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Short Courses

Schumacher College delivers a unique brand of small-group experiences which embrace the learning principles of head, hand, heart. This takes place in the classroom, the gardens, the kitchen – it is part of everything we do. Short course students can join our learning community on courses ranging from a weekend to three weeks. Join us to discover things about yourself, make deep friendships with students from around the world and start a lifelong connection with the College.

All of our short course fees include delicious vegetarian food and simple, private accommodation. See how a bursary may help with your short course costs.

Stone Circle

Mon, 28/05/2018 to Fri, 01/06/2018

With Angharad Wynne and Dr Andy Letcher

Can we dream with the Earth, wherever we choose to live? Join us on a quest to rediscover what remains of our own native tradition - to explore the natural magic of place. The sacred groves and stone circles of our ancestors have long been abandoned but can we rediscover that same profound connection to the spirit place? Can we find ways to make ritual that honours the land but speaks to where we stand now?

Jenny Mackewn short course

Mon, 04/06/2018 to Fri, 15/06/2018

With Jenny Mackewn, Satish Kumar, Stephan Harding, Mac Macartney, Rob Hopkins, Dan Burgess and Bill Plotkin

An eight-month learning adventure of preparation, residential at Schumacher College and community of practice group in person/via Skype; the opportunity to develop leadership and facilitation to co-create a fairer and more beautiful world for all and lead for the emerging future. It is a pathway to the Schumacher Certificate in Leadership and Facilitation and is useful for groups, organisations, communities.  This course is full, sign up to the waiting list.

Evolution and Spirituality

Mon, 11/06/2018 to Fri, 29/06/2018

With Stephan Harding, Joana Formosinho, Dr Andy Letcher, Matthew T. Segall and Charles Foster

Where do science and spirituality meet? Darwin’s 'On the Origin of Species' questioned the very foundations of Christianity and lead ultimately to atheism. 
So where does that leave us today?  Is the evolution of life on Earth blind, a random process of mutation and chance selection? Or might it be more purposeful and directed?  We consider work from some of the world’s greatest thinkers and philosophers who have tried to reconcile the realities of Darwinian natural selection with the human quest for meaning.

Mon, 11/06/2018 to Sat, 23/06/2018

With Terry Irwin, Gideon Kossoff, Cameron Tonkinwise and Cheryl Dahle

Transition Design, an approach pioneered at Carnegie Mellon University, offers tools and processes of design for activists and practitioners from all walks of life to develop solutions that contribute to significant societal transitions. Course price includes tickets to the International Transition Design Symposium. This short course is full, sign up for the waiting list here
There are still Symposium places available. To book a place on the Symposium only, please visit this link.

Reverential Ecology Short Course with Satish Kumar

Mon, 18/06/2018 to Fri, 22/06/2018

With Satish Kumar and June Mitchell

Join Satish Kumar and explore mankind’s participation in the intricately woven web of life.  We do need not be masters or stewards of the earth we can be participants and co-creators of it, as an integral expression and extension of self. Satish Kumar will explore the ideal of Reverential Ecology in the context of the new trinity of Soil, Soul & Society.  How we can replenish the soil by nourishing the soul and caring for the human community?

earth from space

Mon, 18/06/2018 to Fri, 22/06/2018

With Dr Andy Letcher, Matthew T. Segall and Joana Formosinho

How do we make sense of the latest scientific discoveries in cosmology, quantum physics and biology? Is the world inert and devoid of meaning, or is nature creative and full of emerging possibilities? Can philosophy help us unravel the mysterious question of what life is?  This course considers whether philosophy can put meaning back into the world? 

Mon, 18/06/2018 to Fri, 22/06/2018

With Matthew T. Segall , Dr Andy Letcher and Joana Formosinho

How do we make sense of the latest scientific discoveries in cosmology, quantum physics and biology? Is the world inert and devoid of meaning, or is nature creative and full of emerging possibilities? Can philosophy help us unravel the mysterious question of what life is?  This course considers whether philosophy can put meaning back into the world? This is a non-residential booking page. Residential places are now full.

The Power Of Local short course at Schumacher College

Mon, 25/06/2018 to Fri, 29/06/2018

With Helena Norberg-Hodge, Stephan Harding and Satish Kumar

Join us to explore how we move toward more integrated, human-scale economic structures in which relationships matter most of all. Yet within this shift from global there are a number of difficult questions; Just how localised should we strive to be? What strategies can be employed to overcome the entrenched power of big business, big banks, and big government? What is the role of technology in a localised economy? How do we start from where we are?

Be Brave

Fri, 29/06/2018 to Sun, 01/07/2018

With Rosa Sommer Martin and Rich Loizou

Honest communication is difficult. You are invited to stand up and join a community of individuals exploring authenticity, communication and connection. Through playful and interactive group exercises, practise taking risks to deepen your relationships at work, home and in the world.

Fri, 20/07/2018 to Sun, 22/07/2018

With Satish Kumar and June Mitchell

Participate in a weekend meditating, walking and spending time in nature away from the daily stresses of life and discover the importance of bringing soul into the heart of everything you do. This course is now full, sign up to the waiting list here.

