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The Right Livelihood Programme - Finding Deeper Purpose 2016/17

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£ 6950.00
Course fee includes all tuition, accommodation, meals and field trips in the 3 residential modules and the on-line study circle and mentoring.
Please note: It does not include travel to and from the residential modules, personal travel insurance, visa fees, or any personal incidental expenses. Payment options available. This course will take place as part of our Soul | Spirit | Story Programme.

12 month programme including 3 residential modules in the UK and Bhutan, supported by an on-line programme of study and mentoring.

With Ha Vinh Tho, Julia Kim, Satish Kumar, Julie Richardson, Otto Scharmer and guests.

Bursaries are available for this programme.

A collaboration between Schumacher College and the Gross National Happiness Centre in Bhutan

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.

Residential Dates in the UK and Bhutan:

14 - 25 November 2016     Schumacher College

3 - 12 April 2017    Gross National Happiness Centre Programme in Bhutan

30 October - 3 November  2017    Schumacher College

During this programme we will explore what is wrong with the current system and why it is not delivering well-being for people and planet. We will look at the seeds of new possibilities and what it is we need to let go of for the new to emerge. We will search for the path towards our own right livelihood.

Participants will visit inspiring projects, people and sacred places. They will experience living in community at Schumacher College in the UK and be immersed in the the culture and ecology of Bhutan.  They will have the unique opportunity of learning first hand  about the experiment of Gross National Happiness and what this means at both a country and personal level.

This 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, mentors and experts. Participants may already have a high level vision of a project or path that they would like to follow but are seeking the support, expertise or simply the space to make it happen.

This is a learning journey for those who sense a need for change and are looking for alternative livelihoods more aligned with their inner values and sense of purpose in the world. This could, for example, include graduate students who sense the limitations of what they have learned in their formal studies, people in professional situations who feel misaligned with the values and practices of their places of work, those who are looking for a meaningful and active retirement, and people at a cross-roads looking for a more purposeful and rewarding direction.

Completion of this non-formal Continuing Professional Development programme, will lead to a Certificate awarded by Schumacher College and the Centre for Gross National Happiness.

Programme Structure

The Right Livelihood Programme consists of three residential modules within a programme of online study,  and mentoring.

Module 1: Well-being and Right Livelihood, residential at Schumacher College (Elmhirst Centre), UK, 14 - 25 November 2016, followed by online study circle and mentoring.

Module 2: Inner Transition, residential in Bhutan with the  Gross National Happiness Centre,  3 – 12 April 2017, followed by online study circle and group mentoring. 

Module 3: Prototyping Right Livelihood, 5 day residential at Schumacher College, UK. 23-27 October 2017, followed by on-line study circle and group mentoring.

Programme Details

The Right Livelihood Programme will be based around participant’s projects and action-learning and will take place within the overall framework of Theory U (link is external).

Module 1: Well-being and Right Livelihood

Right Livelihood Program Bhutan 2015 by Naor Elimelechis licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.This first residential module is about sensing and perceiving the current system and exploring why it is not delivering wellbeing for people and planet. What are the seeds of new possibility within the system and what  do we need to let go of in order for the new to emerge?

The following areas will be included:

  • What is wellbeing (at different levels – individual, community, national and planetary)?
  • Why is the current system not delivering wellbeing?
  • Alternative visions for wellbeing
  • What is right livelihood and the different forms it might take?
  • Relationship between inner and outer journey of transition
  • Inner journey – process of reconnecting to self, society and nature
  • Practices and spaces for exploring inner values and purpose
  • Shifting from ego-system to eco-system awareness
  • Sensing journeys – visiting inspiring examples of right livelihood projects
  • Examples (problems/alternatives/inspiring stories) we can learn from
  • Rapid prototyping – revisiting original project ideas in the light of experience so far
  • Setting intentions

On Line Study and Mentoring:

  • Journal of personal reflections
  • Seeds of ‘right livelihood’ ideas; setting intentions
  • Field visits/studies to Right Livelihood projects in your own context
  • On-line webinars, discussion forum, and mentoring

Module 2: Inner Transition

The second residential module is a deep dive into the inner journey of transition. In it we will look at what it is we need to let go of on a personal level and what the seeds of new possibilities for ourselves might be. It provides an opportunity for participants to explore their deepest aspirations and intentions in a safe and transformational space. Participants will have the opportunity to experience the culture and ecology of Bhutan and learn about the experiment of Gross National Happiness at a country level.

The following areas will be included:

  • Exploring Gross National Happiness in Bhutan
  • Workshop on the culture of Bhutan, facilitated by Bhutanese experts
  • Field visits to Gross National Happiness projects
  • Mountain pilgrimage to explore the personal transition from ego to eco
  • Reflective spaces and experiences (eg. deep listening to self, others, nature; meditations into mindfulness and compassion, pilgrimages) to connect to our inner soul and articulate our values and purpose.
  • Mindfulness and Secular Ethics ‘tool box’. Deep listening exercises, compassion and appreciation practice, journaling, nature quests, social presencing theatre.
  • Visiting inspiring projects, people; and sacred places; connecting with places of highest potential
  • Revisiting and revising Right Livelihood plans and aspirations
  • Co-creating module 3 : Prototyping Right Livelihood.

