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Bringing Health Down to Earth: Wellbeing through Nature, Ritual and Community

19/10/2015 to 23/10/2015

With Bayo Akomolafe, Ijeoma (Ej) Clement-Akomolafe And special guests Charles Eisenstein and Frederique Apffel-Marglin (by videolink) | This course is an exploration of the politics of health, and how the exploitation of cultures and disruption of ecosystems, the practice of patenting, the influence of big money, the mass production of pills, and the toxification of food have led to epidemics, an estrangement from our own bodies, and deeper anxiety for us all. It will look at a different way of understanding health and well-being, based on nature, ritual and community – inspired by indigenous practice around the world and will show us how a re-entanglement and connection with the world can lead to happier, healthier bodies.

Schumacher College Postgraduate Open Day

Postgraduate Open Day - 20 October


The Schumacher College Postgraduate Open Day is a fantastic opportunity to find out more about the College, our postgraduate programmes and meet staff and current students.  During the day you will learn about our programmes, tour our beautiful campus and facilities and be introduced to the vibrant Schumacher College community. Book your place now! Read More..

Indigenous Ways of Knowing: Beyond Intellect into Relationship

26/10/2015 to 06/11/2015

With Pat McCabe (Standing Woman Shining) and special guests Mac Macartney, Satish Kumar, Barbara Mann (Video Link) & Larry Emerson | Join us for this two-week course on how we can develop our 'ways of knowing' beyond intellect in order to develop right relationship with place. This deep inquiry will involve theory, practice and ceremony from Native American traditions and will not only help us with our own sense of 'indigeny to place' but will look at ways that our species might live sustainably on the earth as have the cultures who have lived in health, harmony and happiness for thousands of years.

Business for Good: Practical Action at the Frontiers of Change

02/11/2015 to 06/11/2015

With Chris Nichols, Giles Hutchins, Alexandra Stubbings, Jonathan Wise, Victoria Hurth and Eve Poole (via skype)  For this week-long course we bring together organisational leaders and business advisors at the heart of developing 'Business for Good' – ways of working that help business reinvent itself to serve a broader social and planetary agenda. Read More...

The Art of Invitation – Creative Engagement for Ourselves and Our Communities

09/11/2015 to 13/11/2015

With Ruth Ben-Tovim, Anne-Marie Culhane and Lucy Neal | Back by popular demand, this course explores more creative ways of engaging communities to help them respond to the social and ecological challenges of our time and become active in the world. Join us for a week of creative exploration that will give you new creative tools for change. Read More...

George Sword, Oglala Lakota, 1875

Sundance and Sacred Ritual – Teachings from the Lakota Tradition

09/11/2015 to 13/11/2015

With Mac Macarteney, Loretta Afraid of Bear Cook and Karonhienhawe Linda Delormier | Join us for this very rare opportunity to explore the teachings and protocols that surround the sundance and other sacred rituals of the Lakota people and demystify these practices and look at how parallels in these teachings exist in everyday modern life wherever we are in the world. Read More...

Indigenous Story

Our Indigenous Story - Mapping and Re-Telling World Narratives

16/11/2015 to 20/11/2015

With Atossa Soltani and Louis Fox | Our world is in crisis with an endless stream of issues crying out for our attention. But the worldviews and cultural assumptions that underlie these issues often go unexamined. Is it time for an examination, for an understanding of why we think what we do and for a new story that combines the best of the wisdom and knowledge alive in the world today.  Join media strategist, global advocate for indigenous people and founder of Amazon Watch, Atossa Soltani and celebrated film-maker, Louis Fox for this deep exploration and questioning of the competing worldviews that shape the world we live in, the stories we tell ourselves and the issues we face. Read More...


Nature’s Voice – Soundscape, Biophony, Music and Science

16/11/2015 to 20/11/2015

With Dr. Bernie Krause, Cosmo Sheldrake and Stephan Harding | Join us for a rare opportunity to study with composer, musician, naturalist and author Dr. Bernie Krause, exploring the world of soundscape ecology, bioacoustics & natural sound, looking at our historical and current understanding of soundscape ecology from both scientific and cultural perspectives. He will be joined by multi-instrumentalist, composer and producer Cosmo Sheldrake and ecologist Stephan Harding. Read More...

