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Short Courses

Schumacher College runs two short course programmes, one at the old Postern and one at the Elmhirst Centre of Dartington Hall.

Our Elmhirst Programme is a new programme of courses under the theme of 'Soul, Spirit and Story'

All courses are listed below. They include delicious vegetarian food and simple accommodation within a rich and stimulating community setting which is dedicated to creating a more sustainable and equitable world.

The Gross National Happiness Master Class, UK and Bhutan

24/07/2017 to 19/05/2018

With Ha Vinh Tho, Julia Kim, Julie Richardson, and guest teachers | A 12 month learning journey to experience Gross National Happiness in practice and to develop the skills and experience to develop your own Gross National Happiness prototype supported by a community of peers, tutors and experts.Participants will be issued with the GNH Training Manual and those who have successfully completed the GNH Master Class assessments will be certified GNH practitioners and be eligible to become members of the GNH Centre Bhutan network of GNH Trainers and Facilitators. The programme may also qualify for credits towards Continuing Professional Development. Read More...

Earth, Culture, Economy – The Power of Local

24/07/2017 to 28/07/2017

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? Sign up to the waiting list hereRead More...

This course is full.

Becoming Indigenous - Short Residential Programme

01/09/2017 to 21/10/2017

With Colin Campbell, Pat McCabe, Lyla June Johnston, Eve Annecke, Lucy Hinton, Carolyn Hillyer and Nigel Shaw | The short-term, highly experiential Becoming Indigenous Programme will asks deep questions about what it means to be at home, as humans on planet earth, connected to the land, to the wild, to community and to our ancestors, at this time in history when many of these connections have been broken. Read More...

Becoming Indigenous 2017 - Finding Our Way Home Full Programme


FULL PROGRAMME With Colin Campbell, Pat McCabe, Mac Macartney and special guests Loretta Afraid of Bear Cook, Lyla June Johnson, Carolyn Hillyer, Linda Delormier, Eve Annecke, Lucy Hinton and Chris Luttichau | This is a deep experiential dive into the subject matter of indigeneity – exploring our connection to the wild, to each other and ultimately to our very deep selves. Expect vigil, ceremony, time out in nature, dream circles, intimate discussion and pursuit of ‘meaningful purpose’ as we bring together contributors from a range of western and indigenous traditions to consider how we find our roots and use them to drive our actions for change in the world. Read More...

Writing the Wild Soul

11/09/2017 to 13/09/2017

With Geneen Marie Haugen and Bill Plotkin | Join us for this three day adventure with writers, wildness guides and soul explorers Geneen Marie Haugen and Bill Plotkin as we explore practices and experiences that encounter the intertwined mysteries of nature and psyche and help us to bring the soul-filled, animate world to the page. Read More...

The Bones of Ritual – Conversing With The Natural World 2017

18/09/2017 to 29/09/2017

With Colin Campbell and Lucy Hinton | Join us for a two week personal exploration of purpose and meaning using tradition wilderness techniques and ritual practices from South African Traditions. As well as teachings and conversation on the cosmology of these traditions and how they bridge to our modern times, places and cultures, this programme will include divinatory bones readings, a magical steam ritual and a supported solo vision quest on Dartmoor with reflection, sharing and integration in the classroom and wild surrounds of Schumacher College. Read More...

Economy for the Common Good – Changing Business from the Ground Up

Economy for the Common Good – Changing Business from the Ground Up

25/09/2017 to 29/09/2017

With Christian Felber and special guest Rob Hopkins | Join us for this visionary week with activist and initiator of ‘Economy for the Common Good (ECG) Christian Felber who believes that placing human beings, all other creatures and nature itself at the centre of all economic activity, will not only enable business to survive and thrive, but allow us all to engage in a financial system that delivers the one thing that really counts – a good life for all. Read More...

Making Ceremony: A Call and Response

02/10/2017 to 06/10/2017

With Colin Campbell and Pat McCabe | Join us as we look at the oldest methods of conversing with the natural world – making ceremony – from North American and South African indigenous perspectives.  What can we learn about our own relationship and conversations with life around us – what is our call and response? Read More...

The Wounded Healer – Bringing the World Back to Life

09/10/2017 to 13/10/2017

With Pat McCabe and Lyla June Johnston | How does the wisdom that indigenous cultures hold, contribute to the map of restoration that the world is seeking? In this week, we bring together mother and daughter, Pat McCabe and Lyla June Johnston, to look at global healing practice from the perspective of North American traditions. Read More...

Schumacher Experience - Autumn 2017

09/10/2017 to 13/10/2017

With Satish Kumar, Stephan Harding and guests facilitated by Rebeh Furze 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, 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. Read More...

Food, Farming, and a 21st Century Renaissance

16/10/2017 to 20/10/2017

With Colin Tudge, Ruth West and guests | What we need as an Agrarian Renaissance - a 'people's takeover of the world's farming' - based on agroecology, food sovereignty and economic democracy. Enough is happenning around the world to suggest this is already happening - come and learn about the people, the ideas and the projects that we can all build upon. Read More...

Addressing Complex Problems – The EMK Method

06/11/2017 to 12/11/2017

With Professor Eve Mitleton-Kelly (LSE) | Join us for this intensive course for professionals in academia, business and policy as we apply the EMK methodology to complex organisational, societal and global problems. Read More...

Three Horizons: A Pathways Practice for Sustainability and Transformative Innovation

20/11/2017 to 24/11/2017

With Bill Sharpe and Daniel Wahl | How we can improve the way we face the complexity and uncertainty of the future and come together to create pathways of change? Learn the practice of Three Horizons for transformative innovation as a way to face complexity and uncertainties in a practical way and transform our ways of life to bring human civilization and planet Earth into a sustainable relationship. Read More...

Beyond Development 2018

22/01/2018 to 09/02/2018

With Rob Hopkins, Ashish Kothari, Dr Stephan Harding FLS, Paula Andreewitch, Robin Bowman and Jonathan Dawson |  In this three-week intensive, we will be seeking solutions and pathways towards creating 'a global heterodoxy of beautiful solutions to living well on a diverse and finite planet'. We will explore what lies beyond the one-size-fits-all development paradigm of the last half century as we step together into the profoundly creative period of innovation, transition and co-operation that marks our time. Read More...

Gaia and Symbiosis

12/03/2018 to 16/03/2018

With Stephan Harding, Merlin Sheldrake and Phoebe Tickell | Join us for a week in which we look to Gaia and the sciences of symbiosis – the ability of different organisms to live together – to learn how we might more effectively navigate our way through the current socio-ecological crises. Read More...

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Changing the Frame - The Science and Art of Communicating for Transition

19/03/2018 to 06/04/2018

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

Nourishing The Soul 2018

20/07/2018 to 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. Read More...

Upcoming Becoming Indigenous Courses

Becoming Indigenous 2017 - Finding our way home - This 10 month programme is a deep journey into the question of what it means to be indigenous to our place, our land and our community. This programme includes the following individual courses available to book separately.