Many of our 2020 camp experiences have been postponed due to the Covid-19 virus. We look forward to continue the gatherings when it is safe to do so. Please check our website or subscribe to our newsletter for the latest updates. We commend the efforts by so many of us to limit the spread of the virus and send deep thanks to the healthcare workers across the globe taking care of those most affected. We see our work of bringing balance back to ecosystems as more important than ever. Our team is busy building our organizational capacity during this time so that we can share the message of regenerative land management even further. We are grateful for your support and look forward to seeing you at camp in the future.
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.
Work, stay, play
This is a rare opportunity to get involved in the early stage ‘rewilding’ of a 50 acre piece of land, a mosaic habitat of woodland, orchards, meadow, whilst we share, explore and experience the role of people, of ourselves, in rewilding and restoration activities.
Staying in a simple, ‘back-to-nature’ yurt village or camp site, eating delicious plant-based organic food cooked by our on- site chefs, this is a chance to work, connect and relax.
Working on the land, we will share our own experiences and hear from the pioneers and practitioners of rewilding and restoration.
As well as your stay in this beautiful valley, you can visit the moor, with it’s wild stone tors, high plateaus and lush river valleys, and in the other direction the beaches of the South Devon coastline. The city of Exeter and Totnes, the birthplace of Transition Towns, are both within a 30 minute drive.
Mind, Body and Soil
Camp Embercombe has a long history of hosting camps and events that inspire and support people to make changes in their lives and the world. It is a place to make simple connections with nature, each other and our own purpose. Beside working on restoring the land, there will be time to sit around the fire, take wild swims in the lake, walk in the woods and spend time, both together and alone, in reflection and rest.
Our costs include accomodation and food and vary with group numbers and activity. We keep them as low as we can and do offer free place bursaries on application.
New camp opportunities will be announced.
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 firepits. There is even a stone circle for holding ceremony.o
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
To be announced
Camping (Bring your own tent)
Children play facilities
Cell – Service
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.