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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 15thcentury 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.

Illustration of Birds and Human Trees

Mon, 21/01/2019 to Fri, 08/02/2019

With Kate Raworth, Rob Hopkins, Tom Crompton, Jonathan Dawson, Manda Scott, Chris Rapley and Robin Webster

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. This course is now full, please sign up to the waiting list here.

college in autumn

Mon, 04/02/2019 to Fri, 08/02/2019

With Dr Fiona Tilley, Faze Ali and Satish Kumar

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.
This course is now fully booked, please sign up to the waiting list here.

Booking Deadline: 17 December 2018*

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.
This course is full, please sign up to the waiting list here.

 

Dragon Fly Wing

Mon, 18/02/2019 to Fri, 08/03/2019

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

For over 400 years conventional views of science and nature have prevailed.  But, as we look at the many ecological challenges we now face, isn’t it time we properly considered the alternatives?

During this three-week course students will join the teachers from the learning community of Schumacher College and meet inspiring speakers and thinkers including Colin Campbell, Rupert Sheldrake and Merlin Sheldrake.  Through guided experiences indoors and outdoors, we’ll explore how synchronistic patterns and events connect us with the deep psyche of the world, with ‘mind in nature’. Be prepared for an immersive exploration of holism in science which turns conventional thinking on its head.

 

Eldering

Mon, 11/03/2019 to Fri, 15/03/2019

With Lynn Alderson, Dr Fiona Tilley, Pat McCabe (Woman Stands Shining) and Martin Shaw

This course is an opportunity for people to explore what it means to be an elder in modern society. In centuries past, older people were revered in their community for their wisdom and knowledge, so why has that changed in some cultures? Why do some older people feel they no longer have a voice in today’s society? During this exploration we will hear from four different voices about how they are all seeding eldership in their different communities and helping to re-establish mutually respectful continuity between the generations.

 

Dart River

Fri, 15/03/2019 to Mon, 28/10/2019

With Chris Salisbury, Israh Goodall, Sebastian Kelly, Toni Spencer, Pat Fleming, Tony Whitehead, Robin Bowman and Marcus Reynerson

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 offer you tools and experiences that will translate effectively into everyday life.



Booking Deadline: 18th January 2019*

Holistic Business

Mon, 18/03/2019 to Fri, 22/03/2019

With Jenny Mackewn, Seb Pole, Satish Kumar, Karen Creavin, Nigel Topping, Hege Saebjornsen and Kate Raworth

Find ways to make a right livelihood, to earn your living without compromising your deals.  Discover how to transform the businesses you are associated with into ethically-inspired, purpose-led enterprises.

Outstanding leaders in large and small businesses, private and public sector tells us positive stories about how they are creating businesses which serve both human beings and the earth.  Providing inspiration for participants who want to do the same by taking action to co-create or develop good business.

Diversity

Mon, 18/03/2019 to Fri, 05/04/2019

With Jonathan Dawson, Stephan Harding, Paula Andreewitch, Vanessa de Oliveira Andreotti , Jane Davidson (Video Link), Jason Hickel , Helena Norberg-Hodge (Video Link) and Morag Gamble

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.

Man looking to the forest

Mon, 25/03/2019 to Fri, 29/03/2019

With Robin Bowman and Kara Moses

A five-day short course combining animal tracking and bird language with spiritual practises, to cultivate a deep spiritual connection with nature, self and the sacred.

This unique and potent combination aims to create a powerful experience for participants with lasting benefits and practical tools to integrate into daily life.

Booking Deadline: 12th February 2019*

GNH Centre Bhutan

Mon, 08/04/2019 to Fri, 22/11/2019

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: 28th January 2019*

designLIVE

Mon, 08/04/2019 to Thu, 18/04/2019

With Ezio Manzini , John Thackara, Lisa Maria Enzenhofer and Roberto Fraquelli

This is a rare chance to work with key figures at the cutting edge of design.  Lisa Marie Enzenhofer is an award-winning architect, ecological designer Ezio Manzini and John Thackara are pioneer in design for sustainability.  With them you will explore how ‘life projects’ enable designers to play a transformative role in social and ecological change. Experimenting with your own projects, you will put new insights, techniques and tools into practice ensuring that you leave the course ready make change happen.

Booking Deadline: 25th February 2019*

Pluto

Mon, 22/04/2019 to Fri, 26/04/2019

With Matthew T. Segall and Dr Andy Letcher

The history of the West is one of a long process of disenchantment. The world is no longer seen as alive but as a dead machine. Humanity has become cut adrift in a now meaningless universe.  What role did philosophy play in creating this state of affairs? Can philosophy offer us redemption or a way forward? How can we participate again in a meaningful universe?

