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Woodslore, Weeds, and Wildwoods Wisdom Walk with Doug Elliott

June 8 @ 1:00 pm 4:00 pm

Naturalist Doug Elliott sharing stories in the forest

About Woodslore with Doug Elliott

Whether he’s pointing out poison ivy, pontificating on possums, extolling the virtues of dandelions, pondering the “nature” in human nature, telling wild snake tales, or wailing out a jivey harmonica tune, beloved Firefly Gathering elder Doug Elliott is known for his lively storytelling presentations as well as his broad, practical, scientific and cultural knowledge of the natural world.  He will be leading a fun, educational ramble focusing on the useful and interesting wild plants as well as birds, insects and other critters we encounter.  You will hear stories, songs, lore and natural history fact stranger than fiction on this plant walk. His program is flavored with regional dialects, lively harmonica tunes and more than a few belly laughs.

In this class, Doug will:

  • Share stories and songs from his decades of experience as a naturalist
  • Identify plants, birds, insects, and other creatures the class encounters
  • Share cultural and scientific lore about local ecosystems
  • Make us laugh!

Doug Elliott Workshop Details

This class will be held outdoors on Saturday, June 8, 2024 from 1pm – 4pm in Weaverville, NC.

This class is for everyone. Bring snacks and water. Minimum age is 10, persons under age 16 must be accompanied by paying adult.

About Doug Elliott

Doug Elliott (he/him) is a naturalist, herbalist, storyteller, basket maker, back-country guide, philosopher, and harmonica wizard. For many years he made his living as a traveling herbalist, gathering and selling herbs, teas, and remedies.  He has spent a great deal of time with traditional country folk and indigenous people, learning their stories, folklore and traditional ways of relating to the natural world. In recent years he has performed and presented programs at festivals, museums, botanical gardens, nature centers and schools throughout the world. He has led ranger training sessions for the National Park Service, guided people on wilderness experiences throughout the country, and was named a harmonica champion at Fiddler’s Grove Festival. Doug is the author of five books, many articles in regional and national magazines, and a number of award winning albums of stories and songs. He is occasionally seen on PBS-TV, and the History and National Geographic Channels.

The National Storytelling Network (the largest storytelling membership organization in the world) inducted Doug into their Circle of Excellence for “exceptional commitment and exemplary contribution to the art of storytelling.” The International Herb Association presented him with the Otto Richter Award honoring his work with herbs and useful wild plants. The National Association for Interpretation (the professional organization of park rangers, naturalists, museum curators, etc.) gave him the Master Front Line Interpreter Award for his “mastery of interpretive techniques, program development, and design of creative projects” celebrating the natural world and our human connection to nature.  You can find more about Doug on his website dougelliott.com.

Equitable Pricing Model $65 – $25

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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 $65: 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 $45: The Standard reflects one person’s share of what it costs to produce the class and cover basic expenses.
  • Equity Discount $25: 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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WOODSLORE – 06/08/2024 Sponsor Price
Supports accessibility for others as well as yourself
$ 65.00
WOODSLORE – 06/08/2024 Standard Price
Covers your share of basic class expenses
$ 45.00
WOODSLORE – 06/08/2024 *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
$ 25.00

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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.