Walking the songlines

Walking the Songlines

With Mac Macartney, Guy Hayward, Fiona Tilley and Danny Shmulevitch

Join us as we walk the songlines, as we learn to listen anew to the land in a myriad of different ways and as we make our in sacred pilgrimage.


Dates and Times: Dates TBC

Fee: £645 includes shared accommodation, food, field trip and teaching.

Limited bursary places of £425 are available: apply here.

Walking the songlines

The old stories, myths and songs of our land are many and diverse, some say lost or buried in successive waves of the peoples who invaded and settled these islands.

But what is buried in the land itself?

Does the earth we walk on hold memory, are there traces left down the ancient routes and paths that criss-cross our modern landscape, did our ancestors leave marks that can be recognised today?

If we slow our pace, if we really listen, can we hear the echoes and reverberations from a time before our own, Can we use this wisdom to help us now?

Join us as we walk the songlines, as we learn to listen anew to the land in a myriad of different ways.

Over these few days we will venture forth on foot from the valley of Embercombe, on pilgrimage to the great cathedral of Exeter, to the stones and circles of the great moor, to the old and wizened trees of an ancient forest.

What will we learn as we walk?

What To Expect

We will be walking the songlines from our base at Embercombe, with accommodation in simple and shared yurts. We will be walking on most days and our adventures will be moderate in terms of exertion and length. Along the way we will be talking, sharing, forest bathing, dowsing, exploring. We will be listening for what the land and the places we visit are telling us both individually and collectively. This week is fully catered with a plant-based menu.

Is It For You

If you love walking, if you love the land and if you feel that a deeper communication is possible.


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.

Guy Hayward

Guy Hayward

Guy is a pilgrim and performer – an explorer of the intersection between spirituality, psychology, the arts, nature and religion.

Co-founder of the British Pilgrimage Trust which works to re-open ancient pilgrimage routes around the British Isles, he is passionate about helping people to reconnect to and re-enchant the land.

He is also working on the revival of the Christian practice of evensong and is one half of the musical comedy duo Bounder and Cad.

Danny Shmulevitch

Danny’s search for stillness began as a young child growing up in the Sinai desert. He lived with the semi-nomadic Sawad tribe near his family home in Galilee; his formative years spent sleeping fireside under the stars – free from the physical and human confines most of us accept as our reality.

For over two decades, Danny worked with the Bedouin tribes to lead retreats and longer journeys in the Sinai desert. They were attended by ecological and spiritual leaders and other people who came to witness how we expand when we connect deeply with ourselves in nature.

Fiona Tilley

Fiona Tilley

Fiona Tilley describes herself as a recovering academic. Having followed a conventional academic career in environmental social sciences she stepped away from university life in 2009 and found herself at Schumacher College facilitating experiential and academic programmes such as ‘Becoming Indigenous’ and MA Ecology & Spirituality.

In the last few years she has developed a practice in eco-facilitation, process work and nature-based practices, such as, the Way of Council and Forest Bathing. She is passionate about restoring, remembering and helping people connect to the indigenous wisdom of the British Isles.

Upcoming Dates & Booking

We aim for all of our courses to be as inclusive and accessible as possible – please contact us for information on paying in installments.

There are also a limited number of bursary places available for this course on application.

If you have any questions please call +44 (0) 1647 252 983 or email support@embercombe.org

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