John Halcyon Styn

John Halcyon Styn has been exploring the edges of online expression for over 17 years. In 2001 he earned his first Webby award for the over-the-top personal site
 The social fruits of these digital explorations lead to roles community building at,, and co-founding 2 short-lived social media sites, &
 He hosted the defunct web series “Fears Regrets Desires” and delights in telling stories whenever a microphone is free.
 While still flamboyant and addicted to over-sharing, Halcyon’s path has gone towards self-growth and spirituality. His second Webby award came in 2007 for the video podcast “Hug Nation,” originally co-hosted with his grandfather, Rev. Caleb Shikles. Hug Nation is in its 10th year of weekly live broadcasts and archived “Love on Demand.”
Halcyon is a 15 year Burner & official blogger for
 In 2010, Halcyon co-founded the San Diego based “1st Saturdays” homeless outreach program based on the principles of Burning Man and the ideal of “service without sacrifice.” His hair is not naturally pink. He has no tattoos.

Dust Storms 101
“Surrender” in a military sense has a connotation of weakness and loss.  But it is WHAT we surrender to that makes all the difference.   Could we be better off letting go?  The false idols of Planning, Preparation, & Intellectual Analysis may be blocking our paths to true happiness. Attachment to outcomes – even our own picture of happiness – can be our biggest foe.  In this Playa-themed talk, we’ll learn to surrender to our hearts as we practice surrendering to the dust.