We’re pleased to announce that the dates for the 2018 Firefly Gathering will be June 21 to June 24, 2018. We’re looking forward to another celebration of positive intention and jubilant energy as we all come together once again in sincere and purposeful community. We’re especially grateful to Amy and Bob Wise, the owners of the land at Farm at Green Heron Pond, who most graciously welcomed us to return so we can build our village, teach our classes, dance to our drums and enjoy the warm camaraderie for which Firefly has become so well-known.
The Firefly staff will begin organizing in earnest for 2018 after the Winter Solstice. We’re going to try to have online registration and instructor and worktrade applications available earlier than usual, hopefully sometime in January. And of course, we’ll be continually updating the website as plans for 2018 start to shape up. Stay tuned for the latest news by signing up for our newsletter at the link below.
Meanwhile, as we have done in prior years, we’ll leave on the website all the 2017 information about class offerings, time schedules, policies, FAQs and other details, so you can get a general idea about how things work at Firefly. This will be especially helpful for first-timers who might be uncertain about what happens at a gathering. Contact us year-round if you have any questions.
IMPORTANT: The updated class schedule for 2018 won’t get posted until at least early May, so please remember that when looking at the 2017 class schedule.
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The Gathering offers a wide range of classes for adults and children on eco-homesteading, primitive skills, permaculture and nature connection designed to enhance your everyday life.
Firefly gathers a bevy of inspiring, amazing people. In addition to two class sessions each of the four days, we offer evening entertainment, basic infrastructure, and on-site camping.
We encourage you to check out the Firefly Manifesto to find out how we have all come together for four days every summertime for more than a decade to share skills and commune with each other and nature.
Classes and Programs
We have a range of classes in Crafts Examples include Basketry, Fibers, Leatherwork, Clothing, and Making Natural Dyes (see below for more about these) Check out our Permaculture and Organic Gardening classes, as... Read More
Hunting and Fishing Hunting classes include instruction in the use of hunting tools such as archery, and knife and tomahawk throwing. We also offer classes where you can learn to make hunting tools like... Read More
Fire-Making We have crossed many significant thresholds on our journey to becoming modern human beings: walking upright, language, art, religion, horticulture and irrigation. Perhaps the most important is the careful cultivation and taming... Read More
Communication & Community Building Ancient Chinese knowledge teaches that “the community that practices nonviolent communication together, stays together.” OK, so maybe it’s a new Asheville saying, but the skills of empathic engagement, peacemaking... Read More
For Closely related classes, please check out our Community and Storytelling Classes. Classes that Matter for Raising a Healthy Next Generation In 2015, we added a new track of classes specifically geared toward... Read More
We have a range of classes about plant medicine and food. Food and Fermentation Our Food and Fermentation track includes classes on everything from wild edible mushrooms and open-fire cooking to advanced... Read More
Natural Building Clay. Straw. Wood. Stone. Debris shelters. Wattle-and-daub walls. Timber-framing. Tiny homes. Three-season shelters. Putting a roof over one’s head is one of the most important ways we empower ourselves and become... Read More
We have a range of classes about plant medicine and food. For Closely related classes, please check out our Homesteading / Survivalism Classes. Organic Gardening Learning the basics of organic gardening is the... Read More