Embercombe Rewilding Camps

Learn how to rewild the land and  yourself

In partnership with Ecosystem Restoration Camps (ERC)

With Ashleigh Brown, Laura Fairs, Mac Macartney and special guest Derek Gow.

Join us to learn how ecosystems work, and how to help them heal. Embercombe and Ecosystem Restoration Camps are passionate about rewilding the land and rewilding people. Together we are offering a series of camps for people to come and get involved and learn about how to rewild your plot of land and your life, bringing ‘nature power’ to the people.

16th August - 19th August Summer Rewilding Camp - Beyond the Fence Book Now
21st October - 24th October Autumn Rewilding Camp - The Edible Wilderness Book Now
27th January - 30th January Winter Rewilding Camp - Trees Of Hope Book Now

As we stand on the very edge of ‘what next’ for the human species, we begin to realise the need to adapt and evolve – to work with nature instead of against it, to ensure our place and the future of our children, alongside those of all species, inside a story that is bigger than all of us.

It is time to bring back the wild, to invite it into our lives, in all the different ways we can think of – to our land, to ourselves, in our stories, in the ways we live and work, to our culture at large. Join us for an exploration of what it could mean, to rewild our land and ourselves.

  • For four days over the summer we will gather on a piece of wilding land on the edge of Dartmoor to begin the journey of a return to working with nature, in this place, as an example of all of our places, and with people who believe in a different way of living with the more-than-human world.
  • Camp under the stars in our back to nature yurts or camp site, share your experiences around the fire, hear from experts, storytellers, ecologists,
  • Visit the farm of beaver and rewilding expert Derek Gow and witness how he has transformed his farm into a riotous haven of life.
  • Experience the rich mix of participation, conversation and story as we navigate together what rewilding means at this moment in time.

Is this for you?

These camps are for anyone who feels the need to be on the land, with a community of people, making a difference to the future of wildlife in this country and beyond. This is for all who feel disempowered by the news of crises and want to do something positive, to make new friends, to get involved. No experience is necessary, just a willingness for experimentation, enquiry and emergence and above all… fun!

What to expect

Each camp gives you the chance to learn the practical elements of land rewilding – from baseline survey to planning and design, to conservation practices, species introductions, tree planting, to wild food growing and harvesting and eating.

This is also an opportunity to sit together around the fire, or spend time alone in a beautiful spot in our 50 acre wooded valley, to reflect on what ‘wilding’ means to you, and to society at this time – to consider, remember and restore your relationship with the rest of nature.

Together as a camp we will begin to understand what we mean by rewilding and what it means for people, and we will begin it!

Camps will include:

  • Learning how to rewild the land and how to rewild yourself through nature connection, ecological action and how everyday activities can be done in a wilder way, such as sleeping, walking and cooking.
  • Taking part in a rewilding project from the very beginning and understand the considerations needed to implement a successful rewilding project
  • Learning how to read the landscape and make decisions on how the rewilding will be implemented
  • Visiting rewilding projects already in action to observe and understand rewilding processes and techniques
  • Connecting with the other forms of life living all around us and what you can do to increase ecosystem health
  • Learning how to monitor and track changes in biodiversity and soil health
  • Meeting new friends, connect and collaborate with other rewilders to form a rewilding community
  • Learning directly from the experiences of renowned rewilding practitioners such as Devon’s own beaver man – Derek Gow!
  • Experiencing the process of rewilding on a smaller scale in a site that is still regularly used by people, and take home key learnings to implement at home and in your community
  • Having a profound and enjoyable learning experience that will transform the way you understand and connect to the other than human world and the ecosystems that exist around us
  • Discovering your place in the ever changing web of life

This Summer we are coming together to celebrate an exciting new rewilding journey that we are embarking on at Embercombe: An Exploration of Rewilding and Regeneration of land and people. This Summer Rewilding Camp is in partnership with the global ecosystem restoration movement, Ecosystem Restoration Camps. 

