• The Eco-Institute at Pickards Mountain (map)
  • 8519 Pickards Meadow Road
  • Chapel Hill, NC, 27516
  • United States



Six-part series, Wednesday evenings 7pm-9pm, March 8th - April 12th

This program draws upon ancient wisdom traditions to explore
each community member's role in the “more beautiful world we know is possible.”

Explore the skills of cultural healing and community design, develop your leadership capabilities, discover the power of ancestral wisdom. In this program, we combine cultural mentoring, community leadership principles and inner awareness to offer an experiential  seminar like few others.  We will explore archetypes of leadership, aspects of community design, and traditional wisdom to support the resilience of individuals and the communities.

Discover hidden aspects of leadership which are used by ancestral peoples and top performing modern day teams alike. Explore the eight shields model, a system of cultural mentoring used by over 100 communities across the world. This model is directly applicable to any community design work and it “crosses platforms” to support teams in any arena including work, home, and community settings.

In every community there is work to be done. In every nation, there are wounds to heal. In every heart there is the power to do it.
— Marianne Williamson


What must we change to become the people we most wish to be?

What does it take to create a village culture?

What are your hidden gifts and how can you use them to effect the world many generations from now?

How can we each step into a greater leadership role and inspire others to join us?

What can traditional culture teach us about living with great possibility and hope?



You want to discover your growing edge as an emerging leader.

You want to learn community design principles that can help you in your daily life.

You want to join a movement of deep nature connection, inspiration and cultural restoration.



Evenings gathered around the fire or in our community teaching spaces & lakeside gazebo pavilion, occasionally rove in the field, forest, or garden

A multi-faceted group of younger and older adults

Shared heartfelt experiences and direct personal mentoring

Participants are invited to come early to join us at our optional Wednesday evening potluck at 5:30




Try out the first session: $30
Entire series: $120-$180 sliding scale


Sarah Haggerty helps people get in touch with what really matters. In an increasingly fragmented world, we need connection with the deeper aspects of life more now than ever. She has developed her approach over the past 20 years, and has supported thousands of people on the path of deep nature connection and personal growth. Through this work, she has helped remove the grief of disconnection, awaken attributes of leadership, nourish dreams and bring a sense of meaning back into daily life. She was the 2012 winner of the North Carolina Environmental Educators of the Year award, was Program Director at Schoolhouse of Wonder, founded the Natural Mystery School, and is the current Director of Education at Piedmont Wildlife.


Scholarships are available and need-based.  Contact Brenna at pmeioffice@gmail.com.