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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.

Please have a look at all of our courses are listed below. All of our 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.    Bursaries are available for some courses.

Designing For Peace

27/11/2017 to 01/12/2017

With Jon Young, Deborah Benham, Root Cuthbertson and guest tutor Satish Kumar | We live in times when Peace can seem out of reach and the future of our human communities bleak. How we respond to this is a choice. We, as human beings from any background, can re-create the culture and communities we live in. How would it be if we consciously designed for Unity, Peace, Compassionate Communication and Healing? How would it feel if all people were welcome, included and valued?  For over 35 years Jon Young has been carrying and developing a bundle of peacemaking teachings, from indigenous elders who have called us, in western modern society, to step into more active peacebuilding service.  We, and the generations who will inherit from us, can learn and share tools to build harmony and transform conflicts into trust, creativity and health. On this course, we will explore contemporary and ancient social technologies, provide simple implementation processes and share successful examples from our global network. Non-Residential Places Only. Read More...

Re-Wilding – Our Deep Connection to Nature

04/12/2017 to 08/12/2017

With Stephan Harding and Jon Young | The connection to nature in a deep and meaningful way has proved elusive despite the recognition that it is vitally important for our human well-being. Simply spending time outside is not enough to create a deep and meaningful connection with the natural world around us – we need to find ways that work for us that go beyond many of the educational, recreational and wellness-focussed approaches that are becoming more available. Join Stephan Harding and Jon Young as we explore the relationship between people and nature, with first-hand accounts of the most exhilarating and compelling examples of connection with the other-than-human world. Read More...

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Let Darkness Be Your Candle

11/12/2017 to 15/12/2017

With Jay Griffiths and Chris Salisbury | Join us for moonlight walks, exploring the poetry of the night, the meaning of the trickster-twilight and the nourishing power that lies hidden in the darkness. Jay Griffiths will lead a themed creative writing course on night and winter, dovetailing with Chris Salisbury leading an investigation of our own relationship with the dark through immersive experience and storytelling. Read More...


05/01/2018 to 07/01/2018

Stephan Harding, Faze Ali, Matti Spence, 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. This weekend includes forest bathing, guided walks across Dartmoor and gong meditation. Read More...


Acting Bioregionally: Skillful Interventions for Regeneration of Place and People

08/01/2018 to 12/01/2018

With Raul de Villafranca and Isabel Carlisle | Join Ecological Architect, Raul de Villafranca, and Activist, Isabel Carlisle, as they explore the power and potential of the bioregion for social and ecological transformation. Over the course of your week together, you will work bioregionally; thinking and acting systemically at the scale of the bioregion. EARLY BIRD RATE AVAILABLE UNTIL 20 Nov. Read More...

Ecology and Spirituality

Ecology and Spirituality

08/01/2018 to 26/01/2018

With Dr Stephan Harding, Dr Andy Letcher and Eve Annecke | Explore the connections between ecology and spirituality in some depth. We’ll challenge received wisdom and ask difficult questions, examining some of the root causes of our ecological ills and investigating ways in which we can act to make positive change and ask which of a diversity of spiritual responses to the ecologic crisis is the most appropriate for our particular pathway in life. 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, Vanessa de Oliveira Andreotti (Video Link), Jane Davidson (Video Link), Karambu Ringera (Video Link), Katherine Trebeck 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. Bursary Funding Available Read More...

Andreas Weber short course at Schumacher College

The Biology of Wonder

22/01/2018 to 26/01/2018

With Scientists Andreas Weber, Stephan Harding and Guests | Join us to explore the radical new notion of “Biopoetics” - the idea that we can understand living beings through the aliveness we share with them. This new biopoetics perspective equals the shift in modern physics when scientists a hundred years ago realized that any observer is entangled with the system being observed. Come and explore how biological entanglement happens emotionally and experientially through sharing aliveness with other living subjects –human and non-human - here in the beautiful surroundings of Schumacher College. Read More...

Rewilding Short Course

Reclaiming the Senses, Rewilding the Mind: Perceptual transformation for social change

29/01/2018 to 02/02/2018

With Joana Formosinho and Kara Moses | This course is about change at the most fundamental of levels: fully inhabiting the wildness of our attention, day to day. Through practising a more connected and sensual attention we can subtly but radically change the quality and depth of seeing, being - and ultimately of acting. In communion with the living world, we will gently expand and enrich our awareness, deepen our relationship with the more-than-human world and explore the role of skillful perception and embodied nature connection in wider social change. Read More...

