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Magical Mead Making w/ Marissa Percoco

September 28 @ 1:00 pm 4:00 pm

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About the Workshop: Mead Making

Experience the transformative power of fermentation in this deep dive into the ancient art of mixing honey (the nectar of the flowers of plants gathered by the bees) with local fruit, flowers, roots & herbs to create divine expressions of beverage bliss. This hands-on event will guide participants through the process of harvesting ingredients and preparing them for Mead, discussing basic qualities of flowers, fruits, roots, etc. & how to handle & use them. Then we’ll blend these things together with water & honey, feeding the yeasts, to create the beginnings of a most delightful beverage! 

This is a beginner’s workshop, but there will be something for advanced brewers, too. We’ll begin with a brief overview of working with the plants, then discuss ratios of sweetener and the relationship to percentage of alcohol, the qualities of various sugars, & have an overview of wild, open & cultured fermentation. We’ll end with a brief demonstration of racking, bottling & storing your brews and ample Q& A time all while sampling some lovely examples of fermentation and alchemical magic!

In this workshop, students will:

  • Gain an understanding of the cultural context and history of mead, as well as the sacred empowerment that comes from making your own libations and medicines and nurturing a healthy relationship with ceremonial substances 
  • Learn how to process and preserve various plants in preparation for mead
  • Understand the relationship between sweeteners and alcohol and how one is transformed into the other
  • Get a clear overview of yeast, especially wild or open vs. cultured ferments, and how to succeed with both
  • Understand the steps required to go from a nice young mead, to an aged bottled beverage that you can be proud of sharing around the fire at mead circle!

This class will be held outdoors under a covered structure on Saturday, September 28 2024, from 1 pm – 4 pm in Barnardsville, NC. While this is a beginners class, there is something for everyone, with lots of time for Q&A. The minimum age is 21.

About the Instructor: Marissa Percoco

Marissa Percoco wears many hats: first she is a devoted mother to her own four amazing (now mostly grown!) children and is also “Mamarissa” to many! Having grown up in the concrete labyrinth of the San Francisco Bay Area, Marissa escaped to the wilds in college and has never looked back! She is a naturalist by heart, and spent her children’s younger years adventuring and raising them as a single mom, exploring community & nature, traveling the backcountry on a shoe-string, from coast to coast, crawling through swamps, deserts, mountains, hot springs, islands & oceans. Learning plants, animals, stories and local ways of weaving into harmony with the environment is her passion. Marissa is also: a plant and land tender, activist, artist, delicious food maker, bee tender, crafter, bookworm, tiny home dweller, otter, plant spirit communicator, healer, trickster and so much more!  As of 2021, Marissa is also a breast cancer survivor, which is an ongoing and incredible journey of fear, pain, humility, connection and healing. Fermentation is a special love of Marissa’s, along with an obsession with strange & exotic plants! Viewing all flora as brethren, Marissa is never alone. Other loves include creating beauty, paddling, cooking, crafting, foraging, reading, playing games, and snuggling her kitties while watching things grow.
Marissa is deeply grateful for her family and community, the abundance of our planet, and for the opportunity each day to connect with the beauty and vibrance of nature. Sharing that connection is her life’s work. Serving as the Executive Director of The Firefly Gathering, and teaching various classes throughout the southeast, all provide Marissa with ample opportunities to help shift the dominant paradigm. Now nesting on a little farmstead on the ancestral lands of the ᎠᏂᏴᏫᏴ Aniyvwiya (Cherokee) people, now known as Barnardsville, NC, Marissa is deeply rooted in the earthskills movement, anti-oppression work, her garden, and the old Appalachian soil, committed to co-creating a new culture within which we, our children and all beings thrive.

Equitable Pricing Model $75 – $35

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  • Sponsor Price $75: For those who have enough to share, thank you for being a Sponsor. This is an opportunity to contribute towards the cost of the class for someone else.
  • Standard Price $55: The Standard Price reflects one person’s share of what it costs to produce the class and cover basic expenses.
  • Equity Discount $35: 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:

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MEAD MAKING – 09/28/2024 Sponsor Price
Supports accessibility for others as well as yourself
$ 75.00
MEAD MAKING – 09/28/2024 Standard Price
Covers your share of basic class expenses
$ 55.00
MEAD MAKING – 09/28/2024 *Equity Discount
*Available for those of the global majority who identify as coming from a racialized community or an underrepresented ethnicity and would not have access to this workshop without this discount
$ 35.00

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Lily Harlin


Lily is an artist, creator, and dreamer. Since a very young age, she has been immersed in the natural world and draws heavy inspiration from the wild. Though her medium changes frequently, Lily’s art and expression always incorporate an element of the organic and unpredictable. She got her associate in fine arts in 2023, and now volunteers at her school as a ceramic studio monitor. She hopes to open a studio of her own one day to have a place to teach and inspire others. In addition to doing commission work, Lily has been creating many graphics for The Firefly Gathering since 2019. Lily grew up in the Earthskills community from the time she was eight years old, so having the opportunity to grow and give back in so many ways has been incredibly fulfilling. No matter where she ends up, this group of people and ideas will always hold a special place in her heart.