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Restore and Connect: Schumacher College Winter Week

15/02/2016 to 19/02/2016

With visiting teachers Rupert Sheldrake, Jonathan Horwitz, Zara Waldebäck, Stephan Harding and Jonathan Dawson | Come and join the Schumacher College community for a week in this dark time of year. During this week, you can look forward to an evening session on Mind In Nature and a Deep Time Walk through Dartmouth with Stephan Harding, an Earth Talk with Rupert Sheldrake, a shamanic workshop with Jonathan Horwitz and Zara Waldeback, plus group cooking, yoga and meditation. Read More...

Mind in Nature 2016 - Three Week Intensive

15/02/2016 to 04/03/2016

With Rupert Sheldrake, Stephan Harding, Jonathan Horwitz, Zara Waldebäck, Shantena Sabbadini and Philip Franses | Today's emerging science is turning the mechanistic view of science on its head, revealing life as intelligent, full of purpose and able to communicate meaningfully. This intensive will look at the evidence through the work of people who are expanding the frontiers of scientific understanding and practical experience in this subject. Read More...

This course is full.

The Shaman's Journey

04/03/2016 to 06/03/2016

With Jonathan Horwitz and Zara Waldeback | Learn to use the traditional methods of singing, dancing, and drumming to shift to shamanic consciousness, meet spirit helpers and explore the spirit world. Gain power and knowledge for oneself and others, and touch the spirit side of Nature. Read More...

This course is full.
Shamanism, Peace and Power short course at Schumacher College

Shamanism, Peace and Power

07/03/2016 to 11/03/2016

With Jonathan Horwitz and Zara Waldeback | Explore the dance of peace and power and what the relationship between the two has to offer us from a shamanic perspective - using drum journeying, meditation, singing and working in nature. Read More...

Leading in the Midst of Complexity - a short course at Schumacher College

Enterprise Live: Leading in the Midst of Complexity – Three Week Intensive

14/03/2016 to 01/04/2016

With Patricia Shaw, Kaira Jewel Lingo, Robin Murray, Richenda Macgregor, Duncan Passmore, Alex Tempest, Aphra Sklair and Tim Crabtree | Drawing inspiration from ecology, complexity theory and mindfulness-based approaches, participants will explore the limits of mechanistic and instrumental approaches to leadership, and experience new ways of leading in uncertain and unpredictable contexts. Read More...

This course is full.
Schumacher College Postgraduate Open Day

Postgraduate Open Day - 17 March


The Schumacher College Postgraduate Open Day is a fantastic opportunity to find out more about the College, our postgraduate programmes and meet staff and current students.  During the day you will learn about our programmes, tour our beautiful campus and facilities and be introduced to the vibrant Schumacher College community. Book your place now! Read More..

Wild and Magical Stories

Stories of the Earth - Listening, Creating, Connecting

20/03/2016 to 24/03/2016

With Jonathan Horwitz and Zara Waldebäck | The course will begin on the day of the Spring Equinox, and during the first evening we will celebrate this turning point of the year together. It is a time of balance, with day and night as equals, and new life about to begin. By opening ourselves to the rhythms of nature, we welcome this springtime energy to inspire our work and ask that creation in Nature combine with the the creation of Story. Read More...

Call of the Wild 2016

01/04/2016 to 14/11/2016

A year long foundation course in outdoor education leadership with WildWise in association with Schumacher College. Located at Schumacher College, the Dartington Hall Estate, Dartmoor and the surrounding countryside including the River Dart, The Call of the Wild offers an extraordinary syllabus to anyone open to spending time in nature, and our job as environmental educators is to cultivate this ‘nature connection’ in helpful and meaningful ways. THIS COURSE IS FULL, HOWEVER WE ENCOURAGE YOU TO SIGN UP TO THE WAITING LIST.  Read More...

This course is full.

A Mindful Life – Inner and Outer Transition

04/04/2016 to 08/04/2016

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 sessions of yoga, 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...

Branching Out: Creative Collaborations with Trees

04/04/2016 to 08/04/2016

Curated by artists Camilla Nelson, Alex Metcalf with special guest Tim Knowles | Are you an artist, writer, eco-poet or performer looking to take your practice in a new direction? Join us as we explore the shift in perception that comes from tying yourself to a tree (Charles Ray), the discombobulation of acoustically penetrating a tree's internal workings (Tree Listening) and the mind-opening excitement of embodying tree-being (Other Spaces), among other innovative tree-led strategies designed to remake your sense of human-tree relations. Branching Out fosters a radical reconception of the ways we inhabit the world in relation to other organisms.  We welcome amateurs and experts alike! Read More...