Fri, 03/08/2018 to Sun, 05/08/2018

With Stephan Harding, Faze Ali and Ella Sparks

Throughout the Unplugged Weekend at Schumacher College, you will have the opportunity to take part in a guided walk across the unique wilderness of Dartmoor and listen to the vibration of your body as you experience the unique sensation of gong meditation and yoga sessions.

connected world

Mon, 06/08/2018 to Fri, 10/08/2018

With Alex Bedoya, Paul Bessems, Vinay Gupta and Warren Puckett

By 2020 the global data economy is predicted to be worth $906 billion. Data analytics will soon be indispensable to any economic activity and decision-making process. But who is safeguarding our data and who is currently extracting its financial value? This course offers practical and theoretical knowledege of data economics for use within an organisation or community. 


Mon, 13/08/2018 to Fri, 17/08/2018

With Nora Bateson and Jeddah Mali

The systems we live within are in constant interaction: from social systems to economic systems, to biological systems and ecological systems. This course takes you on an immersive learning journey to explore the underlying intelligence responsible for all living systems. We will use conceptual, experiential and application-based approaches to shift current understanding and behaviour towards a more unified relationship. 

Mon, 20/08/2018 to Fri, 24/08/2018

With Andy Goldring and Jay Tompt

This course will prepare you to launch a process of citizen-led economic transition in your town or region.  You will have chance to join the movement forging ahead with a more resilient, inclusive, ecologically wise and regenerative system.  Based on the experience of the Totnes REconomy Project, this approach is accessible, practical and effective.  It has been developed successfully in dozens of other places in the UK, EU, and USA with whom you can connect to support your future work.

Dartington Hall Garden Steps

Mon, 10/09/2018 to Fri, 14/09/2018

With Jon Young, Dr Deborah Benham and Saci Lloyd

In our disconnected society we can struggle to connect with authentic leadership. Yet there is an elegant and simple map, based on the wisdom of nature and cultures that are strongly connected to nature. This course will help you restore these lost connections, bring all your gifts alive and become part of a global community of creative and engaged change-makers.

Bones Of Ritual - sitting by a fire

Mon, 17/09/2018 to Fri, 28/09/2018

With Colin Campbell and Lucy Hinton

This course is an extraordinary opportunity to take part in an an experience of deep self-exploration using traditional techniques, ritual practices and wilderness methods from the indigenous South African traditions.  This experience will include teaching time, deep conversation and sharing, group divination processes, reflection and integration time in the classroom and the wild surrounds of Schumacher College as well as a magical steam ritual.

Schumacher College Experience Week

Mon, 01/10/2018 to Fri, 05/10/2018

With Satish Kumar and Richenda Macgregor

Immerse yourself for a week in the vibrant community of Schumacher College. This course is designed to give you space to enquire into what has meaning in your life, and what role you wish to play in the world.  Prepare to be inspired and invigorated by some of the concepts and ideas upon which the college is based and also to participate in the rich daily life of the Schumacher learning community.

Mon, 08/10/2018 to Fri, 12/10/2018

With Laura Lengnick

Take this practical, hands-on course if you want to cultivate soil that is alive and vital, that is teaming with beneficial organisms and that has the capacity to produce healthy food, healthy people, and a healthy community. Learn how to use time-tested methods to grow healthy soils in your garden and on your farm, practice using some simple tools to measure and monitor soil health over time and explore how the benefits to your health and that of our planet in a changing climate.

Fri, 12/10/2018 to Sun, 14/10/2018

With Laura Lengnick

The way we eat is fundamental to our identity as a species and crucial to the health and well-being of our communities, yet ultimately it fuels the 21st century challenges that threaten our way of life. How do we resolve this dilemma? This course explores the transformative power of story as a catalyst for personal and social transformation in this age of climate change. In this week-long intensive you can learn how to tell stories that spark the kind of social learning needed to put us on the path to a resilient food future.

GNH Centre Bhutan

Mon, 19/11/2018 to Fri, 30/11/2018

With Dr. Julia Kim and Julie Richardson

The GNH Practitioners Program is a collaborative one-year program hosted by the GNH Centre in Bhutan, and Schumacher College in the UK. The 3 residential modules, combined with online activities and support are designed to lead each participant on a personal journey of inspiration, discovery and capacity building. The program is designed to help all participants cultivate the skills and experience to develop their own GNH-inspired prototype.


Mon, 14/01/2019 to Fri, 18/01/2019

With Simon Robinson and Maria Moraes Robinson

Holonomics is a powerful approach for the profound transformation of organisations. Make a practical impact on the evolution and sustainability of businesses based on universal human values. Learn directly with the creators of Holonomics, authors and consultants Simon Robinson and Maria Moraes Robinson.  They will introduce their framework, tools and method from the development of a strategy to flourishing business model and the implementation of customer experiences with soul.

Schumacher College

Mon, 04/02/2019 to Fri, 08/02/2019

With Richenda Macgregor and Satish Kumar

Immerse yourself for a week in the vibrant community of Schumacher College. This course is designed to give you space to enquire into what has meaning in your life, and what role you wish to play in the world, while also being inspired and invigorated by some of the concepts and ideas the college is based upon and participating in the rich daily life of the Schumacher community.

Satish Kumar

Fri, 15/02/2019 to Sun, 17/02/2019

With Satish Kumar and June Mitchell

This is a chance to spend an intimate weekend, hosted by Satish Kumar to consider the role of love in our lives and how we can use it to live in a more fulfilling way.  It will be an opportunity for discussion and deep reflection, incorporating the wisdom of poets and mystics, to consider the most powerful force on earth.