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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. 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.

Mon, 19/02/2018 to Fri, 09/03/2018

With Patricia Shaw, Tim Crabtree, Kaira Jewel Lingo, Maria Llanos del Corral, Ed Mayo, Guy Singh-Watson, Geetie Singh-Watson and Stuart Voaden

Drawing inspiration from ecology, complexity theory and mindfulness-based approaches, participants will explore the limits of mechanistic and instrumental approaches to leadership, and experience new ways of leading in uncertain and unpredictable contexts.

Fri, 23/02/2018 to Sun, 25/02/2018

With Matti Spence, Faze Ali, Ty Lynne and Joana Formosinho

Shake off the outside world, retreat into the simplicity of nature and make time and space to re-energize and reconnect with your inner voice on this unique weekend. Take part in Shinrin Yoku, (Forest Bathing), Enjoy a peaceful walk across Dartmoor and experience gong meditation and yoga sessions at the beautiful Schumacher College and Dartington Estate.

Mon, 26/02/2018 to Fri, 02/03/2018

With Anne-Marie Culhane, Ruth Ben Tovim and Lucy Neal

The Art of Invitation team shows you how to engage different communities to become involved in creative projects; bringing people together to make social, cultural and ecological change happen.

Mon, 05/03/2018 to Fri, 09/03/2018

With Kaira Jewel Lingo and Sophy Banks

Cultivate attention and learn how to apply mindfulness in all areas of your personal and community life. Each day there will be meditation, mindful breathing, outdoor mindful walking, group discussions, eating mindfully (with some part of the meal in silence) and deep relaxation. There will also be regular sessions of InterPlay, a powerful mindfulness tool to grow ease, connection, and wisdom through play.

Indigeny Today

Mon, 05/03/2018 to Fri, 23/03/2018

With Pat McCabe, Colin Campbell and David Luke

In this three week intensive, we will look closely at the cosmologies and customs of selected indigenous traditions, focusing on understandings and interactions in the relationship between humans and the natural world. We will explore how elements of indigenous ways of knowing, western scientific thought, experiential practice and ritual can inform our own personal and collective thinking, feeling, stories and actions around place-making, nature connection, community, culture repair and sustainable living.

Fri, 09/03/2018 to Mon, 29/10/2018

A year long foundation course in outdoor education leadership with WildWise in association with Schumacher College, located at Schumacher College, the Dartington Hall Estate, Dartmoor and the surrounding countryside including the River Dart, The Call of the Wild offers an extraordinary syllabus 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

Erotic Ecology Short Course with Andreas Weber

Mon, 12/03/2018 to Thu, 15/03/2018

With Andreas Weber and Stephan Harding

We are rediscovering love as a biological principle. As bodies, every living being participates in a live-giving exchange with others, led by the desire to nourish the self through intimacy, through touch and exchange. In the course we will work towards an “Erotic Ecology” as an art of living, of caring for the biosphere and of creating satisfying relationships inspired by the Eros of life – the power which makes everything in our reality yearn for connection and transformation.

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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.

Shadowed Ecology with David Abram, Stephan Harding and Martin Lee Mueller

Mon, 26/03/2018 to Thu, 29/03/2018

With David Abram and Stephan Harding

At a moment when so many ecological limits are being breached by a civilization largely oblivious to its own embedment within the biosphere, how can we swiftly catalyze a collective recognition of our thorough dependence upon the animate earth? How can we open a fresh and unshakeable solidarity between humankind and the other animals, plants, and elemental forces that compose this breathing biosphere?

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

It is possible to transform your business or organisation into an ethical and purpose-led enterprise of which you can be proud. We introduce a completely new way of economics - a model suited to our uncertain and complex times. Join Sustainability Lead for IKEA UK, CEO of Pukka Herbs; Senior Manager in Unilever; CEO of We Mean Business, and Head of Birmingham City Council’s Wellbeing Service and discover a new model of holistic economics and see real examples of transforming business and organizations from the inside.

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

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.

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

With Stephan Harding , Julie Richardson, Patricia Shaw and Roberto Fraquelli

Schumacher College has been one of our nests. We, alumni, have been flying out from the nest. What happens if we join our bundles of inspiration, experiences and creativity together? How can we explore learning and working together? A true co-creation of alumni with Schumacher College, discovering “the art of murmuration”.

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.

 Richard Olivier Short Course

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

With Richard Olivier

We invite you to reflect on key patterns that run through your life and career. Through appreciating the value of our formative experiences and revealing our implicit assumptions, we can notice the archetypal instincts that often underpin these and so earn the freedom 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.

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.

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

With Jeffrey Kiehl and Stephan Harding

In this course we’ll explore the connections between the inner dynamics of the psyche and how these manifest outwardly as climate change. More specifically, we’ll explore the ways in which insights from Jungian depth psychology can help us to explore the roots of the climate crisis and to therefore act more effectively to do something about it.

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

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

This three-week course is an opportunity to explore the evolution of Western Esotericism – the idea that we are inextricably connected to the living cosmos and that in the end we can achieve 'gnosis', or true knowledge of the world.
We will explore the difference between learned and folk magic, cover developments in magical practice and see how magical thought gave rise to contemporary paganism and chaos magic. Above all we assess the relationship between magical thought and practice and science and materialism and ask what relevance they have to the ecological crisis.

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.

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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 and Hugo Spowers

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

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 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.

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.

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.

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

With Colin Campbell, Mac Macartney and Lucy Hinton

Schumacher College is delighted to announce a new partnership with Embercombe for the delivery of our 2018 experiential programme in indigenous ways of living for the 21st Century.
In this programme we explore and deepen our understanding of what it is to be indigenous, to live with a sense of belonging to place and owning our own story wherever we are in the world. We will be calling on some of the living indigenous traditions of our times to help us rebuild and remember, deepen and imagine our own indigenous ways, as we look to our land and the stories that come from it, past and present, to remind us what it means to belong. Course includes Bones of Ritual short course, the Journey at Embercombe and a nature vigil on Dartmoor.

Schumacher College Experience Week

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

With Satish Kumar, Richenda Macgregor 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.

Mon, 15/10/2018 to Fri, 19/10/2018

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.