Rewilding camps

Embercombe Rewilding Camps

Learn how to rewild the land, yourself and society

In partnership with Ecosystem Restoration Camps (ERC)

 

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.


26th May - 29th May Learn to rewild the land, yourself and society
With Ecosystem Restoration Camps
26 - 29 May
Sold Out
14th October - 17th October Learn to rewild the land, yourself and society
With Ecosystem Restoration Camps
14 - 17 October
Book Now

It is time to learn how to be in service to all who live within our planet’s ecosystems, and learn how to revive, rewild and restore them.

As we stand on the very edge of ‘what next’ for the human species, we are remembering our place in this big and beautiful web of life. We are driven by a desire to reintegrate ourselves back into the wilderness, where we came from, and where we belong. Join us for an exploration of what it could mean to rewild our land and ourselves.

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 discover how to rewild the land, rewild ourselves, and rewild our society. Our camps attract people just like you, people who want to turn their climate anxiety into action, further their passion for rewilding, and form a community with others who want the same.

You will have the chance to physically take part in work on the land that encourages rewilding to happen, as well as 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 small holding, your farm or your woodland. Our camps regularly involve visits to other rewilding projects, giving you a richer and deeper understanding of what rewilding looks like in different places and timescales.

Together we will uncover what it means to rewild ourselves, 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 really reflect on these questions, is coupled with deep connection to each other.

More about our Spring Camp


Join us for four sun-filled days at Camp Embercombe, as we gather together to explore what rewilding means for the land and all who live here. Making the most of the long and warm late May days, this camp will be bursting with activity, as we roam the rewilding land of Embercombe, discovering all who live here.

We will begin by giving you the chance to understand how the land is changing as a result of Embercombe’s rewilding approach. Together we will explore the land to see who is living in the meadows, the woods, the lake, surveying the rich wildlife that is flooding back onto the land. 

We will teach you, step by step, how to rewild a piece of land, looking at Embercombe as a case study, as well as another local rewilding project. Together you will work in groups to create a rewilding plan for a piece of land. Then, in the evening, we will travel to the River Otters to watch the beavers work their magic. 

The Saturday will look into how we as human beings can live wilder lives that support the rewilding of the land and our society. The morning will be spent learning how to live from the land, helping to develop your ancestral skill set, and the afternoon will be all about how to create rituals and ceremonies that help usher in a wilder world. 

We will end the experience with a coming together of our hearts and minds to reflect and share what we have learned and taken from the camp, finishing the weekend with a closing ceremony to honour our time together and taking our steps towards a wilder world.

Read more about the Spring Rewilding Camp schedule here.

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.

What people are saying

“I am leaving feeling a great surge of positivity and urgency about taking some of the information we have learnt out in to the world in order to impact change”
Participant

Key information:

DATES:
Spring Rewilding Camp: 26 – 29 May
Autumn Rewilding Camp: 14 – 17 October
10% reduction for booking more than one camp – Promotion Code: WildCamp

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

FEE:
£455 – yurt (shared or single occupancy depending on COVID policy)
£355 – camping (bring your own tent)

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




Download the handbook of the camps here

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Facilitators


Hosted by the Embercombe Land & Site Team and Ecosystem Restoration Camps

Gaia Harvey Jackson

Gaia Harvey Jackson

Gaia is a facilitator of empowerment, ecstatic dance and authentic connection. She is a great lover of creating rituals and ceremonies steeped in magic and connection that also make sense in our modern world. Her work is playful, deep and courageous. Her mission is to connect humans to their primal nature to live a richer and freer life.​ She does this through embodied ritual, cyclical living, and creating spaces for people to test their edges, shed their skins, and find belonging in those they meet along the way.

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.

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 5 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 45 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.

 

Chris Salisbury Wildwise

Chris Salisbury

Chris founded and currently directs WildWise, an outdoor education and training organisation in 1999, after many years working as an education officer for Devon Wildlife Trust. With a professional background in the theatre, a qualification in drama-therapy and a career in environmental education he uses every creative means at his disposal to encourage people to enjoy and value the natural world on courses he facilitates in the UK and abroad. He has worked with and been profoundly influenced by Ray Mears, Bill Plotkin, Joanna Macy, Martin Shaw, David Whyte amongst very many others. He the director of the acclaimed ‘Call of the Wild’ Foundation programme at Embercombe, where he also directs the yearlong programme ‘Where the Wild Things Are’ at Embercombe. His book, ‘Wild Nights Out – the magic of exploring the outdoors at night’ was published by Chelsea Green in 2021. He is also known as a professional storyteller (aka ‘Spindle Wayfarer’), and is the co-founder and Artistic Director for both the Westcountry and Oxford Storytelling Festivals. He is also a theatre ensemble teacher for the International Schools Theatre Association.


Upcoming Dates & Booking

26th May - 29th May Learn to rewild the land, yourself and society
With Ecosystem Restoration Camps
26 - 29 May
Sold Out
14th October - 17th October Learn to rewild the land, yourself and society
With Ecosystem Restoration Camps
14 - 17 October
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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