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Wish for the Wind

Reflections of a Day Volunteer by Jon Stein The Wednesday Team – Jon Stein on the left with Andrew Davis and Jenny Wilks In my younger life, Nature never stood a chance: I was too busy dreaming of being a rock star. As a teenager, I spent hours putting together imaginary bands then thinking up names for them. The world, …

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The Facilitator’s Path

By Tove – Facilitator on, The Facilitator’s Path: Holding Space, Making Change 2016 2016 was a year that many of us were happy to leave behind. We saw reproductive rights being challenged, refugees being met with a glaring absence of support from our governments and the election of a man who models so much of what many of us spend …

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Digging for Gold

Guest Blog by Sophie Young; Artist, Writer & Mother of  two Two winters ago, a fortuitous moment crossed my path whilst reading online. I saw a post for family camp called Grow the Grown Ups. Something enticed me and curiously I opened the link. Avidly reading through, the six days outlined and all they encompassed sounded incredible and I presumed …

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Imagine better. Make it happen.

Guest Blog By Grey of WeWine talking about her experience on the Futerra Away Days at Embercombe Last week I went on my first Away Days with my job. All of our offices from around the world – London, New York, San Francisco, Mexico and Sweden – came together for four days and stayed at an eco retreat called Embercombe …

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A New Embercombe Council – Rising in the Ashes of the Old

Our old council were a group of people who stepped forward, seeking to find a way in the changes that are happening within our daily lives, with the many complex issues surrounding our Earth, whilst holding open a gateway to our future generations to come. The unseen council of the future observing us from beneath the ground is often in …

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Time To Grow Time to Go – An Assistants Story

By Erica Lowe, Housekeeping Assistant So, I arrived in September 2015. An Essential Volunteer. Signed up to clean toilets, harvest vegetables, cook meals, fix fences… anything Embercombe needed two hands or more to get done and receiving accommodation, food and the opportunity to experience living in a community of like minded people with the aim to find within me what …

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The Mindfulness Revolution in the Kenyan Prison System

A group of mindful leaders (prisoners) in the largest Maximum security prison of Kenya Naivasha are transforming themselves, their fellow inmates, the institution and even people outside prison. They are change agents and they are leading a mindfulness revolution within the jail that can be felt outside their prison walls. This revolutionary work is a fruit of a four way …

Tree-top Party – A Poem

By Leila Bawa – Dreaming at the November 2016 Experience Weekend Tree-top Party Let me move slowly And with love Moving in love, Animal Close to the earth, Merging with The earthen undergrowth. The wind is blowing, I feel the reminder, “I am here”, “I am here”, Breath breathing being Just here. The trees are whispering, “It’s okay, it’s okay, …

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Oinofyta Refugee Camp School

Volunteering in Oinofyta Refugee Camp School, Greece – By Isabel Wright Embercombe Land Based Education Facilitator I have been a member of the Embercombe Education Team since May 2015 and have been a teacher of all ages since 1991, but my experience of volunteering for 2 weeks in the school in Oinofyta Refugee camp this summer taught me more about …

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Building a homeplace

By Guest Blogger Oliver Bettany of Sacred Earth These days Embercombe Experience weekends are hugely popular, elaborate planned events for which pre-booking is essential. This was not always the case. In one of my favourite stories that he tells about the early days of Embercombe, Mac recalls a time when he and Joey would often find themselves standing expectantly outside …