Meet the Team
Gareth Higgins, Founding Director
Gareth was born in Belfast in 1975, grew up during the northern Ireland Troubles, and now lives in North Carolina. As a storyteller, retreat leader, and festival director, Gareth writes and speaks about the power of stories to shape our lives for better or worse, connection to the earth, cinema and the power of dreams, peace and making justice, and how to take life seriously without believing your own propaganda. He's happy to be a work in progress, and you can find him at www.garethhiggins.net.
Tyler McCabe, Festival Producer
Tyler has served as a director at both nonprofit and for-profit companies, regularly producing events of this scale. Dedicated to the arts, he has served three times as a reader in the Pacific Northwest Writer Association's annual poetry contest, and his nonfiction has been honorably mentioned in Best American Essays. His writing has most recently appeared at The Toast and in The Other Journal. He lives in Seattle, loves watching movies, and would love to make jokes with you on Twitter.
Brian Ammons, Community Director
Brian Ammons is tuned into how the community is coming together and helps keep things on track. He facilitates conversations leading up to and throughout the festival. He's sort of the border collie keeping us together and moving through the process. Brian is the Chaplain and Director of Spiritual Life at Warren Wilson College in Asheville, North Carolina. He's particularly interested in stories that make the familiar strange and invite us into new possibilities.