In Search of the Masculine

Calling a circle of men to explore the emerging territory of healthy masculinity at this time when Western cultural maps are broken. We are discovering what happens when men come together with courage to face the unknown as a path towards personal and cultural healing. 

Each of us carries elements of an emerging way of being. Those called to join our circle this year will bring his own fragment of this new understanding, and together we will illuminate a new map that includes our emotional, intellectual, instinctual and creative selves.

Our guides are all experienced in facilitating self-discovery, with a broad range of skills to open the pathways to understanding and insight, and negotiate the challenges that a journey like this entails. You will leave with tools to navigate the choices, wonders and difficulties of our lives.

What you can expect?

We will gather around the fire, in the woods and in Embercombe’s dedicated indoor spaces, hold courageous conversations and use group and solitary enquiry, systemic constellations, sweat lodge and other transformational practices to unearth the buried treasure that all of us hold beneath the surface. We will be asking you to bring your honesty, humility and sense of adventure as we meet as a council of men to use our hands, hearts and souls to search for pathways to remap the masculine we believe is needed for our time.

Our aim is to return from this exploration more closely aligned with our true nature, in service of a more coherent masculine identity. This awareness will help us orientate ourselves in these chaotic times and – whatever our purpose in life – to navigate our life path and find a deeper, more authentic self-expression

Who is it for?

We are calling for fellow seekers who want to better know themselves and their place in life. What’s required is the curiosity and audacity to advance this enquiry: to listen intently; to tell – and face – our truths. We will be asking for your honesty, humility and sense of adventure.

I consider this experience to be an absolutely essential one for any man, regardless of where you might be in your life.
Adam Stewart

Key information:

30 March – 2 April
Arrival time:  4pm
Departure time: 4pm

Residential course based in Devon, at Embercombe


£504 – Supporter Ticket
£408 – Regular Ticket

Limited bursary places are available on application.

In Search of the Masculine

Embercombe – Your Stay


You will stay in one of our beautiful yurt villages. Each yurt is furnished with comfortable beds and gas heaters. Both yurt villages have a 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.

Your Guides

David Smart-Knight

David Smart-Knight

Parent, facilitator, natural material craftsman, deep-nature connection mentor, spiritual activist and cultural engineer with 30 years enquiry into “designing for sustainability” & 10 years enquiry into “designing for regeneration”, David seeks to always ask “what’s possible?”.

Mark Mabon

Mark Mabon

A therapeutic coach and facilitator working with individuals, groups and organisations. His primary training is in family constellations and systemic coaching, also influenced by long exploration and study of transformational practices, from breath work to NLP. He lives in Devon with his wife and two daughters.

Joseph Rose

Joseph is a passionate advocate and catalyst for positive social change. He aided in the formation of the UK Student Climate Network, instigated youth strikes for climate in Devon, and has led workshops on dealing with ecological grief. Elected as a South Hams District Councillor, he represents Totnes for the Green Party, bridging the worlds of activism and politics. Joseph is a director of a community land project, The Living Projects, where he facilitates nature connection work with children and runs community sweat lodges. He is a musician, DJ, and father.

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