To the heart of the wild
With Mac Macartney, Tugba Kirhan, Stephan Pfaff and Joey Waterson
|30th April - 6th May||The Hearth (Spring 2023)||Book Now|
|30th July - 5th August||The Hearth (Summer 2023)||Book Now|
“There is only one question, how to love this world”
Do you long to seek communion with the natural world around you, to feel a sense of belonging to the land, to the more-than-human-world that you live within? Do you hear the whispers in the wind, the movements below the surface, the feeling that there is something more that you must know about your life upon this earth? Do you wonder how to fully love this world?
This is a timely invitation to leave behind the trappings of your busy life and sink deep into the mystery that is the natural world, and begin to understand your intimate relationship with it. This is a call for you to sink a tap-root deep down into the soil, to connect you back with the source of all things, to find ballast, balance and a new orientation for yourself and for the future.
Never has this work been more urgent.
The Hearth is a ceremony. During these six days, you will be spending extended time in nature, expanding your boundaries and your ability to communicate with the world, through fasting, guided breath and voicework, and prayerful movement. You will spend time sitting in council around the fire, sleeping under the stars, off-grid and close to the land, with just yourself, with nature and with a small group of fellow explorers.
In this ceremony, in the beautiful valley of Embercombe, we follow the steps of those who walked this wild land thousands of years ago, connecting with something sacred, sometimes forgotten and yet very necessary, now more urgently than ever. Our intention is to find a deeper appreciation of ourselves as a crucial part of nature, rather than separate from it, and the sense of belonging, peace and purpose that this may bring for us and those that we return to. Join us.
The Hearth is open to those who have participated in The Journey and also to anyone who is ready to deepen in their understanding of themselves and the unique offering they can make to the world.
This programme includes breathwork and fasting. If you have not participated in The Journey programme please contact firstname.lastname@example.org before booking to see if this the right programme for you.
30 April – 6 May 2023
30 July – 5 August 2023
2pm Sunday – 9am Saturday
Residential course based in Devon, at Embercombe
£1,080 – Supporter Ticket
£900 – Regular Ticket
Limited bursary places are available at £720 on application.
Want to find out more about this programme?
We warmly invite you to join Mac Macartney and Clemence Viel on Thursday 23 February 7pm – 8pm for an introduction to the course and an opportunity to have your questions answered. Enter your email below to sign up for this free introductory webinar.
We will be sending out a recording of the webinar to everyone who registers, so even if you can’t make the live event, please still sign up in order to receive a copy of the recording.
“Do you long to be in the right place, at the right time, for all time?”Mac Macartney
Mac Macartney is a writer, speaker, leadership consultant, eco/peace advocate, and spiritual journeyman. He has explored many paths, some unwisely, some with discernment, all with enthusiasm, vigour, and persistence. As a young child, he fell deeply in love with nature and since that time has endeavoured to listen to the guiding dreams, visions, and experiences that have landed in his outstretched arms. In their different ways all have invited him to do whatever he can to shift our world for the better. Mac moves between, learns from, and contributes to, many diverse and contrasting spheres of society – an enriching, stimulating, and often, deeply troubling pathway. Over a period of twenty years he 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 worldview 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.
Tugba first came to Embercombe in 2018 as a participant on The Journey and has supported the core team in various capacities since that time. Having deepened her relationship with the land and Embercombe’s ethos, she now facilitates on programmes including The Journey and The Hearth. With a background in the humanitarian sector, Tugba is a project manager, facilitator, coach, and breathwork & embodiment practitioner. As a native of rural Anatolia (Turkey), where East meets West, bridging is in her nature. Named after the tree of life, Tugba is motivated every day by the coming together of humans and all beings. Tugba leads with her heart, brings her warmth and sensitivity to all spaces she inhabits, and inspires others who also feel that there must be another way of living a better life.
Joey is one of the founding members and elders of Embercombe. He is one of Embercombe’s story holders and fire keepers – at a time when story, that which ties together the past and the future, is one of the most important things we hold responsibility for as humans. He has been involved in offering The Journey and The Hearth since their inception. Joey’s relationship to Embercombe is an expression of his commitment to action and his desire to inspire and support changes that will bring about the world 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.
Stephan is a host and fire-tender, led by a deep love and fascination for humans and an insatiable curiosity for the mystery of life. He finds fulfillment in creating graceful situations in which people soften and open. He is interested in peace as a verb and conflict as a teacher. He trained as a nature connection facilitator, in constellation work, process work and deep democracy. He has been involved in many of Embercombe’s core activities since 2013. After living in England for 5 years, he returned to his homeland in the Black Forest, together with his wife and daughter, seeking to live like an adult in the place that raised him.
Be prepared to go beyond your current experience of life, of yourself, and enjoy the ride. Re-connect with your self in Nature, re-wild yourself!
The Descent builds on the Journey experience and takes it much further and deeper.
A deep connection with nature and my inner power. It was incredibly liberating and I felt in my element – I loved bathing in the stream every morning, lighting a fire in the early hours of the morning…
I have a sense of resilience… I can survive and even thrive.
A deep immersion into the mysterious wild…
I am more peaceful, and sense my ‘being-ness’. I am more present to the adventure that life is.
A quiet sense of confidence in myself and the slowly emerging recognition that I need to step up to the plate and stand up for what I believe in – do something with my inner power.
The energy of the team was amazing. I really appreciated all you did and all the efforts you clearly made behind the scenes. Blessing each stone, knot, blanket and so on.
It’s amazing how much you’ve accomplished. So much shared labor and thoughtful coordination over the years. The time and talent of many hearts, hands and minds speak from every structure. Yes, it’s that sense of hands-on attention; each faucet, privvy, yurt, path, kitchen, magical fire circle expresses the presensce of many people in love; human intention abiding and honouring the forests, hills and streams. Love is thriving contently with song, dance, good work, good rest and generous listening for the messages beyond our terrifying social conditioning.
It has been an emotional week. The space that you have created this week, the sense of community that you have forged amongst this quite disparate group, has been simply amazing.
The weaving between everybody, the very gentle support: whenever any one of us needed individual support, there was a shoulder or there was an ear. The beauty of every step of this journey, the delicious meals that have nourished us, the fires that we have met each time we have gone into ceremony, the way those fires have been lit, the way the council has been held. Holding is the word that I really feel sums up what you have given to us. You have given us a safe space – a held space, and I think I can say on behalf of all of us, that we are deeply in awe of your talents and supremely grateful for what you have done for us, what you have given us, and also what you have helped us to do for ourselves. And that is such a gift. Thank you!
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.
The Hearth is a genuine gift for these times – a carefully designed ceremony of beauty and belonging that captures the essence of what it is to be truly alive, embodying our gifts, in harmony with the natural world.”
I feel very lucky to have experienced such a beautiful time. Instead of coming back and ‘adjusting’ from the wild, I didn’t feel like I had to transition at all.