Short Courses at Schumacher College

Coronavirus (COVID-19) updates: We are open for Short Course bookings

Dartington always endeavours to provide a safe and supportive environment for all of our visitors. We are therefore not taking bookings for courses between 5 November – 2 December. If you have already made a booking for this period you will be contacted and given further details. We are taking bookings as normal for courses beyond the lockdown period and will continue to monitor the situation closely. We will refund or transfer your booking if we need to cancel any courses for covid-related reasons.

When you do arrive, there will be some changes to our usual practices but a warm welcome awaits you! We’ve put together some information about what we’re doing to keep you safe – you can read it here (pdf)(link is external). For peace of mind, we’re also making our risk assessments available – you can read them here.

Schumacher College delivers a unique brand of small-group experiences which embrace learning through head, hand, and heart. This takes place in the classroom, the gardens, the kitchen – it is part of everything we do. Short course participants join our learning community on courses ranging from a weekend to three weeks. Join us to discover things about yourself, make deep friendships with students from around the world and start a lifelong connection with the College. We hope that your involvement with Schumacher College will help to sustain you and we look forward to welcoming you in the near future.


Ecology of Movement (Online Course)

Mon, 23/11/2020 to Sun, 03/01/2021With Lizzy Hawker

A short course over 6 weeks using movement to connect us to ourselves, the natural world around us and each other. In a time where many of us are again, or still, facing restrictions on movement and daily life developing a personal practice of movement can ground us and remind us of the freedoms that we always have.

Booking deadline: 20 Novemberread more

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Science and the Soul of the World

Sat, 23/01/2021 to Sat, 27/02/2021With Matthew T. Segall

Participatory Knowing in Goethe and Whitehead: This short course explores how participatory ways of knowing can transform the natural sciences. It focuses on two towering exemplars of this approach, the German poet and naturalist Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749-1832) and the British mathematician and philosopher Alfred North Whitehead (1861-1947).

Booking deadline: Sunday 10 January 2021read more

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Schumacher Experience 2021

Mon, 01/02/2021 to Fri, 05/02/2021With Satish Kumar, Colum Pawson and Stephan Harding

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: 10 January 2021read more

Love Is All

Power Of Love 2021

Fri, 12/02/2021 to Sun, 14/02/2021With 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.

Booking deadline: 10 January 2021read more

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Changing the Frame (spring 2021)

Mon, 01/03/2021 to Thu, 01/04/2021With Kate Raworth, Rob Hopkins, Tom Crompton, Manda Scott, Jonathan Dawson and Jay Tompt

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.

Booking Deadline: 18 January 2021read more

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Soulful Connection with Trees (March 2021)

Fri, 19/03/2021 to Sun, 21/03/2021With Kara Moses and Robin Bowman

A weekend of connecting deeply with trees in diverse ways, from identifying species and understanding basic tree biology, to intimate sensory experience and deep soulful connection.

Booking deadline: 5 February 2021read more

Creative Facilitation in a Time of Environmental Emergency 2021

Mon, 22/03/2021 to Fri, 26/03/2021With Jenny Mackewn and Robert Poynton

Our beautiful planet earth is under pressure, her diverse habitats are being destroyed, her wild animals are going extinct, What must we do?
We need to develop and deepen our Wild Facilitation skills and use these creative methodologies to collaborate with individuals, groups, teams, communities, organizations and governments so that we can work together to serve and save the earth. We need to act fast.

Booking Deadline: 8 February 2021read more

Pilgrimage to Gaia 2021

Mon, 29/03/2021 to Thu, 01/04/2021With Stephan Harding, Satish Kumar and Dr Fiona Tilley

There is an ever-growing rise in people choosing to take time out of their daily lives to walk pilgrimage routes in the UK and other well-known place around the world. This course will explore the different ways intentional walks are nourishing people’s lives; from the Deep Time Walk, to forest bathing, to sacred pilgrimages and labyrinths to protest walks and pilgrimages for change. During the week there will be an opportunity to experience different styles of pilgrimage as well as meet those who have crafted the art of being a pilgrim in their lives.

Booking deadline: 19 Feb 2021read more


Nourishing The Soul 2021 with Satish Kumar

Fri, 09/04/2021 to Sun, 11/04/2021With 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: 26 February 2021*read more

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Finding Your Voice Weekend 2021

Fri, 16/04/2021 to Sun, 18/04/2021With Ruairi Edwards and Christine Cairns

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: 5 March 2021read more

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How We Remember the Wildest Songs of Ancient Land

Mon, 19/04/2021 to Fri, 23/04/2021With Carolyn Hillyer and Nigel Shaw and Dr Fiona Tilley

Will you reach for this primordial memory that long time ago belonged to you?
Will you hold this powerful intuition, for once you knew it to be true?
Will you trust to this unfettered spirit, for it is free and surely yours?
Will you take this ferocious courage left for you by those who came before?

