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Short Courses

Schumacher College & The Elmhirst Programme Short Course Programme

Our short courses are based either at the Old Postern or the Elmhirst Centre of Dartington Hall – a ten minute walk between them through beautiful ornamental gardens or wild woodland. All include delicious food, simple accommodation, teaching and field trips within a rich and stimulating community setting.

Short descriptions of the courses are listed below. Click on the name of the course to read the full description and to apply.

The ReWilded Child

The ReWilded Child - Reconnection with Nature

25/05/2015 to 29/05/2015

Jay Griffiths, David Bond, Tim Gill and Chris Salisbury with special guest Lemn Sissay | Join award winning author Jay Griffiths, film maker David Bond and wild storyteller Chris Salisbury for a 5 day course designed to examine the relationship between childhood and nature, it’s importance in modern society and how we can start to reconnect children with the wild. Read More...

Schumacher Certificate in Eco Leadership and Facilitation: In Service of Our Emerging Future and the Web of Life

01/06/2015 to 31/01/2016

Led by Jenny Mackewn. With special contributors: Amrita Bhohi, Dan Burgess, Stephan Harding, Satish Kumar, Tim ‘Mac’ MaCartney, Jon Rae, Martin Shaw, plus Bill Plotkin and Peter Senge (by video link) | We invite you to join us for an eight-month learning adventure (2 weeks residential, 7 months online) that will develop your leadership and facilitation skills that will help you co-create a better, fairer and more beautiful world for all, enabling us to lead from and for the emerging future. Read More...

Learn to grow, harvest and cook with Riverford Organic and Schumacher College

From Soil To Supper - Making The Most Of Seasonal Veg

22/06/2015 to 26/06/2015

With Guy Watson, Geetie Singh, Tim Crabtree and the growers and chefs at Riverford Organic and Schumacher College | Join us for this celebration of seasonal vegetables as we grow, harvest, cook and share fresh and local food alongside the growers, chefs and leaders of the organic food movement. Throughout the week, you will experience growing, harvesting and cooking on location at Riverford Farm and the Schumacher College gardens and kitchens plus you will have the fun experience of learning to create fresh cocktails using ingredients straight from the garden. This course is not to be missed if you have always wanted to produce delicious food, for home or wider, from soil to supper. This course will be delivered as part of our Elmhirst programme at Dartington Hall. Read More...

Saving The World From Extinction with Thom Hartmann at Schumacher College

Saving the World From Extinction – How To Create A World That Works For All

22/06/2015 to 26/06/2015

Thom Hartmann and Stephan Harding | In this rare, intimate week, you will Join best-selling author Thom Hartmann and explore the revelations in his book ‘The Last Days of Ancient Sunlight’ and what we can all do today, as individuals, to create a future that can still work for all. This course is for anyone wanting to make a difference in the world and will provide the motivation, the tools and the practices to get going right away. Read More...

 

Green Entrepreneurs in Action: Creating an Ethical Enterprise

29/06/2015 to 03/07/2015

With the School for Social Entrepreneurs Dartington and contributions from Founder and CEO of Riverford Organic: Guy Watson, Founder and Owner of The Duke Of Cambridge Organic Pub: Geetie Singh, Founder of Embercombe: Tim 'Mac' Macartney, Founder and CEO of People Tree: Safia Minney and Schumacher College Head of Economics: Jonathan Dawson  | Green Entrepreneurs will provide the practical support and deep inquiry you require to help and motivate you to move you and your work forward. Read More...

Satish Kumar - Earth Pilgrim

Earth Pilgrim

06/07/2015 to 10/07/2015

With Satish Kumar and Stephan Harding | Our popular Earth Pilgrim course returns to our Summer 2015 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.
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Schumacher Experience - Summer 2015

13/07/2015 to 17/07/2015

This week-long programme allows you to take time from your normal routine and immerse yourself in the rich daily life of community at Schumacher College. It includes a walking field trip, lectures on holism and sustainability and facilitated group work. Read More...

Dragon Dreaming – Moving Through Blockages in Projects, Enterprises and Organisations

27/07/2015 to 31/07/2015

With John Croft and Lizandra Barbuto | This course will allow you to identify the source of personal and professional blockages in your life and projects, between the initiator and the primary team (where people do not say what they think), within the team itself (where people do not do what they say) and between the project and the world (where people do not see what they do).  This course offers design philosophy, tools and techniques that will enable you to overcome such blockages and show you how to build a supportive team of practitioners. Read More...

