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My Microbes, Therefore I Am: Fermentation, Health, and Human Identity

Joanna Wright writes about her exploration of the diverse and time-tested food tradition of fermentation and the journey it took her from the emergence of cellular life on earth 3.5 billion years ago, to the complex nature of human identity and the inner workings of her own gut.
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WATCH: Head, Hand and Heart - Schumacher Residential - Belle Isle

In 2013 the LLM in Environmental Law and Sustainable Development from Queens University Belfast introduced a residential component that aims to enable students to undertake a journey into the key challenges and opportunities posed by sustainability and resilience
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Care and Conserve, not Consume! Louise Pardoe

Louise Pardoe, one of our current MSc Holistic Science students, writes about the recent weather, its connection with climate change and why humanity needs to rethink its relationship with stuff and the planet. -“What would it be like if we simply committed to fulfilling our basic needs of food, water and shelter, instead of consuming more and more ‘stuff’ that require vast resources the Earth simply cannot sustain?
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Pilgrimage with William Thomas

*William Thomas, the College House Manager, writes about a 5 day commemorative walk to the College from the headquarters of Resurgence magazine in Hartland, North Devon.
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Writings from The Shepherds Hut: Part 1 - Entering the Bone-House: The Nomad in the Local - Martin Shaw

*Martin Shaw recently took up a new residency at Schumacher College during 2013-2014. Working from within our newly constructed Shepherds Hut – Martin writes on the nature of nomadism in the 21st Century and it;s meaning for the localism.
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Om Shanti - Lou Rainbow

Lou Rainbow writes about our recent Om Shanti fundraising event which included a Kathak dancer, readings by Martin Shaw and a whole lot of fun..!
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Of mulch and massages - Jonathan Dawson

Jonathan Dawson, co-head of Economics, writes about some of the sleeves rolled up initiatives that are emerging out of the vital work around the new economy.
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How much food do we grow at the College? - Bethan Stagg

This year we have grown over 4,900 kg of vegetables and fruit at the College – Bethan Stagg, Lecturer in Ecological Horticulture, writes about food growing at the College…
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Walk in the Countryside by Jane Pickard

Dr Jane Pickard, Head of Ecological Horticulture, writes about the state of agriculture and the 21st Century Countryside
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A Green New Deal could deliver ‘Zero Carbon Britain’ if the political will existed.

Ruth Potts, who studied on our MA Economics for Transition, is a member of the Green New Deal Group. In this blog she writes about their recently published ‘National Plan for the UK’ which would shift the nation from the politics of austerity and rapidly-growing inequality to the age of the ‘Green New Deal’
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A Sacred Dialogue – when language isn’t enough Louise Pardoe

Louise Pardoe is currently studying the MSc Holistic Science. In this blog she writes about her experiences applying Goethean Science by entering into an enquiry with the plant Groundsel
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Schumacher College a new phase - Jon Rae

Jon Rae – Head of Schumacher College talks about his time since he assumed leadership of the College; describing the changes the College has undergone and his hopes for it’s future as it enters a new phase of replenishment.
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Inspired by Schumacher: Tango at the Europie Forum

One of our volunteers Luiz Gabriel took a little bit of Schumacher College with him to the Europie Forum and Festival last week in Toulouse where he lead a workshop entitled ‘Tango: steps into complexity and leadership’.
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What can nonviolence say to violence?

Author and activist, Alastair McIntosh writes on his experience as a pacifist and the experience he has had on the path of non-violence: “OVER EACH OF the past five years I’ve had the unusual experience, for a Quaker pacifist, of being asked to address 400 senior military officers at the Joint Services Command & Staff College“
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What if… the news was good?

Seán Dagan Wood, Editor of Positive News asks What if… the news was good? and asks us to imagine how our perspectives, decisions and feelings might change if the media took more responsibility for its role in shaping social consciousness.