Introduction to Rewilding

Would you like to learn more about Rewilding?

Have you heard of Rewilding but you are not really sure what it all means?

Would you like to take action for the natural world and think Rewilding might be the answer?

Our “Introduction to Rewilding” programme is the perfect place to start. Learn about the fundamental principles of rewilding land in Britain. Hear, see, smell, touch and connect with our own wild land here at Embercombe, whilst learning what some of the language and theories around rewilding mean in real life. Learn how you might go about rewilding on your own land, farm, garden, school or community space in order to take action for wildlife. Go away with an understanding of the difference between traditional nature conservation and rewilding.

With Embercombe’s Rewilding Lead Laura Fairs

Is this for you?

This programme attracts people just like you; people who want to learn more about land regeneration, those who want to turn their ideas or worries about the natural world into action, further their passion for rewilding and form a community with others who want the same.

What you can expect

You will have the chance to learn experientially from what is happening at Embercombe, which has been rewilded and restored for over 20 years. Embercombe is a 50-acre rewilding site with human beings deeply embedded, giving you important insights into how to rewild on a smaller scale, be it your garden, your smallholding, your farm or your woodland.

Alongside this you will also have the chance to discover how to begin to rewild ourselves and rewild our society with discussions, activities and exploration into how to step towards a wilder life. Together we will uncover what it might mean to reconnect ourselves with nature, at this time in our modern world, when we are at our most disconnected and when our world needs us most. Reflection time around the fire, or a beautiful spot in our 50 acre wooded valley to reflect on these questions, is coupled with a connection to others at this gentle introduction into the world of rewilding.


I’ve come away with a sense of hope about my own contribution about how to make things better
Rewilding participant

Key information:

15-17 March 2024

Arrival from 4pm Friday and Finish 4pm Sunday

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

£348 Regular
£420 Supporter

Limited bursary camping places of £288 are available: apply here.
Please consider purchasing a Supporter Ticket if your finances allow it, to subsidise participants who can’t afford the full price.

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.

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 toilet 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.

Other activities

  • Visit a beaver enclosure and meet with experts who have experience of species reintroduction
  • Practical data collection day giving you a toolkit that you can apply elsewhere on your own, or others, sites
  • Development and creation of your own rewilding and business plan for use moving forward


Laura Fairs – Embercombe’s Rewilder!

Leading on all aspects of rewilding at Devon’s leading eco-retreat she has 25 years of experience of working in nature conservation, rewilding, nature connection and engaging people in projects by building trust and finding solutions. Laura is also co-founder of the Devon Wildland initiative, a coming together of people and land across the Haldon Hills, Teign Valley and surrounding area, who are making more space for nature. The initiative is to create a network of wilder sites connected in both the physical landscape but also through people who will share experience, resources and ideas.