Schumacher Experience - Winter 2018

05/02/2018 to 09/02/2018

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...

The Ecological Self - 2018

05/02/2018 to 23/02/2018

With Eve Annecke, Stephan Harding, Johan Hattingh, Andy Letcher and guests | Join four inspirational teacher as you explore what it means to be human. Who are we in nature? How do we belong? This three week intensive course looks at the transitions we make in life, the ways we connect with other than human worlds and how we approach socioecological ethics. Bursary Funding Available Read More...

Satish Kumar

Love is All

16/02/2018 to 18/02/2018

With Satish Kumar and Jane Mitchell | “When we drink the sweet nectar of love, there is a transformation,” according the Sufi poet, Jalal ud-Din Rumi. 
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. Read More...

Enterprise Live 2018: Taking a Lead in the Midst of Complexity

19/02/2018 to 09/03/2018

With Tim Crabtree, Kaira Jewel Lingo, Patricia Shaw, Maria Llanos Del Corral, Ed Mayo, Guy Singh-Watson and Geetie Singh-Watson  | 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. Bursary Funding Available Read More...

Dream Short Course

World Soul Dreaming: The Wisdom Journey of Your Dreams

19/02/2018 to 23/02/2018

With Rachael Vaughan, MA, MFT | Dreams tap the deep wisdom of the wild, uncolonised soul. Their magical stories are the key to the resources held within the unconscious psyche. We’ll come together just after Imbolc, at the tail end of the long sleep of winter to incubate our dreams in council, working with active imagination, art, movement and ritual to communicate within, and then ground our dreams in reality. Book before 10 Jan for Early Bird Rate Read More...

Art of Invitation: Activating Ourselves and our Communities through Creative Engagement in Challenging Times

26/02/2018 to 02/03/2018

With Anne-Marie Culhane, Ruth Ben Tovim and Lucy Neal | Look creatively at how to bring people together to collaborate, participate and actively engage in sharing stories, experiences and ideas in response to the urgent social and ecological challenges of our times, and creative transformative projects for positive change. This week of exploration will include inspirational case studies, specialist workshops and presentations, practical group work, celebration, solo reflection time, and 1:1 mentoring to develop your own practice and processes. Read More...

A Mindful Life 2018 - Inner and Outer Transition

05/03/2018 to 09/03/2018

With Kaira Jewel Lingo & 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. Read More...

Indigeny Today

Indigeny Today - Three Week Intensive 2018

05/03/2018 to 23/03/2018

With Pat McCabe, Colin Campbell, Dr David Luke, Dr Andy Letcher  | In this three week intensive, we will look closely at the cosmologies and traditions of selected indigenous traditions, focusing specifically 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 and culture repair and sustainable living. Bursary Funding Available Read More...

Call of the Wild 2018

09/03/2018 to 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. 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. Bursary Funding Available Read More...

Sacred Activism

Sacred Activism 2018

16/04/2018 to 04/05/2018

With Bayo Akomolafe, Frederique 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 Read More...

Leading with Soul – Authentic Leadership for Troubled Times

07/05/2018 to 11/05/2018

With Richard Olivier and guests | 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. Read More...

Schumacher College Gardens

Forest Gardens and Edible Ecosystems; Design, Harvest and Use

14/05/2018 to 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. Read More...

Psyche & Climate

14/05/2018 to 18/05/2018

With Stephan Harding and Jeffrey Kiehl |  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. Read More...

Transition Design Short Course and International Design Symposium

11/06/2018 to 23/06/2018

With Terry Irwin, Gideon Kossoff and Cameron Tonkinwise | 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. Read More...

Reverential Ecology Short Course with Satish Kumar

Reverential Ecology

18/06/2018 to 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. Read More...

The Power Of Local short course at Schumacher College

Earth, Culture, Economy – The Power of Local 2018

25/06/2018 to 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? 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...

Schumacher College Experience Week

Schumacher Experience - Autumn 2018

01/10/2018 to 05/10/2018

Facilitated by  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...

EMK Complexity Methodology Short Course with Eve Mitleton-Kelly

Working With Complexity – The EMK Method 2018

05/11/2018 to 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. Read More...