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Honouring Fiona Barnes

With the heaviest of hearts, Embercombe lost one of its fire-keepers, and the most precious soul at the core of its journey this last weekend. Our dearest Fiona Barnes, ‘Fi’, has been part of Embercombe’s history since her daughter, Asha, was small and, over the last decade and a half, wove her life and love inextricably into the land and …

Material – Finding wild creativity at Embercombe

By Jane Alexander Jane Alexander, a writer specialising in wellbeing and travel, shares her experiences of reconnecting with natural materials and the land in Material: The Alchemy of Making Nature and creativity went hand in mitten for me from a very young age. It wasn’t just mud pies and whittling sticks – my childhood memories are full of attempts to ...
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Embercombe Inspires

By Joshua Holmes Joshua, a residential volunteer in 2016 and Journey participant in 2017, shares his experiences at Embercombe as one of the key inspirations for living his mission in service to the planet and those that inhabit it. Every time I swing open the wide wooden gate and step foot once again onto Embercombe soil I get a sense ...
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Six Ways to Rewild Your Team

By Gill Coombs Here at Embercombe, we talk a lot about rewilding our beautiful valley: the abundance we’re encouraging, the disruption that leads to greater diversity, tricky decisions, dynamic tensions between competing species, the changes we’re already seeing in the richness of the land. Meanwhile, the team here at Embercombe has been undergoing its own parallel rewilding experiment. During 2021 ...
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Re-Learning Ceremony

By Sophia Young At Embercombe we have a long standing practice of holding blessings for the collective meals we share. During my time as kitchen manager over the last two years, it’s always been a meaningful way to come together and offer gratitude for that which we are about to eat and fundamentally, to honour the many layers of journey ...
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Prescribing nature: A new project with Men in Sheds

We're delighted to announce a new project: Prescribing Nature with Men in Sheds. From Spring 2022, our workshops and wild land will be busy with the sounds of sawing, hammering, lively conversation and laughter as we welcome the very first group of Men In Sheds in Devon's Teign Valley. Kick-started by local GP Jim Hayter, this is a pioneering mental health project ...
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Cauliflower Cheese Recipe for Christmas!

By Sophia Young - Kitchen Manager at Embercombe Feasting a la Embercombe ~ Cauliflower Cheese for Christmas It’s fair to say at Embercombe, we make a rather delicious, rich and creamy, vegan Cauliflower Cheese and for, this time of year, it’s perfect for cosy feasting with beloved family and friends. It was the main dish of choice for our coming ...
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The Reflective Work of The Journey

Herbalist and yogi Morag Hensleigh shares her recent experience of joining us on The Journey Embercombe's transformational 5-day personal development programme that guides you to explore the ‘Twin Trail’ – the inner path of self-development, and the outer path of action. At the beginning of October I found myself in Devon at a place called Embercombe, having signed up for ...
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Final update on pigs rewilding the land at Embercombe

The pigs time on the land has come to an end for this year. A video update on how they have done is below. The pigs have been on the land for a month, with access to a large meadow area which has been grazed by sheep for some time (with rest periods as they move around the land). The ...
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Autumn Rewilding Camp highlights

Embercombe Autumn Rewilding Camp - an exploration of nature connection, rewilding ourselves and taking action. Our Autumn rewilding camp was 4 days of diving into some of the concepts and practicalities of rewilding. Over 30 people gathered together to learn, share and experience a raft of different activities. Participants were introduced to Embercombe and heard some of the magic of ...