Two week intensive within a six month online study group: October 2012 to March 2013
(Residential intensive: Sunday 28 October to Friday 9 November 2012)
Contributors to the residential: Satish Kumar, Stephan Harding, Philip Franses, Julie Richardson, Jon Rae, Jonathan Dawson, Gustavo Esteva (via videolink), David Orr (via videolink), Martin Crawford, Hal Gilmore, Toni Spencer, Mark Burton, and Emily Ryan (Facilitator).
To learn more about previous participants experience of this course, click here for the latest blog from course facilitator Emily Ryan.
The great challenge of our time is to build and nurture sustainable communities …The first step in this endeavor is to understand the principles of organisation that ecosystems have developed to sustain the web of life. This understanding is what we call ecological literacy. Teaching this ecological knowledge will be the most important role of education in this century.
For me this course was a turning point. I found a common way of thinking and feeling about the global issues we are facing as well as the way to address my livelihood in harmony with my deep intuitions. After the course I started a new life. The course gave me the tools, the references and the direction for a new path. It became a key in my journey.
Adriana Puech, Co-founder Effecto Mariposa
I chose Schumacher because it is the one college of the very few options to learn and experience deep and holistic learning in a practical way to make changes in our world. As a result of doing the course, it has been even more than a change, it has been a integral transformation. I recommend the course to all sensitive thinking persons, where ecoliteracy and connectivity to wholeness means the way to fullfill their call, in their life and through their vocations.
Raul Villanueva, Architect
This foundational programme offers an exceptional introduction to the development and practical application of an ecoliterate worldview, a fundamental step in living and operating in a sustainable way. Through it we invite you to experience an engagement with the natural world which will lead you to a better understanding of your role within it and empower you to take action in your own place and context.
We have created a transformative and holistic learning journey that will help develop individual ecological awareness that you can apply to your work and personal life.
It will explore the central themes of:
By joining this programme you will become part of an international community of learners who share values and concerns, but who will be contributing different experiences and perspectives to their development of an ecoliterate worldview. You will have a unique opportunity to learn from some of the most effective and inspirational leaders in the sustainability field during a two week intensive at the College. These ideas will then be explored and developed through the online global study circle.
This programme is at the heart of all we do at Schumacher College. Coming to study ecological literacy here, where we have been exploring this concept with many other connected ideas for over 20 years, will be an exciting and transformative process in itself. With a unique sense of place and a global community of thought leaders, Schumacher College is an ideal place to come to gain this vital new perspective and discipline.
Schumacher College is dedicated to supporting your unique learning journey and your commitment to apply what you experience within the programme.
Click here>> for the latest blog from course facilitator Emily Ryan
This programme is for individuals who are seeking a rigorous and holistic approach to establishing an ecoliterate worldview. It provides a platform to go deeper into your inquiry and allows you to immerse yourself in a transformative process with your fellow participants.We will invite you to bring a specific project, question or challenge you might face within your work or life with regards to the move towards sustainability.
This programme is also for those who recognise that a shared foundation of ecological literacy is an essential component for bringing sustainability into the workplace. We encourage businesses, institutions, and organisations to consider the benefit of having several people from their community share an experience from which they can collectively draw. This is a fantastic opportunity to generate new thinking and cross-pollinate ideas.
What our students say
This course was an opportunity to see things related with ecology and all life in another way, another perspective. Now I feel I have a different vision, different comprehension, different approaches about ecological subjects and about life. Thanks for the opportunity.
I’ve been at a cross-roads in my professional life and I wanted to go deeper in my ecological knowledge and have new nourishing experiences. It was the beginning of a big shift.
The wholly different way of looking at the world that the concept of ecoliteracy throws up is very important for the healthy future of humankind. It has reinforced my way of viewing the world and helped deepen my appreciation of the wondrous web of life and complex inter-relationships of all phenomena. This is a philosophy for our times.
I chose this course hoping it would offer an exploration of how we relate to ‘the other’ and what the world might look like if we each took more responsibility for our individual choices. The experience has enabled me to clarify where I want to move next in relation to my work.
This programme introduces you to the core concepts and ethos on which Schumacher College is built and acts as a useful platform for other Schumacher College courses and programmes, including postgraduate studies and topic-focused short courses.
Schumacher College has been engaged in facilitating transformative education for twenty years with expert input from hundreds of visiting teachers and thousands of participants.
Cultivating an Ecoliterate Worldview: Person, Place and Practice is distinct from short courses at Schumacher. While it contains a two-week residential intensive comparable to the other short courses we run, the periods before and after the residential are designed to optimise your learning experience and establish a strong global learning community which will offer continued support, inspiration, and collaboration beyond the usual two-week period.
When you join the programme group you will be introduced to your fellow participants and you will have the opportunity to begin to explore the ideas and practices which will support a more resilient and sustainable future. Alongside reading material and group discussions, you will be presented with a series of focused questions to help develop your thinking.
Week 1: Understanding and experiencing ecoliteracy
Week 2: Applications of ecoliteracy
A two-week residential intensive in the development and cultivation of ecological literacy from the perspective of Schumacher College.
Engaging with key theories, concepts and practice early on in the programme through a two-week intensive will ensure that the material and process resonates with you, your projects, and the group and place-based learning. International and local experts will offer insight and inspiration, with facilitated sessions allowing time to reflect on what has been learned. There will also be the opportunity to reflect on your personal learning process and explore further the emerging worldview and its impact on your chosen project.
Emily Ryan, Programme Facilitator
Cultivating Ecological Literacy: Person, Place, and Practice is a very exciting course. It is an invitation to explore the great mystery of the web of life and our role within it. It is also an invitation to find and strengthen our capacity to act from this place of interconnectivity. It is inspiring, invigorating, challenging, and also fun.
As course facilitator, it is both my role and my pleasure to serve as a guide and conductor, helping each of you to get the most out of your experience, from the moment you join the programme. All of us, teachers, students, College staff and volunteers, work together to create a lasting, transformative experience which has substance and momentum, and can carry each of you forward, equipped with a radically new understanding of how you play a part in our changing world.
Following the residential intensive, you will be empowered to revisit your initial focus on the project or idea that you brought to the residential. The whole group will then be facilitated in continued reading, dialogue and discussion to apply your shared learning to your own place, context and journey.
Each month will have a focusing theme and a guest teacher.
You are asked to contribute to the group and explore your own ideas as regularly as you can to support your own work and the work of others in relation to this programme. This may be between 1 and 5 hours a week depending on your commitment and availability.
The study circle will formally meet online once a month for 2–3 hour session. Each participant will have an opportunity to present their idea or project for feedback and support during a session, and will have constant access to the online networking site for continuing interaction among the group.
Total fees for whole programme including two-week residential intensive and facilitated global study circle are £1,950
Programme fees include accommodation for the two-week residential intensive, food, field trips, online activities before and after the course and all teaching and facilitated sessions.
Bursaries are available for this programme to ensure it is accessible for those who cannot afford the full course cost. Please pay full fees if you are able which will ensure that our limited bursary funds can go to those most in need. Click here for more details >>