2016 Class Schedule

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Adult Thursday * Adult Friday * Adult Saturday * Adult Sunday
Kids classes (ages 8-12)

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Adult Class Schedule

Thursday (6/16/2016) - Morning

forest hilyer

Bamboo Fire Saw

Make your own fire kit from a single piece of bamboo and learn to create fire with it!

Please bring a sharp knife and be ready for bursts of strenuous activity!

Barron Brown

Carve a Wooden Hair Comb

Carve a beautiful hair comb for beauty or function with Barron Brown

Yona FrenchHawk

Creating a Sweat Lodge

Today we'll build a lodge for ceremony that will be taking place throughout the weekend here at Bell's Cove. We'll discuss Why and How to make a Sweet Lodge and create one right here on site.

john kraus

Edge Tools Sharpening and Care: Axes and Adzes

Use and sharpening of edge tools. This session will focus on Axes and Adzes, but we can sharpen and go over maintenance for whatever edge tools you bring. Participants are encouraged to bring your own tools.

nancy gildersleeve

fingerweaving

Learn the art of fingerweaving (multistranded braiding) found in Osage and Seminole cultures and make a belt or headband.

Mateo Ryall

Foundations of Capoeira

Learning the techniques of capeoira , the foundation of movement , techniques and steps of training to engage in the game or art of capoeira. Learn the movement to empower yourself to gain balance, respond to uncertainty and keep yourself from falling . All levels welcome.

Nancy Basket

Freeform Kudzu Flower-Gathering Baskets

Split kudzu vine and random weave a vessel to gather wild things. Dazzle other learners in a wild forage walk with your new basket on one arm and one hand free to pick! Hear all about kudzu, listen to Cherokee stories and bring questions about Native culture.

Bill Parravano

Functional Movement, Breathing & Relaxation

This class focus on understanding your nervous system on a deeper level. Through movement we will study your body’s tension and learn how to release that tension through proper breathing. We will cover the importance of functional movement in the context of primitive/homestead living and use breathing and relaxation to accelerate your body’s recovery and healing. Be prepared to move in ways you never thought possible and gain flexibility that is both dynamic and exhilarating. You will move away from the class with a deeper understanding of your body and the role your nervous system plays in how you feel.

liz thecowgirl

Intro to Dairy Cows

We will discuss and demonstrate the basics of cow handling and health, milking, rotational grazing, and portable electric fencing.
Participants will have the opportunity to practice cow handling and/or setting up and moving portable electric fencing.

Children should be accompanied by an adult.
Please wear closed toed shoes.

Heather Hartley

Intro to Seed Saving

 

Sara Callaway

Introduction to 8 Shields

This class is an introduction to the 8 shields. The 8 shields help one understand how things fit together in the world, and how they flow. Well explore the energies of the 8 directions, how they are reflected in the natural cycles of a day, a year, plant life, and human life, and how we can tap into those energies to better understand and design for life experiences. Come see how an 8 shields approach can help you.

Patrick Walker

Knife and Tomahawk Throwing

We'll be learning the basics of weapon throwing, to that end we'll cover distance, rotation etc.
I'm not the world's best thrower, but really I'm just trying to provide an opportunity for people to practice a skill safely.
Come and see if you can qualify for a degree in physical physics, and if not we'll still have fun!
Class fee is an optional donation.

Jason Drevenak

Lacing Buckskin Bags

Each participant will learn how to maximize the use of an entire deer hide, create patterns, layout and cut out a design, modern and traditional tools, and the Whip, Cross and Dot stitch. Everyone will make and take their own small possibles, tobacco or medicine pouch.
10 people max
$8 material fee

Shawn Kelly

Making fire flint and steel

 

Luke Learningdeer

Meet our Astounding Trees Plants and Fungi - Walk

Come meet, greet and go deeper with the plants and fungal residents that surround our gathering. We will discuss ID, Edible, Medicinal and Utilitarian uses, ecology, lore and more!

Lauren Jacobs

Needle felting small creatures

Come create a small creature, realistic or fantastical, using the needle felting method. Bring a notepad to sketch ideas. All other materials will be supplied.

Sabrina Squires

Practical Hide Tanning

This is a hands on course that will run Thursday, Friday and Saturday afternoons or mornings. Students will tan a rabbit hide of their own and take it home with them. Modern and primitive methods will be discussed, and students will go through the steps of fleshing, tanning, stretching and softening a hide. There is a material fee of $20 to cover the cost of the hide, tanning solution and other materials/tools, which will all be provided.

We will also discuss sewing techniques and how to put your rabbit hide to good use. Moccasin, hat and gloves patterns will be available for students to copy and take home.

In order to finish your rabbit hide, students are encouraged to attend at least two sessions of the class, morning or afternoon. Diligence is the key to any art!

Monica Everett

Red Tent Activation

Help us open this space!
In this early morning activation, we will set personal and collective intentions, build an altar, and share in morning meditation and song...or whatever the spirit moves us to do! Red Tent is a co-creative space. It will be open and available anytime throughout the gathering.

The Red Tent is a Sanctuary; a place to Be Woman in a primal way. It is an intentionally feminine space for reflection. It is a safe space to retreat during the gathering. The space will often, but not always, be attended by a Melissa, or temple guardian, who will be hold space for anyone needing to enter and receive healing. It will at times be a place to gather in sisterhood. It is not a space for gossip or excessive mind chatter.

The space is not necessarily gender exclusive, although there may be times when it is open to only women-identified people, depending on what is happening in the tent. In general, however, the space is open for anyone needing a place to retreat who is also willing to follow the agreements of the space.

Jaydee Sperry

Reproductive Rights, Menstrual Extraction and Autonomy in the Birthing Realms

Join a facilitated discussion around the ever changing and controversial
topics of reproduction, practice, birth, abortion and our power in women
and family's health.

Discuss the legal rights and choices one has, including how to step out of
the public sector and into the realms of private organizations to allow
autonomy from the law.

Jack Lion

Spatial Awareness with the Alexander Technique

All of us carry patterns of tension and collapse in our bodies and minds. By exploring techniques for spatial awareness we can shift these patterns gently and indirectly, allowing the wisdom of the body to arise and find its own balance. The Alexander Technique is considered beneficial for both pain management (esp. back pain) as well as improving performance in repetitive tasks such as playing instruments, crafting and farming.
Class format will include hands-on guidance and verbal instruction.

Camper Bob

String, Ropes, Knots and Tarps

Learn some basic knots and when and where to use them in relation to a traditional camp setting. Hands on tying knots and putting up a canvas tarp.

Kelly Moody

Sustainable Harvesting of Wild Food and Medicine: A Conversation

As herbal medicine and wild food become more popular, it imperative that we recognize techniques for sustainable harvest, mindful harvesting techniques, knowledge about which plant populations are dwindling and are at risk, and have dialogue as a community about the impact we have on the wild landscape with our actions. Join Kelly Moody and Hannah Schiller in a conversation about the importance of sustainable wild harvesting practices. We will discuss the United Plant Savers, an organization dedicated to protecting medicinal plants through education and the creation of plant sanctuaries. We will talk about the list that the United Plant Savers has created in response to the rise in popularity of herbal medicine that features at-risk and to-watch plants that should be carefully considered before harvesting or not harvested at all. Let's discuss what common plants are okay to harvest, or what invasive plants are okay for abundant harvest. We also want to open this class up to a group discussion about the impacts, concerns, and observations our community has on wild populations of medicinal and edible plants in our bioregion and beyond.

Spencer Two Dogs

The Appalachian Ninja

Awareness, stealth, navigation, traps, improvising, blending, and smiling through adversity! Spencer returns to Firefly this year as a Go Dan 5th black in Hatsumi's art of the nine schools. Blending this with a lifetime of rich Appalachian backwoods tradition, "2dogs" presents an informative interactive class that gives you some say on the direction of study. This class also explains specialty class offered later that dig deeper into specific studies. An excellent class for world travelers, martial artists, and people who love spending time in the wilderness. Quietly!

Steve Torma

The Art of Intimacy: Level 1

Staying centered in any situation, moving beyond stalemates with Nonviolent Communication, forgiving others and yourself, hearing the yes behind every no, being flexible without being submissive, expressing anger or disappointment without judgment or blame, and more. With the former president of Earthaven Ecovillage and co-founder of The REAL Center.

Marc Williams

Tree and Shrub ID and Ethnobotany

We will take time to focus on the often big long lived beings of the plant world; trees and shrubs. These plants play a central role in almost any terrestrial ecosystem. We will cover common and more obscure uses for woody plants that may support overall health, well-being and sustenance while we walk as well as discuss how you can determine the identification through key characteristics.

Charly Aurelia

Wayfinding : With Magnetic Forces and Symbols

Wayfinding is a primary skill/relationship. Knowing where you are and perhaps, at least a little about where you may be headed. Come unlearn and learn !

If you hold the belief that you "have a poor sense of direction" this class is for you !, but it is also for everyone, whether experienced or unexperienced.

Please bring a compass-baseplate style preferred-, if you have one (if you are buying one, I suggest a baseplate compass with adjustable declination), and any maps you may have.

Robert Eidus

What you need to know about CBD (Cannabis Medicine)

The latest information, legislation,and cloning on CBD plants. Dr. Sanjay Guptas research on epileptic children. Information on accessing a medical doctors recommendation in California.

Liz Holland

Wild Turkey Feather Earings

*Wild Turkey Feather Earrings*: Learn to make copper wire-bound earrings
from the irridescent breast feathers of a local roadkill turkey. Students
will learn a simple coil technique to bind the feathers and cold working to
fashion earhooks. Trim, file, hammer, bend, shape. This class requires
finger dexterity and attention to small detail. Depending on your rate of
work, you will leave with a pair of earrings or the materials needed to
finish the project. Pre-made earhooks will be available for those who work
more slowly, but still want to don their feathers! If you have small flat
or round nose pliers or wire cutters handy, bring them along. To learn more
about Liz Holland - instructor, anthropologist, and industrial designer -
go to http://www.poeticpracticality.com.

Fuz Sanderson

Zen and the Art of Wood splitting

What in the world does Zen have to do with Wood Splitting? Ahh, but there
is Zen in all things if we but choose to perceive...
A total state of focus that incorporates a total togetherness of Body and
Mind...Zen is a way of being. We will look at different types of wood, discuss how they split and burn, safe
splitting techniques, and engage in the practice. Age 13 and up.

Thursday (6/16/2016) - Afternoon

Brandon Bodhi

18-day Hot Compost

This technique, known as the Berkeley 18-day Compost System, is a hot, aerobic system which can produce a large pile of finished compost in 18-20 days. We will discuss all of the details of this technique, build a compost, and if we have time discuss other practical methods of building rich organic soil. We will build this compost on the first day, Thursday, so that those who are interested can turn the pile again on Sunday and feel how hot it really gets.

Meredith Parsons

Ancestral Archetypes & Authentic Movements

Earth, Water, Fire and Air Minor Arcana of the Osho Zen Tarot as a group storytelling/community building tool. We will then break off into smaller and smaller groups giving each individual an opportunity to connect with a unique message for their life at this time. In order to ground that message into our bodies in a felt sense each individual will then create a movement phrase that resonates as authentic expression for them, and then have the opportunity to be witnessed expressing that phrase. This is an exercise from a form called Authentic Movement where individuals move with their eyes closed while being witnessed. Basic concepts of NVC will also be incorporated throughout these explorations.

jon christie

Beekeeping

This class is primarily for beginner to intermediate beekeepers. We will discuss how and when to get bees, necessary equipment, seasonal timing, feeding, dealing with pest and disease issues, swarming, and much more. I have been keeping bees on a large scale for many years, teaching beekeeping classes for 8 years, and guarantee to offer much insight, helpful hands on demonstrations, and anecdotes to help you on your path to successful beekeeping.

Becky Beyer

Bioregional Nutrition: Place Based Human Diet

Learn about the foods and nourishment that surround us in Southern Appalachia and how eating locally helps to support our planet, our bodies and our minds. A combination of understanding basic human nutrition, foraging, sustainable agriculture, and how it all works together to create lasting health and food security. Body positive, does mention and discuss humane butchering, hunting, and other meat based diets.

Tod Kershaw

Blacksmithing

Come on over and learn some old-timey blacksmithing from our former site manager Todd. Hes a blacksmithing guru, post-industrial madman!

Rachel Shopper

Bowdrill 101

Let’s make fire! In this class, students will assemble and use their own bowdrill friction fire kits. We will cover how to choose and prepare the different “ingredients” , how to maximize efficiency with good form, and basic troubleshooting. Please bring a knife, as there will be some carving involved.

Jeffrey Gottlieb

Cordage College

If you have ever made cordage before, get ready to make string, rope and thread better, stronger, faster and neater than ever. We'll explore numerous plant and animal fibers, amazing methods and clever tools for turning fibers into useful, beautiful cordage. You don't need to be an expert to come to this class, but even if you are you will see something new! Ropemaking an art and science? Who knew?

Chelsea Wakstein

Creative Kraut Fermentation

Learn how to make cabbage-based ferments known as sauerkraut or kimchi using seasonally abundant, wild-foraged, garden grown, dumpstered or store-bought ingredients. We'll talk about the benefits of eating fermented foods and having a relationship with bacteria and your gut flora. You will participate in making a batch of kraut and leave with the knowledge how to make delicious ferments in your home kitchen! Creative recipe ideas will be talked about included carrot curry kraut, nasturtium and dill kraut, fire cider kraut, spicy chinese szechuan kraut, spring tonic kraut, and so much more!

john kraus

Edge Tools Sharpening and Care: Knives and Scrapers

Use and sharpening of edge tools. This session will focus on Knives and Scrapers, but we can sharpen and go over maintenance for whatever edge tools you bring. Participants are encouraged to bring your own tools.

robin allison

Field Botany 101

This class will cover the basics of how to identify plants. Well learn some basic botanical terms, then stroll around practicing our new skills and sharing lore about the plant beings we meet along the way. Bring a copy of Newcombs Wildfower Guide, Botany in a Day, or another field guide if you happen to have one.

Jason Drevenak

Get to Know the Serpents & Herp Walk

Lets go on an adventure and scope out the habitat for snakes and frogs and turtles. Become more familiar with venomous and non-venomous serpent identification, habitat, behavior and responsible handling. We will also take a herp walk and try to find some of our legless allies (weather permitting)

Andrew Goodheart

Home Orchards: Growing Fruit Organically

Growing fruit organically is tricky in the southeast: I will present what you need to know to be successful. Applies to all levels, and we have time to go into great depth, with plenty of time for questions and discussion...

Asia Suler

Intuitive Plant Medicine

Our ancestors honed their intuition daily. They relied upon that innate inner sense of knowing for many aspects of livingplanting, travel and most especially, healing work. Traditional plant-based medicine was not copied from books, but learned through ceremony, meditation and a deep trust in ones instincts. The recognition and use of intuition in our modern culture has largely fallen by the wayside but, like any good tool, it can be sharpened.
In this workshop we will work on opening and fine-tuning our intuitive healing abilities, both for personal growth and within a community herbalist setting. The class will include an overview of the history of intuitive plant healing exploring shamanism, psychedelic ceremony, and the concept of plant devas as well as contemporary modalities such as homeopathy and flower essences. As a group we will make an on-site flower essence for each participant to take home with them and walk through the process of attunement. This class is open to all. Bring paper and a pen, an open mind, and your passion for plants!

