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Short Courses

short courses at schumacher collegeFor 25 years we have been delivering one to three-week short courses that have inspired thousands of people to make positive changes in their lives and work.

We bring together the world’s leading thinkers, change-makers and activists, to share their inspiration, their motivation and their practical experience in areas such as deep ecology and holistic science, new economics and sustainable enterprise, agro-ecology and food production, ecological design thinking and much more.

Our approach to education is through the head, heart and hands and we aim to learn through everything we do as part of a living and working community. Our courses are for small groups of 10 to 30 people and they are a truly unique and powerful opportunity for personal transformation and realignment.

The teachers and contributors we will be welcoming to the College in the next few months include Vandana Shiva, Satish Kumar, Rob Hopkins, Anna Breytenbach, Anita Moorjani, Scilla Elworthy, Bruce Lipton, Charles Eisenstein, Bill Plotkin, David Whyte, Matthew Fox and Margaret Wheatley.

Schumacher College Short Course Programme

These short courses are based at our main campus, the Old Postern. All teaching will take part on this campus although, depending on availability, accommodation may be a 10 minute walk away in the beautiful grounds of Dartington Hall.

The Elmhirst Programme – Soul, Spirit and Story

This is a new short course programme starting in 2015 and will be based in the Elmhirst Centre of Dartington Hall. All teaching, accommodation and catering will take place at Dartington Hall.

All courses are listed below.

Margaret Wheatley teaches Sustainable Living & Environmental education

Leaders as Warriors for the Human Spirit

13/04/2015 to 17/04/2015

Join Margaret Wheatley, one of the USA’s most eminent speakers on the subject of leadership, on a 5 day course which will challenge leaders to develop the will, discipline and skills to lead and support people, acting as warriors for the human spirit. Held at the Elmhirst Programme in Dartington Hall.

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Alternative Economics and Sustainable Economics

Towards a Commons-Based Political Economy: Rethinking State, Market and Civil Society

20/04/2015 to 24/04/2015

Michel Bauwens, John Restakis and Kevin FlanaganReduced Fee | The alternative to the current political and economic organization within capitalism may no longer be a return to statism and a ‘strong state’ but rather a set of commons-centric alternatives based on the principles of co-operation and economic democracy. Join three leading voices at the forefront of thinking on commons-based political Economics and activism. Held at the Elmhirst Programme in Dartington Hall.

Call Of The Wild Course 2015

Call of the Wild 2015

24/04/2015 to 16/11/2015

One of the most effective ways to inspire and enrich ourselves, our communities and each other, is to find our way back to engaging wholeheartedly with the natural world. An extraordinary syllabus is available to anyone open to spending time in nature, and our job as environmental educators is to cultivate this ‘nature connection’ in helpful and meaningful ways. Over the duration of the programme we expect students to pick up a broad base of skills and experience, to clarify which areas of environmental education they have a particular interest and talent for, and which client-groups they would like to work with. The journey will include nightwalks, earthwalks, naturalist study, canoe-trips, role-play, ceremony, storytelling and a medicine walk. In addition, participants can choose three courses from a selection of WildWise’s professional training programme to focus and develop their skills further.

There will also be an opportunity to attend short courses.

Short Course Agroecology

Agroecology: Food for the Future

27/04/2015 to 01/05/2015

Miguel A Altieri and Clara Nicholls | This course brings together leading voices in agroecology to provide a fascinating exploration of the principles of agroecology and how these can be applied to ensure biodiverse, productive and resilient farms; promote food sovereignty and promote the necessary change of the dominant food systems.

Voice of the Earth, animate earth, Sustainable Living

Voice of the Earth - Shamanism, Story and Spiritual Ecology

27/04/2015 to 08/05/2015

With Jonathan Horwitz and Zara Waldeback | Working with traditional shamanic techniques and story-creating practices, this two week experiential course offers a way to access the soul in all living beings. You will learn how to shift your consciousness to come directly into contact with different aspects of nature and experience another way of knowing. We will discover how to listen to the Earth and ask for stories that build awareness, vision, connection and creation, to help you act and speak as an Earth Ambassador.

Daring To Be Great - Aligning Our Sense Of Purpose

Daring to be Great – Aligning Our Sense of Purpose

11/05/2015 to 15/05/2015

With Polly Higgins and Sister Jewel | Join Polly Higgins and Sister Jewel and explore of how we all allow ‘greatness’ into our lives, how our state of being informs our state of doing, how we unlock the ‘innate’ and free ourselves to dare to be great in our lives. This course is for all who feel they would like to be in service to the Earth. Held at the Elmhirst Programme in Dartington Hall.

