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Warriors For The Human Spirit 2016

09/06/2016 to 07/06/2017

A one year programme of in-depth training offered by Margaret Wheatley| Warriors for the Human Spirit are leaders and activists brave enough to resist using fear and aggression to accomplish their work.  Instead they train with discipline and confidence to develop the skillful means of compassion and insight.  They aspire to use their influence and power to offer sane and life-affirming responses in this time of constant threats to the human spirit. And they train as a community that continues well past the year programme as a vital support for their continuing courageous work. Read More...

Authentic Celebration: The Path to Collective Wisdom

13/06/2016 to 17/06/2016

With Lizandra Barbuto, John Croft and Satish Kumar | In this week-long course with the founders of the powerful technique for catalysing collective action, Dragon Dreaming, we look at how we as individuals, through collective process, can liberate our own authenticity and wisdom. Read More...

Transition Design: New Solutions For Life on a Finite Planet

17/06/2016 to 24/06/2016

With Terry Irwin, Gideon Kossoff and Cameron Tonkinwise | Transition Design, an approach pioneered at Carnegie Mellon University and being brought to the UK for the first time, proposes that the tools and processes of design can be used by activists and practitioners from all walks of life to develop solutions that contribute to significant societal transitions. Click here If you would like to be added to the Waiting List for Transition Design Short Course. There are still places on the Transition Design Symposium – to book a place, click hereRead More...

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Garry Fabian Miller: Delphinium, Homeland, Summer 1990 (detail)

Transcribing Landscape - Portraits and Tales

20/06/2016 to 24/06/2016

With Fiona Benson, Richard Povall and special guest artist - Garry Fabian Miller | Join us for this residential week as we explore our relationship with landscape; part of Schumacher College's Art and Ecology Programme.  Transcribing Landscape is convened by poet and T.S Eliot Prize shortlisted Fiona Benson along with artist-researcher Richard Povall. Our special guest is the renowned photographic artist Garry Fabian Miller. Read More...


David Hamilton at Schumacher College

How Your Mind Can Heal Your Body

24/06/2016 to 26/06/2016

With David Hamilton | Join us for this rare residential weekend with best-selling author, David Hamilton, as he discusses all the different ways the mind impacts the body and learn practical visualisation strategies used by people around the world to help facilitate recovery from serious illness and disease. Read More...

Ecological Food Systems - Sustainable Food for All (Policy and Practice)

04/07/2016 to 09/07/2016

With Miguel A Altieri, Clara Nicholls, Colin Tudge and Ruth West | Join us to learn more about the ecological, social, economic, cultural and political dimensions of a new agricultural paradigm and how it talking shape around the world and in the UK, whilst visiting some of the most pioneering agro-ecological projects in the local area.  This course is based in the classroom in the field and is a mix of philosophy, practice, inspiration and action. Read More...

A Weekend with Jon Young

08/07/2016 to 10/07/2016

With Jon Young | Jon has been mentoring in the nearly lost art of understanding bird and animal language. We are delighted to welcome Jon Young for his first teaching event at Schumacher College. Course description coming soon. Read More...

Earth Pilgrim with Satish Kumar and Peter Owen Jones

Earth Pilgrim

18/07/2016 to 22/07/2016

With Satish Kumar and Peter Owen Jones | Walk and talk with Satish and 'extreme pilgrim' Peter as we explore how to breathe soul into our lives and our work for sustainability and peace. Read More...

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Rogue Bards

18/07/2016 to 22/07/2016

With Martin Shaw and Jay Griffiths | Join us around the fire as we explore the art of story in both its oral and written form. Martin and Jay will be looking at the bardic relationship to words and the place of story in the modern world. Expect plenty of time outdoors, storytelling and writing workshops, discussion and investigation of the sense of story and of moment in all of our lives. Read More...

Becoming Indigenous 2016 - Finding Our Way Home

09/09/2016 to 21/07/2017

With residential teachers Colin Campbell, Lucy Hinton, Mac Macartney and Martin Shaw

And special guests Pat McCabe, Charles Eisenstein, Loretta Afraid of Bear Cook, Chris Salisbury, Manda Scott, Carolyn Hillyer, Bayo Akomolafe, Jonathan Horwitz and Zara Waldeback | This 10 month programme is a deep journey into the question of what it means to be indigenous to our place, our land and our community. Once in the place of home, connected to our birth-rite of belonging, how do we act in the world to create change and support others? 3 month residential followed by supported personal research and mentoring  Read More...

Indigeny Today – Connecting to Community and Place

12/09/2016 to 16/09/2016

With Colin Campbell and Eve Annecke | Discover how you can learn from nature, from our ancestral lineages and from simple rituals and ceremony, all of which help us to belong in very practical ways to the community of all life. We will explore the tensions between individual and collective pathways to a more ‘connected’ life, grapple with issues of inequity between indigenous and western perspectives and look into the potential for beauty and loss which accompany all transitions. Read More...

Bones of Ritual

The Bones of Ritual 2016 – Conversing With The Natural World

19/09/2016 to 23/09/2016

With Colin Campbell and Lucy Hinton    Join us for this week of deep self-exploration as you investigate life questions such as who am I, what is my purpose in the world, who are my allies and how can I best serve my community, using traditional techniques and ritual practices from the indigenous South African traditions. 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

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...


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...

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...