Bring $2 if youd like to take a bottle of our group flower essence home with you.

Patrick Walker

Knife and Tomahawk Throwing

We'll be learning the basics of weapon throwing, to that end we'll cover distance, rotation etc.
I'm not the world's best thrower, but really I'm just trying to provide an opportunity for people to practice a skill safely.
Come and see if you can qualify for a degree in physical physics, and if not we'll still have fun!

Jamie Sparks

Making Felted Bags From Raw Fleece

We will explore the world of felting, beginning with raw fleece and making a small pouch. You will leave with a small pouch and knowledge to make similar flat or 2 dimensional felted pieces. There is a material fee.

Liz Holland

Natural Book Binding

Natural Book Binding*: Learn to make small books from things found in
nature including bark, wood, hickory nuts, and rocks. From basic easy books
to sewn book blocks, students will be given an overview of applicable
binding techniques. We will go out into the woods to forage for materials.
This type of bookbinding is a constant dialogue between you and the land,
so everyone’s book and technique will be different - a constant discovery.
Traditionally, book binding often requires special tools, machines, and
costly materials. Here, we stick to the basics and learn how to minimally
create both practical books and whimsical art books. You can expect to
leave this class with one or more books depending on the materials you
forage and the techniques you choose. There is no material fee for this
class, but anyone who can afford a few pocket dollars for the pot will get
an extra smile. To learn more about Liz Holland - instructor,
anthropologist, and industrial designer - go to
http://www.poeticpracticality.com.

Ryan Rice

Natural Dyes

Come learn the basics of plant based natural dyes! In this class we will prepare fabrics for dying, make several different dyes, and learn different techniques for dying fabrics.Each student will leave with finished products and have the knowledge of how to care for them. There is a $5 materials fee that will cover fabric for each student. Everyone is also encouraged to bring additional fabric with them for dying. Fabrics should be of natural origin. (no synthetics)

Chelsea King

netted water bottle holder

Learn basic macrame skills while creating a usable watter botttle holder...

Laura Roscoe

Pine Needle Baskets

Learn to coil baskets using long leaf pine needles. All materials supplies. No fee. Age 14 and up.

Sabrina Squires

Practical Hide Tanning

This is a hands on course that will run Thursday, Friday and Saturday afternoons or mornings. Students will tan a rabbit hide of their own and take it home with them. Modern and primitive methods will be discussed, and students will go through the steps of fleshing, tanning, stretching and softening a hide. There is a material fee of $20 to cover the cost of the hide, tanning solution and other materials/tools, which will all be provided.

We will also discuss sewing techniques and how to put your rabbit hide to good use. Moccasin, hat and gloves patterns will be available for students to copy and take home.

In order to finish your rabbit hide, students are encouraged to attend at least two sessions of the class, morning or afternoon. Diligence is the key to any art!

Frank Ritz

Selecting And Raising Heritage Breeds: Local Field Trip

This class will be a field trip to a local farm 10 minutes from here. Heritage Breeds: Have you ever wanted to change the culture of modern livestock agriculture? Do you have a love for livestock that has transcended the ages? Then raising heritage breeds may be just for you! If you are interested in a long-lasting relationship with our two-or four-legged friends and want to return to your roots, please come and listen to a discussion about selecting and raising heritage breeds!
We'll go meet at the main fire and arrange carpooling from there. Please bring your keys and be ready to drive if you can!

talcon quinn

sexual assault prevention thru by-standaerd intervention

This class is for preteens thru adults. We will define Sexual Assault, discuss how it is perpetuated in our society and communities and learn ways to combat it. Sexual Assault Prevention begins with community awareness and understanding of what it is. We (community members, friends and family) can combat it by intervening when we see it happening, this is bystander intervention.
Class participants are required to have a respectful, open mind and are expected to be able to handle the mature subject manner.

Alinahh Ever

Songs for Earth-loving Families


We will sing songs that are easy and fun for folks of all ages. Parents, babies & toddlers are especially welcome. When wee ones grow up in a family environment of singing, they learn to sing easily and joyfully and carry the sweet healing medicine of songs into all their life experiences, including the challenging ones. There will be an emphasis on songs that are related to the earth, elements, plants, birds, bees, and more... Bring songs you love and let's share and grow our family singing culture!

Nancy Basket

Split Kudzu Open-Weave Market Baskets

Split kudzu vine and learn to open weave a market basket. What if you don’t have an abundance of kudzu? Find out about other vines that will work! Learn about the invasive species. Listen to Cherokee stories and bring questions about Native culture.

Barron Brown

spoon carving

Come and learn how to carve a wooden spoon with hand tools with Barron Brown

James Clinkscales

Stone tool production

In this class you will learn basic flaking techniques using percussion and pressure flaking tools like stone and antler.
Bipolar percussion and other methods of reduction will be demonstrated. If you already have knapping experience come further your skills!

Camper Bob

String, Ropes, Knots and Tarps

Learn some basic knots and when and where to use them in a traditional camp setting. Hands on knot tying and putting up a canvas tarp.

Yona FrenchHawk

Sweat Lodge Ceremony

The Tsa-la-gi (Cherokee) Sweat Lodge Ceremony is symbolic of returning to the womb of Mother Earth/Turtle Island to be reborn. This purification ceremony is to cleanse and purge those energies that don't serve the higher greatness. Also to pray, sing, and journey within to commune with the Rock Elders whom will be joining us. In this Ceremony we will honor the coming together of the four elements of life Earth, Fire, Water, Wind. We also honor this Sacred Land and the ancient ones who have dwelled here long before and are still present. And to honor our relationship with the Star People and the Great Mystery. Please be mindful of not eating too much before hand and to saturate yourselves.

Steve Torma

The Art of Intimacy: Level 2

For those with some familiarity with Nonviolent Communication. Using NVC Dance Floors and Somatic Experiencing to move from pain to compassion, from the illusion of conflicting needs to finding win/win strategies, from grasping for approval to deep inner peace, and from negativity to the natural joy of life. With the former president of Earthaven Ecovillage and co-founder of The REAL Center.

Bill Parravano

Working out the Kinks: Neck & Shoulders

Working out the kinks: Neck & Shoulders - Teach your body to recover faster after primitive & homesteading skills.

Got a sore, stiff, tight, achy, or painful neck and shoulders? Then this class is for you!

Learn the secrets of your body's nervous system. You will walk away from this class with a working knowledge of how to eliminate tension in your neck and shoulders no matter what your age.

Bring your own pillows, blankets and yoga mats to get the most benefit out of this class

Thursday (6/16/2016) - Early-morning

liz thecowgirl

Morning Milking

We will gather from 8:30-9:30 to discuss the basics of cow handling, and each participant will have the opportunity to hand milk a Jersey cow.

Please arrive no later than 8:30am so that we can make the most of our hour together.

Bring a jar or vessel for a taste!
Children should be accompanied by an adult.
Please wear closed toed shoes.

All are welcome to come watch and chat. Only those signed up will be able to try their hands at milking.

Thursday (6/16/2016) - Late-afternoon/evening

liz thecowgirl

Evening Cow Milking

We will gather from 7:30-8:30 to discuss the basics of cow handling, and each participant will have the opportunity to hand milk a Jersey cow.

Please arrive no later than 7:30pm so that we can make the most of our hour together.

Bring a jar or vessel for a taste!
Children should be accompanied by an adult.
Please wear closed toed shoes.

All are welcome to come watch and chat. Only those signed up will be able to try their hands at milking.

frank salzano

Layla & Majnun (A Middle Eastern Folktale)

Layla & Majnun (the Madman) is the most popular folktale throughout the Islamic world. It was an oral story in Arabia for 100's (if not 1000's) of years before being written down by Nizami in 1188. There are over 60 versions of this story recorded in Persia alone. It's a story about Love, Madness, Grief, Patriarchy, Monotheism, War, Ancestral Wounding, Returning To The Heart of the Wild & much, much More! Oh yeah, and of course, we'll weave in a little astrology to help tie all those threads together! Come on down and listen to a very contemporary version of this ancient myth. It will start at the Chill Fire around 8:30 and will probably last a couple hours...

Kat Seal

Moon Womb Meditation and Song

We will gather together to be with our wombs, the moon, and native plants of the area. This is a time to be reflective and to receive. Discussion of herbal energetics, intuitively working with plants and the womb, guided meditation for release, and sisterhood connection are part of the practice. This ritual will take place in the Red Tent, a safe space. Meet at Red Tent at 9PM!

Alinahh Ever

Songcircle around the Fire

We will be singing and sharing songs related to our beautiful earth, songs that connect us to our souls and tickle our fancies! We will invoke the magic of communal singing, celebrating life and opening hearts. The songs are multicultural and tell a story of earth-conscious living. Such songs clarify our lives, strengthen our community, and foster personal and planetary renewal. Through song, we come home to ourselves and our birthright as a singing species. Bring a song or just your lovely self. This will be in the evening around the fire after dinner. No singing experience necessary. All ages welcome. No size limit

Kedar Brown

Sweat Lodge Ceremony

We enter the lodge near the time of the summer solstice to honor and celebrate the creative fire within. Through medicine stories, wisdom teachings, song, chant, silence, prayer, tears and laughter we join together to remember and heal the divide between ourselves and the gift of medicine that we each carry. This ceremony will begin around 7 last between 2-3hrs. You might want to postpone dinner/eat really light in prep for going into lodge.
To learn more about Kedar’s work visit his website at www.kedarbrown.com

Friday (6/17/2016) - Morning

Jamie Sparks

An Herbal Approach to Managing STIs

Got questions on Sexually Transmitted Infections? Do you have herbal methods that have worked for you? Come to this part lecture part discussion to demystify the myths and learn herbal options on some common STIs, such as Herpes and HPV. Empower yourself with more knowledge on STIs, herbal treatments, understandings of transmission, communication and accountability, as well as support for yourself, partners and community. We will go over statistics, transmission, incubation periods and herbal treatments and then share from our own experiences (as desired). This is a safe container for sharing and no personal information will be shared outside of our time together.

Daniel Foor

Anti-Racist Animism: Transforming Cultural Poisons into Blessings

Many European-ancestored folks express their calling to earth-honoring spirituality (e.g., animism, shamanism, indigenous ways) in ways that are offensive to many non-European folks, especially but not only Native North American communities. Slowing down to understand these concerns through the wisdom of the heart is a win-win that leads to cross-cultural healing as well as more potent ritual outcomes with the spirits. In the space of inclusive, ritually-supported dialogue, we'll explore the importance of ancestral rootedness and non-shaming ways to recognize and address white privilege and cultural appropriation in contemporary spiritual circles. Participants will also learn strategies for kindly and effectively helping others to increase awareness of their blinds spots without becoming annoying culture police in the process.

Alexandra Tait

Archery Lesson and Shoot

Traditional Archery Lesson and Shoot. We will stretch, go over equipment, learn form and shoot arrows. We will use fiberglass composite recurve bows and wooden arrows shot into straw bales. Over 9 welcome Bow draw weights 5-30# so everyone can pull back the bow.



Luke McLaughlin

Atlatl throwing 101

Come out and learn a little back history on atlatl (spear throwers) and then get a chance to throw some darts! The class will mostly focus on throwing technique.

Katrina Tobin

Backwoods Medicine

How to handle typical backwoods medical problems and injuries without a first aid kit. We will focus on principles of survival, first aid, and basic botany which, in combination with calm, critical thinking skills, can be utilized anywhere on the planet.

Fuz Sanderson

bamboo didgeridoo

Fuz Sanderson will teach you how to make and decorate your own bamboo
didgeridoo. We'll touch on the cultural history of Australian original
peoples and other uses of bamboo. The class will finish with playing
techniques and circular breathing.

13 and up welcome!

sliding scale 5-20 for materials.

Maurice White

Beginner and intermediate guitar lessons

Learn how to play the guitar in one lesson. By the end of the lesson you will be able to play a complete song by yourself. You will also learn strumming patterns and every note needed to play most songs. If you are an intermediate player or if it is the first time you have ever picked up the guitar you will find this class very valuable. Those guitar players in the intermediate level will learn the easy way to play notes. This class will also teach how to make money by playing the guitar.

Scott Sullivan

Beginning and Advanced Leather Wallet Making

We will be using up-cycled leather to make simple wrap around style wallets and bi-fold wallets.
We will use different style and techniques of stitching using artificial sinew or leather lacing.

Jacqueline Maloney

Botanical Drawing

In this class we will slow down and really hone our visual observation skills. A botanical drawing practice is extremely helpful for getting to know more intimately the plants around you, identifying them with confidence, and noticing visual patterns in nature

Please bring a notebook (preferably blank or, for Virgo types, graph paper) and sharpened pencils with erasers (attached or separate). If you do not tend to feel regret or a fear of imperfection, you can bring a pen or leave the eraser in your tent. If it's rainy, bring an umbrella.

You'll be able to choose which plants you would like to draw, and it will not be important in this class to know their species, although I may be able to help with identification.

We'll meet at Firefly central and take a walk from there.

Barron Brown

Bowl Carving

Come and learn how to carve a wooden bowl with hand tools with Barron Brown

talcon quinn

Buckskin Bikini Tops (All Day)

Learn how to make a pattern and sew a buckskin bikini top! Leather and tools are provided with the material fee. Students who have their own materials are welcome to use their own and participate if they talk to the instructor prior.
fee:Sliding scale 50-100 bucks. This will be a two part class and take up both morning and afternoon

Nancy Basket

Coiled Pine Needle Baskets

Sew yourself a small basket with Long Leaf needles. Using a basic stitch, begin at the center, like an oval braided rug and work your way up the sides. Hear all about pine gathering and what can be done with different shapes. Listen to Cherokee stories and bring questions about Native culture

Sheefra Blumenthal

Deer toe rattles

We will make rattles out of deer toes, sticks, and buckskin. Material fee depends on how big you make your rattle! , and you may make as big or as small of a rattle as you like. A typical rattle is 8-12 toes.

Asia Suler

DreamSkills

Dreams are our most constant and creative guides. In many ancient cultures, dreams were considered integral to living and acting within the world. Dreams illuminated major life ways: the need for travel and movement, forthcoming events, fortuitous visitation from ancestors and land spirits, and the revelation of profoundly new ways of living. Whether or not we consistently remember them, every person dreams, and within every dream is the seeds for living a more deeply fulfilling and intuitive existence. Each dream is a deep reservoir of knowledge, mystery and possibility. In this workshop we will explore the landscapes of our dreams and learn techniques for communicating within this ancient terrain. Well discuss the origin of dreams where do they come from, and why? and explore methods for dream interpretation. Well learn the maps and methods for re-entering, or revisiting, a particular dream, and find out how to deepen the richness and variety of our dream lives. As a group we will explore the process of taking a conscious dream journey, a meditation in which we will re-enter a dream in order to better understand its meaning. Come with your stories, adventures and enthusiasm for the beyond! Bring a pen and paper to record your dreams.