Coming together for 4 days this August 16th to 19th, this is a kick off camp of a new rewilding direction for Embercombe, and we are inviting you to join us on this journey from the very beginning. The camp will be split into 4 themes for the 4 days: Exploring Rewilding, Flora and Fauna, Rewilding the Self, and Rewilding Society. Together we will learn about what rewilding is and what it means for a context where humanity plays a key role and is embedded into the landscape, rather than fenced out of it. We will learn from top practitioners in this field such as Laura Fairs, new Rewilding Lead at Embercombe, as she takes us through what rewilding is and how it can be implemented on a small scale, sharing Embercombe’s rewilding vision. 

We will have the chance to ‘meet our kin’, getting to know what is already living at Embercombe (trees, birds, plants) and how they interact with each other. We will take you on an exciting trip to Rewilding Coombeshead, Derek Gow’s rewilding farm in North Devon, where he will show you around and explain the rewilding practices and techniques that he has introduced, as well as having the chance to meet the rare and fascinating species that he is reintroducing (beavers, white storks and lynx!). 

We will enjoy a summer barbecue as we learn how to conduct tests to collect data on soil health and biodiversity with bugs, bats and reptiles, taking our bat detectors into the woods at dusk and meet the moths at sunrise. The last two days will focus on how we can live wilder and more connected lives and how we can reimagine and reinvent a wilder society. Mac Macartney, founder of Embercombe and international inspirational speaker who weaves ancient indigenous insights together with modern 21st century ideas will share his vision and practices for rewilding the self. 

The afternoon will be guided by Alana Bloom from Regenerating Rhythms and Gaia Harvey Jackson, both experienced facilitators of practices that will help you tune in what inner rewilding looks, smells, and feels like and how you can incorporate these into your everyday lives. We will finish our evening with tales of the wild things from storyteller Lisa Schneidau.

The final day will look at the fundamental stories and belief systems that our society tells that have created the depleted landscapes that we live in today. Guided by Ashleigh Brown from Ecosystem Restoration Camps, we will deconstruct these stories and write and perform new ones together that are able to birth the rewilded world that our hearts desire.  This unique Summer Rewilding Camp will give you the chance to get under the skin of rewilding our landscapes, our hearts, our minds, our communities and our world as we gather together under the summer sun. Don’t miss it!

We are very proud to be ERC’s FIRST UK camp, and being part of a network of people restoring, rehabilitating and regenerating natural and agricultural ecosystems around the world.

Embercombe is an education centre and charity on the edge of Dartmoor, that has been providing courses, training and events in self-leadership, sustainability and nature regeneration for 20 years. Our mission is to promote and support the ‘wilding of places and people’ – to help catalyse, support and inspire nature regeneration and nature connection locally and across the UK.

In order to support our courses and to showcase what can be done with small pieces of land to all our visitors, for inspiration and practical learning, we are rolling our own rewilding strategy in 2021. This has been developed with help from the University of Exeter, the Agroforestry Research Trust, permaculture experts and many people who have visited over the last couple of years as teachers and participants.

In April our Rewilding Manager is starting and she will begin work immediately with our courses, camps and volunteers, on ecological baseline survey work and land-based rewilding projects and at the same time liaise and consult with local initiatives, networks and landowners, to make sure that the work at Embercombe is in line and supports and contributes to nature regeneration in the Teign Valley and this part of Devon.

With our background in providing learning opportunities on the land, we are delighted to be able to offer the opportunity for people to get involved with this project as citizen science – a collaborative approach to understanding what rewilding means for land like this, and also for the individual, so that they may become inspired, encouraged and skilled to advocate and work for nature regeneration and connection in their different walks of life.

We are delighted to be able to host Rewilding Camps with the global organisation Ecorestoration Camps as the first offering on our land. We are charging a modest fee to cover accommodation, food and guest teachers but we do try and support as many people as we can to come on bursary and free places. As the project evolves we are hoping to build on our local volunteer days and open up the site more regularly to open days to the whole community and in time offer more volunteering opportunities for young people coming from further afield.

Key information:

16 – 19 August 2021
21 – 24 October 2021
27 January – 1 February 2022

Accommodation is at Embercombe in shared or single occupancy depending on COVID policy, or camping (bring your own tent)

£455 – yurt (shared or single occupancy depending on COVID policy)
£355 – camping (bring your own tent)
10% reduction for booking more than one camp – Promotion Code: WildCamp

Limited bursary camping places of £255 are available: apply here.

