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We’d love to hear about your plans to participate. Drop us a line and let us know, troche and we’ll use this page to spread the word!

Ephemerisle is a participant-driven event: You create the art and activities! We’ve got an open mic and a central performance space ready for you to use, search but that will just be the beginning. Art, performances, activities, gifts, boats, platforms… your fellow Ephemerislers want to see it all!

We encourage you to use the wiki to share your ideas and read about others.

Be Inspired

Take a look at some of the community creations at the first Ephemerisle

Ephemerisle is first and foremost about freedom, drugstore so we’d rather not give you a laundry list of rules to follow. We’re outlining a list of bare essentials. As rational people with an interest in freedom and community, viagra we expect that you will govern yourselves.

That said, buy there are a few essentials we need to cover, and we do think it’s important to share some common ethics for the event. So we’ve got a few rules, and a few ethics, part common sense and part philosophy, to help make Ephemerisle great for everyone.


  • Minors (those under 18) must wear lifejackets and be accompanied by a parent or guardian. (Amazon sells life jackets: over 90 lbs, 50 – 90 lbs, under 50 lbs)
  • Swimming is recommended only in the designated swimming area — your neighborhood swimming pool does not have currents, or dozens of boats with moving propellors.
  • Loud music is tricky; we’re sharing a small amount of space, so it’s easy for any loud noise to dominate the festival space for everyone else. We caution against loud sound and reserve the right to ask you to turn the volume down.
  • Boats (i.e. all vessels with motors, and all vessels with a sail over eight feet in length) must be properly registered and carry all legally-required insurance.
  • No large fires — there will be many wooden crafts!
  • No firearms. For safety and liability reasons, Ephemerisle 2010 is not the place for these.
  • No pets. We’re in very confined spaces; they will be neither happy nor safe.
  • Leave no trace.


  • Be Respectful
    • Whatever you’re doing, and whoever you’re doing it with, we ask only that you obtain consent for your actions. Respect personal space and don’t hop on someone’s boat without asking.
  • Be Safe
    • With great freedom comes great responsibility. While the Delta is a relatively peaceful environment, keep in mind that you are out on the water, in an unfamiliar setting. There are many potential dangers, especially at night. Use flashlights, use your head and be aware.
  • Be Responsible
    • A small, open, free community requires a high level of personal responsibility to work. Consider how your actions would affect other people using the Golden Rule (would I want people to act like this towards me?) and Kant’s Test (what would happen if everyone did this?). Don’t freeload.
  • Share Your Ideas
    • One of our greatest hopes is that people come away from Ephemerisle with new ideas. Share what you have, talk to new people. No idea is too radical; we want to hear it!
  • Listen to New Things
    • It’s easy to stick with the familiar, but we see Ephemerisle as a chance to meet new people and learn new things. We hope you will too.


We’d love to hear from you. Feel free to contact us with any comments or questions you have.

General inquires:

Grant program:


We encourage you to sign up for our Ephemerisle announcements mailing list:

The SocialNets

On Facebook: the Ephemerisle Community page

On Twitter: @Ephemerisle

Ephemerisle is organized by The Seasteading Institute, pills a 501(c)3 public benefit corporation.

When and where is Ephemerisle?

Ephemerisle 2010 will take place from noon Thursday 7/22 – noon Sunday 7/25 in a new location in the Sacramento River Delta. For more information, pharm visit the When & Where page.

How do you pronounce Ephemerisle?

It’s pronounced “Ephemer” + “isle.”

What is there to do at Ephemerisle?

Since you are creating your own new floating society, viagra the answer to this question is primarily up to you, the participants!  As people register flotillas, projects, art, etc. we’ll post that information so people have a sense of what to expect.

Why are you doing this?

Ephemerisle is going to be a fabulous festival, but it’s also an opportunity for us to build a community around the idea of seasteading. We believe that the world should be more free, and that seasteading is one of the best ways to accomplish that. Years down the road, we hope that Ephemerisle will eventually take place in international waters, allowing greater experimentation with new laws, new governance, and a freer way of life.

How do I sign up? Do I have to pay?

Tickets will be on sale soon — first announcements will be sent to subscribers to our newsletter, and information will be posted on this site.   A limited quantity of cheaper tickets will also be made available. For details, see the Attending Ephemerisle Page. There is also a Grant Program to help offset the costs of those who choose to build elaborate structures.

