Contribute to the Sanctuary community shrine!

Sanctuary is a calm and serene place where Fireflies can come to ground themselves and to reconnect with their intentions for the event. As we thought about how to create this space, we were greatly inspired by the Laurelin community, and especially by the Laurelin community shrine.

As described by a long time Firefly and Laurelin community member -

When you first arrive onsite at Laurelin, you can sense that there is something very special about the land. The air is charged, the woods are alive, and the natural beauty that embraces you once you walk into the forest canopy feels amplified and enhanced by energies both seen and unseen. This is not by luck or proximity; this is the result of the love, care and intention that is put into this land by its owners and the people who call it their spiritual home.

For those who are not aware, while Laurelin hosts the Firefly Arts Collective’s regional burn in July, it is first and foremost a thriving Pagan community that publicly celebrates Wheel events all year round that are based on it’s eclectic, Vermont style Pagan roots. The Laurelin Community has been active since the early 1980’s, and continues to attract Pagans, both near and far, as a gathering destination and spiritual retreat.

Of these gatherings, the largest takes place in late July, during Lughnasadh. It is a 4 day event which functions as both an extended wheel celebration consisting of classes, rituals and events, as well as functioning as a yearly spriritual homecoming.

One of the most revered and well attended rituals during Lughnasdh is the Community Shrine (Standing Stone) ritual. The standing stone itself lived on the site for many years, where it was slated for use as a stone doorstep. In the early 2000’s, Laurelin Community members erected it in its present location where it currently overlooks the field, marks the opening of the forest, and acts as a spiritual touchstone for all visitors who come to this sacred land.

During the Community Shrine ritual, Lughnasadh attendees gather at the Standing Stone, where all who wish to update the community since their last visit are welcome to walk up, touch the stone, then speak their truth. It is a place where victories and personal milestones are celebrated, where challenges and struggles are acknowledged, and where communal support is given to those going through tough, emotional times. People will often leave momento’s, remembrances of loved ones, or symbolic tokens that mark their current state in life.

This year, members of the Firefly Commmunity are looking to incorporate this tradition into the Firefly event. While the Firefly community temporally exists for just one week of the year, the reality is that bonds made during the event and its lead up create connections that are very deep and profound. For some, the experiences during Firefly are transformative and impactful. For others, there is a sense of “home” and grounding.

Our intention is to request that Fireflies bring offerings to the community shrine at Sanctuary that have made them feel grounded or connected to the Firefly community. The intention is to create a space where Fireflies can go to be surrounded by physical reminders of the love that we all have for one another, which is hopefully grounding for anyone who is feeling alone or otherwise having a hard time. Like the Standing Stone itself, this Firefly shrine will act as a connection point that transcends time and space, that gives and accepts, that welcomes good times, and holds space in hard times.


How can I contribute?

We invite you to contribute in the following ways:

  1. Bring an offering of a physical object for the shrine! You can bring your offerings to Sanctuary during Firefly, or you can contact us before the event to arrange a dropoff in either Somerville or Bethel.
  2. E-submit a piece of text that resonates for you! We will bind these e-submissions into a zine that will be held at Sanctuary and distributed around Firefly.

What kinds of offerings will Sanctuary accept?

Any non-hazardous object that reminds you of a time when you have felt connected to Firefly and the community! Stuffed animals, pictures, fidget toys, art, etc. etc. are all wonderful.

If you would like to bring a food offering, please package each portion individually and label all allergens.

Can I have my offering back?

Yes! If you would like your offering returned to you, you can return to Sanctuary before the end of the event to retrieve it.

All offerings remaining at Sanctuary at the start of Exodus will be packed for storage and brought to a future Firefly.

Seeking OODs!

Do you enjoy being a responsible adult?

If you have professional or volunteer experience as an emergency responder and want to know everything wacky that goes on behind the scenes for one full day of Firefly, OOD is the volunteer role for you!

