Courses Overview >> Short Courses

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. Join us for a one-week, weekend or three week short course and discover things about yourself, make deep friendships with students from around the world, and, like many alumni, start a lifelong connection with the College.

All of our short course fees include delicious vegetarian food and simple, private accommodation within a rich and stimulating community setting which is dedicated to creating a more sustainable and equitable world. See how a bursary may help with your short course costs.

The Science and Art of Communicating for Transition image

Mon, 19/03/2018 to Fri, 06/04/2018

With Nadine Andrews, Janine Benyus , Tom Crompton, Jonathan Dawson, A.L. Kennedy (Skype), George Marshall, Philip Ralph, Chris Rapley, Kate Raworth and Manda Scott

This course provides an opportunity for a deep dive, in the company of internationally recognised scientists, writers and artists in various media, into the science underlying the process by which we make sense of the world and how we can use this knowledge to become more effective communicators in the service of liberation. In addition to a study of the science underlying effective communication, there will be ample opportunity for solo and/or collaborative creativity, coached by our team of writers and artists.

Sacred Activism

Mon, 16/04/2018 to Fri, 04/05/2018

With Bayo Akomolafe, Frédérique Apffel-Marglin and Justine Huxley

This three week intensive will bring together activists from different traditions and perspectives to address some of the pressing questions we ask ourselves as we decide how to taken action for change. Bursary Funding Available

Holistic Business Short Course

Mon, 16/04/2018 to Fri, 20/04/2018

With Jenny Mackewn, Hege Saebjornsen, Seb Pole, Nigel Topping, Karen Creavin and Satish Kumar

Find ways for you - and others - to make a right livelihood, to earn your living without compromising your ideals. Discover how to transform the organisations and businesses that you are associated with into ethical and purpose-led enterprises. Outstanding leaders in large and small businesses, private and public sector - tell us positive stories about how they are transforming their businesses and organisations; participants explore how to create ethical organisations which serve both human beings and the earth. This course is full, sign up for the waiting list here.

Fri, 20/04/2018 to Sun, 22/04/2018

With Fritjof Capra and Stephan Harding

Fritjof Capra will present his synthesis of the new “systems view of life” and will then concentrate on one of its most radical philosophical implications: a scientific theory which, for the first time, unifies mind, matter, and life. Stephan Harding will then show how we can use Fritjof’s unifying insights to help us develop a deeply felt sense of embeddedness in the living ecology of our planet.

Returning to the Source: Celebration and Co-creation

Mon, 23/04/2018 to Fri, 27/04/2018

With Stephan Harding , Fritjof Capra, Julie Richardson, Patricia Shaw, Roberto Fraquelli and Jenny Mackewn

What happens if you gather together the collective talent and ideas of people who have passed through the doors of Schumacher College?
What happens if you harness 26 years of all that energy and inspiration?
We would like to you join us for a special week of re-kindling old friendships and forging new ones to collaborate and create something extraordinary.

Mon, 30/04/2018 to Fri, 04/05/2018

With Kierty Verbooy, Kanada Elizabeth Gorla and Satish Kumar

Do you ever get out of balance or burn up your energies in trying to meet the many demands of your personal and professional life? Interested to learn how to use your energy more efficiently, how to be active and achieve your goals while remaining in balance? Join us for this week of embodied personal resilience training through personal and group coaching, nature connection, insights into personality dynamics and teaching methods drawn from the martial arts, processwork and improvisation/status transactions.

Yogi Cameron at Schumacher College

Mon, 07/05/2018 to Fri, 11/05/2018

With Yogi Cameron and Satish Kumar

Join one of the most celebrated Ayurvedic and Yogic practitioners in the world, Yogi Cameron along side Satish Kumar and be inspired by the holistic practice of Yoga for everyday life, including its physical, social, spiritual and environmental aspects. Learn how to take your daily practice to the next level so you can take intuitive actions throughout your day. Understand how to use the Ayurvedic practices of Diet, Self Healing and Treatment to help transform your body and mind. Practice meditation with mantras to elevate your mind so you have control of your thoughts and reactions.

 Richard Olivier Short Course

Mon, 07/05/2018 to Fri, 11/05/2018

With Richard Olivier

If you look back at your life and career, what patterns do you see?

By examining our formative experiences we can look at archetypal instincts that often underpin these. Only then are we free to make conscious choices about our future.

This experiential workshop will draw on the wisdom of an ancient story re-imagined for the modern leader and will take you on a compelling journey of self-discovery and soul enquiry.

Schumacher College Gardens

Mon, 14/05/2018 to Fri, 18/05/2018

With Martin Crawford and Caroline Aitken

Join Schumacher College for an exciting opportunity to experience edible ecosystems at different stages of development and with differing emphases and to learn about gathering and using the harvest with expert practitioners and joint authors of Food from your Forest Garden.

Mon, 14/05/2018 to Fri, 01/06/2018

With Dr Andy Letcher, Dr Angela Voss, Dr Katya Nosyreva, Julian Vayne and Angharad Wynne

Why do we only look to the East when seeking answers to spiritual questions?  We have a wealth of knowlege from our pagan, celtic and druidic past that could give us insight into the many ecological challenges we face.
In this course we will examine these esoteric ideas that have been bound up in our cultural life for centuries. Above all we assess the relationship between magical thought and practice and science and materialism and ask what relevance they have to the modern world.

