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Short Courses at Schumacher College

People all over the world have been informed and inspired by our 20 years of transformative short courses for sustainable living.

Bringing together leading international thinkers, activists and practitioners, we continue to deliver our unique brand of small-group transformative learning experiences.

With a focus on interactive and participatory learning, we offer the practical skills and strategic thinking required to face the ecological, economic and social challenges of the 21st Century.

Join us for a diversity of short courses this year, ranging from weekends to six month programmes to suit your availability.

Schumacher is a very special place – as we try and figure out what on earth we’re going to do with this unraveling planet, it’s become a thinktank for hope, a battery for positive vision!“ Bill McKibben

Our short course teachers include: Fritjof Capra, David Orr, Satish Kumar, Jonathan Porrit, Vandana Shiva, Stephan Harding, Bruce Lipton, Bill McKibben, Rob Hopkins, Martin Crawford, Gustavo Esteva, Lynne Franks and Meg Wheatley.

Bursaries are available for these courses, please click here >>

Short course programme

The Return of Wisdom - Finding Our Way with Money and Work

Starts: Tuesday April 22, 2014

22 – 26 April 2014 | Matthew Fox, Fred Matser and Satish Kumar | In this course we explore ways of wisdom that counterbalance the folly of contemporary economics, politics, education and religion. We will look at how business, society and we as individuals can rebuild our foundations to be less about win/lose and scarcity and more about community caring and sharing. Read more…

Into the Depths of an Earthly Cosmology: Science, Story, and Sensory Experience

Starts: Monday April 28, 2014

28 April – 2 May | David Abram and Stephan Harding | How do we create an unshakeable solidarity between humankind and the other animals, plants, and elemental forces that compose this breathing biosphere? Join two of the world’s finest ecological educators as they interweave their gifts toward engendering a new experience of the enveloping earth. Read more…

The Systems View of Life – A Unifying Vision

Starts: Monday May 5, 2014

5-9 May 2014 | Fritjof Capra | In this fascinating week Frijof will draw on his new textbook, The Systems View of Life: A Unifying Vision to present a conceptual framework that integrates the ideas, models, and theories, which together represent the new scientific understanding of life, into a single coherent framework. Read more…

Voices for the Earth

Starts: Monday May 12, 2014

12 – 23 May 2014 | Polly Higgins and Charles Eisenstein | This two week immersion is designed to empower our work as change-makers. Charles and Polly will share insights and lead experiential processes designed to help you find your voice and speak, to access extraordinary effectiveness in engaging people and to de-program ourselves from our civilisation’s controlling narratives. Read more…

Deep Ecology Today – Revisiting the Work of Arne Naess

Starts: Monday May 26, 2014

26 – 30 May 2014 | With Per Ingvar Haukeland, Kit-Fai Naess and Stephan Harding | During this week-long course we will explore the central concepts of Deep Ecology, develop a sense of our own ‘ecological selves’, and establish our individual ‘ecosophy’ from which to inform our choices, build our lives and steer our concrete actions in the world. Read more…

Exploring the Microcosmos – New Paradigms from Microbial Communities

Starts: Monday May 26, 2014

26 – 30 May 2014 | Sandor Katz, Eva Bakkeslett, Stephan Harding and Philip Franses | Cultivate more tasty, vibrant, sustainable and collaborative ventures inspired by the fascinating world of micro-organisms. Read more…

Schumacher Certificate in Ecological Leadership and Facilitation – Transformative Change in a Volatile World

Starts: Monday June 2, 2014

2 – 13 June 2014 – Two week intensive residential within an eight month study and practice group | Jenny Mackewn, Patricia Shaw, Tim ‘Mac’ MaCartney, Satish Kumar, Amrita Bhohi, Jon Rae, Bill Plotkin (via video link), Polly Higgins, Martin Kalungu-Banda and Peter Senge (via video link) | Join us for an eight month learning journey that explores a new model of leadership and facilitation, especially designed to meet the challenges and adventures of an increasingly volatile and complex future. Read more…

The Future of Money: Driving Innovation and Creativity in Exchange Systems

Starts: Monday June 2, 2014

2 – 6 June 2014 | Leander Bindewald, Jonathan Dawson, Stephanie Rearick (videolink) and David Boyle How communities can bank on themselves is one of the critical questions of the 21st Century. This is the subject of our week-long money innovation lab where you are invited to join our radical rethink of exchange systems, at a time when innovative and creative change is not only possible, but necessary. Read more…

A Maker's Journey

Starts: Monday June 16, 2014

16 – 20 June, 2014 | With Richenda Macgregor, Nick Kary, Dolly Kary, and Duncan Passmore | A five day exploration into what it may mean to live a hand-made life. Through stories, clay, pigments, and wood we will seek to explore and enlarge that relationship between our hands, natures materials and each other. Contains philosophy and practise! Read more…

The Journey of the Universe – A New Story for Our Times

Starts: Monday June 23, 2014

23 – 27 June 2014 | With Mary Evelyn Tucker and John Grim | The Journey of the Universe is a cosmological narrative that transcends the boundaries between disciplines and integrates science and values to tell the story of our Universe and its evolution. From this story we will take a new orientation and context as we reconsider our relationship with the Earth Community, looking at the many symbolic and lived expressions of interconnection between us and how they inspire us to action. Read more…

Dark Mountain: New Stories at the Cliff Edge

Starts: Monday June 23, 2014

23 – 27 June 2014 | With Paul Kingsnorth and Dougald Hine | Join the founders of the exciting and radical Dark Mountain movement on a course which takes a close look at our current reality and starts to make sense of the stories we all bring to it. Read more…

