Mac Macartney is an author, an activist, and an international speaker. He is the founder of Embercombe in Devon, a centre for the rewilding of people and society.
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 twenty-first century.
Mac is the author of a recently published new book entitledThe Children’s Fire, heart song of a people.
Talk Title: Heart Song of a People
In the winter of 2009 Mac Macartney walked from his birthplace in the border lands between England and Wales to the Isle of Anglesey – without a map, compass, tent or stove, in January, eating only wild food. This talk reveals the story of Britain’s late Iron-Age tribal past and a long ignored turning point in our people’s history as irresistible change swept across the known world. Much was broken at this time and much was born.
Mac offers his journey as a metaphor for our times. We walk into the unknown, clouds gathering on the horizon. Rumours of danger persist and insinuate. We feel unprepared. Friends feel distant and like a dark cloak loneliness gnaws at our resolve. Mac speaks of hope, belonging, and homecoming.