The Descent

With Mac Macartney, Tina Sharman and Joey Waterson

This year to be held for the first time on the land of Embercombe.

16th May - 22nd May The Descent - May 2020 Book Now

Times: 2 pm Saturday – 9am Friday

Fee: £950

Limited bursary places are available at £750 on application.

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To the heart of the wild

Living close to the earth and off-grid, we follow the steps of those who walked this wild land thousands of years ago, connecting to something sacred and necessary, now as ever.

With the gift of some days of fasting, you return to your raw self.  Through extended time alone in nature and daily group practices of prayerful movement, voicework, breathwork and sitting in council around the fire, you unfold; deepening in appreciation of yourself as a part of, rather than separate from, nature.

“Do you long to be in the right place, at the right time, for all time?”Mac Macartney

The ceremony of The Descent provides a tap root – a nourishing and fortifying connection to our source and an orientation for our future.

The Descent is open to those who have participated in The Journey and wish to deepen in their understanding of the unique offering they can make to the world.

For the first time, The Descent will be offered on the land of Embercombe.

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Who are the facilitators?

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.

Mac Macartney

Tina Sharman

Tina is a breathwork facilitator, coach and a director and co-founder of a land-based education project (www.onthehill.camp) where she lives and which she runs with her partner and team. Before this she lived and worked for a decade at Embercombe, engaged across many areas of the organisation and facilitating on core programmes.

She is a part of a theatre group offering interactive, improvised, slightly ridiculous spaces that also aim to engage with our inner worlds and the issues of our time.

She is a potter, making hand-built, smoke fired vessels.

She is inspired and moved by the beauty of our world and believes in the potential for transformation within any human interaction.

Tina Sharman

Joey Waterson

Joey is one of the founding members and elders of Embercombe, he is one of it’s story holders and fire keepers – at a time where story, that which ties together the past and the future, is one of the most important things we hold responsibility for as humans.

Joey’s relationship to Embercombe is itself a committed action in seeking out the changes that will bring about the world that we long for. Tending the land as a source of inspiration and nourishment for all, he holds the great mystery of history, healing and the magical beauty of life.

Joey Waterson


Upcoming Dates & Booking

16th May - 22nd May The Descent - May 2020 Book Now


We aim for all of our courses to be as inclusive and accessible as possible – please contact us for information on paying in installments.

There are also a limited number of bursary places available for this course at £750 on application.

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

Please note we only run one programme a year and do our best to make it at a time where the majority of people interested can participate.

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This is a wonderful opportunity to spend time exploring the wilderness – the landscapes of the physical, mind and soul. A chance to slip out of your normal day to day life, leave behind the chaos of life, and spend some quiet time in nature so that you can start seeing glimpses of the true you.
Jo KilburnParticipant