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Restore and Connect: Schumacher College Winter Week


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Course dates: 
Monday, 15 February, 2016 to Friday, 19 February, 2016

With Rupert Sheldrake, Jonathan Horwitz, Zara Waldebäck, Stephan Harding and Jonathan Dawson

Accommodation at for this course is currently full. If you would like to attend this course, please book a local B&B. Come to check-in between 11:30-1:00 to register. Full cost is £300 without accommodation.

Come and join the Schumacher College community for a week in this dark time of year when we tell stories round the fire, knit with new friends, tend the gardens in preparation for spring, share the cooking and eating of our favourite winter fare and enjoy good company and conversation.

This week you can look forward to:
An Earth Talk with Rupert Sheldrake
A shamanic workshop with Jonathan Horwitz and Zara Waldeback
A deep time walk field trip through Dartmouth with Stephan Harding
Group cooking sessions
Joining a Mind In Nature session led by Stephan Harding
Gong Meditation

You can take part in as much as you like in theactivities above or simply enjoy the use of the library, the gardens and the grounds in the company of like-minded people from around the world.

Visiting Teachers

Rupert Sheldrake

Rupert Sheldrake is one of the world’s most innovative biologists and writers, and is best known for his theory of morphic fields and morphic resonance, which leads to a vision of a living, developing universe with its own inherent memory. He worked in developmental biology at Cambridge University, where he was a Fellow of Clare College. He was then Principal Plant Physiologist at the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT), in Hyderabad, India. From 2005 to 2010 he was Director of the Perrott-Warrick project, funded from Trinity College, Cambridge.

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 is European Editor of Journal of Contemporary Shamanism. This will be his sixth time teaching at Schumacher College.

Zara Waldebäck

Zara Waldebäck has been working with shamanism for over 10 years and co-teaching workshops with Jonathan since 2010. She has a special interest in ceremony and working with Nature in a healing way. She is also a writer and teacher of creativity, and has 20 years experience as a screenwriter, script coach and university lecturer. Zara has run courses on shamanism for writers, presented papers on the shamanic journey as story, and written two books on screenwriting - "Writing for the Screen" (2008) and "The Creative Screenwriter" (2012). She has also collaborated with psychologists to explore story in healing and therapeutic contexts, developed techniques for spontaneous storytelling, and researched the connection between shamanism and story.

Together, Jonathan and Zara run the spiritual retreat center Åsbacka ( in the woods of southern Sweden, where they hold courses and offer shamanic healing, guidance and spiritual mentoring. They teach all over Europe, including England, Ireland, Scandinavia, Italy, Hungary and Russia. The heart of their practice is shamanism as a spiritual path, finding healing in all they do, and working with the Spirits in a way that invites power, presence, joy and responsibility.

Resident faculty

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 Dawson

Jonathan is a sustainability educator, currently working as Head of Economics at Schumacher College in Devon. Until recently a long-term resident at the Findhorn ecovillage and a former President of the Global Ecovillage Network, he has around 20 years experience as a researcher, author, consultant and project manager in the field of small enterprise development in Africa and South Asia.

Jonathan is the principal author of the Gaia Education sustainable economy curriculum, drawn from best practice within ecovillages worldwide, that has been endorsed by UNITAR and adopted by UNESCO as a valuable contribution to the UN Decade of Education for Sustainable Development. He teaches this curriculum at universities, ecovillages and community centres in Brazil, Spain and Scotland. He has also adopted the curriculum to virtual format and teaches it through the Open University of Catalunya in Barcelona.


£ 450.00
Retreat fees include single accommodation, all meals, field trips, materials and all teaching sessions