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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...

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...


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 and beauty can be found for us all. 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...

Entangled With The World – Radical Activism, Education and Emergence

31/10/2016 to 04/11/2016

With Bayo Akomolafe, Manish Jain and Toni Spencer | Join activists and educators Bayo Akomolafe and Manish Jain as they consider how a new narrative of ‘partnering the world’, rather than being human-centric to it, can lead us to a radical reinvention of activism, education, and political systems. 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. 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...

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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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The Shadowy Way - Cosmos, Myth and the Soul of the World

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...


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...

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...

Transitioning To An Ecological Civilization: Dialogues East And West

13/02/2017 to 30/06/2017

With facilitation by Julie Richardson and Lanying Zhang, and guest scholars and practitioners including Wen Tiejun, Li Shouli, Zheng Bin, Sit Tsui,  Liu Yingsheng, Rob Hopkins, Sophy Banks and Stephan Harding | Join us for a 6 month learning journey to explore community responses east and west towards growing an ecological civilisation in response to the multiple systemic challenges of our times. A collaboration between Schumacher College and the Institute of Rural Reconstruction, Southwest University in China. Read More...


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), Helena Norberg-Hodge (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...

Call of the Wild 2017

31/03/2017 to 20/11/2017

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. Read More...