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Ecology and Spirituality

Ecology and Spirituality

08/01/2018 to 26/01/2018

With Dr Stephan Harding, Dr Andy Letcher and Eve Annecke | Explore the connections between ecology and spirituality in some depth. We’ll challenge received wisdom and ask difficult questions, examining some of the root causes of our ecological ills and investigating ways in which we can act to make positive change and ask which of a diversity of spiritual responses to the ecologic crisis is the most appropriate for our particular pathway in life. Read More...

Beyond Development 2018

22/01/2018 to 09/02/2018

With Rob Hopkins, Ashish Kothari, Dr Stephan Harding FLS, Paula Andreewitch, Robin Bowman, Vanessa de Oliveira Andreotti (Video Link), Jane Davidson (Video Link), Karambu Ringera (Video Link), Katherine Trebeck and Jonathan Dawson |  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. Bursary Funding Available Read More...

Rewilding Short Course

Reclaiming the Senses, Rewilding the Mind: Perceptual transformation for social change

29/01/2018 to 02/02/2018

With Joana Formosinho and Kara Moses | This course is about change at the most fundamental of levels: fully inhabiting the wildness of our attention, day to day. Through practising a more connected and sensual attention we can subtly but radically change the quality and depth of seeing, being - and ultimately of acting. In communion with the living world, we will gently expand and enrich our awareness, deepen our relationship with the more-than-human world and explore the role of skillful perception and embodied nature connection in wider social change. Read More...

Schumacher Experience - Winter 2018

05/02/2018 to 09/02/2018

With Satish Kumar, Stephan Harding and guests facilitated by Rebeh Furze and Richenda MacGregor  | Immerse yourself for a week in the vibrant community of Schumacher College. This course is designed to give you space to enquire into what has meaning in your life, and what role you wish to play in the world, while also being inspired and invigorated by some of the concepts and ideas the college is based upon and participating in the rich daily life of the Schumacher community. Read More...

The Ecological Self - 2018

05/02/2018 to 23/02/2018

With Eve Annecke, Stephan Harding, Johan Hattingh, Andy Letcher and guests | Join four inspirational teacher as you explore what it means to be human. Who are we in nature? How do we belong? This three week intensive course looks at the transitions we make in life, the ways we connect with other than human worlds and how we approach socioecological ethics. Bursary Funding Available Read More...

Satish Kumar

Love is All

16/02/2018 to 18/02/2018

With Satish Kumar, June Mitchell and guest story-teller Martin Shaw | “When we drink the sweet nectar of love, there is a transformation,” according the Sufi poet, Jalal ud-Din Rumi. 
This is a chance to spend an intimate weekend, hosted by Satish Kumar to consider the role of love in our lives and how we can use it to live in a more fulfilling way.  It will be an opportunity for discussion and deep reflection, incorporating the wisdom of poets and mystics, to consider the most powerful force on earth. Read More...

Enterprise Live 2018: Taking a Lead in the Midst of Complexity

19/02/2018 to 09/03/2018

With Tim Crabtree, Kaira Jewel Lingo, Patricia Shaw, Maria Llanos Del Corral, Ed Mayo, Guy Singh-Watson and Geetie Singh-Watson  | 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. Bursary Funding Available Read More...

Dream Short Course

World Soul Dreaming: The Wisdom Journey of Your Dreams

19/02/2018 to 23/02/2018

With Rachael Vaughan, MA, MFT | Dreams tap the deep wisdom of the wild, uncolonised soul. Their magical stories are the key to the resources held within the unconscious psyche. We’ll come together just after Imbolc, at the tail end of the long sleep of winter to incubate our dreams in council, working with active imagination, art, movement and ritual to communicate within, and then ground our dreams in reality.  Read More...


23/02/2018 to 25/02/2018

Faze Ali, Matti Spence, Ty Lynne and Joana Formosinho | Shake off the outside world, retreat into the simplicity of nature and make time and space to re-energize and reconnect with your inner voice on this unique weekend. This weekend includes forest bathing, guided walks across Dartmoor and gong meditation. Read More...

Art of Invitation: Activating Ourselves and our Communities through Creative Engagement in Challenging Times

26/02/2018 to 02/03/2018

With Anne-Marie Culhane, Ruth Ben Tovim and Lucy Neal | Look creatively at how to bring people together to collaborate, participate and actively engage in sharing stories, experiences and ideas in response to the urgent social and ecological challenges of our times, and creative transformative projects for positive change. This week of exploration will include inspirational case studies, specialist workshops and presentations, practical group work, celebration, solo reflection time, and 1:1 mentoring to develop your own practice and processes. Read More...

Indigeny Today

Indigeny Today - Three Week Intensive 2018

05/03/2018 to 23/03/2018

With Pat McCabe, Colin Campbell, Dr David Luke, Dr Andy Letcher  | In this three week intensive, we will look closely at the cosmologies and traditions of selected indigenous traditions, focusing specifically on understandings and interactions in the relationship between humans and the natural world. We will explore how elements of indigenous ways of knowing, western scientific thought, experiential practice and ritual can inform our own personal and collective thinking, feeling, stories and actions around place-making, nature connection, community and culture repair and sustainable living. Bursary Funding Available Read More...

A Mindful Life 2018 - Inner and Outer Transition

05/03/2018 to 09/03/2018

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 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...

