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Dartington Hall Garden Steps

Mon, 10/09/2018 to Fri, 14/09/2018

With Jon Young, Dr Deborah Benham and Saci Lloyd

In our disconnected society we can struggle to connect with authentic leadership. Yet there is an elegant and simple map, based on the wisdom of nature and cultures that are strongly connected to nature. This course will help you restore these lost connections, bring all your gifts alive and become part of a global community of creative and engaged change-makers.

Earth Talk

Mon, 17/09/2018 to Fri, 21/09/2018

With Colin Campbell, Satish Kumar and Lucy Hinton

This course is an extraordinary opportunity to take part in an an experience of deep self-exploration using traditional techniques, ritual practices and wilderness methods from the indigenous South African traditions.  This experience will include teaching time, deep conversation and sharing, group divination processes, reflection and integration time in the classroom and the wild surrounds of Schumacher College as well as a magical steam ritual.

Mon, 01/10/2018 to Fri, 05/10/2018

With Satish Kumar, Dr Fiona Tilley and Faze Ali

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.  Prepare to be inspired and invigorated by some of the concepts and ideas upon which the college is based and also to participate in the rich daily life of the Schumacher learning community.

Earth Talk

Laura Lengnick

Mon, 08/10/2018 to Fri, 12/10/2018

With Laura Lengnick

Take this practical, hands-on course if you want to cultivate soil that is alive and vital, that is teaming with beneficial organisms and that has the capacity to produce healthy food, healthy people, and a healthy community. Learn how to use time-tested methods to grow healthy soils in your garden and on your farm, practice using some simple tools to measure and monitor soil health over time and explore how the benefits to your health and that of our planet in a changing climate.

Fri, 12/10/2018 to Sun, 14/10/2018

With Laura Lengnick

Fundamental to our identity as a species, crucial to the health and well-being of our communities, the way that we eat fuels the 21st century challenges that threaten our way of life. How do we resolve this dilemma? This course explores the transformative power of story as a catalyst for personal and social transformation in this age of climate change. In this course you can experience transformational story-telling skills, you can learn how to tell stories that spark the kind of social learning needed to put us on the path to a resilient food future.

A woman standing in the woods

Mon, 22/10/2018 to Fri, 26/10/2018

With Martin Shaw and Dr Carla Stang

Join Martin Shaw and Carla Stang and discover how the imaginal world can be accessed by myth, poetry, philosophy and time in nature. Wrestling in the disclosures of a fairy tale or witnessing the luminous thought of Henry Corbin, the aim is participation not passivity, your own way in to the numinous foundation of existence.

Tue, 23/10/2018 to Sat, 03/11/2018

With Julie Richardson, Zhang Lanying, Professor Wen Tiejun, Kim Jae Hyung, Hu Kanping, Wen Li and Master Wu

This learning journey in Beijing and Chengdu, China will offer you first-hand experience of the culture and ecology of China and have an opportunity to dialogue with intellectuals and activists about what creating an ecological civilization 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. This course is delivered at several locations in China, organised by Southwest University.


Mon, 29/10/2018 to Fri, 09/11/2018

With Professor Eve Mitleton-Kelly

Join Professor Eve Mitleton-Kelly from the London School of Economics (LSE) and Cambridge University, 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.

gaia woman

Fri, 11/01/2019 to Sun, 13/01/2019

With Stephan Harding and Julia Ponsonby

Join Stephan Harding and partner Julia Ponsonby on this special new year course to explore the healthy connections between the bacteria within our bodies and the bacteria within the earth.  Learn simple fermentation techniques to make foods which promote good gut health and overall wellbeing.  This course is designed to be a joyful and inspiring journey to understand the gift of deep belonging and of deep ecology, given us by the teeming organisms of our microbiome, our partners in Gaia.