This is a residential programme. In the event of further lock-down, each participant can choose to have all course fees refunded in full or transferred to later dates minus a pro-rata rate for modules completed.

16th August - 19th August Summer Rewilding Camp - Beyond the Fence Book Now
21st October - 24th October Autumn Rewilding Camp - The Edible Wilderness Book Now
27th January - 30th January Winter Rewilding Camp - Trees Of Hope Book Now

Download the handbook of the camps here

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Hosted by the Embercombe Land & Site Team and Ecosystem Restoration Camps, with special guests to be announced

Ashleigh Brown

Ashleigh has worked across the world for the past ten years, developing and leading trainings for various organisations that have been received in over 50 countries around the world. Her passion is to support people in their learning and development towards a higher purpose that serves to better our world. Since 2010, this has included increasing reading rates and literacy in sub-saharan Africa, Asia, and refugee communities in the UK, and, in the past 4 years, her passion and focus has been in ecosystem restoration. Co-founding Ecosystem Restoration Camps in 2017, Ashleigh has helped the organisation grow from John D Liu’s idea to a global movement of 37 camps around the world. Embercombe became a camp in 2019, and Ashleigh has supported the development of the Rewilding Camps concept. She is an example of how an everyday person, passionate about healing the world, can get stuck in and make things happen.

Derek Gow

Derek Gow

Derek Gow is an ecologist, author of the wonderful book ‘Bringing Back the Beaver’ and a keen advocate of species reintroductions, particularly that of the Eurasian Beaver. His farm in West Devon is home to the first licensed beavers in the UK and he works with Wildlife Trusts and other landowners to bring back this species to the British Isles.

Mac Macartney

Mac Macartney

In 1999 Mac founded Embercombe. At which time he was also the founder and CEO of a leadership consultancy for corporate executives operating internationally between 1989-2005. Over a period of twenty years Mac 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 world view 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.

Laura Fairs

Laura has been working in nature conservation for over 20 years and has recently joined Embercombe from the Wildlife Trust movement. Working on nature reserves of 1 acre through to landscapes of 5000 acres, establishing an extensive conservation grazing herd, offering farm advice and more recently implementing a Natural Flood Management project on private landholdings for public and biodiversity benefit. Laura combines practicality, common sense and understanding with connecting people and nature. Laura has been drawn to Embercombe to be a part of all aspects of their rewilding action. She is looking forward to joining the conversation to find ways in which we can rewild our world. Laura is passionate about reducing her impact on the world through minimising her consumption, growing her own food, sharing, repairing, mending, swapping and finding solutions that do not require buying new stuff! She is a proud parent of two #FridaysForFuture Climate Strikers. Laura lives with her family in the stunning Teign Valley.

Upcoming Dates & Booking

16th August - 19th August Summer Rewilding Camp - Beyond the Fence Book Now
21st October - 24th October Autumn Rewilding Camp - The Edible Wilderness Book Now
27th January - 30th January Winter Rewilding Camp - Trees Of Hope Book Now

Embercombe partners with Ecorestoration Camps

Embercombe is delighted to announce a new partnership with Ecorestoration Camps, a global grassroots movement that aspires to get people from all walks of life volunteering and learning and working together to restore degraded land around the world.

The purpose of this collaboration is to rewild the Embercombe valley, as well as supporting the rewilding of the land around it, and to create together a series of practical learning opportunities for people to be involved in the transformation.

“This is a great opportunity to support and work with a network of similar places around the world, so we can do our bit to inspire people to rewild and restore as much land as possible. After the lock-down there will be people needing to get their hands and feet back on the land and we’d like to provide the opportunity to do this, whilst knowing there are others out there doing the same, from all kinds of backgrounds, traditions, beliefs and places – many that we can innovate and learn from”

– Rachel Fleming, Director at Embercombe

As the only camp in the UK we are looking forward to welcoming people from around the world to courses and work experiences, helping us to rewild our land, be an example for other pieces of land in this country and to explore what it means for people to rewild themselves. Are you interested to come and work and learn on our land?

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