Grow the grown ups

Grow The Grown Ups Homecoming

With Joanna Watters and Team

A weekend for families who have attended at least one Grow the Grown Ups programme.

25th October - 27th October Grow the Grown Ups Homecoming Book Now

Times: 5pm Friday – 3pm Sunday

Fees: £200 per adult / £90 per child 

10% Early bird discount if you book before 3rd August

Limited bursary places will be available at 35% discount

This is glamping rather than camping, in a beautiful yurt village – with showers and toilets and indoor facilities. We allocate accommodation as best we can please be aware you may have to share a yurt.


Is This For You?

We welcome all families who have participated in our GTG programme on to the GTG Homecoming.  There will be activities to engage children of all ages, including teenagers.

What You Can Expect

This is a chance to reconnect with like-minded families, touch back into the Embercombe atmosphere, deepen your connections – to your children, to your partner, to your values, to your inner core and your ability to listen.

We will remind ourselves of the Parenting by Connection tools of Listening Partnerships and Special Time.

There will be parent sessions and family activities.


Joanna Watters

I’ve known about Embercombe since Spring 2008 when I was introduced by friends whose children were part of a Steiner school residential.  I loved what I found, how Embercombe’s core mission is to grow people, and to strengthen connection to where and how we live, and I felt inspired to bring another strand of work in addition to the already brilliant education work: to specifically and directly support parents with the challenges of parenting, and thereby acknowledge the place of conscious parenting in cutting edge activism.

With the support of others, I devised our Grow the Grown Ups programme, a residential family week specifically developed to support parents of young children into authentic realistic conscious parenting, valuing our connection to ourselves, to each other and to our environment.

Joanna Waters

David Smart-Knight – Camp Manager

For 25 years I have asked: “What does it mean to live sustainably?”

This simple question has led me through wildwoods, urban jungles, bramble thickets, and corporate fortresses. I’ve sat high in boardrooms of multinational corporations and crept into the heat of the womb of the sweatlodge, and my conclusion is that, in a world as impoverished as ours now is, “sustainability” is a completely inadequate ambition.

What we actually need is regeneration, and if we are to understand regeneration and create a regenerative culture, we have to work on re-establishing our connection: connection with ourselves, with each other and with nature. I have come to understand that our ability to evolve a benign human presence on this planet is in direct proportion to our ability to connect. Which is why it gives me such pleasure to be able to support this Grow the Grownups programme.

In the wider world beyond Embercombe, I spend my time between my deep-nature connection business, the complexities (and joys) of single-parenting two teenagers, and supporting the Regenerative Culture strand underpinning Extinction Rebellion.

David Smart-Knight

Helen Bourne – Creche Lead

I have always believed in the crucial importance of our early years. This time makes a difference to our relationships and learning for the rest of our lives. At the centre is our parenting.

I have become increasingly passionate about parents and the amazing work that we all do. Parenting is not valued as it should be in our society and there is never enough support.

Our Grow the Grown Ups programme provides an amazing space to enjoy support, play and love in a beautiful and well loved environment.

Helen Bourne

Fiona Barnes – Host

For me Embercombe starts with the land and the children:

I love the land and want to be part of it, to know it in greater depth each day – to become ‘reindiginised’ (a new word meaning for people to become reconnected to ‘their’ land).
I feel drawn to care for the animals; to care for them in a way that resonates with me and with Embercombe, i.e. to interact with them through connection…

For the children it’s all about connection. To grow to be healthy adults who can make a difference in our world, they need connection to their adults, themselves and the land. I am committed to a way of being with children that allows them to find themselves. I am interested in bringing the Hand In Hand approach in to our daily lives (with or without it’s title), it provides a solid framework for adults and children to grow.

I feel that my role is part of the development of Embercombe’s work – enabling parents to deepen in their vital work as leaders for their children, for the children to be given the foundation to deepen through their connection to themselves and for the animals to assist in that by being part of our daily lives.

Fiona Barnes

Upcoming Dates & Booking

25th October - 27th October Grow the Grown Ups Homecoming Book Now

We aim for all our courses to be as accessible as possible and if necessary it is possible to arrange for payment by installments. 

There are also a limited number of bursary places available for this course at %35 discount on application.

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

Grow The Grown Up's - 26 - 31 May at Embercombe

Thanks again for an amazing, insightful few days
Father, with partner and 3 children