In this edition of the College newsletter we are pleased to announce details of our new part-time and postgraduate programmes. We have a special interview with Jonathan Balcombe and Marc Bekoff who join us for the forthcoming short course Animals and Us, plus details of new courses, special offers, blogs and other news from around the College.
Monday, 18 – 22 June 2012 | Jonathan Balcombe (videolink), Marc Bekoff (videolink), Richard Ryder, Rachel Hevesi, Satish Kumar.
Do you crave a more meaningful and compassionate relationship with the non-human animal world?
New research shows that animals have very rich cognitive lives. They are smart, emotional and have moral sentiments. What does this new evidence mean in terms of animal ethics, rights and welfare? How do we adjust our attitudes towards other animals from an individual and societal perspective? And what can we learn about our own species, struggling to move to a more sustainable future?
INTERVIEW: We talk to course teachers Marc Bekoff and Jonathan Balcombe, about why the study of animals is so important and what we can learn about them and ourselves from new scientific findings.
Q: Why is this course so important at this time?
MB: The study of human-animal interactions is one of the hottest areas in animal studies – attracting people from many different disciplines – the sciences and social sciences, arts, literature and philosophy. It’s because more and more of us feel alienated from other animals and nature and are seeking a way back – a way of reconnecting, a way of re-wilding our hearts….read more here >>
Monday, 15-19 July 2012 – Charles Eisenstein and Toni Spencer
Charles Eisenstein has already been described as one of the great minds of our time. His most recent work Sacred Economics explores how in many aspects of our lives Separation has been the driving force in creating the current, destructive culture with it’s strong addiction to technical fixes that serve only to deepen the alienation of humans for nature and each other.
This rare opportunity to learn directly from Charles will offer you the chance to explore our civilization’s basic mythology and how it has shaped the economic system we now have. It will then turn to the emerging opportunities we as individuals and communities have open to us, as we envision an economics that restores to wholeness our fractured communities, relationships, cultures, ecosystems, and planet.
Monday, June 11-15, 2012 | Eve Mitleton-Kelly
There are still some places available on this course which provides a sound theoretical and practical grounding for those interested in generating a more collaborative workplace. Learn about the key principles of complexity theory and how they can be applied collaboratively with the aim of co-creating a new culture, structure and way of working within an organisation.
A few places are still available on three modules from our highly popular Certificate in Natural Building.
14 – 18 May, 2012 Natural plasters and finishes
Robert Somerville, Adam Wiesman and Katie Bryce
Learn from leading experts about the variety of natural plasters and finishes and how to apply them to enhance and complete a building project. Click here for more details or to book this course >>
28 May – 1st June, 2012 Ecological Design
Doug King-Smith, David Gale, Stephan Harding, Philip Frances, Wil Wallis, Robert Somerville, Jonathan Dawson, Ivanah Barclay, Vicki Mortimer, Chris Bird, Kevin Ireland and Linda Lemieux
Learn the fundamentals of permaculture and design, how to appraise sites and their context, how to identify and maximise use of local resources and how to develop and detail your own designs. Click here for more details or to book this course >>
25 – 29 June, 2012 Self-build, Community build, Planning and Building Regulations
Robert Somerville, Chris bird, Doug King-Smith, Linda Lemieux, Simon Fairlie, Simon Cronk, John Fiske, Adam & Erica Dadeby, Paul & Ivanah Barclay, Pam McDonald, Zav Bowden and Jon Hollely
Learn how to work with local communities, tackle the planning and building regulations and be inspired by successful self-build sites. Click here for more details or to book this course >>
Pictures from the Natural Build Certificate can be found on our new Flickr stream here >>
For further information about these courses visit www.schumachercollege.org.uk/courses/schumacher-certificate-in-natural-building or email:
Postgraduate part-time options go live
Now you can be at the forefront of science, action and practice for positive change without giving up your day-job! Due to popular demand, Schumacher College, in conjunction with our partners (Plymouth University, nef, Transition Network, CAT and Duchy College) is delighted to announce the launch of the following courses which will run (subject to final approval) from September 2012:
Part-time Masters programmes in:
Postgraduate Certificates and Diplomas:
Part-time routes, certificates and a diploma are now open for bookings. Click here for more details on fees, bursaries and how to apply >>
Biosemiotics and the New Paradigm by Daisy Allen
Daisy Allen is a past student on the Msc in Holisitic Science. In this essay, she explores ideas in science that are leading to a paradigm shift, and the idea of holism. This essay is published in the http://holisticsciencejournal.co.uk.
