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7th Annual Firefly Gathering at Bell’s Cove

Tuesday, May 20th, 2014

ASHEVILLE NC – Firefly exists to help people of all ages learn how to be functional human beings walking on this earth.

Come explore a higher education; one that can actually be put to use in everyday life. One that teaches practical skills, the type we should have learned in school while we were filling our heads with abstract numbers. What we are talking about is re-discovering what your body, mind, and spirit were made for. Exposing yourself to skills that may make your heart sing. You can help make our world a better place and learn to thrive in any environment, no matter the state of the ever-changing world. And you can have fun doing it. Wild foods, gardening, archery, shelter-making, herbal medicine, solar power, relationship skills, bowmaking, animal tracking, Cherokee storytelling, and mead making, are just a few of the classes and activities scheduled for the seventh annual Firefly Gathering being held over the summer, June 12-15, 2014, at Bell’s Cove outside of Asheville.

The Firefly Gathering is a multi-day instructional and community-building event in the mountains of North Carolina, offering a diversity of programs to support grassroots sustainability. The weekend features over 200 educational classes for young and old alike, from the arts of our ancestors to classes in modern-day sustainable technology like solar energy, permaculture, and biofuels. A day might be spent making woodcarving, shooting arrows, and sustainable urban gardening, while evenings might be spent “round the campfire,” with other like-minded families and individuals, waltzing, listening to a talk on wild foods, or off doing one’s own thing.

All activities at Firefly are optional. Almost 100 master-teachers from across the region are contributing their skills and talents to this event including renowned story tellers, herbalist, crafts people and fiber artist, homesteaders, survivalist, mushroom hunters and Earth educators.

Every year we offer awesome programming and classes for all ages… Adult programming, Teen programming (ages 13-17), Kids program (ages 8-12), and childcare.  This year we are re-vamping our kids program to make it be more engaging and fun our kids program.  Sugi Hodges, from Forest Floor Wilderness programs, will be coordinating the program.  It will involve exciting and engaging classes like natural soda mading, kinife safety, natural camouflage, clay bead making, and snake identification.

For those who want to go deeper with these skills, post-camp intensives sessions are June 18-21. Intensives include shoemaking, intro to permaculture and eco-homesteading, emergency eedical preparedness, traditional building with timber traming, fiber fantasia and a wilderness survival.

Admission is based on a sliding scale and includes on-site camping, facilities and access to all classes. Cabins are available on the website. Pre-registration is highly recommended, as space for camping is limited.

To register go to www.fireflygathering.org.