Friends Working Weekend

Next Weekend Dates: 14 – 16 April 2017

At our Embercombe Experience Weekends we warmly welcome everyone who would like to come along and volunteer their enthusiasm, expertise, or simply a willing pair of hands, to help in both seasonal and on-going work at Embercombe. Over a weekend of working on the land, cooking, eating and sharing, we create a community of people who nourish the place and each other.

Solo travellers, families and friends, young or old, new to Embercombe or seasoned contributors, all are welcome. Accommodation is in one of our rustic yurt villages where you will share with up to 5 people or you can book a whole yurt for you / your party. We also have a small number of camping places.

Upcoming Dates & Booking:

19th May - 21st May 2017 Embercombe Experience Weekend May 2017 Book Now
7th July - 9th July 2017 Embercombe Experience Weekend July 2017 Book Now
15th September - 17th September 2017 Embercombe Experience Weekend September 2017 Book Now
6th October - 8th October 2017 Embercombe Experience Weekend October 2017 Book Now
17th November - 19th November 2017 Embercombe Experience Weekend November 2017 Book Now
8th December - 10th December 2017 Embercombe Experience Weekend December 2017 Book Now

If you have any questions or difficulties with your booking please call us on +44 (0) 1647 252 983

We are offering two reduced price places, on a first come, first served basis, for those who really cannot afford to pay the full price of the weekend. If you wish to apply for one of these places, please contact Clare explaining your circumstances:

What you will be part of:

  • Purposeful activity that has meaning and benefit to you and to Embercombe
  • A community of like-minded people who are affirming their connection to the land and what it holds for us
  • Sharing skills and knowledge
  • The tasks that support day to day living
  • Preparing food: harvesting, chopping, cooking, eating, enjoying and the washing up!
  • An opportunity for families to work together, benefiting from all that Embercombe has to offer
  • Creativity, such as sharing of stories and music around the campfire

Please note that this is a working weekend with great opportunities to contribute to day to day tasks and real work activities that enable Embercombe to flourish. We have lots of family-friendly jobs so everyone can get involved!

Useful information:


Arrival is between 5pm and 7pm on Friday night. Dinner will be served from 7pm to 7:30pm. If you will be arriving after this time please let us know.


There will be a minibus pick up from Exeter St David’s Station at 6.30pm on Friday evening and a drop-off at 5.30pm on the Sunday. You can book the pick-up and drop-off with your ticket the cost is £6 per adult and children go free. For more information please contact Laura.


We generally provide meals which are vegan and gluten free. Cow’s milk and butter are also available. We are unable to provide gluten free bread so if you require this, please bring your own.

Allergies and Medical Needs

If you have allergies (foods, bee stings etc) or medical conditions that could affect your weekend, please inform the hosts and the kitchen on arrival.


Accommodation is provided in yurts, or alternatively you can bring your own tent. The yurts all have wood burning stoves and are very cosy in all weathers. However, in the winter months be aware that if you let the stove go out during the night it will get cold. Bedding is not provided so bring a good sleeping bag or a single duvet cover, single sheet and duvet, and bring a pillow and pillowcase. In order to maintain the yurts in good condition, to encourage safety and adhere to fire regulations, we ask that you:

  • Remove shoes before entering
  • Do not smoke
  • No naked flames

Wood burning stoves can be lit in the evening during the colder months to keep you cosy during the night but we ask that they are not lit during the day to preserve our wood supply. The stoves can get very hot so please be mindful of children and be sure not to put items on or around the stoves. On departure do not remove the ash from the stove, but please replenish the wood basket, sweep the floor and leave the yurt as you would wish to find it.

What else to bring

  • Towel
  • Sleeping bag, rated for the season
  • Extra blankets and/or hot water bottle
  • Warm Clothes in the winter
  • Warm hat in the winter, sunhat for the summer
  • Equipment – torch (head torches are particularly useful)
  • Camera (plenty of opportunities), musical instruments
  • Toiletries – our flush toilets are linked a septic tank so please ensure that you use toiletries that are eco-friendly and easily biodegradable
  • Waterproofs
  • Good boots or wellies
  • Indoor shoes or slippers unless you are happy with socks only
  • Please! – Do not bring dogs (except guide dogs). Thank you.

Children and Child Care

Children are integral to the spirit of Embercombe so whilst their primary care sits with the parents or guardians, their well-being is also considered the responsibility of all those who are present around the children, and we give the utmost consideration to their enjoyment and involvement. We hope to encourage respectful communication between adults and children and hope that adults will intervene in any situation where necessary for the well-being of all concerned.We do where possible try to identify tasks with which children of any age can engage alongside their parents/carers.

We ask that consideration is given to everyone’s needs and that the yurt villages are quiet places early in the mornings and in the evenings after younger children may have gone to bed.
Embercombe has a lake on site, with the inherent dangers of deep water and we therefore ask that no children go there unsupervised. We are unable to allow swimming in the lake as we do not have an open water life saver on site.

Smoking, alcohol and illegal drugs

All buildings and yurts are designated no smoking areas. If you smoke please only do so at the outdoor fire pit located in each yurt village and the one by the dining yurt. We request that alcohol is consumed in moderation and only at evening mealtimes and after tools have been put away and worked ceased. Please do not drink alcohol in any of the accommodation provided. No illegal drugs are permitted on site.


Please note that places cannot be refunded or transferred after 7 days before the event.

Use of smartphones, tablets and laptops at Embercombe

Children themselves have asked if a clear policy can be established to limit the use of digital screens during Embercombe Experience Weekends. The children said that it was hard to avoid being drawn into screen viewing when someone is doing it around them, and one of the things they really value about Embercombe is the time they spend away from screens.

Therefore we ask everyone attending Embercombe Experience Weekend to avoid recreational use of digital media. We understand that texts and other messages need to be received and sent but we invite you to limit your use of screens to this function alone.

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