Due to covid, we have decided to cancel our main event this year.

We hope this finds you enjoying the lengthening days, and warming rays of spring sunshine! Much like the eager crocuses, tulips, and daffodils bursting forth from winter slumber, we too yearn to unfurl and celebrate. However, after months of deliberation, we have decided that we cannot offer a gathering this year. We are terribly sorry to disappoint all who were hoping to attend this year. If you already have a ticket transferred from last year, we will be in touch with you directly.

As much as we are looking forward to being able to gather together again when it is safe, we cannot risk planning an event when covid cases are still so high and we cannot be confident at this time that they will be low enough by June.

Instead, we are excited to turn our focus to two new programs, both of which will be launched later this year. In addition to our yearly June gathering, we will be offering classes in the greater Asheville area, available in every season. Year round programming has been a long time dream for Firefly, and now we will focus on making it a reality! We are also building an online learning portal with video content that will be accessible all year. Stay tuned for updates as we develop new ways to make Firefly more accessible to everyone.

Please continue to stay safe, connect with nature, practice your skills, and cherish life in all its forms.


Marissa, Chloe, and the Firefly Crew

Sacred Land

We hosted our first event here at Deerfields in 2019, and were profoundly touched by the beauty of this sacred land. Firefly is honored to return and be able to invite you to gather with us there again, when it is safe to do so.

Deerfields is just 30 minutes south of Asheville, and offers a truly beautiful location for us to share and grow together.  Traditional lands of the Cherokee, with two spring-fed freshwater lakes, meandering creeks, and beautiful hiking trails that weave through mature and diverse forests, Deerfields is locally known and loved by many. Come enjoy over 900 acres of wildness.


The Firefly Gathering is a community organization dedicated to sharing the skills and ideologies that help us to live abundantly and harmoniously with Earth. In a time of disconnection, industrial specialization, environmental injury, and rapid climate change, we believe it is of the utmost importance to adapt the way we live to not only survive in the changing world around us, but to thrive within our contributions to the human experience. We are a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, and all donations are tax deductible.

Every year around 1,000 people from diverse nationalities, faiths, political viewpoints, and backgrounds convene from around the globe at Firefly for a multi-day gathering. Here folks get a taste of life in community—where people experience a shared culture centered around learning traditional skills, preserving ancestral knowledge, living peacefully and productively with each other—all towards the goal of meeting our needs and living well without exploiting Earth.

Over the course of the gathering, nearly 100 teachers of assorted ages and backgrounds offer over 300 classes ranging from bow-making and hide-tanning, to herbal medicine and food preservation, to nonviolent communication, healing arts, and environmental remediation. The evenings are filled with music, dancing, drum circles, spoken word, song circles, art and more. We also have a variety of programs for children ages 3 to 18, which are centered around nature connection and learning skills while building beautiful memories in community.

Who We Are

Since 2007, The Firefly Gathering has been convening in the beautiful Appalachian mountains of Western North Carolina, Our organization was founded by and continues to be operated predominantly (but not exclusively) by women committed to shifting the dominant paradigm. We have around eight core staff members, with many more during the event. The Board of Directors is constituted of eight members with a broad range of experiences including Earth skills, nonprofit governance, tribal government, law, and technology.

Click here to meet our Board of Directors.


To be inclusive and accessible, Firefly provides scholarships to individuals from communities who, due to systemic oppression, have otherwise not been able to attend events of this kind. We offer these scholarships with the hopes to foster a strong and powerful diverse community of earth-centered people steeped in the earth-knowledge that Firefly has to offer, who in turn can work in their own greater communities, spreading this knowledge and sharing the skills they have learned with others.

Firefly also offers discounted tickets for those who wish to help us run the event. We call these worktrade passes, which can discount half to most of the ticket price. We believe that everyone should have access to these crucial skills and knowledge. Racial equity and environmental justice work are forefront in our minds and hearts as we move forward as a community, a school and an organization.

Click here to learn more and apply for a scholarship.

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Asheville, NC 28814

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