Certificate In Holistic Science and Economics For Transition – Brazil

Certificate In Holistic Science and Economics For Transition – Brazil

Are you living in Brazil? Do you feel called to join a learning community making a difference to the specific themes, opportunities and challenges of your country?

Schumacher College is delighted to announce the forth year of its collaboration in a pioneering certificate-level course for participants in Brazil, run by Escola Schumacher Brasil.

Course Overview

This course brings together elements of the College’s highly regarded postgraduate courses in Holistic Science and Economics for Transition and will allow you to explore these issues within a deeply transformative educational experience.

Key themes to be explored are:

• Education as a path of transformation
• Introduction to Holism
• The Living Earth
• Complexity and Chaos Theory
• Economics for Transition
• Cooking: an inquiry into the ingredients

Course Lecturers, Tutors and Facilitators

The course will be taught using a mixture that includes the learning together during the residential periods with Brazilian tutors and guests and online resources and live web tutorials with Schumacher College tutors.

Main tutors in Brazil:

Juliana Schneider
• Rita Mendonça
• Mari Del Mar Turato
• Claudia Mattos
• Luiz Gabriel Vasconçelos

Guest contributors from Schumacher College (online):

Philip Franses
Stephan Harding
Patricia Shaw
Jonathan Dawson
Tim Crabtree
Satish Kumar

Guest contributors in Brazil:

• Ricardo Young
• Peter Webb
• Antonio Donato Nobre
• Guilherme Lito
• Breno Strussmann
• Jorge Hoezl
• Livia Burani
• Ailton Krenak
• Wago Figueira

“In the forefront of the ‘non-established’ this programme gently and lovingly breaks concepts and methods, establishing a new way of teaching and a new way of learning, ancestrally pioneer!”  - Fatima Amazonas, Worldbank, participant of the Certificate in Holistic Science and Economics for Transition Brazil 2015.

Residential learning community

The Certificate in Brazil has been designed to focus on the residential learning - 4 gatherings of 4 days plus 2 gatherings of 3 days over a period of 7 months, bringing together many inspiring Brazilian alumni and practitioners to teach and share. Modelled on the key elements of education at Schumacher College, we will be caring for our environment through different activities and also cooking together while we learn. The experiences of firesides chats with visiting practitioners, time to reflect and explore our surroundings are as important as the opportunity to learn from Schumacher College teachers joining us on-line, as well as sharing local knowledge ranging from indigenous tribal cooking to new political and economic experiments in Brazil.

The residentials will take place outside of Sao Paolo, at Sitio Glória, a place that in 2015 opened its doors to host groups promoting experiences with nature. The space as it is seen today took 20 years to be built and this is because it’s been put together 100% from reused materials. During these last 20 years, in each trip, the family would find a part of a whole which was spread around. A window, a door, a roof, a staircase, a glass. Also to give more life to the surrounding nature, which used to be a field, little by little there would arrive in the back of the car many bromeliads, palm trees, araucarias. The movement of time was in charge of fitting everything into place and today the space reveals the relationship between the simple and the beautiful, the harmony that is possible between the natural and the manmade.

During the Economics for Transition module the residential gathering will be at Rincão Gaia – in the south of Brazil, a nature reserve founded by the Brazilian ecologist José A. Lutzenberger who was the first to host Satish Kumar in Brazil in 1992.  We will also be engaging the local organisation Mercur, to explore their learning journey on the way to becoming a large-scale industry that has transformed all its activities to serve not profit but the well being of people.

Schumacher Network in Brazil

Students joining for the Certificate will also have the chance to interact and be part of a wide network of Schumacher alumni and collaborators in Brazil, with more than 700 people. During the learning journey, meeting occasions will be convened in São Paolo enhancing these connections and strengthening the learning and support community.

Who is this course for?

The course is trans-disciplinary and will therefore be suitable for people from a diverse range of backgrounds and cultures, expertise and interests. This course is for enthusiastic agents of change and highly self motivated individuals who are prepared to set personal time for study and to follow the online learning process; as well as being ready to co-create new ways of thinking and doing. To maintain the unique small group learning experiences that the College is renowned for, the course will be limited to 15-18 students.


Each module offers the opportunity for the participants to deepen into the topics most relevant to their learning journey by independent research culminating in a thousand-word essay. This process will be supported by the Brazilian tutors of each module. At the end of the programmes there is the time to produce a dissertation which throughout the modules will be explored as a process of reflective inquiry.

A certificate will be awarded by Schumacher College and Escola Schumacher Brasil on successful completion of this course.

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