As OOD, you will be tasked with working with the Board Member On Call to solve any problems that happen on your shift. You will be asked to use your professional judgment to develop and execute solutions to many different problems, including the occasional emergency.

To be considered as an OOD for Firefly 2023, please fill out the OOD volunteer application before March 17.

All applications received before 23:59 on March 17 will receive equal consideration!

All OODs should be available to attend a full day training in Bethel, VT on 4/29. The training is designed to be highly practical and to prepare OOD and Board on Call volunteers to work together on shift at Firefly!

I will follow up with applicants via email over the week following March 17 to arrange a short phone interview. This phone call is the final step in the OOD application process.

Everyone who applies by March 20 will be notified about whether they have been selected for a shift before March 31. Candidates are still encouraged to apply after March 20 and will be considered on a rolling basis until all shifts are filled.

Thanks, and see you in the woods!!


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Seeking Core Lead volunteers!

Hi Fireflies -

I’m very excited to be returning as Safety Lead for 2023 and am looking forward to another great Firefly! Please read on to find out how YOU can help make Firefly Safety happen this year.

Our current focus is recruiting leads for OOD, Radio, and Ranger Cores. We will be posting info about other volunteer opportunities (inc. Fire Safety, First Aid, and Sanctuary) in mid February.

Want to be the OOD, Radio, or Ranger Core Lead?
Apply here or e-mail Oryx before February 1st!

Who are OOD, Radio, and Ranger Volunteers?

OODs are responsible for handling any emergencies that come up during Firefly. As OOD Lead, you’ll work closely with me to recruit, train, and support these volunteers at the event.

Radio volunteers are responsible for coordinating communications between event volunteers at Firefly. As Radio Lead, you’ll source and set up event radios, and you’ll help train volunteers on how to use them correctly.

Ranger volunteers are responsible for helping Fireflies with anything at the event that could use their help. As Ranger Lead, you’ll assemble and work with a leadership council to recruit, train, and support Ranger volunteers at the event. You’ll also be taking a very visible role in a chapter of the Black Rock Rangers, an international organization with a long and rich history, and will have the support of this community’s local leadership.

What does being a Core Lead mean?

Volunteering as a Core Lead means that you’re responsible for making that Core happen. That definitely doesn’t mean that you need to do everything yourself - your real function is to create awesome opportunities for people to volunteer with your Core, and that can start now!

If you’re looking for examples of specific tasks involved in leading OOD, Radio, or Rangers, you can check out the Safety 2023 RACI chart.

Why should I volunteer to be a Core Lead?

If you’re considering volunteering for a Core Lead position, you probably already know that volunteering has many personal and professional benefits. As a Lead, you’ll get to create your vision of how volunteering with your group can be amazing, and you’ll get help from the rest of Firefly leadership to make it a reality.

More personally, love is a verb, and the heart of Firefly is the volunteers who run it. Taking on the responsibility of being a Core Lead is one of the most concrete and impactful ways that you can love Firefly, and in my opinion, one of the most beautiful experiences that you can have in life is to love something that loves you back. It is no stretch for me to say that being part of Firefly leadership has been one of the most significant and rewarding experiences of my life.

What’s the timeline for Safety 2023?

1/15 - 2/15: Core Lead recruiting
2/15 - 3/15: Core Leads recruit help
3/15 - 4/15: Cores recruit volunteers and develop training plans
4/15 - 5/15: Cores train volunteers
5/15 - 6/15: pre-event prep

How can I volunteer to be a Core Lead?

Please either fill out the volunteer application or e-mail me! I will do my best to reach out within a week of receiving your message. All applications received before February 1 will receive equal consideration.

My ideal candidate has some project management or leadership experience in addition to experience volunteering with the Core they’re interested in leading. If you’re interested in volunteering, but you don’t fit this description, please fill out the application anyway! I am passionate about getting more people involved in Firefly leadership and I will work with you to get the experience you need to fill the role in the future. Please don’t be shy!!

Looking forward to seeing you all soon in the woods :)


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