This celebration was designated a national holiday in 1894 in honor of all of the hardworking laborers in the country and the struggles they faced to secure fundamental human rights and safe working conditions. More than 100 years later, however, workers are still fighting these same kinds of battles.
“It’s inspiring to see how many folks’ lives are changed by coming to these events, and how many folks make dramatic shifts in their lives as a result (just like me). When we are connected to and bonded with the natural world we are willing to protect it and do more to preserve its integrity.”
“Rest and tender touch allow oppression to not be effective at depleting the talents, patience, kindness, and vitality of people of the global majority.”
“I believe there is always a standing invitation from the natural world for us to engage more fully with it… the amount of wealth and wellness I experience from being a forager is unequivocal for me. Who I am is my testimony.”
Get insights on how to stay hydrated, dry, and in frolicking-form at the Gathering with our First Aid and Safety Coordinator, Delaney Rae.
2022 was Firefly Gathering’s first year back to the annual gathering since COVID, and we had the second annual gathering since receiving our 501c3 nonprofit status. Over the last three years since becoming a nonprofit, Firefly Gathering has grown and is blossoming with new vigor! Read the 2022 annual report here!
Meet DeLesslin “Roo” George-Warren, a queer artist, researcher, and organizer from the Catawba Indian Nation joining us for his 4th year as an instructor this summer. Learn more about Roo’s path the teaching, and more about his offerings below.
Learn more about Jae Ortiz’s offerings at Firefly, and how intentional spaces like the Neighborhood build community resilience and reconnection in our pathways forward.
“Creativity and imagination go hand in hand, and without the cultivation of both, how can we begin to imagine a better world?
Building relationships with nature early on can make a huge difference in your child’s journey to getting to know themselves deeply, and in reclaiming their birthright: the ability to be in nature with ease. In this spirit, youth at Firefly are fully immersed in the goodness of nature at Youth Village during class time for adults and teens.
“I see Earthskills as a way for people to regain the grounding effects of being in nature, to hear again the sounds of birds, frogs and laughter; to use their hands to craft things from the natural world as all of our ancestors once survived upon…that is the village that we all seek to build, and Earthskills Gatherings are one way to feel that calling.”