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Roots of Indigeny Short Programme - In Search of Soul, Story and Place

Course dates: 
Monday, 17 September, 2018 to Friday, 28 September, 2018

With Colin Campbell, Mac Macartney and Lucy Hinton

17 - 28 September – The Bones of Ritual plus
(date to be confirmed) – The Journey at Embercombe
You will also take part in a nature vigil on Dartmoor in the intervening weekend

Schumacher College is delighted to announce a new partnership with Embercombe for the delivery of our 2018 experiential programme in indigenous ways of living for the 21st Century.
In this programme we explore and deepen our understanding of what it is to be indigenous, to live with a sense of belonging to place and owning our own story wherever we are in the world. We will be calling on some of the living indigenous traditions of our times to help us rebuild and remember, deepen and imagine our own indigenous ways, as we look to our land and the stories that come from it, past and present, to remind us what it means to belong.

Some of the themes we will be covering include:
• Creating Ceremony and Ritual
• Finding a Place and Making Story
• Meeting the  Wild Self
• Working Together
• Dreaming and Crafting

What you will learn from this programme:
• How to create a two-way conversation of meaning with the natural world 
• How to honour your ancestors and find your own story and purpose 
• How to celebrate being human, in song, in dance, in creativity, in community
• How to reignite your imagination, hone your skills, follow your call to action
• How to access the unseen, the other world that lives side by side with this one
• How to hear the whispers in the wind …

This three week programme will be highly experiential. It will include a two week programme of discussion, ritual, ceremony and vigil with Colin Campbell and Lucy Hinton, exploring the meaning of indigeny in our lives and how we can draw on traditional and modern understandings of ancestry, story and place to find our own indigenous roots. The third week of this programme, for which participants will return later in the term, will be based at Embercombe with Mac Macartney and guests as we go through the process of The Journey – finding our own way forward in life with a sense of our own indigenous roots.

Places will be limited to 20 participants

Colin Campbell

Colin Campbell

Colin Campbell grew up in rural southeastern Botswana, the son of a renowned anthropologist and a creative healing mother. He is currently a practitioner of traditional African medicine, based in Cape Town, South Africa and the UK. He receives clients from all over the world, and facilitates international group processes relating to natural law, transformation, healing & personal power, sacred sites, and cross-cultural cosmology.

His work bridges major world cities with ancestral homelands and forgotten wilderness, taking him from the Amazon Basin to Los Angeles, the sacred sites of Venda to the urban grit of Johannesburg, and remote Ethiopia to the City of London. Colin co-founded and co-runs a training school in Botswana for traditional doctors and sangomas with his brother Niall Campbell. He is also a lifelong artist and musician, his style once again bridging the traditional with the contemporary, the timeless with the timely, and the sounds of the sacred with the lyricism of electric rocking funk.

Mac Macartney

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.


Lucy Hinton

Lucy Hinton is a wilderness quest guide, earth educator, sustainability consultant, creative activist, lover of soul.  A natural communicator, Lucy is amongst other things a bridge-maker, and applies her skills in various contexts.  Lucy has a degree in Natural Sciences from the University of Cambridge, taught earth education from a young age, co-pioneered creative projects for social change and has traveled and worked widely, from Death Valley to Honduras, Sumatra to Outer Mongolia.  Over time she gravitated toward the place where the needs of the world converge with the needs of the Self.  This trajectory led to training and apprenticeship in the field known as contemporary wilderness rites of passage, largely in the system taught by the School of Lost Borders, and Lucy has been co-guiding in this capacity for almost ten years, continuing to learn from fellow humans, books, rocks, creatures, stories & stars.  Significant & prolonged trials of illness & physical disability have also offered their own lessons in patience, initiatory terrain and appreciation of the simple things.  She has a deep love of both people and land.

£ 2 440.00
Course fees include all vegetarian meals, field trips, materials and all teaching sessions and private accommodation from the first lunchtime you arrive through until the lunchtime before your departure. This course is part of Roots Of Indigeny programme.