Firefly Gathering

Firefly Gathering The Firefly Gathering is for people seeking to deepen and expand their connection with the natural world. The gathering offers classes for adults and children, evening entertainment, and on-site camping.

The gathering offers learning for adults and children, evening entertainment, and on-site camping.

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Happy Solstice from The Firefly Gathering! Check out what we're up to on the darkest night...warm wishes & happy hearths...
12/23/2020
Solstice Blessings, Activism and More...🌟🌲❄🌙

Happy Solstice from The Firefly Gathering! Check out what we're up to on the darkest night...warm wishes & happy hearths!
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It's hard to believe that we are already here, at the Long Dark Night. Our beautiful and benevolent Earth has circled around the sun again, in its endless dance through space and time, bringing us to the completion of yet another cycle. And what a year it has been! We've seen world-wide plague, riot...

At The Firefly Gathering, we put a huge amount of energy into ensuring the highest quality classes in traditional crafts...
12/14/2020

At The Firefly Gathering, we put a huge amount of energy into ensuring the highest quality classes in traditional crafts and skills, permaculure, herbal medicine, sustainability, community building, environmental and social justice and much more.

We also put a lot of time and thought into what we offer in the evenings. Our elders are so very dear to us, offering us guidance throughout the year on how to navigate the tricky waters we find ourselves collectively swimming in as a species and emergent counter-culture. When Doug Elliot gets up to play his harmonica and tell stories, he's doing more than entertaining us; he's transmitting wisdom from the ages in song and story, helping guide us in a good way. It is such a gift to sit around the ancestor fire with Sangoma, Nancy and our other elders and bask in the wit and wisdom that permeates the air.

We also have our favorites, Like Rising Appalachia, who grace us with their beautiful gifts of sound and song; but also meaning, depth and empowerment.

Sometimes we simply kick up our heals and stomp around a good ol' fashioned square dance, or get into our ancient selves, barefoot and sweaty around the fire, to the rhythm of many hands harmonizing on the skins of the drums.

Catching up with friends, mead circles, song circles, sharing circles, dancing, listening, connecting...with the land, each other, and our deepest selves. This is what you are supporting when you make a tax deductible donation to The Firefly Gathering. Please take a moment to give and help ensure that these experiences continue, as the world needs us, now more than ever. Thank you, from all of us here at Firefly.

Support here: https://www.gofundme.com/f/support-firefly-gathering-2021?utm_source=customer&utm_campaign=p_cp+share-sheet&utm_medium=copy_link_all

At Firefly, we deeply believe that connecting with ourselves through our hands, to each other through shared experiences...
12/04/2020

At Firefly, we deeply believe that connecting with ourselves through our hands, to each other through shared experiences, and with the natural world through immersion is vital to our species' growth and continuation. Please take a moment to make a donation to our fundraising campaign to ensure that Firefly can keep gathering and bringing folks into deep connection. Your ancestors will thank you.
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Wow Family! In less than a week we've raised almost $1500...I am filled with gratitude for our community and networks an...
12/01/2020
Support Firefly Gathering 2021 for Global Thriving, organized by DeLesslin George-Warren

Wow Family! In less than a week we've raised almost $1500...I am filled with gratitude for our community and networks and webs of support, the generosity of folks to support organizations in which they believe. And Firefly is working on some creative and exciting endeavors to help co-create the new paradigm in 2021 and beyond...thank you for donating and being a part of the change!!!

2020 has been a difficult year for many, including The Firefl… DeLesslin George-Warren needs your support for Support Firefly Gathering 2021 for Global Thriving

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12/01/2020

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As the turkey wears off and folks go shopping, or hiking, or just relaxing at home, please remember that Firefly needs y...
11/27/2020
Support Firefly Gathering 2021 for Global Thriving, organized by DeLesslin George-Warren

As the turkey wears off and folks go shopping, or hiking, or just relaxing at home, please remember that Firefly needs your support! Take a moment to make a contribution; every dollar helps ensure that Firefly continues to offer skills for living in harmony with Earth, something we all need more of right now!
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2020 has been a difficult year for many, including The Firefl… DeLesslin George-Warren needs your support for Support Firefly Gathering 2021 for Global Thriving

Please take a moment to sign up for our newsletter to keep up with what Firefly Gathering is up to if you don't already ...
11/25/2020
Thanksgiving's Shadow, Save the Date, Support and More! 🍁🌰🍂🍄

Please take a moment to sign up for our newsletter to keep up with what Firefly Gathering is up to if you don't already receive it...enjoy!

As the sun crests the Blue Ridge Mountains and the frost sparkles, fractals of light shimmer and splinter into a myriad of color and intricacy—a bounty of beauty at dawn and a gift for those who rise early. Today I am up with the sun, this writing project before me. Usually I love to write, as I r...

