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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.

A Mindful Life 2017 - Inner and Outer Transition

30/01/2017 to 03/02/2017

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...

This course is full.

Community, Place and Play: A Post-Market Economics

06/02/2017 to 10/02/2017

With Shaun Chamberlin, Rob Hopkins, Mark Boyle and Stephan Harding | What does 'life well lived' look like in this time of economic, ecological and cultural collapse?  Inspired by the work of the late David Fleming, we think it's time to reclaim this question from the economists.  Join us to reflect on our struggles, successes and joys in building lives grounded in nature and community, in redefining our relationships with money, and in working for a future worth the bother! Read More...

The Ecological Self - Three Week Intensive

06/02/2017 to 24/02/2017

With Emmanuel Vaughan-Lee, Jonathan Horwitz, Zara Waldeback, Denise Rowe, Christopher Titmuss, Karen Stead-Dexter and Stephan Harding | This three week intensive will explore the philosophical basis, the history and evolution of two mutually exclusive narratives: the first, that humans are outside of the natural world and have dominion over it; and the second, that humans are part of an interconnected web of life. Read More...


Transitioning To An Ecological Civilization: Dialogues East And West

13/02/2017 to 30/06/2017

With facilitation by Julie Richardson and Lanying Zhang, and guest scholars and practitioners including Wen Tiejun, Li Shouli, Zheng Bin, Sit Tsui,  Liu Yingsheng, Rob Hopkins, Sophy Banks and Stephan Harding | Join us for a 6 month learning journey to explore community responses east and west towards growing an ecological civilisation in response to the multiple systemic challenges of our times. A collaboration between Schumacher College and the Institute of Rural Reconstruction, Southwest University in China. Read More...

Beyond Development 2017 - Creating A ‘World In Which Many Worlds Can Fit’

13/02/2017 to 03/03/2017

With Dr. Maria Luisa Eschenhagen Duran, Dr. Karambu Ringera, David Bollier (videolink), Paula Andreevitch, Stephan Harding, Jonathan Dawson and Robin de Carteret | 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...

Transitioning to an Ecological Civilisation: West

13/02/2017 to 24/02/2017

Julie Richardson, Rob Hopkins, Sophy Banks, Zhang Lanying and Stephan Harding | Explore the philosophy and values of the great transition and will include field trips to local transition and related initiatives in the Southwest of England. There will be opportunities for participants to work on their own and in groups about developing ideas and plans for seeding new transition inspired initiatives in their own area. Read More...

Culture Repair – Rebuilding Community

06/03/2017 to 10/03/2017

With Jon Young, Deborah Benham and Peter Cow | A rare opportunity to study with Jon Young, founder of the 8 Shields Institute, in an intimate setting, to look at how we invigorate and repair our culture, reconnect our communities and set up patterns and processes that support us all. Jon will be supported by UK 8 Shields leaders and experienced community builders Deborah Benham and Peter Cow. Read More...

Indigeny Today - Three Week Intensive

06/03/2017 to 24/03/2017

With Colin Campbell, Jon Young, Greg Cajete, Carolyn Hillyer and David Peat (by skype)| In this three week intensive we will look closely at the cosmologies and practices of a number of indigenous traditions, focussing 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 personal and collective thinking, feeling, stories and actions around place-making, nature connection, community and culture repair and sustainable living. Read More...

Entangled With The World – Radical Activism, Education and Emergence

13/03/2017 to 17/03/2017

With Bayo Akomolafe, Manish Jain and special guest Charles Eisenstein | Join activists and educators Bayo Akomolafe, Manish Jain and Charles Eisenstein as they consider how a new narrative of ‘partnering the world’, rather than being human-centric to it, can lead us to a radical reinvention of activism, education, and political systems. Read More...

Mind In Nature 2017 - Three Week Intensive

13/03/2017 to 31/03/2017

With Stephan Harding, Philip Franses, Jonathan Horwitz, Zara Waldeback  and special guests to be announced | Today's emerging science is turning the mechanistic view of science on its head, revealing life as intelligent, full of purpose and able to communicate meaningfully. This intensive will look at the evidence through the work of people who are expanding the frontiers of scientific understanding and practical experience in this subject. Read More...

