The Elmhirst Programme - Soul, Spirit and Story

The Elmhirst Programme - Soul, Spirit and Story

The Elmhirst Programme at Dartington HallDrawing on spiritual traditions and indigenous wisdom from around the world and contemporary understanding of the nature of mind and consciousness, this exciting programme of short courses and events brings people together to explore the interface between our inner landscape and the outer world.

The social, ecological and economic challenges that face us are a clear demonstration that information and expertise alone will not create the shift we need towards more resilient, creative, equitable and sustainable communities. Instead we need to dig deep to the core of humanity to explore the myths and stories, beliefs and values that define our purpose and action in the world.

Soul, Spirit and Story takes on this challenge.

Says Rachel Fleming, who is convening the programme on behalf of the College:
Many people are now calling for a global shift in consciousness – a new story for mankind – if we are to hope for a future that is just and sustainable for all. For 25 years we have been feeling this urgency and through the education we offer, we have supported thousands to make the changes in their own lives.
We hope that our ‘Soul, Spirit and Story’ programme’ will make a new contribution in answer to this call. We will provide a space to explore some of the big questions of our time – why are we here, how can we live according to our values and beliefs and how do we make a meaningful contribution. And we will bring together people from all over the world, from different backgrounds and beliefs, to talk, teach, inspire, remember and co-create the stories of the future

Contributors to this programme have included Iain McGilchrist, Anita Moorjani, Bruce Lipton, Scilla Elworthy, Anne Baring, Jules Cashford, Satish Kumar, Matthew Fox, Adam Bucko and Colin Campbell. Courses will follow the ‘head, heart and hands’ model of education that Schumacher College has been pioneering for 25 years.

The programme is based in Dartington Hall’s Elmhirst Centre, the home of Leonard and Dorothy Elmhirst pioneers of the ‘Dartington experiment’. It is the latest initiative to fall within Dartington’s new strategy for Resilient and Healthy Communities and will continue the rich legacy of radical education, transformation and regeneration that was envisioned here in the 1920s.


The Elmhirst Program - One week short courses

Indigeny Today - Three Week Intensive

06/03/2017 to 24/03/2017

With Colin Campbell, Jon Young, Greg Cajete, Carolyn Hillyer and David Peat (by skype)| In this three week intensive we will look closely at the cosmologies and practices of a number of indigenous traditions, focussing specifically on understandings and interactions in the relationship between humans and the natural world. We will explore how elements of indigenous ways of knowing, western scientific thought, experiential practice and ritual can inform our personal and collective thinking, feeling, stories and actions around place-making, nature connection, community and culture repair and sustainable living. Read More...

Exploring Ritual

06/03/2017 to 10/03/2017

With Colin Campbell and Carolyn Hillyer | Join us for this week in which we explore RITUAL – the theory, the practice and the experience. Expect time in the classroom, solo time, preparation of ritual objects and ceremonial food and deep vigil and ceremony in a roundhouse on the wild moor. Read More...

Radical Activism, Education and Emergence - Entangled With The World

13/03/2017 to 17/03/2017

With Bayo Akomolafe, Manish Jain, Toni Spencer and special guest Charles Eisenstein by Skype  | Join activists and educators Bayo Akomolafe, Manish Jain and Charles Eisenstein as they consider how a new narrative of ‘partnering the world’, rather than being human-centric to it, can lead us to a radical reinvention of activism, education, and political systems. Read More...

Nature Connection: Practice, Place and Purpose

13/03/2017 to 17/03/2017

With Jon Young, Phil Greenwood and special guest Colin Campbell | In this week we will bring together the indigenous traditions of South Africa and the British Isles to look at the connection between humans and the more-than-human world. What might we do improve this 'nature connection', what benefits would it bring to our lives and the world around us and what might it mean for humans globally? Read More...

Native Science and Western Thought - Two Worlds Within One

20/03/2017 to 24/03/2017

With Greg Cajete and special guestsJoin us for a week with Greg Cajete and guests as we explore the paralells and differences between western thought and native science - can the two be used together for a more expanded way of looking at the world? Read More...

Myth And Ecology: The Ecstasy Of Alchemists

03/04/2017 to 13/04/2017

With Martin Shaw and Carla Stang | Join mythologists and anthropologists Martin Shaw and Carla Stang as they weave together cosmology, folklore and myth, from the Amazon to Eastern Europe and beyond, to look at the role of the alchemist across time to the present day and explore the place where mythology and ecology collide. Read More...

Sacred Activism 2017

24/04/2017 to 12/05/2017

With Pat McCabe, Tiokasin Ghosthorse, Kara Moses, Adam Bucko (by Skype), Emmanuel Vaughan Lee (by Skype), Justine Huxley, Claire Martin, Sophy Banks, Tommy Crawford and Amrita Bhohi |  This three week intensive will bring together activists from different traditions and perspectives to address some of the pressing questions we ask ourselves as we decide how to taken action for change. We have bursary funds available for this programme specifically for activists. Read More...

Nourishing The Soul - A Weekend with Satish Kumar

21/07/2017 to 23/07/2017

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. Read More...

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