During your visit to Bhutan, you will:

  • Visit historic sites around the capital city, Thimphu
  • Make a pilgrimage to ancient temples and monasteries, including one of Bhutan's most sacred sites, Tiger's Nest
  • Meet with local Bhutanese farmers and artisans and visit traditional craft markets
  •       Explore the pristine landscapes and wildlife of Bhutan
  • Experience the traditional songs and dances of Bhutanese culture
  • Speak to a Buddhist Lama about the meaning of "happiness" and GNH from a Bhutanese and Buddhist perspective

Please note that this module includes visiting different places in Bhutan involving travelling on rough and mountainous roads and walking pilgrimages in remote, rural and high altitude environments (above 3000 metres). Participants will be responsible for taking out their own travel insurance.

On Line Study and Mentoring:Right Livelihood Program Bhutan 2015 by Naor Elimelechis licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.

  • Reflective journal of deep insights
  • Developing vision of right livelihood project, plan, path with identification of steps needs to prepare prototype and support and resources needed
  • Research and/or volunteering/internship into right livelihood project area
  • On-line webinars, discussion forum and group mentoring

Module 3: Prototyping Right Livelihood

During this module, to be co-created as part of the learning programme, participants will work towards developing a prototype of their right livelihood project, plan or path, supported by peers, mentors and external experts.

The following areas will be included:

  • Participant presentations and group support towards developing our right livelihood path
  • Prototyping workshop
  • Tools to develop prototypes (designed according to student interests; bringing in ‘experts’ to share knowledge, skills and experience)
  • Sharing, inspiring and challenging each other
  • GNH screening of right livelihood projects, plans, paths
  • Developing our right livelihood community and creative support network



Dr. Ha Vinh Tho

Dr. Ha Vinh Tho is the Programme Director of the Gross National Happiness Centre in Bhutan (link is external) and Dharmacharya in the Vietnamese Zen Buddhist Tradition. He is in charge of setting the learning objectives, developing the curriculum and the learning process both for Bhutanese and international participants. He has been the Head of training, learning and development at the International Committee of the Red Cross from 2005 to 2011. In this position he has developed and implemented a “People Leadership and Management program” for over 600 mid level managers and 140 senior managers including all the executives of the  ICRC. He has trained humanitarian professionals working in war zones and emergency response in Asia, the Middle East, Africa and Europe. Dr. Ha Vinh is the founder and chairman of Eurasia Foundation, a humanitarian NGO developing educational programs for children and youths living with disabilities, as well as ecological projects in Vietnam. He is a visiting fellow in adult education and humanitarian work in several Universities(Hue/Vietnam, UCL/Belgium, Geneva/Switzerland). Click here for a recent Earth Talk at Schumacher College with Ha Vinh Tho >>

Dr. Julia Kim

Dr. Julia Kim is a physician and public health researcher with program, policy and advocacy experience in the areas of international health and sustainable development, MDGs, and the post-2015 agenda. While based in New York at the Bureau for Development Policy, UNDP, her interests focused on addressing HIV, socio-economic inequalities, and other cross-cutting development challenges, as well as leveraging private-public partnerships, leadership development and community capacity-building programs.

More recent work within UNICEF has focused on incorporating equity, wellbeing, and sustainable development within the post-2015 agenda. Her interest in GNH has included participation in the 2012 UN High-Level Meeting on “Happiness and Wellbeing: Defining a New Economic Paradigm” as well as research and policy analysis on “Health, happiness and well-being: implications for public policy” (Centre for Bhutan Studies and GNHResearch). She is currently a Senior Program Advisor at the GNH Centre, and a member of the International Expert Working Group for the New Development Paradigm, convened by the Government of Bhutan.

Other interests include integrating compassion and awareness-based practices within leadership development and organizational change initiatives, and she is a member of the Presencing Institute – a global community that sees the integration of awareness-based practices as a core capacity of 21st-century innovation and leadership. Julia graduated from Cornell University, is a Specialist in Internal Medicine and Community-Oriented Primary Care (Tufts University School of Medicine) and holds a MSc. in Public Health in Developing Countries (London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine)

Julie Richardson

Julie is a Senior Lecturer in new economics and Head of the Schumacher Worldwide Programme.  She teaches on the MA in Economics for Transition at Schumacher College. She has over 20 years international experience working across a range of sectors and organisations covering different aspects of sustainable development in Africa, Asia, Latin America and Europe. She has taught at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels at the University of London and in the African and Asian School at the University of Sussex.

More recently she has worked as a senior environmental policy advisor to the Prime Minister’s Strategy Unit and as Principal Sustainability Officer for Jonathon Porritt’s Forum for the Future. Here her work included advising the business sector on how to incorporate sustainability issues into their corporate strategy including measuring and reporting their wider social and environmental impacts. 