Call of the Wild 2018

09/03/2018 to 29/10/2018

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. Sign up to the waiting list here. Read More...

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Gaia and Symbiosis

12/03/2018 to 16/03/2018

With Stephan Harding, Merlin Sheldrake and Phoebe Tickell | Join us for a week in which we look to Gaia and the sciences of symbiosis – the ability of different organisms to live together – to learn how we might more effectively navigate our way through the current socio-ecological crises. Read More...

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Changing the Frame - The Science and Art of Communicating for Transition

19/03/2018 to 06/04/2018

With Nadine Andrews, Tom Crompton, A.L. Kennedy, George Marshall, Philip Ralph, Prof. Chris Rapley CBE, Kate Raworth, Janine Benyus (Skype), Manda Scott and  Jonathan Dawson | This course provides an opportunity for a deep dive, in the company of internationally recognised scientists, writers and artists in various media, into the science underlying the process by which we make sense of the world and how we can use this knowledge to become more effective communicators in the service of liberation. In addition to a study of the science underlying effective communication, there will be ample opportunity for solo and/or collaborative creativity, coached by our team of writers and artists. Bursary Funding Available Read More...

Shadowed Ecology with David Abram, Stephan Harding and Martin Lee Mueller

Shadowed Ecology: Into the Depths of an Animate Earth

26/03/2018 to 03/04/2018

With David Abram, Stephan Harding, Martin Lee Mueller | At a moment when so many ecological limits are being breached by a civilization largely oblivious to its own embedment within the biosphere, how can we swiftly catalyze a collective recognition of our thorough dependence upon the animate earth? How can we open a fresh and unshakeable solidarity between humankind and the other animals, plants, and elemental forces that compose this breathing biosphere? Read More

Sacred Activism

Sacred Activism 2018

16/04/2018 to 04/05/2018

With Bayo Akomolafe, Frederique Apffel-Marglin and Justine Huxley | This three week intensive will bring together activists from different traditions and perspectives to address some of the pressing questions we ask ourselves as we decide how to taken action for change. Bursary Funding Available Read More...

Leading with Soul – Authentic Leadership for Troubled Times

07/05/2018 to 11/05/2018

With Richard Olivier and guests | We invite you to reflect on key patterns that run through your life and career. Through appreciating the value of our formative experiences and revealing our implicit assumptions, we can notice the archetypal instincts that often underpin these and so earn the freedom to make conscious choices about our future. This experiential workshop will draw on the wisdom of an ancient story re-imagined for the modern leader and will take you on a compelling journey of self-discovery and soul enquiry. Read More...

Schumacher College Gardens

Forest Gardens and Edible Ecosystems; Design, Harvest and Use

14/05/2018 to 18/05/2018

With Martin Crawford and Caroline Aitken | Join Schumacher College for an exciting opportunity to experience edible ecosystems at different stages of development and with differing emphases and to learn about gathering and using the harvest with expert practitioners and joint authors of Food from your Forest Garden. Read More...

Psyche & Climate

14/05/2018 to 18/05/2018

With Stephan Harding and Jeffrey Kiehl |  In this course we’ll explore the connections between the inner dynamics of the psyche and how these manifest outwardly as climate change. More specifically, we’ll explore the ways in which insights from Jungian depth psychology can help us to explore the roots of the climate crisis and to therefore act more effectively to do something about it. Read More...

Transition Design Short Course and International Design Symposium

11/06/2018 to 23/06/2018

With Terry Irwin, Gideon Kossoff and Cameron Tonkinwise | Transition Design, an approach pioneered at Carnegie Mellon University 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. Course price includes tickets to the International Transition Design Symposium. Read More...

Reverential Ecology Short Course with Satish Kumar

Reverential Ecology

18/06/2018 to 22/06/2018

With Satish Kumar |  Join Satish Kumar and explore mankind’s participation in the process of the intricately woven web of life, acting no longer as masters or stewards of the earth, but rather as participants and co-creators of it, as an integral expression and extension of self. Satish Kumar will explore the ideal of Reverential Ecology in the contact of the new trinity of Soil, Soul & Society – How we can replenish the soil by nourishing the soul and care for the human community. Read More...

The Power Of Local short course at Schumacher College

Earth, Culture, Economy – The Power of Local 2018

25/06/2018 to 29/06/2018

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? Read More...

Nourishing The Soul 2018

20/07/2018 to 22/07/2018

With Satish Kumar and June Mitchell | Participate in a weekend meditating, walking and spending time in nature away from the daily stresses of life and discover the importance of bringing soul into the heart of everything you do. Read More...

Schumacher College Experience Week

Schumacher Experience - Autumn 2018

01/10/2018 to 05/10/2018

With Satish Kumar, Facilitated by  Richenda MacGregor  |  Immerse yourself for a week in the vibrant community of Schumacher College. This course is designed to give you space to enquire into what has meaning in your life, and what role you wish to play in the world, while also being inspired and invigorated by some of the concepts and ideas the college is based upon and participating in the rich daily life of the Schumacher community. Read More...

EMK Complexity Methodology Short Course with Eve Mitleton-Kelly

Working With Complexity – The EMK Method 2018

05/11/2018 to 16/11/2018

With Eve Mitleton-Kelly | 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...