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Thanks again for an amazing, insightful few days
I loved EVERYTHING. And my daughter did too, so it’s difficult to be specific. It really struck a good balance between there being enough laid on for us to do together to really connect whilst also being a total eye-opener in terms of the listening partnerships and other workshops with the grown-ups. I’ve never done work like that before, and it was incredible. Yurt was sweet and cosy — we didn’t expect burners or a proper wooden floor! Food was great — there was so much of it too! We both came away from the camp feeling utterly wonderful — and I feel changed for life, actually. It was a beautiful, beautiful thing!
I feel very strongly that this type of venue should be used more regularly for this type of training as the change and creativity created by being in a very different place is very powerful.
Leaders Quest 2014
Grow the Grown Ups has – for two years now – been a really special week where we can reset our relationships with our young twins. It has given us a chance to spend very different time with them: looking at them and loving them deeply. They love it, and it’s very precious for us as a family. It’s a great privilege to be at Embercombe for the week. It’s a beautiful place where you feel supported and everyone on site helps this to be a really special time. There’s no other time like it in our year, and it helps us be better parents, and more courageous people out there in the world.
What an extraordinary programme!!! I was bowled over by the care and attention that went into every detail of the week. The quality of the support available to me as a parent from the staff team and the experienced GTGU parents made this a week to remember. I have never known our son to be happier or more relaxed and the play workers (Henry in particular!) gave him the security and confidence he needed to join in the programme and make new friends. I have 25 years experience as a parent of young children yet found there was still so much to learn:) For me, the most significant thing was realising the simple fact that being a parent is the route to growing the hurt child within us all. It felt like a relief to have a chunk of time with your loving support plus that of my listening partners , to ask simple questions of myself and then turn them around into simple, clear realisations that are so simple and obvious NOW!
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.
Life changing empowerment. A life affirming, soul-strengthening exploration of what it means to be truly alive.
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.
When I read about it I couldn’t quite believe it was being held in the UK. I thought it must be in the States as it sounded too good to be true. There were so many aspects that drew both my partner and me to it: the rich nature of the work being offered, having time without the kids to be able to really focus on our parenting journey, staying in a yurt, being cooked for all week, the kids being able to romp and roam on the land…. Fundamentally for me it was having an opportunity to connect and work with others drawn to this parenting approach, as prior to this I’d felt I was treading a lone road. My expectations were exceeded by the wealth of engagement from the other parents attending and it felt a great privilege to work together with them.
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.