The Children’s Fire – Embercombe’s founding principle


A pledge, a plea and a prayer for our future generations.

The story of the Children’s Fire is a teaching of the elders of ancient America, passed onto our Founder Mac Macartney by his indigenous mentors on a moonlit night in the winter of 1984 and is a central principle of all of Embercombe’s work in this world. The elders came to understand that human institutions needed to reflect the balance and wisdom they observed in nature. They made a pledge to the welfare of unborn children, both human and non-human:

No law, no decision, no action of any kind shall be taken that will harm the children of this generation and seven generations hence.

The Children’s fire is the heart-song of Embercombe. A song of love, to life.

The Children’s Fire is a commitment to the responsibility carried by each successive generation to safeguard the vitality and regenerative capacity of the earth. It is a mind-set, culture, philosophy and design principle. It can and must be observable within politics, religion, art, business, education, health services, economics and our daily lives. It is the foundation of all we do at Embercombe. It is a sustainable future.

We are set a challenge. The Children’s Fire invites us to walk in beauty, participate generously and appreciate the inner journey as much as the outer. It invites us to join the Twin Trail of inner work and outer action in the world.

Childrens Fire

How to rewild on a smaller scale – Online webinar with Rewilding Britain

Watch this recent online webinar with Embercombe's Rewilding Lead Laura Fairs as she joins Rewilding Britain's latest discussion and shares learnings on how to rewild a piece of land on a smaller scale here at Embercombe in Devon. In this webinar, Rewilding Britain welcomed two Network members, Kate Morley from Hill Crest in Devon and Laura, to talk about how ...

Rewilding the self and the world – Reflections from our Autumn Rewilding Camp

By Darran Hughes Darran Hughes shares his recent experience of joining Embercombe's Autumn Rewilding Camp as he discovers rewilding is not just about the land and plants and animals but about rewilding our souls, our relationships, our communities and ideally our culture.  It’s hard to imagine it’s been nearly a decade since George Monbiot first released his best-selling book “Feral”, ...

New Wellness Days at Embercombe

Join us for a new series of free Wellness Days in our Medicine Wheel Garden and Community Orchard for communities in the Teign Valley and around Devon. We will be restoring our heritage apple orchard and traditional medicine garden from October 2022 as we explore the world of wild medicine and plants throughout the four seasons together, and will be …