Thursday

MORNING

ARTISAN SALVE MAKING: FOR HUMANS WITH SKIN - ALEXANDER HOWE

An in-depth delve to fat/lipid infusion, and the blending of various oils and waxes to make salve that will feel fantastic and nourish your flesh. I've funded my travels for years largely on teaching, making and selling premium skin products. You'll even learn Bush Ninja's Best Tip for chopping up beeswax, the best way to fill and decant into anything, and more!

Anyone can join and listen freely. We will all cocreate a batch, and those who wish to "Make and Take" a sample pot I request $5 donation or trade, and more can be purchased at family pricing.

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BEGINNERS WEAVING CLOTH ON A 4 HARNESS LOOM - SARA HOSBURGH

Beginner's weaving is intended for everyone, whether you have experience weaving or not. Weaving on a floor loom is a whole body experience that can be rhythmically meditative and an efficient means of creating artistic fiber goods. The focus of this workshop will be learning the basics of how to weave with a 4 harness floor loom but other tidbits are included such as bobbin winding and warp set up. There are two patterns to try and you keep the piece of cloth that you have made. I have preset the loom with warp that includes cotton, wool, and other various fibers donated from a reusable resources center. You will choose your weft(s) from an array of colors and fibers. At the end of class you can finish the edges of your newly made fabric with knotting of your choice. I have divided the class into slightly overlapping one hour time slots so that each students experience is (mostly) one-on-one. There are 3) one hour time slots, one student can sign up for 10:30 to 11:30, one for 11:15 to 12:15, and one for 12:00 to 1:00. Students are welcome to stay and watch during the other students time slots or leave to do other things. Students are welcome to bring their own weft yarn but are required to bring nothing.

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BLACKSMITHING BASICS - TOD KERSHAW

This class will include info on basic tools, fuels, materials and methods to get started in blacksmithing. Each student will get some time hammering and will be able to take their creation home. Limit on the intro class is 8 students.

Materials Fee $2-$5
Age limit: 12

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BUSHCRAFT KNIVES AND KNIFEWORK - JOSHUA MILLER

Knives are used in the woods and on the homestead for everything. This will be a hands on class for people wanting to handle, use, and maintain knives. We will focus mainly on fixed blade bushcraft/campcraft/butchering/skinning knives. We will cover basic types, steels, handle materials, safe use, steel maintenance, sharpening, edge geometry, sheaths, and customization. There will be a wide range available to try out, and we will be cutting, whittling, hacking, batoning, etc. in class.

This class is for adults, and children accompanied by an adult for the duration of the class. Feel free to bring your own knives to add to the table for examples, but they will not be used by anyone else.

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BYOBUCKSKIN PROJECT - RAIN HALL

So you made your own buckskin, whats next? Make your buckskin into stuff
This is a chance for Youto design, pattern, cut, and sew your own buckskin creation with guidance Long the way. Or bring an in progress buckskin project to work on.
Extra tools will be available but
Bring it if you have it: Pencil, Notebook, Awl, Scissors, and clothing item that fits you well to use in pattern making.

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COOKING OVER THE FIRE - CAST IRON & OTHER METHODS - FUZ SANDERSON

Come enjoy a delicious meal cooked over the fire using cast iron and other open fire methods. Learn how to make great food and eat well. Bring your dishes - we'll be making lunch! Ages 13 and older. Suggested donation of $5-$10 to cover food.

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ECOCENTRIC PERMACULTURE/HOMESTEADING 101 F UPS - MYCOL STEVENS

This class will enhance your understanding of living with nature and how to be a good steward on your "uncertified" permaculture homestead. Many mistakes are made when trying to do good and living sustainably (for humans only and to the detriment of our living web of life). Learn concepts to integrate living in a quasi symbiotic relation with the earth.
Having lived off-the-grid on my "permaculture" homestead FInca Mycol since 2002, I've made many a mistake...so I hope to teach you a few of my lessons so you don't make the same mistakes.

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EDGE TOOLS SHARPENING AND CARE: AXES AND ADZES - JOHN KRAUS

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 and sharpening equipment.

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FREEFORM KUDZU HAT - NANCY BASKET

Learn to weave without worry! Splitting kudzu vines, we will measure your head, make a bowl and bill or brim. Stay all day to finish your hat or half day to build a skeleton to finish later with thin colorful vines.. without hair on them! We will share rich story time too!. Scissors or a knife will be helpful.

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GOAT CHEESE MAKING - DAWN MATHEWS

We will discuss cheesemaking and the process of fresh verses aged cheeses. I will be using goat milk to make chèvre and mozzarella. You will go home with loads of cheese recipes. And of course we will eat all the yummy cheese we make in class! This class is for adults only.

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HAND FORGED KNIVES - GRANT ADKISSON

Hand Forge a small Knife for crafting or carving. Start with a salvaged length of tool steal and transform it into a useful sharp tool using heat, hammer blows and file. Limited class size for best quality instruction. Some finishing work after class required.

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HERBAL & NUTRITIONAL ALLIES FOR TESTOSTERONE - ADAM INGERSOLL

A class to empower our intentional food, herb, and supplement choices, and to gain a deeper understanding of male hormones. There are a lot of misconceptions surrounding testosterone, but how does it really effect us? How can we best nourish a healthy balance of it? Prepare for a science-heavy class on those foods, herbs and lifestyle choices that promote testosterone and those that deplete it. Throughout the class, this theoretical knowledge will be applied as we process the relevant bioregional herbal allies.

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INTRO TO MEDICINE MAKING - TARA RAWSON

Start your journey with medicine making with an herbal medicine cabinet for health freedom! Learn some time tested, tried and true traditional remedies that will combat many common ailments including colds, flu, different bacterial infections, fungal infections and more. You will leave with a plethora of recipes and remedies to get you started.

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MAKING AND BREAKING TRANCE FOR PERSONAL AND COLLECTIVE MAGIC - REN ZATOPEK

A lot of us want to create change in our lives and in our culture. Trance is a state of consciousness that makes us less resistant to change and more capable of magic. Great! It also makes us less rational. Great? It's key if you want to join a cult and live in fear of the end times. Um...not great?

Trance is not good or bad; it's a tool that can be used many ways. A very sharp, powerful tool. And everybody has one. And we're running around using it on ourselves and each other every day: for pain relief, for entertainment, for creative insight, for spiritual connection, for manipulation, for control...

But, I'd never tell you to put it down or quit using it, just as I wouldn't tell you to stop speaking or using your voice, another powerful tool most of us use each day. Instead, let's choose to cultivate our capacity for trance as a conscious skill. Let's bring discernment and consent to the trances woven into our relationships and work.

Class will be a mixture of lecture, simple practice, and guided journey. Please bring a notebook and something to write with.

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MAKING FIRE WITH FLINT AND STEEL - SHAWN KELLY

Come learn to use flint and steel to make fire just like the mountain men did in the past. I have this listed as an adult class but smaller children are welcome if they are accompanied by an adult

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MEAD MAKING: MYTH, MAGIC, MIRTH, AND MEDICINE - WADE BURLEY

Mead (honey wine) may be the first fermented beverage enjoyed by early humans. It is more than a drink; it is a story woven from a web of many connections to nourish our gratitude, wonder, and wildness. Along with some history and folklore, we will make a class mead, with hands-on instruction and step by step process for aspiring alchemists. Observe and participate in making the class mead (no cost), or, for an optional materials fee, make your own mead in class to take home.
Age 21 and over only, please.

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MOVE LIKE A MASTER, NOW AND INTO OLD AGE - R.J. BURLE

Learn to move fluidly and coordinated without fear. We will explore where our bodies hold stiffness and emotion and release these tensions with massage and martial art types of movement. The instructor is a Doctor of Chiropractic and a martial arts instructor.

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PINE PITCH GLUE STICKS AND WILDERNESS SANDPAPER - JAMES CLINKSCALES

Pine pitch recipe. We will be making pine pitch glue sticks for attaching stone points to shafts. We will discuss different applications of pine pitch and variations of the recipes for the task at hand including making wilderness sandpaper.

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PRIMITIVE CLAY COOK POTS - KEITH GRENOBLE

Learn to make and use hand built, campfire fired prehistoric earthenware. Working with wild clays will be discussed.

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PROACTIVE PEACEMAKING - SARA CALLAWAY

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.

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SPOON CARVING - BARRON BROWN

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

Age limit 10 and older unless parents are present.

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SWEAT LODGE WITH SKEE STRONG WIND PRATT; PIMA SUNDANCE CHIEF FROM THE GILA RIVER RESERVATION, ARIZONA - SKEE PRATT

A Sweat lodge is a tradition where individuals enter a dome shaped structure to experience a sauna like environment. The lodge itself is typically wooden, framed from tree saplings. Hot rocks are placed in an earthen pit located in the center of the lodge and water is periodically poured over these rocks for the purpose of Purification, Healing, and prayer. This ceremony will be hosted by Native American elder Skee ' Strong Wind' Pratt, who is a Sundance Chief from the Gila River Reservation in Arizona. Clothing required, bring a towel, class size 16 participants.

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THE ART OF INTIMACY (NVC) LEVEL 1 - STEVE TORMA

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.

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WORKING OUT THE KINKS: HIPS/LOWER BACK - BILL PARRAVANO

Working out the kinks: Hips/Lower Back Got a sore, stiff, tight, achy, painful hips or lower back? Then this class is for you! Learn the secrets of your body's nervous system. You will walk away from this class with the working knowledge of how to eliminate tension in your hips and lower back no matter what age or what you do. Please bring pillows, blankets, sleeping bags, backpacks, and/or yoga mats to get the most out of this class.

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Thursday

AFTERNOON

40 MINUTE FORKS - FUZ SANDERSON

40 minute forks. Don't eat your salad with a spoon! This a wood carving gateway skill, we'll make a fork you can use in the wilderness, or in the office...
Limit 20 people, Age 12 and above. You will need a sharp knife, and you will feel empowered.

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ADVENTURES AND EXPLORATIONS IN NATURE, CULTURE AND SPIRIT - SANGOMA OLUDOYE

This is an offering designed for those building bridges and peacemaking by connecting the dots in those community Building skills.

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APPALACHIAN WOODY ETHNOBOTANY - MARC WILLIAMS

Spend a class learning about trees and shrubs. We will go for a plant walk to learn how to identify a woody plant by the leaves, bark and other characteristics. Common and obscure uses for woody plants of the Appalachian flora that may support overall health, well-being and sustenance will also be discussed.

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BIOMAGNETIC THERAPY - NICK KONG

Learn about the BioMagnetic therapeutic technique and how it can benefit our health, our family's health and the health of our community. During this class, attendees will have a chance to experience the benefits of Biomagnetic Therapy, in a group setting (as time allows).

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BLACKSMITHING PROJECTS - TOD KERSHAW

In the project class students will complete a somewhat more complex blacksmithing project. Possible projects include bottle openers, decorative hooks, awls, chisels, small knives or whatever else we can think of that is possible.
No experience is needed to take this class, but is very helpful.
In both classes the students will be able to take home their projects, but the focus of both classes is more process oriented than product-oriented.

Material fee is $5-10.
Age limit: 12
Class size limit: 4

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BOUNDLESS GARDEN: SYMBIOSIS AND THE ECOLOGY OF PARADISE - LEE GOLOS

Central to the mythos of every culture is the idea of a golden age of earthly paradise ending with a fall from grace.

What is the significance of these myths? Could they be memories of a distant past before agriculture, before hunter-gathering?

Is it possible for humans to interact harmoniously with our environments in a way that effortlessly produces abundance rather than destruction?

If so, where did we go wrong, and how can we return?

A synthesis of mythology, ecology, evolutionary biology, and permaculture, this is a story of our place in nature.

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BUILDING ECONOMIC MODERN NOMADIC HOUSING AND BOONEDOCKING HACKS - MAURICE WHITE

There will be a working modern nomadic economic mini house for you to view and ask questions about. This class will cover topics like: sourcing free and discounted materials; economic waterproofing membrane for walls and roof; minimal structural construction for extreme lightweight hauling, home made composting toilet ideal for travel; solar and battery options; food refrigeration; lighting options; AC/DC hybrid energy options; sourcing free canopy material to use for awnings; detailed pictures of the buildout; boone docking hacks; micro home communities; and question and answer dialogue throughout the whole class. If you have ever dreamed of living off the grid in comfort in an inexpensive mobile friendly shelter, you do not want to miss this class!!

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CORDAGE COLLEGE - JEFFREY GOTTLIEB

Everything you always wanted to know about natural string, rope and thread. Anyone can come; there are no prerequisites. We will make cordage by hand and using a simple machine, producing two ply and three ply cord. Explore the cordage museum and its many animal and plant fiber and rope samples. Handle specimens of fresh fiber bearing plants and learn to process them to get their fiber. Find out how civilization as we know it would not have been possible without rope! Book by instructor is available for $10 if desired.

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EDGE TOOLS SHARPENING AND CARE - DRILLS, AUGERS, & PLANES - JOHN KRAUS

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 and sharpening equipment.

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FERMENTING FOR THE FORAGER - MEG CHAMBERLAIN

Fermenting Wild Foods at Firefly Gathering
· Hosted by Firefly (Asheville, NC) and Fermenti

Details
Join Fermenti. At the Firefly Event in Asheville, NC on Thursday June 13th, for a primitive skill share event where you will learn How to Use Fermentation as a Wild/Foraged Food preservation technique. We Will Discuss Creative Ways To Ferment Foraged and Wild Foods. This Is A Primitive "Foodie" Event! Discussion Start at 4:00pm till 5:00pm. This Class is FREE to attend. We Will Cover Everything From Salt Curing Fruits, Honey Ferments, Basic Fermentation Principles and Creative Recipe Ideas To Add Flair To Any Food.

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FOREST ASSESSMENT/ ORGANIC ECOLOGICAL RESTORATION - MYCOL STEVENS

We will discuss how to assess and manage your property ecologically sound. This means organic restoration techniques, forest management, and how to live the quasi symbiotically.

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FREEFORM KUDZU HAT - NANCY BASKET

Learn to weave without worry! Splitting kudzu vines, we will measure your head, make a bowl and bill or brim. Stay all day to finish your hat or half day to build a skeleton to finish later with thin colorful vines.. without hair on them! We will share rich story time too! Scissors or a knife will be helpful.

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GET SPUN! BEGINNERS DROP SPINDLE WITH WOOL - JAMIE SPARKS

Learn to take raw fleece from a sheep (or other animal), card it and spin it into beautiful use able yarn for knitting, crocheting or even weaving. Come try your hand and the portable and easy to use drop spindle, used throughout the ages and through many cultures. I will have drop-spindles for your use or to purchase if you just can't get enough!

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HAND FORGED KNIVES - GRANT ADKISSON

Transform a piece of High Carbon salvage steel into a high quality custom Knife. Small Class size. Some outside finishing work required to complete.

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HEALING STRESS IN THE MODERN WORLD WITH FOOD AND HERBS - IVY LYNN

In these times, stress is a huge issue. We will discuss how to heal ourselves by using food as medicine (mostly preventative). We will also look at how nervines will help our frayed nerves and how adaptogenic herbs can heal our adrenals. We will discuss which of these grow in this region. We will make and sample some of the remedies we discuss.

