Perennial Workshops

Firefly is incredibly excited and grateful to make the life-changing skills that we offer at our Annual Gathering accessible to more people through Perennial Firefly! This program serves to broaden our reach into every season of the year.

The Firefly Gathering has long had an intention to make the life-changing skills that we offer at our Annual Gathering accessible to more people. We are incredibly excited and grateful to announce Perennial Firefly! This program serves to broaden our reach into every season of the year. Whether you’ve been curious about our annual gathering but haven’t yet made it, or if you’ve attended in the past but simply want more, this is a great opportunity to learn!

Upcoming Workshops

“We cannot protect something we do not love, we cannot love what we do not know, and we cannot know what we do not see. And touch. And hear.”

Richard Louv (Author, “Last Child in the Woods”)

Now Announcing… Perennial Firefly Workshops for 2022! 

We are excited to announce some of the first Perennial Workshops we have lined up for 2022. Perennial registration will be opening Tuesday, February 1st along with the full descriptions for each Workshop, so please stay tuned for more details and Workshop announcements! 

March 26

Neo Pre/Post Apocalyptic Blacksmithing : Kitchen Utensils

with Tod Kershaw

March 27

Bike Clinic I:
Basic Maintenance

with Matty Semkowich

April 9

Cordage:
Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Fibers and Ropemaking

with Jeff Gottlieb

April 10

Mead Making

with Marissa Percoco

April 24

Bike Clinic II:
Brake Overhaul

with Matty Semkowich

April 30

Woodslore, Weeds, and Wildwoods Wisdom Walk

with Doug Elliott

May 14

Natural Plant Dyes

with Lindsey Warf

May 15

Bike Clinic III:
Shifting Overhaul

with Matty Semkowich

May 21

Neo Pre/Post Apocalyptic Blacksmithing:
Intro to Blacksmithing

with Tod Kershaw

July 31

Preserving the Harvest via Fermentation

with Marissa Percoco

Registration Opening February 1

... Stay tuned for more details and workshop announcements!

Energetic Exchange

Sliding Scale Ticket Pricing

Part of our vision at The Firefly Gathering is shifting cultural paradigms. Currently folks with access to more wealth have more opportunity for growth and connection. This is not an equitable approach.

We feel that the classes, experiences and skills we offer are important for everyone’s well being. To help achieve this goal, our workshops are priced at three levels, allowing each participant to pay at the rate that feels most viable.

To engage in mutual community support, please consider the following options and select your price at checkout.

  • For those who have enough to share, thank you for being a Sponsor. This is an opportunity to support someone else in participating who may not otherwise be able to.

  • The Standard pricing reflects what it costs to produce the class and cover basic expenses.

  • We offer an additional Equity Discount for those from the following communities who support reparations and/or an equitable redistribution of wealth and would not have access to this workshop without this discount:

This discount is supported by Sponsors and Firefly’s fundraising efforts. In the future, we intend to expand this price tier to include other marginalized and oppressed communities, as we have the funding to do so.

This is equity. We care deeply for each other, and are working to transform the world into a culture of abundance and opportunity for all. Thank you for helping us. This is what keeps Firefly going and helps build more sustainability, resilience, and connection in our community and our world.

Sliding Scale Ticket Pricing

Part of our vision at The Firefly Gathering is shifting cultural paradigms. Currently folks with access to more wealth have more opportunity for growth and connection. This is not an equitable approach. We feel that the classes, experiences and skills we offer are important for everyone’s well being. To help achieve this goal, our workshops are priced at three levels, allowing each participant to pay at the rate that feels most viable.

To engage in mutual community support, please consider the following options and select your price at checkout.

  • For those who have enough to share, thank you for being a Sponsor. This is an opportunity to support someone else in participating who may not otherwise be able to.

  • The Standard pricing reflects what it costs to produce the class and cover basic expenses.

  • We offer an additional Equity Discount for those from the following communities who support reparations and/or an equitable redistribution of wealth and would not have access to this workshop without this discount:

This discount is supported by Sponsors and Firefly’s fundraising efforts. In the future, we intend to expand this price tier to include other marginalized and oppressed communities, as we have the funding to do so.

This is equity. We care deeply for each other, and are working to transform the world into a culture of abundance and opportunity for all. Thank you for helping us. This is what keeps Firefly going and helps build more sustainability, resilience, and connection in our community and our world.

Teach

Do you share our mission and want your class considered in our program? We hold space for new instructors each year to balance our seasoned, well-known instructors. This mixes up the courses provided and adds exciting, new approaches to age old concepts. To apply to share a class, please fill out our New Teacher Form so we can get to know you!

One way to connect with the Firefly community is to offer your skills and wisdom through teaching. The Firefly Gathering is honored to work with so many skilled instructors over the years, who offer classes spanning a broad range of topics, skills, and perspectives. We seek out local masters in each field who are excited to come and share the skills and knowledge that they have refined over years of study, practice, and instruction.

Do you share our mission and want your class considered in our program? We hold space for new instructors each year to balance our seasoned, well-known instructors. This mixes up the courses provided and adds exciting, new approaches to age old concepts. To apply to share a class, please fill out our New Teacher Form so we can get to know you!

FAQ

In an ongoing effort to protect one another as we begin to gather again, please review our policy. Thank you for your participation and understanding.

To protect others in this program, please stay at home if you are at risk of spreading Covid-19 or another communicable illness. This includes being exposed to someone who you know to have been infected, in addition to having symptoms yourself or testing positive. If you are not able to attend a class due to Covid-19 or another illness, please let us know as soon as you can. See our Credit Policy for credit and transfer options. If it is within 7 days of your event, call us at 828-237-2551.

At our in-person events, we will abide by local regulations, which currently state: 

“Masks are required in … any indoor place the public is invited and allowed to enter and gather. The mandate applies to all people who are at least 5 years old. Face coverings are recommended for all people over the age of 2.”

At the start of each class, we will offer colored lapel pins to all class participants which will indicate the level of comfort folks have with distance requirements. Please pay attention to other’s color choices and respect their needs. We will not be asking for proof of vaccination, and ask that unvaccinated individuals consider the safety of others when choosing wristband color.

  • Red: I prefer social distancing whenever possible.
  • Yellow: Please ask consent before entering my space. 
  • Green: I’m feeling safe to be near others. 

Outdoor Classes: Most of our classes are outdoors. Wel encourage folks to bring masks for any time social distancing cannot be maintained or when local case rates are high.

Indoor Classes: We will use tape to mark off spots that are 6 feet apart for participants to learn in. We ask that all participants wear a mask throughout the entirety of the class.

Yes, if you notify us at least 7 days prior to an event you can recieve a credit equal to the dollar amount that can be applied towards any ticket (while tickets last) and is not an actual ticket. Credit is valid for 3 years.

To receive credit or to transfer your ticket to another person, notify us in writing by email at registration@fireflygathering.org at least 7 days prior to the start of the class or event you’ll miss. No post-deadline requests accepted. 

Email us at registration@fireflygathering.org to redeem your credit. We do not offer refunds. There are no credits for no-shows. Read more about our credit policy here.

Firefly retains the right to cancel any event or class at any time due to low registration, public health concerns, or other unforeseen circumstances. In the event of a cancellation, all tickets will automatically become credit for future events and classes. See our Credit, Cancellation, and Covid Policy for more information.