Lena Eastes

Earth Songs and Dance for Kids and Parents

Come join in song and dance that celebrates life on this amazing planet. All ages welcome.

john kraus

Edge Tools Sharpening and Care: Chisels and Gouges

Use and sharpening of edge tools. This session will focus on Chisels and Gouges, but we can sharpen and go over maintenance for whatever edge tools you bring. Participants are encouraged to bring your own tools.

nancy gildersleeve

florida style pine needle basketry

Make a Teneriffe wheel using raffia and form a small pine needle basket around it.

jon christie

Free Bees

What beekeeper or bee dreamer doesn't want free bees!? Beekeeping can be an expensive, equipment intensive endeavor and bees can perish easily if not properly cared for in todays times. Learn tips and tricks on how to catch swarms, use bait hives, bee line (follow bees back to that old hollow tree or abandoned house wall), perform bee removals, and make simple splits from your own colonies to cover your losses before they happen. Learn how to bee more sustainable an cultivate locally acclimated genetics in your region.

Red Foot

Get up, Get Moving, and Accomplish Great Things!

Do you have things in your life that you've always wanted to learn about but every time you try, something gets in your way? Are you trying to get healthier but you just can't seem to find the motivation? Do you feel like every time you try to learn something new, if it doesn't go well immediately, you give up? Then this is the class for you.

In this class we will look at how to build healthy habits into our lives. We will study the keys to finding success in the skills we want to learn. We'll study various journaling techniques, and we'll look at the importance of morning routines and how to build one for yourself.

Students will be able to pick topics that they want to learn more about and create an organized plan on how they will go about doing that. This class is about self improvement and learning how to learn.

Marion Hearth

Ghee making: Preserving and Using Butter the Ancient Way

In this class we will learn all about the benefits of GHEE - how to make it, how to use it, and why you might want to. We will use an ancient technique of preserving butter over fire. Each student will participate in making ghee and can take a 4oz jar of ghee for a $3 material fee - or bring a trade offer. :-)

Billy Zanski

Inner Rhythm Drumming

Billy will guide you on a journey to connect with your inner rhythm. African drums, Djembe and Doundoun will be available. This class is designed to be fun, and an opportunity to go deeper into your own relationship with focus, stillness, community, and sound vibration.

Luke Learningdeer

Introduction to Birds and Bird Language

This class will provide an introduction to the amazing world of Birds and Bird Language. We will discuss how bird language can aid us in understanding the animal happenings in the wild landscape and listen to and discuss local birds, their behaviors, habitats and vocalizations. You will leave with the tools to start listening in and being an intentional part of the conversation that's been going on around you your whole life.

Patrick Walker

Knife and Tomahawk Throwing

We'll be learning the basics of weapon throwing, to that end we'll cover distance, rotation etc.
I'm not the world's best thrower, but really I'm just trying to provide an opportunity for people to practice a skill safely.
Come and see if you can qualify for a degree in physical physics, and if not we'll still have fun!
Class fee is an optional donation.

Eric Blevins

Knot, a class

Learn a variety of knots and hitches for many applications, from tying tarps to tying things down on vehicles to climbing.

Alinahh Ever

Moontime Menarche Ceremony


Imagine a world where young women are honored the first time that they begin bleeding (menarche). A world where women on their moontime (menstruation) are supported by the whole community to relax and dream. After experiencing a lot of painful cramps for some years, I decided to create a menarche ceremony for myself. I did research on ceremonies and how other cultures have supported women in this way. It was a beautiful ceremony with my sisters, and since then I have experienced very little pain and lots of joy during my moontime. This convinced me that ceremony is crucial to counter the permeating shame around women's bleeding, qnd for the healing of our culture. Let's create a ceremony together to honor menarche and our beautiful moontime. We'll include relevant songs and body art. Also we'll talk a little about the worldwide movement for free-flowing our blood. As human animals on a journey to rewild ourselves, let's imagine how we can create lives (and communities) where it is a blessing for us to bleed directly on mama earth, nourishing and beautifying her and ourselves.

Ryan Rice

Natural Dyes

Come learn the basics of plant based natural dyes! In this class we will prepare fabrics for dying, make several different dyes, and learn different techniques for dying fabrics.Each student will leave with finished products and have the knowledge of how to care for them. There is a $5 materials fee that will cover fabric for each student. Everyone is also encouraged to bring additional fabric with them for dying. Fabrics should be of natural origin. (no synthetics)

James Clinkscales

natural glues

We will be making natural glues from pine pitch, hide scraps and sinew to be used in future classes. This is an informal class and a preparation for the afternoon stone drill point class where we will be using the glues to haft stone points. Drop in anytime to see how its done!

Lauren Jacobs

Needle felting small creatures

Come create a small creature, realistic or fantastical, using the needle felting method. Bring a notepad to sketch ideas. All other materials will be supplied.

Marc Williams

Plants and Love (Marc and Robert Eidus)

Join us for a look at the botanical, reproductive, and aphrodisiac aspects of plants and humans. Reproductive plant types discussed will include seeding and seed treatments including stratification, scarification, and soaking. Forms of cloning such as cuttings, divisions and layering will be discussed as well.

The phenomenon of plants that can bring more love into your life through support of different body systems will be discussed. Samples of representative formulations will be shared.

Finally we will talk about how people can help plants that are in dire need of our love and assistance to ensure their survival due to loss of habitat.

Sabrina Squires

Practical Hide Tanning

This is a hands on course that will run Thursday, Friday and Saturday afternoons or mornings. Students will tan a rabbit hide of their own and take it home with them. Modern and primitive methods will be discussed, and students will go through the steps of fleshing, tanning, stretching and softening a hide. There is a material fee of $20 to cover the cost of the hide, tanning solution and other materials/tools, which will all be provided.

We will also discuss sewing techniques and how to put your rabbit hide to good use. Moccasin, hat and gloves patterns will be available for students to copy and take home.

In order to finish your rabbit hide, students are encouraged to attend at least two sessions of the class, morning or afternoon. Diligence is the key to any art!

osker brown

Rewild appalachia

You are an attribute of your ecosystem. The only chance for humans to become indigenous in southern appalachia lies in the restoration of the crucial ecotypes that allow for sustainable subsistence. We will discuss ecological history of the region for the past ~13,000 years of human presence here and the reciprocal effects on ecosystem function. We will then take a quick tour through some ancestral examples of European indigenous cultures. To conclude, we will describe real world strategies for putting the puzzle pieces back together and fully integrating humans into this region.

Spencer Two Dogs

Stick Jiu Jutsu

Learning principles and functions of Jiu Jutsu, pain compliance holds and self defense, with a stick. We will use various length sticks, a ubiquitous item, to apply come alongs, wrist elbow and shoulder locks, calf and leg holds, and chokes. No experience necessary. A fun class. Spencer teaches various martial arts year round in western NC and specializes in a few unique studies such as drumsticks and belts.

Yona FrenchHawk

Sweat Lodge Ceremony

The Tsa-la-gi (Cherokee) Sweat Lodge Ceremony is symbolic of returning to the womb of Mother Earth/Turtle Island to be reborn. This purification ceremony is to cleanse and purge those energies that don't serve the higher greatness. Also to pray, sing, and journey within to commune with the Rock Elders whom will be joining us. In this Ceremony we will honor the coming together of the four elements of life Earth, Fire, Water, Wind. We also honor this Sacred Land and the ancient ones who have dwelled here long before and are still present. And to honor our relationship with the Star People and the Great Mystery. Please be mindful of not eating too much before hand and to saturate yourselves.

Elise Damilatis

The 6 Steps of Healing, the Wise Woman Way

Come learn a truly integrative empowering approach to building vibrant health. The Six Steps of Healing are the core of the Wise Woman Tradition - learn how to weave wellness into your daily life and to be empowered in making decisions about your health.

Steve Torma

The Art of Intimacy: Level 1

Staying centered in any situation, moving beyond stalemates with Nonviolent Communication, forgiving others and yourself, hearing the yes behind every no, being flexible without being submissive, expressing anger or disappointment without judgment or blame, and more. With the former president of Earthaven Ecovillage and co-founder of The REAL Center.

Camper Bob

Tumplinse and Bedrolls

Learn to make 1) an old school bedroll with blankets and a ground cloth and 2) Use a Burden Strap/Tump Line to carry your bedroll and gear.

Doug Elliott

Weeds, Woods Lore, and Useful Plants Walk

Come on a magical journey with Ranger Doug through the fields and forests to learn about the old-timey ways and connections to the natural world, hear about our regions heritage and crafts, and become familiar with some useful plants and animals. Not to mention, hes might have an entertaining song or a story or two to share...

Brian Winslett

Woodgas Powered Transportation, Biogas, and Other Relevant Energy and Nutrient Systems:

This class will focus on Woodgas Powered systems for internal combustion engines for 2/3 of the class time and then will cover other topics for the remaining class time. Class attendees are welcome to help guide the latter portion of the class to topics that best suite the attendees. This class will be technical in nature but is primarily a lecture format, as well as an open circle discussion. This class will NOT be demonstrating hands on design or building of various systems. However, it will be technical, as well as presenting the economic, cultural, and climate change relevance of these remarkable essential appropriate technologies.

Friday (6/17/2016) - Afternoon

Lydia Harutoonian

Music As Medicine In Our Time: An Exploration of Music and Joanna Macys Work That Reconnects

A workshop to nourish your creativity and courage for the Great Turning, the transition to a life-sustaining society and the essential adventure of our time. Lydia Harutoonian (and Leah Song on Sunday) will lead us through an intimate experience with the Work That Reconnects (WTR), a dynamic, interactive body of work developed by Joanna Macy, inspired by Joanna’s own scholarship in systems theory, deep ecology, and Buddhism as well as 50+ years of international activism. Practiced internationally, this work has helped many thousands of people to engage in the Great Turning, re-invigorating our energy for action and resiliency.

Hearts opened by grief and celebration want to sing their songs of longing, despair, belonging, reckoning, brilliant valiant warrior-ship, and gentle loving kindness. This workshop is open to music-makers of all levels. Singing in a council of friends is one of the most healthful, encouraging, invigorating, and nourishing things that we know. We will explore songs passed down through times of unrest and revolution to foster resiliency and community.

Arthur Bernier

Amazing Scout Skills

The Apache Scouts were masters of moving invisibly and silently thru the landscape. These skills allowed them to provide for and protect their people. This class will cover a few of the basic techniques the Scouts used to develop these legendary skills.

Alexandra Tait

Archery: Primal Embodiment Form

We will use archery as a tool to become embodied and get in touch with our instinctual boundaries and our healthy inner predator. Our Ancestors have been doing archery since the late Stone Age. Bring this skill from your ancestors into the present moment. We will stretch, go over equipment, learn form and shoot arrows. We will use fiberglass composite recurve bows ( from 5-30# draw ) and wooden arrows shot into straw bales. Once we have the basic skill of target archery down we will expand into connecting into our embodied, predator nature. We will use a variety of targets and mind/body exercises to connect. We will learn what a "healthy Predator" is. All human animals are predators even if you are a vegetarian. What are its gifts and what is its responsibility? Its time to consciously connect with yours. Children over 9 Welcome.


Tod Kershaw

Blacksmithing

Come on over and learn some old-timey blacksmithing from our former site manager Todd. Hes a blacksmithing guru, post-industrial madman!

Kat Seal

Blood Magic: Ritual and the Sacred Cycle

Reclaiming our blood as a gift rather than a burden is radical and healing. In this class, we will learn about the archetypal energies embodied throughout the Moon (menstrual) cycle, practice a ritual, and discuss and practice ways to work with moon blood in a sacred and magical way, including through art and offering.

Rachel Shopper

Bowdrill 101

Let’s make fire! In this class, students will assemble and use their own bowdrill friction fire kits. We will cover how to choose and prepare the different “ingredients” , how to maximize efficiency with good form, and basic troubleshooting. Please bring a knife, as there will be some carving involved.

talcon quinn

Buckskin Bikini Tops (Part 2)

Learn how to make a pattern and sew a buckskin bikini top! Leather and tools are provided with the material fee. Students who have their own materials are welcome to use their own and participate if they talk to the instructor prior.
fee:Sliding scale 50-100 bucks. This will be a two part class and take up both morning and afternoon

Sheefra Blumenthal

Buckskin sewing

This class will be a discussion/conversation about patterning and sewing buckskin. We will talk about some common mistakes and things to pay attention to when making your clothes out of buckskins. We will have some demonstration about laying out a pattern, and some opportunity to discuss and look at your projects, so being whatever you're working on with you!

Nancy Basket

Coiled Pine Needle Baskets

Sew yourself a small basket with Long Leaf needles. Using a basic stitch, begin at the center like an oval braided rug and work your way up the sides. Hear all about pine gathering and what can be done with different shapes. Listen to Cherokee stories and bring questions about Native culture.

Frank Ritz

Creating a Sustainable Livestock Culture: Field Trip

This class will be a field trip to a local farm 10 minutes from here. Interested in how to create a fully-functional livestock agriculture? Wanting to know more about pasturing, watering and sustaining livestock on a farm? Please join us as we tour Gather Heritage Farm in Barnardsville, as we discuss the ways to create a culture of livestock that will satisfy and sustain those who want to have a bond with animals!

We'll go meet at the main fire and arrange carpooling from there. Please bring your keys and be ready to drive if you can!

Shawn Kelly

Easy fire/ simple ways to get your fire going

 

john kraus

Edge Tools Sharpening & Care - Drawknives and Spokeshaves

class will focus on drawknives and spokeshaves. We will sharpen,set up and use. Other edge tools will be discussed,demonstrated or sharpened as time permits.

robin allison

Field Botany 101

This class will cover the basics of how to identify plants. Well learn some basic botanical terms, then stroll around practicing our new skills and sharing lore about the plant beings we meet along the way. Bring a copy of Newcombs Wildfower Guide, Botany in a Day, or another field guide if you happen to have one.

Becky Beyer

Fish Net Tying

Learn the ancient and almost universal art of fish net tying with Barron Brown and Becky Beyer. Make a bag or begin a net.

James Clinkscales

Flintknapping stone drill points

In this class we will be producing stone points using percussion techniques for haftiing onto a spindle, or straight stick for hand drills.
Natural glues from hide hoof and sinew will be used to attach the points.

Bill Parravano

Functional Movement, Breathing & Relaxation

This class focus on understanding your nervous system on a deeper level. Through movement we will study your body’s tension and learn how to release that tension through breathing. We will cover the importance of functional movement in the context of primitive/homestead living and use breathing and relaxation to accelerate your body’s recovery and healing. Be prepared to move in ways you never thought possible and gain flexibility that is both dynamic and exhilarating. You will move away from the class with a deeper understanding of your body and the role your nervous system plays in how you feel.

Kelly Moody

Gardening for Beginners

This is a beginners class for folks who have an interest in growing their own food and medicine and don't know where to start. We'll cover the basics: What to know about staple food crops, how to think about your growing season through the year, basic care of the garden, standard soil needs and simple garden design to get your ideas off the ground.

hannah schiller

Herbal First Aid

Whether you're on a hike or a road trip, cooking in your kitchen or providing a first aid station for a community gathering such as this, shit just happens. Someone will cut a finger, get a cold, twist an ankle, burn an elbow on the oven. Having a toolkit of skills and go-to herbs for treatment is both empowering and essential. In this class we will cover the basic foundational pieces of an herbal first aid kit, ranging from a small personal bag kept in your bathroom cabinet to a pack you might bring to help folks at a larger event. We will discuss some basic herbal and non-herbal protocol for treating common acute health situationsessential materials for your kits, basic wound care, as well as plant medicines and preparations for common ailments. Issues and herbs to treat them will range from infections and injuries, colds and flus, burns, digestive upset, emotional support and trauma care, pain and more.

Bring some money if you want to buy some tinctures for your own first aid kits. I will have an assortment for $8/oz.

