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Short Courses

Schumacher College delivers a unique brand of small-group experiences which embrace the learning through head, hand, heart. This takes place in the classroom, the gardens, the kitchen – it is part of everything we do. Short course participants join our learning community on courses ranging from a weekend to three weeks. Join us to discover things about yourself, make deep friendships with students from around the world and start a lifelong connection with the College.

The Old Postern
We have had to close access to one of the College’s buildings, the 15th century Old Postern building, while repair work to the roof is carried out. We have taken action to ensure that the impact on course participants' learning is minimised. A number of College activities that previously took place in the Old Postern have been relocated.  Teaching, cooking, eating, and students’ social space have been rehoused in other buildings around the College campus and on the Dartington estate.


Mon, 28/10/2019 to Fri, 08/11/2019

With Eve Mitleton-Kelly

Join Professor Eve Mitleton-Kelly from the London School of Economics (LSE) and Cambridge University, for this two week training in addressing complex organisational, societal and global problems. Complex problems only appear intractable, because they are usually addressed by inappropriate approaches. They are complex, yet are addressed as simple linear problems. The EMK Complexity Methodology, based on the practical application of Complexity Science with organisations over a 23-year period, has a set of tools and methods, which do effectively address complex problems.

Mahatma Gandhi

Mon, 18/11/2019 to Fri, 22/11/2019

With Satish Kumar, Stephan Harding, June Mitchell and Rob Hopkins

Mahatma Gandhi’s life and message are as relevant in the 21st Century as they were in his own time.  This course will explore the Gandhian principles of non-violence, local economy, self-government, spirituality and social justice.

Fri, 22/11/2019 to Sun, 24/11/2019

With Manda Scott

What if the next evolutionary step were to be spiritual rather than physical and were to be made consciously?  How would we do this?  What skills do we need to change the way we interact with the Greater than Human world?  Join Manda Scott in exploring the ways we could make a paradigm shift in human consciousness.


Finding Your Voice

Mon, 25/11/2019 to Fri, 29/11/2019

With Ruairi Edwards and Suzzie Vango

Discover who you are through song.  This is a chance to find your own authentic voice with the support of a community of like-minded people.  Maybe you are part of a choir and need the courage to step into the limelight?  Maybe you want to sing but lack the confidence?  Led by Ruairi Edwards – one of the UK’s most sought-after choral conductors and vocal coaches, this course offers the unique combination of individual attention to developing your technique combined with the sheer joy of experiencing communal voice.

Fri, 29/11/2019 to Sun, 01/12/2019

With Frederikke Magnussen, Sian Sutherland and Kanan Thakerar

Plastic pollution, climate emergency, biodiversity crisis - everything is connected. We urgently need to re-imagine a new future for ourselves and the next generations.

We have created a world where we take, make and waste; where our entire economic model is built on a demand for growth and profit, at the detriment to the planet and future generations. We need to flip everything on its head and reinvent a different future. But how can we manage this?  Founders of the social impact movement, A Plastic Planet, Frederikke Magnussen and Sian Sutherland share their solutions. 

Booking Deadline: 18 October 2019*


Fri, 29/11/2019 to Sun, 01/12/2019

With Stephan Harding, Sarah Gray , Fiona Tilley and Ruairi Edwards

This is a gentle weekend to help you discover how you can improve your whole body connection to the natural world around you. Taking the inspirational philosophy of Satish Kumar of education with head, hands and heart, you will have the chance to take part in a variety of peaceful activities around Schumacher College and the Dartington Estate including forest bathing, gardening, gentle yoga and a guided walk with ecologist Dr Stephan Harding.

Booking Deadline: 1 November 2019*

Gaia Illustration

Fri, 10/01/2020 to Sun, 12/01/2020

With Stephan Harding and Julia Ponsonby

Join Stephan Harding and partner Julia Ponsonby on this special new year course to explore the healthy connections between the bacteria within our bodies and the bacteria within the earth.  Learn simple fermentation techniques to make foods which promote good gut health and overall wellbeing.  This course is designed to be a joyful and inspiring journey to understand the gift of deep belonging and of deep ecology, given us by the teeming organisms of our microbiome, our partners in Gaia.

Booking Deadline: 29th November 2019*

Woman sitting by the water

Thu, 16/01/2020 to Sun, 19/01/2020

With Robin Rose Saltonstall, PhD

This course has an early booking deadline: 28th October 2019*.
If you are in the second half of your life, then you know that one of the signature experiences of this time is feeling more strongly about ‘what matters’ and  simultaneously experiencing a change of capacities in the physical matter of oneself. Welcome to the Dance of Complementarity, a ‘both/and' of increasing consciousness and changing body.  Living ‘both/and’ is a leitmotif in the pilgrimage of ageing and is an essential undertaking in the journey to health and well-being in the second half of life. Choreograph your own healthy, potent, and wise second half of life dance.

