The Temple rises apart from Black Rock City, an oasis of calm out in the deep playa that stands resolute, able to bear what participants bring and to be what we need at the moment we call on it.
Behind the Temple stands a group that has quietly watched over those structures each year since 2002. The Temple Guardians’ main duty is to protect the Temple and all of those who visit it. We stand with love for the Temple and everything that it stands for.
Temple Guardian shifts run 3 hours each, 24 hours a day.
During your Temple shift, there are a number of duties you may be asked to perform. Guardians keep watch for injuries and unsafe conditions, including fire, climbing, vehicle traffic, and problems with the structure. We do not make rules, nor are we enforcers; we watch quietly and act skillfully when necessary to protect the safety and sacred space of the Temple.
Most of all, we provide the Temple with grounding and love. We follow a philosophy that says small pushes from a great distance help keep the Temple a serene space. When we do interact with participants, we do so with love, carrying the sacred space of the Temple with us in to every interaction.
On Sunday Guardians maintain the perimeter with the Black Rock Rangers and Temple crew for the Temple burn.
If the Temple has a special place in your heart, join our Guardians and help create the space for another to have the wonder that brought you back.
To join the team, please fill out the Volunteer Questionnaire and mark down "Temple Guardians" as your department of interest.