Art At The End Of The World (As We Know It) – The Dark Mountain Project

20/03/2017 to 24/03/2017

With Paul Kingsnorth and Dougald Hine | Through a mixture of workshops, teaching sessions, creative exercises and space to explore the big issues, this short course aims to give writers, musicians, performers and artists of all kinds a stronger sense of their place in a time of upheaval, change and unexpected possibilities. Sign up to the waiting list here. Read More...

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Call of the Wild 2017

31/03/2017 to 20/11/2017

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. Sign Up To The Waiting List Here Read More...

This course is full.

The Ecstasy Of Alchemists: Time, Magic and our Old Arrangement with the Wild

03/04/2017 to 13/04/2017

With Martin Shaw and Carla Stang | Join mythologists and anthropologists Martin Shaw and Carla Stang as they weave together cosmology, folklore and myth, from the Amazon to Eastern Europe and beyond, to look at the role of the alchemist across time to the present day and explore the place where mythology and ecology collide. Read More...

Arts of Memory, Arts of Forgetting

24/04/2017 to 28/04/2017

With Lewis Hyde | This is a very rare opportunity in the UK to study and create with Lewis Hyde, US poet and cultural critic, best known for his books The Gift and Trickster Makes This World Possible. Join us for a fascinating week as we investigate the theory and the direct experience, the personal and the cultural benefits, the creativity and the dangers that surround the processes of remembering and forgetting. Read More...


08/05/2017 to 12/05/2017

With Jay Ramsay, Peter Owen Jones and special guest Nigel Hillyer | Come together through poetry, creative writing and practical sessions to move beyond a purely human centred way of seeing and being in the world into a much more generous and inclusive way of being themselves. Read More...

Who Do We Choose To Be? – Reality, Leadership, Sanity

22/05/2017 to 26/05/2017

With Margaret Wheatley | This week-long course with Margaret Wheatley summons us to be leaders for this time of profound disruption, to reclaim leadership as a noble profession that creates possibility and humaneness in the midst of increasing fear and turmoil, and to use our influence to create islands of sanity in the midst of a raging sea. Read More...


Co-creating the Emerging Future 2017: The Schumacher Certificate in Leadership and Facilitation

05/06/2017 to 16/06/2017

With Satish Kumar, Tim (Mac) Macartney, Stephan Harding, Julie Richardson, Iris Schoenherr, Bill Plotkin (Skype) | We invite you to join us for an eight-month learning adventure (2 weeks residential, 7 months online) that will develop your leadership and facilitation skills that will help you co-create a better, fairer and more beautiful world for all, enabling us to lead from and for the emerging future. Read More...

Transitioning to an Ecological Civilisation: East

18/06/2017 to 30/06/2017

With facilitation by Julie Richardson and Lanying Zhang, and guest scholars and practitioners including Wen Tiejun, Li Shouli, Zheng Bin, Sit Tsui,  Liu Yingsheng | Travel to various locations in China (Beijing, Chongqing and Chengdu Province), in collaboration with the Institute of Rural Reconstruction at Southwest University where you will experience first-hand the culture and ecology of China and have an opportunity to dialogue with intellectuals and activists about what creating an ecological civilisation means in contemporary China. We will visit inspiring projects as well as exploring the cultural and ecological roots to traditional Chinese wisdom rooted in Taoism, Confucianism and Buddhism.  Participants will be introduced to the ancient holistic philosophy and practice of cultivating inner strength for outer action and have the unique opportunity to visit sacred places and monasteries related to modern day practices of these ancient holistic traditions. Read More...

Nourishing The Soul - A Weekend with Satish Kumar

21/07/2017 to 23/07/2017

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...

Soulcraft - Reanimation of the World

04/09/2017 to 08/09/2017

With Bill Plotkin and Geneen Marie Haugen | Join psychologists, nature and soul guides Bill Plotkin and Geneen Marie Haugen as they take us on a journey of deep imagination and deep sensing to re-enliven our participatory relationship with an en-souled and animate world. Read More...