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Sassafras Earth Education

5 Church Street

Aquinnah, MA 02535

508 645 2008

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Adults & Family


Open House-Potluck & Fall Equinox Celebration

Our Open House/Potluck and Fall Equinox Celebration is a wonderful opportunity to visit and (re-)connect with the Sassafras community. Join us at our house and yard with a dish to share. 


The Fall Equinox marks a natural transition that we like to celebrate with seasonal abundance; berries, fruits, roots, veggies, fish, game. Bring your favorite dish to share and we’ll provide beverages, fire and music!


Join us for games in the field (around 3pm)

Together we will build and light a big fire (4pm-ish)

David acknowledges the season’s transition, this land and it’s first people, and lead us into sharing gratitude. 

Summer Camp Stories by Evan and Youth (5pm-ish)

Next date: Sunday September 22, 2019 from 3-6pm

Location: David & Saskia Vanderhoop, 5 Church St, Aquinnah

See calendar

Nature Connection for Adults

Are you a teacher, coach, parent, or leader, looking to create meaningful experiences and improve connection with nature, yourself, and others? Nature invites your transformation!


Spending time outside, especially in the wild, is just as vital for adults as it is for young people. Nature Connection is good for our health and wellbeing, and with Sassafras' unique mentoring approach you will embark on an exciting, ever expanding journey of discovery of both the natural world and yourself. Sassafras is your island specialist in Nature Connection and Nature Mentoring since 2005, and we love to show you the ins and outs thru first hand experience and immersion. Sign up for the series, apply as an apprentice, or join us as a walk in. We offer 7 Sunday afternoons, plus an overnight in June.


Following the natural cycles, we offer seasonal activities each month, from our fully outdoor curriculum: quieting the mind, bird language, movement and play, wildlife observation and tracking, earth skills (fire by friction, carving, basketry), open fire cooking, collaborating, and encouraging personal growth. Participants have the option to complete the series journey with a solo in June, and to apply as an apprentice and participate in our some of our youth programs,

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

Time: noon – 4pm 

Cost: Walk-in $40  Series 

Dates: t.b.d.

Womens Fire Circles

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 thru 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 November, or sooner at 12 participants. All women are asked to commit to the series of 6 dates, to share honestly and vulnerably, and to be open to being uncomfortable at times in order to grow and transform. We enrich the evening with a wild crafted 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 up front, big deals to you; it is in these areas that we find 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 a short or long term volunteer experiences or who have an interest in learning nature-based mentoring through service, please contact us!