Event Details

The organizers of Firefly believe that these skills should be accessible to as many as possible. We therefore offer a sliding scale providing low and flexible pricing. If you consider yourself very low income please pay the minimum required price. If you feel secure in your financial situation please place yourself in the sliding scale accordingly.

The event registration includes camping, evening entertainment, and classes. Meals are not provided, but there will be 2 community kitchens with propane stoves and counters located near the camping areas. Or you can use our Primitive Kitchen (stocked with appropriate cooking implements), which is set up for cooking with fire only. No fires are permitted at individual campsites, but you could bring your own propane stove to cook on.

There will be vendors on-site selling breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snack foods, but remember--they have a limited supply! Vendors will be announced at a later date.

A few of the classes require small fees for materials that the instructors have purchased or spent a lot of time gathering, you may want to bring some pocket money in case you wish to take any of these classes... 80-95% of the classes do not require any materials fees, so if you don't have the money, don't worry you will still get to take great classes.

Firefly is held at a breathtaking location, Bell's Cove, about 25 minutes north of Asheville in Barnardsville, NC. Directions are on our website here.

  • A generous spring-fed pond
  • 220 acres adjacent to Pisgah National Forest
  • 10 miles of maintained trails and logging roads on-site
  • Majestic camping spots on shelves in dramatic forest
  • Plenty of flat field parking separated from the main camp by a small creek
  • Like-minded and most accommodating landowners

Camping at Firefly is included Thursday through Saturday night! If you would like to arrive early, you may purchase Wednesday Night Camping for $15 to do so. You can pay for this with cash or check at the Gate upon arrival. The Registration Desk will be open Wednesday from 5pm to 10pm for early check-in. It will open Thursday morning at 8:30am for regular check-in. If you have purchased a Two-Day Pass, you may check-in early between 6pm and 10pm the night before for an additional $15. If you have purchased a Day Pass and would like to check-in early between 6pm and 10pm the night before, there is a $15 camping fee for Day Pass holders. You can buy Night-Before Camping for your Two-Day Pass and/or Day Pass online in advance or pay at the Gate with cash or check.

Abundant flat camping! Many great forested areas have been selectively cleared out to make more room for more comfortable spots. Field camping has expanded down toward the main event area and includes flatter and more accessible camping options. Please have your gear packed in such a way that you can easily walk it in to your camping site. We recommend backpacks, bags, Rubbermaid containers, or anything that consolidates your belongings to a few carry-able items.

Please remember that you cannot be at the event on days for which you have not purchased a pass, even if you are not attending classes. All campers must pack up and leave the Camp by 7pm Sunday. There is no Sunday night camping unless you would like to help us break down on Monday. If you are interested with helping, please speak to Site Manager at the gathering. We will provide breakfast and expect 4-5 hours of your time on Monday.

Parking/Ride-Sharing

Parking at the event is limited. Please arrange carpooling if possible, or try ride-sharing.

For ride-sharing, please search or post at rideboard.com using keyword "firefly" without the quotes. Or you can check out our new Facebook Rideshare Page.

Water Information

Bell’s Cove has awesome water!

We have tapped a lovely spring right at the source, and it will be flowing out of a food-grade pipe. Please use this wonderful source for all your drinking water. There will also be a new spring-fed water source located near the parking area.

The water coming out of the faucets on-site runs as a creek before it enters the pipe. We consider it safe for washing dishes and cooking, but not for drinking straight. Showers will be limited.

We are legally required to truck in city water, and it is available for anyone who doesn't want to drink live water.

If you wish to, we also welcome you to bring your own drinking water.

Hooray for abundant, beautiful, healthy mountain water!

Dog Policy

Dogs are not allowed at the Firefly Gathering unless they are service animals with official service tags attached to their collars. Service animals must be leashed at all times, and, of course, their humans must pick up after them.

What to Bring

None of these are required, but they may help to make your experience more enjoyable and comfortable.

Highly Recommended

  • Waterproof shelter or tent
  • Sleeping bag or blankets
  • Flashlight
  • A good, sharp knife (If you don't have one and you want one there will be some available to purchase in camp.)
  • A jacket or sweater
  • Rain gear
  • Food for yourself and/or to share
  • Plates, bowls, silverware, pans, pots, etc...
  • Water bottle
  • A few of the classes require small fees for materials that the instructors have purchased or spent a lot of time gathering. You may want to bring some pocket money in case you wish to take any of these classes.

Optional

  • Lawn chairs or folding chairs
  • Propane stove (if you prefer cooking on your own to the communal kitchen)
  • Bathing suit
  • Musical Instruments
  • Insulated sleeping pad
  • Extra shoes
  • Earplugs (for light sleepers)

A communal kitchen area with stoves and running water will be available for general use. For cooking by fire, we will also have a primitive kitchen and appropriate cooking implements for your use. Fires are not permitted at individual campsites.