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Archive Short Courses

An archive of recent previous Short Courses held at Schumacher College.
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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...

The Shadowy Way - A Cosmology of the Earth

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...


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...

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.

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.

Working With Complexity – The EMK Method

10/10/2016 to 21/10/2016

Join Professor Eve Mitleton-Kelly from the London School of Economics (LSE) for this two week training in addressing complex organisational, societal and global issues. Eve has worked for over 20 years in both the public and private sectors, advised the United Nations, European Commission, five government administrations and many organisations in the EMK Complexity Methodology for working with complex problems. This is a rare residential opportunity to train with her. Read More...


Hands, Head and Heart - Experience Week

03/10/2016 to 07/10/2016

With guests including Stephan Harding, Jonathan Dawson and Satish Kumar | This is your opportunity to engage in community Hands, Head and Heart with activities including food foraging in the woods to night canoeing on the River Dart, from walking in Deep Time with our resident Holistic Science faculty Stephan Harding, to learning about 'economics for a new world' with Jonathan Dawson.  Read More...

Western Science and Traditional Ways of Knowing - Closing The Gap

03/10/2016 to 07/10/2016

With David Peat (Skype), Pat McCabe, Stephan Harding and Philip Franses | Join us for a week as we look at the overlaps between 'western science' and 'traditional ways of knowing' in search of an expanded 'holistic science' that is better equipped to deal with the complex interdependencies between humans and the social and natural world. Read More...

A Deep Ecological History of the Earth

26/09/2016 to 30/09/2016

With Bruce Lipton and Stephan Harding | Join Bruce Lipton and Stephan Harding as they shine light on new science and ancient spiritual wisdom that provides  hopeful insight into the unfolding destiny of our species — and how we can each play an active role in nurturing our planet’s evolution. Read More