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Thank you for the wonderful week on Grow the Grown Ups. We all had a rich, meaningful and inspiring time. We’ve all come back a bit changed for the better and that’s something we’re managing so far to bring to, and hold on to, in all the different areas of our life. High-lights:
- The incredible supportive atmosphere on the whole of the site. It felt like everyone – Embercombe volunteers, camp volunteers and leaders and the land itself – was there with love and was cradling our family. That was humbling and precious.
- Time and space to be together as adults, with the kids looked after with such love. Support and encouragement to just be with our kids. The joy of seeing them as people.
- The afternoom by the pizza oven. I am filled up just thinking of the wonderful setting, the sense of community, the care from everyone involved and fun of the time.
The Journey awoke a fire in me that was at first painful to touch but has become a source of new energy, enthusiasm and creativity.
Thank you so much beautiful people. I blogged about my experience of the camp but in a sentence: This week has bolstered my heart with the embodiment of receiving such deep, loving, non judgemental support for both children and parents and has provided and inspirational vision of the possibility of creating a world where parents receive the support they need.
A significant marker in my life that has reconnected me with the essential tennets of connection to people and nature.
For me the most special bit of the camp was the general ease I felt about myself, and my parenting, whilst there in Joanna’s and everyone’s company. I felt able to follow my and my son’s flow with no sense that I was disappointing or challenging anyone. I felt trusted to ‘find my way’ and I thank you in particular for this. Alongside this ‘trusting’ there was also a sense and experience of people caring about us and being there for us in whatever way we needed… practically and emotionally… that’s quite something. I found my connections and LPs quite magical!
We loved all of it! The children loved their time in the woods in the afternoon, we loved the options of the rhythms of Embercombe, the games, the stories, the songs, etc! Food was delicious – loved the freshness of it all.
Embercombe feels a very grounded place. I have visited many communities since the 80s and it stands out as sane, healthy, fun and inspiring. I had the impression it was also open to new ideas and endlessly growing, rather than getting too stuck in one groove.
I wanted to write to thank you in a very heart felt way for what felt like a long over due time as a family with other families. I actually find it quite hard to express the importance of our week together… Embercombe and you taught us about leadership, listening and connecting.
I can’t improve on it – they were the most important memorable and life changing three days of my career
Thank you for a fab camp again. It is undoubtedly a highlight of our entire year and we cannot wait to the next one! Best parts: We loved everything about the camp: the holding, the singing, the circle with children, the rhythms of Embercombe and parents sessions. I particularly appreciated having parents sessions in the afternoon because it gave us some time to arrive and have family time in the mornings. Thank you for all your holding, teaching, heartfulness, permission, love and light. The 20 min 1:1 with Joanna was AMAZING! We both had big shifts in that short time, so thank you! Scheduled time for both Special Time and Listening Partnerships was invaluable. Our yurts were superb! It felt like the height of luxury and true glamping 🙂 It was sweet to have other young families in the nearby yurts. The food was gorgeous and nourishing and we appreciate it so much that the Embercombe team looked after us for several days, so that we could leave behind worrying about cooking, cleaning, shopping, etc. So, it’s amazing to have that abundance and quality. Thank you! As in the previous year, it’s great to have some host families there. It feels reassuring that there are people holding the space outside of the main circle.