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Co-creating the Emerging Future 2017: The Schumacher Certificate in Leadership and Facilitation

05/06/2017 to 16/06/2017

With Satish Kumar, Tim (Mac) Macartney, Stephan Harding, Julie Richardson, Iris Schoenherr, Bill Plotkin (Skype) | 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. Sign up to the waiting list here. Read More...

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Transitioning to an Ecological Civilisation: East

18/06/2017 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 | Travel to various locations in China (Beijing, Chongqing and Chengdu Province), in collaboration with the Institute of Rural Reconstruction at Southwest University where you will experience first-hand the culture and ecology of China and have an opportunity to dialogue with intellectuals and activists about what creating an ecological civilisation means in contemporary China. We will visit inspiring projects as well as exploring the cultural and ecological roots to traditional Chinese wisdom rooted in Taoism, Confucianism and Buddhism.  Participants will be introduced to the ancient holistic philosophy and practice of cultivating inner strength for outer action and have the unique opportunity to visit sacred places and monasteries related to modern day practices of these ancient holistic traditions. Read More...

Ecological Restoration and Design

26/06/2017 to 30/06/2017

With John Thackara and Lisa Maria Enzenhofer | This short course will introduce you to a constellation of real-world ecological restoration projects in urban, peri-urban and rural contexts including: regenerative agriculture; civic ecology; sustainable urban drainage, and green infrastructure; river recovery, wetlands restoration, and dam removal; blue-green corridors; pollinator pathways, and the use of plants to restore polluted soil. Read More...

The Great Work – Science, Consciousness, Jurisprudence and Ethics

03/07/2017 to 07/07/2017

With Stephan Harding, Sean Kelly, Hal White, and Isabel Carlisle | Join leading theorists in Conscious Evolution, Depth Ecology, Gaia Theory, Metalaw, and Earth Jurisprudence to help advance a new synthesis from which the Great Work of Thomas Berry can be accomplished in practice as well as in theory. Read More...

The Gross National Happiness Master Class, UK and Bhutan

24/07/2017 to 19/05/2018

With Ha Vinh Tho, Julia Kim, Julie Richardson, and guest teachers | A 12 month learning journey to experience Gross National Happiness in practice and to develop the skills and experience to develop your own Gross National Happiness prototype supported by a community of peers, tutors and experts.Participants will be issued with the GNH Training Manual and those who have successfully completed the GNH Master Class assessments will be certified GNH practitioners and be eligible to become members of the GNH Centre Bhutan network of GNH Trainers and Facilitators. The programme may also qualify for credits towards Continuing Professional Development. Read More...

Earth, Culture, Economy – The Power of Local

24/07/2017 to 28/07/2017

With Helena Norberg Hodge, Stephan Harding and Satish Kumar | Join an in-depth exploration of the steps involved in moving toward integrated, human-scale economic structures in which deeply personal, heartfelt relationships matter most of all. Envisioning a shift from global to local entails grappling with a number of difficult questions: Just how localised should we strive to be? What strategies can be employed to overcome the entrenched power of big business, big banks, and big government? What is the role of technology in a localised economy? How do we start from where we are? NON RESIDENTIAL PLACES AVAILABLE ONLY Read More...

Becoming Indigenous 2017 - Finding Our Way Home


With Colin Campbell, Pat McCabe, Mac Macartney and special guests Loretta Afraid of Bear Cook, Carolyn Hillyer and Martin Shaw | This is a deep experiential dive into the subject matter of indigeneity – exploring our connection to the wild, to each other and ultimately to our very deep selves. Expect vigil, ceremony, time out in nature, dream circles, intimate discussion and pursuit of ‘meaningful purpose’ as we bring together contributors from a range of western and indigenous traditions to consider how we find our roots and use them to drive our actions for change in the world. Read More...

Soulcraft - Deep Imagination and the Reanimation of the World

04/09/2017 to 08/09/2017

With Bill Plotkin and Geneen Marie Haugen | Join psychologists, nature and soul guides Bill Plotkin and Geneen Marie Haugen as they take us on a journey of deep imagination and deep sensing to re-enliven our participatory relationship with an en-souled and animate world. Read More...

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Rethinking Food and Farming: A 21st Century Renaissance

16/10/2017 to 20/10/2017

With Colin Tudge, Ruth West and guests | Let’s re-think everything we do – beginning with farming and cooking! Ease your way into the homely crafts of cooking and farming, guided by the science of ecology and the universally accepted metaphysical insights known as “the Perennial Wisdom”, which aspires to ask what the universe is really like and how we should behave within it. Read More...

Working With Complexity: The EMK Method 2017

06/11/2017 to 12/11/2017

With Professor Eve Mitleton-Kelly (LSE) | Join us for this intensive course for professionals in academia, business and policy as we apply the EMK methodology to complex organisational, societal and global problems. Read More...