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Returning to the Source: Celebration and Co-creation

Course dates: 
Monday, 23 April, 2018 to Friday, 27 April, 2018
Returning to the Source: Celebration and Co-creation

Alumni who will be joining and co-creating : Stephan Harding, Julie Richardson, Roberto Fraquelli, Patricia Shaw, Jenny Mackewn, Fritjof Capra, Mar Michelle Häusler, Isabelle Giraldo, Li An Phoa and all of our talents/experiences

Schumacher College has been one of our homes. We, alumni, have been moving into the world. What happens if we bundle our inspiration, experiences and creativity together? How can we learn and work together to deepen our impact?

At A Glance

  • Celebrate our Schumacher connection and create magic together
  • Share our journeys, gifts & talents, and exchange about different projects
  • Mutually inspire each other, keeping our fire alive and prototyping collaborative “Schumi projects”

Schumacher College has been a creative seed bed for 26 years and over 20,000 alumni from almost 90 countries have passed through its doors. 
Now for the first time ever, there is a gathering back at ‘home’

In that time, some friends have returned often, others seldom, but all are engaged with extraordinary enterprises and projects around the globe. All are bundles of rich talents and experiences with a quest for deep transformational ways of living healthily in service of people and planet.

We hope that returning to Schumacher College can mutually inspire us. We will touch base and exchange our actions in the ‘outside’ world.  Let us discover the potential of working together. Imagine us collectively (or in little groups) finding causes that call us to protect/conserve, grow, and co-evolve.

We hope that other similar events can happen around the world at the same time so that the Schumacher energy can be shared across the land and oceans; to act locally and connect globally.  We would like to invite other local alumni events during an online session to share what is alive during our time together.

What more is waiting to emerge from this next encounter?

  • Inner Journeys: Sharing challenges, gifts and talents, mutually inspiring each other, connecting and thus developing a new network of “Schumi connections”
  • Emergence: what will emerge spontaneously with our coming together.
  • Outer Journeys: Prototyping of possible collaborations to co-create together between alumni - “Schumacher seeds projects”

Alumni who will be joining and co-creating

Mar Michelle Häusler of Eurasian origins, studied Economics BSc and embarked on a career as a financial trader in London. Disillusioned she decided to leave her job in 2011 and explore her spiritual path full time, through the guidance of the Brazilian spiritual teacher Sri Prem Baba. In 2015 she attended the Masters in Economics for Transition at Schumacher College which allowed her to integrate her past experience as a trader and her dreams for a new way of living life. Currently she is involved as a freelancer in several projects  around the world, amongst others fundraising for the Awaken LOVE movement in Brazil, teaching self-knowledge workshops, giving talks on new economics, running a retreat house in Germany “Beija-Flor House” (which she set up in 2013) and organising alumni events for Schumacher College. Mar Michelle is also a life transition coach and has designed a workshop around inquiring into the personal emotional relationship with money.

Isabelle Giraldo decided to study architecture in Brussels and for 15 years led a full life as a mother of 4 and working in construction. Her career spanned from creating projects to house homeless to building Malls in Doha, Qatar, witnessing the poor treatment of the workers. Growing more aware every day of the destruction of the planet, wondering what world her children and grandchildren would grow up in, she decided to leave the construction business to find a life of purpose. After completing the Right Livelihood Certificate in 2015, she started working on her projects which involve teaching mindfulness in schools and integrating GNH (Gross National Happiness) in education. As a creative facilitator, by teaching mindfulness, facilitating with art and nature, she helps to reconnect people to their true self, others and Earth.

Li An Phoa is a MSc Holistic Science alumna of 2006/2007, who also also holds an MA in Philosophy (thesis on Arne Naess and Goethe) and MSc in Business in Society. She is a university lecturer at the Erasmus University and Nyenrode Business University. She co-founded a nomadic school Spring College, with which she initiates walking events with students, entrepreneurs, investors, teams, families, and children. In her walks, she grounds our daily life choices (economy) in accordance with the logic of life (ecology). She has lived nomadically for over a decade while walking twelve thousands of kilometers. For her current project, ‘Drinkable Rivers’, she walks rivers from source-to-sea engaging anyone to care for whole watersheds where she proposes ‘Drinkable Rivers as indicators for healthy ways of living’. and