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PLANT AND MUSHROOM WALK - LUKE CANNON

Let's walk and meet some of the astounding and generous plants of the gathering, and discus their Edible, Medicinal, and Wondrous gifts.
Bring a notebook, and a spirit of exploration. We'll be diving deep into the green and wild world!

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PORK PRIMAL BUTCHERY AND EDUCATION - TYLER DE FRANCISCO

This will be my opening class for the festival. I will be talking about basic pig anatomy and how pigs are broken down into primals after processing. I will be breaking down a shoulder and a ham into smaller cuts. My goal with this class is to educate people on how to utilize different cuts of meat, while also touching in basic butcher techniques for break down.

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PRIMITIVE CLAY COOK POTS - KEITH GRENOBLE

Learn to make and use hand built, campfire fired prehistoric earthenware. Working with wild clays will be discussed.

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QI GONG BA GUA ZHANG BASICS - JOHN LEWIS

Ba Gua Zhang (Also known as Pa Gua) is one of the three main Daoist Chinese martial arts of the Wudang school, the other two being Taijiquan and Xing Yi Quan. This Class will feature basic breathing, body positions, and Qi (Chi) Movement techniques as an introduction to this Chinese martial and healing system

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RE-CLAIMING YOUR SOUL SOUND - LILLIE KOLMAN

In this experiential workshop, we will explore the delight of embodied expression through sound. Using a combination of breathwork, vocal sounds, and play we will explore stepping more powerfully into using our voices without fear or judgement. By tuning in to our own unique vibration, we can begin to discover the voice as a profound gateway for connection and transformation.

Lillie Kolman is a Board-Certified Music Therapist, Song Weaver, Reiki Practitioner, and Vocal Explorer. Emotional expression and authenticity are at the root of all that she does. She believes firmly in the power of music to heal, transform, and connect us as human beings and is passionate about creating safe containers for people to access this power.

Lillie works in Asheville as a music therapist, artist, and energy healer. She offers private and group sessions to the community, as well as rehab centers, group homes, and schools. She received her B.A. in Music Therapy from Appalachian State University with a concentration in classical voice and completed research focusing on the role of musical improvisation as a way to communicate emotions in special education classrooms.
Her personal healing journey has involved the integration of music, movement, energy, symbology, mythology, play, nature connection, poetry, and visual art. She brings aspects of all of these to her practice and to the songs she weaves. Her music is rich with raw emotion, powerful melodies, and heartfelt lyrics that invite listeners into a deep space within themselves.

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RIVERCANE FLUTE MAKING - BEGINNERS - NATIVE AMERICAN-STYLE - HAWK HURST

This class will provide each participant with a chance to create an authentic, Native American-style rivercane flute. This Southeastern-style of pentatonic (5-hole) flute is end blown, easy to play, and very satisfying to make.
The sound that resonates from these traditional instruments is hauntingly beautiful. This workshop will include creating, decorating, and learning to play the flutes. Ages 12 and up. $20 class fee due at time of class.

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RIVETING 101: FULL TANG KNIFE HANDLES W/O GLUE [COPY] - GRAY TAYLOR

Come and participate in a hands-on instructional class that will lead you on a riveting journey through one of the many dimensions of knife handling. During our time in class we shall be riveting together a full tang knife into a southern hardwood handle with a copper/brass rivet set. You will leave with a handled knife and a little more knowledge of life. Knife blanks are hand-forged by the instructor. Materials fee - Depends on size of knife($35-85) I accept Credit cards.

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ROTATIONAL GRAZING AND PORTABLE FENCING FOR THE HOMESTEAD - LIZ DIAZ

This class will explore many aspects of rotational grazing, including an opportunity to interact with portable electric fencing and move the Cows and Chickens to their next paddock. The focus of this class may shift based on the specific interests of participants. This class has information applicable to a variety of species. We have experience fencing in Cows, Sheep, Poultry, Pigs, and Livestock Guardian Dogs.

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SHELTER MAKING AND THINGS TO AVOID - ASHLYN CORNELIUS

This is a talk (with maybe a little bit of walk, lets see together, shall we?) based class. What a person should be aware of when making shelters, as well as what to definitely not do is discussed in a conversational setting or via a lecture, depending on the class! This ties into a preparedness mindset as well as an aware one. Shelters that use gear as well as don't are discussed. If you want to see what else we go over/do, come join me! I will definitely talk about debris huts!

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STONE TOOLS - JAMES CLINKSCALES

Stone tools have been produced by our ancestors throughout history. In this class we will explore methods of manufacturing stone tools using stone, bone, and antler to produce blades and projectile points for everyday uses! Make an arrowhead for your arrow or atlatl. Make a knapped stone effigy to complete your primitive necklace!

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STONE&BONE SURVIVAL BLING WORKSHOP - ROBERT JARRELL

Stone and Bone Survival Bling Workshop will teach you how to work small pieces of soapstone and deer bone into functional and/or decorative objects and bind them to a yucca cordage loop to wear around your neck. Students will learn multiple options for reducing raw materials into desired shapes and functions as well as cordage spinning and useful cordage knot tying skills. Upon completion of this class students will have a styling necklace and new hand skills to call their own.

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SWEAT LODGE WITH SKEE STRONG WIND PRATT; PIMA SUNDANCE CHIEF FROM THE GILA RIVER RESERVATION, ARIZONA - SKEE PRATT

A Sweat lodge is a tradition where individuals enter a dome shaped structure to experience a sauna like environment. The lodge itself is typically wooden, framed from tree saplings. Hot rocks are placed in an earthen pit located in the center of the lodge and water is periodically poured over these rocks for the purpose of Purification, Healing, and prayer. This ceremony will be hosted by Native American elder Skee ' Strong Wind' Pratt, who is a Sundance Chief from the Gila River Reservation in Arizona. Clothing required, bring a towel, class size 16 participants.

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THE ART OF INTIMACY (NVC) LEVEL 2 - STEVE TORMA

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.

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TIMBER FRAMING - BARRON BROWN



Come learn some Traditional timber framing! A method of creating structures from heavy timbers jointed together with all wood connections, like lap joints, mortise and tenon joints and scarf joints .

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UBIQUITOUS STICK-WIT-US - SPENCER TWO DOGS

Compassionate warrior ways with sticks; students will learn handling and movement with various sized sticks from pocket length to walking/hiking sticks. Wrist elbow and shoulder locks, holds, escapes from grabs, take downs, pain compliance and chokes will be viewed as a final resort to control a person who chose this level of response. Techniques result in control without lasting injury to facilitate bringing harmony and peace to all. Respectful students will participate with mild contact, hands on learning, and can expect physical discomfort and moderate pain while practicing.

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WORKING OUT THE KINKS: NECK & SHOULDERS - BILL PARRAVANO

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

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Thursday

EVENING

EVENING MILKING DEMONSTRATION WITH Q & A 7:30PM - LIZ DIAZ

Join us at 7:30 while we milk one of our cows for a casual "cow side chat." We will do the milking while folks ask questions related to farming.

Subject matter could include: cow health, pasture management, portable fencing, milk processing, kids and agriculture, and more.....

Bring your mug or jar for a taste of warm, fresh milk!

*This is not a hands on class. To try your hand at milking, please sign up for "Milking 101."

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STORYTELLING - HAWK HURST

Join Hawk around the Ancestor Fire for storytelling! Hawk Hurst’s stories dynamically bring the wonders and wisdom of ancient cultures to life. Whether sharing myths, legends, or ‘true to life’ tales, each tale offers a fresh perspective of how people all over the world have come to value and to respect the diversity of each other and the natural world around them. All ages welcome!

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SWORDPLAY ARENA - PHIL FERGUSON

The Wandering Swordsmen will run the Swordplay Arena each evening from 7:30-9:30pm during the last light of the day Thursday-Saturday. We will run field battles from 7-9pm, including games like capture the flag, javelin dodgeball, and archery tag!

7:30-8:00 will be reserved for youth ages 15 and under.
9:00-9:30 will be for adults ages 16+.

From 9-9:30pm we will light up the 20' wide arena tent for tournament style games including 1v1 and 2v2 tournaments with single sword, sword and shield, dual sword, and other weapon styles.

All our boffer gear is made for full contact combat and tested monthly for compliance with the regulations provided by The Belegarth Medieval Combat Society, a national boffer league with very strict standards for safety and game play. All our swords, shields, spears, javelins, bows, arrows, and other gear are designed to safely engage in the highly physical and athletic sport of boffing, or padded weapon combat. All players must have a waiver on file to play, and minors must have their waiver filled out by a legal guardian. We will have paper copies of the waiver on site.

We will also have gear for sale and information about our summer camps and classes for all ages of people who are interested in this growing sport! Come check out our donation based weekly battles every Sunday at Carrier Park in West Asheville from 1-3pm for kids and 3-6pm for adults! See our website at www.thewanderingswordsmen.com for more information.

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Friday

EARLY MORNING (BEFORE BREAKFAST)

GENTLE YOGA FLOW - LYSSA TRINITY

Join Trinity in this all levels yoga flow class where will you experience the union of the mind, body, and spirit. Spend time letting go of things that no longer serve your higher purpose! Move through some gentle yogic postures and relax, release, and renew as you move forward in your personal journey. This class incorporates posture and meditation to help you clear and heal. Towards the end of this class during savasana, Trinity will play her crystal sound bowls to help you go into a relaxed state.

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MORNING MILKING DEMONSTRATION WITH Q & A - LIZ DIAZ

Join us at 8:30am while we milk one of our cows for a casual "cow side chat."
We will do the milking while folks ask questions related to farming.
Subject matter could include: cow health, pasture management, portable fencing, milk processing, kids and agriculture, and more.....

Bring your mug or jar for a taste of warm, fresh milk!

*This is not a hands on class. To try your hand at milking, please sign up for "Milking 101."

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PRIMAL PLAY - ELIJAH STRONGHEART

Games we play to learn skills and stay young. Move like an animal, adapt and thrive. Organizing situations which give us an opportunity to explore creativity. Shifting strategies to meet the demands of a shifting environment. Come play!

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SCYTHING: ART IN THE MEADOW - JOHN BAER

Set your alarm clocks for this one (7am start time)! Come learn about the scythe and how to make hay with hand tools. As fossil fuels continue to be depleted the impetus to learn about hand tools is currently upon our shoulders. Touch upon the basics of what a scythe is, how to use one, and care for one. Going beyond that we will reflect on the meditative, rhythmic dance of scything while listening to the birds singing their morning songs. If you have your own scythe, feel free to bring it along!

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WOMENS SWEAT LODGE - SANGOMA OLUDOYE

We are honored to call maidens, mothers, matriarch and crones into the Kiva of Rebirth... Our fires of intention will be lit at the edge of dawn, preparing us for the lodge of purification in the ceremony of inipi...(sweat lodge) Please arrive between 7:30-8am.

We look forward to the collective energy and power of prayers in celebration of the Divine Feminine, the cycles and seasons of the communities we nurture and preserve.

Please check in with Sangoma if you would like to attend this lodge. Bring tobacco offerings and also ask the firetender what is needed.

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Friday

MORNING

PERMACULTURE DESIGN AND COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT - JOHN LEWIS

David Holmgren's 12 principles will be applied to sustainable community connectivity and development practices including relationship building, community farming, racial equity, poverty mitigation. Participants will learn how to create a "Common Unity Art Wheel" that will integrate the 12 principles into their own personal idea of how to build better more connected communities.

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ADAPTIVE PERSONS PLANTS CLASS - SPENCER TWO DOGS

Edible and medicinal plants of southern Appalachia for adaptive ability persons, and anyone else. Have you had a physical situation that limits mobility and would still love studying plants of the southeast? Or did the firefly night life put you in a sit down mood for the morning? Join us for a solar powered presentation of foods and medicines from easily identifiable plants and trees. Students will discuss relationship with our leafy friends, hear stories, browse color photos, learn about tinctures, salves, infusions, and share their own wisdom with one another.

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ADVANCED FLINTKNAPPING - JAMES CLINKSCALES

Advanced Flintknapping. In this class we will be completing any project we left unfinished or starting a new one. If you have have knapping experience or have had the introduction class, this is an opportunity to take it to the next level!

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ADVANCED WEAVING CLOTH ON A 4 HARNESS FLOOR LOOM - SARA HOSBURGH

Advanced weaving is intended for individuals that have woven on a loom (ridged heddle, table, floor) before but is open to really quick learners. The focus of this workshop will be to learn or practice tricky weaving techniques such as two toned weft and double layered fabric. Everyone will take turns experimenting on the same shared piece of fabric. After class you are welcome to come back on your own time to make a piece that you can keep. I have preset the loom with warp that includes cotton, wool, and other various fibers donated from a reusable resources center. You will choose your weft(s) from an array of colors and fibers. Students are welcome to bring their own weft yarn but are required to bring nothing.

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ARCHERY LESSON AND SHOOT - ALEXANDRA TAIT

Stretch warmup, professional lesson and supervised shooting. discussion of equipment and some archery lore thrown in. All equipment included. We will use training recurve fiberglass bows with wooden arrows shooting into straw bales.

$5 arrow fee covers wear and tear and broken arrows and equipment!

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BACK TO BASICS: THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW TO SURVIVE OUT THERE - ASHLYN CORNELIUS

The basics range as far as the sun does, but this class is about the recommended habits survival-oriented people tend to have. Useful knowledge about becoming un-lost (in the physical sense) with a little bit of signaling, what it takes to not freeze at night, highly useful gear, and even the possum' mentality will be covered. This class is geared towards the idea of making sure that you don't end up in a life-or-death situation, and a few tips to get out of them as well! All survival is in the preparation...come prepared to learn and prepare your mind for the future!
Any age and experience welcome, and I encourage appropriate discussions that do not leave voices stifled. Everyone has something to add or learn. This class is the basics, I have another that go more in detail on shelters later for those who want to say hi again, and hello again now to the folks who already talked signaling with me!

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BLACKSMITHING BASICS - TOD KERSHAW

This class will include info on basic tools, fuels, materials and methods to get started in blacksmithing. Each student will get some time hammering and will be able to take their creation home. Limit on the intro class is 8 students.

Materials Fee $2-$5
Age limit: 12

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BOWLCARVING - BARRON BROWN

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

Age limit 10 and older unless parents are present.

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BUCKSKIN BAGS- ALL DAY CLASS! - TALCON QUINN

Learn how to sew with brain tanned buckskin!
In this class you will create a beautiful and functional buckskin bag, big enough to hold your phone and other essentials!
Learn how to lay out patterns appropriately on a skin, how to sew three beautiful, classic and versatile stitches with
buck skin thong and an awl.
Braintanned Buckskin is provided for a materials fee, as well as an awl to use or purchase. If you have your own brain tanned buckskin you may use it, but please, don't sign up and instead talk with
instructor (Talcon Quinn) first.
This class is ALL DAY! & open to youth, who are dexterous or accompanied by an adult.
Class fee sliding scale 4560-75 bucks.