Call of the Magician – Restoring Balance with the Natural World

Starts: Monday June 30, 2014

June 30 – July 4 2014 | With Colin Campbell This five-day process offers space for personal and collective reflection, reconnection and exploration. The process utilises both experiential and theoretical tools drawn mainly from the indigenous traditions of Southern Africa. Read more…

Complexity and Collaboration: Applying Complexity Theory to Organisational Transformation

Starts: Monday June 30, 2014

June 30 -July 4 2014 | Eve Mitleton-Kelly | Successful organisations no longer operate in a “top-down” fashion, and benefit from empowering their employees to work collaboratively. This course will introduce you to some key principles of complexity theory and learn how they can be applied collaboratively with the aim of transforming an organisation by co-creating a new culture, structure and way of working. Read more…

Modern Indigeny

Starts: Sunday July 6, 2014

6-11 July 2014 | Dave Key, Mary-Jayne Rust, Annie Spencer and Colin Campbell | We’re all indigenous and connected to somewhere. Yet in industrial society, so many people feel cut off from their earthy roots. This fascinating course invites you to re-orientate yourself, to become centred in body and place and to walk out from there. Through insight and experience you will find our own sense of indigeny and walk the path back into relationship with the Earth. Read more…

Earth Pilgrim

Starts: Monday July 14, 2014

14 – 19 July, 2014 | Satish Kumar, Stephan Harding, and Martin Shaw | Our popular Earth Pilgrim course returns to our Summer 2014 programme. Join Satish to share his thoughts on the importance of bringing soul into the heart of everything we do, and how this can enhance your creativity and work for sustainability and peace. Read more…

Green Entrepreneurship in Action: From Making a Profit to Making a Difference

Starts: Monday July 21, 2014

July 2014 – January 2015 (Residential Intensive: 21st July – 25th July 2014)
With the Dartington School for Social Entrepreneurs and guest contributors to be confirmed. How can we do good, while doing well? What does it take to start and develop a green enterprise? What leadership and business models are appropriate in these times? This popular six month action-learning journey provides the practical support and deep inquiry from a leading green and ethical entrepreneurs, that can help move you and your work forward. Read more…

The Green Man – Rewilding our Masculinity

Starts: Monday July 21, 2014

21 – 25 July 2014 | With Chris Salisbury and Sebastian Kelly | The archetype of the Green Man offers a vision of maleness that is life-giving and generative; brimming with vitality and vigour; intimate with himself and the earth. During this course you will connect to this vision; exploring and developing your own personal relationship with the earth through experiential ecopsychology, traditional story, inquiry, ritual, menswork processes, and immersive nature experiences. Read more…

Eating Ecologically - Healthy, Local and Sustainable Food

Starts: Monday July 28, 2014

28 July – 1 August 2014 | Fergus Drennan, Anne-Marie Mayer, Jane Pickard and Patrick Whitefield | Can we re-design our food growing systems to provide healthy food for all, while looking after the earth?* | This course explores the nutritional benefits of consuming a wide range of plant foods and how a diverse and healthy diet can be produced locally, organically and sustainably using permaculture principles. Read more…

This Body of Land: An Introduction to Eco-Art

Starts: Monday July 28, 2014

28 July – 1 August 2014 | Ana Flores and special guests Peter Randall Page and Susan Derges | Join us for this dynamic week, combining art history and earth history, studio practice and field work, in which you will find new ways to respond to our ever-changing relationship with nature. No art experience required. Discount available if applying for the Art of Invitation (4 – 8 August). Read more…

The Art of Invitation - Creative Engagement for Ourselves and Our Communities

Starts: Monday August 4, 2014

4 – 8 August 2014 | With Ruth Ben-Tovim and Anne-Marie Culhane | With special guests Lucy Neal, Alan Bolden, Sarah Woods and Farzana Khan | Would you like to explore more creative ways of engaging communities to help them respond to the social and ecological challenges of our time and become active in the world? Join us for a week of creative exploration that will give you new creative tools for change. Read more…

Circles of Trust - True Self in True Community

Starts: Monday September 8, 2014

8 – 12 September 2014 | Rick Jackson and Barbara Reid | This programme is an experiential exploration of the Circle of Trust® approach to help you focus on your values and vision, challenges and fears; clarify your underlying sense of purpose and integrity and learn principles and practices from the Circle of Trust approach that can be applied to your daily life and work. Read more…

The Living Touch of Wild Earth - Reinhabiting the World Around Us

Starts: Monday October 6, 2014

6 – 10 October 2014 | Stephen Buhner | Through a unique blend of deep humor, storytelling and experiential exercises, Stephen will explore the self-organisation in biological systems, neural networks in Ecosystems, plant and bacterial intelligence, the ecosystem function of hallucinogens and medicinal plants, the dynamics of aisthesis, golden threads, duende, heart perception and cognition, imaginal thinking, the experience of interspecies communication, the dynamics of sensory gating channels, and a great deal more. Read more…


Our Short Course fees, included in the individual course pages above, reflect the calibre of the teachers who come here and the high contact time that participants have with them. Accommodation, either within the College or elsewhere on the Dartington Hall Estate, is included in the fee. We assign College rooms on a first come first served basis, as Dartington rooms are a picturesque but 10 minute walk from the campus, so please mention on the booking form if you have a special need to be College based.


The College encourages participation from all economic backgrounds. To support this, the College has a small number of bursaries available. Click here for more details >>

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