Mon, 14/01/2019 to Fri, 18/01/2019

With Simon Robinson and Maria Moraes Robinson

Holonomics is a powerful approach for the profound transformation of organisations. Make a practical impact on the evolution and sustainability of businesses based on universal human values. Learn directly with the creators of Holonomics, authors and consultants Simon Robinson and Maria Moraes Robinson.  They will introduce their framework, tools and method from the development of a strategy to flourishing business model and the implementation of customer experiences with soul.

Schumacher College

Mon, 04/02/2019 to Fri, 08/02/2019

With Richenda Macgregor and Satish Kumar

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.

Satish Kumar

Fri, 15/02/2019 to Sun, 17/02/2019

With Satish Kumar and June Mitchell

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.

Man looking to the forest

Mon, 25/03/2019 to Fri, 29/03/2019

With Robin Bowman and Kara Moses

A five-day short course combining animal tracking and bird language with spiritual practises, to cultivate a deep spiritual connection with nature, self and the sacred.

This unique and potent combination aims to create a powerful experience for participants with lasting benefits and practical tools to integrate into daily life.

GNH Centre Bhutan

Mon, 08/04/2019 to Fri, 22/11/2019

With Dr. Julia Kim and Julie Richardson

The GNH Practitioners Program is a collaborative one-year program hosted by the GNH Centre in Bhutan, and Schumacher College in the UK combined with online activities and support are designed to lead each participant on a personal journey of inspiration, discovery and capacity building. The program is designed to help all participants cultivate the skills and experience to develop their own GNH-inspired prototype.

Relax at Schumacher College

Fri, 26/04/2019 to Sun, 28/04/2019

With Stephan Harding, Sarah Gray and Ella Sparks

Throughout the Unplugged Weekend at Schumacher College, you will have the opportunity to take part in a guided walk across the unique wilderness of Dartmoor, yoga sessions and more.

Forest Gardening

Mon, 13/05/2019 to Fri, 17/05/2019

With Caroline Aitken, Martin Crawford, Ella Sparks and Jane Gleeson

Learn how to design, implement, and maintain forest gardens and other sustainable agroecological systems. Participants will experience both recently planted and well established 25-year old forest gardens, as well as other agroforestry in and around Dartington.Includes sessions on harvesting, preserving and cooking with forest garden produce.

Small Farm

Mon, 20/05/2019 to Fri, 24/05/2019

With Colin Tudge, Justine Huxley, Jyoti Fernandes and Ruth West

A joint meeting of Schumacher College with the College for Real Farming and Food Culture. If we are to achieve the goal of ensuring everyone in the world can live well and in harmony we must re-think everything from first principles.  Join us to re-assess all the big ideas we take for granted.  We will be rethinking everything from the practicalities of cooking and farming, to the buildings in which we live, medicine, education, the mechanisms and ideologies of politics and economies and even the underlying notions of science and moral philosophy.

Mon, 03/06/2019 to Fri, 14/06/2019

With Jenny Mackewn

An eight-month learning adventure of preparation, residential at Schumacher College and community of practice group in person/via Skype; the opportunity to develop leadership and facilitation to co-create a fairer and more beautiful world for all and lead for the emerging future. It is a pathway to the Schumacher Certificate in Leadership and Facilitation and is useful for groups, organisations, communities.

Beautiful Canyon

Mon, 24/06/2019 to Fri, 28/06/2019

With Bill Plotkin and Geneen Marie Haugen, Ph.D.

Wild Eros is a way of falling into the depths of soul and nourishing radical intimacy with other-than-human beings. It’s a subversive act of embodied participation that amplifies experience of Earth as sacred and may reveal seeds of vision for our troubled, tender world — potent seeds for artisans of cultural renaissance: change agents, tricksters, artists, poets, therapists, activists, and true leaders.

Satish Kumar

Fri, 19/07/2019 to Sun, 21/07/2019

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.

Satish Kumar

Mon, 05/08/2019 to Fri, 09/08/2019

With Satish Kumar and June Mitchell

Embrace complexity in place of complication and learn how to transform even the small activities in life into something extra-ordinary.