The Twin Trail – Walking The Pathway Of Reciprocity 


The Twin Trail speaks to the necessity of deepening spiritually while also vigorously bringing your gifts to the world – twined together like rope, the in-breath and the out-breath wrapped around each other – soft, strong, resilient.

“We shall not cease from exploration, and the end of all our exploring
Will be to arrive where we started, and know the place for the first time.”
from Little Gidding by T.S. Eliot

Please note the registrations for The Twin Trail is still open. Please contact us to claim a discounted place.

With Mac Macartney, Tugba Kirhan, Sean Ferris and Stephan Harding

7th May - 8th October The Twin Trail 2024 Book Now

The Twin Trail is a new offering and an important thread in the weave that currently comprises Embercombe’s programmes, namely The Journey and The Hearth. The Journey leads you to a pledge that will guide your onward path. The Hearth takes you close to the beating heart of belonging. The Twin Trail connects you with yourself, your gifts and how you bring them out into the world.

Save the dates, The Twin Trail is also running in 2025! We can announce the dates for an off-site module 8-14 June, 2025 and a residential 26-29 September, 2025. Dates of  online modules to be confirmed.

Is this for you?

The Twin Trail programme is for you if you would like to learn ‘how’ to find deeper connection with yourself, the natural world, and others. You will discover more deeply and embody more completely that which you already know. The Twin Trail programme seeks to take you to a place of no return – a place where you experience the joyful, embodied knowing of deep connection and belonging for all time. A place where separation dissolves, and a confident, resourced, resilient ‘you’ experiences and never loses a true sense of right person, right time, right action.

You do not need to be physically fit but one of the modules of this programme involves solo moorland walking, intermittent fasting and camping/sleeping outdoors. Please contact us at support@embercombe.org if you have any concerns.

What you can expect

The Twin Trail involves 4 modules held over an six-month period:

Module 1: 7 May 7-9pm (Online) Recorded and can be watched anytime.

Module 1 is held online. You are assigned a coach who offers you a process by which you can map the terrain you will be traversing. You gain an in-depth understanding of where you are and the thresholds that beckon.

Module 2: 9 – 15 June (Dartmoor – Brimpts Farm)

Module 2 takes place close by a beautiful riverside location in Dartmoor National Park. You are guided into the mysterious, liminal world of human/nature dialogue and learn ways in which you can listen, converse, and be supported by the more than human world.

Mid Phase Review: 16 July 7-9pm (Online)

 

Module 3:  12 – 15 September (Embercombe)

Module 3 takes place at Embercombe. It explores, challenges, and unravels how you can bring your gifts to the world. It answers the question ‘How do I reciprocate, show up, and contribute? What is mine to give?’

Module 4: 8 October 7-9pm (Online)

Module 4 is held online. You work with your coach to take stock, and explore/learn how and what you have learned can be embodied in everyday life.

Other activities included:

  • Deep time walk
  • Dowsing
  • Self-led online/in-person meetings

Key information:

DATES:
First module: Tuesday, 7 May 7-9 pm (Online)
Second module:  Sunday, 9 June 4pm – Saturday, 15 June 2pm (Dartmoor)
Mid-phase review: Tuesday, 16 July 7-9 pm (Online)
Third module: Thursday 12 September 2pm- Sunday 15 September 2pm (Embercombe)
Fourth module: Tuesday, 8 October 7-9 pm (Online)

ACCOMODATION:
Accommodation on Dartmoor is camping (bring your own waterproof tent).
Accommodation at Embercombe in shared or single occupancy yurts or camping (bring your own tent).

FEE:
£1,650 Regular Ticket
£1,950 Supporter Ticket

The price includes two 1:1 coaching sessions. 

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 for £1,194 are available on application.

INTEREST FREE PAYMENT PLANS:
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.



Find out more…

Sign up to receive a recording of our free introductory webinar with the lead facilitators on this programme

Access to Recorded Webinar


You can also watch below, to hear Mac explains the intertwining of The Twin Trail, The Journey and The Hearth:



Facilitators


Mac Macartney – Lead Creator and Facilitator

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 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. 



Ben Gray – Outdoors Facilitator

Ben has been exploring and adventuring since a very young age, growing up in the wilds of the North Yorkshire coastline and moors. This led him to a career as a TV cameraman and director, working as a documentary film maker in some of the most remote and beautiful places on the planet where his expedition skills were developed and honed in many different challenging environments. During these travels, he spent time with various indigenous communities including the Ojibway in Ontario and the San in Namibia, enabling him to go deeper with his nature connection and spiritual practice.

Alongside his filming work, Ben trained in bushcraft with Ray Mears and later joined the staff of Woodlore where he taught a range of wilderness skills at the highest level. He later joined Frontier Bushcraft with Paul Kirtley where he continues his outdoor training.

In 2018, Ben took part in a year long nature immersion with The Old Way, discovering more about what it means to be indigenous and living in tribe in the context of Britain. He is a practical person who passionate about reviving ritual and ceremony in his homeland, having seen the importance of both during his various journeying.




Visiting Facilitators


Dr Stephan Harding

Stephan coordinated and lectured at Schumacher College’s MSc Holistic Science for nearly two decades, teaching on the core models of the programme, as well as on several short courses.  He was born in Venezuela in 1953, and came to England at the age of six. In 1990 Stephan was one of the founding members of Schumacher College where he worked closely with James Lovelock, with whom he maintained a long-lasting friendship and scientific collaboration.  They were jointly appointed as founding chair holders of the Arne Naess Chair in Global Justice and the Environment at the University of Oslo.  At Schumacher College, Stephan has taught alongside many of the world’s leading ecological thinkers and activists, including Arne Naess, Fritjof Capra, Brian Goodwin, Vandana Shiva, David Abram, James Lovelock and Lynn Margulis.


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.

Food

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.



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