our event into a new Burning Man Regional AND our beloved Decompression!! That’s right, TWO EVENTS! Our Regional burn will be held July 17th- 20th and we are so happy to be returning home to the meadow! Decomp will be returning to its roots once again becoming a one-night party in Boise, ID on the first Saturday of October.

What is a regional burn?

The Burning Man Regional burn is a weekend camp out before people head to TTITD that focuses on community and the practice of the Burning Man principles.

Idaho Decompression, also called Decomp, is a community event that functions on community participation for decompressing purposes as we settle back into the default world after our week in the desert.

This is a non-profit event held by burners for burners whether or not they've been to Burning Man. Ticket sales cover the cost of throwing the event. We strive to keep this event affordable for all, and in doing so it may not be as flashy as other events - remember, we aren't putting on a show - YOU are the show, we only arrange the infrastructure. Any proceeds left over will be donated back to the Decomp infrastructure, Decomp Art Grants, and local artists. Our budget is 100% public and we will share it with any who are interested.

Bring it. Do it. Live it.

This event is what YOU make it - If you think something needs to be added to Decomp - take action and do it! It's called Do-ocracy: and that is what makes this event thrive.

A do-ocracy is an organizational structure in which individuals choose roles and tasks for themselves and execute them. Responsibilities attach to people who do the work, rather than elected or selected officials.

This is a WEEKEND CAMPING EVENT. Bring everything you need to survive a weekend in the wilderness. We've listed some basics for you here:

  • Water (a gallon a day per person - minimum!)
  • Shelter (Don't forget to stake your sh*t down - or you will watch your home blow away! (Decomp circa 2014)
  • Food (duh)

Practice Radical Self-Reliance. Plan accordingly. We Leave No Trace, we respect others, and we cause no harm. You are Burners, you know this sh*t. But in case you don't, please familiarize yourself with the 2016 Burning Man Survival Guide: http://survival.burningman.org/ This is Idaho. Be prepared.




FIRES - Idaho is considered an extremely high fire risk most of the summer. Federal burn bans are usually still in place when Decomp is held. Our Decomp committee is up to date and current on burn ban regulations and our priority is to protect our forests and wild lands. It is important to stick to our policy regarding fire at Decomp. It has been created for a very good reason and goes something like this:

Yes we will do everything in our power to burn stuff. Our DPW crew and our Safety crew work together with our Security Crew and Red Truck Wildfire Fire Protection Services to create a safe place for art to burn. Artists interested in burning are also trained and provided a detailed check list for safe burning.

Yes we have trained firefighters on site with water trucks and Emergency plans in place with Boise County. Please don't interfere with safety protocols that have been implemented.

Yes we will provide warming fires for your lil bods. Fires are to remain in Decomp provided raised burn barrels ONLY. These burn barrels are equipped with screens and tools to keep accidental fires to a minimum and are only to be used when regulations allow. We have some wood to share, but not an unlimited supply. Please be respectful when re-fueling a community burn barrel not to fill it to the top and please replace the screen that is provided.

No you cannot bring your personal fire pan. No you cannot make a fire pit at the venue. No tiki torches or open flames will be allowed.

Yes you can bring wood to burn. Propane is the new fire. Look into it.

Pack it in - Pack it out

This is a LEAVE NO TRACE Event. You brought it. You take it home. Even that compo-stable orange peel you tossed on the ground...oranges don't grow in Idaho, so why would an orange peel be welcome in our wilderness? It's not. Nor are nut shells, banana peels, and especially not cigarette butts and aluminum cans.

There will NOT be garbage receptacles available. DO NOT THROW YOUR GARBAGE AWAY on the road. It’s not a thing. Do a MOOP pick up after you have packed up and before you drive away. Please help us in returning our venue to the way it was before we got there. Its one of the 10 principles we strive to live by.

2018 Decomp WWW

If your theme camp has an event that you would like in the WWW, please email that information to guide@idahodecompression.com by September 21st. New this year, we are also including theme camp bios. If your theme camp would like to add a blurb about what your theme camp is all about and who your point people are, please include that information in the email. If you have sent your information, but do not see it here, please resend it. Additionally, check the information below to make sure it is correct. Thank you!

Here is your preliminary WWW for your 2018 Idaho Decompression:


Surprise Event Hosted by Camp Make Emergency Choices at some point


2:00 pm - Center Camp - Junior Burn Build

Hi, this is Sam your fire lead. It's TIME, to let the juniors be a part of

the building of the burning art's. I'm going to host A Jr. Burn build Friday in center camp at 2pm. I'll bring wood, glue, dowels and and a drill with bits.

If anyone would like to bring wood stuff for the juniors to build with, that will totally rock. I ask, please, that there be no paint or coloring with markers or stain on the wood that is to be burned.

I plan on letting the juniors burn their art pieces before the man on Saturday, all at once, and in the same spot. Fire perimeter crew and the fire truck will be present, just like all other burns. Looking forward to all the wonderful art this year at Decompression. To see the new art, and some of the older art. And to see are juniors grow in the community.

