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Schumacher Hands, Head, Heart September

Wednesday, 16 September, 2015





TEDtalks with Bernie Krause
Cosmo Sheldrake
Short Course Spotlight

Nature's Voice
Soundscape, Biophony, Music and Science

With Bernie Krause, Cosmo Sheldrake and Stephan Harding


16 - 20 November



Natural soundscapes are narratives of place, unique expressions that spring from and define every wild habitat. Each collective and organised articulation of animal sounds - the biophony - defines the status of that habitat.
Resident vocal species evolve to establish their own frequency and temporal bandwidth, just like instruments are organised in an orchestra. These collectives of animal vocalisations help define the acoustic territory for each species so that all can exist without interfering with others.
No form of communication is as comprehensive and compelling as these natural biophonies and nothing can tell us more about things like music, natural history, religion, communications and design as exciting new studies are beginning to show. They also give us great insight into our human connection with the natural world.
In this week-long course, soundscape ecologist Bernie Krause will be joined by multi-instrumentalist, composer and producer Cosmo Sheldrake and Schumacher College's Stephan Harding to look  at the historical and current understanding of soundscape ecology from both scientific and cultural perspectives. Bernie will also be sharing the secrets of how animals taught us to dance and sing - the subject of his new book, The Great Animal Orchestra: Finding the Origins of Music in the World's Wild Places. 
Expect a rich combination of theory, practice and performance as well as 1:1 time with Bernie -no previous experience with sound or music is necessary.
With Drew Dellinger and special guests Martin Shaw and Colin Campbell
Awaken your imagination and creativity, using the power of dream, story, art and action, and understand how these powers can be used build movements for cultural change.

21 - 25 September

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Working With The Patterns of Nature - Deep Ecology, Sacred Geometry 
With Tom Bree, Stephan Harding and Philip Franses - a partnership with the Prince's' School of Traditional Art.
Join us for this rich week of philosophy, nature contemplation and traditional art as we explore the boundary between deep ecology and sacred geometry.

12 - 16 October

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Bringing Health Down To Earth
With Bayo Akomolafe, Ijeoma (Ej) Clement-Akomolafe and special guests Charles Eisenstein and Frederique Apffel-Marglin (by videolink)
Inspired by indigenous practice around the world, we will look at a way of understanding health and well-being based on nature, ritual and community.
19 - 23 October
This is your chance to experience the rich daily life of Schumacher College, experience teachings from resident faculty and live alongside the learning community in the classroom, kitchen and gardens.
50% discount for postgraduate applicants.
This week will include a postgraduate open day.

19 - 23 October

With Pat McCabe (Standing Woman Shining) and special guests including Mac Macartney
*Multiple course discount available
A two-week exploration of the ways in which we know, interpret and act on information and insight  other than that which comes exclusively through our intellect.
26 October - 11 November

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With Chris Nichols, Giles Hutchins, Alexandra Stubbings, Jonathan Wise, Victoria Hurth and Eve Poole (via skype)
Join organisational leaders and business advisors at the heart of developing 'Business for Good' - ways of working that help business reinvent itself to serve a broader social and planetary agenda.

2 - 6 November

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With Ruth Ben-Tovim, Anne-Marie Culhane and Lucy Neal

Activating participation is a craft and  here we look at the artful and creative range of approaches you can use to encourage people to join your projects, organisations and communities.


9 - 13 November
With Mac Macartney, Loretta Afraid of Bear Cook and Karonhienhawe Linda Delormier
*Multiple course discount available

Join us for this very rare opportunity to explore the teachings and protocols that surround the sundance and other sacred rituals of the Lakota people and look at how parallels in these teachings exist in everyday modern life wherever we are in the world.
9 - 13 November

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With Atossa Soltani and Louis Fox
*Multiple course discount available   
Join media strategist, global advocate for indigenous people and founder of Amazon Watch, Atossa Soltani and celebrated film-maker, Louis Fox, for this deep exploration of story and narrative and how we use them to shape our world.

