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

November 6 @ 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 to transform the world into a culture of abundance, resilience, and opportunity for all.

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TREES – 11/06/2022 Sponsor Price
Supports accessibility for others as well as yourself
$ 105.00
TREES – 11/06/2022 Standard Price
Covers your share of basic class expenses
$ 70.00
TREES – 11/06/2022 *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
Asheville, North Carolina United States + Google Map

Kim Dunn

Community Equity Advocate (she/her)

Kim grew up in a multicultural home in the Midwest. Since her teenage years she was already enamored with yoga and spiritual traditions of the East. After college, she answered a deep longing to go to Asia to discover her roots, to immerse herself in the Chinese language, and to expand her mind.

Living in Shanghai for over 5 years brought the wonderful experience teaching yoga full time and connecting with her cultural identity. In 2018 she left China to go to Europe, where she lived in Romania and then France for a couple years. This was her “DIY Masters” degree period where she learned yoga nidra, astrology, guitar, and wildcrafting, all while facilitating women’s circles and addressing personal health issues.

In the spring of 2021, Kim made the decision to come back to the US for the same reason why she left: roots. A true rooting phase is in process, with long term dreams of building a home and community. She’s grateful to be back in NC, tucked away in the mountains where she’s synthesizing all that she’s learned to offer to the world. These travels have enabled an authentic embodiment of the bridge between East and West that she was born to be.