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Sun through the trees

Mon, 02/03/2020 to Fri, 06/03/2020

With Colin Campbell, Lynn Alderson, Fiona Tilley and Mary-Jayne Rust

This course will give people who are entering older age an opportunity to explore what eldering means in their own lives and with their peers. We will examine practical eldering and the ways in which people already work in those capacities as well as the deeper journey and the inner qualities that arise. This week will be a space for those seeking to both share their stories and discover the means by which they may be more actively engaged in their own communities and across the generations. If you are at this point of change in your own lives, aware of the difficulties but excited by the possibilities come and share with us.

Mon, 16/03/2020 to Fri, 20/03/2020

With Jenny Mackewn, Satish Kumar, Stephan Harding, Robert Poynton and Tom Rivett-Carnac

Our beautiful planet earth is under pressure, her diverse habitats are being destroyed, her wild animals are going extinct, What must we do? 
We need to develop and deepen our Wild Facilitation skills and use these creative methodologies to collaborate with individuals, groups, teams, communities, organizations and governments so that we can work together to serve and save the earth. We need to act fast.


Mon, 16/03/2020 to Fri, 03/04/2020

With Kate Raworth, Rob Hopkins, David Holyoake, Tom Crompton, Manda Scott and Jonathan Dawson

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.

Sorry but this course is now full. If you wish to sign up to our waiting list please follow the link HERE

Deep Cosmos: An inquiry into a panpsychic worldview

Sun, 29/03/2020 to Fri, 03/04/2020

With Peter Reason, Andreas Weber, Freya Mathews and Stephan Harding

A panpsychic view starts from the understanding that all things, including the Earth itself, are integral to the fabric of the living cosmos, all of the same sentient cloth. Mind is a fundamental aspect of matter just as matter is a fundamental aspect of mind: we are part of a world that has depth as well as structure, meaning as well as form. In Thomas Berry’s words, this is a community of subjects, not a collection of objects. But how do we humans learn again to be participants in this community, not just know it intellectually, but feel it on our pulses, as the poet Keats put it? If we call to the living presence of the world, will we receive a response? This workshop will explore these questions through a co-operative inquiry process.



Fri, 03/04/2020 to Sun, 05/04/2020

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: 21 February 2020*

Pilgrimage to Gaia

Mon, 06/04/2020 to Thu, 09/04/2020

With Stephan Harding, Satish Kumar and Fiona Tilley

There is an ever-growing rise in people choosing to take time out of their daily lives to walk pilgrimage routes in the UK and other well-known place around the world. This course will explore the different ways intentional walks are nourishing people’s lives; from the Deep Time Walk, to forest bathing, to sacred pilgrimages and labyrinths to protest walks and pilgrimages for change. During the week there will be an opportunity to experience different styles of pilgrimage as well as meet those who have crafted the art of being a pilgrim in their lives.

Booking Deadline: 24th February, 2020*

Finding Your Voice

Fri, 17/04/2020 to Sun, 19/04/2020

With Ruairi Edwards and Christine Cairns

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: 6th March 2020*

Group canoeing down river

Fri, 24/04/2020 to Mon, 09/11/2020

With Chris Salisbury, Israh Goodall, Toni Spencer, Robin Bowman, Max Hope, Pat Fleming and Tony Whitehead

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 will offer you tools and experiences that will translate effectively into everyday life.

Booking Deadline: 13 March 2020*

aerial view of blue canyon riverbed

Mon, 27/04/2020 to Sun, 03/05/2020

With Eve Mitleton-Kelly

Join Professor Eve Mitleton-Kelly from the London School of Economics (LSE) and Cambridge University, for this one week advanced course in addressing complex organisational, societal and global problems. The advanced course is primarily for those who have already attended the 2-week courses run by EMK at Schumacher College. The course will take the students through a unique process, based on complexity science, to identify the multiple dimensions in the problem space and their co-evolving dynamics.

Booking Deadline: 16th March 2020*

Tracking the sacred

Mon, 27/04/2020 to Fri, 01/05/2020

With Robin Bowman and Kara Moses

This is an opportunity to explore your personal connection with the sacred by using animal tracking and bird language as your gateway . This five-day short course draws on practices of meditation, vigil and ritual to cultivate a deep spiritual connection as well as animal track and sign interpretation as a way of understanding the complex intelligence of creation. These techniques enable you to access a powerful experience with lasting benefits as well as giving you practical tools to integrate into daily life.

Booking Deadline: 16th March 2020*

Forest Garden with Martin Crawford

Mon, 04/05/2020 to Fri, 08/05/2020

With Martin Crawford, Caroline Aitken, 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.


Climate Change Activism

Mon, 11/05/2020 to Fri, 15/05/2020

With Prof. Rupert Read, Skeena Rathor, Kanada Gorla and Deepak Rughani

The idea of this course is to investigate deeply the spiritual orientation [s] that best suits the country’s growing truth-telling NVDA movement [s] which are almost certainly our last chance at averting collapse/at softening our landing.

Booking Deadline: 30 March 2020*

Deep Ecology

Mon, 18/05/2020 to Fri, 22/05/2020

With Per Ingvar Haukeland and Stephan Harding

As the global crisis deepens, there is renewed interest in deep ecology as a philosophical and practical foundation for compassionate engagement with the world’s problems. This course brings deep ecology right up to date by reviving our deep ecological senses with new ways for connecting to our place and to the community of all beings and by developing our own personal ecological wisdom using the powerful Tree of Life model.

