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.
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!
A life of living in the wilderness, fermenting on the road and facing the immediacy of death with Marissa Percoco, our Executive Director
Tune into this episode of the Ground Shots Podcast for a deep dive into stories from both domestic and nomadic life, the pros and cons of life in wilderness areas, and a journey that eventually landed Marissa into the heart of the Barnardsville community and The Firefly Gathering.
“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.”
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!
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.
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!
Fuz has always been a nature boy, and as a child he found the greatest peace and intrigue with the outdoors. “There was an ah-ha moment,” Fuz remembers, “while by myself outdoors as a kid, when I first became aware of my own awareness. Nature did that.”
“If we had more mature adults in touch with their deep selves and engaged with their soul work, the world would be a much better place.”
“The energy of Firefly Gathering rekindles a flame in my soul that is in danger of becoming extinct if I don’t visit; there I remember the importance of being wild and free and connected.”
“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.”