Sarah prays with the Earth like no one that I know. She is like a wide and deep and clear river that carries strength, life-giving energy, direction, and pure love.

I serve as the Board Chair of the Eco-Institute at Pickards Mountain. Sarah for many years has been its Program Director.  Her work over the years has been extraordinary.  Her laser insight into other’s hearts and minds, her gentle evocative questions, her ability to succinctly summarize wide-ranging and disparate discussions and the depth of her integrity all lead to her extraordinary work.  I am blessed with 22-year-old twin boys who have been blessed by learning with and from Sarah since they were 8.  No one in their lives has been more influential as a teacher, mentor or friend.  She has a rare gift that she brilliantly shares with children through elders.  I am one of those lucky elders!   

Don Wells, Former Headmaster and Professor, presently a Consultant and mentor

Mentoring & Consulting Testimonials

“I chose Sarah as a personal mentor because her presence among students suggested a deep capacity to listen, reflect, and guide. I have seen Sarah mentor children and adults over the years, and I knew I needed that same guidance in my life.”

Dr. Nicolette Cagle, Lecturer, Duke University

“I wanted to be solid on my spiritual path but was at a loss for which way to turn. I was ready to give up everything to follow guidance, but was also afraid of what that would mean.  Sarah was such a blessing to me because of her certainty, clarity, insight, and faith. It also seems like her experience in exactly this matter was imperative for me to be able to take the next steps in my journey. My rites of passage would not have happened without her. And I never would have harvested what I did because Sarah was there to support, anchor, and guide me. Words cannot fully describe what our experience has done for me. Sarah helped me to feel, finally, sane again. Like I am an essential part of the puzzle and that I have something amazing to contribute…and that I’m not crazy for thinking so. She helped to bring out my truth, simply by being an example of what it means to live, breath, and speak your truth. She helped me uncover things I might not have been willing to face on my own, but with her there to hold my hand I was. I have become more certain in who I am, and that I am able to speak my truth in any moment. I have learned the value of what I can bring in just being who I truly am. What I appreciate most is the gentleness and strength that Sarah holds, and the way she sees so clearly what I’m going through and has the ability to name it in such a loving way. I feel totally held and safe, full of life and understanding of not only myself but the world. I am very grateful. I have been led through the biggest transformational experience of this life so far. I wouldn’t trade this experience for anything, and, looking back now, I realize how much more myself I’ve become aware of and allowed to flow through me. At times it was rough, very challenging, but that’s what I’ve asked for. And I see how it is clearing the road ahead and all around me. I see how this will affect me for the rest of my life.”

Kira Taylor-Hoar,

“I was out walking the other day thinking of how to write a testimonial for Sarah Haggerty’s work. Then, for a brief moment, everything slowed down. That moment intensified beyond words. I let a few weeks pass to find the words, but I am still no closer to explaining or describing it. The reaches of Sarah’s work are just something that must be experienced.”

Johnathan Postman

Workshop Participant Testimonials

“The experience for me was part teaching methods, spiritual retreat, and community development. The various models for project management, community development, and cultural mentoring provide me with a valuable framework for ordering the days and course of my life. I came away with a renewed sense of hope and empowerment, and a piece of wisdom that came to me to guide my days: Begin with gratitude and move with curiosity to a place of wonder.”

Tommy Slusser, Heart Based Environmental Educators Participant

“The Community Leadership Program has been an enriching experience for me to learn a valuable nature-based model and set of practices that can be applied to my life and work. But the most compelling aspects are the steady compassionate mentoring and modeling Sarah Haggerty provides and the opportunities to be authentic and connect and co-create with the other wholehearted participants.”

“The impact of our time together was Beyond words. Beyond imagination. I found unexpectedly what I forgot I was looking for. Small details are coming together in a more coherent action plan. I can say I know the next step. It is only a matter of sticking to it and doing it. This program was very valuable for everybody who participated. Everybody felt inspired, touched and moved, and we left with considerably more clarity than we came.”

Iza Hutzler, Life Design Participant

Put simply, this workshop was life-changing. Sarah has a level of expertise in nature connection mentoring and spiritual development that is completely unrivaled by any other person I have had the pleasure to have met. I expected to just learn about basic mentoring methods but came out with a sense of clarity and connection greater than anything I have experienced, along with a good grasp on nature mentoring methodology. My experience here has brought many deep and uncomfortable realizations to my awareness, which have been weighing down on me for years. But these realizations, however uncomfortable, have begun to lift this enormous weight from my shoulders, and allow my personal nature connection, along with my sharing of the connection, to reach uncharted territories. I shall be forever grateful to all who allowed this program to happen.

Anonymous, Heart Based Environmental Education Participant

Public Speaking Testimonials

“I have had the pleasure of watching Sarah work with children and adults, and I wanted her to share her experience and wisdom during a group presentation with my students at Duke University. Sarah offered my students a window onto a world that had been shuttered to them. Sarah’s work is a gift. Her delivery is calm, thoughtful, and inspiring. She intuits and adapts to the group’s physical, emotional, and intellectual needs. She finds the edge of a group’s knowledge and experience, and nudges past that edge in a way that both challenges and comforts. Sarah’s presentations are an experience, atmosphere, and unforgettable opportunity.”

Dr. Nicolette Cagle, Lecturer, Duke University