Elise Damilatis

Herbal Home Medicine Cabinet

With so many amazing herbal allies out there - which ones do we keep on hand, what do they do, and how do we use them? You will meet some of the herbal home medicine superstars, learn what they do, how to use them, and how to make your own basic herbal preparations.

Andrew Goodheart

Home Orchards: Growing Fruit Organically

Growing fruit organically is tricky in the southeast: I will present what you need to know to be successful. Applies to all levels, and we have time to go into great depth, with plenty of time for questions and discussion...

Asia Suler

Intuitive Plant Medicine

Our ancestors honed their intuition daily. They relied upon that innate inner sense of knowing for many aspects of livingplanting, travel and most especially, healing work. Traditional plant-based medicine was not copied from books, but learned through ceremony, meditation and a deep trust in ones instincts. The recognition and use of intuition in our modern culture has largely fallen by the wayside but, like any good tool, it can be sharpened.
In this workshop we will work on opening and fine-tuning our intuitive healing abilities, both for personal growth and within a community herbalist setting. The class will include an overview of the history of intuitive plant healing exploring shamanism, psychedelic ceremony, and the concept of plant devas as well as contemporary modalities such as homeopathy and flower essences. As a group we will make an on-site flower essence for each participant to take home with them and walk through the process of attunement. This class is open to all. Bring paper and a pen, an open mind, and your passion for plants!

Bring $2 if youd like to take home a bottle of our group flower essence!

Patrick Walker

Knife and Tomahawk Throwing

We'll be learning the basics of weapon throwing, to that end we'll cover distance, rotation etc.
I'm not the world's best thrower, but really I'm just trying to provide an opportunity for people to practice a skill safely.
Come and see if you can qualify for a degree in physical physics, and if not we'll still have fun!
Class fee is an optional donation.

Scott Sullivan

Leather Wallet Making

We will be using up-cycled leather to make simple wrap around style wallets and bi-fold wallets.
We will use different style and techniques of stitching using artificial sinew or leather lacing.

Carli Anne Sunshine

Make your own household products with ease

Come and learn to make your own natural body care, personal hygiene, and household cleaning products with common things found in your house and garden! This is a simple way to be green, clean, and healthy!
We will make deodorant, all-purpose cleaner, toothpaste, and more!

There will be samples available. Please bring $2/sample you wish to take with you.

Mateo Ryall

Mushroom identification walk

Learn how to identify and distinguish different types of local fungus. The class will cover the essentials of mushroom anatomy, growing conditions , and soil relationships while hiking trails on site in search of more species. We will differentiate the different characteristics of common edibles and deadly poisonous species, familiarizing participants with the foundations of understanding mushroom families and specific techniques used in identification.

Ryan Rice

Natural Dyes (Eco Printing)

Using the basics of natural dyes, students will learn how to use items from nature to make patterned prints on fabric. No experience with natural dyes necessary! There is a $5 material fee for the fabric that will be used. Each student will leave with finished items and the knowledge to care for them.

Chelsea King

netted water bottle holder

Learn basic macrame skills while creating a usable water bottle holder....

Javier BaezArmenta

Our Sacred Maize

Knowledge and wisdom that Indigenous Peoples brought to us from seed to seed. Beginning as early as 10,000 years ago, the domestication of maize, cacao, beans, squash, tomato, chili, turkey and dog, caused a transition from paleo-indian hunter-gatherer tribal grouping to the organization of sedentary agricultural villages in the primitive Mesoamerica.

Agriculture with complex mythology, religious traditions and rituals, Maize became one of the most powerful and sacred cultural staples of the Americas. Subsequent activities such a calendric system, vigesimal numeric system, traditions, and an architectural style with large ceremonial centers interconnected by a network of trade routes for the exchange of pottery, gifts, food and seeds.

We will explore the process making and nutritional value from the Nahuatl world, Nixtamal, an elixir from our ancestry, Tlaxcal, that we know as Corn Tortilla.

Sabrina Squires

Practical Hide Tanning

This is a hands on course that will run Thursday, Friday and Saturday afternoons or mornings. Students will tan a rabbit hide of their own and take it home with them. Modern and primitive methods will be discussed, and students will go through the steps of fleshing, tanning, stretching and softening a hide. There is a material fee of $20 to cover the cost of the hide, tanning solution and other materials/tools, which will all be provided.

We will also discuss sewing techniques and how to put your rabbit hide to good use. Moccasin, hat and gloves patterns will be available for students to copy and take home.

In order to finish your rabbit hide, students are encouraged to attend at least two sessions of the class, morning or afternoon. Diligence is the key to any art!

Sara Callaway

Proactive Peacemaking

What is peace? How do we cultivate it? There are many elements that go into peaceful relations, including communication approaches, structural setups, power dynamics, internal tracking, and personal priorities. At the heart of it all is respect. Come explore an 8 shields approach to Peacemaking. If you long for greater inner peace, if you deeply desire more peace in your relationships and in your community, this is a conversation you may want to join in.

Jason Drevenak

Rivercane Arrows

All participants will produce an working Rivercane arrow with turkey feather fletching and a deer leg bone point. We will learn about how arrows fly, matching a bow to an arrow, different types of fletching, hafting, natural and synthetic adhesives, arrow point materials and much more.

Brandon Bodhi

Super-Seed Selection and No-Till Farming

This class will explain the benefits of using No-Till methods to grow grains, beans, and other crops, and we will do a practical lesson in selecting the best seeds (aka super-seed!) based on their density. Related topics such as SRI (System of Rice Intensification), cover crops, soil ecology, polycultures, etc, will also be Introduced.

Steve Torma

The Art of Intimacy: Level 2

For those with some familiarity with Nonviolent Communication. Using NVC Dance Floors and Somatic Experiencing to move from pain to compassion, from the illusion of conflicting needs to finding win/win strategies, from grasping for approval to deep inner peace, and from negativity to the natural joy of life. With the former president of Earthaven Ecovillage and co-founder of The REAL Center.

Abby Artemisia

The Big Herbs Walk

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Many herbalists seem to be knowledgeable about herbaceous plants, those little ones that grow at our feet, but become baffled when it comes to trees. Tree i.d. doesn't have to be a mystery anymore! We'll learn the easy ways to tell trees apart, like their leaves and flowers. These can help you recognize plant families, making identification and working with them easier. We can also learn some tips for winter identification, like bark and twig characteristics, which will make you a tree wiz even once the leaves are gone for the year. Take a stroll and befriend these gentle giants.

Natalie Bogwalker

The Illegal Homestead

The illegal homestead: Forum and strategy session on legality and loopholes of Natural Building, greywater, owner built structures, and more

Camper Bob

Tumplinse and Bedrolls

Learn to make 1) an old school bedroll with blankets and a ground cloth and 2) carry it and your gear with a Burden Strap/Tump Line.

Charly Aurelia

When There Is No 911 : Patient Assessment

Learn the skill for the Right Now emergencies. There is no time to google for the answer, you can't consult your mentors, the stars, or your power animal, you need to act now. Now what?

My goal is to help empower us to take care of ourselves and each other.

This class will start you off in the fundamental skill of patient assessment in urban, suburban, rural, wilderness, and disaster emergency situations.

Jeffrey Gottlieb

whittling and knife craft

Take up the useful, relaxing creative craft of whittling! Learn about knife choices, care and maintenance, woods for carving, safe and effective carving techniques, and useful and beautiful projects you can make. Bring a sharp non-serrated knife (fixed blade or lockback) with a small (1-3) blade. Custom projects and interesting wood samples are welcome!

osker brown

Wild staple foods

You are what you eat; 95% of the serotonin, and 50% of the dopamine in your body are produced by your gut in direct reaction to your food. These hormones are how your body determines what you should and should not do (ethics). If you eat industrial foods, you will maintain the industrial infrastructure regardless of the ideas in your brain. Wild foods provide higher densities of vitamins and minerals, while creating an impulse to perform the will of the forest. We will give practical details on finding, gathering, storing, processing, and preparing acorns, hazelnuts, and mulberry leaves. If time allows we will also give overviews of black walnuts, hickories, and chestnuts.

Friday (6/17/2016) - Early-morning

Arthur Bernier

Chi Kung & Meditation

This class will start our day right by practicing the spiraling movements of Chi Kung, and experiencing the stillness of standing and sitting meditation. We'll start at 7:15 am! If we are not at Goldenrod we will be next to the pond!

Yuri Woodstock

Intro to Birding: Morning Chorus

What's that bird call? We'll focus on learning some of the many audible songs in the forest, going deeper when possible. Some binoculars will be provided for sharing, and bring your own if you have them, but the main focus will be song ID. Bring a notebook. All skill levels welcome. Let's bird!

liz thecowgirl

Morning Milking

We will gather from 8:30-9:30 to discuss the basics of cow handling, and each participant will have the opportunity to hand milk one of our Jersey cows.

Please arrive no later than 8:30am so that we can make the most of our hour together.

Bring a jar or vessel for a taste!
Children should be accompanied by an adult.
Please wear closed toed shoes.

All are welcome to come hang out and chat. Only those signed up will be able to try their hands at milking.

Friday (6/17/2016) - Late-afternoon/evening

Kedar Brown

Ancestor Fire Ritual

Fire is the fist element of origin. Ritually, this elemental medicine or spiritual technology offers us a threshold opening for exchange with world of spirit and ancestors for prayer, purification, transformation and requesting of assistance. This experience also offers a ritual method of rekindling the sacred fires of inspiration and creativity that burn in each one of us. This ritual will be approximately 2-3hrs in length and will involve drumming, singing and dancing and a precision of carefully choreographed movement between the village to a "decent into the realm of the 3 sacred fires”, to the water shrine and back to the village. Kedar brings us this ritual experience from his apprenticeship with Malidoma Some`and the Dagara tribe of West Africa. We'll begin at 7:30 at the Ancestral Fire. Please be on time, for real!
For more information about Kedar visit his website at www.kedarbrown.com

liz thecowgirl

Evening Cow Milking

We will gather from 7:30-8:30 to discuss the basics of cow handling, and each participant will have the opportunity to hand milk a Jersey cow.

Please arrive no later than 7:30pm so that we can make the most of our hour together.

Bring a jar or vessel for a taste!
Children should be accompanied by an adult.
Please wear closed toed shoes.

All are welcome to come watch and chat. Only those signed up will be able to try their hands at milking.

Saturday (6/18/2016) - Morning

Lindsey Warf

Advanced Natural Dye Class: Create Your Wild Colors

Join seasoned natural dye instructors, Kelly Gaskill and Lindsey Warf for a
morning of experimentation with a multitude of dye techniques. Students are
encouraged to play with methods such as over dying, shibori/resist dyeing,
flower printing, and more. We will be gearing toward making Prayer Flags or
other wall hangings that students will take home and put on display! Some
knowledge of the natural dye process is encouraged. Materials fee $5.

Size: 12 max.

forest hilyer

Bamboo Spring Trap for Small Rodents

Make your own spring trap out of bamboo and yucca cordage. These are excellent for catching various size rodents.

jon christie

Beekeeping

This class is primarily for beginner to intermediate beekeepers. We will discuss how and when to get bees, necessary equipment, seasonal timing, feeding, dealing with pest and disease issues, swarming, and much more. I have been keeping bees on a large scale for many years, teaching beekeeping classes for 8 years, and guarantee to offer much insight, helpful hands on demonstrations, and anecdotes to help you on your path to successful beekeeping.

Charly Aurelia

Beyond Powdered Unicorn Horn And Leprechaun Piss : Self Protection For Those Who Self Identify As Women

This is a class for those who self identify as women that are wanting to begin taking responsibility for their own self protection.

This is the beginning of a challenging, No BS set of skills and principles to help you survive violence.

Jacqueline Maloney

Botanical Drawing

In this class we will slow down and really hone our visual observation skills. A botanical drawing practice is extremely helpful for getting to know more intimately the plants around you, identifying them with confidence, and noticing visual patterns in nature

Please bring a notebook (preferably blank or, for Virgo types, graph paper) and sharpened pencils with erasers (attached or separate). If you do not tend to feel regret or a fear of imperfection, you can bring a pen or leave the eraser in your tent. If it's rainy, bring an umbrella.

You'll be able to choose which plants you would like to draw, and it will not be important in this class to know their species, although I may be able to help with identification.

We'll meet at Firefly central and take a walk from there.

Nancy Basket

Braided Kudzu Vase

First split kudzu vine, then braid it for your coil. Sew it together with raffia for a unique vase. Based on the Haudenosaunee tradition of salt baskets. Listen to Cherokee stories and bring questions about Native culture.

talcon quinn

Buckskin Bag Sewing (Part 1)

Learn how to sew with brain tanned buckskin! In this class you will create
a wonderful buckskin bag! Learn how to lay out patterns appropriately on a
skin, how to sew three beautiful, classic and versatile stitches sewn with
buck skin thong and an awl. Braintanned Buckskin is provided for a
materials fee as well as an awl or bring your own supplies (talk with
instructor first). This class is ALL DAY! & open to youth, who are dexterous or accompanied by an adult.
class fee sliding scale 35-60 bucks

Eric Blevins

Climbing for direct action

Want to get in the way of a big corporation trying to destroy our land, water and air? Learn climbing techniques that can be used for protests from tree sits to banner hangs. We will practice going up and down a static line and rappelling. Some prior knowledge of knots is strongly preferred.

conner lassiter

Cob Living; Earth Oven & Rocket Stoves

We'll be building a cob oven on site. We can discuss all you need to know about cob ovens and rocket stoves, while we build a cob oven.

Phil Ferguson

Counting Coup- The Modern Sport of Padded Swordplay (Ages 16+ Beginners)

-­Kids under 16 who feel too old for the kids group can join this class with special permission from their parents and the instructor.

Learn swordsmanship and earn the respect of your opponent by using padded boffer gear in full ­contact combat! The Native American tradition of counting coup lives on in this modern sport, where players compete in realistic combat using professionally constructed padded swords, spears, shields, arrows, and other gear. The sport lies in striking your opponent without being struck, and thus your opponent admitting their defeat with respect given to the victor. This emulates the tradition of Native American tribes of The Great Plains in striking their enemy with only a coup stick in order to earn respect and leave both people unharmed.

Beginner and advanced level tactics will be taught with swords, shields, spears, and archery. Fun group games will be played, and individual competitions will take place! Taught by Phil Ferguson, leader of The Wandering Swordsmen and founder of The Valley of Ashes, the Asheville team that practices on Sundays at Carrier Park and travels to compete nationally. Join us, and fight with us for honor and glory!

Rachel Shopper

Cutting a Ripe Watermelon with a Sharp Knife: Poetry and Sensory Awareness

In this class students will be lead through a variety of experiences to awaken their senses and sharpen their awareness. We will explore meditations, natural movement, haiku, and other writing exercises to cultivate presence and deepen our interconnection with the natural world. Bring a journal & sumpthin' to write with... We will meet at Basswood and take a walk from there (so please be on time, FOR REAL)

Gary Tuerack

Double Your Wild Skills in Less Time!