Booking Deadline: 28th October 2019*

Mumbai cityscape with a big contrast between poverty and wealth, Maharashtra, India

Mon, 20/01/2020 to Fri, 07/02/2020

With Jason Hickel , Helena Norberg-Hodge , Stephan Harding, Jonathan Dawson, Paula Andreewitch and Jane Davidson

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.

Booking Deadline: 9 December 2019*

Mon, 03/02/2020 to Fri, 07/02/2020

With Fiona Tilley

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.

Booking Deadline: 7 January 2020*


Love Is All

Fri, 14/02/2020 to Sun, 16/02/2020

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.

Booking Deadline: 7 January 2020*

Dragonfly Wing

Mon, 17/02/2020 to Fri, 28/02/2020

With Stephan Harding, Dr Andy Letcher, Merlin Sheldrake and Colin Campbell

In this course we will use a combination of science, philosophy and indigenous practice to uncover and cultivate our deep capacities for profoundly experiencing mind in nature.

Booking Deadline: 7 January 2019*

Mon, 02/03/2020 to Fri, 06/03/2020

With Colin Campbell, Lynn Alderson, Fiona Tilley and Mary-Jayne Rust

This course will give people who are entering older age an opportunity to explore what eldering means in their own lives and with their peers. We will examine practical eldering and the ways in which people already work in those capacities as well as the deeper journey and the inner qualities that arise. This week will be a space for those seeking to both share their stories and discover the means by which they may be more actively engaged in their own communities and across the generations. If you are at this point of change in your own lives, aware of the difficulties but excited by the possibilities come and share with us.

Booking Deadline: 20th January 2019*

Mon, 16/03/2020 to Fri, 03/04/2020

With Kate Raworth, Rob Hopkins, David Holyoake, Tom Crompton, 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.

Booking Deadline: 3 February 2020*


Fri, 03/04/2020 to Sun, 05/04/2020

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.

Booking Deadline: 21 February 2020*

Group canoeing down river

Fri, 24/04/2020 to Mon, 09/11/2020

With Chris Salisbury

Take an active part in this hands-on, experiential course based on 6 skills-development weekends. Be introduced to deep ecology, earth education, fieldcraft, bushcraft, night walks, naturalist study, canoe-trips, ceremony, storytelling and more. You will develop a more grounded and effective approach to mentoring nature-connection, you will deepen your own connection with the natural world itself and you will be more connected to yourself and to your aspirations. In more personal terms, the programme aims to align you with your goals, connect you deeply with nature, and will offer you tools and experiences that will translate effectively into everyday life.

Booking Deadline: 13 March 2020*

aerial view of blue canyon riverbed

Mon, 27/04/2020 to Sun, 03/05/2020

With Eve Mitleton-Kelly

Join Professor Eve Mitleton-Kelly from the London School of Economics (LSE) and Cambridge University, for this one week advanced course in addressing complex organisational, societal and global problems. The advanced course is primarily for those who have already attended the 2-week courses run by EMK at Schumacher College. The course will take the students through a unique process, based on complexity science, to identify the multiple dimensions in the problem space and their co-evolving dynamics.

Booking Deadline: 16th March 2020*

Tracking the sacred

Mon, 27/04/2020 to Fri, 01/05/2020

With Robin Bowman and Kara Moses

This is an opportunity to explore your personal connection with the sacred by using animal tracking and bird language as your gateway . This five-day short course draws on practices of meditation, vigil and ritual to cultivate a deep spiritual connection as well as animal track and sign interpretation as a way of understanding the complex intelligence of creation. These techniques enable you to access a powerful experience with lasting benefits as well as giving you practical tools to integrate into daily life.

Booking Deadline: 16th March 2020*

Forest Garden with Martin Crawford

Mon, 04/05/2020 to Fri, 08/05/2020

With Martin Crawford, Caroline Aitken, Ella Sparks and Jane Gleeson

Learn how to design, implement, and maintain forest gardens and other sustainable agroecological systems. Participants will experience both recently planted and well established 25-year old forest gardens, as well as other agroforestry in and around Dartington.Includes sessions on harvesting, preserving and cooking with forest garden produce.

Booking Deadline: 24 March 2020*

Exterior of Tigers Nest, GNH Centre Bhutan

Mon, 11/05/2020 to Fri, 22/05/2020

With Dr. Julia Kim and Julie Richardson

The GNH Practitioners Program is a collaborative 9 month program hosted by the GNH Centre in Bhutan, and Schumacher College in the UK combined with online activities, study and support  designed to lead each participant on a personal journey of inspiration, discovery and capacity building. The program is designed to help all participants cultivate the skills and experience to develop their own GNH-inspired prototype.

