Embercombe’s mission is to be a powerful and innovative catalyst for the emergence of leaders and change agents who will take courageous action for a just, peaceful, and sustainable world.
Thanks again for an amazing, insightful few days
[The Journey was] a rediscovery of the person I once was. The wonderful realistion that she still exists. Under several layers.
Without doubt, the best bit was the sense of connection – to my family, to my inner life, to some of the fundamental pinch points within our family and also within myself, to some of the other participants, to the sacrificial work of all of those running and supporting the camp (particularly the volunteers and Tim), to the land. I found that nearly all of the camp worked towards improving the sense of connection. Special time was fabulous, and the focus that it felt was on the children during that time. Each evening, we sat at the campfire. Just before bed every night, Tim came round as part of checking the whole camp. I felt a real sense of being watched over and cared for, from this. The food and the practicalities of the camp were great. The volunteers and staff could not have done more for us. The only reason I was at Embercombe was because my wife had said she wanted to go. I wouldn’t have ever thought of or wanted to go. We arrived at the camp and I had given no thought to it, other than the practicalities of getting there. My intention was to endure whatever she had dragged me to. Even once I had managed to settle in to the camp, and to move from enduring to actually wanting to be there, I still did not expect to find such a deep insight as during the “you are welcome” exercise. I am slowly working my way through the layers of this, and trying to alter my family relationships particularly with my son. It isn’t easy but it also won’t go away (except sometimes in the heat of the moment). Without wanting to settle for second best, I am also trying to accept “good enough” particularly based on the resources available to me. Thinking that about my own parents is certainly very helpful for me to understand them and to accept some of the ways in which they parented me. I found Joanna’s leadership of the camp to be very gentle and surprisingly effective and insightful. In focused sessions, she seemed to touch lots of us in very different ways and to provide a way in which we could approach different things and move forward with them. The parenting sessions felt extremely safe to me. If I had not felt safe from the very beginning, I do not think that I would have experienced such deep insights. I am not sure how Joanna created that environment of safety, however it was extremely profound and effective. Quite apart from parenting learning, I started a lot of thinking about my lost spirituality, balance in life and connection to food and nature, and the purpose and spirit of my business. Provided that I can discipline my approach to work, the implications of these can be significant to my life. We are talking about whether to return next year. If we are able to, I will not be a reluctant attendee. Far from it, I very much want to be back at family camp. So, thank you for all of your work, energy, effort, learning, insight and love for parents and children.
I can’t improve on it – they were the most important memorable and life changing three days of my career
Leaders Quest 2014
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.
I received a text last night from one of the group to say it was one of the most personally challenging programmes he had ever been on and it will have a deep impact on how he acts and reacts in future.
The whole experience was utterly remarkable and I will never forget it. It will help me move forward with purpose, authenticity and compassion. I have nothing but praise for the work of the Embercombe team.
UK Sport 2014
I left Catalyst knowing the story of myself, I left with the tools to write and speak the story I want to tell when i look back at my journey upon this one blessed earth.
Catalyst has brought me a deep desire to share this feeling of limitlessness and unity with every person I pass on the street.