Feminine Action in the World

Drawing on the Deep Feminine for Action in the World

18/05/2015 to 22/05/2015

Anne Baring and Dr. Scilla Elworthy | This intensive workshop will have two aspects, drawing on the respective experience and field of expertise of its two presenters: Anne Baring and Dr. Scilla Elworthy. With a focus on the current awakening of the Feminine that is taking place all over the planet and the active role that women are playing in it, explore how and why the imbalance between the masculine and feminine principles arose and what effects this has had on Western civilisation, leading ultimately to our current alienation from nature. Held at the Elmhirst Programme in Dartington Hall.

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.

When You're Falling, Dive

When You’re Falling, Dive: Thriving in Adversity

26/05/2015 to 29/05/2015

Why do some people blossom through adversity while others fall apart?  What mysterious power gets us back on our feet after we’ve been knocked down?  How can we draw wisdom, passion, and strength, from times of crisis? 

In this inspiring workshop, Mark Matousek draws on his decades of experience as a survivor, as well as wisdom culled from meetings with other remarkable survivors (collected in the book, When You’re Falling, Dive) to present a series of lessons for mastering the art of post-traumatic growth. 

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 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.

Amjad Ali Khan - Sarod | Sustainable Living & Environmental Education UK

Music As A Way of Life - Week 1

01/06/2015 to 05/06/2015

With World Renowned Musician Amjad Ali Khan, Yoga by Fierce Grace, Tai Chi and Qigong by Tai Chi Nation,  | Please join us for this unique music and movement retreat and listen, learn and play music with Amjad Ali Khan, one of India’s greatest sarod players. This will be a relaxed week in an intimate retreat setting - a rich mix of discussion and movement conviviality mixed with listening and playing music. Stay in the luxury of Dartington Hall and enjoy music, yoga, tai chi, qigong, and massage therapy.

Amjad Ali Khan

Music As A Way of Life - Week 2

08/06/2015 to 12/06/2015

With Amjad Ali Khan & Special Guests | Please join us for this unique opportunity to listen, learn and play music with Amjad Ali Khan, one of India’s greatest sarod players. This will be a relaxed week in an intimate retreat setting - a rich mix of discussion and movement conviviality mixed with listening and playing music.

Amjad Ali Khan

Music As A Way of Life - with Amjad Ali Khan and Fierce Grace Yoga

15/06/2015 to 19/06/2015

With Amjad Ali Khan, Fierce Grace Yoga & Tai Chi Nation| Please join us for this unique opportunity to listen, learn and play music with Amjad Ali Khan, yoga by Fierce Grace as well as Tai Chi Nation. This will be a relaxed week in an intimate retreat setting - a rich mix of discussion and movement conviviality mixed with listening and playing music.

Schumacher Forest

Nature Connected Leadership - Thriving in the Face of Uncertainty

15/06/2015 to 19/06/2015

With Mark MoreyWhat would be possible if you lived your life and leadership without compromise, with heart and authentically connected to yourself ? If we immerse in the wisdom of nature with the intention to know ourselves, we will be fully equipped to handle change and thrive in the face of uncertainty. This course brings you on a profound journey of connection to yourself in the context of nature, with time-tested mentoring approaches of indigenous cultures.  

Satish Kumar - Earth Pilgrim

Earth Pilgrim

06/07/2015 to 10/07/2015

With Satish Kumar, Stephan Harding and Rosalind J. Turner | 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.

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.

We Shall Dance with the Mountains: The Economics of Happiness

14/07/2015 to 18/07/2015

With Helena Norberg-Hodge and Bayo Akomolafe | Join world renowned filmmaker and author Helena Norberg-Hodge and lecturer, author and activist Bayo Akomolafe in a course that will equip you with the powerful conceptual and narrative tools and provide new thinking about contemporary forms of activism and civic agency. Facilitated at the Elmhirst Programme at Dartington Hall

Satish Kumar at Schumacher College

Elegant Simplicity – Creating an Extra-Ordinary Life

27/07/2015 to 30/07/2015

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

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.

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 honor the Others with ceremony and conversation.

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 Drew Dellinger, Bill Plotkin, Geneen Marie Haugen, Loretta Afraid of Bear Cook
and many more to be confirmed |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? 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. The programme will have two residential components separated by a period of private research, mentorship and online sharing. The first residential will be for four months during which participants will be resident at Higher Close Dartington Hall and attending sessions in Schumacher College’s Elmhirst Centre. The second residential week will be a final sharing and homecoming ceremony in the same location.

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.

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.

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.