The Cave


Join us for a year-long Council of Collective Imagining as together we follow an ancient trackline into the darkness of the cave.

With Carla Stang, Angharad Wynne, Mac Macartney and special guests to be announced
Curated by Rachel Fleming and Emma George

Spring 2022 – Spring 2023

Once there was a time when the art and practice of prophecy was a part of human culture the world over. In times of crisis the oracles, those who could commune with the creative force of nature, would descend to the darkness, to the cave, to consult with the gods, to dream with the earth, to visit with the soul of the world itself.

12th May - 29th April The Cave Book Now

What will you meet

In our times, when the need for creative and collective visioning and imagining of the future is our most urgent human need, as we begin to understand that the earth itself is our most crucial partner if our species is to survive, we dig down to unearth the ancient techniques, the spaces, the possibilities and potentiality of prophecy, seership and oracle, and make this the most urgent, relevant and accessible work of our time.

This is for all those who feel a pull towards the depths, the imaginal, the dream of the earth, for those who yearn to work in true partnership with the creative forces and flows of nature. No visioning experience or aptitude is necessary – as deeply connected parts of nature, we each have our unique and individual dream of the earth to bring to this collective imagining.

They knew that by working with the force of nature, that which resides in the very matter of the universe, in the blades of grass, in the winds that blow, that they could change the world. At this moment of great change for us, as we stand on the very edge of what is possible for the human species, perhaps there is something important we have forgotten. What is it that we have lost that has allowed the great mystery of life on earth to flee from our lives. Where does magic now reside in the world and how can we possibly bring it back?

During our time in the cave, we will be bringing together scholars, explorers, imagineers, practitioners – both ancient and modern-day visionaries to inspire and help to light our way. Through an alchemical mix of knowledge, wisdom and practice, through listening to others, to our deep soul-selves and to the mystery of the dark, we aim to imagine ourselves to a place of collective vision and prophecy.

We will be learning to sense the future with our bodies, through age-old divination practices, through seership and scrying, through poetry, through our collective dreams. Above all we will sit together, bringing forth our own dreams and imaginings of the future, our soul-seeds of wisdom and those fragments of the dream of the earth that we can each uncover and offer in service to the transformation of the world.

Who will come

We are seeking wild adventurers and deep dreamers, those prepared to explore the outer reaches of their imagination and be immersed in new experience. We will ask you to leave the familiar behind and step into the darkness of the cave at this fractured moment in our history with the courage to witness new futures waiting to emerge.

Do you long to align yourself with the dream of the earth, to hear the voice of the deep, to feel belonging in the dark, to be in service to mystery? Join us.

Structure of the programme

This work will be carried out over three residential sessions on the land of Embercombe where we will gather in person with our facilitators and guests, sitting in circle, in ceremony, in simple back to nature accommodation, to prepare, to incubate, to dream, listen and vision, and to celebrate both darkness and light. There will be 5 sessions online interspersed throughout our time together, 4 x 3 hour sessions and we will finish with a final full day online festival.

 

Residential 1 – The Descent
12 -17 May 2022
Arrival 3pm, departure 4pm
2 x 3 hour online sessions
15 June, 7 – 10pm
13 July, 7 – 10pm

Residential 2 – The Incubation
22 – 27 September 2022
Arrival 3pm, departure 4pm
2 x 3 hour online sessions
16 November, 7 – 10pm
15 February, 7 – 10pm

Residential 3 – The Return
16 – 21 March 2023
Arrival 3pm, departure 4pm
1 x online Festival of Visions
29 April 2023

Key information:

DATES:
Residential 1 – The Descent
12 -17 May 2022
Arrival 3pm, departure 4pm
2 x 3 hour online sessions
15 June, 7 – 10pm
13 July, 7 – 10pm

Residential 2 – The Incubation
22 – 27 September 2022
Arrival 3pm, departure 4pm
2 x 3 hour online sessions
16 November, 7 – 10pm
15 February, 7 – 10pm

Residential 3 – The Return
16 – 21 March 2023
Arrival 3pm, departure 4pm
1 x online Festival of Visions
29 April 2023

LOCATION:
Based online and in Devon, at Embercombe

ACCOMODATION:
The Apprenticeship programme includes two residential components at Embercombe, which will be fully catered (plant-based menu) in shared accommodation, plus all teaching, online and mentoring sessions.

FEE:
Residential programme, includes accommodation and food: £2415
Limited bursary places for £1500 are available:  Apply here

Facilitators

Carla Stang

Carla Stang

Carla pursued her Ph.D. in Social Anthropology at the University of Cambridge.  She has held the positions of Associate Researcher at the University of Sydney and Visiting Scholar at Columbia University, and was awarded the Frank Bell Memorial Prize for Anthropology. Carla’s work explores events of consciousness in different cultures, in particular those of ‘ordinary’ reality, mysticism, ritual and the perception of landscape. She has an abiding interest in wisdom from other times and cultures, especially wisdom about the natural world. Much of this research has concerned the history of alchemy, the Tungus culture of Siberia, and the Mehinaku Indians of the Brazilian Amazon. Based on her fieldwork with the Mehinaku Carla wrote a book called “A Walk to the River in Amazonia”. Together with Martin Shaw and Rachel Fleming she co-created the MA in Mythology and Ecology at Schumacher College, and is the co-founder of the Imaginal Futures project with Emma George and Rachel Fleming.

Angharad Wynne

Angharad Wynne

Angharad spent much of her youth exploring her Welsh homeland by foot and delving deeply into the western magic, healing and spiritual traditions in order to piece together the lost parts of her own indigenous culture. Connection and dialogue with with nature and landscape is central to her work as is the magic of everyday, the creation for meaningful ceremony for our lives today and sharing the spirituality and mythology of her homeland with others. A published author and poet, Angharad is also a storyteller who uses story as the starting point for deep enquiry and a source of timeless wisdom and healing. She regularly runs spiritual and creative retreats including the Return to Centre series for women, In the Footsteps of Ancestors, an annual pilgrimage following ‘Songlines’ across the sacred landscapes of Britain, and Dreaming the Land which she co-runs with partner and collaborator, Eric Maddern. She speaks widely about finding ‘the dreaming’ of place; of working with intuition, knowledge and landscape to draw together threads of spiritual practice which are connected and meaningful to and arise from specific geographical and cultural landscapes.

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.


Upcoming Dates & Booking

12th May - 29th April The Cave Book Now


We aim for all of our courses to be as inclusive and accessible as possible – please pay the deposit to secure your place then contact us for information on paying in installments.

If you have any questions please call +44 (0) 1647 252 983 or email support@embercombe.org

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