Creating Ceremony – Circles of Prayer

With Mac Macartney, Angharad Wynne and Fiona Shaw

Join us for this week in which we take a look at what we mean by ceremony at this time, and how we might bring it back into our lives.

Dates and Times: 12pm Monday, March 9 – 2pm Friday, March 13 2020

Fee: £625 includes shared accommodation, food, field trip and teaching.

Limited bursary places are available at £400: apply here.

Embercombe is fundraising to allow more people to join our courses and we offer as many bursaries as we are able. Please be aware that there is stiff competition for places.


In traditions around the world, stretching back in time, ceremony has allowed us to step out of the mundane elements of our lives and into a deeper conversation with each other and the world around us. Felt on all levels of our being, it provides us an opportunity to sink into other realms of being and understanding, to call and respond to the ‘larger than ourselves’, to interface with and directly experience ‘the mystery’.

Ceremony can gives us meaning and it can unify us. It is the way we come together to trust, to share, to celebrate … to experience and to experiment with what it is to be human.

So what does ceremony mean for a culture in which it has largely been lost? How do we conduct ceremony with integrity, whether we belong to or believe in a particular tradition or not.

In this residential course, we take a look at what we mean by ceremony as individuals and as a collective at this moment in time, and how we might bring it back into our homes and public spaces.

We consider questions such as

  • How can prayer and ceremony change the world, for ourselves, our communities and for the rest of nature?
  • What do we mean by ceremony?
  • How can we make ceremony that allows us to be in relationship with something larger than ourselves?
  • How much do we need to keep to the traditions of ceremony and how much can we create ourselves?
  • Is ceremony something we can do at home?

We will be held by ceremonialists from four different traditions as we ponder these questions , explore what is common between our different understandings and practices of ceremony, and consider for each of us, what can we apply to our own lives.

What To Expect

Teaching, discussion and participating in ceremony within each tradition brought by the holders, sharing of our individual experiences and stories around the fire, and time to spend integrating in the wilding valley of Embercombe.

Is It For You

This is a course for all who would like to explore and cultivate their own ceremonial practice, whether privately at home, singing and dancing with trees and the rest of nature, or out in public leading others in ceremony.


Mac Macartney

In 1999 Mac founded Embercombe. At which time he was also the founder and CEO of a leadership consultancy for corporate executives operating internationally between 1989-2005. Over a period of twenty years Mac was mentored and coached by a group of Native American teachers. During this training and ever since he has attempted to bring two worlds together – an ancient world view that emphasises relationship, interdependence, and reverence for life with the huge challenges and equally huge opportunities of the 21st Century. You can find out more about Mac’s work here.

Mac Macartney

Angharad Wynne

Angharad spent much of her youth exploring her Welsh homeland by foot and delving deeply into the western magic, healing and spiritual traditions in order to piece together the lost parts of her own indigenous culture. Connection and dialogue with with nature and landscape is central to her work as is the magic of everyday, the creation for meaningful ceremony for our lives today and sharing the spirituality and mythology of her homeland with others.

A published author and poet, Angharad is also a storyteller who uses story as the starting point for deep enquiry and a source of timeless wisdom and healing. She regularly runs spiritual and creative retreats including the Return to Centre series for women, In the Footsteps of Ancestors, an annual pilgrimage following ‘Songlines’ across the sacred landscapes of Britain, and Dreaming the Land which she co-runs with partner and collaborator, Eric Maddern. She speaks widely about finding ‘the dreaming’ of place; of working with intuition, knowledge and landscape to draw together threads of spiritual practice which are connected and meaningful to and arise from specific geographical and cultural landscapes.

Angharad Wynne

Fiona Shaw

Fiona’s work takes many forms but in some way all the threads of her work are concerned with ‘soul’, healing, supporting and enabling people to be more present and connected in their lives.

In 1993, when living in Spain, Fiona started working as a lay midwife. She undertook her midwifery training in England and then went on to work as an Independent Midwife for 15 years. She is the co-founder of Sacred-Birthing, which enables her to teach and share all that she has learnt to date.

She was initiated as a Medicine woman of the Red path in 1997 and carries the altars of the half -moon and temescal. She has been holding ceremonies within this lineage for the last 23 years creating circles and community in United Kingdom, Germany, Israel and Portugal.

She is always seeking to interpret these indigenous ways so that they are relevant and congruent to us in these times, which feels more relevant than ever.

She has a busy practice, runs groups, initiation ceremonies, supports individuals to create their own ceremonies and rituals, and has had the honour of being a celebrant for marriages.

She is a mother of a daughter on earth, and a son who recently went to the stars.

Visit Fiona’s websites:

Fiona Shaw

Upcoming Dates & Booking

We aim for all of our courses to be as inclusive and accessible as possible – please contact us for information on paying in installments.

There are also a limited number of bursary places available for this course at £400 on application.

If you have any questions please call +44 (0) 1647 252 983 or email


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