Double Your Wild Skills in Less Time!
Ever wish you could read faster and remember better to get through all of your Wildfood/Homesteading/Survival/etc. books? In this session you will learn to double your reading speed with full comprehension from renowned expert Gary Tuerack.
• Increase Your Reading Speed Significantly with Full Comprehension
• Improve Long Term Retention
• Save Hours of Aggravation Trying to Understand Your Reading
• Prevent Mind Wandering
• Discover the Foods That Affect Your Concentration
• Much more…
Gary is a sought after speaker nationwide - he has presented this info at Harvard, Cornell University (audience of 1,500), and hundreds of others. He is the winner of the “Best Lecturer of the Year” award from the prestigious collegiate association APCA. High energy, interactive, fun, and prizes! One session you don’t want to miss.

Steven Townsend

Drum Circle 101

Open to all ages and skill levels,Practice rhythm; playing together as one, Create the circle, bringing the community together. Discussion on etiquette and facilitation.
limited drums (5ish), come early - bring drums!

john kraus

Edge Tools Sharpening and Care - Drills, Augers, & Planes

Use and sharpening of edge tools. This session will focus on Drills, Augers, and Planes. but we can sharpen and go over maintenance for whatever edge tools you bring. Participants are encouraged to bring your own tools.

Daniel Foor

Feasting the Spirits of Bells Cove

Those not raised in indigenous cultures can still (re)claim innate human capacities to relate well with the larger web of life and reality. This teaching and ritual will emphasize "spirits of place": nearby animals, plants, fungi, and other biological kin; the human ancestors who lived and died in a place; elemental powers of water, wind, fire, and earth; and other deities and nature spirits who speak through and as the land. Participants will learn a basic framework for culturally grounded animism as well as skills for honoring other-than-human kin. We'll ground the principles shared by ritually feasting the spirits of place at Bell's Cove, thanking them for their role in the Firefly Gathering over the years.

Chelsea Wakstein

Fermented Condiments

Chutney, ketchup, vinaigrette, mayonnaise, salsa, pesto. All fermented. Learn to adorn every plate you eat with a probiotic condiment of some kind. In this class you will learn about the history of fermentation, health benefits of probiotic foods, and how to make and enjoy different fermented condiments. We will make some condiments in the class together and there will be samples to try!

Lena Eastes

Flower Essence Alchemy

Come hear the voices of the flowers, make your own flower essence and learn to do so at home or in the forest! Flower essences are a vibrational medicine that heal us on emotional and energetic levels, thus freeing us to heal physically as well.
We will have a plant/flower spirit medicine sit, and solarize our essences while we share in song and dance, we will learn to make the Mother Essence, stock bottles and dosage bottles. You will take home the mother, the stock and the dosage bottles (3 in total.) I welcome you to bring the beautiful and healing power of flowers into your daily life!

Andrew Goodheart

Home Orchards: Growing Fruit Organically

Growing fruit organically is tricky in the southeast: I will present what you need to know to be successful. Applies to all levels, and we have time to go into great depth, with plenty of time for questions and discussion...

Marion Hearth

Instinctual Childbirth (Undisturbed and Self-directed Birth)

This teaching is open to all people who seek uncommon knowledge and inspiration about childbirth. The information presented is applicable in all settings - unassisted at home, in the wild, at home with a midwife, in a hospital (sort of), etc. This class will be facilitated by Marion, a mother of two babies born at home without a trained professional present. She passionately believes that women intuitively know how to birth their babies. Marion believes that ALL women, no matter what birth plan she chooses, should be prepared for an unassisted birth - and that "Birth is as safe as life gets". This class will cover both Intuitive Pregnancy (navigating self Prenatal Care at home) + Instinctual Childbirth (How to birth a baby: the basics + addressing common myths about childbirth). There will be time for your questions, so please bring them. :-)

Raphael Vieira

Intro to Ecodefense

I'll be giving a brief introduction to some of the concepts and strategies of eco defense (direct action used in the context of environmentalism) followed by a general discussion on the subject. There's no point learning earth skills if we have no earth to stand on! The media fed politics of personal responsibility have fooled us into thinking that we have no power against the dominant system besides the choices we make within it. Direct action is the opposite, a reclamation of our power to attack the system head on from the outside. From treesits, to pipeline blockades, to fracking resistance, and the list goes on and on, people across the U.S. and the world are rising up to reject the cutting down, paving over, and sucking dry of the world's precious few remaining natural areas. Come learn and share knowledge about the methods and movement of no compromise Earth First! style land defense and hopefully I'll even drag a few or a bunch of you to the Earth First Round River Rondezvous in Michigan on July 29th.

Jason Drevenak

Lacing Buckskin Bags

Each participant will learn how to maximize the use of an entire deer hide, create patterns, layout and cut out a design, modern and traditional tools, and the Whip, Cross and Dot stitch. Everyone will make and take their own small possibles, tobacco or medicine pouch.
10 people max
$8 material fee

Shawn Kelly

Making fire with flint and steel

 

Joel Wind Fox Boyle

Natural Therapies for the Prevention and Treatment of Cancer

Learn about the very nature of what cancer is, thereby learning how reduce your susceptibility to it. Also covering treatment strategies, useful herbs, and dietary advice for recovery.

Christina Bertelli

Nettle Medicine

Let’s go deep into the diverse nature of one of our most locally abundant herbal allies - Nettles! Herbalists have a saying, “When in doubt, give nettles.” We will look at different varieties, their healing qualities and the various ways to make medicine with this highly restorative herb. Bring your tea mug to class for sampling!

Kai Eagle

Next-Level Tree Climbing

Learn to climb trunks without branches, move from tree to tree and safely navigate the canopy. First witness and then embody. Come prepared to climb.

Luke Learningdeer

Our Magnificent Trees - Walk

We are blessed to live among a vast variety of Trees. Come meet some of our noteworthy local species. We will discuss ID, Edible, Medicinal and Utilitarian uses, ecology, lore and more!

frank salzano

Permaculture Tour Of Wild Abundance

This tour will not be led by me, it will be led by our awesome apprentice Asteria. She'll take you to Wild Abundance and you can see in action the fruits of 5 years of Permaculture design and implementation. Composting toilets, outdoor kitchens, log cabins, integrated annuals and perennials, various natural building techniques (Log cabin, cob, slip-straw, timber frame, etc...).
The tour will meet at the Main Fire and leave from there, bring your keys if you can drive, and know how many you can fit in your car!

Sabrina Squires

Practical Hide Tanning

This is a hands on course that will run Thursday, Friday and Saturday afternoons or mornings. Students will tan a rabbit hide of their own and take it home with them. Modern and primitive methods will be discussed, and students will go through the steps of fleshing, tanning, stretching and softening a hide. There is a material fee of $20 to cover the cost of the hide, tanning solution and other materials/tools, which will all be provided.

We will also discuss sewing techniques and how to put your rabbit hide to good use. Moccasin, hat and gloves patterns will be available for students to copy and take home.

In order to finish your rabbit hide, students are encouraged to attend at least two sessions of the class, morning or afternoon. Diligence is the key to any art!

Sean and Nesta Kennedy

Primal Self Defense

Sean Kennedy is a 10th Degree Black Belt in Budo Taijutsu, an ancient Japanese martial arts system that is closely connected with all the elements of nature. In this class, we will develop our natural and primal instincts to protect ourselves from harm.

carleigh odonnell

Rigid Heddle Backstrap loom weaving

Learn how to weave beautiful wool and cotton straps with a simple and easy to make loom. With this beginners weaving class you can learn to approach the principles and weaving style of the backstrap loom, a simple and elegant loom used all over the world by traditional peoples. Leave with a loom and a woven strap.

James Clinkscales

soapstone carving techniques using stone tools (with: camper bob)

In this class we will be focusing on techniques for carving soapstone amulets and banner stones.
Stone tipped pump drill, bow drill and hand drill as well as some modern metal hand tools.
(hack saw in the interest of time)will be used in the production process. Will also demonstrate stone bead making techniques using
soapstone and stone tipped micro drills.

Jeffrey Gottlieb

Southeastern style moccasins

Learn pattern making, working with buckskin, and stitching in order to make gorgeous custom-fitted southeastern style moccasins. Full day class. You must attend both morning and afternoon sessions if you sign up. Age limit 12 and up. Bring a pencil, a sharp scissors and a buckskin sewing awl if you have one. Students must bring or buy buckskin. If you need buckskin from me the materials cost is $30.

Barron Brown

Spoon Carving

Learn how to carve your very own spoon with Barron Brown using just hand tools in the Old Way. No Firefly Gathering is complete without making a spoon of your very own! bring a sharp knife!

Ryan Milt

Sustainable Wild-Crafting, Processing, and Propogation

This is a hands-on wild-crafting (foraging) class. We will walk thru a multitude of microclimates to find a wide array of useful edible plants. We will experience conscious and sustainable wild-crafting and propagation of these resilient gifts from nature. Then you'll get to help process these nutrient dense foods into a delectable dish!

Yona FrenchHawk

Sweat Lodge Ceremony

The Tsa-la-gi (Cherokee) Sweat Lodge Ceremony is symbolic of returning to the womb of Mother Earth/Turtle Island to be reborn. This purification ceremony is to cleanse and purge those energies that don't serve the higher greatness. Also to pray, sing, and journey within to commune with the Rock Elders whom will be joining us. In this Ceremony we will honor the coming together of the four elements of life Earth, Fire, Water, Wind. We also honor this Sacred Land and the ancient ones who have dwelled here long before and are still present. And to honor our relationship with the Star People and the Great Mystery. Please be mindful of not eating too much before hand and to saturate yourselves.

Steve Torma

The Art of Intimacy: Level 1

Staying centered in any situation, moving beyond stalemates with Nonviolent Communication, forgiving others and yourself, hearing the yes behind every no, being flexible without being submissive, expressing anger or disappointment without judgment or blame, and more. With the former president of Earthaven Ecovillage and co-founder of The REAL Center.

Katrina Tobin

Tracking 101

Tracking animals is fun!! Focusing primarily on mammals in our bioregion, we will discuss animal habitats and patterns, how to identify animal tracks and sign, and how to start tracking the animals that live in our backyards and neighborhoods. Come prepared to get wet and muddy as we head out to identify which local mammals are visiting us, albeit shyly, on the edges of Firefly Gathering.

Doug Elliott

Weeds, Woodslore and Useful Plants Walk

Come on a magical journey with Ranger Doug through the fields and forests to learn about the old-timey ways and connections to the natural world, hear about our regions heritage and crafts, and become familiar with some useful plants and animals. Not to mention, hes might have an entertaining song or a story or two to share...

Alan Muskat

WIld Mushrooms

Join us for an entertaining introduction to the fleshy fun-guys. Just outside Scare-City, The Garden of Eden awaits! If there's interest, we'll also cover edible plants. For more info, visit NoTasteLikeHome.org. If this class fills, feel free to track me down during the gathering.

Brian Winslett

Woodgas Powered Transportation, Biogas, and Other Relevant Energy and Nutrient Systems:

This class will focus on Woodgas Powered systems for internal combustion engines for 2/3 of the class time and then will cover other topics for the remaining class time. Class attendees are welcome to help guide the latter portion of the class to topics that best suite the attendees. This class will be technical in nature but is primarily a lecture format, as well as an open circle discussion. This class will NOT be demonstrating hands on design or building of various systems. However, it will be technical, as well as presenting the economic, cultural, and climate change relevance of these remarkable essential appropiate technologies.

Saturday (6/18/2016) - Afternoon

Lauren Jacobs

10 Essential Hand Stitches You Should Know

Learn up to 10 useful hand stitches, when you would use them, and create a foraging bag or sampler.

Sterling Hearth

A Circle for Fathers: Tribal Parenting & Raising our Children Sustainably

Do you consider being a successful father a necessary skill for living with the earth and keeping human life sustainable?

What does it mean to be a father in community?

What is tribal parenting?

We will co-create a container for sharing wisdom, experiences and ideas about fatherhood. Bring your stories, lessons, inspirations & hope!

This will be a men’s circle and discussion, including a small portion of silence, movement and song.

Welcome are all potential, expecting, current, former fathers and father archetypes.

Arthur Bernier

Amazing Scout Skills

The Apache Scouts were masters of moving invisibly and silently thru the landscape. These skills allowed them to provide for and protect their people. This class will cover a few of the basic techniques the Scouts used to develop these legendary skills.

Scott Sullivan

Asymmetrical Drum Patterns

In this class we'll learn to get out of the typical 4/4 and 2/4 rhythm patterns and add a swagger to ourbeats by exploring odd time signatures.
We'll be focusing mostly on middle eastern and balkan rhythms in 5, 7, and 9 beat rhythms. And if everyone catches on quick enough maybe explore some more.
This is a great way to get out of the ingrained western rhythms so many of us have become accustomed to hearing and playing and to play with a different feel and ear.
Please bring your own drums. I will have a few extra's but not many.

Luke McLaughlin

Bow Drill for Women (...and anyone else)

Struggling with the making fire?! Come and learn the bow drill sitting method that will help produce more down pressure and stability. This is a great technique FOR EVERYONE (but especially for people with less body mass).

talcon quinn

Buckskin Bag Sewing (Part 2)

Learn how to sew with brain tanned buckskin! In this class you will create
a wonderful buckskin bag! Learn how to lay out patterns appropriately on a
skin, how to sew three beautiful, classic and versatile stitches sewn with
buck skin thong and an awl. Braintanned Buckskin is provided for a
materials fee as well as an awl or bring your own supplies (talk with
instructor first). This class is ALL DAY! & open to youth, who are dexterous or accompanied by an adult.
class fee sliding scale 35-60 bucks

Joel Wind Fox Boyle

Clearing Lymes disease and other chronic infections

With the occurrences of Lyme's disease and other chronic illnesses on the rise, learn how to infer what the symptoms can tell you about the nature of this and a few other diseases. Covering both prevention and what to do to clear it from the body.

Eric Blevins

Climbing for direct action

 

Spencer Two Dogs

Clothing as a tool

Martial arts heavy, self defense using common items, but also gnarly life hacks for woods and urban survival made from the best tool set you carry every day - your clothes! Adventurer Spencer 2 Dogs categorizes various clothing items and teaches principles that foster your own creativity with everything from socks to water bottles, belts to hoodies. Spencer demonstrates this unusual way of thinking outside the box through 59 episodes of the Tv show Hillbilly Blood.

conner lassiter

Cob Living; Earth Oven & Rocket Stoves

Well be building a cob oven on site. We can discuss all you need to know about cob ovens and rocket stoves, while we build a cob oven.

Abby Artemisia

Community Herbal Hour

Let's get together and study local herbs. We'll take a short plant walk to find a few wild herbs in their natural habitat. Then, Abby will offer a short teaching on the herb, and bring resources for research. We'll each share what we learned and our own experience with the herb (if we have any). The purpose is to share community knowledge around a circle, so we can feel empowered with our own healthcare, and to create our own Materia Medica (herbal references). We learn so much more together than apart. You'll get some tips on how to create an Herbal Hour in your own community, to continue the learning.

Marissa Percoco

Cultural Flocculation


Join us as we meander down the road of fermentation, discussing historical
& culture-specific ways of preservation through fermentation, while
sampling many yummy fermented treats, including jun & kombucha, kraut, kim
chi, kefirs, sodas, meads & more. We also will explore various ways of
transforming perishable items into more nutritious & stable food, with an
emphasis on liberation from refrigeration, while exploring the metaphor of
humans as a culture which we the wild are inoculating & transforming into
something more viable, integrated & sustainable.

Some cultures will be available for participants to bring home, including:
tibicos & ginger plant (water kefir), jun, 150 year old sour dough starter,
milk kefir & more, so please bring jars to transport cultures in &
donations. Some items will be for purchase at the end of the class, so come
prepared!