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CBD INFORMATIONAL - MARISA HINCHCLIFF

Below are some bullet points about what we will be discussing in class.
1. What is CBD?
2. Different types of CBD
3. Cannbinoids and Terpenes
4. The Legality of CBD in the US and in NC
5. The Endocannabinoid System
6. The Neuroscience behind CBD
7. How CBD is changing lives
8. Who and what CBD has benefited
9. Different types of CBD
10. Things to look for when buying CBD to ensure you purchase a high-quality oil
11. Question and Answer Session

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EDGE TOOLS SHARPENING AND CARE: KNIVES AND SCRAPERS - JOHN KRAUS

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 and sharpening equipment.

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FOLK MAGIC FOR MYSTICS: KNOTS, CORDS, AND TIES - REN ZATOPEK

You can cook without having a relationship with any of your ingredients.

You can. It’ll taste fine.

But that doesn’t sound like Firefly folks to me. We’re the weirdos that want to know the history and the deeper mystery. We want to dig in and get our hands dirty. We want to be in a community where we can ask: Why? We know that food prepared with consciousness and presence tastes like a kind of love that not only heals our body; it heals our body’s connection to life and land.

Similarly, you can do folk magic without having a relationship with any of the ingredients. Light the candle. Tie the knot. Say the words.

You can. It’ll often work just fine.

But I’ve met a lot of mystics, old souls, seekers, and seers at Firefly. So, calling all weirdos! If you’re interested in looking under the hood at the deeper mysteries of folk magic, join me this year for an exploration of knot spells, cords of commitment, and the crafting and cutting of ties.

This class will be a mixture of teachings, guided spiritwork/meditation, and a hands-on crafting. For our craft we’ll be doing a traditional British “Rope and Feathers” spell for the purpose of empowering our commitment to our spiritual purpose. Students will be able to modify the crafting to fit their desired level of commitment. No particular belief in spirit or magic required to enjoy this class.

Basic supplies will be provided, but students who wish to bring their own cordage (3+ ft. of anything that can be knotted without breaking) or feathers are welcome.

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FUNCTIONAL MOVEMENT, BREATHING & RELAXATION - BILL PARRAVANO

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.

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GOAT MILK SOAP MAKING - DAWN MATHEWS

I will teach the history and step by step of goat milk soap making and various ingredients that can be used to make them. This class is for adults only.

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GROWING NUTRIENT DENSE FOOD - SCOTTY KARAS

In this class we will learn how to optimize human health by growing nutrient dense food. We will learn practices to incorporate mycorrhizal relationships and build a healthy soil food web, as well as soil remineralization practices for the homestead garden and orchard.

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INTRO TO POI SPINNING, FLOW ARTS, AND SAFETY FIRST FIRE DANCING - ALEXANDER HOWE

Flow is a state of mind, a moving meditation, a kinetic expression, and a state of no-mind. It's good for your brain to enter that space, whether through playing music, creating art, or in my case, through movement. This will be an introduction to the traditional Maori dance, called Poi. Poi can be made from almost any weight on a length of flexible cord. Originally rocks and cordage, but even with socks with a scoop of the earth herself! We will begin with sock poi, I have sets enough for a small class, but if you are coming to class and have mid-length or longer socks you don't mind getting a bit dirty(er), Please Bring Them! Students who attend and are deemed fit may have an opportunity to fire dance at the evening campfire, and more importantly, to be safety for each other. Under 18 requires written and personal parental consent to fire dance. Fear easing credentials: I was the lead safety and head medic of Afrikaburn's dance of a thousand flames for 3 years... plus I make excellent burn balm!

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INTRODUCTION TO BIRDS AND BIRD LANGUAGE - LUKE CANNON

The astounding World of Birds and Bird Language offers us new and novel insights and unexpected wisdoms that greatly expand our Awareness and understanding of the wild landscape.
Come ready to dive deep into the lives of our local feathered friends and learn practical techniques to begin the life changing journey of joining the Conversation of the Wilds.

You may also want to take the Early AM class "Come meet the Birds around You!" before hand. See Early Am sign up sheet.

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JERKY PRODUCTION - GRANT ADKISSON

Create your very own delicious and shelf stable Jerky. Learn the basics of breaking down a subprimal cut of beef and Salting, Spicing and Drying Delicate, Tasty, Gourmet...YUM!
We will use quality grass fed beef and each student will take home their own jerky.


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LEATHER WALLET MAKING - SULLY MARTINEZ

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.
Children under 12 must be attended by an adult.

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MAKING BRAIN-TANNED BUCKSKIN (CLASS 1 OF 6) - LUKE MCLAUGHLIN

All are welcome! Come and Join Luke from Holistic Survival School in learning the ancient alchemical art of making Buckskin from deer hides. In this 3 day class, students will turn one deer hide into soft, supple and durable buckskin, using local plants, and natural oils. THIS IS A 3 DAY CLASS! Students will need to attend all class dates to complete their hide . Once the hide is complete each student will have their own beautiful soft hide to take home and love. Note: making buckskin is very labor intensive and students should expect to work around 5-8 hrs/day.

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NEEDLE FELTING - JESSICA KAUFMAN

This is a fantastic skill to have: turning loose wool roving into strong, useful felt WITHOUT needing any water or soap or manual strength for scrubbing/agitating! Using one simple (and very affordable) tool, the barbed needle, we will create faces, figures, pouches, patches, etc with sheep's wool and the barbed needle only. Everyone is successful in this class, and projects turn out better than most folks imagine. This is a popular class because needle felting is so portable: you can bring your project to any lecture class and work away quietly while listening to other instructors. Learn everything you need to create a beautifully felted project. You can also repair holes in wool clothing with needle felting, and add decoration to natural fiber garments. Imagine felting sweet vines and leaves pictorially in woll onto your favorite hat, jacket, sweater, or backpack... See you there! Kids welcome with an adult companion. Materials fee is $5/person.

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NINJA MIND - KORIE AND SEAN KENNEDY

This is for getting in touch with that inner part of you that guides you effortlessly through life.

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PERMACULTURE 101 - WADE BURLEY

Permaculture is a design system inspired by the interactive systems of the natural world and by cultures that live close to the earth. This class will cover the history, ethics, and principles of Permaculture which we can observe in nature, and apply practically to design our homesteads, gardens, and lives.

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PLANT IDENTIFICATION EXPLORATION - MATEO RYALL

Let's explore the new site in search of as many plants as we can discover. This will not be a meandering plant stroll, but rather a walk and hike to see what diversity is within a mile or more of the central site. Uses, plant families and botanical characteristics will be discussed, but this class will also be geared towards individuals already familiar with some plant medicine and uses, and not will not focus on common weeds and such.

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PRIMITIVE CLAY COOK POTS - KEITH GRENOBLE

Learn to make and use hand built, campfire fired prehistoric earthenware. Working with wild clays will be discussed.

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RABBITS FROM FARM TO TABLE: PROCESSING AND PREPARATION - JEFFREY GOTTLIEB

We will take farm raised rabbits, learn to humanely and reverently kill, skin and handle the meat for cooking prep.

Free to watch and take notes and photographs.

If you want to do the whole process hands-on and keep the rabbit with all its useful parts, the fee is $25. Must contact instructor ahead of time to reserve a rabbit.

Email Jeff at argskids@optonline.net OR: call or text Jeff at 631-457-9009

Limit 12 students, and 5 rabbits.

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SELF ACTIVATION AS SACRED TOOL - SEREN PETRICHOR

We gather to honor our divine Self as a Sacred Tool. An initiation to proclaim the joy and magic that our embodied sacred temple provides in our walk upon this world. Join us in recognizing and honoring the divine wisdom and strength each of us carries. When we honor ourselves, we honor and heal the Earth, our ancestors, future generations and our community. Please bring a sacred altar tool, a compostable offering for the land and your divine self in whichever form you choose to manifest. We will claim and activate the physical tool as practice before we collectively activate our Selves!

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SHAMANIC JOURNEYS AND HEALING TECHNIQUES - AYAL HURST

Shamanic Journeys and Healing Techniques

Shamanism is known as the first and oldest of all human spiritual practices. It is a path of direct, personal communion and revelation. Shamanism teaches that there is a Spirit in everything, and therefore, we are able to journey to and communicate with anything in existence. The practice of Shamanism teaches that there are many many Spirit Beings who want to and are available to help us, and as we learn to commune with them, to form a sacred relationship with them, many wonderful, healing, and magical things happen. We are able to explore other realms of reality, beyond the reality that we know, to gain insight, knowledge, wisdom, and healing. In this way, we learn to weave new threads of reality into existence, to benefit ourselves and others. In this class, we will learn how to journey shamanically, and in doing so, we gain knowledge about ways to personally heal ourselves, and our world.

Please bring a mat to lie down on, and a journal and a pen - important! Thank you.

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SIMPLE SPOON CARVING - SHAWN KELLY

Learn a simple safe way to carve a spoon. I have this listed as a morning class but I will be free the afternoon if more time is needed to finish your spoon. You need a sharp knife if possible; if not I have a few I can loan out.

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SMALL COILED KUDZU MARKET BASKET - NANCY BASKET

Learn to sew plant fibers together making a rectangular basket with handle. No kudzu? No problem! Find out what can be used instead. Rich story time is a part of these classes! Scissors or a knife will be helpful.

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SUMMER FORAGING - DAVID BROWNE

During this class we will walk the grounds and learn to identify the edible and medical plants around us. We will learn how to responsibly forage what we find and talk about practical ways we can incorporate these plants into our lives.

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SWEAT LODGE WITH SKEE STRONG WIND PRATT; PIMA SUNDANCE CHIEF FROM THE GILA RIVER RESERVATION, ARIZONA - SKEE PRATT

A Sweat lodge is a tradition where individuals enter a dome shaped structure to experience a sauna like environment. The lodge itself is typically wooden, framed from tree saplings. Hot rocks are placed in an earthen pit located in the center of the lodge and water is periodically poured over these rocks for the purpose of Purification, Healing, and prayer. This ceremony will be hosted by Native American elder Skee ' Strong Wind' Pratt, who is a Sundance Chief from the Gila River Reservation in Arizona. Clothing required, bring a towel, class size 16 participants.

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THE ART OF INTIMACY (NVC) LEVEL 1 - STEVE TORMA

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.

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TRADITIONAL INDIGO DYING AND SHIBORI TECHNIQUES - WENDY DAVIS

Join us with a Indigo dye vat and learn shibori techniques (the traditional Japanese way to fold and tie fabrics to create resist patterns when using natural dyes). Limiting class size to make sure that everyone signed up gets the best quality dye possible, but will welcome others to join and learn and if there is enough viable dye afterwards to also participate. Please bring smaller un-dyed and washed fabrics that are made of all natural materials (think cotton, silk, wool, linen...) to put in the bath. Class cost covers the price of dye ingredients and materials needed for shibori which are pre-purchased before event and is greatly appreciated. Give what you can, get what you need.

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WOODSLORE, WEEDS, AND USEFUL WILD PLANTS WALK - DOUG ELLIOTT

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, he might have an entertaining song or a story or two to share...

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Friday

AFTERNOON

BAMBOO & CANE FLUTE MAKING - ADVANCED - NATIVE AMERICAN AND ASIAN-STYLES - HAWK HURST

Participants will create and learn to play a variety of styles of flutes made from bamboo, including end-blown, side blown and flutes in both the diatonic and pentatonic scale.
Special emphasis will be given to tuning the flutes, using either bamboo. Ages 16 and up. $25 class fee due at time of class.

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BLACKSMITHING PROJECTS - TOD KERSHAW

In the project class students will complete a somewhat more complex blacksmithing project. Possible projects include bottle openers, decorative hooks, awls, chisels, small knives or whatever else we can think of that is possible.
No experience is needed to take this class, but is very helpful.
In both classes the students will be able to take home their projects, but the focus of both classes is more process oriented than product-oriented.

Material fee is $5-10.
Age limit: 12
Class size limit: 4

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BOTANY DEMYSTIFIED - 101 - ROBIN ALLISON

Have you ever gone on a plant walk and fell in love with a plant being - only to be unsure you can identify it a few weeks later? This class focuses on the science of field botany, and practicing the skills needed to confidently identify wild plants.

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BUCKSKIN BAGS- ALL DAY CLASS! - TALCON QUINN

**Continuation of morning class**

Learn how to sew with brain tanned buckskin!
In this class you will create a beautiful and functional buckskin bag, big enough to hold your phone and other essentials!
Learn how to lay out patterns appropriately on a skin, how to sew three beautiful, classic and versatile stitches with
buck skin thong and an awl.
Braintanned Buckskin is provided for a materials fee, as well as an awl to use or purchase. If you have your own brain tanned buckskin you may use it, but please, don't sign up and instead talk with
instructor (Talcon Quinn) first.
This class is ALL DAY! & open to youth, who are dexterous or accompanied by an adult.
Class fee sliding scale 4560-75 bucks.

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BYOBUCKSKIN PROJECT - RAIN HALL

So you made buckskin, whats next? Make your buckskin into stuff < pouch, shorts, skirt, mocs, etc.>
This is a chance for You to design, pattern, cut, and sew your own buckskin creation with guidance along the way. Or drop in and work on an in progress buckskin creation.
Extra tools will be available but
Bring it, if you have it: Pencil, Notebook, Awl, Scissors, and Clothing item that fits you well to be used in pattern making.

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DEEP FIRE - SPENCER TWO DOGS

Fires from a few perspectives; as a blacksmith working metal, as a family member keeping the home warm, as a cook, as a primitivist in the woods, as a scout - small and smokeless, as a counselor tuning our life fire for success (health, relationship, finance, business). We will discuss woods and difference, basic builds or lays, splitting and fuzz sticks and kindling, no trace techniques, home made starters, low stress friction technique and tools, automatic deep woods coffee brewers, hiding our fire (thermal imaging invisibility), heated stone beds, hot tubs for free, and more. Perfect for beginners, enjoyable for the experienced.

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EDGE TOOLS SHARPENING AND CARE: CHISELS AND GOUGES - JOHN KRAUS

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.

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EDIBLE LANDSCAPE TOUR OF WILD ABUNDANCE - NATALIE BOGWALKER

Do you want to eat your landscape?

Permaculture books are great, but if you want to touch, see, and meet some of these spectacularly useful plants, you can make your dream a reality on this tour.

We have examples of more common edible and medicinal landscaping plants, like blueberries, apples, peaches, echinacea and strawberries, but where it gets really interesting is all of the wierdos that we have planted. We have paw paws, juneberries, mulberries, chestnuts, honey locusts, basswood, lambs quarters, currents, gooseberries, thornless blackberries, sochan, elderberries, wineberries, sunchokes, bush cherries, comfrey, various clovers, ox-eye daisies, chickweed, espelier fruit trees, and much more.

You can also take a peek at some of the cool permaculture design elements on the property, including the wattle and daub outdoor kitchen and the log cabin. There is another tour though that will focus on buildings.

We will meet at the main fire to organize carpools at 2:30. If you can drive, please make sure to bring your keys and have your stuff consolidated in your vehicle. The site is about 20 minutes north of Asheville, so about a 20 minute drive. We may arrive back at deerfields as late as 6:30pm. Please make sure to bring water and a snack if you are a snacker.



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FLINTKNAPPING - JAMES CLINKSCALES

In this class we will learn how to make an arrowhead or spear point from natural materials. Practice shaping and sharpening techniques for stone points and blades.
We will use flint, obsidian and chert, stone and antler to manufacture a usable blade or projectile points. Make an effigy to wear as adornment or primitive bling!

