A Burning Man Theme Camp

We are Monkey Bar. From 2013 to 2017 we were Sun Guardians and are now bringing a new, lighter vibe. As the founder of the camp, Toaster had often been inspired by music and various forms of art when working with developing the camp theme. In this case the inspiration comes from a few directions. In 2017 the monkey god Hanuman played a lot in his playa adventures and he wanted to fit that in for the next year. Jamie Hewlette (from the Gorrillaz band) also  did some amazing work around the Monkey King of Chinese lore. So, with those images in mind we are looking at a fun tea bar in the desert filled with monkeys.

Why Monkey Bar?

This camp is a transformation of what it was the first 5 years of it’s existence. Formerly Sun Guardians, we shed the past to be born into a fresh tomorrow with a vision of creating a space that serves the people of the camp as well as the community we go in to. As a theme camp we are providing a service to our community. Our bar is a tea bar with the traditional Milk Tea and Bubble Teas that have been a part of our theme for years. It includes wonderfully curated A/C air as an Oasis for people making their way through the city.

We are also working hard on providing an additional service and facet that will serve us and the community in the form of an art car. Monkey Car will also carry a mobile, artistic version of the camp into the playa for nights of adventure and celebration.

What is it about Monkey Bar that is special? Why? The goal is to create a family atmosphere in a space that has all the benefits a person could dream of when they go to Burning Man without becoming a PnP camp. We require everyone take part in this project in one form or another. So that people who live far away form the home-base of the camp can feel some sense of ownership and contribution. Monkeys? There is a story for that too. (Link )

Want to Join Us? Each year we learned something new and while still growing we are rolling into 2018 with some specific changes and requirements of our participants. These will unfold in the required reading: Joining Us page. Our 2018 plan is changing!!! We are shifting our core principles. The application to join us is at the bottom of the 2018 page once you have read all the documents linked in this paragraph.


2017 Camp Photo with Imola added
2017: We were still missing a few people in this shot but will add them soon. Sun Guardians 2017 in the temple to Kali Maa. 28 members


2016 Camp Photo
2016: 44 Members

Another amazing year. Read more here.


2016 Sun Guardians Group Shot
2015: 37 Members: Piko seems to be missing from this pic

We have doubled in size every year in membership. Our infrastructure has also grown, too. The goal has been to provide something we can stand proudly in front of. It is a spiritual camp where a majority of the members who were not spiritual in nature. Yet still super amazing.


2014 Sun Guardians Group Photo
2014: 20 Members

Every year had it’s ups and downs, but we came together in a way that was very special. Our formula for bringing people into the fold has been pure luck. Three years, as of 2015, with a great crew. There are requirements to join covered in the documentation here on the site.


2013 Sun Guardians Team
2013: 10 Members

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