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Unplugged Summer Weekend

Course dates: 
Friday, 3 August, 2018 to Sunday, 5 August, 2018

Shake off the outside world, retreat into the simplicity of nature and make time and space to re-energize and reconnect with your inner voice on this unique summer weekend at Schumacher College.

At a Glance

  • Discover an introduction to Gaia Theory with Stephan Harding
  • Enjoy a peaceful walk across Dartmoor's beautiful landscape
  • Experience gong meditation and yoga sessions
  • Optional cooking sessions or relaxation periods
  • Gentle Gardening with aromatic herbs in Schumacher College's Tea Garden

About This Course

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 listen to the vibration of your body as you experience the unique sensation of gong meditation and yoga sessions.

*Dartmoor Walks are subject to weather conditions


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.

Faze Ali

Purveyor of good vibrations through the medium of Gong, Faze has been inducing deep states of relaxation and bringing people into hypnagogic states since the turn of the decade.

The Gong has been a faithful companion to Faze's ongoing exploration of all areas of wellbeing, providing a highly accessible means to bringing about relaxed states and providing a space for people to escape and connect with something else, with non-ordinary states of consciousness. The Gong provides a tension releasing, body tingling, heart vibrating, cell regenerating, peace inducing, sonic tonic to bring about states of blissful calm. It transcends boundaries.

Alongside playing the Gong and using sound as a tool for relaxation and healing, Faze has studied Neuroscience, Digital Media, Consciousness Studies & Transpersonal Psychology, permaculture, Ecological Design Thinking, is an EFT practitioner, and takes a hyper-holistic view of life, finding threads to connect seemingly disparate snf disconnected ideas, with a particular interest in the two-way relationship between individual health and wellbeing and collective health and wellbeing.

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.

£ 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.