A Cordial Introduction to the Morris Burner Hostel
Hello, and welcome to the adventure that is the Morris Burner Hotel. In the essence of artistic expression, hundreds of Burners have taken an iconic 1928 four-story brick hotel in the heart of Reno and created a very, very magical place. It is much like the playa in that it changes and inspires you.
When we first walked through the door in Summer 2013, the stench was unbearable, and the dirt so deep that it seemed almost inconceivable that it could ever be clean—but now, as you walk the halls, it is like a beautiful boutique hotel, overflowing with art, music, and crazy, fun-loving Burners.
It is also much more than just a hostel. It is a gathering place where you can not only meet like-minded, artistic, hard-driven Burners, but also hatch and execute art plans.
You can instantly find out what is happening in Reno, sit around a burn barrel and enjoy our (your) gigantic outdoor permanent playa called the Moasis, join in on any variety of meetings, watch a movie, help prepare a family meal, or just relax. It can be calming or it can be wild; mostly, though, it is friends in a friendly place.
About the Owner: "Jungle Jim" Gibson
"Jungle Jim" Gibson is the Owner, Executive Director, and inspiration behind the Morris Burner Hotel project. His career in the microelectronics industry has spanned 40 years during which time he has co-founded three companies, held the positions of Vice President of Engineering, Sales and Marketing, General Manager, Sr. Principal Engineer, and President/CEO. He holds three US patents, and in 2007 was Entrepreneur of the Year in Northern Nevada.
In 2008 he retired as "operating" CEO of his successful Nevada based company and went to Burning Man for the first time. To say it was life changing would be an understatement. He returned home that first year and started construction of the now legendary "Jungle Bus" and has immersed himself in the burner community ever since. In 2011 he was part of the Temple of Transition project, which was again life changing.
Never in my life have I seen so many people work so hard and with so much passion, and it is for these amazing and wonderful people that I came out of retirement to head up this project. I give thanks every day that I am able to do this for our community, and they in return are working collaboratively to create one of the most inspiring and magical places on the planet.Never in my life have I seen so many people work so hard and with so much passion, and it is for these amazing and wonderful people that I came out of retirement to head up this project. I give thanks every day that I am able to do this for our community, and they in return are working collaboratively to create one of the most inspiring and magical places on the planet.
About the Residents:
We have the capacity to accommodate between 15-18 full-time residents at the Morris Burner Hostel at any given time. Becoming a resident is a process. Residents are required to contribute to the mission of the project and play an active role in helping sustain the entity, while furthering their own artistic endeavors and learning new skills, or sharpening skills they already had in order to make the world, and our "home away from home" a better place. They assist in the day-to-day running of the hostel with the rest of our members as dedicated volunteers. From Security to Housekeeping , Lobby and Event Booking, residents are SUPER VOLUNTEERS that help make it all work!
About Our Administrative Staff:
On the Morris Burner Volunteer Freeway, we see many people come, help and move on to other adventures. We are forever grateful to anyone who has ever stepped foot into the Morris, because they have all added their likeness and contribution to make the Morris what it is. This is a constantly evolving process! The Morris is a living, breathing community that is ever evolving and growing.
Our Administrative staff are here to help guide the Morris along its journey.