We're so glad you joined us for the ninth annual Firefly Gathering in 2016!

We hope to see you in June 2017 for our tenth anniversary celebration.

The dates for 2017 will be June 29 to July 2.

Location (close to Asheville) to be announced soon.


We will leave details about the 2016 event on our website until new information becomes available throughout Spring 2017.  This way, you can get an idea of what happens at a Firefly Gathering.

We send heartfelt gratitude to everyone who made 2016 possible: the dedicated worktraders, our fabulous instructors, our multitalented staff, and -- most of all -- our paying participants.  It was yet another great event: taking and teaching classes, sharing wisdom and insight, getting inspired and being inspirational, helping each other, playing in the great outdoors, sharing stories both ancient and new, and dancing under the moonlight to the music of some truly talented local musicians.

2016 Lost & Found: Visit our Contact Us page for information about claiming your lost articles.

2016 Word Search Puzzle & 2016 Word Search Puzzle Solution

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Worktrade and instructor applications for 2017 will be available beginning in March.


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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 that are 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. If you want to learn more about the gathering, please check out our new drop-down menus at the top of the page. Be sure to see our FAQs page for vital information as you plan your attendance.

We encourage you to check out the Firefly Manifesto to find out why our motley crew of tree huggers, survivalists, primitive-skills hobbyists, rednecks, and woods-hippies has been gathering together for four days every summertime for nearly a decade to share skills and commune with each other and nature.

Can't come to Firefly, or interested in more learning and playing throughout the year?

Check out our sister organization, www.WildAbundance.net for classes on Eco-homesteading, Organic Gardening, Primitive Skills, Natural Building, Carpentry, and Permaculture.