For those of us who are blessed with spending much of our time in the Embercombe valley it has been a joy to see the place start to come back to life in recent weeks. Life in the form of all the wonderful sights, sounds and smells of nature, and in the form of the adventurous souls who join us in the valley as our 2017 programme schedule gathers speed. As I enter the last season of my first cycle of seasons at Embercombe I am reflecting on how important it is to allow life and death to occur naturally, as much for us as individuals and organisations as for nature.
Throughout 2017 we will continue the exciting work we started last year of moving Embercombe towards a more secure financial position and expanding our influence and impact in the world. In that context, we will continue to navigate uncertainty, change and challenge. Rather than meeting that with fear, we choose to seek out the wonderful opportunities it presents, working together to turn challenge to our advantage.
With open hearts and minds we will discover the full range of what is possible in the world and create new possibilities that we could not even imagine before. If we fill our hearts with hope and love, and banish the fear, we will invite the abundance we need to grow the Embercombe the world needs. Sadly 2017 is already proving that the world needs places like Embercombe at least as much as 2016 did. At the same time, in making space for the new, we naturally need to let go of some of what has been, which can be one of our
greatest challenges as humans.
That opening to what the world has to offer and letting go of what has been is opening up many new opportunities to complement what Embercombe has offered to the world to date. This includes new ways of doing things, such as looking at how we deliver programmes and make best use of our facilities; new partnerships with organisations working with a diverse range of society; and new supporters who knock on our door and ask how they can help.
You can read more about some of the new programmes, events and projects that we’re working on in this newsletter, and this year we plan to keep you more regularly informed of what’s going on through social media. We want you to get involved in helping us create an Embercombe that meets the world’s urgent needs and in supporting what we do, so please get in touch if you’d like to know more about what we’re up to and how you can get involved. And we’d really appreciate you spreading the word to friends, family and colleagues if you think there could be a space for Embercombe in their hearts.
With much hope in my heart I wish you all a wonderful spring of emerging opportunity. I also invite you to remember to appreciate all the wonderful gifts we receive each day, especially those of us who are lucky enough to live in privileged countries and have the honour of doing the work to create a world that meets the needs of all its inhabitants.
With gratitude for your support
New Programme - Leading From The Feminine
Starting this summer, this 6 month programme with Sue Holland is designed for women interested in knowing more about themselves and in taking action to create a better world, who see leadership as being about acting courageously from what we know to be true. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Creative Practice Facilitation Training - May 19-21st
Join us this may for LIFEbeat’s weekend workshop which combines a deep understanding of group process with a keen awareness of the role that creative expression plays in bringing individuals and groups alive.
Find out more.