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.
Jasmin Morrell, Festival Producer
Jasmin is a writer and editorial consultant living in Asheville, North Carolina. Passionate about the power of story and imagination to foster healing, she has served as the Communications Director for The Wild Goose Festival and Love Wins Ministries. She is also a collaborating editor and writer for The Porch Magazine. She believes in beauty, radical hospitality, and deep laughter.
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.