The Journey

The Journey is Embercombe’s flagship programme.

Wherever you are on your own personal journey, whether slumbering, awake, or deeply present to your potential, this profound experience will enrich, enliven and lovingly challenge. For some it will be an initiation, for some a homecoming, for some a radical deepening. We gather in this circle of laughter and tears, this liminal space within which so much has been born, found, resolved, and embodied in the world.

With Mac Macartney, Tugba Kirhan, Joey Waterson and The Journey team

28th July - 2nd August The Journey - July 2024 with Mac Macartney, Tugba Kirhan & Joey Waterson Book Now
30th September - 5th October The Journey - September 2024 with Mac Macartney, Tugba Kirhan & Joey Waterson Book Now
3rd November - 8th November The Journey - November 2024 with Mac Macartney, Tugba Kirhan & Joey Waterson Book Now

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

What do I most deeply and profoundly love?

What are my deepest and most profound gifts?

What are my deepest and most profound 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.

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 and dependant on a group of coaches who donate their time.

Find out more…

Register below to receive a recording of our free introductory webinar with two of the lead facilitators on this programme, Mac Macartney and Tugba Kirhan

Access to Recorded Webinar

If you have attended The Journey and would like to backrow, please sign up here.

Key information:


19 – 24 May 2024
28 July – 2 August 2024
30 September – 5 October 2024
3 – 8 November 2024

Arrival between 1pm and 1.45pm for a 2pm start. Departure at 2pm.

Accommodation is at Embercombe in shared or single occupancy yurts or camping (bring your own tent).

£1,080 Regular Ticket
£1,320 Supporter Ticket

Please consider purchasing a Supporter Ticket if your finances allow it, to subsidise participants who can’t afford the full price.

Interest-free payment plans available, please see below.

Limited bursary places are available for £700 on application

We have been generously gifted funding to offer 1 place free of charge to a person of colour. To apply for this please, please click here.

In order to increase accessibility to our Programmes, we are delighted to offer interest-free payment plans to allow you to spread the cost of a Balance Ticket over a number of months. If you would like to utilise this option, please purchase a Deposit Ticket for the programme and then click here to set up your personalised interest-free Payment Plan for the Balance Payment.


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 Kirhan

Tugba first discovered Embercombe in 2018 as a participant in The Journey. Since then, she has become an integral part of the core team, contributing her skills and passion in various capacities. Rooted in the essence of Embercombe’s ethos, Tugba now co-leads its core programmes such as The Journey and The Hearth. With an accomplished background in the humanitarian sector, Tugba is a multifaceted professional—a project manager, a skilled facilitator, an empowering coach, and a dedicated breathwork & embodiment practitioner. Hailing from rural Anatolia, where East meets West, Tugba embodies the spirit of bridging worlds. Her very name, meaning “tree of life,” reflects her profound commitment to fostering a world where all beings can thrive and flourish.

Tugba leads with her heart, bringing 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.

Our Elder & Host

Joey Waterson

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.

Your stay at Embercombe

Embercombe is a beautiful 50 acre rewilding estate on the edge of Dartmoor. It is a place to find a deep connection with nature – wild nature around us and wild nature within us. Our land is a mix of nature scapes to reconnect with, from mature oak woodlands that are over 150 years old, meadows and pastures, to various fruit orchards and gardens to explore, as well as our sacred stone circle and sacred well to seek counsel from. It is a place for nature connection, self development, inspiration and engaging in nature. 

Accommodation and facilities

You will stay in one of our beautiful yurt villages. Each yurt is furnished with comfortable beds and a wood fired stove. Both yurt villages have compost toilets and running water. Full bathroom facilities with hot showers are available in the main building.


All your meals are included. Organic, vegetarian food is lovingly prepared on site using produce from the Embercombe garden wherever possible. Special diets are adeptly catered for. Please indicate if you require this on your booking form.

Share this event