Check out what I'm up to at: http://www.wilderlandia.org/

Barron Brown

Demo & Talk on Primitive Blacksmithing

This will be a demo and talk on primitive blacksmithing with Barron (a guru) and Todd (not a guru, but talented handsome man). If we are not at my instructor camp streamside, just keep going up the logging road and we'll be at the Iron Hills blacksmithing location...

Mycol Stevens

Ecological Restoration

This workshop will focus on restoration techniques that can be utilized on
small to large scales (on permaculture lands, front yards, conservation
lands etc). Methods will focus on native ground cover, herbicide
minimization, and niche replacement. With the plight of our Eastern
Hemlocks and others, how can we assist our imperilled ecosystems.

john kraus

Edge Tools Sharpening & Care - Saws and Files

this class will focus on the sharpening,use and care of various saws. we will joint and sharpen various types of saws handsaws,crosscut saws, etc. you may bring your saws to work on but please bring a sharp 60 degree triangular file to use.

Jason Drevenak

Friction Fire for All

We will be discussing, demonstrating and practicing the fundamentals of the bow and drill, hand drill and fire plow methods of friction fire. Everyone can expect to learn the components of each set and most suitable materials for each, the "socket and notch" relationship, individual body mechanics, natural tinders and how to put the whole mess together to produce a coal and fire. Stay for the whole session or drop in and work on something specific.
No material fee and no class size limit

Michael Collins

Getting Active for Racial Justice: Introducing the Six Core Values of Showing Up for Racial Justice.

SURJ is a national network of groups and individuals organizing White people for racial justice. Through community organizing, mobilizing, and education, SURJ moves White people to act as part of a multi-racial majority for justice with passion and accountability. We work to connect people across the country while supporting and collaborating with local and national racial justice organizing efforts. SURJ provides a space to build relationships, skills and political analysis to act for change.

Steven Townsend

Intro to Traditional West African rhythms

teaching traditional Rhythms of West Africa, The Names and origin, Djembe and dun accompaniments/technique, Calls, breaks and phrasing.

Sara Callaway

Introduction to the 8 Shields

This class is an introduction to the 8 shields. The 8 shields help one understand how things fit together in the world, and how they flow. Well explore the energies of the 8 directions, how they are reflected in the natural cycles of a day, a year, plant life, and human life, and how we can tap into those energies to better understand and design for life experiences. Come see how an 8 shields approach can help you.

Maurice White

Jewelry-Making and Wire Wrapping Techniques

Free, unlimited jewelry supplies for everyone as long as they last! I have sea glass from the Bahamas, sea shells, beads, wire-wrapping supplies, and more. Come learn some cool wire-wrapping techniques for making charms and have some fun with others, creating funky designs!

Patrick Walker

Knife and Tomahawk Throwing

We'll be learning the basics of weapon throwing, to that end we'll cover distance, rotation etc.
I'm not the world's best thrower, but really I'm just trying to provide an opportunity for people to practice a skill safely.
Come and see if you can qualify for a degree in physical physics, and if not we'll still have fun!
Class fee is an optional donation.

Charly Aurelia

Knives : Use and Defense In Self Protection

Many, if not most of us, carry knives. We use them for many tasks.

Come learn to defend and survive being attacked with a knife and how to use one to protect yourself and those you love.

These No BS skills apply to any edged weapon and even when you do not have a weapon.

You may bring your knife, but we will be using training knives/tools. (or quickly improvising one ).

Shawn Kelly

Making sulfur matches

 

Mateo Ryall

Medicinal plant & Tree walk

This class will focus on meeting different medicinal species growing onsite. I will discuss the various constituents and how these plants work physiologically on the body, discussing both traditional use with current medical understandings of the actions of their phytochemicals.

Ryan Rice

Natural Dyes (Eco Printing)

Using the basics of natural dyes, students will learn how to use items from nature to make patterned prints on fabric. No experience with natural dyes necessary! There is a $5 material fee for the fabric that will be used. Each student will leave with finished items and the knowledge to care for them.

Chelsea King

netted water bottle holder

Learn basic macrame skills while creating a usable water bottle holder...

Javier BaezArmenta

Our Sacred Maize

Knowledge and wisdom that Indigenous Peoples brought to us from seed to seed. Beginning as early as 10,000 years ago, the domestication of maize, cacao, beans, squash, tomato, chili, turkey and dog, caused a transition from paleo-indian hunter-gatherer tribal grouping to the organization of sedentary agricultural villages in the primitive Mesoamerica.

Agriculture with complex mythology, religious traditions and rituals, Maize became one of the most powerful and sacred cultural staples of the Americas. Subsequent activities such a calendric system, vigesimal numeric system, traditions, and an architectural style with large ceremonial centers interconnected by a network of trade routes for the exchange of pottery, gifts, food and seeds.

We will explore the process making and nutritional value from the Nahuatl world, Nixtamal, an elixir from our ancestry, Tlaxcal, that we know as Corn Tortilla.

Laura Roscoe

Pine Needle Baskets

Learn to coil a beautiful pine needle basket from long leaf pine needles. Age 14 and up. No fee.

Josh Fox

Plant Medicine through Song

Many cultures have used stories and songs to share valuable information. Come learn the physical and energetic properties of useful plants/mushrooms embedded into song and narrative. Fox will share both original and collected songs in this entertainingly educational circle.

Sabrina Squires

Practical Hide Tanning

This is a hands on course that will run Thursday, Friday and Saturday afternoons or mornings. Students will tan a rabbit hide of their own and take it home with them. Modern and primitive methods will be discussed, and students will go through the steps of fleshing, tanning, stretching and softening a hide. There is a material fee of $20 to cover the cost of the hide, tanning solution and other materials/tools, which will all be provided.

We will also discuss sewing techniques and how to put your rabbit hide to good use. Moccasin, hat and gloves patterns will be available for students to copy and take home.

In order to finish your rabbit hide, students are encouraged to attend at least two sessions of the class, morning or afternoon. Diligence is the key to any art!

Hawk Hurst

Rivercane Flute Making

Participants will learn to hand-craft a rivercane flute, similar to ancient Native American instruments, historically found throughout this region.

Steve Torma

Sacred Sexuality

After our survival instinct, sexual energy is the most powerful force in the human experience. How do we access and guide this energy? With the heart. And what guides our heart? The overall spiritual purpose of our lives. When all three are combined: sex, heart, and spirit, we can live a deeply satisfying life of service to our ultimate vision. Ideas and practices for improving your physical and emotionally-intimate relationships. With the former President of Earthaven Ecovillage and co-founder of The REAL Center.

Frank Ritz

Selecting And Raising Heritage Breeds: Local Field Trip

This class will be a field trip to a local farm 10 minutes from here. Heritage Breeds: Have you ever wanted to change the culture of modern livestock agriculture? Do you have a love for livestock that has transcended the ages? Then raising heritage breeds may be just for you! If you are interested in a long-lasting relationship with our two-or four-legged friends and want to return to your roots, please come and listen to a discussion about selecting and raising heritage breeds!
We'll go meet at the main fire and arrange carpooling from there. Please bring your keys and be ready to drive if you can!

Christina Bertelli

Sexual Connection & The Microbiome


Your body has a microbial ecosystem and its composition greatly influences your interactions with intimate partners and loved ones. Let’s explore the exciting micro world of how sexual connections such as attraction, touch, kissing and intimacy all have an impact on various areas of our whole body microbiome. Learn why this matters for establishing a healthy body for you and for attracting healthy relationships. This class gets you thinking about tiny bugs and big concepts of personal empowerment and human well being.

Jeffrey Gottlieb

Southeastern style moccasins

Learn pattern making, working with buckskin, and stitching in order to make custom-fitted southeastern style moccasins. Full day class. Attending the morning class is a prerequisite. No afternoon sign up sheet. Must bring or buy buckskin. I will have materials for $30 if needed.

Corr de Joch

sticktag/socktag and poorkids sticktag (previously called counting coup but a very different game from the one being offered by that name)

If U enjoy fun hopping about and awakening your body's instinctual abilities, please join us in learning possibly the best simple sport ever. One version we'll learn was called "Counting Coup" from 2008-2011, when it accepted renaming on grounds of unintentional cultural misappropriation.
Sticktag or Socktag is a very low impact (finesse-tagging/scoring system), cooperative competition sparring sport with NO gender/weight/age divisions. We'll learn how different bodytypes mean different advantages, as little kids often defeat adults trying their best, and female-bodied players tend to slightly outscore male-bodied players, partly due to absence of an upper body strength advantage. This game builds physical confidence, instinct awareness, cardio endurance, balance, and lower body strength, maintaining an honorable atmosphere as we exchange mutual guidance and keep each others' scores.
9ish-60ish (if spry) It's an "adult" class that doesnt mind if some coordinated, non-delicate kids participate!
bring a clean extra pair of socks if you have em. or mittens. not required tho.

James Clinkscales

Stone amulets, bannerstones,and beads

In this class we (Camper Bob and I) will be focusing on techniques for carving soapstone amulets and banner stones.
Stone tipped pump drill, bow drill and hand drill as well as some modern metal hand tools.
(hack saw in the interest of time)will be used in the production process. Will also demonstrate stone bead making techniques using
soapstone and stone tipped micro drills.

Sangoma

Sweat Lodge Ceremony

Our fires of intention will be lit preparing us for the lodge of purification in the ceremony of inipi...(sweat lodge)
We look forward to the collective energy and power of prayers in celebration of the cycles and seasons of the communities we nurture and preserve.

Bodi Bodenhamer

Transgender Sensitivity 101

Transgender people are everywhere, but so are the endless misconceptions about what being transgender means. Many people believe in the inhabiting of the body as a key aspect of human consciousness, well-being, and spirituality. Experiencing gender dysphoria causes a person's relationship with their body to shift deviate dramatically from what is considered normal. But wellness extends beyond the body and into the emotional self, the intellectual self, and then outwards into the social and physical environments that support each of us. Trans folks are disrupted in any and sometimes all of these ways, but cisgender (that is, non-trans) friends, family members, and allies can help greatly in making healthy and accessible places for trans people to be.

If you have trans friends or family members, work with trans folks, or just generally want to know more about being transgender and how to help trans folks out in your daily life, this is the place to be. The reality is that trans people are in great need as a population, and helping even on a basic level is incredibly easy. It starts with shifting a paradigm in your own mind, and blossoms outward from there. So come learn new things, dispel myths, ask questions, and continue down your personal path towards helping your fellow human creatures.

If you'd like to receive a pamphlet of information related to what I am teaching here at Firefly, leave me your email on the sign-up sheet (or in person at the training) and I will happily send you an informative PDF I wrote that includes Asheville area resources for trans people and their families and friends. In addition I am accepting donations to help me continue to be able to provide these classes, so if you are at all willing and able to donate, every dollar is deeply appreciated.

Sean and Nesta Kennedy

Womens Self Defense

Nesta and Sean Kennedy teach martial arts and women's empowerment at their dojo in Asheville and are excited to be able to offer this program at Firefly. We will begin with the internal and intuitive aspects of self protection and move on to practical applications of simple moves to handle the most common self-defense scenarios. Please know you can watch or participate as you feel comfortable. This class is only open to those who identify as female or as trans. If you have questions about what you'll be doing prior to signing up, please give us a call at 828-280-0624. We'll be offering follow-up workshops to this class at our studio in Asheville this fall. Ashevilleninjas.com

Saturday (6/18/2016) - Early-morning

Yuri Woodstock

Intro to Birding: Morning Chorus

What's that bird call? We'll focus on learning some of the many audible songs in the forest, going deeper when possible. Some binoculars will be provided for sharing, and bring your own if you have them, but the main focus will be song ID. Bring a notebook. All skill levels welcome. Let's bird!

liz thecowgirl

Morning Milking

We will gather from 8:30-9:30 to discuss the basics of cow handling, and each participant will have the opportunity to hand milk one of our Jersey cows.

Please arrive no later than 8:30am so that we can make the most of our hour together.

Bring a jar or vessel for a taste!
Children should be accompanied by an adult.
Please wear closed toed shoes.

All are welcome to come hang out and chat about cows. Only those who've signed up will be able to milk.

Saturday (6/18/2016) - Late-afternoon/evening

liz thecowgirl

Evening Cow Milking

We will gather from 7:30-8:30 to discuss the basics of cow handling, and each participant will have the opportunity to hand milk a Jersey cow.

Please arrive no later than 7:30pm so that we can make the most of our hour together.

Bring a jar or vessel for a taste!
Children should be accompanied by an adult.
Please wear closed toed shoes.

All are welcome to come watch and chat. Only those signed up will be able to try their hands at milking.

Sunday (6/19/2016) - Morning

Marion Hearth

Diaper Free Babies: Elimination Communication.

Remember the ways of our ancient mothers (and most mothers from around the world). Learn how, from birth, to read the cues of your baby to know when they have to potty. By working with these cues, you can go Diaper Free with your baby and discover a world of precious presence and connection. Diaper free babies are known to sleep better and have less digestive disturbances.

Steven Townsend

drum Maintenance

Open discussions, on all aspects of drum body and soul care.

Josh Fox

Advanced Herbalism

So, you know about some plant medicine already and want to deepen your ability to use it practically?
Let's talk about formulation, dosage, form, energetic matching, and any other questions you might have.

Alexandra Tait

Archery Lesson and Shoot

Traditional Archery Lesson and Shoot. We will stretch, go over equipment, learn form and shoot arrows. We will use fiberglass composite recurve bows and wooden arrows shot into straw bales. Over 9 welcome Bow draw weights 5-30# so everyone can pull back the bow. Children over 9 welcome. Younger children need to be accompanied by a parent/guardian who can assist them.
Alexandra Tait is a level 2 instructor with USA Archery and the owner and lead teacher of Artemis Archery Asheville.

Hawk Hurst

Bamboo Flute Making

Participants will learn to hand-craft a bamboo flute, in either the diatonic or pentatonic scale. Flutes may be modeled after ancient flutes historically found through Europe, Asia, South America, and North America.

Jacqueline Maloney

Botanical Drawing

In this class we will slow down and really hone our visual observation skills. A botanical drawing practice is extremely helpful for getting to know more intimately the plants around you, identifying them with confidence, and noticing visual patterns in nature

Please bring a notebook (preferably blank or, for Virgo types, graph paper) and sharpened pencils with erasers (attached or separate). If you do not tend to feel regret or a fear of imperfection, you can bring a pen or leave the eraser in your tent. If it's rainy, bring an umbrella.

You'll be able to choose which plants you would like to draw, and it will not be important in this class to know their species, although I may be able to help with identification.

We'll meet at Firefly central and take a walk from there.

Abby Artemisia

Botany for Everyone

This will be a beginners intro to Abby's upcoming Botany for Everyone series. The purpose is to make botany accessible to everyone, but especially foragers and herbalists. You'll get to know some of the tips and tricks to basic plant identification using the patterns, or families, method of identification. Once you start noticing how plants are related, it's easier to recognize them. Plants in the same family are often edible or medicinal in similar ways. We'll talk about basic flower and plant anatomy and introduce you to some helpful descriptive words. Then we'll get some real world experience, identifying wild plants in the field and forest. This is your chance to delve a little deeper into your study, getting to know what the plants are really about and resources to help you along the way.

conner lassiter

Cob Living; Earth Oven & Rocket Stoves

Well be building a cob oven on site. We can discuss all you need to know about cob ovens and rocket stoves, while we build a cob oven.