Booking Deadline: 25th November 2019*

Deep Ecology

Mon, 18/05/2020 to Fri, 22/05/2020

With Per Ingvar Haukeland and Stephan Harding

As the global crisis deepens, there is renewed interest in deep ecology as a philosophical and practical foundation for compassionate engagement with the world’s problems. This course brings deep ecology right up to date by reviving our deep ecological senses with new ways for connecting to our place and to the community of all beings and by developing our own personal ecological wisdom using the powerful Tree of Life model.

Booking Deadline: 6 March 2020*

Sacred Activis

Mon, 08/06/2020 to Fri, 19/06/2020

With Eve Annecke, Dr Andy Letcher, Satish Kumar and Bayo Akomolafe (Skype)

Faced with the immediacy of the world’s social, ecological and political challenges many of us ache to act. When we do though, we often unwittingly get stuck in entrenched patterns and frequently reach seemingly inevitable burnout. In this course, we ask instead whether there are different kinds of activism that nourish the soul in seeking a better world. We explore what roles nature and spirituality play in creating social and ecological justice.

Booking Deadline: 27 April 2020*

woman setting birds free

Mon, 08/06/2020 to Fri, 19/06/2020

With Jenny Mackewn, Satish Kumar, Stephan Harding, Mac Macartney, Rob Hopkins and Dan Burgess

Led by Jenny Mackewn, with special contributors and teachers Satish Kumar, Stephan Harding, Mac Macartney, Rob Hopkins and Dan Burgess. This is a unique course introducing you to inspiring teachers and thinkers supporting you to develop your own personal leadership qualities and achieve your goals.

Join us for an eight-month journey that consists of:  A period of preparation,  a residential intensive and an 8 month community of practice through Virtual or Face-to-Face meeting.

Booking Deadline: 27th April 2020*

Practical Zen for Ecological Change Agents

Mon, 13/07/2020 to Thu, 16/07/2020

With Zenki Christian Dillo and Nigel Topping

You are an ecological change agent and are already doing the most important work of the 21st century: promoting ecological awareness, protecting the ecosphere, or driving systemic ecological transformation in industry or politics. You find that common mental postures, such as urgency (“There’s not enough time”), doom (“It’s too late anyway”), or powerlessness (“I just can’t do enough”), frustration (“why did those guys get the funding and not us!”) can block your work and deplete your energy. In this course, we will use meditation and practical Zen principles for identifying and shifting mental postures to help each other restore sanity, joy, and personal sustainability in our work.  And we will explore some of the latest practices of collaborative movement building to help you become a more effective agent of systems change.

Booking Deadline: 1 June 2020*

Wisteria garden

Thu, 16/07/2020 to Sun, 19/07/2020

With Emma Clark, Satish Kumar and June Mitchell

Gardening has a profound impact on the heart and soul. There will be talks by Satish Kumar on how we are all connected via the profound spiritual essence that is Nature and how through gardening we can connect intimately with nature; and by an expert on Islamic gardens, Emma Clark, on how gardening may be seen as a sacred art and on the spiritual symbolism of the Paradise Garden. Your experience will also include walks around the beautiful Dartington grounds and Qigong bamboo exercises led by the well-known and experienced practitioner June Mitchell.

Booking Deadline: 4th June 2020*

Balancing the Brain

Mon, 20/07/2020 to Fri, 24/07/2020

With Dr Iain McGilchrist and Satish Kumar

We have impoverished our understanding of the world by focussing so much on mechanism. The proper relationship of the two brain hemispheres is one that balances head and heart; one that gives weight to reason, intuition and imagination.

It is this connection that offers us remarkable insights into the unique harmony between ancient wisdom and cutting-edge neuroscience.

Booking Deadline: 8th April 2020*

Large Southern Oak

Fri, 24/07/2020 to Sun, 26/07/2020

With Kara Moses and Robin Bowman

A weekend of connecting deeply with trees in diverse ways, from identifying species and understanding basic tree biology, to intimate sensory experience and deep soulful connection.

Booking Deadline: 12th June 2020*

surfer coming up

Mon, 21/09/2020 to Fri, 25/09/2020

With Dr Chris Johnstone and Professor David Peters

At a time of uncertainty in our world, the learnable skills of personal resilience strengthen our capacity to deal with difficult situations and rise to the occasion. This course focuses on ways to cultivate resilience in ourselves (me), in other people (you), and within the teams, groups or communities we belong to (us).

Booking Deadline: 10 August 2020*