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Dark Ecology: Into the Depths of a Breathing Planet

£ 795.00
Course fees include basic accommodation, all meals, field trips, materials and all teaching sessions. The programme will run from Monday to Friday afternoon, and includes four nights private accommodation and all vegetarian meals from the first
lunchtime you arrive through until the lunchtime before your departure. We ask you to arrive between 11:30 - 1 on the first day of your course so that the group can begin the experience by dining together. Non-Accommodation places only. To book, please use voucher code: " Non-Accommodation-150 " to save £150.00. If you would like to book a B&B, email for our most recent listings.

With David Abram and Stephan Harding

At a moment when so many ecological limits are being breached by a civilisation largely oblivious to its own embedment within the biosphere, how can we swiftly catalyse a collective recognition of our thorough dependence upon the animate earth? How to open a fresh and unshakeable solidarity between humankind and the other animals, plants, and elemental forces that compose this breathing biosphere?

The climatic changes now underway ensure that civilisation will undergo dramatic transformations in the near future, indeed that human cultures are about to experience a sea change of immense proportions. How will we cope with such torsions, and how can we help such metamorphoses unfold in a manner beneficial not to moneyed interests, but to the greatest possible diversity of humans and other species?

A growing recognition of the primacy of place, a new awareness of wildness unfolding wherever we train our attention, a new humility in relation to other earthborn beings, a new and richly grounded sense of the sacred: such are a few of the needed qualities struggling to take root in this era. How can this dawning awareness settle deep into our bones and our muscles, and how can it come most powerfully to expression and broad articulation?

Join two of the world’s finest ecological educators as they interweave their gifts toward engendering a new experience of the enveloping earth in its outrageous multiplicity, as an exuberant, improvisational, and sentient reality, and of ourselves as full-bodied participants (along with oaks and spiders, stories and storm-clouds) in the emergence of that reality.

Non-Accommodation places only. To book, please use voucher code: " Non-Accommodation-150 " to save £150.00. If you would like to book a B&B, email for our most recent listings.


Dr. David Abram

Dr. David Abram, cultural ecologist and philosopher gone wild, is the award-winning author of Becoming Animal: An Earthly Cosmology and of The Spell of the Sensuous: Perception and Language in a More-than-Human World. Described as “daring” and “truly original” by Science, as “revolutionary” by the Los Angeles Times, David’s work has helped catalyze the emergence of several new disciplines, including the burgeoning field of ecopsychology. Named by both the Utne Reader and Resurgence as one of a hundred visionaries transforming contemporary culture, David is co-founder of the Alliance for Wild Ethics (AWE), an organisation exploring the manner in which sensory perception, language, and wonder inform our relation with the rest of the animate earth. He lives with his family in the foothills of the southern Rockies.

Stephan Harding

Stephan is Programme Coordinator of the MSc in Holistic Science and resident Ecologist at Schumacher College teaching on the MSc core modules and as part of several of the short courses at the College. He is a close associate of James Lovelock and an expert in the study of Gaia theory and deep ecology. He is the author of Animate Earth and Grow Small, Think Beautiful: Ideas for a Sustainable World from Schumacher College.

Read more about Stephan here.

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Residential accommodation for "Changing the Frame"  is at Higher Close, a 20 minute walk from Schumacher College. All meals will be provided at the college.

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