Maurice White

Cultivating Breathing & Emotional Freedom

Stress, worry, negative emotions, and confusion can all be brought under control with this 3 minute breathing exercise. This class will teach you the parts of the brain that are responsible for negative feelings and the parts of the brain that will give you a productive and positive wellbeing. It will teach you some simple breathing techniques that allow you to shut down the parts of the brain that are causing the toxic hormone cortisol to be released into your bloodstream and ruin your peace of mind. Class will include brief brain anatomy; a brief description of toxic hormones responsible for stress; a specific breathing session that uses deep water diving techniques to expand and strengthen your lungs.

john kraus

Edge Tools Sharpening & Care - Edge Tools Fest

Use and sharpening of edge tools. This session is your last chance to hang out with John, a true tool-making expert. You can sharpen and go over maintenance for whatever edge tools you bring. Participants are encouraged to bring your own tools. Go pick his brain if you havent yet!

Samantha Smith

Embracing Those People - Adapting Our Hearts to Evolve our Society

This is a class for those interested in bridging cultural divides between the mainstream and Earth Skills lifestyles and making Firefly an approachable experience for all. This can be accomplished if we are prepared to assume grace, patience, and appreciation when confronted with cultures and lifestyles different from our own. Learn to appreciate unfamiliar cultures and view your own culture more objectively with tools that teach us how to realign our perspective, adapt our hearts, challenge our comfort zones and explore the nature of values. We will then employ these new skills as we take the time to discuss, process, analyze, question, and explore ways to encourage integration as a group and as individuals. Folks will leave ready to view their own lifestyle critically, to recognize the honor in other lifestyles and to embrace the uniquely diverse paths of every one of Earth’s citizens. I invite all to join us who share my vision of a world learning to live and work together harmoniously.

Mycol Stevens

Ethnobotany & Mycology Crawl

Come stroll about and learn to climb over our green wall and thru our underground myco passage by learning who the fungi and plants are and their uses.

Paeonia Sherrow

Felting

Full day felting class. Folks will need to be present for both morning and afternoon sessions. Students will start from raw wool, create their own patterns and felt a small pouch, wallet, purse or mason jar coozie. This class is great for the complete beginner and for those with experience who want to try something new or freshen their skill. As an instructor, my intention is to offer you this craft in such a way that you can recreate and grow with it at home on your own. All materials will be provided for a materials fee of $35. In general, this class is open for age 12 & up, younger folks can feel free to talk with me if they want to join.

Barron Brown

Finish Up Wood Carving Projects and Fish Nets

We'll be chillin at the streamside and finishing up anything you started this weekend. Come on down. Bring a sharp knife.

Fuz Sanderson

Forty Minute Forks

A gateway into the world of earthskills! This is a class where you will
make a simple fork out of wood and be able to use it for eating right
away. No more eating your wild salad with a spoon! Age 13 and up.
Bring a sharp knife!

Kelly Moody

Gardening for Beginners

This is a beginners class for folks who have an interest in growing their own food and medicine and don't know where to start. We'll cover the basics: What to know about staple food crops, how to think about your growing season through the year, basic care of the garden, standard soil needs and simple garden design to get your ideas off the ground.

Jason Drevenak

Get to Know the Serpents & Herp Walk

Lets go on an adventure and scope out the habitat for snakes and frogs and turtles. Become more familiar with venomous and non-venomous serpent identification, habitat, behavior and responsible handling. We will also take a herp walk and try to find some of our legless allies (weather permitting)

Alena Applerose

Gourd Shakere

In this class we will create a gourd instrument called a shakere. Traditionally of African lineage, the shakere is a rhythm instrument. We will use dried gourds, beads and hemp and learn a simple knot to create both a beautiful design and a musical instrument.

hannah schiller

Herbs for Athletes and the Active

This is a class for the physically activethe hard laborers, the athletes, farmers, hikers, and body usersand those interested in treating them. Using the body in these ways can be extremely trying, both mentally and physically. Energy is depleted, muscles and joints worn and sore, the mind and one's ability to keep pushing constantly challenged. Whether you're injured and over-worked or wanting to simply do more and push yourself to add another mile to your run or work a little longer and harder in the garden, the body needs comprehensive care and support when used fully and daily in these ways. Especially if you love what you do! We will cover a variety of herbal remedies and protocols to promote health and vitality, to build energy and strength, and to treat common ailments faced by those who live a whole body lifestyle.

Daniel Foor

Intro to Ancestor Reverence and Ritual

Everyone has loving and wise ancestors, and by reaching out for their support we access tremendous vitality for personal and family healing. Our ancestors help us to clarify our destiny, important relationships, and work in the world. Attendees will learn ways to safely and directly engage family and older lineage ancestors for guidance, healing, and inspiration. Inclusive, heart-centered ritual will include offerings and praise for our diverse ancestors and practices to establish boundaries with the dead who are not yet at peace. All experience levels welcome, including those with a troubled family or no knowledge of their ancestors.

Luke Learningdeer

Introduction to Birds and Bird Language

This class will provide an introduction to the amazing world of Birds and Bird Language. We will discuss how bird language can aid us in understanding the animal happenings in the wild landscape and listen to and discuss local birds, their behaviors, habitats and vocalizations. You will leave with the tools to start listening in and being an intentional part of the conversation that's been going on around you your whole life.

Patrick Walker

Knife and Tomahawk Throwing

We'll be learning the basics of weapon throwing, to that end we'll cover distance, rotation etc.
I'm not the world's best thrower, but really I'm just trying to provide an opportunity for people to practice a skill safely.
Come and see if you can qualify for a degree in physical physics, and if not we'll still have fun!
Class fee is an optional donation.

Chelsea King

netted water bottle holder

Learn basic macrame skills while creating a usable water bottle holder...

Sean and Nesta Kennedy

Next Level Self Defense: How to Lose Your Mind

Sean Kennedy is a 10th Degree Black Belt in Budo Taijutsu, an ancient Japanese martial arts system that is closely connected with all the elements of nature. This class is open to all experience levels. If you already have a foundation in self defense, this will help you take your training to the next level. If you've been interested in martial arts but found it too techinical, come try this class out. Cultivate your primal side and learn to lose your mind to protect your body. Learn about Sean at AshevilleNinjas.com

Laura Roscoe

Pine Needle Basket

Learn to coil a beautiful basket using long leaf pine needles. Ages 14 and up.

Robert Eidus

Plant Walk w/ Grandfather Ginseng and Ginseng Companion North-Facing Plants

The history, legend, and folk stories of Grandfather Ginseng. Information on companion plants, including growing, harvesting, cleaning and drying. A tasting of Ginseng will be provided to the class.

Sheefra Blumenthal

Reworking your story- setting goals

abracadabra means with my word I influence or create. In this interactive workshop; We will take a look at how we use language to shape the stories Of our lives.

Corr de Joch

sticktag/socktag and poorkids sticktag (previously called counting coup but very different from other class being offered by that name)

If U enjoy fun hopping about and awakening your body's instinctual abilities, please join us in learning possibly the best simple sport ever. One version we'll learn was called "Counting Coup" from 2008-2011, when it accepted renaming on grounds of unintentional cultural misappropriation.
Sticktag or Socktag is a very low impact (finesse-tagging/scoring system), cooperative competition sparring sport with NO gender/weight/age divisions. We'll learn how different bodytypes mean different advantages, as little kids often defeat adults trying their best, and female-bodied players tend to slightly outscore male-bodied players, partly due to absence of an upper body strength advantage. This game builds physical confidence, instinct awareness, cardio endurance, balance and lower body strength, maintaining an honorable atmosphere as we exchange mutual guidance and keep each others' scores.
9ish-60ish (if spry) This an adult class that doesn't mind if a few non-delicate, coordinated kids participate.
bring sun protection & a clean extra pair of socks if you have em. or mittens. (not required tho).

Becky Beyer

Successful Garden Planning: Grow Food Year Round

Tackle the sometimes overwhelming prospect of planning a year round, productive garden with some simple organizational tools. We go beyond permaculture to incorporate French Intensive, Bio Intensive and Bio Dynamic Methods to create a workable farm and garden plan.

Steve Torma

The Art of Intimacy: Level 2

For those with some familiarity with Nonviolent Communication. Using NVC Dance Floors and Somatic Experiencing to move from pain to compassion, from the illusion of conflicting needs to finding win/win strategies, from grasping for approval to deep inner peace, and from negativity to the natural joy of life. With the former president of Earthaven Ecovillage and co-founder of The REAL Center.

Doug Elliott

Tulip Poplar Bark Baskets

In this class we will make beautiful strong baskets from tree bark. They are functional and stylin! Bring a sharp knife and $ 20 materials fee. (20 students max)

Joel Wind Fox Boyle

What to do about MRSA and other superbugs

Learn how to address some of the resistant infections floating around hospitals and the world right now. Covering formulation strategies and using rotating formulas to prevent "smart" diseases from building up immunity to the herbal formulas.

Charly Aurelia

When There Is No 911 : Patient Assessment

Learn the skill for the Right Now emergencies. There is no time to google for the answer, you can't consult your mentors, the stars, or your power animal, you need to act now. Now what?

My goal is to help empower us to take care of ourselves and each other.

This class will start you off in the fundamental skill of patient assessment in urban, suburban, rural, wilderness, and disaster emergency situations.

Brian Winslett

Woodgas Powered Transportation, Biogas, and Other Relevant Energy and Nutrient Systems:

This class will focus on Woodgas Powered systems for internal combustion engines for 2/3 of the class time and then will cover other topics for the remaining class time. Class attendees are welcome to help guide the latter portion of the class to topics that best suite the attendees. This class will be technical in nature but is primarily a lecture format, as well as an open circle discussion. This class will NOT be demonstrating hands on design or building of various systems. However, it will be technical, as well as presenting the economic, cultural, and climate change relevance of these remarkable essential appropiate technologies.

Carli Anne Sunshine

Yoga for all

Come and Enjoy a fun filled yoga class for all! We will breathe, ground, connect, stretch, and laugh together. Let go, be free, and feel great!

Monica Everett

Your Blood is Not Trash: Sustainable Cycle Solutions

Love your blood and hate tampons and how disposable pads feel in your underwear? We feel the same. This class will provide earth-based resources for bleeding happily and healthfully. The Red Tent will offer materials and a template to create re-usable pads/rags all gathering, and we will have focused time to make them during this class. We will also offer advice on foods, herbs, and charting to support your natural cycle. We will have Sea Sponges available for your to shape to your unique form. Please bring $5 for materials if you'd like to take home a Sea Sponge (my favorite bleeding ally!)

Sunday (6/19/2016) - Afternoon

Lydia Harutoonian

Music As Medicine In Our Time: An Exploration of Music and Joanna Macys Work That Reconnects

Class Description (I'm not sure what length you would like, if this is too long let me know): A workshop to nourish your creativity and courage for the Great Turning, the transition to a life-sustaining society and the essential adventure of our time. Lydia Harutoonian (and Leah Song on Sunday) will lead us through an intimate experience with the Work That Reconnects (WTR), a dynamic, interactive body of work developed by Joanna Macy, inspired by Joanna’s own scholarship in systems theory, deep ecology, and Buddhism as well as 50+ years of international activism. Practiced internationally, this work has helped many thousands of people to engage in the Great Turning, re-invigorating our energy for action and resiliency.

Hearts opened by grief and celebration want to sing their songs of longing, despair, belonging, reckoning, brilliant valiant warrior-ship, and gentle loving kindness. This workshop is open to music-makers of all levels. Singing in a council of friends is one of the most healthful, encouraging, invigorating, and nourishing things that we know. We will explore songs passed down through times of unrest and revolution to foster resiliency and community.

Lauren Jacobs

10 Essential Hand Stitches You Should Know

Learn up to 10 essential hand stiches, when to use them, and create either a sampler or a foraging bag.

Jaydee Sperry

A Radical Look at the Role of Parents in the Realms of Birth and Early Chilldhood

A facilitated discussion about Returning Power to the Family and Reclaiming
our Autonomy as Parents. With a specific focus on the Authentic and Radical
potentials for the Partner of a birthing mother.

Discuss the legal rights and choices one has, including how to step out of
the public sector and into the realms of private organizations to allow
autonomy from the law.

Sangoma

Anchoring Ourselves As Agents of Change

We came to change our minds for the purpose of changing our world. This is the NOW time in which our self assessments, disciplines and tools make all the difference. Come let us reason with collective heart, fashion the tools that anchor with our hands, and step into the collective conscious evolution.

Michele Gee

Belly Dancing (with Live Music)

Come and learn the ancient art of belly dance to round out your Firefly weekend! We will come together in sweet circle to explore some of the history, learn basic dance moves, and enjoy a simple circle dance choreography that can be taken home and shared with friends! Let's spread the joy of this feminine art and reclaim our beautiful curvaceous bodies! (Includes LIVE music).

Tod Kershaw

Blacksmithing

Come on over and learn some old-timey blacksmithing from our former site manager Todd. Come go on a blacksmithing neo-pre/post industrial adventure!

conner lassiter

Cob Living; Earth Oven & Rocket Stoves

Well be building a cob oven on site. We can discuss all you need to know about cob ovens and rocket stoves, while we build a cob oven.

Phil Ferguson

Counting Coup- The Modern Sport of Padded Swordplay (Ages 16+ Advanced)

-The combat in this class will be at a much higher physical level than the beginner and kids classes, but people who are new to the game are still welcome as long as they're ready to handle that. We will be engaging in combat at the same level as at national competitions for the sport.

Learn swordsmanship and earn the respect of your opponent by using padded boffer gear in full ­contact combat! The Native American tradition of counting coup lives on in this modern sport, where players compete in realistic combat using professionally constructed padded swords, spears, shields, arrows, and other gear. The sport lies in striking your opponent without being struck, and thus your opponent admitting their defeat with respect given to the victor. This emulates the tradition of Native American tribes of The Great Plains in striking their enemy with only a coup stick in order to earn respect and leave both people unharmed.

Beginner and advanced level tactics will be taught with swords, shields, spears, and archery. Fun group games will be played, and individual competitions will take place! Taught by Phil Ferguson, leader of The Wandering Swordsmen and founder of The Valley of Ashes, the Asheville team that practices on Sundays at Carrier Park and travels to compete nationally. Join us, and fight with us for honor and glory!

Frank Ritz

Creating a Sustainable Livestock Culture: Field Trip

This class will be a field trip to a local farm 10 minutes from here. Interested in how to create a fully-functional livestock agriculture? Wanting to know more about pasturing, watering and sustaining livestock on a farm? Please join us as we tour Gather Heritage Farm in Barnardsville, as we discuss the ways to create a culture of livestock that will satisfy and sustain those who want to have a bond with animals!

We'll go meet at the main fire and arrange carpooling from there. Please bring your keys and be ready to drive if you can!

