This year’s Firefly Gathering, being held June 25-28 in Barnardsville, aims to take its transformation potential a step further, putting cultural transformation at the forefront. The gathering, now in its eighth year, has always been geared toward changing participants’ lives through a variety of classes based on radical ideas and concepts, but this summer, directors are working to make that goal explicit instead of implicit.
If you’re looking to learn how to make your own bow and arrow, weave a belt or carve a wooden spoon, the Firefly Gathering is the place to be. But organizers say this festival isn’t just for getting barefoot and singing by the campfire — it’s also a response to problems in our society and environment.
The Firefly Gathering teaches novices and experienced outdoors people alike how make bows, track animals, construct shelters and more.