Hello Firefly Family! Please consider supporting Firefly, as we move into planning for 2021 we feel excited to gather, b...
11/25/2020
Support Firefly Gathering 2021 for Global Thriving, organized by DeLesslin George-Warren

Hello Firefly Family! Please consider supporting Firefly, as we move into planning for 2021 we feel excited to gather, but also feel the financial burden of all that 2020 has brought. Help ensure that the skills, community and resilience that Firefly is built upon continue to be a safe space in an ever shifting world! we thank you!

2020 has been a difficult year for many, including The Firefl… DeLesslin George-Warren needs your support for Support Firefly Gathering 2021 for Global Thriving

Hello Firefly Family! Please consider supporting Firefly, as we move into planning for 2021 we feel excited to gather, b...
11/25/2020
Support Firefly Gathering 2021 for Global Thriving, organized by DeLesslin George-Warren

Hello Firefly Family! Please consider supporting Firefly, as we move into planning for 2021 we feel excited to gather, but also feel the financial burden of all that 2020 has brought. Help ensure that the skills, community and resilience that Firefly is built upon continue to be a safe space in an ever shifting world! we thank you!

2020 has been a difficult year for many, including The Firefl… DeLesslin George-Warren needs your support for Support Firefly Gathering 2021 for Global Thriving

Hey Family! We are excited to announce a fun new collaboration with The Roots Foundation! Come check it out...see you th...
10/08/2020

Hey Family! We are excited to announce a fun new collaboration with The Roots Foundation! Come check it out...see you there!

Check out what We're up to...
09/22/2020
Happy Equinox, From The Firefly Gathering! 🍁🍄🍂🌰🌙

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Thus Robin Wall Kimmerer opens her profound and life altering book, "Braiding Sweetgrass."  I can't help but feel the deep metaphor for our species, and the need to have this level of connection to the earth, passed between generations.

Hey There Fireflies!We hope you are all well, and deeply immersing in the reflective stillness that 2020 has offered. We...
09/04/2020
2020 Virtual Gathering Page - Firefly Gathering

Hey There Fireflies!
We hope you are all well, and deeply immersing in the reflective stillness that 2020 has offered. We certainly are! But as we round the bend of summer, and slide into fall, we are seeking new and creative ways to share the wisdom that the Firefly Community holds with a greater audience.

One way to do this is through our Virtual Gathering, where instructors and community members alike offer classes, both online and in person, both free tutorials and paid instruction. SO check it out, and if you're feeling inspired and have some wisdom to share, make a simple tutorial with your phone and send it through the link on the Virtual Gathering page so that our entire community might be blessed!

https://fireflygathering.org/2020-virtual-gathering

https://fireflygathering.org/2020-virtual-gathering

Welcome to the Virtual Firefly Gathering!!! The powerful voice that you are hearing is Sara Green and she attributes much of her singing ability to an organization that she is close to named S.O.N.G. and would encourage you to check them out HERE. May Our Vision Become 20/20 Message from the Directo...

Well, the pandemic finally did it...mainstream culture realizes what a value we are...folks with skills are in high dema...
08/01/2020
I Attended the Firefly Gathering & Here's What I Learned | Men's Journal

Well, the pandemic finally did it...mainstream culture realizes what a value we are...folks with skills are in high demand, but we already new that, didn't we!?! Enjoy this article from Fireflie's newest convert, Issac Eger, who gives us insight into what our culture feels like to a "normy"...thanks Men's Journal!

Issac says, "When I left Firefly, my skepticism was still intact. I doubted the practicality or need of many of these skills in some imagined end-of-world scenario. Now, however, the virus has changed all that. These people were ahead of the curve. This virus is a soft apocalypse. A dress rehearsal for what’s to come. And these festival-goers have not just the technical knowledge needed to survive, but something even more important—hope for a kind future."
https://www.mensjournal.com/features/i-attended-the-firefly-gathering-heres-what-i-learned-mens-journal/

 

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07/23/2020

Firefly Gathering's cover photo

Hello Beloved Fireflies!!!Well, it was more complex than we could have imagined, (being more attuned to rubbing sticks t...
06/30/2020
2020 Virtual Gathering Page - Firefly Gathering

Hello Beloved Fireflies!!!
Well, it was more complex than we could have imagined, (being more attuned to rubbing sticks together to make fire, turning animals into food & fabric, and shooting bows,) but we finally did it! At long last, we humbly offer you the Virtual Firefly Gathering.

Our intention is to create an interactive community space for folks to stay connected through these ever-changing times. Support is crucial as we go through planetary realignment, so please enjoy the music, messages and words from our elders, as well as the classes & tutorials.

