- Nearest Metro: Smithsonian (Blue/Orange/Silver), 5-10 minute walk; Archives (Green/Yellow) 15-20 minute walk; Farragut North (Red) 15 minute walk
- Driving Directions: German American Friendship Garden / 1600 Constitution Ave NW
- Parking: Parking meters along the National Mall run from 7a-8p every day with a 3 hour limit. We discourage driving with plans to park. NPS Meter FAQ / alternative suggestions.
What can I expect?
- Friday 12:00 – 8:00pm: Workshops, panels, speakers, and live music
- Friday 8:00 - 11:00pm: Opening ceremony, fire dancing and cathartic dancing with DJs; DJs continue until 3:00am
- Saturday 10:00am – 8:00pm: Workshops, panels, speakers, DJs and dancing
- Saturday 8:30pm: Ceremonial burning of the Temple with accompanying fire conclave performance
- Saturday 10:00pm til Sunrise: DJs and Cathartic dancing
- Sunday 6:00am: Sunrise March for Peace, Love and Disco to the White House and the Capitol with the Peace, Love and Disco Tank
- Sunday 9:00am - noon: Concluding activities on the Mall
What should I bring?
- Whatever personal food and water you will need for your time at Catharsis
- Warm clothes for Saturday night – we will have some heaters but last year got COLD
- Flashlight / head lamp
- Blankets, chairs, and/or mats
- Small container for cigarette butt disposal, if you smoke
- If traveling from out of town, plans for sleeping accommodations OFF the National Mall
- Your active, creative spirit and energy, awareness of your own journey home and readiness to meet others in theirs
What NOT to bring:
- Sleeping bags / overnight gear / intentions to sleep on the National Mall (our permit does not allow this)
- Any form of campfire, fireworks, firearm, camping stove, generator or anything like this; including fire staffs (Unfortunately, the conclave is a closed jam!)
Will there be food and water available?
If you are visiting D.C. for Catharsis this year and you are looking to stay at a hotel, The Eaton Hotel is offering a 20% discount on rooms. Use their website to book your room and use the discount code: NIMPACT
“Eaton Hotel pioneers an interdisciplinary hotel experience to travelers seeking inspiration, innovation, and impact. We set the stage for residing guests, locals and house members to congregate around creativity and consciousness-building."
Safety and First Aid
We will have trained First Aid volunteers readily available on site during the core hours of the event (Friday 12 noon - Sunday 11:00am). Their clothing will be marked and they will be reachable by anyone with a radio. The First Aid team is not a medical team, we will not provide any Emergency medical care. However, we will help facilitate transportation to the nearest hospital in the case of an emergency.
We will have trained and experienced volunteer Rangers on site to proactively address any safety concerns or other escalating conflict between vigilers. They will be patrolling the site during core hours and available by anyone with a radio.
Porta potties will be available at night on north side of the Catharsis grounds, near Constitution Ave.
Leave No Trace
- PACK OUT YOUR WASTE AND RECYCLING
Plan to pack out any waste and recycling you generate during Catharsis. On-site trash and recycling will be limited, and we don't want to overflow any public bins in the nearby area.
Cigarettes butts cause most fires and trash. Always put your butts out and NEVER throw them on the ground. Carry a small can or film tube in your pocket to hold your used butts.
- AVOID MOOPY OUTFITS
MOOP (Matter Out of Place) from clothes like sequins, glitter or feathers are nearly impossible to clean up. We plan to return the National Mall to the condition we found it, or better at the end of the event. Please avoid bringing costumes that incorporate elements that can easily fall off.
- IF YOU SEE MOOP, CLEAN IT UP!
Let's take collective ownership of our space and demonstrate the values of our community by keeping the National Mall beautiful and clean during the event. If you don't clean it up, another volunteer will at the end of the weekend when everyone is exhausted. Please do your part.
Bring your recyclables, Guayakí cans and compost to Makers Camp (#9) for a gift! We will be making Collaborative Art with recycled materials, come up-cycle at the Makers Camp!
Also Learn more about how to vote on your favorite art installations with Gratitude tokens (@mettamakers) on Instagram.
Makers Camp Schedule -Will be updated on whiteboard live at the Makers camp #9