Clemence Viel

Clemence was raised by two agricultural engineers passionate about sustainability and organic agriculture. She holds a Masters in Management from HEC Paris and a CIPD degree in Human Resources, is qualified in organic horticulture, permaculture and forestry (Bangor University); in physical theatre and improvisation (Jacques Lecoq), and has a foundation in Jungian analysis.

Prior to joining Embercombe as Managing Director, Clemence has led two parallel careers for seventeen years: an administrative one, working in an incubator for social entreprise, Fair Trade, Corporate Social Responsibility, programme management, before becoming the Director of Operations of a renowned independent London arts school; and an artistic one, writing, performing and directing theatre centred around the female experience, and facilitating group work with hard-to-reach young people and people who have experienced homelessness.

Since participating in The Journey at Embercombe in 2015, she has also followed her own Twin Trail, pairing the outer action of social and environmental activism with inner development: deepening her understanding and practice of indigenous wisdom and self-leadership (Northern Drum), sacred feminine, nature’s cycles and menstruality (Red School).

As Embercombe’s Managing Director, Clemence is responsible for delivering the vision and mission of Embercombe and strategically leading Embercombe’s programmes, operations and staff.

What does Embercombe mean to you?

In the mantle of the Earth, together we re-member who we are and how to embody the change we wish to see in the world.