Free For The Public

The National Mall,
Washington DC, USA

Open To All Ages


Catharsis on the Mall exists to create accessible spaces for healing. We do this by expanding the bounds of expression, connection, and inclusion in public and civic places, through direct engagement in participatory art, political action, holistic modalities, and sacred practice that restores ourselves and our communities, fostering social change.

2020 Theme


A Vision



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Find out how you can volunteer, bring a piece of art, participate on the fire ceremony, or bring a theme camp to the National Mall!

Volunteering for Beginners

Your guide to volunteering at Catharsis on the Mall

Catharsis 2020 Application Forms

Big News! Our Theme Camp, Art and Grant Applications for our 2020 Vigil are now open! Deadlines for these applications is February 1. Theme Camp Applications Physical “Placed” Art Application Grant Application We are also accepting applications for ceremonial fire...

Art Theme Contest Announcement

Today, we’re launching a special contest to source the art that will represent this year’s theme for Catharsis on the Mall: A Vision of Haven. The winner’s art will be displayed on our website, in our emails, advertisements, signs, and all other official event...

ONE day left to get 47 more RSVP’s and make “Cracked Up” happen

Thanks for your help so far! And Catharsis on the Mall needs you now more than ever... We only have ONE DAY left to get 47 more RSVPs, or else our event will be cancelled. We're too close to let this screening fail! We can do it if you spread the word! Share the Link:...

Catharsis Beyond the Mall – Trink or Treats

We hope you can join us on Wednesday, October 30. Even though the 2020 event is about 6 months away, this is a chance to begin supporting it now. Bring yourself, bring friends you went to Catharsis with, bring friends who didn’t come with you but should, bring trinkets for our Trink or Treat tree, and bring a few dollars (OR donate in advance) for some FUNdraising.

Catharsis on The Mall temple, Chapel of the Chimes, to be burned in ceremonial fire at Burning Man.

Michael Verdon and Infinity Gathered will be bringing Chapel of the Chimes to Black Rock City, Nevada, for Burning Man 2019. The Chapel of the Chimes is a sacred space repurposed and recycled from other sacred spaces. The chapel will be burned at Burning Man in a special ceremony after the Man burns, Sept. 1, 2019, at 2 a.m

Catharsis on the Mall to Hold 5th Annual Free Healing Vigil May 3-5

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   May 2, 2019 Contact: Nikolas Schiller, 202-643-3878   Catharsis on the Mall to Hold 5th Annual Free Healing Vigil May 3-5 Art Theme “Our Mothership” Invites Visiting Public to Connect with the Movement for...

A miniature Burning Man is coming to the National Mall, minus the alcohol and drugs

Every year since 2015, the organizers behind Catharsis on the Mall have staged a weekend-long, miniature Burning Man beside the Washington Monument. This year, they are offering an addition to their typical festival of lectures, all-night dance parties and flammable art: decent weather.

Burning Man, Catharsis on the Mall and Caps of Liberty

Graham St John Abraxis at the Capital. “Are they Smurf hats?” I queried my neighbor, as we spy three cats in weird red hats taking the stage. These unassuming pied pipers are about to incite the burnerverse. I’m inside the Marriott’s sprawling Davis Hall at the 2017 Burning Man Global Leadership Conference, Oakland, California. Over six-hundred participants — “community leaders” from regions near and far in Burning Man’s transnational movement — have assembled. Crowned by red felt caps with their conical tops pulled forward, the trio are Roman Haferd, Adam Eidinger, and Josh Carroll, co-founders of Catharsis on the Mall.

Catharsis On The Mall Releases Critical Comments on National Park Service Proposed Restrictions and Fees for First Amendment Activities on Public Lands

WASHINGTON, DC – Organizers of Catharsis on the Mall, a public vigil designed to create an artistic space for healing and demonstration that takes place near the base of the Washington Monument, has issued critical comments on proposed restrictions of First Amendment...

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