Plant Medicine and Food

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 vegetable ferments and making meads or local liqueurs. Whether you want to milk a cow on site and use the milk to make a variety of raw cheeses, learn how to integrate nuts into your daily caloric needs, or create nutrient-dense wild-food smoothies the kids will enjoy, if you like food, you’ll find something here worth your time!


These mountains are the home of a magnificent abundance of useful medicinal plants, nestled in the most diverse ecosystems anywhere in the temperate climate world. And Firefly has become a family gathering of sorts to many of the region’s most skilled herbalists and medicine makers. If you want to learn the basics of subjects like Herbal Medicine Making; Understanding Plant Energetics; Creating a Home Apothecary; Chinese Herbalism; or Sustainably Harvesting Medicines from the Wild, this is the place for you, And if you’re looking for advanced herbalism, topics like Operating Essential-Oil Distilleries; Advanced Constituent Extraction; Herbal Therapies for Cancer or STDs; or Herbal Yoni Steams…this is also the place for you.

Plant Walks, Mushroom Walks, Bird Walks and Naturalist Walks

Walks, walks and more walks! Walks galore!… Plant walks… Mushroom walks… Ecology walks… Bird walks… Rare local and endemic species walks… Butterfly walks…. Herpetology Walks… (What? That’s for the amphibian and reptile lovers!) Yes, we get that nerdy at Firefly. Whether you want to take a musical stroll with naturalist Doug Elliott, or nerd out on Botany 404 with Luke Cannon or Marc Williams, we usually have three or four naturalist walks going on at any given time. The only problem is picking just one!

Alternative Health and Healing

Our hometown of Asheville, NC, is the East Coast mecca of alternative health and holistic healing. While Firefly started out as a primitive skills and crafts gathering, every year we get more and more excited to be ground zero for the explosion of healing arts that our home bolsters. Every year we are adding new tracks of classes to account for this abundance. You can find classes on topics that include Understanding Fertility Awareness; DIY Natural-Hygiene Products; Thai Yoga Massage; Healing on the Wise Woman Path; Sacred Sexuality; Tantra Yoga; and Touch-Healing Ceremonies. The list grows on and on.

Other Classes

Firefly has classes for everyone and for a vast array of interests. Please check out our other class themes: Crafts; Plant Medicine and Food; Permaculture and Gardening; Natural Parenting; Community and Storytelling; Fire, Metal, and Stone; Homesteading / Survivalism; Natural Building and Appropriate Technology; and Bushcraft and Campcraft.

Check out the full schedule for Gardening and Permaculture classes:
Food and Fermentation, Herbalism, Plant Walks, Mushroom Walks, Bird Walks and Naturalist Walks, Alternative Health and Healing