4:00 pm to 5:00 pm - Camp Make Emergency Choices - Rose Happy Hour

Bring a cup and your ID

6:00 PM - Center Camp - Fire Training Class

This is Sam, your fire lead for Idaho decompression. If you would like to be a part of the fire perimeter team, and help keep everyone safe for all the burns.

I'll teach and show you how to put out fire poi, staff, swords, ext. I will teach you how to communicate with a fire performer who my of caught on fire, and how to put them out.

I will also go over what all is involved in the fire perimeter safety. I will go over what all I need from all of you great volunteers, to help make this a great burning experience for everyone.


10:00 am to 12:00 pm - Camp Make Emergency Choices - Beer Bongs For Breakfast



1:00 am - Camp Make Emergency Choices - Grilled Cheese



This years temple is called , "A New Beginning." Ouroborus is a reminder that endings are new beginnings. Let us burn away the cares of the past and embrace the present moment and it's infinite unfolding possibilities. Dedicated to my beautiful friend Patrick Ames for lending me his inspiration and Tonya Wilcox for helping me find home.

Leticia Camacho - Mural Art

I would like to create a piece that showed the connections we can make in a community like ours. The connections we make with each other, with nature, and with music. I'd love to depict the importance of all of these factors in our life and maybe bring us closer together.

Sam Wilson - Warm Snuggles

It is a great place to snuggle up and keep warm at night.

Heather Joy Palmer - Artist

This has been an ongoing piece for about a year. It is ever evolving and now features all of the totems having the ability to spin freely making it quite entertaining for festival goers. This piece, in all it's different forms, has been displayed at the 2017 and 2018 konnexion, 2017 eclipse, and 2018 Sensory Illumination. I plan on taking it many more places as I perfect it throughout the years.

You're My Larry - Art Piece

The founder of Burning Man may have left us and yet his ideals of the world we can create continues. A small idea at the time became a life changing counter culture that thrives within a community. That community pushes towards the 10 Principles that Larry Harvey wrote and we all thrive to accomplish on playa and off.

Idaho Art - Structure

Messages to our loved ones... we encourage any and all to be a part in letting our loved ones we have lost to soon that we miss them and think of them daily we want everyone to write a loved one a message and then when we burn it our letters s our sent to our loved ones that have passed.

Sound Camps

Animal Planet - Sound Camp

We are proud to present the amazing ANIAML PLANET SOUND CAMP. Bring your fuzzy and furry gear to our camp and join us for an awesome time of animalistic behavior in the great outdoors. Featuring the area's top DJ's and open decks for new or upcoming DJ's. Wild visuals will be provided for all of your nocturnal zoo visits. OUR CAMP IS YOURS! So, let us know if you're interested in adding something fun to our theme. ANIMAL PLANET SOUND CAMP... It's where the party animals go!

Big Daddy's House - Sound Camp

Come to Big Daddy’s House for butt wiggling music that will have you bumping butts and pumping fists all night long! Look for our schedule of artists at the front of our camp and find your favorite music among our many eclectic performers!

Theme Camps

Camp Make Emergency Choices - Theme Camp

We are the camp that brings you the infamous morning beer bongs, midnight grilled cheeses, and one hell of a good time! We've got new and old events, so come and PARTICIPATE with us all weekend long!

KitchyKamp -Theme Camp

KitchyKamp is a pop-up skeleton camp kitchen with 2 grills, 4 propane burners and tables situated under 2 20x30ft tents available for foodies to use to prepare BYO meals, snacks, burgers, bacon and drinks.

Campbiguous - Theme Camp

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NO DRAMA!! Theme Camp promoting such things as, Gifting, Leave No Trace, Radical Self-Expression & Reliance, Cacophony, etc.

Camp Fuck Yeah - Theme Camp

We are a community that is created by you! We strive to embody all the the ten principles but we pride ourselves on radical inclusion, immediacy, and participation. This our fifth year at Decomp and YOU make it better every year! Come rally at Camp Fuck Yeah; we always have something going on so make sure to stop by often and stay as long as you’d like! We are even a bar! Bring your cup and we will fill it up! We love to drink - we love to laugh - we get raunchy- we get crazy, sometimes - we are excited to meet you! FUCK YEAH! FUCK YEAH!

The OG Chill Spot - Theme Camp

The black irish fellow returns with his own spin on the DCOMP experience. stop by and enjoy the vibe at the OG CHILL SPOT. off to the side, a bit of a walk away but worth it!

Vibe Tribe - Theme Camp

Spin my wheel and hear my sound.

Camp Bivowhackadoodle, the Camp of Contradictions - Theme Camp

We are the Camp of Contradictions, we are the Light and the Darkness. We live a life of Enthusiastic Consent, that welcomes both the Pleasure and the Pain. Bring yourselves, your Light and Darkness, and be prepared to explore both.

Dragonfly Highve (the E is silent) - Theme Camp

Dragonfly Highve, Trampoline and dragonflies, in the meadow