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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. This course is full, sign up to the waiting list here.

Earth Talk

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.

Booking Deadline: 17th September 2018*


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.

Mon, 19/11/2018 to Fri, 23/11/2018

With Stella Kassimati and Hannah McDowall

The elders say that the shortest distance between two people is a story. This is why storytelling is such a powerful tool for building empathy and influence. Join storytellers and trainers Stella and Hannah to learn the essential skills of storytelling.

We will start by diving into Demeter and Persephone a myth ripe with shifting boundaries, what it means to be human and with cycles of loss and return. You will experience how this big old story, heavy with wisdom, serves as a map and mirror of the stories you are living today. You will be guided in how to craft and perform a story from your own life with the power to create empathy, understanding and influence within personal, professional and social contexts.

Booking Deadline: 15th October 2018*

Child holding balloon

Fri, 23/11/2018 to Sun, 25/11/2018

With Ruairi Edwards and Suzzie Vango

Discover who you are through song.  This is a chance to find your own authentic voice with the support of a community of like-minded people.  Maybe you are part of a choir and need the courage to step into the limelight?  Maybe you want to sing but lack the confidence?  Led by Ruairi Edwards – one of the UK’s most sought-after choral conductors and vocal coaches, this course offers the unique combination of individual attention to developing your technique combined with the sheer joy of experiencing communal voice.

Booking Deadline: 12th October 2018*

microphone in front of crowd

Mon, 03/12/2018 to Fri, 07/12/2018

With Laura Roth, Frances Northrop, Kali Akuno (by Skype), Debbie Bookchin (by Skype), Jenny Gellatly and Ruth Potts

New municipalist movements around the world have been experimenting with how to transform power in towns and cities. They are creating new forms of engaged politics and changing how we share resources to better meet need.

This new approach, often with women at the forefront, is putting the politics of everyday life back into the heart of communities. This short course will share learning from those spearheading this new global movement – theorists and practitioners – equipping you to work with others to build change where you are, from the grassroots up. This course is for you whether you are a local organiser looking for new ways of engaging with power, a recently elected or longstanding local authority Councillor or a progressive looking for new ideas and approaches.

Booking Deadline: 22nd October 2018*

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.

Booking Deadline: 3 December 2018*


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.

Booking Deadline: 3 December 2018*

Illustration of Birds and Human Trees

Mon, 21/01/2019 to Fri, 08/02/2019

With Kate Raworth, Rob Hopkins, Tom Crompton, Jonathan Dawson, Manda Scott, Chris Rapley and Robin Webster

This course provides an opportunity for a deep dive, in the company of internationally recognised scientists, writers and artists in various media, into the science underlying the process by which we make sense of the world and how we can use this knowledge to become more effective communicators in the service of liberation. In addition to a study of the science underlying effective communication, there will be ample opportunity for solo and/or collaborative creativity, coached by our team of writers and artists.

college in autumn

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.

Booking Deadline: 17 December 2018*

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.

Booking Deadline: 17th December 2018*

Dart River

Fri, 15/03/2019 to Mon, 28/10/2019

With Chris Salisbury, Israh Goodall, Sebastian Kelly, Toni Spencer, Pat Fleming, Tony Whitehead, Robin Bowman and Marcus Reynerson

Take an active part in this hands-on, experiential course  based on 6 skills-development weekends. Be introduced to deep ecology, earth education, fieldcraft, bushcraft, night walks, naturalist study, canoe-trips, ceremony, storytelling and more.

 You will develop a more grounded and effective approach to mentoring nature-connection, you will deepen your own connection with the natural world itself and you will be more connected to yourself and to your aspirations. In more personal terms the programme aims to align you with your goals, connect you deeply with nature, and offer you tools and experiences that will translate effectively into everyday life.

Booking Deadline: 18th January 2019*


Mon, 18/03/2019 to Fri, 05/04/2019

With Jonathan Dawson, Stephan Harding, Paula Andreewitch, Vanessa de Oliveira Andreotti , Jane Davidson (Video Link), Jason Hickel and Helena Norberg-Hodge

In this three-week intensive, we will be seeking solutions and pathways towards creating 'a global heterodoxy of beautiful solutions to living well on a diverse and finite planet'. We will explore what lies beyond the one-size-fits-all development paradigm of the last half century as we step together into the profoundly creative period of innovation, transition and co-operation that marks our time.

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.

Booking Deadline: 12th February 2019*

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.

Booking Deadline: 25th February 2019*

Relax at Schumacher College

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

With Stephan Harding, Sarah Gray , Ella Sparks, Matti Spence and Faze Ali

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, gong meditation and more.

Booking Deadline: 15th March 2019*

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.

Booking Deadline: 2nd April 2019*

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.

Booking Deadline: 9th April 2019*

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.

Booking Deadline: 22nd April 2019*

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.

Booking Deadline: 14th May 2019*


Fri, 28/06/2019 to Sun, 30/06/2019

With Emma Clark, Satish Kumar and June Mitchell

This weekend course will be an introduction to experiencing the Divine in Nature and how this may be captured in a garden. More importantly perhaps how the practice of gardening may have a profound impact on the heart and soul. There will be talks by world-renowned Satish Kumar on how we are all connected via the profound spiritual essence that is Nature and how through gardening we can connect intimately with nature; and by an expert on Islamic gardens, Emma Clark, on how gardening may be seen as a sacred art, and on the spiritual symbolism of the Paradise Garden. The weekend will also include walks around the beautiful Dartington grounds and Qi Gong practice led by the well-known and experienced practitioner June Mitchell.

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.

Booking Deadline: 10th June 2019*

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.

Booking Deadline: 13th May 2019*