Friends and Family Weekends

Join us for a weekend of connection, community, and nature celebration.

Embercombe’s Friends and Family Weekends offer you nurturing spaces in which to slow down, dream and reflect, as well as an array of activities to experience community and nature connection, which are at the core of what Embercombe offers. Our fulfilling lineup, led by inspiring facilitators, offers the chance to deepen your connection with nature, make new friends, and have fun.

Our 50 acres of oak woodlands, orchards, lake, stone circle and well garden will be open for exploration, either by yourself or in sessions guided by us. Whether you are coming alone, with friends or family, you will be made very welcome.


With Xanthe Green, Mac Macartney and the Embercombe Team

21st June - 23rd June Summer Friends and Family Weekend 2024 Book Now

Is this for you?

These weekends kick off with a lovely meal and a sharing circle where we hear from everyone. There will be a talk by the founder of Embercombe, Mac Macartney, who will share his wisdom and insights on living in harmony with the earth. You’ll also have the chance to sing in harmony, connect with nature through sessions led by Xanthe Green, and participate in a range of activities.

In addition, you’ll have the opportunity to contribute to our community meals and enjoy an evening around the fireside, sharing your own songs, music, stories, poems, or riddles. And we’ll come together to co-create and hold an earth ceremony in our Stone Circle, giving gratitude to the earth and honouring the beauty in the changing seasons.

What you will gain

Whether you’re looking to deepen your connection with nature, meet new people, or simply enjoy yourself, this will be a nourishing weekend for you and your friends and family.

What to expect

Our typical Friends and Family Weekend line up will include:

  • A talk by the founder of Embercombe, Mac Macartney
  • Singing in harmony with a guest facilitator
  • Nature connection sessions with Xanthe Green
  • Outdoor activities on our rewilding land
  • An opportunity to help prepare our community meals; and an evening around the fireside, where we are all invited to enjoy and contribute with our own songs, music, stories, poems or riddles.

You are also invited to co-create and hold an earth ceremony with us in our Stone Circle to give gratitude to the earth and honour the beauty in the changing seasons. Get ready for a weekend of magic at Embercombe.

Key information:

22 – 24 March 2024
21-23 June 2024

Accommodation is at Embercombe in shared or single occupancy or camping (bring your own tent).

£234 Regular Ticket
£276 Supporter Ticket
£108 Child Ticket

Please consider purchasing a Supporter Ticket if your finances allow it, to subsidise participants who can’t afford the full price.

Interest-free payment plans available, please see below.

Limited bursary places are available for £180 on application

In order to increase accessibility to our Programmes, we are delighted to offer interest-free payment plans to allow you to spread the cost of a Balance Ticket over a number of months. If you would like to utilise this option, please purchase a Deposit Ticket for the programme and then click here to set up your personalised interest-free Payment Plan for the Balance Payment.


Xanthe Green

Xanthe Green is an Outdoor Education facilitator, leading nature connection groups for all ages, including Forest School for home-educated teenagers, bushcraft events with WildWise, creative practice camps for the charity Lifebeat and Embercombe’s Experience Weekends. She has a passion for co-creating programmes where young people have fun, feel safe and included, and are challenged to fulfil their potential while following their hearts and their personal interests.

Xanthe has a BA degree in Business and Psychology, following which she worked in support of young people, which included teaching, tutoring, home-educating and mentoring. Xanthe additionally managed a thriving community health food store for seven years, becoming a finalist in multiple national awards. She holds various leadership training certifications including: Forest School, Call of the Wild, Tending the Green Fire and 8 Shield’s Art of Mentoring.

Xanthe has been connecting with Embercombe for twelve years, including bringing her sons to the ‘Friends of Embercombe’ working weekends, undertaking numerous Embercombe courses and is currently under mentorship with the Founder, Mac Macartney. Xanthe is dedicated to deepening her personal relationship with the natural world, through vision quests & amp; rites of passage and by holding tree planting days, earth ceremonies and fireside circles.

Visiting Facilitators

Mac Macartney

Mac Macartney is a writer, speaker, leadership consultant, eco/peace advocate, and spiritual journeyman. He has explored many paths, some unwisely, some with discernment, all with enthusiasm, vigour, and persistence.

As a young child, he fell deeply in love with nature and since that time has endeavoured to listen to the guiding dreams, visions, and experiences that have landed in his outstretched arms. In their different ways all have invited him to do whatever he can to shift our world for the better.

Mac moves between, learns from, and contributes to, many diverse and contrasting spheres of society – an enriching, stimulating, and often, deeply troubling pathway. Over a period of twenty years he 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 worldview 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.

Your stay at Embercombe

Embercombe is a beautiful 50 acre rewilding estate on the edge of Dartmoor. It is a place to find a deep connection with nature – wild nature around us and wild nature within us. Our land is a mix of nature scapes to reconnect with, from mature oak woodlands that are over 150 years old, meadows and pastures for our family of sheep we have on the land, to various fruit orchards and gardens to explore, as well as our sacred stone circle and sacred well to seek counsel from. It is a place for nature connection, self development, inspiration and engaging in nature. 

Accommodation and facilities

You will stay in one of our beautiful yurt villages. Each yurt is furnished with comfortable beds and a wood fired stove. Both yurt villages have compost toilets and running water. Full bathroom facilities with hot showers are available in the main building.


All your meals are included. Organic, vegetarian food is lovingly prepared on site using produce from the Embercombe garden wherever possible. Special diets are adeptly catered for. Please indicate if you require this on your booking form.

Share this event