Fire In The Heart – Tracking the Poetry of our Lives

11/04/2016 to 15/04/2016

With Jay Ramsay, Peter Owen Jones and special guest Andrew Harvey (Skype) | In times of change, finding our own source of wisdom, intuition and imagination becomes ever more important. As we move into a new year, join us as we explore the practice of poetry and creative writing as ways of accessing our own internal guidance – the poet inside all of us. Read More...


Dark Ecology: Into the Depths of a Breathing Planet

11/04/2016 to 15/04/2016

With David Abram and Stephan Harding | How do we create an unshakeable solidarity between humankind and the other animals, plants, and elemental forces that compose this breathing biosphere? Join two of the world's finest ecological educators as they interweave their and our experience of an animate earth. Read More…

Living On The Earth – Remembering the Ways of the Ancients

18/04/2016 to 22/04/2016

Jessie Watson Brown & Jane Robertson (The Stone Age Women) and Mac Macartney | Join us for a week in the woods where we learn the primitive skills of foraging, fire-making, wandering and listening, and convene around the hearth, the heart of our community, to traverse together the old tracks and ancient pathways towards living closely and simply in nature. Read More...


Bioregionalism By Design: People, Place and Transformation

25/04/2016 to 06/05/2016

With John Thackara, Pamela Mang, Joel Glanzberg, Isabel Carlisle and Simon Bradbury | This two-week course will explore the bioregion in theory and practice, and bioregionalism—the growing global movement that advocates the bioregion as a framework for broader social, economic and ecological transformation. Join long-term leading players in the field of systemic and regenerative place-sourced design who will offer design instruments and principles that will enable you to work at this regional level, connecting up many disparate projects and actors into a new narrative and strategy for action. Read More...

New Economics, New World – A Mythodrama Journey

02/05/2016 to 06/05/2016

With Richard Olivier, Phyllida Hancock and Jonathan Dawson | An adventure into the possibilities of new economics for a new world using the powerful method of mythodrama with Richard Olivier and Phyllida Hancock. We will be using Shakespeare’s As You Like It as our guiding story for the week as we navigate our transition from an oppressive power-over model to a system that is based on well-being rather than greed. Read More...

Co-creating the Emerging Future: The Schumacher Certificate in Leadership and Facilitation

16/05/2016 to 27/05/2016

Led by Jenny Mackewn. With special contributors: Stephan Harding, Satish Kumar, Tim ‘Mac’ MaCartney, Dan Burgess, Martin Shaw and special guests by videolink | We invite you to join us for an eight-month learning adventure (2 weeks residential, 7 months online) that will develop your leadership and facilitation skills that will help you co-create a better, fairer and more beautiful world for all, enabling us to lead from and for the emerging future. 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. Read More...

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 Fiona Benson and artist-researcher Richard Povall. Our special guest is the renowned photographic artist Garry Fabian Miller. Read More...


Project Imaginal – Engaging with Life

20/06/2016 to 30/06/2016

With Chris Salisbury, Israh Goodall and Ya’Acov Darling Khan | Join us for this exciting new programme for those who are seeking more meaningful engagement with life in our troubled and uncertain times. Get involved in the important business of being an authentic, fully alive human being using practices and processes that bring about deeper connection to ourselves, each other and to the natural and social world. You can expect camping, bushcraft, movement medicine, storytelling, ceremony, creative writing and lots more as part of this six-month mentored journey of initiation and transformation. 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...

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...

Living a Life of Joy - Humour, Health and Happiness with Patch Adams


THIS EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED, please register your interest here and we will update you on new dates | Dr. Patch Adams has created a platform of six qualities that govern all his activities: "to be happy, funny, loving, co-operative, creative and thoughtful", and developed clowning as a way to reach people and help them connect with a kinder life within themselves. Join us for a two-day learning event that will teach you how to incorporate the numerous beneficial effects of humour, laughter, human generosity and kindness in a healthy outlook and  in a healthy body.

Bernie Krause at Schumacher College

Nature’s Voice – Soundscape, Biophony, Music and Science

16/11/2016 to 20/11/2016

With Dr. Bernie Krause, Cosmo Sheldrake and Stephan Harding | THIS EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED Please register your interest here and we will notify you personally when the new course dates are available. | Join us for a rare opportunity to study with composer, musician, naturalist and author Dr. Bernie Krause, exploring the world of soundscape ecology, bioacoustics & natural sound, looking at our historical and current understanding of soundscape ecology from both scientific and cultural perspectives. He will be joined by multi-instrumentalist, composer and producer Cosmo Sheldrake and ecologist Stephan Harding. Read More...