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Archive Short Courses

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

Transitioning to an Ecological Civilisation: West

13/02/2017 to 24/02/2017

Julie Richardson, Rob Hopkins, Sophy Banks, Zhang Lanying and Stephan Harding | Explore the philosophy and values of the great transition and will include field trips to local transition and related initiatives in the Southwest of England. There will be opportunities for participants to work on their own and in groups about developing ideas and plans for seeding new transition inspired initiatives in their own area. 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...

The Ecological Self - Three Week Intensive

06/02/2017 to 24/02/2017

With Emmanuel Vaughan-Lee, Jonathan Horwitz, Zara Waldeback, Denise Rowe, Christopher Titmuss, Karen Stead-Dexter and Stephan Harding | This three week intensive will explore the philosophical basis, the history and evolution of two mutually exclusive narratives: the first, that humans are outside of the natural world and have dominion over it; and the second, that humans are part of an interconnected web of life. Read More...


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 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...

This course is full.
Ecology and Spirituality

Ecology and Spirituality – Three Week Intensive

09/01/2017 to 27/01/2017

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...

This course is full.

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...


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.  Read More...

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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...