Where can I rent a boat?

Our Boats & Platforms page has resources on where you can rent a boat. We have reserved all the houseboats at Paradise Point Marina, and will be releasing them to attendees.  See the newsletter or this space for more information about how this will work.  Some of these places have a limited supply, so make your reservation early! If you plan to rent a houseboat, keep in mind that most of them sleep quite a few people, so we encourage you to share a rental to reduce cost and allow more people to attend. You can also check Craigslist listings for the Stockton area to find local area private boat rentals.

Do I need a special license to operate a boat?

No special license is required, and if you rent a boat from Paradise Point Marina, you will be given a thorough orientation on how to operate the boat.

Do I need insurance for the boat?

Yes, all boats need to carry their own insurance. Rentals generally include this.

Where will I sleep?

On your own floating boat/platform or a friend’s. We have many resources available for you to find cheap inflatable floating platforms or to build your own floating structure on our Boats & Platforms page.

What will the weather be like?

Weather records say that summer in the Delta tends to be hot, hot, hot, and can also be windy.  You will definitely want to insure that you have access to SHADE during the day.   If you’re particularly concerned about weather and are sleeping without shelter, we recommend bringing a small tarp to sleep under.

What can I do to help?

We love help! Check out our volunteer page if you’re looking to get actively involved. We’re also looking for people to help spread the word. Twitter about us, post to Facebook, and of course, tell your friends.

What do I need to bring?

Most importantly, something that floats! You will also need enough food and water for the weekend and other essentials such as sunscreen and bug spray. See the Survival Guide page.

Remember that, even though the event takes place on the water, you still need to BRING any water you want to use for cooking or drinking.  This was a problem for many participants our first year.

How do I dispose of trash?

Take it with you. The Delta is not a dumping ground, and anything that goes into the water needs to come back out of it by the end. Ephemerisle is a Leave No Trace event.

What central infrastructure will be provided?

  • Community island platforms for you to dock your boat and/or platform to and use as shared space for your island society
  • Porta-potties
  • First aid, EMT’s, medical evacuations — see our safety plan for details.

Why the Sacramento River Delta?

For Ephemerisle’s early years, we chose a location primarily for comfort and convenience. We wanted to make sure that the barrier to entry for new participants wasn’t too high. On the Delta the waves are fairly minimal, it’s easy to rent boats and getting to the location shouldn’t be too difficult. The Delta is also a fairly large space with lots of room, yet is sufficiently isolated to provide a good opportunity for the event. As we become more self-reliant, we envision Ephemerisle moving further out into international waters.

What kind of waves should I expect?

None. The waters of the Delta are very placid and we are not expecting any waves. The worst you might encounter are the wake of a passing craft, or some wind-driven waves across the channel.

Can I sell stuff?

Sure! We ask that you be respectful of other participants and not engage in any aggressive sales tactics, but you’re free to sell or trade whatever you would like, within the limits of California law. If you feel like you have something of special interest to Ephemerisle participants, feel free to contact to discuss your ideas.

Who are you?

Ephemerisle is organized by a large group of volunteers, as well as The Seasteading Institute, a non-profit dedicated to furthering the establishment and growth of permanent, autonomous ocean communities, enabling innovation with political and social systems. In other words, we want to build seasteads (homesteads on the high seas).

What is the connection between Ephemerisle and Seasteading?

Ephemerisle is just one path by which floating cities may evolve. What begins as a temporary gathering can grow in attendance, duration, and frequency until it is a permanent city. There are precedents for this – medieval trade fairs sometimes grew into cities. Second, we hope that Ephemerisle will provide an experience of living in greater freedom out on the water. Although it is only a taste of what we hope to eventually create, we strongly believe in the power of experience to change people’s ideas about the world. As we gain in self-expression and self-reliance, Ephemerisle will move further out into international waters.

Click here for more information as to how Ephemerisle relates to Seasteading.

Site Credits

Design by Evonne Borda. Photo credits: Chris Rasch, Matt Bell, Liz Henry, Natalia Villalobos, Naomi Most. Extra special thanks to Jason Sussberg for his Ephemerisle Documentary.