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Living On The Earth – Remembering the Ways of the Ancients


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Course dates: 
Monday, 18 April, 2016 to Friday, 22 April, 2016

Many of us lack the skills we would need to exist without the modern world.

We have been taught to navigate ‘modern reality’, read books, search the internet, create detailed works of art, but how many of us can read tracks in the earth, navigate the landscape, create a fire with our hands? How many of us can remember these ancient ways that touch upon a timeless reality which so many of us seem to crave?

Join us for a week in the woods in which we will slip off our shoes, turn off our phones, let go of time and sink into the rhythm of nature. We will make a camp and witness the ebb and flow of life around our central hearth, the heart of our community, as together and alone we traverse the pathways of remembering a sense of belonging in nature and amongst each other.

We will learn primitive craft – foraging, friction fire making, weaving, wandering, listening, and we will face our own journeys as we unravel into the softer space that comes through simply living deeply in the woods. The week will culminate with a night spent with just you, the stars, the owls and your fire.

Our days will be full of activities and happenings that were part of everyday life for most of our ancestry – maybe they will feel familiar!

All are welcome here, callused hands and soft hands – this week is about meeting fears that prevent us from having a deeper relationship with the earth. Feelings of fear and anticipation are welcomed as part of a greater unravelling towards a future where people living closely and simply in nature is a normal life.



Jessie Watson Brown and Jane Robertson - ‘The Stone Age Women’

Jessie and Jane's personal journeys converged in 2014 when they embarked on a journey to America to learn to live into the Stone Age with teacher Lynx Vilden.

Having spent many months gathering wild food and crafting and making everything they would need to become part of a Stone Age clan, they ventured out into the mountains to live as the ancients did. This is their work, learning to feel at home on the earth without the modern crutches that society offers. Last year was a different adventure living Stone Age in the forests of Sweden. They have been giving talks and running workshops together since their return from America.

We lived for a few ancient, timeless weeks in the Pacific Northwest mountains.  Everything we carried and wore we crafted ourselves from raw materials of earth, skin, bone and stone.  Diving deep into nature, clan and ourselves, living in our full humanity upon this Earth.  Returning with gratitude and joy, and the deep well of grief at where we are as a people.

Video: How to make a fire / fire by friction / fire by bowdrill

Mac Macartney

Mac Macartney’s work is divided between his work with business organisations and other diverse individuals and groups. In all aspects of his work he seeks to inspire people to step forward and participate in creating a socially just, ecologically sustainable, and spiritually fulfilling human presence on earth. He is the founder of Embercombe, a social enterprise located on the fringes of Dartmoor National Park in the UK, with the mission to ‘inspire people to deepen as human beings and take courageous action to change our world’

He has been a faculty member for IMD Business School/WWF ‘One Planet Leaders’ Programme in Lausanne for three years, and regularly contributes to the Exeter University Business School ‘One Planet Leaders’ MBA programme. Mac has co-facilitated leadership, values, and sustainability workshops with INSEAD Business School (Singapore), Lafarge, P&G (Europe), PepsiCo, Nokia Siemens Networks, and WWF amongst others.

Recent and forthcoming speaking engagements include the Harvard Business School Club of New York, the Uplift Festival in Byron Bay, HR Vision conference in Amsterdam, and the EC Retail Forum for Sustainability in Brussels. He has also spoken at three TEDx events.

For twenty years Mac was mentored by a group of Native Americans. 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.This prolonged and challenging training has profoundly influenced Mac’s worldview and continues to inform all aspects of his work with organisations, children, families, and youth.


£ 450.00
The programme will run from Monday to Friday afternoon, and includes all vegetarian meals from the first lunchtime you arrive through until the lunchtime before your departure. We ask you to arrive between 11:30 - 1 on the first day of your course so that the group can begin the experience by dining together. – please bring your own camping equipment.