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Mind In Nature 2017 - Three Week Intensive

Course dates: 
Monday, 13 March, 2017 to Friday, 31 March, 2017

With Stephan Harding, Jonathan Horwitz, Zara Waldebäck, Philip Franses and special guests to be announced

For the last 200 years, we have been taught that nature is a mere machine, without consciousness, purpose or meaning. This view has led to a devastating destruction of life on earth. Today’s emerging science is turning this understanding on its head, revealing life as inherently intelligent, purposive and meaningfully communicative. According to this new science, there really is mind in nature.

You will examine and experience the concept of ‘Mind in Nature’ through the work of our College faculty, Jonathan Horwitz, Zara Waldebäck and some very special guests in this three week intensive. You will be joined by a number of students from Schumacher College Postgraduate Programmes in Holistic Science and Economics for Transition which will allow for rich interaction between long-term students and participants.


Stephan Harding

Stephan Harding is Programme Coordinator of the MSc in Holistic Science and resident Ecologist at Schumacher College teaching on the MSc core modules and on most short courses at the College. He holds a doctorate in behavioural ecology from Oxford University, and before coming to the college taught ecology at the National University in Costa Rica. 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. Click here to read his full staff profile >>

Jonathan Horwitz

Jonathan Horwitz has been working with shamanism since 1972. From 1984 to 1993 he worked as a teacher and field researcher at the Foundation for Shamanic Studies with Michael Harner. In 1986, he founded the Scandinavian Center for Shamanic Studies ( together with Annette Høst and has been teaching internationally ever since. Jonathan sees shamanism as a spiritual path and his main focus today is shamanic healing, spiritual ecology and shamanic community work, and how these three aspects can work together for the future of the Earth. He has a master's degree in anthropology, contributes regularly to Sacred Hoop magazine and was for several years the European Editor of Journal of Contemporary Shamanism. He has taught many times at Schumacher College.

Zara Waldebäck

Zara Waldebäck has been working with shamanism since 2005 and co-teaching workshops with Jonathan since 2010. Originally from Sweden, she spent 30 years in the UK, most of it as a writer and teacher specializing in creativity. She has 20 years experience as a screenwriter, filmmaker and university lecturer, and has run courses on shamanism for writers, presented papers on the shamanic journey as story, and written two books on screenwriting and creative practice. She has a deep interest in the role of story as a spiritual tool that helps us to hear life and connect to magic. She is a trained shamanic counsellor, and works regularly with place-specific ceremony and partnering with Nature for healing.

Philip Franses

Philip worked with the late Brian Goodwin here at the College on the use of language as a tool for interpreting and drawing meaning from the world. He will show how all of life, from individual genes to humans themselves, make use of their ability to communicate with each other and the world around them to live grounded and meaningful lives. Philip Frances lectures on the MSc in Holistic Science as teacher of complexity. Click here to read his full staff profile >>

£ 2 200.00
Course fees include single accommodation, all meals, field trips, materials and all teaching sessions.