This evening gathering is part of a sequence of talks that Mac Macartney is giving in various UK locations this autumn as part of the launch of his new book, The Children’s Fire, heart song of a people.

We will be raising funds for the charity Refugee Youth to run residential trips to the Quadrangle. So we are asking everyone to donate £10 (or more!)

There will be tea and a bowl of soup and bread roll included in your donation.
If you’d like a drink please bring a bottle of wine to share beside the fire.

Please reserve a place before the event by emailing as places are limited.

We can also offer accommodation for those travelling from further afield.
£25 for shared dormitory and breakfast, please get in touch for private room options.

Mac Macartney is the founder of the inspirational social enterprise, Embercombe, a beautiful 50-acre valley located in the foothills of Dartmoor National Park. He is an international speaker, writer, and leadership consultant. Mac is the author of Finding Earth, Finding Soul, the invisible path to authentic leadership and has written many articles on sustainability, leadership, and spirituality.

In the winter of 2009, the coldest winter for many years, Mac Macartney walked from his birthplace in England across Wales to the island of Anglesey, once the spiritual epicentre of Late Iron Age Britain, navigating by the sun and the stars, with no map, compass, stove or tent. The Children’s Fire tells the story of that journey, and seeks to lay bare the aching loss of knowing and understanding sacredness as it applies to fertile soil, clean water, fresh air, kinship, and children.

It asserts the emergence of a new story; the story of a people coming home to a truth made all the more precious having so painfully broken faith with nature, our deeper humanity, and the paradise we have fouled with such casual disregard. It is a love story and part of a larger narrative that is surfacing all around the world. It seeks to reclaim our future and name it beautiful.

“Mac Macartney is a prophet of cultural renewal, an interrupter of the Western egocentric-consumer worldview, a wild man, an elder, a humble pilgrim, perhaps a present-day druid, and an enchanting storyteller.”
– Bill Plotkin, author of Soulcraft and Wild Mind

“A haunting paean to an indigenous culture that has been misrepresented for centuries, and a call for a new dedication to the Earth and all its children.
– Richard Louv, author of The Nature Principle and Last Child in the Woods

“Here is a pilgrim quest through geography, history and spirituality. Captivating, haunting, and at times disquieting, yet: ‘… walking into a death landscape … I knew that I was walking into life.’”
– Alastair Mcintosh, author of Soil and Soul and Poacher’s Pilgrimage