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Unplugged Spring Weekend

Relax at Schumacher College
Key Info: 
  • Introduction to Gaia Theory with Stephan Harding
  • Peaceful walk across Dartmoor's beautiful landscape
  • Optional cooking sessions or relaxation periods
  • Gentle Gardening with aromatic herbs in Schumacher College's Tea Garden
  • Yoga Sessions and Gong Meditation

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

Fee: 
£ 295.00
Course fees include simple accommodation, all meals, field trips, materials and all teaching sessions.
The programme will run from Friday to Sunday afternoon, and includes two nights private accommodation with shared bathroom and all vegetarian meals from the first lunchtime you arrive through until the lunchtime before your departure. If you would like to take this course as a non-residential participant, please call us on Tel: +44 (0) 1803 847237.

How do we shake off the effects of our mechanized, systemised fast-past world? How do we strip away the burdens of daily life to re-discover our true selves? The Unplugged weekend offers the chance to relax in the peaceful surroundings of the historic Dartington estate and immerse yourself in the calm of the natural world.

Throughout the weekend you will have the opportunity to take part in a guided walk across the unique wilderness of Dartmoor and yoga sessions.

An idea of what you will be doing:

Friday evening
Enjoy an introduction to Gaia Theory with College Ecologist and Programme Head of MSc Holistic Science, Dr. Stephan Harding.

Saturday
After your breakfast of hot porridge, fresh fruits and cereals, journey through the magical landscapes of Dartmoor on a guided walking tour *subject to weather conditions
Sign up for an optional group cooking session in the late afternoon or take time out to explore Dartington, our library, our forest and gardens or simply unplug from the world.

Sunday
Gentle group gardening in our aromatic tea gardens before a yoga session with Sarah Gray.

*The Booking Deadline gives us an accurate idea of course participant numbers at approximately 6 weeks before the course is due to run, at which point we confirm the course, add additional time for people to book on or cancel the course. We encourage people to register early for courses as places are limited.

With Stephan Harding, Sarah Gray, Ella Sparks and Matti Spence
Dr Stephan Harding FLS

Stephan Harding

Stephan coordinates and lectures on MSc Holistic Science, teaching on the core models of the programme, as well as on several short courses at the College.  He was born in Venezuela in 1953, and came to England at the age of six.  Since childhood Stephan has had a deep fascination with the natural world which led 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.  He later returned to Venezuela where he was a field assistant for the Smithsonian Institute, studying mammalian diversity in the rainforest and in the lowland plains. He also spent two years as Visiting Professor in Wildlife Management at the National University in Costa Rica. 

In 1990 Stephan was one of the founding members of Schumacher College where he worked closely with James Lovelock, with whom he has maintained a long-lasting friendship and scientific collaboration.  They were jointly appointmed 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.

Sarah-Gray

Sarah Gray

Sarah Gray leads playful, heartful yoga enquiries for attuning deeply to self and the environment. The yoga practice invites freedom, fluidity and permissiveness in both the body and mind. Inspired by somatics, which is at the heart of her practice, Sarah is interested in shifting our values to work without ambition and to embrace our whole selves with curiosity and kindness. The session includes calm and gentle guided meditation, breath work and classic yoga poses promoting joyful, grounded and healthy movement.

Sarah is an interdisciplinary artist, producer and teacher distilling wisdom from her experience in various disciplines, combining approaches for exploring consciousness. Sarah is a Scaravelli-inspired Hatha Yoga Teacher, training as Somatic Movement Educator in Body-Mind Centering ®, holds a First Class degree in Theatre & Choreography from Dartington College of Arts, and is a teacher of somatics and experiential anatomy at the School of Experiential Learning or SOEL.

Ella Sparks

Ella became interested in horticulture and sustainable food systems whilst undertaking the Shift Bristol Practical Sustainability Course.  After a year spent woofing on different farms and working at a tree nursery in Ireland, Ella came to Schumacher in 2016 to study on the practical residency in sustainable horticulture, with a particular interest to in forest garden and agroforestry systems. After the program, she continued working in the Schumacher gardens as a horticultural intern for a further year. In autumn 2017 she has started a two year project at the college developing a fruit and nut tree nursery and developing the new forest garden area in the college’s main growing field.

Matti Spence

Matti Spence is a poet and performer based in Totnes - his work is focused on the act of listening; on becoming a vessel for recieving and sharing the mysterious beauty of everyday life. Matti is a Spiritual Ecology Fellow of St Ethelburga’s Centre for Reconciliation and Peace and has a strong grounding in Zen Buddhism, which inspires his simple approach to creativity. Key to his practice is the notion art-as-offering; of the artist/poet being in-service through the acts of composition and performance.

Faze Ali

Facilitator

Over the last 4 years, Faisal has developed a close connection with Schumacher College, having been a short course participant, a volunteer, a postgraduate student, a member of staff and facilitator, which has given him a unique perspective on college life and nurtured an intimate bond with the college. His academic studies have included Neuroscience, Digital Media, Consciousness Studies and Transpersonal Psychology, permaculture, Ecological Design Thinking. He has also spent the last year immersed in the Myth & Ecology MA programme, as a course facilitator.

Faisal regularly holds Gong Meditation sessions, focused on wellbeing through relaxation using sound. He creates and holds a space for people to drop into deep states of relaxation, often without quite profound effects. He is also trained in the energetic healing modality of Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) and makes and works with labyrinths – sacred spaces used for contemplation and relaxation. In addition, Faze has been co-designing and running Fermentation workshops as part of the Craft Revolution at Dartington for 2 years, teaching the art and culture of fermentation. He also works with a local Devon-based social enterprise called The Woodland Presents which is working to revitalise British Woodland Culture.

Of his many varied interests, Faisal is particularly interested in the two-way relationship between individual wellbeing and collective wellbeing; the space and tension between poles, and the creativity that can and does come out of that space; and what living with a holistic worldview actually means and might look like. He is looking forward to welcoming people to the magical place that is Schumacher college, and accompanying them on their immersive journey here.

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