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GINGER BEER - NICK KONG

Learn to make naturally fermented Ginger Beer! A sweet, delicious, refreshing, good for your tummy, summer drink!

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GROWING FRUIT ORGANICALLY: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW! - ANDREW GOODHEART

Many different varieties of delicious and healthy fruit can be grown in western NC: however, growing fruit organically, in western NC,is not a piece of cake. It can,though,be done. Goodheart will present what you need to know to have your ladder leaning towards success.For everyone: from the just-thinking-about-it, to the already growing fruits.

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INTO THE DRUM CIRCLE - STEVEN TOWNSEND

There is etiquette and intention that is needed to create a good drum circle. drum circles are for bringing people together, participation promotes group unity and teaches us how to take turns leading and following, there are many physical and emotional benefits linked to drum circles. spare drums available .

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INTRODUCTION TO SACRED SEXUALITY - STEVE TORMA

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.

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LEATHER WALLET MAKING - SULLY MARTINEZ

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.

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LIVING THE SYMBOLIC LIFE - DREAMS, MYTHOLOGY, POETRY, COMMUNITY. - JAMES HADDAD

Living the symbolic life - dreams, mythology, poetry, community - wherein we will engage with these way-finding tools to connect with the daily drip of our living in a mytho-logical context. We will be reading and writing poetry, speaking of dreams and dreaming, and engaging with mythology as a way of amplifiying these insights and words - and nestling all these in the framework of our place in the nature of things - ie our community - both living and non-living, and our response-ability to all that hold our lives intact.

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MAKING BRAIN-TANNED BUCKSKIN (CLASS 2 OF 6) - LUKE MCLAUGHLIN

All are welcome! Come and Join Luke from Holistic Survival School in learning the ancient alchemical art of making Buckskin from deer hides. In this 3 day class, students will turn one deer hide into soft, supple and durable buckskin, using local plants, and natural oils. THIS IS A 3 DAY CLASS! Students will need to attend all class dates to complete their hide . Once the hide is complete each student will have their own beautiful soft hide to take home and love. Note: making buckskin is very labor intensive and students should expect to work around 5-8 hrs/day.

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MEAD MAKING 101 (ADULTS 21+ ONLY) - GRANT ADKISSON

Magical Mead Making - Fundamentals of Brewing and Cultural Inoculation

Learn to make the rarest of vintages, honeywine using fruit, medicinal herbs, spices, and more. Whether medicinal or purely recreational, we will discuss the history of mead and the various cultures and cultural customs surrounding this magical brew. Experience a mini Mead Circle and savor the taste of a cold winter day in summer, or the nectar of another time and place in each unique brew. Up to 20 participants can join and watch the demonstration. There will be enough materials on hand for up to 10 people to brew their own small batch to take home with a materials fee of 20-30$ to cover the cost of the raw, (non-alcoholic) materials, and starter brewing setup. Gain your own brewing independence and enjoy your own rarest of vintages at a fraction of the price of store bought meads.

Material fee of 20-30$


***(THIS CLASS IS FOR ADULTS 21 AND OVER ONLY)*** ***(THIS CLASS IS FOR ADULTS 21 AND OVER ONLY)*** ***(THIS CLASS IS FOR ADULTS 21 AND OVER ONLY)***

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MEAT CURING AND HANGING - TYLER DE FRANCISCO

This will be a class focusing on curing and preservation of meat. We will cover topics from bacon to prosciutto. All math and formulas will he covered as well as curing process and hanging environments. Come join us for the dark art of charcuterie!

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MEDICINE MAKING - IVY LYNN

This is a medicine making overview: covering the range of common medicine making - infusions, vinegars, tinctures, oils/salves. We will actually make a tincture and a salve (which you may take home).

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MILKING 101 - LIZ DIAZ

Come try your hand at milking one of our Guernsey cows!

We'll also discuss other cow-related topics during our time together.

Please wear closed-toed shoes.

**This class is an ADULT class. Mature children age 12+ are welcome with a guardian and closed toed shoes.

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PLANT FAMILY PATTERNS: THE KEY TO SEE - MARC WILLIAMS

Plant Family Patterns can greatly aid in demystifying the “green wall” of species around us. Over 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 the Firefly Gathering grounds 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.

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PLASTIC REMEDIATION MEDITATION - JUSTINA PRENATT

Are you ready for A WORLD WITHOUT PLASTIC?! Let's get together and do energetic and practical work to make this a reality. This session will begin with a guided meditation that will tune us into our own relationships with plastic, vision a society that has effectively evolved beyond plastic, and actualize our powerful intentions to create this change. We will follow the meditation with a thorough discussion of immediate and potential long-term, society-wide strategies for reducing and eliminating plastics, fossil fuels, and disposable products from our lives. I will share my well researched and considered practices for reducing plastic and help you explore changing personal narratives or philosophies that may be limiting you from making change, and we will delight in your suggestions and ideas for making change. Together let's have a powerful, productive brainstorming session in which we will build off of each other's ideas to make implementable plans to end the reign of disposable and plastic-filled lifestyles. This class is happening only once at Firefly this year, so be sure not to miss it!

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PRIMITIVE CLAY COOK POTS - KEITH GRENOBLE

Learn to make and use hand built, campfire fired prehistoric earthenware. Working with wild clays will be discussed.

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SACRED TATTOO CEREMONY - KITTY LOVE

Participants will have opportunity to observe a hand-applied tattoo ceremony being performed, with instruction and conversation focused around both technical skills of tattooing as well as crafting a meaningful ceremony around the experience. Participants will be provided with materials to practice tattooing themselves, a partner, or a practice sheet of fake skin with guidance from the instructor.

This class will address practical methods of hand-applied "stick-and-poke" tattoos using black ink, with a strong emphasis on the metaphysical dimension of the art form. We will delve into the divination process of developing a design, listening to the body to determine location of tattoo, integrating elements of personalized ritual, and honoring tattoo as a rite of passage for supporting spiritual transformation.

The sections of the presentation would be as follows:
• history and tattoo as a sympathetic magic practice
• overview of the elements of ritual
• The tools and materials of hand applied tattoos
• clean procedure
• demonstration and practice in sacred space

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SEA GLASS PENDANT MAKING - MAURICE WHITE

Learn how to make unique wire wrapped sea glass jewelry using sea glass from the Bahamas, shells and nautical knick knacks from the shorelines up and down the eastern coast of the USA. All supplies are provided for free. Make as many pendants as you want!!

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SIGNALING HOME: SURVIVAL SIGNALS AND PREPARATION - ASHLYN CORNELIUS

'Whatchya gonna do so they come for you!' Complete the song in your head if you got it, or read it again so you catch the word that changed. This class is for those interested in getting out of a bad place on more than luck and instinct without living off the land for a month! Basic signals in sounds and signs and even smoke is gone over. If the sun is bright, lets do some mirror experiments with various things to see who we can see best! Bring something shiny or a sound-maker if you want to help out.
This is the best backup knowledge to have on that bad day. What do you already know? Lets have some fun discussions. This will feed into a class I teach later this gathering that gets into the basics of 'unintentional camping,' better known as wilderness survival.

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SPOON CARVING AT BARRONS INSTRUCTOR CAMP WITH ANNIE - ANNIE SAWYER

Hey yawl come make a spoooooooon!

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STONE&BONE SURVIVAL BLING WORKSHOP - ROBERT JARRELL

Stone and Bone Survival Bling Workshop will teach you how to work small pieces of soapstone and deer bone into functional and/or decorative objects and bind them to a yucca cordage loop to wear around your neck. Students will learn multiple options for reducing raw materials into desired shapes and functions as well as cordage spinning and useful cordage knot tying skills. Upon completion of this class students will have a styling necklace and new hand skills to call their own.

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SWEAT LODGE WITH SKEE STRONG WIND PRATT; PIMA SUNDANCE CHIEF FROM THE GILA RIVER RESERVATION, ARIZONA - SKEE PRATT

A Sweat lodge is a tradition where individuals enter a dome shaped structure to experience a sauna like environment. The lodge itself is typically wooden, framed from tree saplings. Hot rocks are placed in an earthen pit located in the center of the lodge and water is periodically poured over these rocks for the purpose of Purification, Healing, and prayer. This ceremony will be hosted by Native American elder Skee ' Strong Wind' Pratt, who is a Sundance Chief from the Gila River Reservation in Arizona. Clothing required, bring a towel, class size 16 participants.

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THAI YOGA MASSAGE - ROOTS AND STALKS - HONEY NG

Thai Yoga Massage is an ancient healing modality that is performed fully clothed on the floor and combines soft tissue manipulation techniques, assisted yoga postures, breathing and meditation to bring the body into a state of deep relaxation. In this class, we'll focus on the feet, legs, and hips. If possible, please wear comfortable loose-fitting clothing, and bring a sarong, towel, or yoga mat.

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THE ART OF INTIMACY (NVC) LEVEL 1 - STEVE TORMA

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.

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THE BEST SELF DEFENSE TECHNIQUES IN THE WORLD. - KORIE AND SEAN KENNEDY

After 42 years of martial arts training, I think these are the best self defense techniques in the world.

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TIMBER FRAMING - BARRON BROWN

Come and learn about the ancient and useful art of timber framing.

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WORM COMPOSTING AND BOKASHI TO ELIMINATE FOOD WASTE - JUSTIN VETTEL

Let's start a conversation about worms, Bokashi and eliminating our food waste!

Many people are familiar with the concept of worm composting and we'll get into the specifics of how and why it works. We'll go through the basics of their preferred diet, provide some guidance as to why certain things won't work in a worm bin and discuss types of containers that can be used to house them. This will also include a brief discussion on worm anatomy and guidance for applications of the worm castings.

Some people have heard of the bokashi system but few are very familiar with it. Bokashi is sometimes labeled as a composting system, but it is actually a method of fermenting food scraps in an anaerobic environment. This is typically accomplished using a proprietary blend called EM1 or effective microbes. Once the food is fermented it can then be buried and fully composted usually within a few weeks. The benefit of bokashi is that anything can go in there; old condiments, forgotten left-overs, even a hamburger and french fries. Things like that would wreak havoc on a worm bin or an outdoor compost heap but are all digested in the bokashi system. In this segment there will be an interactive part where we inoculate different materials to make "bokashi flakes" as a take home for anyone that wants to get started with this system.

We'll also bring the two together by touching on biochar - worm castings and fermented bokashi are excellent inoculants for turning wood charcoal into high quality biochar, something that helps carbon sequestration and soil fertility.

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Friday

EVENING

AMAZING FIREFLIES - WADE BURLEY

The twinkling lights that enhance summer nights will take on new meaning as we walk through the evening landscape. Come observe and learn about fireflies - their lives and life stages, their place in our ecosystem, and meet some of the 19+ species that call our area home. Meet at 8:15 pm, bring a headlamp with a red light setting, and be ready to walk in the woods.

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EVENING MILKING DEMONSTRATION WITH Q & A 7:30PM - LIZ DIAZ

Join us after dinner while we milk one of our cows for a casual "cow side chat."
We will do the milking while folks ask questions related to farming.
Subject matter could include: cow health, pasture management, portable fencing, milk processing, kids and agriculture, and more.....

Bring your mug or jar for a taste of warm, fresh milk!

*This is not a hands on class. To try your hand at milking, please sign up for "Milking 101."

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SWORDPLAY ARENA - PHIL FERGUSON

The Wandering Swordsmen will run the Swordplay Arena each evening from 7:30-9:30pm during the last light of the day Thursday-Saturday. We will run field battles from 7-9pm, including games like capture the flag, javelin dodgeball, and archery tag!

7:30-8:00 will be reserved for youth ages 15 and under.
9:00-9:30 will be for adults ages 16+.

From 9-9:30pm we will light up the 20' wide arena tent for tournament style games including 1v1 and 2v2 tournaments with single sword, sword and shield, dual sword, and other weapon styles.

All our boffer gear is made for full contact combat and tested monthly for compliance with the regulations provided by The Belegarth Medieval Combat Society, a national boffer league with very strict standards for safety and game play. All our swords, shields, spears, javelins, bows, arrows, and other gear are designed to safely engage in the highly physical and athletic sport of boffing, or padded weapon combat. All players must have a waiver on file to play, and minors must have their waiver filled out by a legal guardian. We will have paper copies of the waiver on site.

We will also have gear for sale and information about our summer camps and classes for all ages of people who are interested in this growing sport! Come check out our donation based weekly battles every Sunday at Carrier Park in West Asheville from 1-3pm for kids and 3-6pm for adults! See our website at www.thewanderingswordsmen.com for more information.

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TELLING OUR OWN STORIES AROUND THE ANCESTRAL FIRE - SANGOMA OLUDOYE

Join us at the Ancestor Fire after dinner as Sangoma holds space and tells stories from their life. Bring your personal stories to share as well...

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TRADE BLANKET CEREMONY - JEFFREY GOTTLIEB

Come one, come all! Meet in the big Craftlands Tent at 6:30 (right after supper time begins). Bring things to trade, especially if they are handmade, edible, wearable, books, tools, etc, useful and/or desirable to earthskills people. This is a Fur Trade Era (1820s) ceremony done during rendezvous when mountain men, trappers, prospectors and explorers came together to exchange their goods. Like a cross between an auction and a poker game, it has excitement, suspense, drama, pageantry, humor and tons of fun! Bring your goods and a chair. Participants sit in the inner circle, observers in the outer.

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Saturday

EARLY MORNING (BEFORE BREAKFAST)

GENTLE YOGA FLOW - LYSSA TRINITY

Join Trinity in this all levels yoga flow class where will you experience the union of the mind, body, and spirit. Spend time letting go of things that no longer serve your higher purpose! Move through some gentle yogic postures and relax, release, and renew as you move forward in your personal journey. This class incorporates posture and meditation to help you clear and heal. Towards the end of this class during savasana, Trinity will play her crystal sound bowls to help you go into a relaxed state.

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KUKISHINDEN BO MEDITATION - SPENCER TWO DOGS

Early Saturday morning...what am I thinking?
I am not thinking, I am BEING - whole, present, integrated, aligned, from the Heart. Let's support the weekend energy of Firefly by BEING our highest choices, practiced in the form of Bo Staff meditations before breakfast. Students will learn and hold various Kamae, or stances, with Bo Staff (BYOB - Bo Staff), or use one of mine. If you can stand, you can do it! Adaptive accessible as well. Fluid movements with breathing are great for the body and a perfect takeaway exercise for your own travels and adventures. Positions promote balanced hormones, blood flow, brain function, and coordination. No physical contact in this class. Kukishinden Ryu is a traditional Japanese style. Spencer holds a 5th Dan teaching rank from Japan.

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MORNING MILKING DEMONSTRATION WITH Q & A 8:30AM - LIZ DIAZ

Join us at 8:30am while we milk one of our cows for a casual "cow side chat."
We will do the milking while folks ask questions related to farming.
Subject matter could include: cow health, pasture management, portable fencing, milk processing, kids and agriculture, and more.....

Bring your mug or jar for a taste of warm, fresh milk!