Of all the important and deeply pre-occupying questions that have fascinated humans through the ages, one of the most troublesome is that of the dichotomy between ‘experience’ and ‘reality’. Read more here >>Click here for further information about the MSc Holistic Science >>
Worldwide Learning opportunities – Colombia and New Zealand
We are expanding our Worldwide Learning opportunities with two new Worldwide courses planned in Colombia and New Zealand for the academic year 2012/13. Our unique course combination of online learning and deeply immersive residential weekends will be open to 10-15 motivated change makers in Colombia and New Zealand.
Schumacher College New Cob and Timber Framed Barn
We have a new natural build going up on campus! The timber framed cob barn is the first example of Natural Building going on the Dartington Estate for many years. The barn is being built by local natural builders and timber framers and also by the students participating on the Schumacher Natural Build Certificate.
Local architect, Robert Somerville is the inspiration behind this ground breaking course, he says ‘It is great to be building with low energy, local materials. On this course we are looking at how buildings were built in the past and the best way to experience that is to just do it. We are giving a fresh appreciation of the materials and methods and techniques of the past and how we use them in the future’.
Update on the refurbishment of the Old Craft Education building
To make the Craft Ed building warm and cosy for next winter – it has been given a natural insulation overcoat. Using straw bales, lime and hemp mix (Hempcrete) and wood fibre boards some to be lime rendered and some clad with Western Red Cedar sourced from woodlands on the Dartington Estate milled by Mike Gardner the new Forestry Manager at Dartington.
Farewell to our Master Students
This is the last week of College based study for our Masters students. We thank them for all the wonderful passion and energy that they have brought to the College and wish them well in the completion of their dissertations durng the Summer and much happiness in the next chapter of their lives.
Special Offer for College alumni
Green Books is offering all Schumacher alumni a 35% reduction on on any books ordered from the Green Books website. Visit www.greenbooks.co.uk and at the checkout use the code SCGB.
18 June, 2012 Blowing Hot and Cold: Jonathan Dimbleby chairs the wind power debate, 7 – 9 pm, The Great Hall, Dartington Hall Trust, in Partnership with TRESOC
On-shore wind power can make a major contribution to the UK’s renewable energy targets and aspirations. Can we realise the potential contribution of on-shore wind power in reducing carbon emissions, enhancing energy security and substituting for energy imports in view of resistance at local planning level?
Book at Dartington Box Office : www.dartington.org
19 – 23 May, 2012 – Process and Pilgrimage, Abbazia di Spineto – Italy
Ilan Pappe, Satish Kumar, Marilisa Cuccia, Graham Jones, Philip Franses and others.
28 – 30 September, GreenSpirit Annual Gathering – “Seeing with New Eyes”
Main speaker: Chris Johnstone. At Gaunts House, Dorset. Full details: www.greenspirit.org.uk/ag2012 or phone Joan 02392 599299.
Marc Bekoff and Jonathan Balcombe – Interview with teachers on the forthcoming *‘Animals and Us’ course, about why the study of animals is so important at this point in our history and what we can learn about them and ourselves from new scientific findings. “Click here to read >>“http://www.schumachercollege.org.uk/blog/what-about-the-animals-an-interview-with-marc-bekoff-and-jonathan-balcombe
Visit the College Blog here: http://www.schumachercollege.org.uk/blog
Amit Goswami: The Science of Quantum Consciousness Click here to watch >>
Isabel Carlisle: Unlearning in India – a journey towards the ecological self Click here to watch >>
Alan Watson Featherstone: A Million Trees and Counting – The Journey to Restore the Caledonian ForestClick here to watch >>
The Schumacher College experience – Click here to watch >>
Schumacher College Flickr Stream – Click here to view >>
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