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 developing the whole person as we learn to care for each other, for the place and for ourselves.  We encourage nature-based learning in small groups and learning by experience, reversing the traditional educational model of learn-look-do. We follow no specific religious or spiritual practice.

Weekday mornings begin with optional meditation followed by breakfast and a communal meeting to go through the business of the day, possibly share a reading and allocate community groups and tasks. We all take part in daily activities of cooking, cleaning and gardening which help foster a sense of community and an opportunity to mix across groups - usually this work takes no more than 4-5 hours each week.

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"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