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.

21st October - 24th October The Edible Wilderness
Autumn Rewilding Camp
21 - 24 October 2021
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27th January - 30th January Trees Of Hope
Winter Rewilding Camp
27 - 30 January 2022
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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 autumn we are offering another opportunity for you to join us for an exploration of rewilding the land, ourselves and our society in partnership with Ecosystem Restoration Camps. After the wild success of our first camp in August 2021, we are excited to be organising another autumnal camp focused on the theme: The Edible Wilderness.

The camp will take place over the course of four days, with each day focusing on a different theme. The first day will act as an introduction to rewilding and what it means for us at Embercombe, as well as what it means for you, and what you’re hoping to gain from taking part in the camp. We will explore the land at Embercombe and meet some of our kin that are living here with us through a mini bioblitz.

The second day will focus on practical actions to rewild our land, looking at our lake and our hedges and discussing how we can make them wilder, as well as getting down and dirty with activities that mimic the presence of beaver and wild boar. In the evening we will take a trip to the nearby river Otter for a chance to see beavers living wild and what their presence is doing to the River Otter ecosystem.

The third day will look at rewilding ourselves and our landscapes through the lens of food. Many people visit rewilding sites such as Embercombe and wonder how we can marry rewilding the land with the growing of food for our consumption. We will be led by Caroline Aitkin through a journey to discover the answers to these questions as well as a visit to a regenerative farm to learn directly how food and the wild can grow and exist together. There will also be a discussion about how our own diets and food choices can create a wilder world and a healthier us.

The last day will be a chance for us to digest all that we have learned and to set intentions for how we are going to make changes in our own life and our society to continue the rewilding of our world. Mac Macartney, founder of Embercombe, will lead us through a process to discover our own paths towards these goals.

By coming together this autumn, we will have the opportunity not only to learn about rewilding, but to meet kindred spirits and new friends. To sit around the fire and underneath the stars. To let your nervous system rest and replenish in the bounteous abundance of life around you, lulled to sleep by the hooting of owls.

Let’s come together to remember who we are, our place in the web of life, and what we need to do to transform our world.

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.

21st October - 24th October The Edible Wilderness
Autumn Rewilding Camp
21 - 24 October 2021
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27th January - 30th January Trees Of Hope
Winter Rewilding Camp
27 - 30 January 2022
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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

21st October - 24th October The Edible Wilderness
Autumn Rewilding Camp
21 - 24 October 2021
Book Now
27th January - 30th January Trees Of Hope
Winter Rewilding Camp
27 - 30 January 2022
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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Autumn Rewilding Camp - The Edible Wilderness

Autumn Rewilding Camp – The Edible Wilderness

The Edible Wilderness
Autumn Rewilding Camp
21 - 24 October 2021
Winter Rewilding Camp - Trees Of Hope

Winter Rewilding Camp – Trees Of Hope

Trees Of Hope
Winter Rewilding Camp
27 - 30 January 2022