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

Tender is the Night - Exploring Darkness

12/12/2016 to 16/12/2016

With Chris Salisbury and Jay Griffiths | Come and explore the dark with us. During this week we will be stargazing, walking at night, searching for gifts and writing poems to the dark. Collectively we will search for understanding and connection with this underappreciated realm of our existence. Read More...

Entangled With The World – Radical Activism, Education and Emergence

13/03/2017 to 17/03/2017

With Bayo Akomolafe, Manish Jain and Charles Eisenstein | 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...

Arts of Memory, Arts of Forgetting

24/04/2017 to 28/04/2017

With Lewis Hyde | This is a very rare opportunity in the UK to study and create with Lewis Hyde, US poet and cultural critic, best known for his books The Gift and Trickster Makes This World Possible. Join us for a fascinating week as we investigate the theory and the direct experience, the personal and the cultural benefits, the creativity and the dangers that surround the processes of remembering and forgetting. Read More...