*This is not a hands on class. To try your hand at milking, please sign up for "Milking 101."

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PRIMAL PLAY - ELIJAH STRONGHEART

Games we play to learn skills and stay young. Move like an animal, adapt and thrive. Organizing situations which give us an opportunity to explore creativity. Shifting strategies to meet the demands of a shifting environment. Come play!

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SWEAT LODGE CEREMONY - WOMEN OR MIXED - SANGOMA OLUDOYE

Please arrive between 7:30-8am. 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.

Please bring tobacco offerings and check in with the firetender about what else is needed. If you're interested in the lodge, please speak with Sangoma beforehand to make sure you're prepared.

As yet undecided if this will be all women or a mixed lodge - depends on who shows up and would like to attend. Will adjust as needed.

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Saturday

MORNING

ADVANCED FLINTKNAPPING - JAMES CLINKSCALES

Advanced Flintknapping. If you have had this class before or already know the basics of stone tool manufacturing, come by and make an arrowhead for your arrow or atlatl. Tools are available or bring your own. If you want to learn how to get longer flakes come learn some techniques to improve your skills!

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APHRODISIACS, LIBIDO AND DEEP HOLISTIC HEALTH - IVY LYNN

We will talk about the many layers of libido support including food and herbs. We will consider how it connects to our overall health. We will make an aphrodisiac elixer and sample it.

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ARCHERY LESSON AND SHOOT - ALEXANDRA TAIT

Traditional Archery Lesson and Shoot. We will stretch, go over equipment, maybe talk some archery lore, learn form and shoot arrows. We will use fiberglass composite recurve bows and wooden arrows shot into straw bales. Ages mature 8 and up.


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BEGINNING WEAVING CLOTH ON A 4 HARNESS FLOOR LOOM - SARA HOSBURGH

Beginner's weaving is intended for everyone, whether you have experience weaving or not. Weaving on a floor loom is a whole body experience that can be rhythmically meditative and an efficient means of creating artistic fiber goods. The focus of this workshop will be learning the basics of how to weave with a 4 harness floor loom but other tidbits are included such as bobbin winding and warp set up. There are two patterns to try and you keep the piece of cloth that you have made. I have preset the loom with warp that includes cotton, wool, and other various fibers donated from a reusable resources center. You will choose your weft(s) from an array of colors and fibers. At the end of class you can finish the edges of your newly made fabric with knotting of your choice. I have divided the class into slightly overlapping one hour time slots so that each students experience is (mostly) one-on-one. There are 3) one hour time slots, one student can sign up for 10:30 to 11:30, one for 11:15 to 12:15, and one for 12:00 to 1:00. Students are welcome to stay and watch during the other students time slots or leave to do other things. Students are welcome to bring their own weft yarn but are required to bring nothing.

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BLACKSMITHING BASICS - TOD KERSHAW

This class will include info on basic tools, fuels, materials and methods to get started in blacksmithing. Each student will get some time hammering and will be able to take their creation home. Limit on the intro class is 8 students.

Materials Fee $2-$5
Age limit: 12

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BODY REFLEX HACKING FOR OLD ACCIDENTS AND NEW INJURIES - BILL PARRAVANO

Do you believe sore achy painful joints are just a part of "getting older?" Do think you're just stuck with the way your body feels? Have you accepted you'll just have to live with that "bum knee," "tricky ankle" "back issue?" Well, think again! Learn the secrets to tricking your body to let go of pain, tension and discomfort from new injuries and old accidents through reflex hacking. Every student will walk away from the class with a deeper awareness and understanding how to keep their body feeling young anywhere and anytime.

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BOWSTRING MAKING - JOSHUA MILLER

We will be making bowstrings from linen cord using the "endless loop" method. You will be able to bring your own bow and make a string for it, or just make a string so you know how in the future. Jigs will be provided.

This class is for adults or children accompanied by an adult for the duration of the class.
Materials cost is $5 per bow string.

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BUCKSKIN BIKINI TOPS- ALL DAY CLASS! - TALCON QUINN

Make yourself a custom tailored buckskin bikini top! You will learn how to make a pattern and some fundamentals for sewing with buckskin.
Leather and tools are provided with the material fee. Students who have their own brain tanned buckskin are welcome to use their own for the class and do not need to sign up for the class, but they do need to talk to the instructor (Talcon Quinn) prior.

Fee:Sliding scale 60-100 bucks. This is an all day class.

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COILED PINE NEEDLE BASKETS - NANCY BASKET

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 stories and bring questions about life too!

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DIDGERIDOO MAKING AND PLAYING - FUZ SANDERSON

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.
There is a materials fee of $ 10-$20, pay what you can afford.
Class limit 14
Age 13 and above.

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DROP SPINDLE SPINNING - DAWN MATHEWS

Drop spindle spinning has been use in almost every ancient civilization and continues to be used today around the world. I will provide the spindles and fiber needed to make yarn. Two hours is all it will take to learn the basics and after that you can purchase a spindle if you wish to take your skills to the next level at home. $5 charge for class includes fiber.

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EDGE TOOLS SHARPENING & CARE - SAWS AND FILES - JOHN KRAUS

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.

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FIRING POTTERY IN A CAMPFIRE - KEITH GRENOBLE

This class will teach you how to fire pottery in a campfire. You will also have the opportunity to make pottery pieces while the firing is happening. Students are encouraged to stay at the campfire while their piece is firing in order to completly learn the process.

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GROWING FRUIT ORGANICALLY: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW! - ANDREW GOODHEART

Many different varieties of delicious and healthy fruit can be grown in western NC: however, growing fruit organically, in western NC,is not a piece of cake. It can,though,be done. Goodheart will present what you need to know to have your ladder leaning towards success.For everyone: from the just-thinking-about-it, to the already growing fruits.

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INTRO TO WEST AFRICAN DRUMMING - STEVEN TOWNSEND

We will be practicing traditional rhythms, there history, origin and meaning. also proper technique, solo patterns and phrasing. All skill levels welcomed. drums available.

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LAYING FALLOW - PRACTICES FOR METABOLIZING GRIEF THROUGH THE POWER OF LIMINALITY. - JAMES HADDAD

We will explore the middle age farming practice of letting land lay fallow to regain fertility, and apply this to the life of our souls, especially during times of grief. We will engage in a process of courtship by which we may open into a practice of fallow - a field that has no foreseeable harvest in our lives, but that must be allowed to grow and ploughed under as green manure: an offering to feed the soil of our souls. We will discuss this in relationship to the difficult reality of living in liminal space, often encountered on the grief path - wherein we occupy both sides of a threshold: having left the life we knew, but not yet arriving at the life we know. Come without judgment, come with your grief and your longing, come prepared to open into a vulnerable discussion about the usefulness of words to help us wonder and wander towards the deep.

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LEATHER WALLET MAKING - SULLY MARTINEZ

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.

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MAKING BRAIN-TANNED BUCKSKIN (CLASS 3 OF 6) - LUKE MCLAUGHLIN

All are welcome! Come and Join Luke from Holistic Survival School in learning the ancient alchemical art of making Buckskin from deer hides. In this 3 day class, students will turn one deer hide into soft, supple and durable buckskin, using local plants, and natural oils. THIS IS A 3 DAY CLASS! Students will need to attend all class dates to complete their hide . Once the hide is complete each student will have their own beautiful soft hide to take home and love. Note: making buckskin is very labor intensive and students should expect to work around 5-8 hrs/day.

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MAKING FIRE WITH FLINT AND STEEL - SHAWN KELLY

Use flint and steel to make fire like the mountain men of the past. I have this listed as an adult class; however small children are allowed when accompanied by an adult.

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NATURAL BUILDING TOUR OF WILD ABUNDANCE - NATALIE BOGWALKER

If you want to see a wide variety of tiny houses and natural buildings, in person, this class is for you!

Wild Abundance is the permaculture and natural building school founded and run by Natalie Bogwalker, who also happens to be the founder of the Firefly Gathering. We will see examples of cob, straw-clay, square post and round pole timber framing, wattle and daub, and log cabin construction as well as cob bas relief, earthen paint, passive solar design, a cob oven, a rocket stove, and much more in the tour. There are a variety of buildings of various shapes, sizes and functions that are full of ideas and inspiration for your future projects. Especially fabulous are the whimsical and lovely trim details on the buildings, done by Natalie and Frank, who both have a strong need for beautiful spaces.

Natalie loves building, loves to talk about building, and loves to inspire people to build. If you are interested in building, this is the class for you. She teaches women's basic and advanced carpentry classes throughout the green season as well as a tiny house and natural building class in August.

If you want to come, please meet at the main fire at 2:30 sharp. We will be carpooling, and the more possible drivers, the better, so please bring your keys and have your stuff consolidated in your car if you can drive. We may arrive back at camp as late as 6:45.

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NEEDLE FELTING - JESSICA KAUFMAN

This is a fantastic skill to have: turning loose wool roving into strong, useful felt WITHOUT needing any water or soap or manual strength for scrubbing/agitating! Using one simple (and very affordable) tool, the barbed needle, we will create faces, figures, pouches, patches, etc with sheep's wool and the barbed needle only. Everyone is successful in this class, and projects turn out better than most folks imagine. This is a popular class because needle felting is so portable: you can bring your project to any lecture class and work away quietly while listening to other instructors. Learn everything you need to create a beautifully felted project. You can also repair holes in wool clothing with needle felting, and add decoration to natural fiber garments. Imagine felting sweet vines and leaves pictorially in woll onto your favorite hat, jacket, sweater, or backpack... See you there! Kids welcome with an adult companion. Materials fee is $5/person.

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NINJA MIND - KORIE AND SEAN KENNEDY

This is for getting in touch with that inner part of you that guides you effortlessly through life.

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PLANT AND MUSHROOM WALK - LUKE CANNON

Let's walk and meet some of the astounding and generous plants of the gathering, and discus their Edible, Medicinal, and Wondrous gifts.
Bring a notebook, and a spirit of exploration. We'll be diving deep into the green and wild world!

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SACRED TATTOO CEREMONY - KITTY LOVE

Participants will have opportunity to observe a hand-applied tattoo ceremony being performed, with instruction and conversation focused around both technical skills of tattooing as well as crafting a meaningful ceremony around the experience. Participants will be provided with materials to practice tattooing themselves, a partner, or a practice sheet of fake skin with guidance from the instructor.

This class will address practical methods of hand-applied "stick-and-poke" tattoos using black ink, with a strong emphasis on the metaphysical dimension of the art form. We will delve into the divination process of developing a design, listening to the body to determine location of tattoo, integrating elements of personalized ritual, and honoring tattoo as a rite of passage for supporting spiritual transformation.

The sections of the presentation would be as follows:
• history and tattoo as a sympathetic magic practice
• overview of the elements of ritual
• The tools and materials of hand applied tattoos
• clean procedure
• demonstration and practice in sacred space

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SETTLER COLONIALISM 101: LEARNING THE HISTORY OF THE LANDS - ROO GEORGE-WARREN

Join Too (Catawba Nation) on Cherokee Lands for stories and conversations about the History of Colonialism and what we can do about it today.

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SHAMANIC JOURNEYS AND HEALING TECHNIQUES - AYAL HURST

Shamanic Journeys and Healing Techniques

Shamanism is known as the first and oldest of all human spiritual practices. It is a path of direct, personal communion and revelation. Shamanism teaches that there is a Spirit in everything, and therefore, we are able to journey to and communicate with anything in existence. The practice of Shamanism teaches that there are many many Spirit Beings who want to and are available to help us, and as we learn to commune with them, to form a sacred relationship with them, many wonderful, healing, and magical things happen. We are able to explore other realms of reality, beyond the reality that we know, to gain insight, knowledge, wisdom, and healing. In this way, we learn to weave new threads of reality into existence, to benefit ourselves and others. In this class, we will learn how to journey shamanically, and in doing so, we gain knowledge about ways to personally heal ourselves, and our world.

Please bring a mat to lie down on, and a journal and a pen - important! Thank you.

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SOUTHEASTERN STYLE MOCCASINS (PART 1) - JEFFREY GOTTLIEB

Learn to make a pattern for your foot, choose hides, cut and sew the best fitting, most comfortable footwear you have ever had on your feet. These are the beautiful center seam moccasins made by several Southeastern tribes. Must attend both morning and afternoon sessions. Fee waived if you bring your own buckskin. Bring a pencil and sharp scissors.

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SPOON CARVING - BARRON BROWN

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

Age limit 10 and older unless parents are present.

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SWEAT LODGE WITH SKEE STRONG WIND PRATT; PIMA SUNDANCE CHIEF FROM THE GILA RIVER RESERVATION, ARIZONA - SKEE PRATT

A Sweat lodge is a tradition where individuals enter a dome shaped structure to experience a sauna like environment. The lodge itself is typically wooden, framed from tree saplings. Hot rocks are placed in an earthen pit located in the center of the lodge and water is periodically poured over these rocks for the purpose of Purification, Healing, and prayer. This ceremony will be hosted by Native American elder Skee ' Strong Wind' Pratt, who is a Sundance Chief from the Gila River Reservation in Arizona. Clothing required, bring a towel, class size 16 participants.

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THE ART OF INTIMACY (NVC) LEVEL 1 - STEVE TORMA

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.

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TREE IDENTIFICATION WALK - DAVID BROWNE

During this class participants will learn how to identify the trees around them by using their sense of sight, touch, taste, and smell.

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TULIP POPLAR BASKETS - DOUG ELLIOTT

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)

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UBIQUITOUS STICK-WIT-US II - SPENCER TWO DOGS

PART II (no prerequisite) - Compassionate warrior ways with sticks; students will learn handling and movement with various sized sticks from pocket length to walking/hiking sticks. Wrist elbow and shoulder locks, holds, escapes from grabs, take downs, pain compliance and chokes will be viewed as a final resort to control a person who chose this level of response. Techniques result in control without lasting injury to facilitate bringing harmony to all. Respectful students will participate with mild contact, hands on learning, and can expect physical discomfort and moderate pain while practicing.

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Saturday

AFTERNOON

BAMBOO SUPERSOAKER - JAMES CLINKSCALES

We're making bamboo supersoakers! We'll be using stone tools to make a squirt gun that you can take home and squirt water wherever you need to! These primitive squirt guns are fun to make and fun to use!

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BIOMAGNETIC THERAPY - NICK KONG

Learn about the BioMagnetic therapeutic technique and how it can benefit our health, our family's health and the health of our community. During this class, attendees will have a chance to experience the benefits of Biomagnetic Therapy, in a group setting (as time allows).

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BLACK GOLD: ASTONISHING SOILS, LOST CIVILIZATIONS, AND THE SECRET OF EL DORADO - LEE GOLOS

The indigenous peoples of the Amazon today live mainly in small nomadic groups. Until recently, idea of large sedentary populations in the Amazon rainforest was widely dismissed as impossible. The Amazon's weathered soils are among the world's least fertile, and appeared to be completely unsuitable for agriculture - a view supported by the destructiveness and unsustainability of modern slash-and-burn agriculture.

In 1542 Francisco Orellana and his small band became the first Europeans to navigate the entire Amazon river. Although they did not find El Dorado, the legendary "city of gold", they encountered several large population groups with advanced material culture and abundant food. Recent archaeological finds have confirmed the past existence of large cities and earthworks throughout Amazonia, estimated to have supported many millions of people. Far from being an untouched wilderness, the Amazon rainforest has been shaped by its many inhabitants for millenia.

