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Ephemerisle 2019

We are thinkers, doers, artists, dreamers, muckrakers, and builders interested in life on the water.

We construct a floating city on the Sacramento River Delta and live on it for seven days.

There are no tickets, no central organizers, no rules, and no Rangers to keep you safe.

What's it like to attend? Here's a slideshow from past years of Ephemerisles. Also see Judd Weiss's pictures from Ephemerisle 2014.

Since there's no central organizer, the event only happens if people contribute.


Ephemerisle 2021 - Hot Dog Island

After lively discussion in 2012 about the values that connect Ephemerislers as a community, the following received broad support:

  • Seasteading. Ephemerisle was started by The Seasteading Institute (TSI), a non-profit devoted the creation of long-term human communities on the water (aka seasteading). Although the event is now entirely community run, many of the attendees continue to be enthusiasts of living on the water.
  • Art. A society without art has no soul. Just as Burning Man has inspired art in the desert, we want to inspire art on the sea.
  • Learning. One of the goals of TSI in starting Ephemerisle was to give people who may not have much boating experience the opportunity to gain nautical skills: anchoring, sailing, ropework, etc in a relatively safe environment. In addition, many of the attendees are scientists, engineers, artists, entrepreneurs and activists, who frequently have fascinating stories to tell. There are many opportunities to learn from each other at Ephemerisle.
  • Community. Spend a week rafted up on the Delta with awesome people, and you can't up but connect with old friends, and make new friends.

Ephemerisle 2022[edit]

Ephemerisle 2022 will take place July 18 - July 24!

The Survival guide contains important "how tos" and information on having a fun, safe time. The survival guide has not been updated for covid related safety issues.

For active discussion for all things Ephemerisle, check out the Facebook page. The Ephemerisle Announcements Only mailing list has mostly fallen into disuse.

Here's an archive of the Ephemerisle 2021 last minute notes.

Ephemerisle Dates[edit]

Note that as a decentralized gathering, it's up to each island to decide for themselves when to show up, and other islands may show up before or after the consensus dates. However, for most islands, Ephemerisle starts on the Monday of the last full week in July

Here are the dates for the next few years:

2023: July 24 - July 30
2024: July 22 - July 28
2025: July 21 - July 27
2026: July 20 - July 26

Get involved[edit]

Here's a few things you can do: bring art, give talks, build your own boats and platforms, rent a truck and help carry floating platform parts, build illumination, make music, bring a wakeboard, and help build this wiki.