Booking Deadline: 6 April 2020*

woman setting birds free

Mon, 08/06/2020 to Fri, 19/06/2020

With Jenny Mackewn, Satish Kumar, Stephan Harding, Mac Macartney, Rob Hopkins and Dan Burgess

Led by Jenny Mackewn, with special contributors and teachers Satish Kumar, Stephan Harding, Mac Macartney, Rob Hopkins and Dan Burgess. This is a unique course introducing you to inspiring teachers and thinkers supporting you to develop your own personal leadership qualities and achieve your goals.

Join us for an eight-month journey that consists of:  A period of preparation,  a residential intensive and an 8 month community of practice through Virtual or Face-to-Face meeting.


Sacred Activis

Mon, 08/06/2020 to Fri, 19/06/2020

With Eve Annecke, Dr Andy Letcher, Satish Kumar and Bayo Akomolafe (Skype)

Faced with the immediacy of the world’s social, ecological and political challenges many of us ache to act. When we do though, we often unwittingly get stuck in entrenched patterns and frequently reach seemingly inevitable burnout. In this course, we ask instead whether there are different kinds of activism that nourish the soul in seeking a better world. We explore what roles nature and spirituality play in creating social and ecological justice.

Booking Deadline: 27 April 2020*

Transition Design

Mon, 22/06/2020 to Wed, 01/07/2020

With Terry Irwin, Gideon Kossoff and Cameron Tonkinwise

This course provides an introduction to Transition Design, a new approach to seeding positive, systems-level change and catalysing the transition of entire societies toward more sustainable long-term futures.

Booking Deadline: 11 May 2020*

Practical Zen for Ecological Change Agents

Mon, 13/07/2020 to Thu, 16/07/2020

With Zenki Christian Dillo and Nigel Topping

You are an ecological change agent and are already doing the most important work of the 21st century: promoting ecological awareness, protecting the ecosphere, or driving systemic ecological transformation in industry or politics. You find that common mental postures, such as urgency (“There’s not enough time”), doom (“It’s too late anyway”), or powerlessness (“I just can’t do enough”), frustration (“why did those guys get the funding and not us!”) can block your work and deplete your energy. In this course, we will use meditation and practical Zen principles for identifying and shifting mental postures to help each other restore sanity, joy, and personal sustainability in our work.  And we will explore some of the latest practices of collaborative movement building to help you become a more effective agent of systems change.

Booking Deadline: 1 June 2020*

Wisteria garden

Thu, 16/07/2020 to Sun, 19/07/2020

With Emma Clark, Satish Kumar and June Mitchell

Gardening has a profound impact on the heart and soul. There will be talks by 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. Your experience will also include walks around the beautiful Dartington grounds and Qigong bamboo exercises led by the well-known and experienced practitioner June Mitchell.

Booking Deadline: 4th June 2020*

Balancing the Brain

Mon, 20/07/2020 to Fri, 24/07/2020

With Dr Iain McGilchrist , Satish Kumar and June Mitchell

We have impoverished our understanding of the world by focussing so much on mechanism. The proper relationship of the two brain hemispheres is one that balances head and heart; one that gives weight to reason, intuition and imagination.

It is this connection that offers us remarkable insights into the unique harmony between ancient wisdom and cutting-edge neuroscience.

Booking Deadline: 8th June 2020*

Large Southern Oak

Fri, 24/07/2020 to Sun, 26/07/2020

With Kara Moses and Robin Bowman

A weekend of connecting deeply with trees in diverse ways, from identifying species and understanding basic tree biology, to intimate sensory experience and deep soulful connection.

Booking Deadline: 12th June 2020*

Power Of Ritual

Fri, 31/07/2020 to Fri, 07/08/2020

With Colin Campbell, Lucy Hinton, Andrew McAulay, Satish Kumar and Wewo Kotokay

Join Colin Campbell, Lucy Hinton and Andrew McAulay for a process of deep ritual and bring together two areas of practice; nature vigil, and breathwork techniques. This is a chance for relational interaction to contribute to the regeneration of people, and the 'other-than-human' kin who speak a language that is both strange and achingly familiar.

Booking Deadline: 4th May 2020*

Henri's Field at Schumacher College

Fri, 07/08/2020 to Sun, 09/08/2020

With Jane Gleeson, Colum Pawson and Julia Ponsonby

This course will set you up with the basics of how to garden in a way that looks after the people, the plants and the whole ecosystem. Learn how to sow seeds, make great compost, look after your soil all in a way that restores the connection between human life and soil life. Booking Deadline: 26 June 2020*

surfer coming up

Mon, 21/09/2020 to Fri, 25/09/2020

With Dr Chris Johnstone and Professor David Peters

At a time of uncertainty in our world, the learnable skills of personal resilience strengthen our capacity to deal with difficult situations and rise to the occasion. This course focuses on ways to cultivate resilience in ourselves (me), in other people (you), and within the teams, groups or communities we belong to (us).

Booking Deadline: 10 August 2020*

A calm stream at dusk

Thu, 22/10/2020 to Sun, 25/10/2020

With Robin Rose Saltonstall, PhD

Living ‘both/and’ is a leitmotif in the pilgrimage of ageing and is an essential undertaking in the journey to health and well-being in the second half of life. Come spend an immersive weekend at Schumacher exploring neuroscientific findings on the remarkable and growing capacities of your maturing brain, theories of complementarity from quantum physics and modes of self inquiry and discovery drawn from art, psychology, story, and wisdom traditions designed to help you choreograph your own healthy, potent, and wise second half of life dance.

Booking Deadline: 24 July 2020

Seed Saving

Fri, 13/11/2020 to Sun, 15/11/2020

With Ellen Rignell, Ashley Wheeler and Jane Gleeson

Seeds are the foundation of life. So why is it that we pay so little attention to them? Join us to discover the history and politics of seed production; discuss the steps to UK seed sovereignty and learn the fundamentals seed production.

Booking Deadline: 6 October 2020