Keep checking back as we'll be adding new offerings all summer long. We love you Fireflies, and we miss you.
Stay Safe.
Stay Grounded.
And always, STAY WILD!

https://fireflygathering.org/2020-virtual-gathering

Welcome to the Virtual Firefly Gathering!!! The powerful voice that you are hearing is Sara Green and she attributes much of her singing ability to an organization that she is close to named S.O.N.G. and would encourage you to check them out HERE. May our vision become 20/20 Message from the Directo...

Well My Dearest Fireflies, I just keep saying it...life gets more & more surreal with each passing week! And this is the...
06/08/2020

Well My Dearest Fireflies,

I just keep saying it...life gets more & more surreal with each passing week! And this is the icing on a very strange cake indeed! On the weekend we were scheduled to have our gathering, during a world-wide pandemic that caused us to cancel, in our 13th year of transformation, rather than dancing around the fire under the full moon to the beat of the drums (as we usually do on Saturday night at Firefly), we were instead marching to the beat of a very different drum. Rather than flowers, fields and bare feet, we were in boots, masks, black shirts and armbands. Rather than dancing under the moon in the grass, we were taking to the streets, raising our fists and voices, demanding change, demanding justice, demanding an end to anti-blackness, white supremacy and oppression.

I am filled with such hope for our future as a species, after supporting this March on Saturday. Arriving at 8:30 am, we were loaded w supplies to bring downtown (water, snacks, med gear); training happened for peace keepers (which I was honored to serve as), medics & bike patrols. The level of organization, cooperation, and just straight up "we got our sh*t together!" was so impressive!

Around 11 the public started gathering, and at noon the march started. It was all so powerful, so many opportunities to hear from the mouths of young, powerful black people. Thank you. You were each such a wealth of hope!! Sharing your stories, your passion, your pain, your fear... putting yourselves WAY outside your comfort zones to work for change.

As the temperature rose, the crowd grew, the cops closed down downtown Asheville, and at the height of the event, around 2000+ people marched in a huge circle through the entire downtown area, chanting. The echoes throughout downtown Asheville of "Black Lives Matter" and "What do we want? JUSTICE! When do we want it? NOW" bounced off of stone & concrete & brick, and reverberated through the streets, through my bones, through all of our souls. It's hard to explain if you weren't there, but all of downtown Asheville was closed and a continuous snake of people filled all the streets, so one block over, they were going in a different direction...but the sounds, the power of so many UNITED as one voice, one direction...one goal: justice, truly for all.

If you weren't there, you truly missed out on a beautiful opportunity...but it's not the last one. As so many have so eloquently reflected: we're in a marathon, not a sprint.

But I ask you, if you're not showing up and supporting this world wide movement for freedom, for equality, for a world wide end to anti-blackness...why the [email protected]%k not?

Silence is violence.
Silence is complacency.
Silence is murder.
Silence is no longer an option.

Firefly stands with the people...ALL of the people.

If you were there, standing up for compassion and justice, write a quick comment so that we can see how may of our Firefly family was in solidarity!
Thanks Yawl!
With Love,
The Firefly Gathering

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Greetings Firefly Community,Wow! What a spring, huh? It is so surreal to imagine that right now we would all be at Deerf...
06/03/2020

Greetings Firefly Community,
Wow! What a spring, huh? It is so surreal to imagine that right now we would all be at Deerfields together, laughing swimming, taking classes, giving hugs, remembering what it is to be in a communal village-like living situation...feeling that deep connection and oneness.

Instead I'm sitting at home alone, typing into this strange box...trying to feel connected. Connected as race riots rage across our nation; connected as event after event has been cancelled; connected as humans world-wide adjust to this new "normal;" a normal of social distancing, feeling isolated, alone, confused about what is true...totally divided.

In light of all of the unrest in our country right now, The Firefly Gathering has decided to launch our Virtual Gathering on June 12, which is National Loving Day, in honor of the US Supreme Court's decision in 1967 to allow inter-racial marriage, stating that "the freedom to marry, or not marry, a person of another race resides with the individual, and cannot be infringed by the State."

In the meantime, we have been at protests, we have held space for our friends of color, we are medics, we are all in this together. Please stay tuned for details, and please, be kind to each other. Now, more than ever, we must put our petty differences aside and unite, being ONE VOICE TO DEMAND CHANGE!!!

In Love,
The Firefly Gathering

Have you noticed?...the sparks in the trees are ablaze after a long cool spring and Firefly season has begun here around...
05/24/2020

Have you noticed?...the sparks in the trees are ablaze after a long cool spring and Firefly season has begun here around the Asheville area...just in time, it seems, to announce that we are officially a nonprofit entity now!