16 - 20 November

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Beyond Development - Living Well on a Diverse and Finite Planet

With Eduardo Gudynas, Andrea Cornwall, Jonathan Dawson and guests to be announced

Look at how the development paradigm, one that has led to the ultimate sacrifice of political, cultural and ecological integrity, has evolved, endured and is now being undermined to make way for a new heterodoxy of global solutions for living on a diverse and finite planet.

18 Jan - 5 Feb

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Mind In Nature - Three Week Intensive
With Rupert Sheldrake, Stephan Harding, Jonathan Horowitz, Zara Waldebäck, Shantena Sabbadini and Philip Franses
We look at the evidence for a 'mind' in nature - the possibility that we do live in an animate world beyond our current scientific understanding.
15 Feb - 4 March 2016
Call of the Wild 2016
With WildWise and special guest teachers
A year-long programme to train you in environmental education outdoors. This course is run in partnership with bushcraft experts WildWise and enjoys special guests from the Schumacher College short course programme.

Starts 1 April

*Multiple course discount for 'Becoming Indigenous' courses - please call Janey on 01803 847237 for more information and booking.
Postgraduate Open Day Event - 20 October 

Attend Schumacher College Postgraduate Open Day for a chance to meet our faculty, past participants and current students. Learn about all of our Postgraduate Programmes including our two programmes due to start in January 2016,  Ecological Design Thinking and Ecological Food Systems. Schumacher College Postgraduate Open Day is your opportunity to find out more about the College, learn about all of our experiential postgraduate programmes, tour our grounds and facilities and be introduced to our vibrant Schumacher College community.


Earth Talk with Rev. Matthew Fox
Ancient indigenous prophecies speak of the time of the black jaguar as a time of deep and necessary change of societies and individuals.  This  parallels the teachings of the mystics on the dark night of the soul and society.  How do we develop the warrior energy necessary to undergo these changes so that both the inner work and the outer work can come from a deep and authentic place?  We will explore these and other realities that the Earth Crisis presents us with at this time - a time both of crisis AND of opportunity.

Venue: Studio 1, Space, Dartington Hall Totnes TQ9 6EN
Date: Wednesday 16 September, 2015
Time: 8pm - 10:00 pm
Entrance: £5.00 / £4.00 concessions

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In this talk and poetry reading Drew Dellinger will link ecology, justice, and cosmology to show how changing our worldview is a critical step in changing our world.
Venue: Studio 1, Space, Dartington Hall Totnes TQ9 6EN
Date: Wednesday 23 September, 2015
Time: 8pm - 10:00 pm
Entrance: £5.00 / £4.00 concessions

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Earth Talk with Adebayo Akomolafe
We Will Not Be Reborn In Neat Places
Covering history, colonialism and politics, Bayo looks at how our fundamental understanding of our place in the universe has evolved and can now be re-imagined.
Venue: Studio 1, Space, Dartington Hall Totnes TQ9 6EN
Date: Wednesday 21 October, 2015
Time: 8pm - 10:00 pm
Entrance: £5.00 / £4.00 concessions

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The Dark Side Of The Garden  

by Jane Gleeson
Lead Gardener

It's easy to fall out of love with nature - it's a short lived condition mostly since it's thankfully easy to fall back in love again. Let me explain.

I have just come back from London from the International Permaculture Conference (IPCUK) - it was a great event; giving me much to reflect on. I was struck as I cycled round London's busy roads by the level of pollution irritating the back of my throat. I have spent over 20 years cycling London streets and it's never been so evident to me just what we are breathing in whilst in our cities. Needless to say getting back to Devon and Schumacher with its clean air and peacefulness I felt very in love with the place. As I cycled up to college alongside our new agroforestry field I was greeted by the vision of the apprentices sowing green manures and weeding - My heart expanded in delight and appreciation. Sowing green manures is all about looking after the soil - protecting it; building its organic matter and allowing it to self-fertilise; important aspects in soil care when one is growing annual vegetables. Doing good things for the soil lets one feel one is working with not against nature. Of course we are nature; Constitutive of nature, not separate from (and thankfully not its totality).