Corr de Joch

De-escalation of Pre-Violent Conflict

Demonstration, training & practice of very effective method for turning a pre-violent conflict into an opportunity for sincere dialogue & respect. Both nonviolence AND self-defense techniques are integrated into a process that is preferable to the sum of its parts, showing that the two schools of thought need not be held mutually exclusive. And in case de-escalation does not work every time, we will practice a few easy-to-learn, attack-stopping unarmed self-defense moves that are highly effective without mastery of a martial artform.

john kraus

Edge Tools Sharpening and Care: Edge Tools Fest

Use and sharpening of edge tools. This session is your last chance to hang out with John, a true tool-making expert. You can sharpen and go over maintenance for whatever edge tools you bring. Participants are encouraged to bring your own tools. Go pick his brain if you havent yet

Paeonia Sherrow

Felting

Full day felting class. Folks will need to be present for both morning and afternoon sessions. Students will start from raw wool, create their own patterns and felt a small pouch, wallet, purse or mason jar coozie. This class is great for the complete beginner and for those with experience who want to try something new or freshen their skill. As an instructor, my intention is to offer you this craft in such a way that you can recreate it and grow at home on your own. All materials will be provided for a materials fee of $35. In general, this class is open for age 12 & up, younger folks can feel free to talk with me if they want to join.

talcon quinn

Fertility Awarness

This class is for all genders to gain a better understanding of a womans reproductive cycle. Learn how to know when a woman may conceive a child and how to prevent or go for that, as well as general well womans care. Children are welcome to accompany their parent, and teenagers who can handle this mature subject matter are encouraged to attend. Bringing a notebook and pen is encouraged and a donation for copy cost is appreciated ($1-2)

robin allison

Field Botany 202

This class will cover the more advanced knowledge of how to identify and organize plants. Well learn some botanese, and look at our native plants based on families, usefulness, and other important ways to understand the botanical kingdom. Bring a copy of Newcombs Wildfower Guide, Botany in a Day, or another field guide if you happen to have one.

forest hilyer

Figure four & Paiute deadfall traps


Learn to carve the pieces you need to set a basic deadfall trap. These are versatile for various circumstance and game size. Once learned they are fairly quick to produce and the materials needed are often easily located.

Barron Brown

Finish Up Wood Carving Projects and Fish Nets

Time to finish up whatever you started earlier this weekend. bring a sharp knife.

Elise Damilatis

Herbal Medicine Making

Come learn how to make your own herbal preparations - tinctures, vinegars, oils, salves, and more! Leave ready to start your home apothecary,

Charly Aurelia

Kinves : Use and Defense In Self Protection

Many, if not most of us, carry knives. We use them for many tasks.

Come learn to defend and survive being attacked with a knife and how to use one to protect yourself and those you love.

These No BS skills apply to any edged weapon and even when you do not have a weapon.

You may bring your knife, but we will be using training knives/tools.

Will Harlin

Learn About the Big Ivy Campaign

This a talk hosted by Will Harlin, founder of Friends of Big Ivy.

Friends of Big Ivy is a federal 501c3 nonprofit dedicated to protecting the Big Ivy section of Pisgah National ForestThat's right here in Barnardsville!. We focus on U.S. Forest Service management, trail maintenance, and watershed protection.

We are a grassroots coalition of local farmers, families, landowners, teachers, artists, attorneys, local business leaders, clergy, hikers, equestrians, hunters, mountain bikers, anglers, and other outdoor enthusiasts.

We oppose commercial logging in Big Ivy and support responsible, sustainable management of the forest.

We organize volunteer trail maintenance, trash pickups, and creek cleanups. We also work together with various user groups to ensure the long-term health of the forest resources.

Katrina Tobin

Medicine on the Homestead

An information-rich class, we will discuss herbal medicine solutions for serious, acute medical problems that are typically encountered on the rural homestead. Learn how to care for your loved ones at home with intensive supportive care, and how to identify when it is time to transfer to the clinic or hospital. Though all are welcome, this is an advanced class. Basics of herbal medicine will not be covered.

Liz Holland

Natural Book Binding

Natural Book Binding*: Learn to make small books from things found in
nature including bark, wood, hickory nuts, and rocks. From basic easy books
to sewn book blocks, students will be given an overview of applicable
binding techniques. We will go out into the woods to forage for materials.
This type of bookbinding is a constant dialogue between you and the land,
so everyone’s book and technique will be different - a constant discovery.
Traditionally, book binding often requires special tools, machines, and
costly materials. Here, we stick to the basics and learn how to minimally
create both practical books and whimsical art books. You can expect to
leave this class with one or more books depending on the materials you
forage and the techniques you choose. There is no material fee for this
class, but anyone who can afford a few pocket dollars for the pot will get
an extra smile. To learn more about Liz Holland - instructor,
anthropologist, and industrial designer - go to
http://www.poeticpracticality.com.

Laura Roscoe

Pine Needle Baskets

Learn to coil a beautiful basket from long leaf pine needles. Ages 14 and up.

Marc Williams

Plant Family Patterns

Plant family patterns can greatly aid in demystifying the “green wall” of species around us. Approximately 350,000 species of flowering plants are known to global science. These species have been grouped into around 15,000 genera and over 400 flowering plant families. About 200 flowering plant families grow in the temperate world where it annually frosts and or freezes. You will know something significant about the majority of plants that you see in the temperate world if you learn the top 30 families around you. It is often possible to guess whether a plant is edible, medicinal, or poisonous simply by the family it occupies. However, some exceptions are important to know as well. We will engage in a walk and talk around Bell’s Cove where we will delve into the major plant families of the Southern USA. Students will reinforce plant identification skills by observing family patterns such as leaf, flower and fruit types. Uses including edibility, medicinality, craft, wildlife promotion and landscape beauty will be discussed. Participants will gain a more holistic understanding of the major plants comprising the Southern US flora and their potential ecological and ethnobotanical applications.

jeff firewalker schmitt

plant spirit medicine: sacred tobacco ceremony

Ritual and ceremony aren’t curious remnants of primitive cultures, rather they are vital aspects of our human inheritance. As a means of expanding awareness of the seen and the unseen realms, ritual and ceremony have the potential to help us make better decisions, engage more authentically and awaken a sense of the sacred. Andean Paqokuna and Curanderismo are profound systems of shamanic practice that help practitioners in all aspects of life, personal and professional. Drawing from the healing traditions of the Andes and the Northern Peruvian coastal traditions of Curanderismo, Jeff Firewalker will officiate sacred healing, divination and empowerment. Many of the practices used in this healing ceremony date back more than 3000 years and are anchored in generations of constant practice. Sayri (sacred tobacco; optionally shared in liquid form) will be used as a sacrament to help participants awaken their inner capacity for insight, healing and wisdom.

Brandon Bodhi

Regenerative Disaster Aid

This will be a facilitated discussion on how we can respond to events of
“disaster” in a holistic manner through regenerative design. We will
explore how Permaculture systems thinking can provide a framework for
community aid projects in response to disaster, whether natural or
economic. Please bring your insightful stories related to this topic if you
have any.

carleigh odonnell

Rigid Heddle Backstrap loom weaving

Learn how to weave beautiful wool and cotton straps with a simple and easy to make loom. With this beginners weaving class you can learn to approach the principles and weaving style of the backstrap loom, a simple and elegant loom used all over the world by traditional peoples. Leave with a loom and a woven strap.

Steve Torma

Sacred Sexuality

After our survival instinct, sexual energy is the most powerful force in the human experience. How do we access and guide this energy? With the heart. And what guides our heart? The overall spiritual purpose of our lives. When all three are combined: sex, heart, and spirit, we can live a deeply satisfying life of service to our ultimate vision. Ideas and practices for improving your physical and emotionally-intimate relationships. With the former President of Earthaven Ecovillage and co-founder of The REAL Center.

Stella Lawless

Social Justice and Spirituality

Through astrology, tarot, dream workings and assorted witchery, we'll explore the potent intersections of spiritual practice and movements for peace and justice. The importance of visioning, cooperation and relational skills inform how we are and could be as spiritual and political beings. How can movement work benefit from spiritual practice by helping us to not burn out and even enhancing the efficacy of our efforts? A spiritual practice without engagement in transformative justice work might be missing the point and will likely also miss important issues around appropriation and challenging capitalist exploitation. We will focus on ways to bring the skills you've developed at this gathering into the worlds we inhabit outside of festival space. The time we spend together will be interactive, dialogue oriented, participatory and exploratory. Group divination and story sharing are a distinct possibility. Let's see what happens and what is possible together.

Becky Beyer

Sustainable Polyamory


What does it take to turn a couple into a few? When does the word 'we' feel
inclusive to some but exclusive to others? We will explore alternative
relationships, compassionate communication, and healthy sexuality. It will
be an open format discussion but not a place to air out your dirty laundry.

Eric Blevins

Thai Massage

Learn this interactive massage technique that is healing to both the giver and receiver. We will work the feet, legs, hips, back, shoulders, neck and head. Bring a blanket or yoga mat if you don't want to lay on the ground.

Luke Learningdeer

Trees, Plants and Ecology of our Astounding Appalachians

Come meet, greet and go deeper with the plants, trees and fungal residents that surround our gathering. We will discuss ID, Ecology, Edible, Medicinal and Utilitarian uses, folklore and more!

Kai Eagle

What do I do with this flaming tinder bundle?

The moment you light a tinder bundle with a coal made from friction holds a magic like nothing else. But without proper preparation and careful tending, that flaming tinder bundle will be very short-lived. In this class we'll learn to select quality firewood for various uses, build fire structures to reliably catch your tinder bundle (or match or lighter) and grow it into a living inferno, and manage fires to myriad purposes (from solo cook fires to raging bonfires and everything in between). You already know more than you think. And there's more to learn than you thought possible.

Sunday (6/19/2016) - Early-morning

Yuri Woodstock

Intro to Birding: Morning Chorus

What's that bird call? We'll focus on learning some of the many audible songs in the forest, going deeper when possible. Some binoculars will be provided for sharing, and bring your own if you have them, but the main focus will be song ID. Bring a notebook. All skill levels welcome. Let's bird!

liz thecowgirl

Morning Milking

We will gather from 8:30-9:30 to milk our 2 Jersey cows.

This class is intended for those who have already tried their hands at milking to go a little deeper. Prior experience hand milking (any animal) is required.

Please arrive no later than 8:30am so that we can make the most of our hour together.

Bring a jar or vessel for a taste!
Children should be accompanied by an adult.
Please wear closed toed shoes.

All are welcome to hang out and talk about cows. Only those who have signed up will have the opportunity to milk.

Kids Class Schedule

Thursday (6/16/2016) - Morning

Marissa Percoco

Youth Village: Earth

to ground our experience at Firefly, w?e begin with Earth. We will begin building a natural shelter? both for the kids, and mini ones for the fairy folk at Firefly!? We'll also play some sensory awareness games and begin our journey into the elements.

Join Michelle Carter & Scott Karas during morning session as they lead kids
on an amazing adventure through the elements! Earth, Water, Air & Fire will
be the springboard from which kids part the Green Curtain and dive into the
forest! Each afternoon, amazing teachers will offer a choice of classes for
kids to enjoy; please see the schedule for details!

Thursday (6/16/2016) - Afternoon

Zipporah Sky

Earth Elements Body Art

Let's share the way to create all natural body paint from clay and plants. For any kind of expression, daily or festive make up using all organic material and they are nourishing to the skin. I get my inspiration from indigenous tribes and modern fashion

Kai Eagle

Next-Level Tree Climbing

"Turn the forest into a playground by climbing across instead of up. In
this class, we'll learn to climb trunks without branches and to safely move
from tree to tree. Come prepared to climb."

Friday (6/17/2016) - Morning

Marissa Percoco

Youth Village: Water

Friday: Water: We will explore the riparian creek system behind kiddie
village, talk about reading the landscape to find water, look for animal
tracks, and other fun water based activities!

Join Michelle Carter & Scott Karas during morning session as they lead kids
on an amazing adventure through the elements! Earth, Water, Air & Fire will
be the springboard from which kids part the Green Curtain and dive into the
forest! Each afternoon, amazing teachers will offer a choice of classes for
kids to enjoy; please see the schedule for details!

Friday (6/17/2016) - Afternoon

Phil Ferguson

Counting Coup- The Modern Sport of Padded Swordplay (Kids under 16)

Learn swordsmanship and earn the respect of your opponent by using padded boffer gear in full ­contact combat! The Native American tradition of counting coup lives on in this modern sport, where players compete in realistic combat using professionally constructed padded swords, spears, shields, arrows, and other gear. The sport lies in striking your opponent without being struck, and thus your opponent admitting their defeat with respect given to the victor. This emulates the tradition of Native American tribes of The Great Plains in striking their enemy with only a coup stick in order to earn respect and leave both people unharmed.

Beginner and advanced level tactics will be taught with swords, shields, spears, and archery. Fun group games will be played, and individual competitions will take place! Taught by Phil Ferguson, leader of The Wandering Swordsmen and founder of The Valley of Ashes, the Asheville team that practices on Sundays at Carrier Park and travels to compete nationally. Join us, and fight with us for honor and glory!

Paeonia Sherrow

Felting for younger folks

This is a class for younger folks age 12 on down. We will get sudsy felting wool onto bars of soap to create a useful and beautiful scruby!! All materials provided $12.

Saturday (6/18/2016) - Morning

Zipporah Sky

Connecting to Our Totem Animal

Connecting to our Totem Animal. We all have the spirits of the earth moving through us, we'll connect to and embody that animals that call to us!

Marissa Percoco

Youth Village : Air

Air: Will be begin with some Bird Language study, to connect with
the element of Air, and also begin finding and connecting with our Animal
Spirit Totems.


Join Michelle Carter & Scott Karas during morning session as they lead kids
on an amazing adventure through the elements! Earth, Water, Air & Fire will
be the springboard from which kids part the Green Curtain and dive into the
forest! Each afternoon, amazing teachers will offer a choice of classes for
kids to enjoy; please see the schedule for details!

Saturday (6/18/2016) - Afternoon

Nancy Basket

Free-form Baskets & Stories for Kids

Come on young people! We’ll split some kudzu and weave it a little, any way you want. We could make a visor for you to wear . . . it would distinguish your group . . . or make a basket/water bottle holder. Listen to Cherokee stories and bring questions about Native culture.

Red Foot

Kids Dream Catchers

In this class, kids ages 8 and up will learn to make their own dream catchers.

Sunday (6/19/2016) - Morning

Marissa Percoco

Youth Village : Fire

Sunday: Fire: Today we will Wrap the Bundle with the element of Fire,
demonstrating a friction fire with the Bow Drill and giving kids a chance
to try this ancient skill. We will play some fire keeping awareness games
and close the weekend together.

Join Michelle Carter & Scott Karas during morning session as they lead kids
on an amazing adventure through the elements! Earth, Water, Air & Fire will
be the springboard from which kids part the Green Curtain and dive into the
forest! Each afternoon, amazing teachers will offer a choice of classes for
kids to enjoy; please see the schedule for details!

Sunday (6/19/2016) - Afternoon

Chelsea Wakstein

Fermentation Faeries

A wonderful world of tiny magical creatures live all over our bodies, in the compost pile and in a crock of sauerkraut. The bacteria faeries are everywhere and in this class, children will become friends with them through fermentation experiments & play.

Sean and Nesta Kennedy

Ninja Adventure!

Join the Ninja Kids Club for an awesome adventure down our Ninja Trail. Dodge, leap, roll, and fly as we search for our magic sword on the backs of friendly dragons. Then join us for a game of Samurai Tag and Dragon Ball! Older kids can stick around at the end for a special lesson in the art of the Ninja and Samurai. Great for ages 4-11. No experience needed! Learn more about regular martial arts classes plus our well rounded outdoor camp, the Nature Adventures Summer Camp at AshevilleNinjas.com

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