It all begins with the stories we share about this land. What are the stories of this land your organization lives and operates by? What might we change if we are open to new stories about this place and those who live with it?

First Light supports organizations to continually learn the history of this place, so we can be liberated to do our best possible work for the health of the land and the people. We’ve put together these self-guided courses and a resource library for organizations seeking to further their relearning journey.

  • a group of 20 people stand and sit together. They are smiling for a group photo on a grassy spot in the sun with a view of a mountainous landscape behind them at the end of their 4-day course.


    These courses were put together by Wabanaki and non-Wabanaki leaders who have been deeply involved in First Light, and we hope they will give your organization guidance.

  • three bodies are huddled together, one pair of hands holds a pot full of water and is gently pouring it out into the cups held by the other two pairs of hands. They are standing on a beach with the shoreline just barely showing up in the background.


    This collection of resources has helped our community learn from many perspectives over time and unlearn the foundational myths of dominant culture.


  • Changing legacies - why this journey
    For First Light Community Organizations

    Community Conversation - June


    We'll see you on Zoom for June's Community Conversation, led by Community Catalyst Kara Wooldrik. Contact Ellie or Kara for the Zoom link.

  • Heron's Rip
    For First Light Community Organizations



    The work of land justice in Maine calls for our best selves. It asks for our individual, personal sustained commitment beyond projects and job descriptions and calendars. What yearnings feed and sustain this work for you? While the work of First Light is new, we know it is filled with both great joy and great challenge. What are the motivations that inspire it; how do we nourish each other to stay at it?

    This is a 3 night/four-day camping experience on the Downeast landscape that initiated Peter Forbes who will be joined by others in First Light to guide us with provocative questions, good facilitation, and a beautiful place to do creative, sustaining things together like carve, fish, explore, recommit to the work and to each other. No matter if you are new to First Light or have been part of it for many years, this time will help to sustain the questions and motivations inside of you for years to come. Please express your interest in participating to