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

On Softening and Surrendering – Experiences from The Journey

By Ian Wilkinson Ian Wilkinson shares his recent experience of the gift of softening and surrender on Embercombe's flagship personal development programme The Journey in March 2023. In recent years I have wandered lost in the wilderness trying to find my purpose and meaning. An old friend has told me time and time again - if you know who you ...

The healing, discovering and empowering journey of The Journey

By Darran Hughes Darran Hughes shares his recent experience of healing, discovery and empowerment on Embercombe's flagship personal development programme The Journey in November 2022. “I invite you to spend some time exploring that…”, were the words Stefan gently spoke, as I sat alone on the edge of a roaring fire late one evening. I looked at him, knowing in my ...

How to help our feathered friends in Winter

Embercombe's Rewilding Lead Laura Fairs shares some tips on how to help our feathered friends during the challenging winter months: This can be the most difficult time of year for small wild birds. Prolonged days of frosty weather restricts their food supply as the bugs and beasties they feed on retreat, in order to protect themselves from the frost, in ...