The Journey

The Journey is a 5-day initiation, a ritual, a personal development programme. You will be both challenged and encouraged, while guided to explore the ‘Twin Trail’ – the inner path of self-development, and the outer path of action.

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

24th April - 29th April The Journey - April 2022 Book Now
2nd October - 7th October The Journey - October 2022 Book Now
30th October - 4th November The Journey - November 2022 Book Now

There are three questions that you will be asked to consider:

What is it that I most deeply love?

What are my most profound gifts?

What are my most important responsibilities?

Is this for you?

Imagine feeling like you are truly alive and awake – resilient and confident in your ability to navigate the dramas and difficulties of life. You feel a real connection and acceptance of who you are and are clear at last on what you can offer to the world. Above all you are passionate about making the most of what life gives you every day.That is what we want you to take away from The Journey.

The Journey is a 5-day residential programme drawing together people from all walks of life. Journey participants are people of all ages, social groups and experience. The common ground you share is a deep desire to truly be yourselves in your lives, and to make a powerful contribution to the world – one that is aligned with your gifts, passion and experience.

N.B. For people 25 and younger

Our Catalyst course is specifically designed for people between the age 18 – 25. Take a look before you choose to book The Journey.

What You Can Expect

We don’t talk too much about what is involved on The Journey – we like to keep it a bit of a mystery. Facing into uncertainty can give us the gift of greater self-knowledge and the experience of developing an essential life skill.

Many years of working in leadership and individual development has taught us that the journey of transformation navigates the physical, emotional, mental and the spiritual. Like all journeys, along the way you will meet many friends and some familiar foes. Walking towards our challenges the paths merge, bringing our powerful intentions into the world. We move forward.

The Journey encourages participants to embrace their gifts and passions and to bring them more fully into their lives. To ensure participants are supported in this process, Embercombe seeks to offer three hours of coaching on completion of the programme. This offer is made possible by a group of coaches who donate their time. It is not always possible to have a coach for every participant.

Key information:

24 – 29 April 2022

2 – 7 October 2022

30 October – 4 November 2022

2 pm Sunday – 2 pm Friday

Residential course based in Devon, at Embercombe

Accommodation is at Embercombe in our yurt village or selection of vintage glamping caravans

FEE: £997
Limited bursary places are available at £750 on application.

For people 25 and younger
Our Catalyst course is specifically designed for people between the age 18 – 25. Take a look before you choose to book The Journey.

“I found the gift of three hours of coaching after The Journey very helpful to consolidate my commitment, keep me on track and make it a reality. Now my commitment and future work feel as if they are hardwired.” Anne-Marie, Nutrition Consultant


Mac Macartney

Mac Macartney – Lead Creator and Facilitator

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.

Stephan Pfaff - Facilitator on The Journey and The Descent

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 (Germany), together with his wife and daughter, seeking to live like an adult in the place that raised him.

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.

Fiona Barnes

For me Embercombe starts with the land and the children: I love the land and want to be part of it, to know it in greater depth each day – to become ‘reindiginised’ (a new word meaning for people to become reconnected to ‘their’ land). I feel drawn to care for the animals; to care for them in a way that resonates with me and with Embercombe, i.e. to interact with them through connection… For the children it’s all about connection. To grow to be healthy adults who can make a difference in our world, they need connection to their adults, themselves and the land. I am committed to a way of being with children that allows them to find themselves. I am interested in bringing the Hand In Hand approach in to our daily lives (with or without it’s title), it provides a solid framework for adults and children to grow. I feel that my role is part of the development of Embercombe’s work – enabling parents to deepen in their vital work as leaders for their children, for the children to be given the foundation to deepen through their connection to themselves and for the animals to assist in that by being part of our daily lives.

Sophia Young

Sophia holds the hearth at Embercombe, running the kitchen and leading it’s glorious team. Her passion in all walks of life, lies in the alchemy of elements and the beautiful, rich and creative inquiry that unfolds as we dance and converse within the mystery and not-yet-known. This at heart is her inspiration and, in the kitchen, she is intent on ‘ripping up the divorce papers that disconnect us from source’. Cooking and communing with food for her is nourishment in itself as well an act of ceremony and connection. She loves working with others to help awaken simple and playful curiousity in what we bring to relationship with that which we eat. And, one of her very most favourite and joyful things to do is, hold this space Journey participants.

Upcoming Dates & Booking

24th April - 29th April The Journey - April 2022 Book Now
2nd October - 7th October The Journey - October 2022 Book Now
30th October - 4th November The Journey - November 2022 Book Now

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