To celebrate, we will be hosting a Virtual Firefly Gathering! Starting when our gathering would have begun, on June 3, we will gather offerings from our staff, Board of Directors, and Elders, activities, music, photo contest, links to classes and events, and more! Stay tuned for details...see you there!

05/12/2020
Dandelion Tips, Tales & Tunes with Doug Elliott

One of our favorite wise guys!

Gather 'round as Appalachian naturalist and herbal troubadour Doug Elliott expounds on the origins, health benefits, and eccentricities of the bright, abunda...

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05/07/2020

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Firefly Gathering's cover photo
05/07/2020

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Check out what Firefly is up to now...
05/02/2020
Firefly Postponed, Roll-Over Policy, and More...🌻🐝☀

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Like so many things in our lives this spring, The Firefly Gathering 2020, scheduled for early June, has also been canceled. This has deeply saddened our entire staff and extended community, who have come to enjoy Firefly as a kind of family reunion.

Now the coordinator of the Piedmont Earthskills Gathering, Fuz Sanderson’s journey into the natural world started as a s...
04/30/2020

Now the coordinator of the Piedmont Earthskills Gathering, Fuz Sanderson’s journey into the natural world started as a small child, when as a boy wandering the suburbs of central North Carolina, he was constantly searching out new places to explore.

When asked what the Firefly Gathering means to Fuz, he answered, “All the earthskills gatherings have their own vibe, and they change over time. Firefly, in particular, has the opportunity to reach a large audience. Having directed gatherings, it’s nice to be just a teacher. I’m enjoying becoming one of the more ‘mature’ instructors and assisting with the Ancestor Fire.” When Fuz was the coordinator for the Rendezvous Earthskills Gatherings, he served as an adviser and consultant to Natalie Bogwalker as she and Kaleb Wallace were conceptualizing and creating the first Firefly Gathering.

Read the full interview here: https://fireflygathering.org/fuz-sanderson-how-this-nature-boy-became-aware-of-his-own-awareness

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Missing and loving all firefly family this summer. Today, my roadkill rattlesnake roasts over a fire, cleaned up on a cutting board given as a gift from Firefly at some past gathering. I hope this post finds everyone answering the call back to our Earth, with some “unplugging” from the machine of division and fear. Rain falls softly. Distant thunder rumbles. I am grateful.
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Friends--Can anyone put me in touch with Tod Kershaw? I've got an inch to do some blacksmithing in the New Year and I'd love to reach out to him! 🙏
please share resources where we could find other alike festivals in the North East or in US ... any in nature / or EDM / or rainbow / etc ... what are good resources to check? thank you so much ... xoxoxox - Andrei
Is anyone going to Whippoorwill this weekend? I hear there's still work trade spots available!
Music from the gatherings causes my heartstrings to glow with reverberation. Chords that reach deep into my bones. My most powerful musical experiences come from there. This weekend, as I sat arms length from a cello, one of our most contributing community musicians wowed us once again with their new project. Mother Marrow had us enchanted and stole our breath. This is some Good wholesome beautiful music! They need our help to record their album. (I personally cannot wait to receive my copy!) Please consider backing this Kickstarter, they only have a few days left and it's an all or none thing! Also, if I have ever sung you my Happy Birthday song, know that Charity is who taught it to me almost a decade ago... The joyous love that song brings might be enough for you to support...but guess what? She wrote an Even Better Birthday Song! I bet/hope it'll be on the album because it's beautiful and a tear jerker in the best kind of way! 🥰 "the squirrels, they chatter, and it sounds like laughter, as if the world was singing, happy birthday to you..."💕🐿🎶
🤩In times of Great Transition Great Alchemy is at work... In the Alliances Between Earthskills Communities... "there are many hands to make Light the work" there are many feet to keep the Beat of the Drums celebrating something old and ancient in the woods... We welcome you in, curiosity awaits! The gates of Deerfield are Guarded by Owls!
Hello Firefly Gathering community! Firefly is looking for support with a fun project to raise funds for our transition to a non-profit organization. We want to invite BUSKERS of any sort - musicians, artists, statues, performers, etc. - for some performance slots. If you plan to attend the gathering and would like to busk at the event, please contact me, Justina Prenatt, to talk about this project. Thank you!
I am moving to Asheville this fall and would like to be put on the mailing list for the Firefly Gatherng. Thank you.
This is my first Firefly Gathering! I'm super excited, I've been reading the website. My daughter is 5 and we hope to camp near other families, preferably near trees because I have a hammock. Any one want to reach out and let me know how to find you? I can't wait to meet you all!
Hey there, just curious whether you all are putting any efforts into recruiting/offering scholarships to native people/people of color...and seeking them out as facilitators/teachers? Seems appropriate, since many of the offerings come from various indigenous peoples...
Firefly gathering 2017 Film shot from a cozy hammock swing