Booking Deadline: 25 February 2019*

Relax at Schumacher College

Fri, 26/04/2019 to Sun, 28/04/2019

With Stephan Harding, Ella Sparks, Matti Spence and Faze Ali

Throughout the Unplugged Weekend at Schumacher College, you will have the opportunity to take part in a guided walk across the unique wilderness of Dartmoor, yoga sessions, gong meditation and more.

Booking Deadline: 15th March 2019*

Dark Mountain

Mon, 06/05/2019 to Fri, 10/05/2019

With Dougald Hine and Charlotte Du Cann

For ten years, the Dark Mountain Project has held a unique space in which art, story and myth weave together to help us face the realities of a time of ecological unravelling. Join Dougald Hine and Charlotte Du Cann for a five day journey, working with the ancient story of Inanna’s descent into the underworld and with alchemical understandings of the path through the ashes. We go in search of the deep cultural roots of today’s crises and the beauty that gives courage in the darkness, knowing that there are parts of ourselves we are called to leave behind. In this course, two of the core members of the Dark Mountain team – Charlotte Du Cann and Dougald Hine – invite you to a creative and collaborative exploration of the journey through the underworld, the dark night of the soul and the alchemical path of ashes.

Booking Deadline: 25th March 2019*

Finding Your Voice

Fri, 10/05/2019 to Sun, 12/05/2019

With Ruairi Edwards

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.

*Booking Deadline - 26th March 2019

Forest Gardening

Mon, 13/05/2019 to Fri, 17/05/2019

With Caroline Aitken, Martin Crawford, 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: 2nd April 2019*

Small Farm

Mon, 20/05/2019 to Fri, 24/05/2019

With Colin Tudge, Justine Huxley, Jyoti Fernandes and Ruth West

A joint meeting of Schumacher College with the College for Real Farming and Food Culture. If we are to achieve the goal of ensuring everyone in the world can live well and in harmony we must re-think everything from first principles.  Join us to re-assess all the big ideas we take for granted.  We will be rethinking everything from the practicalities of cooking and farming, to the buildings in which we live, medicine, education, the mechanisms and ideologies of politics and economies and even the underlying notions of science and moral philosophy.

Booking Deadline: 9th April 2019*

Wolf howling

Mon, 03/06/2019 to Fri, 14/06/2019

With Jenny Mackewn, Satish Kumar, Mac Macartney, Stephan Harding, Bill Plotkin and Otto Scharmer

Led by Jenny Mackewn, with Special Contributors, Satish Kumar, Stephan Harding, Rob Hopkins, Mac Macartney, Dan Burgess, Bill Plotkin (via video/Skype link) and Otto Scharmer (via video/Skype link). 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.

An eight-month journey that consists of:

    A period of preparation (from now until 3rd June)
    A residential intensive from 3rd – 14th June
    An 8 month community of practice through Virtual or Face-to-Face meeting

Booking Deadline: 22nd April 2019*

Beautiful Canyon

Mon, 24/06/2019 to Fri, 28/06/2019

With Bill Plotkin and Geneen Marie Haugen, Ph.D.

Wild Eros is a way of falling into the depths of soul and nourishing radical intimacy with other-than-human beings. It’s a subversive act of embodied participation that amplifies experience of Earth as sacred and may reveal seeds of vision for our troubled, tender world — potent seeds for artisans of cultural renaissance: change agents, tricksters, artists, poets, therapists, activists, and true leaders.

Booking Deadline: 14th May 2019*

Garden

Fri, 28/06/2019 to Sun, 30/06/2019

With Emma Clark, Satish Kumar and June Mitchell

This weekend course will be an introduction to experiencing the Divine in Nature and how this may be captured in a garden. More importantly perhaps how the practice of gardening may have a profound impact on the heart and soul. There will be talks by world-renowned 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. The weekend will also include walks around the beautiful Dartington grounds and Qi Gong practice led by the well-known and experienced practitioner June Mitchell.

Booking Deadline: 13 May 2019*

Star filled sky

Mon, 15/07/2019 to Fri, 26/07/2019

With Colin Campbell, Lucy Hinton, Andrew McAulay and Wewo Kotokay

Join Colin Campbell, Lucy Hinton, Andrew McAulay and Wewo Kotakoy for a two-week process of deep ritual and bring together two areas of practice; nature vigil, and breathwork techniques.  This is a chance for relational interaction to contribute to the regeneration of people, and the 'other-than-human' kin who speak a language that is both strange and achingly familiar.

Booking Deadline: 6 May 2019*

Satish Kumar

Fri, 26/07/2019 to Sun, 28/07/2019

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.

Booking Deadline: 10th June 2019*

Satish Kumar

Mon, 05/08/2019 to Fri, 09/08/2019

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.

Booking Deadline: 25th June 2019*

Schumacher College

Mon, 07/10/2019 to Fri, 11/10/2019

With Dr 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: 26 August 2019*

Tree and roots

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.

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.