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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.


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

college in autumn

Mon, 04/02/2019 to Fri, 08/02/2019

With Dr Fiona Tilley, Faze Ali 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.
This course is now fully booked, please sign up to the waiting list here.

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


Dragon Fly Wing

Mon, 18/02/2019 to Fri, 08/03/2019

With Colin Campbell, Stephan Harding, Dr Andy Letcher, Merlin Sheldrake, Rupert Sheldrake and Phoebe Tickell

For over 400 years conventional views of science and nature have prevailed.  But, as we look at the many ecological challenges we now face, isn’t it time we properly considered the alternatives?

During this three-week course students will join the teachers from the learning community of Schumacher College and meet inspiring speakers and thinkers including Colin Campbell, Rupert Sheldrake and Merlin Sheldrake.  Through guided experiences indoors and outdoors, we’ll explore how synchronistic patterns and events connect us with the deep psyche of the world, with ‘mind in nature’. Be prepared for an immersive exploration of holism in science which turns conventional thinking on its head.

Booking Deadline: 7 January 2019*


Connected Classrooms CPD

Fri, 22/02/2019 to Sun, 24/02/2019

With Rachel Musson

Young people are growing up in an increasingly complex adult world as they balance the demands of school, exams,friendships and now technology.  Some report anxiety or depression, others simply feel overwhelmed and unable to cope. Sometimes their teachers share these feelings.

This course is a chance for you to reconnect to your own values and inspirations as a teacher, to understand where and why disconnections are happening in your school and to transform your classroom with critical thinking, empathy and connection.

Led by Rachel Musson – former English teacher and now Director of ThoughtBox Education - this course offers you the energy and insight to become the teacher you wish you’d had at school, and to help your students learn how to feel more resilient and connected.

Booking Deadline -  14 January 2019*


Mon, 11/03/2019 to Fri, 15/03/2019

With Lynn Alderson, Dr Fiona Tilley, Pat McCabe (Woman Stands Shining) and Martin Shaw

This course is an opportunity for people to explore what it means to be an elder in modern society. In centuries past, older people were revered in their community for their wisdom and knowledge, so why has that changed in some cultures? Why do some older people feel they no longer have a voice in today’s society? During this exploration we will hear from four different voices about how they are all seeding eldership in their different communities and helping to re-establish mutually respectful continuity between the generations.

Booking Deadline: 14th January 2019*

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*

Holistic Business

Mon, 18/03/2019 to Fri, 22/03/2019

With Jenny Mackewn, Seb Pole, Satish Kumar, Karen Creavin, Nigel Topping, Hege Saebjornsen and Kate Raworth

We show you how it is possible to earn a living without compromising your ideals - how to discover a right livelihood.  Find out how it is possible to transform any business into an ethically-inspired, purpose-led enterprise. Meet outstanding leaders in large and small businesses, private and public sector and hear positive stories about creating businesses which serve people and planet. 


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 , Helena Norberg-Hodge (Video Link) and Morag Gamble

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*


Mon, 22/04/2019 to Fri, 26/04/2019

With Matthew T. Segall and Dr Andy Letcher

The history of the West is one of a long process of disenchantment. The world is no longer seen as alive but as a dead machine. Humanity has become cut adrift in a now meaningless universe.  What role did philosophy play in creating this state of affairs? Can philosophy offer us redemption or a way forward? How can we participate again in a meaningful universe?

Booking Deadline: 25 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*

Finding Your Voice

Fri, 10/05/2019 to Sun, 12/05/2019

With Ruairi Edwards

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 - 26th 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.

Booking Deadline: 13 May 2019*

Star filled sky

Mon, 15/07/2019 to Fri, 26/07/2019

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

Join Colin Campbell, Lucy Hinton, Andrew McAulay and Wewo Kotakoy for a two-week 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: 6 May 2019*

Satish Kumar

Fri, 26/07/2019 to Sun, 28/07/2019

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: 25th June 2019*

Schumacher College

Mon, 07/10/2019 to Fri, 11/10/2019

With Dr Fiona Tilley

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: 26 August 2019*

Tree and roots

Mon, 28/10/2019 to Fri, 08/11/2019

With 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 problems. Complex problems only appear intractable, because they are usually addressed by inappropriate approaches. They are complex, yet are addressed as simple linear problems. The EMK Complexity Methodology, based on the practical application of Complexity Science with organisations over a 23-year period, has a set of tools and methods, which do effectively address complex problems.

Love Is All

Fri, 14/02/2020 to Sun, 16/02/2020

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.