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

Vigil as Devotional Watching

Keeping the Long Night By Angharad Wynne Deep is the magic of fire-tending through dark hours, of giving a night’s sleep as an offering: a sacrifice for a prayer’s flight. It effects change. Things that were ordinary are no longer so, we commune with a night and its fathomless wisdom, with all its tides, hoots and howls. To vigil is …

Frog Medicine and the Death of Animal Kin

The unspoken part of the fairytale By Angharad Wynne I ended a life on Saturday night. I feel raw from it, and sometimes writing is a way of processing. I was walking a small group of brave, hardy humans along a dark lane, heading for a vigil site in a friend’s wood. It was raining and my head torch cast …

Rhubarb and Ginger Tart

With chia custard and rosemary infused cream We recently served this delicious dessert after a feast for about 40 people, offering a gluten free option too. Rhubarb and ginger are a classic combination – delicious and immune boosting too! Our menu is all plant-based so when it comes to dessert we are often experimenting with ways to make it less …