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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 Taste Of Spirit...And Then What?

24/10/2016 to 28/10/2016

With Coleman Barks, Martin Shaw and Lisa Starr | Join poet, best-selling author and translator of the work of Rumi, Coleman Barks as he joins Martin Shaw and Lisa Starr to explore, speculate and dream about the power of ancient and modern stories to find out where energy, beauty, love and longing can be found for us all. Non-Residential Places Available. Read More...


George Sword, Oglala Lakota, 1875

Sundance and Sacred Ritual 2016 – Teachings from the Lakota Tradition

24/10/2016 to 28/10/2016

With Mac Macarteney, Loretta Afraid of Bear Cook and Karonhienhawe Linda Delormier | Join us for this very rare opportunity to explore the teachings and protocols that surround the sundance and other sacred rituals of the Lakota people and demystify these practices and look at how parallels in these teachings exist in everyday modern life wherever we are in the world. Read More...

This course is full.

The Shaman's Journey 2016

04/11/2016 to 06/11/2016

With Jonathan Horwitz and Zara Waldebäck | Learn to use the traditional methods of singing, dancing, and drumming to shift to shamanic consciousness, meet spirit helpers, and explore the spirit world. In this other reality, one can gain power and knowledge for oneself and others, and touch the spirit side of Nature. Basic shamanic healing will also be taught. Non-residential places left. Sign up to the waiting list here. Read More...

This course is full.
Light in the forest

Living Spirit – Shamanism Inspiring Life

07/11/2016 to 11/11/2016

With Jonathan Horwitz and Zara Waldebäck | Open further to the invisible side of life and deepen relationships to spirit helpers so you can find insight and guidance on how to walk in the world and play your part. Work with drum journeys, medicine walks, deep listening, ceremony and song to find out how to live more fully, and discover what changes we need to make in our lives so that our roots can stay strong and nourished in modern urban environments. Read More...

View of bhutan

The Right Livelihood Programme - Finding Deeper Purpose 2016/17

14/11/2016 to 27/10/2017

Ha Vinh Tho, Julia Kim, Satish Kumar, Otto Scharmer, Julie Richardson and guests | Join us for a year-long transformative learning journey that aims to align your livelihood with a deeper purpose in service of happiness and well-being of people and planet. This programme includes residentials in the UK and Bhutan. This course is now full, however we encourage you to sign up for our waiting list here. Read More...

This course is full.

The Shadowy Way - Cosmos, Myth and the Soul of the World

21/11/2016 to 25/11/2016

With Carla Stang and Martin Shaw | How do we approach a culture that regards the land, sky and stars as a trembling bell of relationship? Not as dead, exploitable matter, but teeming with spirits, opportunity and occasions for reverence? We will learn of a woven landscape - of visible and invisible dimensions, leading to participation withBuya - the earth itself as a majestic, sentient being. For five days, join mythologist Dr Martin Shaw and anthropologist Dr Carla Stang in an exhilarating journey into the heart of Siberian animism. Read More...


Tender is the Night - Exploring Darkness

12/12/2016 to 16/12/2016

With Chris Salisbury and Jay Griffiths | Come and explore the dark with us. During this week we will be stargazing, walking at night, searching for gifts and writing poems to the dark. Collectively we will search for understanding and connection with this underappreciated realm of our existence. Read More...

Ecology and Spirituality

Ecology and Spirituality – Three Week Intensive

09/01/2017 to 28/01/2017

With Stephan Harding, Philip Franses, Pat McCabe, David Peat, David Cockburn, Luci Attala, Tristan Nash, Martin Shaw, Graham Harvey and Andy Letcher | This three week intensive explores the role of spirituality, religion, philosophy, science and narrative as the underlying causes, but also the potential solutions, to the systemic ecological crises in which we find ourselves. Read More...

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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 sessions of yoga, 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...

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...

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...

Indigeny Today - Three Week Intensive

06/03/2017 to 25/03/2017

With Colin Campbell, Jon Young, Greg Cajete and Luci Attala | 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, practice and ritual can inform our personal and collective thinking, feeling, stories and actions around place-making, nature connection and sustainable living. Read More...

Mind In Nature 2017 - Three Week Intensive

13/03/2017 to 31/03/2017

With Stephan Harding, Jon Young, Jonathan Horwitz, Zara Waldebäck, Philip Franses 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...

Entangled With The World – Radical Activism, Education and Emergence

13/03/2017 to 20/03/2017

With Bayo Akomolafe, Manish Jain and Toni Spencer | Join activists and educators Bayo Akomolafe and Manish Jain 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. POSTPONED FOR 2017 Please sign up here to register your interest and to receive further news. 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. Read More...

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. 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...