How is this possible?

An answer lies in a very peculiar kind of soil found near the ruins of many of these ancient cities and villages, which holds a crucial key to regenerative closed-loop food production.

This is the story of where these soils came from, and how to make them.

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BLACKSMITHING PROJECTS - TOD KERSHAW

In the project class students will complete a somewhat more complex blacksmithing project. Possible projects include bottle openers, decorative hooks, awls, chisels, small knives or whatever else we can think of that is possible.
No experience is needed to take this class, but is very helpful.
In both classes the students will be able to take home their projects, but the focus of both classes is more process oriented than product-oriented.

Material fee is $5-10.
Age limit: 12
Class size limit: 4

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BONE TOOLS: HOW MANY THINGS CAN YOU MAKE FROM A DEER LEG? - TYLER LAVENBURG

Ever wonder how your ancestors cut vegetables, dug roots, sewed clothing, and all the other myriad of tasks we currently use metal for? Some of the first tools ever created by humans were that of bone and antler. From pounders and smashers, to cutters and scrapers, bone has been one of the most widely prized materials for keeping life in the old school going. In this class you will learn the many uses of bone and antler and put your hands to work shaping a deer leg into your own bone tool such as a knife, sewing awl/needles, buttons, diggers, scrapers, and any other use you could possibly imagine for such a forgiving material. Though so many bones out there are useful, we will predominantly be working with and discussing the uses of bones/antler from white tail deer.

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BOTANY DEMYSTIFIED - 101 - ROBIN ALLISON

Have you ever gone on a plant walk and fell in love with a plant being - only to be unsure you can identify it a few weeks later? This class focuses on the science of field botany, and practicing the skills needed to confidently identify wild plants.

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BUCKSKIN BIKIN TOPS- ALL DAY CLASS! - TALCON QUINN

**Continuation of Morning Class**

Make yourself a custom tailored buckskin bikini top! You will learn how to make a pattern and some fundamentals for sewing with buckskin.
Leather and tools are provided with the material fee. Students who have their own brain tanned buckskin are welcome to use their own for the class and do not need to sign up for the class, but they do need to talk to the instructor (Talcon Quinn) prior.

Fee:Sliding scale 60-100 bucks. This is an all day class.

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COILED PINE NEEDLE BASKETS - NANCY BASKET

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 stories and bring questions about life too.

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CREATING THE VOICE OF THE VILLAGE - STEVEN TOWNSEND

We are going to bring life into our firefly village, this will be a slightly guided intentional experience, all are welcome, drums available.

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CULTIVATING BREATHING & EMOTIONAL FREEDOM - MAURICE WHITE

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. Maurice White is an avid free diver in the Bahamas with thousands of hours of time spent under the water hunting for fish and lobster while holding his breath. The breathing technique you will be learning about is based on the mammalian diving reflex, which is a set of physiological responses to immersion that overrides the basic homeostatic reflexes, combined with land based stress reduction breath work.

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DEEP ECOLOGY: AN INTRODUCTION INTO THE WORK THAT RECONNECTS - SCOTTY KARAS

In this interactive class we will examine and honor our feelings for the world we inhabit. What is it like to be alive and human in this time of ecological and humanitarian crisis? By honoring our pain for the world we can fully inhabit our hearts and true selves. Sometimes to get up to the joy you have to go down deep. The intention is to leave this class feeling the interconnectedness of life and the inspiration to act on life's behalf. In order to create a safe and sacred sharing space, the workshop will be closed shortly after the start time. Please arrive on time. With gratitude and respect, this class uses the work of Joanna Macy and others in the Work that Reconnects and Deep Ecology movements.

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DEFYING CAPITALIST VALUES TO RAISE FULFILLED CHILDREN - JUSTINA PRENATT

This is an evolution of a class previously taught at Firefly that mostly focused on defying gender roles. Now we will explore the influence of power-over vs. power-with dynamics, their role in parent and/or teacher/child relationships and disciplinary practices, how this impacts children's developing sense of self, and perpetuates harm in society. We will explore how gender roles, sexism, racism, classism, and other oppressive ideologies, including consumerism, are inherently woven into American culture and how they influence and diminish our children. More importantly, we will discuss what we as parents, educators, aunties, uncles, and grown up friends can do to support children to grow healthy and strong beyond these damaging messages. This class is happening only once at Firefly this year, so be sure not to miss it!

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FERTILITY AWARENESS DISCUSSION AND UP-CYCLED CLOTH MENSTRUAL PAD MAKING - ASHLEY SULLIVAN

Ever wonder when your period is going to start, or why it’s late? Wouldn’t it be great to know exactly what your hormones are doing and if they could use some help coming into balance? In addition to helping you avoid/achieve pregnancy, or get off of birth control, fertility awareness methods can actually help you to cultivate a deeper understanding of what is going on in your body and alert you of any health conditions that need your attention.

We will start this class with a brief check in, creating space for each of us to share where we are at in our fertility journey. Then we will hand sew cloth menstrual pads while discussing ways to notice and chart these hormonal changes and how to get started.

It's estimated that a woman will dispose of 9,600 feminine products in their lifetime. Pair that with the list of toxic chemicals used to grow the materials and how they leach into the body, its no wonder we are looking to more sustainable ways to catch our blood. We will use a combination of unbleached organic cotton, wool and up-cycled cotton, and you will leave with a pad and the resources to make your own stash.

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FIRING POTTERY IN A CAMPFIRE - KEITH GRENOBLE

This class will teach you how to fire pottery in a campfire. You will also have the opportunity to make pottery pieces while the firing is happening. Students are encouraged to stay at the campfire while their piece is firing in order to completly learn the process.

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GROWING FRUIT ORGANICALLY: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW! - ANDREW GOODHEART

Many different varieties of delicious and healthy fruit can be grown in western NC: however, growing fruit organically, in western NC,is not a piece of cake. It can,though,be done. Goodheart will present what you need to know to have your ladder leaning towards success.For everyone: from the just-thinking-about-it, to the already growing fruits.

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HAND DRILL FRICTION FIRE - TOM STUTZ

With complete focus of mind and body, coax an ember from two pieces of wood. Bring a sharp knife and a tenacious spirit

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HANDS ON HENNA POWER: HENNA TATTOOS FOR BEGINNERS - SARAH JORDAN

In Hands on Henna Power: Henna Tattoos, teens and adult students will learn:
*The history of henna and it’s uses
*The importance of using all natural (chemical-free) henna
*Beginner-friendly henna tattoo designs

$10 materials fee: each student receives their own all natural henna cone to practice their henna design in class and to bring home with them.

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INTRODUCTION TO SACRED SEXUALITY - STEVE TORMA

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.

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MAKING BRAIN-TANNED BUCKSKIN (CLASS 4 OF 6) - LUKE MCLAUGHLIN

All are welcome! Come and Join Luke from Holistic Survival School in learning the ancient alchemical art of making Buckskin from deer hides. In this 3 day class, students will turn one deer hide into soft, supple and durable buckskin, using local plants, and natural oils. THIS IS A 3 DAY CLASS! Students will need to attend all class dates to complete their hide . Once the hide is complete each student will have their own beautiful soft hide to take home and love. Note: making buckskin is very labor intensive and students should expect to work around 5-8 hrs/day.

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MAKING HAND-HEWN BEAMS (WITH MARK KESSLER AND JOHN KRAUS) - JOHN KRAUS

Using only human-powered tools (crosscut saw, broadax, etc.) you will learn how to take a raw log from the forest and turn it into asquare beam which can then be used for log or timber frame building.

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MEAD MAKING WITH GRANT AND ASA 202 - GRANT ADKISSON

Magical Mead Making - Fundamentals of Brewing and Cultural Inoculation

Learn to make the rarest of vintages, honeywine using fruit, medicinal herbs, spices, and more. Whether medicinal or purely recreational, we will discuss the history of mead and the various cultures and cultural customs surrounding this magical brew. Experience a mini Mead Circle and savor the taste of a cold winter day in summer, or the nectar of another time and place in each unique brew.

Melomel, Metheglen, Bouche OH MY! Let's go deep and get fancy with it! This 202 class will take the basics and apply some more advanced styles and types of mead making. Caramelization, Secondary Ferments, Esters and Multi yeast marriages may be explored. Up to 20 participants can join and watch the demonstration. There will be enough materials on hand for up to 10 people to brew their own small batch to take home with a materials fee of 25-35$ to cover the cost of the raw, (non-alcoholic) materials, and starter brewing setup. Gain your own brewing independence and enjoy your own rarest of vintages at a fraction of the price of store bought meads.

Materials Fee: $25 to take home your own 1/2 gallon of brew. $35 for 1 gallon. Limit 10 people to take-home a new brew. More can observe without paying a materials fee.


***(THIS CLASS IS FOR ADULTS 21 AND OVER ONLY)*** ***(THIS CLASS IS FOR ADULTS 21 AND OVER ONLY)*** ***(THIS CLASS IS FOR ADULTS 21 AND OVER ONLY)***

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MEDICINE WHEELS, SHIELDS & OTHER TOOLS OF SACRED NAVIGATION - SANGOMA OLUDOYE

The Medicine Wheel is sometimes called the Sacred Hoop creating an evolutionary blueprint for how we navigate daily choices and decisions. This class includes the teachings of
reconnecting the heart to the forces of Nature and the guidance that comes from inner tracking and living our lives based on the four agreements. Participants are introduced to their map from birth through numerology and and astrology to determine....which TOOL they will make in this class time to assist their current life goals...first half theory, 2nd half hands on creation...walking stick, talking stick, shield, arrow, etc..as well as their uses and application to daily challenges!

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MENDING CLOTH FOR THE TIRED AND WORN - WENDY DAVIS

In this class we would talk about types of materials best suited for patches, and when clothing is too far to be patched (and what to do with it then), how to properly sew on a button, what types of threads work best with particular fabrics, and basic stitches that can be used for mending. A good fundamental crossover skill that can be used in many ways!
Materials fee will provide a basic sewing kit (thread, needles, pins) for every person, printout of basic stitches, as well as a variety of fabrics and buttons to work with. Suggested heart donation to cover material costs and sewing kits: $10.00 (will consider barters and trades)

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OUR MAGNIFICENT TREES! - LUKE CANNON

Let's walk and meet some of the magnificent and generous Trees of the gathering, and discus their Edible, Medicinal, and Wondrous gifts.
Bring a notebook, and a spirit of exploration. We'll be diving deep into the green and wild world

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PRESERVATION OF THE HARVEST AND BARREL AGING - TYLER DE FRANCISCO

This class will about preservation of the harvest through acid, salt, heat, air, and wood. We will be walking through production in a range of products to make life more flavorful. Specifically the bounty of the mountains and how to seasonally preserve and enjoy it. Please come smell and taste with us!!

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RIVER CANE FLUTE MAKING, BEGINNERS, NATIVE AMERICAN & ASIAN-STYLES - HAWK HURST

This class will provide each participant with a chance to create an authentic, Native American-style rivercane flute. This Southeastern-style of pentatonic (5-hole) flute is end blown, easy to play, and very satisfying to make.
The sound that resonates from these traditional instruments is hauntingly beautiful. This workshop will include creating, decorating, and learning to play the flutes. Ages 12 and up. $20 class fee due at time of class.

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RIVETING 101: FULL TANG KNIFE HANDLES W/O GLUE COPY - GRAY TAYLOR

Come and participate in a hands-on instructional class that will lead you on a riveting journey through one of the many dimensions of knife handling. During our time in class we shall be riveting together a full tang knife into a southern hardwood handle with a copper/brass rivet set. You will leave with a handled knife and a little more knowledge of life. Knife blanks are hand-forged by the instructor. Materials fee - Depends on size of knife($35-85) I accept Credit cards.

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SACRED SPACE FOR PEOPLE OF COLOR - ISA WHITAKER

A welcoming space who identify or get identified as a person of "color" including Latin-x, Afro-cuban, Spanish Jamaican or any other combination.
This is not your typical class.
We will be holding space and supporting folks however is needed.
Feel free to stop through if you feel it's necessary, or even if you feel you just need a break.

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SOFT POWER TRAINING FROM A ANCESTRAL WISDOM TO Z ZERO WASTE - DEBORAH EVANS WARDA

Soft Power Training ~ from "A" ancestral wisdom to "Z" zero waste; critical thinking and accompanying actions that create enduring underlying support for widespread sustainable living. Sustainability is rooted in that which self perpetuates; everything that we choose to do, think, and say personally impacts our immediate culture. This forum explores and identifies practical earth skills applications in meaningful ways that perpetuate our intentions to live in shared sustainability.

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SOUTH AFRICAN MUTHI, MYSTICISM, AND MEDICINALS: A TASTE AND SMELL SHOW AND TELL - ALEXANDER HOWE

Come join me on the medicine blanket to hear a compelling journey to the other side of the world; to the homelands of humanity in search of healing. We will learn about the first human medicines, including some of the most potent medicinal plants whose properties are still well known, used, and have been recorded to be used since the dawn of records. Heres some examples, a digestive bitter tonic that Alexander the Great fought a war to gain control over the supply of, and is identifiable in 40,000 year old cave paintings.
A plant that is traditionally used to potentiate dreaming, but also may have generative benefits for the nervous system and brain tissue.
Another plant that is a SSRI, and may help support the body during times of depression and anxiety, and has been used by traditional cultures recreationally for an energizing euphoria.
As well as a broad over view of traditional Zulu/Bantu tribes mysticism, spiritual, and magical traditions, respectfully interpreted from a muzungu's ("white traveler/wanderer") perspective.
Limited quantities for trade or purchase.

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SOUTHEASTERN INDIGENOUS ETHNOBOTANY - MARC WILLIAMS

This is a two part class. First we will discuss what it means to have an indigenous connection to plants and world view in general as well as concepts like the problem of cultural appropriation. Then we will explore some various first nations applications of plants from the southeast and North Carolina specifically as we walk around the gathering grounds. Tribes such as the Cherokee, Catawba and Lumbee will be a particular focus.

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SOUTHEASTERN STYLE MOCCASINS (PART 2) - JEFFREY GOTTLIEB

Continuing morning session: take patterns we made in am, learn stitches, cut out and sew beautiful, custom fitted Southeastern style moccasins. Fee waived if you bring your own buckskin. Bring pencil and sharp scissors. Must have attended the morning session to take this one.

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SULFUR MATCHES - SHAWN KELLY

Sulfur matches also known as spunks. Learn to make primitive matches.

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TELL TIME FROM THE SUN - BUILD A SUNDIAL FROM SCRATCH - WALTER TIPTON

Learn how to tell time by building your own sundial.
You will learn the basics of sundial design and help build one using a pole, string and measuring devices. With your new knowledge you can use the concept to set up a sundial anywhere the sun shines.

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THAI YOGA MASSAGE - BRANCHES AND LEAVES - HONEY NG

Thai Yoga Massage is an ancient healing modality that is performed fully clothed on the floor and combines soft tissue manipulation techniques, assisted yoga postures, breathing and meditation to bring the body into a state of deep relaxation. A follow up to the Roots and Stalks class, we will cover the back, side body, shoulders, arms, neck, and head. If possible, please wear comfortable loose-fitting clothing, and bring a sarong, towel, or yoga mat.

