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Sassafras Earth Education

5 Church Street

Aquinnah, MA 02535

508 645 2008

© 2018 by Sassafras Earth Education/

Adults & Family


The Thanksgiving Myth Busted  
Talk - Potluck - Conversation at the Ag Hall 

"A Truthful Representation of History and an Acknowledgement of Indigenous Territory" 


This event is intended for teens and adults

The celebration of Thanksgiving has long been a point of controversy for many communities across Turtle Island. It’s time that we take a hard look at what actually happened. Presentations given by Ramona Peters (Mashpee Wampanoag) and David Vanderhoop (Aquinnah Wampanoag) will explore the origins of this historical myth, the facts that have been overlooked, as well as giving their perspectives as indigenous people whose homelands and ways of life continue to be colonized.

Please bring a dish to share, drink and place settings for the POTLUCK. 

Date: 2020 dates TBD

Location: Ag Hall, 35 Panhandle Rd, West Tisbury

See calendar

Nature Connection for Adults

Sassafras is a 51% Indigenous led organization specializing in connection and mentoring with mother earth at the center.

Would you like to create more connection with nature, with who you truly are, and with others, in a way that respects the First People of this land? Are you a teacher, coach, parent, or leader, looking to create meaningful experiences with youth outside? Than this mini series is for you.


Spending time outside, especially in the wild, is vital for adults just like it is for kids. Without that beautiful wildness, we wither. And in this country, "we" spend 93% of our time indoors and in cars. Finally science is saying that ancient traditions were right on: Nature Connection is good for our health and wellbeing! With Sassafras' unique and ancient mentoring approach, you will embark on an exciting, ever-expanding journey of discovery of both the natural world and yourself.

You will learn about a truthful representation of Indigenous people, and how to do a land acknowledgement. We will do a seasonal activity each month, relating to what we call  Indigenous Landculture (permaculture). Immerse yourself in our fully outdoor curriculum for a whole day each month, with bird language, animal movement and play, wildlife observation and tracking, earth skills, fire by friction, open fire cooking and storytelling. 

Sign up for the series of 3 Sundays in spring 2020 to try it out!

In the fall of 2020 we start an 8 month long program with a sleepout at the end.

Wampanoag and BIPOC receive full tuition coverage thru our Repair Fund

No-one is denied for lack of funds, we offer payment plans and financial aid. 

Time: 10am – 4pm 

Cost:  Series $135  Walk-in $50

Dates: April 12, May 17, June 14, 2020

Womens Fire Circles - FULL (group is closed)

All welcome who identify as women!

Sassafras provides a space of support and sisterhood for women with nature connection at the center, in a series of Monday evenings. Moving consciously through the seasons and the natural cycle, we start out the evening with an activity or story that connects us to nature and our mother the earth. We take turns in sharing about monthly topics such as regenerative living and social justice while fostering personal transformation. We meet outside around an intentionally tended fire (as weather permits), or inside our cozy tipi around the wood stove and by candle-light. To build trust and a safe space, we close the group in October, or sooner at 12 participants. All women are asked to commit to the series of 6 dates, to share honestly and vulnerable, and to be open to being uncomfortable at times in order to grow and transform. We enrich the evening with a wildcrafted tea, treats, and singing. 

Time:   6:30 - 9pm 
Cost:    $150
Dates:  Oct 21, Nov 18, Dec 16, 2019, Mar 16, Apr 13, May 18, 2020.
See calendar 

Open Fire Circles - mixed gender

Ongoing series of monthly gatherings; an open fire circle for adults of all gender orientations. Fire Circles provide an important place for healing, by sharing and listening to what’s present in ourselves and others.


In the current times with endless challenges, circles are pillars for community and village building, as circles value equanimity, difference, and growth of understanding. With Nature Connection as a core value, circles “optimize” and bring out “the best” in people.  


Sassafras makes a conscious choice to create a space where we can address issues that are upfront, big deals to you; it is in these areas that we find an opportunity for personal growth. What happens in fire circles is magical, over the years we see people leave feeling connected, recharged, and with an increased sense of meaning.


We meet outside around a consciously set up, and well-tended fire. During inclement weather, we retreat into our heated yurt.


Sharing is confidential and we value authentic expression and deep listening. Please join us, and invite a friend, partner or co-worker.


Cost: Free (donations to Sassafras welcome)

Next date: see calendar


Donations of firewood are always welcome!

Mentoring 1-on-1

Looking for a life-coach or you are specifically interested in the understanding and application of our NCM approach? We are specialists in connection. If you want someone in your life that really listens, is not afraid to ask questions that deepen your personal journey, or have been looking for someone that can help you move towards your goals and can encourage you to find your passion, please contact us for an exploratory conversation.

Become a Volunteer

Sassafras is always on the look-out for people who like what we do and want to contribute and be a part of our community. We welcome all who are interested in short or long term volunteer experiences or who have an interest in learning nature-based mentoring through service, please contact us!