The Right Livelihood Programme, UK and Bhutan - Finding Deeper Purpose

30/11/2015 to 30/11/2016

Ha Vinh Tho, Julia Kim, Satish Kumar, Julie Richardson, Otto Scharmer and guests | Join us for a year-long transformative learning journey that aims to align your livelihood with a deeper purpose in service of happiness and well-being of people and planet. This 12 month programme includes 3 residential modules in the UK and Bhutan supported by an on-line programme of study and mentoring and will be an inspirational, transformative and action-orientated journey towards developing a prototype of your own project, plan, or pathway to right livelihood. In this, you will be supported by a community of peers, tutors and experts.  Read More...

Beyond Development: Living Well on a Diverse and Finite Planet - Three Week Intensive

18/01/2016 to 05/02/2016

With Eduardo Gudynas, Andrea Cornwall, Jonathan Dawson and guests to be announced | The development paradigm that has dominated world policy and economic trajectory for the last four decades is drawing to a close. We look at how such a paradigm, one that has led to the ultimate sacrifice of political, cultural and ecological integrity, has evolved, endured and is now being undermined to make way for a new heterodoxy of global solutions for living on a diverse and finite planet.

Mind in Nature 2016 - Three Week Intensive

15/02/2016 to 04/03/2016

With Rupert Sheldrake, Stephan Harding, Jonathan Horowitz, Zara Waldebäck, Shantena Sabbadini and Philip Franses | Today’s emerging science is turning the mechanistic view of science on its head, revealing life as intelligent, purposive and meaningfully communicative. This three-week intensive will look at the evidence through the work of people who are expanding the frontiers of scientific understanding and practical experience.

The Shaman's Journey

04/03/2016 to 06/03/2016

With Jonathan Horwitz and Zara Waldeback | Learn to use the traditional methods of singing, dancing, and drumming to shift to shamanic consciousness, meet spirit helpers and explore the spirit world. Gain power and knowledge for oneself and others, and touch the spirit side of Nature. This course is part of the Elmhirst Programme. Read More...

Shamanism, Peace and Power short course at Schumacher College

Shamanism, Peace and Power

07/03/2016 to 11/03/2016

With Jonathan Horwitz and Zara Waldeback |  Work with power to learn how to receive it and use it, rather than be controlled by it using shamanic tools such as drum journeying, meditation, singing and working in nature. Explore the dance of peace and power and what teachings and gifts their relationship has to offer. Read More...

Leading in the Midst of Complexity - a short course at Schumacher College

Enterprise Live: Leading in the Midst of Complexity – Three Week Intensive

14/03/2016 to 01/04/2016

With Patricia Shaw, Kaira Jewel Lingo, Robin Murray, Richenda Macgregor, Duncan Passmore, Alex Tempest, Aphra Sklair and Tim Crabtree | This three week course will explore why new modes of leadership and facilitation are called for in a world of greater interconnectedness, complexity and change. The course will challenge the dominant myths of the “strong” leader and the “heroic” entrepreneur. It will ask whether there are other ways that we can “take a lead” whilst maintaining the integrity and quality of our relationships with others and with nature. 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. The course will include taking leadership and facilitation roles on a live project, reflecting Schumacher College’s focus on “Rooted in Place, Networked Worldwide”.

Wild and Magical Stories

Stories of the Earth - listening, creating, connecting

21/03/2016 to 25/03/2016

With Jonathan Horowitz and Zara Waldebäck | What do plants, trees, rivers, sky, stones and the wind have to tell us? In an animate world, everything is alive with soul and spirit. If we take time to slow down and know how to listen, it is not hard to hear the whispers, secrets, stories and deep wisdoms around us. Join us for this week of deep listening and deep telling of the wild and magical stories of the land and nature itself. Read More...

Call of the Wild 2016

01/04/2016 to 14/11/2016

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. We invite you to become one of the new generation of change-makers through the Call of the Wild programme. Read More...

Living a Life of Joy - Humour, Health and Happiness with Patch Adams


THIS EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED, please register your interest here and we will update you on new dates | Dr. Patch Adams has created a platform of six qualities that govern all his activities: "to be happy, funny, loving, co-operative, creative and thoughtful", and developed clowning as a way to reach people and help them connect with a kinder life within themselves. Join us for a two-day learning event that will teach you how to incorporate the numerous beneficial effects of humour, laughter, human generosity and kindness in a healthy outlook and  in a healthy body.