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Change Makers: Alchemy of Courageous Choice

With Mac Macartney

£ 795.00
NOTE: Course fees include all vegetarian meals, field trips, Earth Talk ticket, materials and all teaching sessions.
The programme will run from Monday of the first week to Friday afternoon the last week, and includes four nights private accommodation from the first lunchtime you arrive through until the lunchtime before your departure.

With Mac Macartney and guests Niaomh Convery, Charles Anderson and Matt Bindon

At the centre of the Earth a great fire heaves and smoulders. It is the same with us. Whether scholars, poets, farmers, administrators, or dreamers, we each have ears and we have heard the call even if we sometimes pretend otherwise.

When the Hopi Nation Elders announced ‘We are the ones we have been waiting for’ they were not speaking in the abstract. They were inviting us to recognise that destiny is calling. That we have volition. That an invitation requires a reply. The journey to becoming a change maker - a person of influence, a catalyst for action - necessitates a rite of passage. We have to send a call deep into the bowels of our very being, a heart-song that reaches to the centre and softly commands attention.

  • Change Maker is a deepening journey that will encourage and inspire those who are on a pathway and yet know that another threshold beckons.
  • Change Maker is a crucible of intention from which choices can be ignited that will endure and serve.
  • Change Maker is a gathering of people from diverse backgrounds who seek to bring their gifts forward to greater effect and impact.

This short course enquires into the subterranean world of self-worth, good intentions, deep feeling, inspiration, determination, and leadership.

Join us on this course if you want to:

  • Find empowerment, volition, and the capacity to catalyse change
  • Experience a deepened commitment to self, to others, to the invisible path
  • Take action for a better world
  • Refine your own approach to making change
  • Achieve deeper connection and relationship with nature as the well-spring of spiritual wisdom
  • Enhance self-worth, self-respect, self-belief and self-leadership
  • Incorporate ceremony into your everyday life
  • Stand with others who care deeply for this earth


Mac Macartney

Mac Macartney is an international speaker, writer and change-maker. He is also the founder of Embercombe, the centre for leadership and learning with a mission to catalyse the emergence of leaders and change-makers for a just, peaceful and sustainable future.

Over a period of twenty years Mac was mentored by a group of indigenous elders. 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 significant challenges and opportunities of the 21st Century.

Mac works with leaders across all walks of life – from business to education – inspiring them to put up their hand and join the chorus of people who are singing alive the world of our longing.    He was a faculty member of the WWF/IMD Business School ‘One Planet Leaders’ programme in Lausanne for three years and received an Honorary Doctorate in Education from Plymouth University for his work in service to community.

In 2016 Mac co-founded Liquid School, a network of experts helping organisations imagine a sustainable future. He sits on the Advisory Board for DanoneWave, the largest Public Benefit Corporation in the U.S. and is an Associate with Leaders’ Quest, collaborating on global issues with leaders across business, government and civil society.

Guest Speakers

Niaomh Convery

Niaomh Convery is a Chef, Photographer and Social Activist. Niaomh started her career in London restaurants quickly realising that her passion for food was better placed working alongside the local community bringing good food to the masses. She co-founded the Deptford Community Cookbook Project working  locally to bring the diverse community together through workshops and discussions around food.  Niaomh has a BA in photography and has worked with children in England, Africa and Indonesia to create visual stories about their communities. Niaomh has recently returned from 8 months volunteering in a refugee camp in Greece where she helped to start a business with camp residents and also co-led a community garden project. Her current project , The Ground Up, works with refugees to create work opportunities, community engagement and mindfulness through nature connection. She says ‘The world for me is all about people, how we treat one another, how we are treated by those around us and how we support each other to have the best outcome in life. For without human compassion we are nothing.’

Charles Anderson

Charles has extensive international experience leading diverse multi-cultural organisations in the finance sector and has had a life-long interest in sustainability, natural capital and the environment.  His most recent role was as Director of the United Nations Environment Programme Finance Initiative (UNEPFI), Geneva working on policies and practices to further the role of the finance industry in creating a more sustainable world. Prior to that he was CEO of Sovereign Insurance in New Zealand and Regional MD for Asia Pacific, Aviva.  He is Chairman of Embercombe a not-for –profit organisation seeking to be a catalyst for courageous personal leadership towards a more just, peaceful and sustainable world.
He has an MBA , a degree in Mathematics and finance sector professional qualifications.


Matt Bindon

Matt Bindon is a life long practitioner and teacher in authentic Chinese Martial Arts and well being exercises which began in his childhood at the age of 14.
Matt is head teacher of Hu Long Temple, a school that teaches and develops students of all walks of life and abilities to help reach their full potential by incorporating the traditional age old principles of ‘ChanWuYi’

Matt has trained diligently for over 30 years learning the traditional skills and philosophy of Shaolin Kung Fu including Chan (Zen) training that stems back nearly two thousand years.
He was also ordained as the first ever western disciple warrior at the remote North Shaolin Temple in China.

Matt's school works with national charities and support organisations, offering different teachings and classes that can empower and strengthen individuals in body and mind.
Alongside this, Matt has also dedicated 30 years in supporting and working with people with mental health and learning disabilities specialising in supporting people with challenging and complex behaviours.



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  1. What does a bursary mean to you?
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