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TIMBER FRAMING - BARRON BROWN

Come and learn about the ancient and useful art of timber framing.

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WILD FOODS COOKING - ANNIE SAWYER

We will be cooking yummy wild edibles we find in the woods!

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Saturday

EVENING

COMMUNITY GRIEF CIRCLE - JOSH FOX

You are not alone in your grief.

Grief is as natural an expression of humanness as joy, and honors the losses of what we loved: family, friends, jobs, relationships, situations, etc. Unexpressed grief can be the source of stress, illness, and disease while the process of grieving can bring balance to the body and create space for joy to recolonize the heart.

We will create a safe container together to share in sacred witnessing, body awareness, heart-opening music, and emotional release.

This grief-circle will be facilitated by Josh Fox, a song-carrier, acupuncturist, teacher, and herbalist from Asheville, NC. A grief-tender in his private practice, he has offered community healing circles for over 8 years inspired by the work of Sobonfu Somé, Laurence Cole, and Martin Prechtel.

Please arrive promptly ("doors" will close when we begin)

Age Limit: No age limit
Class Fee: none

Class Size: 40

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EVENING MILKING DEMONSTRATION WITH Q & A - LIZ DIAZ

Join us after dinner while we milk one of our cows for a casual "cow side chat." We will do the milking while folks ask questions related to farming.

Subject matter could include: cow health, pasture management, portable fencing, milk processing, kids and agriculture, and more.....

Bring your mug or jar for a taste of warm, fresh milk!

*This is not a hands on class. To try your hand at milking, please sign up for "Milking 101."

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SATURDAY EVENING SONG CIRCLE - SARO LYNCH-THOMASON

Come sing songs around the fire! Song leader Saro Lynch-Thomason will start off the evening by teaching several songs, then we'll go around the circle. Traditional/folk songs, Appalachian/regional songs, and songs about tradition and ancestral knowledge are all encouraged. Please bring songs that are good to sing in groups, with an emphasis on unaccompanied singing (i.e. less guitar, more voices and clapping!).

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SWORDPLAY ARENA - PHIL FERGUSON

The Wandering Swordsmen will run the Swordplay Arena each evening from 7:30-9:30pm during the last light of the day Thursday-Saturday. We will run field battles from 7-9pm, including games like capture the flag, javelin dodgeball, and archery tag!

7:30-8:00 will be reserved for youth ages 15 and under.
9:00-9:30 will be for adults ages 16+.

From 9-9:30pm we will light up the 20' wide arena tent for tournament style games including 1v1 and 2v2 tournaments with single sword, sword and shield, dual sword, and other weapon styles.

All our boffer gear is made for full contact combat and tested monthly for compliance with the regulations provided by The Belegarth Medieval Combat Society, a national boffer league with very strict standards for safety and game play. All our swords, shields, spears, javelins, bows, arrows, and other gear are designed to safely engage in the highly physical and athletic sport of boffing, or padded weapon combat. All players must have a waiver on file to play, and minors must have their waiver filled out by a legal guardian. We will have paper copies of the waiver on site.

We will also have gear for sale and information about our summer camps and classes for all ages of people who are interested in this growing sport! Come check out our donation based weekly battles every Sunday at Carrier Park in West Asheville from 1-3pm for kids and 3-6pm for adults! See our website at www.thewanderingswordsmen.com for more information.

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Sunday

EARLY MORNING (BEFORE BREAKFAST)

GENTLE YOGA FLOW - LYSSA TRINITY

Join Trinity in this all levels yoga flow class where will you experience the union of the mind, body, and spirit. Spend time letting go of things that no longer serve your higher purpose! Move through some gentle yogic postures and relax, release, and renew as you move forward in your personal journey. This class incorporates posture and meditation to help you clear and heal. Towards the end of this class during savasana, Trinity will play her crystal sound bowls to help you go into a relaxed state.

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MORNING MILKING DEMONSTRATION WITH Q & A 8:30AM - LIZ DIAZ

Join us at 8:30am while we milk one of our cows for a casual "cow side chat."
We will do the milking while folks ask questions related to farming.
Subject matter could include: cow health, pasture management, portable fencing, milk processing, kids and agriculture, and more.....

Bring your mug or jar for a taste of warm, fresh milk!

*This is not a hands on class. To try your hand at milking, please sign up for "Milking 101."

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PRIMAL PLAY - ELIJAH STRONGHEART

Games we play to learn skills and stay young. Move like an animal, adapt and thrive. Organizing situations which give us an opportunity to explore creativity. Shifting strategies to meet the demands of a shifting environment. Come play!

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Sunday

MORNING

A GENTLE REWILDING: CONSENT, BODIES, AND SEXUAL SOVEREIGNTY - LUNA DIETRICH

Eek! The “s” word! While sexuality is not everything, how we relate to it can impact every aspect of our lives. Dominator culture has fed us many lies about how our bodies need to exist, look, and function in order to feel worthy of love and joy. In this fiercely gentle class, we will practice emotional resiliency, body intelligence, and the possibility of radically loving yourself (hint: it doesn’t involve changing anything) through embodiment practices, writing exercises, and guided meditation. All humans are welcome! Please bring a journal and something to write with if possible. When the class begins it will be a closed container, please try not to come late.

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ANCESTRAL RIGHTS, LAND RIGHTS - PRESERVING RAINFORESTS BY PRESERVING CULTURE - GODI GODAR

The connection between the earth and the people living here is precious and must be treated with dignity and respect. In the area we working, this means protecting and reinstating tribal land rights and helping communities protect their rainforest homes while empowering them through initiatives like clean water and education that make their lives healthier and more sustainable.

It’s easy to be worried about the state of the environment. We are all wondering if we are doing enough to protect the earth for ourselves and future generations. There's talk of global warming, melting ice caps, smog, and turbulent weather. We know the rainforests are important, and we want to protect them!

There are large communities of people living in extreme poverty in these rainforests. When multinational companies take over these lands for logging or farming, not only do they destroy the rainforests, damaging the earth’s environment, but they devastate the lives of the people living here, leaving them with even fewer resources for survival. Meanwhile, in their efforts to survive, these communities often use farming and fishing methods that further damage these ecosystems.

Most of us have never lived without access to a school, water, or food. We haven’t had to drink the water we wash our clothes in. We’ve never lost a child to starvation or a simple preventable infection. But for 790,000,000 people, these are the daily realities of their lives.

At GCEarth, we have developed an approach that preserves large tracts of rainforest while fighting poverty and cultivating long-term sustainable practices within the communities living there.

Godi will cover some of these contentious issues, explain what Go Conscious Earth is doing to address them, and how we can all do our part to help preserve rainforests and the human cultures and communities who call them home!

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ANCIENT FUNGAL TECHNOLOGY & CULTIVATION - LEE GOLOS

Fungi have been used as food, medicine, and technology for millions of years. Most of the ancient uses of fungi have been lost to time - we can only imagine what advanced fungal technology our distant ancestors had developed over countless generations, since fungi biodegrade and leave no trace in the archaeological record. The "stone age" could very well have been the fungal age. Many more uses have been nearly forgotten, and new ones are now being developed. Even now, fungi still produce many of the substances we eat, drink, and use, and they will be an integral part of future sustainable and regenerative technologies.

Learn about some of the ancient uses of fungi for external medicine, fire, shamanism, perfume, illumination, clothing, paper, dye, containers, ornamentation, and more - as well as a few emerging paradigm-shifting applications of fungi. Also, discover some of the fascinating ways humans have cultivated mushrooms without the need for sterile conditions - and how animals cultivate fungi as well (and fungi in turn cultivate animals).

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BLACKSMITHING PROJECTS - TOD KERSHAW

In the project class students will complete a somewhat more complex blacksmithing project. Possible projects include bottle openers, decorative hooks, awls, chisels, small knives or whatever else we can think of that is possible.
No experience is needed to take this class, but is very helpful.
In both classes the students will be able to take home their projects, but the focus of both classes is more process oriented than product-oriented.

Material fee is $5-10.
Age limit: 12
Class size limit: 4

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BREASTFEEDING CIRCLE - RAIN HALL

In a world where formula and bottles are taking over the "norm", Breastfeeding Wisdom may not be as easily accesable to everyone. This is a space for people who may want to breastfeed one day, Mamas who have breastfed, Mamas with littles who are breastfeeding, and anyone with nipples who feel intrested to come together and Freely Share the Stories and Wisdom of their Breastfeeding Experiences, To Voice Questions, and Offer Support.

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CHOPSTICK CARVING - ANNIE SAWYER

To make our chopsticks we will split a small length of green wood into two pieces and simply whittle them into a functional and beautiful pair. This class is designed to be a space for bowl and spoon carvers to come to problem solve and finish their treen. Must bring your own knife!!!

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DEEP CONNECTION GAMES - JOSH FOX

Even when we're surrounded by hundreds of people, we can still feel isolated and socially disconnected.
Let's go deep and create real human connection, playing fun games and exercises to open our hearts, find our edges, and learn how to create the aliveness that we all crave and delight in.

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DRUM MAINTENANCE AND TUTORIAL, WEEKEND RECAP - STEVEN TOWNSEND

Learn steps to maintain a good sounding drum, also this class is designed for all questions, curiosities, or info you might have or need," a good drop in class."

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EDGE TOOLS SHARPENING & CARE - EDGE TOOLS FEST - JOHN KRAUS

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 and sharpening equipment. Go pick his brain if you haven't yet!

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FOOD PRESERVATION - TARA RAWSON

Join us in learning about food preservation for a better future! I'll bring lots of samples and recipes for a plethora of ways to preserve all the delicious extra food you have around. There is an abundance of food all around us... whether it's coming from our gardens, neighbors, the grocery store, and of course all the food that can be diverted from the landfill...so we must know our options to preserve food for the next season, the next year, and the next generations! Preserving food in different ways can even make it more nutritious and bio-available sometimes! Bring your jars if you'd like some goodies to take along with you.

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HERBAL SMOKE MIXING - JOSHUA MILLER

Herbs can be made into mixes for incense and pipe smoking. Some of these herbs are medicinal, some help with spiritual ceremonies, and some just plain smell amazing. We will have a large range of herbal components (all legal and organic and/or wildcrafted) that we will discuss and then make our own mixes.

This is an adult only class. Bring your pipe and/or incense burner.
Materials cost is $1 to cover some of the more expensive components.

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INTRODUCTION TO BIRDS AND BIRD LANGUAGE - LUKE CANNON

The astounding World of Birds and Bird Language offers us new and novel insights and unexpected wisdoms that greatly expand our Awareness and understanding of the wild landscape.
Come ready to dive deep into the lives of our local feathered friends and learn practical techniques to begin the life changing journey of joining the Conversation of the Wilds.

You may also want to take the Early AM class "Come meet the Birds around You!" before hand. See Early Am sign up sheet.

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KUDZU FREEFORM BASKET - NANCY BASKET

Split kudzu vines forming a birds nest that holds jelly beans. Story time too!

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MAKING BRAIN-TANNED BUCKSKIN (CLASS 5 OF 6) - LUKE MCLAUGHLIN

All are welcome! Come and Join Luke from Holistic Survival School in learning the ancient alchemical art of making Buckskin from deer hides. In this 3 day class, students will turn one deer hide into soft, supple and durable buckskin, using local plants, and natural oils. THIS IS A 3 DAY CLASS! Students will need to attend all class dates to complete their hide . Once the hide is complete each student will have their own beautiful soft hide to take home and love. Note: making buckskin is very labor intensive and students should expect to work around 5-8 hrs/day.

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METHODS FOR MEANINGFUL CONVERSATIONS WITH LAND SPIRITS - REN ZATOPEK

Many folks at Firefly talk to mountains and trees and bees. Some of y’all have probably even had these conversations while in an intentional trance: maybe drifting in meditation, journeying with a drum, or riding a friendly fungus. Regardless of how the conversation started, a question you might have afterwards is:

+How do I know I wasn’t imagining it?

We might think a stronger trance will resolve our doubts. We could drum for four days straight or ingest less-friendly fungi. But more intense and realistic isn’t necessarily clearer or more meaningful.

In this class we’re going to learn a variety of simple, gentle methods for communicating with the spirits of land and place. We’ll learn how to anoint ourselves in the hidden scent of the land, how to invite the land’s hidden powers to gather, and how to hear the holy sum of the land’s hidden voices.

Plus, I’ll show y’all how everything you already know about how to have great conversations with your fellow humans can be applied to conversations with non-humans and more-than-humans! And, yes…

+…You are imagining it. At least a little.

Whether we’re talking with hills or humans, there’s always room for misunderstanding. There’s always a possibility that we’re just hearing what we expected to hear. All conversations are touched by our imagination and our inner-interpreter. So, a better question is: What does my imagination serve?

Deep, clear connections and conversations change us. Am I willing to be changed? Or, is my imagination protecting me from the de-stabilizing effects of spiritual growth? In the end, it’s not the methods that allow us to have clearer, more meaningful conversations—it’s our priorities.

Our exploration comes full circle as we learn how conversations with spirits of the land can teach us to shift our priorities and embrace change.

This class will be a mixture of teachings and guided spiritwork/meditation. No particular belief in spirits or “hidden voices of the land” required to enjoy this class.

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NATURAL DYES WITH NATIVE PLANTS - KELLY GASKILL

Come explore the rich color palate found in our amazing native plants and mushrooms! We will identify the optimal plants to use and discuss mordants (fixatives) and common color extraction techniques as we go through the entire process of natural plant dyes.

Bring a small natural fiber for the dye pots or purchase wool yarn or silk from me....

Material Fee: $3 (more if you purchase fibers)

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NEEDLE FELTING - JESSICA KAUFMAN

This is a fantastic skill to have: turning loose wool roving into strong, useful felt WITHOUT needing any water or soap or manual strength for scrubbing/agitating! Using one simple (and very affordable) tool, the barbed needle, we will create faces, figures, pouches, patches, etc with sheep's wool and the barbed needle only. Everyone is successful in this class, and projects turn out better than most folks imagine. This is a popular class because needle felting is so portable: you can bring your project to any lecture class and work away quietly while listening to other instructors. Learn everything you need to create a beautifully felted project. You can also repair holes in wool clothing with needle felting, and add decoration to natural fiber garments. Imagine felting sweet vines and leaves pictorially in woll onto your favorite hat, jacket, sweater, or backpack... See you there! Kids welcome with an adult companion. Materials fee is $5/person.

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PLANT POLYCULTURE AND PERENNIAL FOOD GUILDS - ALEX BERGDAHL

In this class, we'll be exploring biodiversity in plant communities and the complimentary ways they support one another. This network of abundance can be carried over to us by supplementing edible, medicinal or otherwise useful species into the same model that our forests operate. Learn the core principles of food forestry and how we can apply them to our own bioregion!

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PRIMITIVE SLING MAKING AND THROWING (THE DAVID AND GOLIATH WEAPON.) - R.J. BURLE

Learn to make and use the primitive sling. One of the most ancient and accessable weapons. Please arrive on time, because once we actually start to use them, we will be done making them. You will leave the class with a working sling and a rubber ball.

