Dreamcatcher, if you have a regional gathering, then you must have a regional group. You can find them on the main Burning Man site, or just Google "burning man arkansas", and you'll get results. I'm going to my virgin Burn this year, and my local group has invited me to travel and camp with them. Chances are, you can get a similar offer.
"Isn't it enough to see that a garden is beautiful without having to believe that there are faeries at the bottom of it too?"