People aged from 20 to over 80 come to the College from all over the world. Most come with a clear recognition that we have globally reached a pivotal moment where we have to address the need for sustainable lifestyles and more positive human relationships. Those that have benefited from their experiences at Schumacher College include economists, business leaders, practising health professionals, organisational consultants, educators, scientists, theologians and politicians.
Participants on the short course come with broad areas of interest and expertise gathered from the field or academia. All are requested to bring a readiness to contribute to the sustainability debate through their experience, questioning and enthusiasm for learning. Whilst individuals’ need for time and space is respected at the College, everyone is supported and encouraged to share the diverse range of opinions and knowledge which will be present in any one group.
There are between 10 and 30 participants on one or more short courses at the College at any one time. You will also find that there are a number of MSc students present who will be joining you for the short course or engaged in their own programme or study. Activities of the College are co-ordinated by 15 staff members. There is also a small team of helpers, 4 or 5 past participants who have come to the College for an extended period of time to help support staff, participants and students, and enjoy a period of reflection or study themselves. Information about the MSc course, becoming a volunteer and about teachers and staff are available through this website.
During times when the College knows in advance it will have unused rooms, it is possible for outside groups to hire part of our facilities. Visiting groups are able to use at least one of the College teaching spaces, have access to the library and AV facilities, and use of the grounds and gardens. Click here to find out more