A few days earlier I had been tending one of our chickens who was unwell and at that point seemingly on the mend...

From the Elmhirst Programme Kitchen 

Aubergine Rolls with Goat Ricotta Roll-ups & Basil Sauce  

by Tara Vaughan-Hughes
Vegetarian Chef


You don't have to wait for good cooking weather to make this; the most important part is to get the vegetables while they are in season, which is right now. If the weather happens to co-operate, so much the better.
When I first started writing this recipe out, I thought it would be very simple because there are not very many ingredients in it.  But then I realised that at least three of the ingredients are ones I make myself, and that's what really adds to the flavour. Don't let this put you off. It's still really simple, but you just need to plan slightly ahead.
If that doesn't convince you, then I should also add that 5 out of 5 people in this house love it, despite 2 or 3 of them professing a hatred for aubergine.
Serves 4-5 people

  • 6 large aubergines (eggplant)
  • 300g (10 oz) goat milk ricotta (see how to make it here, or you can buy whatever ricotta you choose; please note the measurement is approximate)
  • 40g (1/4 cup) pine nuts
  • 40g (1/4 cup) currants
  • 120g (4 oz) rocket (arugula)
  • 1 egg
  • 400ml (14 oz) tomato sauce (see the end if you want to make this too)
  • basil oil (see end)

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This link will take you to Tara's recipe website. You can follow Tara's Facebook Page if you enjoy her recipes.

Better Baking Is On The Rise
by Julia Ponsonby
Originally written for Resurgence Magazine
With 11 million loaves of bread being produced every day in Britain by bakeries, why should we bother to bake our own? Although large bakeries still dominate, supplying 80% of our total daily bread, supermarkets' in-store bakeries are also now producing 17%, and artisan bakers are contributing 3% of the total.

That 3% doesn't sound much, but it represents some 330,000 crusty sourdough loaves being baked and sold every day - a figure that is indicative of a tremendous rise in craft bread baking.

How Are We To Respond

by Tim Crabtree, Senior Lecturer,

Economics For Transition
If we take the time to investigate, then it is clear that both human society, and the earth of which we are part, are on a distressing trajectory[1]. We can see growing inequality of income and wealth, social injustice including poverty and exploitation, and environmental degradation due to resource depletion and pollution[2].

Schumacher College asks how we should respond to this growing crisis - what, in other words is our "respons-ability"? E.F. Schumacher, after whom the college was named, questioned the orthodox answers provided by mainstream economists (and politicians in thrall to their ideas). Essentially the argument is that if we "free up" the wealth creators - individual entrepreneurs and corporations - then this will result in the optimal level of well-being for all.

However, it has become clear that the theoretical basis for this argument is deeply flawed, while the empirical evidence that it is not working has been steadily building up over the last 30 years...

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Greeks Bearing Gifts
by Jonathan Dawson
Coordinator & Senior Lecturer
Economics For Transition
The timing could not have been more perfect.  The date for my workshop on solidarity-based responses to austerity in the delightful Kalikalos retreat centre in Pellion, Greece, that was set fully nine months ago, coincided exactly with the peak of the stand-off between the Syriza government and the troika of creditor agencies.  The convergence of timing, venue and subject matter could hardly have been bettered.

With events unfolding with such speed and volatility in Athens, it was at times difficult to stay on the subject.  However, this too proved paradoxically to be part of the curriculum, for at the heart of our learning journey was an enquiry into whether recent developments within the social and solidarity economy may have the potential to transform the organisation of social, economic and political life - in Greece and beyond...
Book Review
by Transition Newtork, Rob Hopkins 
'Everything Gardens' by Luigi Russi

Russi is a sociologist based at the University of Exeter, who set out to research Transition Town Totnes, not through a literature review or a few interviews, but by moving to the town, rolling his sleeves up, and getting involved.  In spite of my initial reticence, I actually loved 'Everything Gardens', and had a few 'aha'' moments as I went through...

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Annie Adams
Communications Coordinator
Schumacher College