Mon, 14/05/2018 to Fri, 18/05/2018

With Jeffrey Kiehl and Stephan Harding

Explore the connections between the inner dynamics of the psyche and learn how these manifest in our experiences of nature.  We’ll look at ways in which insights from Jungian depth psychology can help us to understand the roots of our connections with nature.  How can we become more engaged with the natural world and how can we protect it?

dew drops on a dandelion seed macro

Thu, 24/05/2018 to Sun, 27/05/2018

With Dr Jude Currivan and Philip Franses

Until now science has stated that the appearance of separation is real – and that the physical world is the only reality. Instead an emergent WholeWorld-view based on holistic science is revealing that that which we call reality is not only fundamentally interconnected but also ultimately unified. In this course we will understand, experience and embody how such awareness in our being of unity, expressed through diversity but not separation has the potential to transform these global emergencies into an emergence of our conscious evolution.

Whole Intelligence

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

With Malcolm Parlett PhD and Gill Coombs

We all play a role in today’s global drama, shaping the collective story as it emerges, through our responses and choices every day. This course offers a powerful integration of the work of gestaltists Malcolm Parlett and Gill Coombs, both of whom in their writings have explored how people can live more sanely in a world that often seems insane. We will focus on defining and awakening specific human strengths latent in all of us but largely ignored by mainstream education – developing a ‘whole intelligence’ that offers a radically different approach to achieving transformation, both personal and global.

The Future Of Electric Vehicles

Tue, 29/05/2018 to Fri, 01/06/2018

With Nigel Topping, Paul Dickinson, Sandra Roling, Hugo Spowers , Anthony Hobley and Molly Webb

The rise in popularity of electric vehicles (EVs) is about to radically change our car industry.  Although they make up only 2% of cars currently sold, this figure has doubled in the last 20 months. What does this mean for automotive companies, component manufacturers, city planners, environmental policy makers, and investors? This course involves a participatory mapping of the current system and identifies key stakeholders as well as examining the application of resources to encourage systems-change and initiate practical steps for transformative innovation.

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

Join us for an eight-month learning adventure that consists of a period of preparation, an intensive residential at Schumacher College and a subsequent community of practice group which meets by Skype or face to face meetings. This is an opportunity to develop leadership and facilitation skills that will help us to co-create a better, fairer and more beautiful world for all, enabling us to lead from, and for, the emerging future. The programme, which leads to the Schumacher Certificate in Leadership and Facilitation, has strands or approaches to leading and facilitating change in groups, organisations, communities and in the wider field.

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 proposes that the tools and processes of design can be used by 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.

Mon, 11/06/2018 to Fri, 15/06/2018

With Jeremy Lent and Elizabeth Ferguson

Based on themes from Jeremy Lent’s recent book, The Patterning Instinct: A Cultural History of Humanity’s Search for Meaning, this course explores whether the patterns of Western cognition have played a role in the current state of the world.   Participants will learn how to recognize their own patterns of cognition and explore how, through developing alternative frames of meaning, we can each play a part in redirecting humanity’s trajectory toward a more flourishing future.

Evolution and Spirituality

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

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

Examine the Darwinian paradigm to tease apart scientific theory from modern myth. We will explore a range of alternative scientific, metaphysical and theological interpretations of evolution to see how they place the human in relation to the world and to assess their relevance in our imperilled times. You will be joined by a number of students from Schumacher College's postgraduate programme in Ecology and Spirituality which will allow for rich interaction and discussion.

Reverential Ecology Short Course with Satish Kumar

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

With Satish Kumar

Join Satish Kumar and explore mankind’s participation in the process of the intricately woven web of life, acting no longer as masters or stewards of the earth, but rather as 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 contact of the new trinity of Soil, Soul & Society – How we can replenish the soil by nourishing the soul and care for the human community.

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 an in-depth exploration of the steps involved in moving toward integrated, human-scale economic structures in which deeply personal, heartfelt relationships matter most of all. Envisioning a shift from global to local entails grappling with 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.

Schumacher College Experience Week

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

With Satish Kumar and June Mitchell

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.

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, soil that is teaming with beneficial organisms, soil has the capacity to produce healthy food, healthy people, and 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 the potential for healthy soils to promote your health and the health of our planet in a changing climate.

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

With Laura Lengnick

Fundamental to our identity as a species, crucial to the health and well-being of our communities, the way that we eat 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 on transformational story-telling skills, 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.

EMK Complexity Methodology Short Course with Eve Mitleton-Kelly

Mon, 05/11/2018 to Fri, 16/11/2018

With Eve Mitleton-Kelly

Join Professor Eve Mitleton-Kelly from the London School of Economics (LSE) for this two week training in addressing complex organisational, societal and global issues. Eve has worked for over 20 years in both the public and private sectors, advised the United Nations, European Commission, five government administrations and many organisations in the EMK Complexity Methodology for working with complex problems. This is a rare residential opportunity to train with her.

Schumacher College

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

With 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, 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.

Satish Kumar

Mon, 24/06/2019 to Fri, 28/06/2019

With Satish Kumar and June Mitchell

Embrace complexity in place of complication and learn how to transform even the small activities in life into something extra-ordinary.

Satish Kumar

Fri, 19/07/2019 to Sun, 21/07/2019

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.

Schumacher College

Mon, 07/10/2019 to Fri, 11/10/2019

With 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, 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.