Satish Kumar at Schumacher College

Elegant Simplicity – Creating an Extra-Ordinary Life

27/07/2015 to 31/07/2015

With Satish Kumar, Stephan Harding and Special Guests, Miti Desai and June Mitchell |This course will embrace complexity in place of complication and show how we can include creativity and imagination in ordinary activities, transforming everything we do into an extra-ordinary way of life. Facilitated at the Elmhirst Programme at Dartington Hall. Read More...

Becoming Indigenous

Becoming Indigenous – Finding Our Way Home

07/09/2015 to 17/07/2016

Convened by Colin Campbell, Pat McCabe and Mac Macartney
With Special Guests Atossa Soltani, Drew Dellinger, Bill Plotkin, Loretta Afraid of Bear Cook
and many more to be confirmed | 4 month residential followed by supported personal research and mentoring.

This programme is a deep journey into the question of what it means to be indigenous and how it feels to come home. Once in the place of home, connected to our birth-rite of place and community and belonging, how do we act in the world to create change and help others find the way?

We bring together teachers, thinkers, elders, ceremonialists from both western and indigenous cultures to consider what it means to be indigenous in the 21st Century. How do we heal the grief of the past, how do we stop the abuses of the present, what knowledge and wisdom can we share, how can we move forward into a world together and what part can each of us play in making this world a home for all. Read More...

Coming Home to an Animate World: A Way of Ceremony and Conversation

07/09/2015 to 11/09/2015

With Bill Plotkin and Geneen Marie Haugen | In this course we offer you a green doorway, an opening to a wilder consciousness shaped by forest and owls, clouds and dreams. We offer you passage from a lifeless universe to a cosmos breathing with mystery and invitation, singing and crying in a jillion tongues. Gather with other Earth lovers, forest whisperers, and visionary coyotes to honour the Others with ceremony and conversation. Read More...

Ecology of the Heart

Exploring the Ecology of the Heart: a Circle of Trust

14/09/2015 to 18/09/2015

With Rick Jackson and Barbara Reid | Skilled facilitators from the Center for Courage & Renewal help create a safe, quiet, confidential, and disciplined reflective space—a Circle of Trust—, where you will explore  the ecology of the heart. Through contemplation, journaling, deep listening, dialogue and open honest questioning, and drawing on stories from our own journeys, and from the insights from poets, storytellers, and wisdom traditions,  let the noise within and around you subside so you can explore the intersections in your personal, professional and community and begin to hear your own inner voice.
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Eco-Spirituality, Creation Spirituality: Exploring Eco-Mystics and Becoming Eco-Warriors

14/09/2015 to 18/09/2015

Matthew Fox with special guests Meshi Chavez, Stephan Harding and Martin Shaw | In this course we will explore some of the many prophetic voices over the centuries that have spoken of the sacred earth and our sacred bodies. We will deepen our understanding of how they speak to us today on both a personal and collective level and how they can strengthen our own personal commitment to an ecological revolution -  to become warriors as well as mystics and lovers of creation. Read More...

Live Your Purpose with Burce Lipton

Live Your Purpose - Radical, Conscious Evolution

28/09/2015 to 02/10/2015

With Bruce Lipton and Bharat Mitra | Advances in science and knowledge are creating a genuine evolution in thought and understanding, one so radical that it is changing the world. New knowledge is shattering old myths and rewriting the fundamental beliefs of human civilization, revealing that the planet is in the midst of an amazing evolutionary event. A new world is emerging—one that requires novel ways of thinking, living, and working together. This course offers tools to discover what it means to Live Your Purpose, and with which the courageous will naturally be part of the radical, conscious evolution that is happening right now. Facilitated at The Elmhirst Programme in Dartington Hall. Read More...

The Right Livelihood Programme, UK and Bhutan - Finding Deeper Purpose

30/11/2015 to 30/11/2016

Ha Vinh Tho, Julia Kim, Satish Kumar, Julie Richardson, Otto Scharmer and guests | Join us for a year-long transformative learning journey that aims to align your livelihood with a deeper purpose in service of happiness and well-being of people and planet. This 12 month programme includes 3 residential modules in the UK and Bhutan supported by an on-line programme of study and mentoring and will be an inspirational, transformative and action-orientated journey towards developing a prototype of your own project, plan, or pathway to right livelihood. In this, you will be supported by a community of peers, tutors and experts. Read More...