Courses Overview >> Short courses >> Eco-Spirituality, Creation Spirituality: Exploring Eco-Mystics and Becoming Eco-Warriors

Status message

This event has now passed

Eco-Spirituality, Creation Spirituality: Exploring Eco-Mystics and Becoming Eco-Warriors

£ 450.00
Course fees include accommodation, food, field trips, materials and all teaching sessions. This course will be delivered as part of our Elmhirst Programme at Dartington Hall.

Matthew Fox - with special guests Meshi Chavez, Stephan Harding

This course is part of our Elmhirst Programme.

UPDATE: Thanks to a bursary to our Elmhirst Programme we are able to offer the 'eco-spirituality' course with Matthew Fox and Meshi Chavez at £450

Matthew, theologian, activist and leader of the Cosmic Mass phenomenum, will be contributing to our ongoing programme at The College and we look forward to welcoming him back after a sell-out performance at Dartington's Great Hall last year.

In this course we will explore some of these prophetic voices and how they speak to us today on both a personal and collective level. They include Hildegard of Bingen, Meister Eckhart, Thomas Berry, Mary Oliver, Howard Thurman and more.

The intention of the week is to deepen our own personal commitment to an ecological revolution and to become warriors as well as mystics and lovers of creation.

Matthew Fox has published books on Hildegard of Bingen and Meister Eckhart as well as other works on earth-based Western mysticism and the creation spirituality tradition. He will be joined by Meshi Chavez who will contribute movement meditation and transformational dance to the week, indoors and out, mythologist and storyteller Martin Shaw and Schumacher College’s resident ecologist Stephan Harding.

Fee: £ 450.00. Course fees include private accommodation, all meals, field trips, materials and all teaching sessions. To book, click the Apply Now button at the bottom of this page or call us on  +44 (0)1803 865934.


Matthew FoxMatthew Fox teaches eco-spirituality

Matthew Fox is a theologian and activist and author of 31 books including Original Blessing, The Reinvention of Work, One River, Many Wells: Wisdom Springing from Global Faith Traditions, Natural Grace (with Rupert Sheldrake), The Hidden Spirituality of Men: Ten Metaphors for Awakening the Sacred Masculine, etc. He has been committed to reinventing forms of education and of worship and with some amazing and memorable results. Visit


Special Guests

Meshi ChavezMeshi Chaves teaches transformational dance

Meshi Chavez follows the red path of the Lakota Tradition and its ceremonies, and teaches transformational dance.

“Movement aligns us with the natural world - it is our birthright. If we observe the movement within the elemental forces, we can begin to understand our own movement and place in creation. We are made from the same motion that animates the universe. By learning to let go of hierarchy within our minds and bodies, we can begin to surrender to that which is already moving. This movement meditation explores how to inhabit our bodies fully by delving into and embracing the unknown, while also exploring the transformation of the ordinary into the extraordinary. We will discover what occurs when we couple movement with the power of imagination, while asking the question: How does transformation occur?”

Stephan HardingStephen Harding teaches animate earth and Ecological Systems Theory

Stephan Harding is Programme Coordinator of the MSc in Holistic Science and resident Ecologist at Schumacher College teaching on the MSc core modules and as part of several of the short courses at the College. He is a close associate of James Lovelock and an expert in the study of Gaia theory and deep ecology. He is the author of Animate Earth and Grow Small, Think Beautiful: Ideas for a Sustainable World from Schumacher College.

If you would like to book onto one of our short courses, you will need to create an account. This is a simple process of choosing a username, email address and password. Once you have created an account you will receive a verification email. Please click on the verification link within to have full access to the site and to make your booking. (You may need to  check your spam folder if you do not see this email.)  We will email you confirmation of your payment and any further communication about your course application.

Residential accommodation for "Changing the Frame"  is at Higher Close, a 20 minute walk from Schumacher College. All meals will be provided at the college.

A place can not be guaranteed unless we receive your deposit or payment on your chosen course. If you would like to apply for a bursary, please do this before making your course application.

Short Course Bursaries create an opportunity for an individual to experience the powerful transformative learning by joining a course that assists the participant to inspire their wider community and benefits from the participant’s own unique contribution. It is our hope that our bursaries support a wide cross section of participation on our short course programme. The number of bursaries available is limited, competition is strong and funding is not always available for every short course. Please be aware that most bursaries are in the region of 10% – 20% of the course fee so please be prepared to raise funding from other sources.  A bursary award is not intended to cover travel or incidental expenses.

Applications are viewed on a case-by-case basis and we are unable to enter into discussions on any decisions. We generally have many more applications for bursaries than we have funding available. We can only offer one bursary per person per year and priority is given to those who have not attended the college or received a bursary before. To help us support as many people as possible, please only apply if you would be unable to attend the course without a bursary.

How to apply for a bursary

Six weeks before the course is due to start all bursary applications will be considered and responded to.  If successful you will be required to accept our Bursary Terms and Conditions.

Please answer the following:

  1. What does a bursary mean to you?
  2. How will your attendance on this course benefit the wider community?
  3. If your financial situation justifies you applying for a bursary, how much are you able to contribute towards attending this course?

Please be prepared to supply an appropriate reference in support of your application.