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Camp Embercombe is a 20 year old education centre nestled in a wooded valley on the edge of wild Dartmoor, in the South West of England.
Want to learn how to rewild landscapes, yourself and society? Camp Embercombe has created 4 rewilding camp experiences for you to delve into these subjects and take part in rewilding the Embercombe site from the very beginning.
Spring Camp: 8th – 13th April
This immersive learning journey will give you the chance to learn how to rewild a piece of land. Over the course of the 5 days you will discover why rewilding is important, so needed, and what the challenges are from rewilder Derek Gow. You will tour the camp and ‘meet your. kin’, learning about the species present on the site, how they got there, and the role they play. You will delve into questions around how to rewild the self, learning from indigenous wisdom and practices with Mac Macartney. You will learn wild ways of living and interacting with the world, from harvesting wild food to navigating using the stars. And you will meet and connect with wonderful people around the campfire.
The camp will also involve field trips to other rewilding sites in the area that are further along in the process, so that learnings and failings can be gained from experienced rewilders. Experts from the Devon Wildlife Trust will teach you how to monitor biodiversity and soil health on the site, such as the presence and numbers of moths, bats, butterflies and reptiles. At the end of the camp we will map out Embercombe and other landscapes of your choice to start planning which rewilding measures we could put into place.
If you want to learn how to rewild land from the very beginning and meet other people who want to do the same, this is the experience for you!
£455 to sleep in a beautiful yurt with a log burning stove, a proper bed and bedding, 3 organic home cooked meals per day, and the costs of the teachers and facilitators to teach and guide you.
£355 as a cheaper price if you bring your own tent and bedding. The rest of the costs cover your meals and the costs of the experts time.
Your stay at Camp Embercombe will either be in our yurt village, in a shared yurt with 2 or 3 other people or in the campsite, with indoor and outdoor bathrooms. All meals will be served in our dining yurt.
We have a large group room for when we gather for sharing, dancing, music, and have lots of outside structures and spaces with fire pits. There is even a stone circle for holding ceremony.
Anyone who is interested in rewilding and eco-restoration both of the land and of us, as people, both collectively and as individuals. We are looking for people who are interested in practical work, inspired by new ideas, willing to contribute and share in community activities.
As well as those coming for camps, we take 3 month and 1 year residential volunteers.
We have everything we need to accomodate volunteers, but funds are always very welcome for tools, trees and animal care as well as gifts to cover places for people to come on bursaries that would not be able to come otherwise.
Our aim is to become an international centre for the rewilding of people and places.
Ecosystem restoration camps are a wonderful way to become involved at an early stage in the practical and philosophical evolution of this vision and we hope that our campers will leave inspired and empowered to work and advocate for rewilding and restoration in their own places.
Please complete the form below to express your interest in joining the Camp Embercombe Restoration Experience
Camping (bring your own tent)
Children’s play facilities
Restoration of livelihoods
Your safety is very important to us. Most camps are in locations that are completely safe for you to travel to. Some camps are in locations where there is civil unrest, higher levels of crime, or in areas where there could be severe nature events (earthquakes, tornados, vulcanic eruptions). We strongly advise you to check with your national authority’s travel advisory service to see if there are specific travel advisories for the region you are travelling to. We strongly advise you to comply with that travel advisory. If there is a negative travel advisory for the area you plan to go to, we want to impress on you that it is your decision to not heed the warnings and go. ERC can then not be liable in that situation if something happens to you.
Work at camps is usually safe. The camp coordinators make your safety their highest priority too. But you will be working with tools and sometimes even (heavy) machinery. Sometimes the terrain can be slightly treacherous. Heat or cold can become a problem for people at work that do not take the necessary measures to prevent injury from weather conditions. Especially in remote locations, all people at an Ecosystem Restoration Camp will need to watch out for eachother’s safety. For this reason we ask you to also sign our Code of Conduct, through which you commit to contributing to a safe environment at camps for all that are there with you. Take yours and all other camper’s safety seriously! Together, while watching over eachother, we can restore our ecosystems safely and successfully.
Stichting Ecosystem Restoration Foundation /
Ecosystem Restoration Camps 2020