Guests Include

Dr Stephan Harding FLS

Stephan Harding

Stephan oversees the MSc in Holistic Science, teaching on the core models and as part of several of the short courses at the College. Stephan was born in Venezuela in 1953, and  came to England at the age of six with his father and housekeeper, with whom he spoke Spanish (his mother tongue).  Since childhood Stephan has had a deep fascination with the natural world, and his scientific cast of mind lead him to do a degree in Zoology at the University of Durham and then a doctorate on the behavioural ecology of the muntjac deer at Oxford University. After completing his first degree he returned to Venezuela where he was a field assistant for the Smithsonian Institute, studying mammalian diversity in the rainforest and in the lowland plains. After Oxford Stephan was appointed Visiting Professor in Wildlife Management at the National University in Costa Rica, where he lived for two years before becoming a founder member of Schumacher College in 1990.  The College’s first teacher was James Lovelock, with whom Stephan has maintained a long-lasting friendship and scientific collaboration that lead to their joint appointment as founding chair holders of the Arne Naess Chair in Global Justice and the Environment at the University of Oslo.  At Schumacher College Stephan has taught alongside many of the world’s leading ecological thinkers and activists, including Arne Naess, Fritjof Capra, Vandana Shiva, David Abram, James Lovelock and Lynn Margulis.

Fritjof Capra

Fritjof Capra

Fritjof Capra, PhD., physicist and systems theorist, is the author of several international bestsellers, including The Tao of Physics (1975), The Web of Life (1996), and The Science of Leonardo (2007). He is coauthor, with Pier Luigi Luisi, of the multidisciplinary textbook, The Systems View of Life (Cambridge University Press, 2014). Fritjof’s new online course is based on his textbook.


Julie Richardson

Julie Richardson

Julie has taught ecological economics and international development at the Universities of London and Sussex and has worked in sustainable development for over 20 years in Africa, Asia, Latin America and Europe. This experience changed her view of ‘development’ – believing there is much we can learn from the wisdom of other cultures about sustainable livelihoods and restoring healthy relationship between human society and nature. Julie has applied systems thinking and complexity science to different aspects of sustainability – including sustainable design, organizational change and environmental policy. The Landscope project at Dartington arose out of this work to demonstrate industrial ecology in practice.

Patricia Shaw

Patricia Shaw is a Visiting Professor at Schumacher College and currently convenes the recently inaugurated doctoral track within the Schumacher Worldwide Community for Research-in-Practice. She has been a Visiting Fellow at the college for many years, contributing as a teacher and critical friend and supporting alumni in their projects around the world.

Her own doctorate was in the impact of complexity thinking on the field of organisation development. She helped to found an international research centre for complexity and management at the University of Hertfordshire Business School where she is still a Visiting Professor. This research group is now 15 years old and has produced two major book series with Routledge, which she has helped to edit. In addition she has worked as a consultant with corporations, communities, public organisations educational centres and voluntary projects in many different parts of the world, encouraging people to awaken to a livelier sense of reflexive inquiry into what they were doing together, how and why and with what consequences. She brings a cross disciplinary approach to her work – collaborating with dancers, theatre groups, artists, activists, cooks and mayors (to name a few) to bring a rounded experience to the way we understand everyday human enterprise.  She is author of Changing Conversations in Organisations 2002 and Working Live: Spontaneity, Risk and Improvisation in Organisational Change 2006, both published by Routledge.

Roberto Fraquelli

Roberto Fraquelli

Roberto is our Ecological Design Thinking convener at Schumacher College. He is interested in Holistic Design and the dilemma many designers face between the pressures of economic growth and an empathy with all living systems. His current research focuses on 4 interrelated themes: ecological design thinking, deep empathic design, systems design thinking and contemplative inquiry. With over 20 years of professional practice, mostly working with IDEO Global Design company, Roberto has designed products, environments and experiences for clients across Europe, America, India and the Far East. He holds a number of international design awards and patents - and his work has been featured in Domus, Business Week, Design Week, The Observer, and NewDesign magazine. Roberto studied Industrial Design at the Royal College of Art and Imperial College London.

Jenny Mackewn

Jenny Mackewn

Jenny Mackwen is a creative catalyst.  She convenes pioneering programmes and generative events. She has recently launched an exciting Masters Programme in Leading Transformative Change; a Certificate in Leadership & Facilitation for Schumacher College; and an extended Focussed programme in Eco Coaching & Eco Constellations. She is a Director of Green Vision, a movement that supports teenagers, the leaders of tomorrow, to design, organise and facilitate events about issues that matter to them.  She works as consultant, catalyst and coach across private, public and third sectors.

£ 595.00
Course fees include all vegetarian meals, field trips, materials and all teaching sessions. The programme will run from Monday of the first week to Friday afternoon the last week, and includes four nights private accommodation from the first lunchtime you arrive through until the lunchtime before your departure.