Note: A sling can easily launch an egg size rock across the length of a football field. Because of the danger, we will strictly use rubber balls for ammo.

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SACRED TATTOO CEREMONY - KITTY LOVE

Participants will have opportunity to observe a hand-applied tattoo ceremony being performed, with instruction and conversation focused around both technical skills of tattooing as well as crafting a meaningful ceremony around the experience. Participants will be provided with materials to practice tattooing themselves, a partner, or a practice sheet of fake skin with guidance from the instructor.

This class will address practical methods of hand-applied "stick-and-poke" tattoos using black ink, with a strong emphasis on the metaphysical dimension of the art form. We will delve into the divination process of developing a design, listening to the body to determine location of tattoo, integrating elements of personalized ritual, and honoring tattoo as a rite of passage for supporting spiritual transformation.

The sections of the presentation would be as follows:
• history and tattoo as a sympathetic magic practice
• overview of the elements of ritual
• The tools and materials of hand applied tattoos
• clean procedure
• demonstration and practice in sacred space

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THE ART OF INTIMACY (NVC) LEVEL 2 - STEVE TORMA

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.

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THE BEST SELF DEFENSE TECHNIQUES IN THE WORLD. - KORIE AND SEAN KENNEDY

After 42 years of martial arts training, I think these are the best self defense techniques in the world.

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THE WISDOM OF DARK PLACES: CAVE INCUBATION & KATABASIS - FRANK SALZANO

Katabasis: 'To go down.' This class is about descent into the Underworld, the very real, literal and mythological journey that so many of our ancestors undertook to seek out deep healing, mystery and divine guidance. All across the ancient Eurasian world (and beyond) human cultures had intack traditions of initiation that guided people under land and into caves, oftentimes for extended periods of time, to talk to the dead, enter hypnagogic trance states, listen to visionary dreams, and enter into various meditations and alchemical processes of transformation. This class is about some of the ritual work, mythological contexts and stories, and concrete practices that one can cultivate in order to enter and navigate the Underworld. It is based on research on dark meditation retreats, the mythology of descent, and personal experience fasting and incubating in an Appalachian cave.

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TIMBER FRAMING - BARRON BROWN

Come and learn about the ancient and useful art of timber framing.

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UNPACKING THE WILDMAN ARCHETYPE - ADAM INGERSOLL

A conversation on enlivening a healthy relationship with the divine masculine in relationships and culture. What does it mean to be a “good man” in today’s society? Which aspects of “masculinity” will we reject and which will we work to cultivate within ourselves? What are the challenges of the masculine from which we can better learn? We will explore these questions by unpacking ideas from Robert Moore, David Deida, Robert Blythe and others to build a broad context. From there we will discuss personal experience and life lessons to apply these concepts through our personal and shared experiences. Please bring a notebook.

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WOODSLORE, WEEDS, AND USEFUL WILD PLANTS WALK - DOUG ELLIOTT

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, he might have an entertaining song or a story or two to share...

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Sunday

AFTERNOON

REAL TALK: SHARING SPIRITUAL EXPERIENCES IN THE REAL WORLD - JOHN LEWIS

How is your spiritual journey perceived in the so-called "Real World"? Join us on a journey of self-discovery by exploring personal faith/spirit walks and sharing them with your brothers and sisters. The presenter will kick the session off by sharing his personal experience growing up in a strict southern black Baptist Christian environment and how he found the universe within himself, rediscovering that he is a child of light and love.

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AMULET BUCKSKIN BAGS - TALCON QUINN

Learn to make small pouch out of brain tanned buckskin leather scrapes. You will learn how to use an awl and sew a simple running stitch with buckskin thong and how to insert welts for fringe (if you want fringe).
Dexterous youth accompanied with an adult welcomed.

$15-25 materials fee.

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ANCESTRAL LINEAGE RECOVERY, REPAIR, AND REVERENCE - ELA TWIGG

Relating with wise, elder ancestors in a safe, supportive, and life-affirming way is a birthright, and ancestor reverence exists widely across cultural traditions. There is much to be gained from reclaiming these nourishing connections when they have been lost. Not only do we have much to gain from cultivating these relationships, we have much at risk personally, socially, and culturally if we do not.

This class will introduce the concepts of ancestral lineage healing as developed by Daniel Foor, PhD, (author of Ancestral Medicine: Rituals for Personal and Family Healing) and include an experiential element of safely relating with ancestors in one's own family lineages. This method of healing is culturally mindful, historically-informed, and non-dogmatic. Participation is also possible for adoptees and those who, because of historical and/or cultural violence or any other reason, do not know their blood ancestors' histories. Take heart knowing the goodness and wisdom of loving ancestors is still strong in your blood, bones, and spirit despite any lost knowledge or lack of written records. There will be lots of spaces for discussion/Q&A.

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BONE TOOLS: HOW MANY THINGS CAN YOU MAKE FROM A DEER LEG? - TYLER LAVENBURG

Ever wonder how your ancestors cut vegetables, dug roots, sewed clothing, and all the other myriad of tasks we currently use metal for? Some of the first tools ever created by humans were that of bone and antler. From pounders and smashers, to cutters and scrapers, bone has been one of the most widely prized materials for keeping life in the old school going. In this class you will learn the many uses of bone and antler and put your hands to work shaping a deer leg into your own bone tool such as a knife, sewing awl/needles, buttons, diggers, scrapers, and any other use you could possibly imagine for such a forgiving material. Though so many bones out there are useful, we will predominantly be working with and discussing the uses of bones/antler from white tail deer.

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BOTANY DEMYSTIFIED - 202 - ROBIN ALLISON

A gathering of of botanerds, celebrating our geekjoy as we walk around and deepen our understanding of the wild green beings around us. Some knowledge of field botany is recommended, but not entirely required.

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CLOTHING AS A TOOL - SPENCER TWO DOGS

It's possible that when a situation requires us to shift into an improvising, survival mindset we will not have the best tools we would wish for. Self defense, wilderness travel, auto repair, international adventures, food finding, first aid, and more can be enhanced with many things we wear every day. From plastic water bottles to nylon hose, belts and shoelaces to plastic credit cards and an old sock; things we are familiar with can be turned into useful items with more than one purpose. Most of all this class helps us get creative in new ways and think outside the box. This class is based on a chapter in Spencer's book The Appalachian Ninja - Clothing as a Tool. Book not required.

Students will learn to categorize items based on use and functionality. Class interest will direct how much time we spend in a given area from traps to defense, repairs or navigation through the wilderness. Flexible items will be taught for restraint and immobilization as well.

Spencer directs Land of the Sky Wilderness School in western NC and has taught internationally.

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ECO-HOMESTEADING 101 - NATALIE BOGWALKER

Learn the basics how to live with the land:

-What to look for in land to live and work
-Social, community, and economic considerations of land ownership models and locations
-First things first: order of operations with a new piece of land
-What tools to accumulate
-What knowledge might you want to access
-Importance of community
-What plants and animals to work with
-The to-do list never ends: finding balance with work and pleasure

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EDGE TOOLS SHARPENING AND CARE: EDGE TOOLS FEST - JOHN KRAUS

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!

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EDGE TOOLS SHARPENING AND CARE: EDGE TOOLS FEST - JOHN KRAUS

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!

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EDGE TOOLS SHARPENING AND CARE: EDGE TOOLS FEST [COPY] - JOHN KRAUS

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!

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FACILITATION OF CONVERSATION: SACRED MASCULINITY, INITIATION, AND THE ESSENTIAL ACT OF ELDERING. - JAMES HADDAD

A discussion regarding what it is to be a man in todays day and age - the complications, expectations, and judgements; the residual wake of the Dark Father; the complex issues around our inheritance of patriarchy - both negative and positive. Of course no discussion around manhood would be tolerable to the sacred in all of us until and unless we discuss the loss of initiatory culture, of village-mindedness and deep community structures that once helped us to become men in the wake of our elders who had also done so, and who had done so by and for a place and a people held in place. Given this loss of our souls old inheritance, what does it mean to become a man today? What does positive masculinity look like? How do we feel and contextualize the wounds of our fathers; of theirs? How can we begin to look towards living in such a way as to become nourishment for future generations - even though the nourishment we have often received has not prepared us for the great tasks of fathering, of brotherhood, of uncledom, of elder-hood?

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FINISH UP WOOD CARVING PROJECTS - BARRON BROWN

Time to finish up whatever you started earlier this weekend.

Bring a sharp knife.

Age limit: 12 and older unless accompanied by an adult.

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FIRE BY FRICTION - DAVID BROWNE

Fire is an essential aspect to pretty much everything in our lives. It allows us to cook food, keeps us warm, and it generates the power for much of human technology. Come and learn the ancient art of friction fire by bowdrill. This practice will both deepen your appreciation for the gift of fire and will help you to reconnect with the lifeway of your ancestors.

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FIRING POTTERY IN A CAMPFIRE - KEITH GRENOBLE

This class will teach you how to fire pottery in a campfire. You will also have the opportunity to make pottery pieces while the firing is happening. Students are encouraged to stay at the campfire while their piece is firing in order to completly learn the process.

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FLYING THERAPEUTICS - HONEY NG

Inspired by Thai Massage, yoga, contact improv, breathwork, and meditation, this class will involve the application of pressure, stretches, twists, and dynamic movements to deliver relaxation through inactive flying and listen through supportive basing. If possible, please wear comfortable loose-fitting clothing, and bring a sarong, towel, or yoga mat.

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HERBAL DENTAL CARE - TARA RAWSON

Join us and learn natural and safe oral care using the plants that surround us and easy household remedies.
We'll cover the microbiome of the mouth, brushing, flossing, homemade mouthwash, toothpaste and more. This will be a fun and interactive class crafting herbal dental care products!

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INTRO TO SACRED SEXUALITY - STEVE TORMA

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.

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KIDS MILKING - LIZ DIAZ

PARENTS - BRING YOUR KIDS

Come try your hand at milking one of our Guernsey cows!

We'll also discuss other cow-related topics during our time together.

Please come with a guardian and closed toed shoes.

Bring a cup or mug for a taste of fresh (and warm) milk.

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LETS TALK ABOUT MEDICINE (WHILE WE MAKE SOME) - ASHLYN CORNELIUS

This is a discussion based class about medical systems and what constitutes health and healing in the background of our 'modern' context WHILE we make some salves and/or tinctures (probably some tinctures, but I can see what can be scrounged..!). A donation to cover the materials would be very welcome, but I will leave it as optional. (:

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MAKING BRAIN-TANNED BUCKSKIN (CLASS 6 OF 6) - LUKE MCLAUGHLIN

All are welcome! Come and Join Luke from Holistic Survival School in learning the ancient alchemical art of making Buckskin from deer hides. In this 3 day class, students will turn one deer hide into soft, supple and durable buckskin, using local plants, and natural oils. THIS IS A 3 DAY CLASS! Students will need to attend all class dates to complete their hide . Once the hide is complete each student will have their own beautiful soft hide to take home and love. Note: making buckskin is very labor intensive and students should expect to work around 5-8 hrs/day.

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MAKING TERRACES - WENDY DAVIS

There are so many of us that live in this area who's property is in no way flat. How do we cultivate that? What are resources around us that we can use cheap or freely when possible to help us? And then what other primitive cultures have created terraces by hand that are still in functional use today?
In this class we will take a look at ancient terraces, as well as photographic time lapses of terrace experiments on my property, including both successes and failures. Talk about all the ways that terraces can be used to create cultivable space, prevention of soil erosion and soil rebuilding, and water control. We will also work on some hands-on techniques that you can use in building terraces. Great knowledge for all of us that cannot afford to be flat bottom dwellers, but still want to live sustainably in these beautiful mountains!


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MEDICINE BAG MAKING - JOSHUA MILLER

Medicine bags are very small bags that hold spiritually significant items with us on our daily journey. We will be making medicine bags designed to be worn around the neck, from leather, barktan, deadtan, buckskin, birch bark, or willow bark.

This class is for adults or children accompanied by an adult for the duration of the class.
Materials fee is $5 per bag.

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MOVE LIKE A MASTER, NOW AND INTO OLD AGE - R.J. BURLE

Learn to move fluidly and coordinated without fear. We will explore where our bodies hold stiffness and emotion and release these tensions with massage and martial art types of movement. The instructor is a Doctor of Chiropractic and a martial arts instructor.

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PLANT PROPAGATION - MYCOL STEVENS

How the heck do we propagate fruit and nut trees? grafting demo, cutting discussions, seeding, seed saving etc. Bring a plant or 10 to share!

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RAISING RADICALS - ANALYZING CHILDRENS LITERATURE - NORA LOVE

As parents and educators we strive to teach our children to be open, inclusive beings. Have you ever wondered what messages the literature you share with children sends? It is possible we are accidentally reinforcing sexism, racism, xenophobia, classism, homophobia, transphobia, colonialism and ableism? We will discuss how these messages might be present and why they are problematic. You will be provided with a checklist which you can use to analyze literature and learn to apply a critical eye to book selection. We will read children's books and talk about how to address some of these heavy societal topics in age appropriate ways.

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RESILIENT PLANT PROPAGATION - ALEX BERGDAHL

Learn how to multiply many plants from one! Low tech and environmentally sound propagation methods for perennial edible, medicinal and otherwise useful plants. Includes the exploration of different cutting/layering/division techniques, using willow water as a root growth hormone, and a make and take demo where we will root various cuttings.

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RIVETING 101: FULL TANG KNIFE HANDLES W/O GLUE - GRAY TAYLOR

Come and participate in a hands-on instructional class that will lead you on a riveting journey through one of the many dimensions of knife handling. During our time in class we shall be riveting together a full tang knife into a southern hardwood handle with a copper/brass rivet set. You will leave with a handled knife and a little more knowledge of life. Knife blanks are hand-forged by the instructor. Materials fee - Depends on size of knife($35-85) I accept Credit cards.

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WHAT REGENERATIVE AGRICULTURE CAN TEACH US ABOUT SOCIAL JUSTICE & COMMUNITY TRANSFORMATION - ALISON SHER

In this class, Alison Sher will teach you how we can use permaculture principles to reorganize resources, transform our institutions, and build peace across identities. Come and learn how being in right relationship with ourselves, the Earth, and one another can inspire social justice inside the larger systems in which we live.

Has books, "The Millennial's Guide to Changing the World: A New Generation's Handbook to Being Yourself and Living with Purpose" for sale - $15

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WILD MUSHROOM FORAGING CLASS - MATEO RYALL

We'll go on a hike and potentially explore hidden coves and mountainous views in search of all types of fungus.

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WILDCRAFTING MEDICINAL HERBS WITH PLANT WALK - IVY LYNN

This class will cover how to plan your harvest for the year, how to find herbs in forests and on farms (getting permissions to do so), how to avoid over harvesting for conservation, and how to establish some of these herbs on your own land. We will look at our relationship with herbs and approach them with spiritual reverence, fostering healthy interdependence with them. This does involve walking among the plants.

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Sunday

EVENING

KUDZU FREEFORM BASKET - NANCY BASKET

Split kudzu vines forming a birds nest that holds jelly beans. Story time too!

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