Julie has published widely, including her most recent co-authored book, The Triple Bottom Line: Does It All Add Up? The book highlights a fresh approach to organisational performance that takes account of environmental, social and economic impacts. Julie Richardson was also a Trustee of the Transition Network in its start up phase.

Satish Kumar teaches Right Livelihood and Holistic LivingSatish Kumar

Satish Kumar is a former monk and long-term peace and environment activist. He has been quietly setting the Global Agenda for change for over 50 years. He campaigned for land reform in India – working to turn Gandhi’s vision of a renewed India and a peaceful world into reality. In 1973 Satish settled in the United Kingdom taking up the post of editor of Resurgence magazine (link is external) and founding a number of ecological and educational ventures including Schumacher College. Click here to read his full biography (link is external)

Dr. C. Otto Scharmer (weblink)

Otto is a Senior Lecturer at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and founding chair of the Presencing Institute (link is external). Scharmer chairs the MIT IDEAS program and helps groups of diverse stakeholders from business, government, and civil society to innovate at the level of the whole system. He co-founded the Global Wellbeing and Gross National Happiness (GNH) Lab, (link is external) which links innovators from Bhutan, Brazil, Europe, and the United States in order to innovate beyond GDP. He has worked with governments in Africa, Asia, and Europe and has delivered award-winning leadership and innovation programs for companies, including Daimler, Eileen Fisher, PriceWaterhouse, Fujitsu, Google, and Natura. He also is a Vice Chair of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on New Leadership Models (link is external). See (link is external) and (link is external)

martin kalungu bandaMartin Kalungu-Banda (weblink)

Martin is a consultant in organisation and leadership development; a designer and facilitator of innovation and organisation change processes; a trainer, coach and author.

Martin serves as Core-Faculty Member of the Presencing Institute, the HSBC Next Generation Development Programme, and the HRH Duke of Edinburgh’s Commonwealth Study Conference Leaders Programme. He has been visiting faculty for the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership, the Copenhagen Business School and the Blekinge Institute of Technology. Martin, a Fellow of Future Considerations, trains and coaches business, government and civil society leaders in different parts of the world.

Since September 2010, Martin serves as an adviser to the Tony Blair Africa Governance Initiative – playing the role of Thinking Partner with Secretaries to Cabinet and Chiefs of Staff to a number of Heads of State in African. Between March 2005 and May 2008, Martin served as Special Consultant to the President of Zambia. He is the author of the bestseller Leading Like Madiba: Leadership Lessons from Nelson Mandela (2006) which has been translated into six languages including Dutch and Hindi; It’s How We End That Matters: Leadership Lessons from an African President (2009) and On the Wings of Others: How to Access Life’s Greatest Opportunities (2015).

Martin holds professional qualifications in Organisation Development and Coaching; and academic qualifications in Public Affairs, Philosophy, Development Studies and Anthropology.

Chung Rinpoche

Chung Rinpoche was born into a humble nomadic family in Bumdhen, Bhutan on 28th Oct 1982. He is the second trulku (reincarnated Lama) among five trulku brothers within his family. At the age of six, Rinpoche was recognized as the 3rd Thruel Zhig Do Ngak Lingpa, and was subsequently ordained as a monk at Shechen Monastery, Nepal, where he remained for the next five years. At the age of fourteen, he was formally enthroned by His Holiness Penor Rinpoche in Bodhgaya, India. Rinpoche went on to study at Namdrolling Institute in Mysore, India from 1996 to 2008, obtaining a Master’s degree in Buddhist Philosophy. He is currently the Abbot of Tharpaling, one of the most significant monasteries in Bhutan, which was founded by the revered Tibetan master, Longchen Rabjam (1308-1363). Poised above the Chhumey valley at an elevation of over 3600m, the monastery is home to a vibrant community of over 140

Apply for the Right Livelihood Programme

Reserve your place for only £150.00 deposit. The course fee includes all tuition, accommodation, meals and field trips in the three residential modules and the on-line study circle and mentoring.  It does not cover travel to Bhutan or the UK, travel insurance or incidental expenses.  This course is delivered at Schumacher College and the Elmhirst Programme at Dartington Hall, and at several locations in Bhutan, organised by the Gross National Happiness Centre. For more information please see our Right Livelihood Terms & Conditions.

Right Livelihood Program Bhutan 2015 by Naor Elimelechis licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.Bursaries are available for this programme

To support a wide cross section of participation on the Right Livelihood programme, we have a small bursary fund available. We try to ensure that our financial assistance helps those most in need and is shared amongst as many applicants as possible. It is limited to those who wouldn’t otherwise be able to attend.

For the Right Livelihood programme, most bursaries are in the region of 10-50% of the course fee and do not cover travel or incidental expenses.  Only in exceptional circumstances will larger bursaries be awarded. Bursary applications will be considered 2 months before the start of the programme.


For more information about this programme and our bursary programme, please contact (link sends e-mail)

photo credit: Naor Elimelech

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  1. What does a bursary mean to you?
  2. How will your attendance on this course benefit the wider community?
  3. If your financial situation justifies you applying for a bursary, how much are you able to contribute towards attending this course?

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