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Meet Tod Kershaw, The Pre/Post Apocalyptic Blacksmith

As a teacher slotted to offer two in depth Perennial Workshops, in addition to a set of classes at the Annual Gathering, we thought it high time to celebrate this beloved instructor and long time Firefly friend, as well as his winding way toward blacksmithing, dumpster diving, and the heart of the Earthskills community.

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An ode to Doug Elliott, Appalachian storyteller, herbalist and naturalist

One of Firefly’s treasured elders, Doug Elliott, brings his story and song year after year to the Firefly Gathering. In this most recent episode of the Ground Shots Podcast, Doug and Firefly’s own Kelly Moody sit down in his home to reflect on life close to the land, reasons for telling stories, and his curiosity about nature through the years. Blending interview with clips of past performances, this personal and detailed look into Doug Elliott’s life and exploration of his storytelling is not to be missed!

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How to Be a Lichen

“How can we live in balance with our ecosystems and each other? How do we meet our needs without depleting Earth and exploiting each other? Earthskills. Learning the names and gifts of the beings around us. Earthskills. Creating with our hands in gratitude. Earthskills…and some dharma style biomimicry.”

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The Hunter’s Full Moon Gala Gratitudes

It’s time… for a humongous, joyous, and loving THANK YOU to everyone who came out to the Hunter’s Full Moon Gala! Whether you flew in solo or inspired friends and family to come along, danced in the audience or offered your time and talents- after two long years without an event, we are reminded of the many reasons we do what we do… it’s YOU!

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equity cartoon

Activism, Social Justice and The Firefly Gathering

Activism is nothing new to The Firefly Gathering, which started because a group of folks realized that the current paradigm was completely unsustainable for our species and planet. However, some folks say Firefly is not the place for activism…here’s our thoughts.

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Solitary orange tent in forest at the firefly gathering

2020 Financial Statement

We hope this finds you basking in the ever lengthening rays of spring sunshine, even if that means seeking out a solitary beam of sunlight and letting it fall upon you in your quarantined reality. Whatever this time may look like for you, may the sun shine upon you and fill your soul with joy!

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Deerfields Mills River NC

Firefly’s Response to Covid-10

As the world experiences this great COVID-19 crisis together, one of the best ways we can serve each other is to limit our contact, thereby slowing the rate of transmission and hopefully keeping health care available for all who need it.

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Scott Harrel: In Tune With the Rhythms of Nature

Nature is the “one constant that is always in tune, always on time, adaptable and yet very consistent. It’s the energetic connection that allows joy to fill one’s life. And with a life full of joy, there is no servitude – only gratitude.”

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Luke McLaughlin of Holistic Survival School

Luke McLaughlin Goes Wild

“To me, Firefly is special because it’s the gathering that’s closest to home (literally). It’s the place where I can show up as my authentic self and be celebrated. It is the place where I can share my gifts as a teacher and also help inspire folks who are hungry for knowledge and skills.”

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