The Hearth

Formerly called The Descent

To the heart of the wild

With Mac Macartney, Tina Sharman, Stephan Pfaff and Joey Waterson

“There is only one question, how to love this world”
~Mary Oliver

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 to 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 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 before booking to see if this the right programme for you.

TIMES: 2 pm Monday – 9am Sunday
FEE: £950
Limited bursary places are available at £750 apply here.

Key information:

7 July – 13 July

2 pm Thursday – 9 am Wednesday

Residential course based in Devon, at Embercombe

FEE: £950
Limited bursary places are available at £750 on application.

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

Tina Sharman

Tina is a breathwork facilitator, coach and a director and co-founder of a land-based education project ( 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.

Joey Waterson

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.

Stephan Pfaff

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.

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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.
Rod GrittenParticipant