Our learning community

Schumacher College has a community-based approach to learning drawing on 90 years of progressive education at Dartington where the emphasis is on ‘whole person learning’ and ‘learning by doing’.

Community living is about shaping the whole person as we learn to live and grow with others. We believe in the value of learning by doing, placing experience first and reversing the traditional educational model of  learn-look-do. Caring for each other, for the place, and for our own personal growth, as we inquire together, are the foundations shared by all our learning programmes. We follow no specific religious or spiritual practice.

We encourage nature-based learning in small groups in addition to more conventional methods of learning. We include reflective enquiry, participatory, and experiential learning.

Every weekday morning there is optional meditation followed by breakfast and a communal meeting to go through the business of the day, to share a reading that anyone might wish to offer and to allocate community groups and tasks. We all take part in daily activities of cooking, cleaning and gardening which helps foster a sense of community and an opportunity to mix across groups. Community groups will seldom take more than 4-5 hours each week.

Study with some of the biggest international names in social, economic and ecological thinking for the 21st Century in a communal living and working environment. Learn more about our Postgraduate Programmes, click here.

"If still more education is to save us, it would have to be education of a different kind: an education that takes us into the depth of things.." E.F. Schumacher