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Our Magnificent Trees: Identification, Uses, Folklore, and More with Luke Cannon

November 6, 2022 @ 10:00 am 4:00 pm

Autumn is a wonderful time for learning about the magnificent trees of our region and their incredible uses and folklore. Beyond being beautiful and inspiring (especially in the fall!), trees are foundational to the life and ecology of our forests and the wellbeing of our planet. As leaf mass and bramble fall into dormancy in a showy rainbow of colors, we are offered a clear and up-close look at tree growth patterns, bark colors and textures, and more! 

Join longtime Firefly Gathering instructor Luke Cannon for a guided walk in the wilds. In this all-day workshop, beginner to intermediate tree enthusiasts will:

  • Explore Tree Identification-even when they are naked!  (i.e., no leaves, which is tricky) 
  • Gain a naturalist’s perspective on Habitats and Forest Ecology
  • Learn Edible, Medicinal and Utilitarian Uses of Various Trees
  • Hear Interesting History, Folklore and More in this Magnificent Tree Walk 

More than a botanist, Luke is a long time pursuer, lover, and teacher of our astounding natural world.  His passions to study the ecological intricacies of our living Earth have led him throughout the Americas and across the globe. 

Magnificent Tree Workshop Details

This class will be held outdoors on Sunday, November 6, 2022 from 10am – 4pm near Asheville, NC.

This class is geared toward beginner and intermediate tree enthusiasts.  All are welcome. Minimum age is 12, persons under age 16 must be accompanied by an adult.

Participants should bring:

  • Clothes for staying warm and hiking and sitting in the forest on and off trail.  
  • A magnifying glass if you have one.  
  • Lunch, water and warm clothes. 
  • Feel free to bring a tree guide if you would like. 

About the Instructor

More than a botanist, Luke Cannon is a long time pursuer and teacher of our astounding natural world.  Over the last two decades, Luke has instructed numerous wilderness awareness programs and led hundreds of classes, walks and workshops.

An avid naturalist, he blends biological studies with ecology, animism, permaculture, survival skills, rural homesteading, and experiential education. He has taught for the North Carolina Arboretum, the Blue Ridge Audubon Society, Organic Growers School, the Finger Lakes Native Plant Society, the Asheville Mushroom Club, Wild Abundance, and the Appalachian School of Holistic Herbalism to name a few. In 2011 he founded Astounding Earth – dedicated to helping people deepen their relationships with the our living planet.

Luke currently lives in the mountains of North Carolina studying, teaching and living Appalachian Ecology and Animism. He offers regular public walks and workshops to share his knowledge and love of local plants, birds, mammals, mushrooms and ecology. Find out more at: www.AstoundingEarth.com

Equitable Pricing Model $105 – $35

In order to make our workshops more accessible, we offer two price options for each class, with an additional Equity Discount for qualifying individuals. Please consider these options and select your price at checkout.

  • Sponsor Price $105: 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 $70: The Standard reflects one person’s share of what it costs to produce the class and cover basic expenses.
  • Equity Price $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:

Thank you for helping transform the world into a culture of abundance, resilience, and opportunity for all.

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*Please check your pricing options before you register for your first Perennial Workshop. The pricing options are the same for all events, so you only need to do it once!


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Kimberly Dunn

Finance Manager (she/her)

Having grown up in a multicultural family, Kimberly’s love for languages and traditional cultures is infused into everything she creates. After many years overseas, she now calls the Appalachian mountains her home and continues to keep the adventure alive by staying close to the wild. Kimberly is a singer songwriter, dancer, women’s circle facilitator, personal finance astrologer, bookkeeper, yoga teacher, and chef.