Booking deadline: 1 March 2021read more

Deep Ecology

Deep Ecology Reviving 2021

Mon, 26/04/2021 to Fri, 30/04/2021With Per Ingvar Haukeland and Stephan Harding

As the global crisis deepens, there is renewed interest in deep ecology as a philosophical and practical foundation for compassionate engagement with the world’s problems. This course brings deep ecology right up to date by reviving our deep ecological senses with new ways for connecting to our place and to the community of all beings and by developing our own personal ecological wisdom using the powerful Tree of Life model.

Booking Deadline: 15 March 2021*read more

Forest Garden with Martin Crawford

Forest Gardens and Edible Ecosystems 2021

Mon, 26/04/2021 to Fri, 30/04/2021With Martin Crawford, Caroline Aitken 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 more

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Balancing the Brain 2021: Neuroscience meets Ancient Wisdom

Mon, 10/05/2021 to Fri, 14/05/2021With Dr Iain McGilchrist , Satish Kumar and June Mitchell

We have impoverished our understanding of the world by focussing so much on mechanism. The proper relationship of the two brain hemispheres is one that balances head and heart; one that gives weight to reason, intuition and imagination.

It is this connection that offers us remarkable insights into the unique harmony between ancient wisdom and cutting-edge neuroscience.

Booking Deadline: 29 March 2021read more

Contemplative Action: coming from the heart in this ecospiritual moment

Sat, 15/05/2021 to Wed, 19/05/2021With Prof Rupert Read, Deepak Rughani, Skeena Rathor and Kanada Elizabeth Gorla

The idea of this course is to investigate deeply the spiritual orientation(s) that best suits the country’s growing truth-telling, Non-Violent Direct Action (NVDA) movements – movements that are almost certainly our last chance at averting or softening societal collapse.

Booking Deadline: 3 April 2021*read more

Non-Violent Communication 2021

Tue, 01/06/2021 to Fri, 04/06/2021With Satish Kumar and Thomas d’Ansembourg

A practical workshop to learn the basics of the NonViolent Communication process according to Dr. Marshall Rosenberg.

Participants will be invited to actively participate.

Course deadline: 21 April 2021*read more

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Co-creating the Emerging Future 2021: The Schumacher Certificate in Leadership and Facilitation

Mon, 07/06/2021 to Fri, 18/06/2021With Jenny Mackewn

Led by Jenny Mackewn, with special contributors. This is a unique course introducing you to inspiring teachers and thinkers supporting you to develop your own personal leadership qualities and achieve your goals.

Join us for an eight-month journey that consists of:  A period of preparation,  a residential intensive and an 8 month community of practice through Virtual or Face-to-Face meeting.

Booking deadline: 26 April 2021read more

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Gardening as a Spiritual Practice 2021

Thu, 08/07/2021 to Sun, 11/07/2021With Emma Clark, Satish Kumar and June Mitchell

Gardening has a profound impact on the heart and soul. There will be talks by 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. Your experience will also include walks around the beautiful Dartington grounds and Qigong bamboo exercises led by the well-known and experienced practitioner June Mitchell.

Booking Deadline: 27 May 2021
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The Power of Ritual And The Poetry of Surrender – 2021

Fri, 30/07/2021 to Fri, 06/08/2021With Colin Campbell, Lucy Hinton, Andrew McAulay, Satish Kumar and Wewo Kotokay

Join Colin Campbell, Lucy Hinton and Andrew McAulay for a 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: 30 April 2021*read more

Organic Gardening for soil health 2021: A beginner’s guide to growing soils for healthy produce and people

Fri, 06/08/2021 to Sun, 08/08/2021With Jane Gleeson, Colum Pawson and Julia Ponsonby

This course will set you up with the basics of how to garden in a way that looks after the people, the plants and the whole ecosystem. Learn how to sow seeds, make great compost, look after your soil all in a way that restores the connection between human life and soil life.

Booking Deadline: 25 June 2021*read more

Personal Resilience for Me, You and Us – 2021

Mon, 06/09/2021 to Fri, 10/09/2021With Dr Chris Johnstone and Professor David Peters

At a time of uncertainty in our world, the learnable skills of personal resilience strengthen our capacity to deal with difficult situations and rise to the occasion. Drawing upon psychological, relational and eco-spiritual perspectives, the course focuses on ways to cultivate resilience in ourselves (me), in other people (you), and within the teams, groups or communities we belong to (us). 

Booking Deadline: 26 July 2021*read more

Gaia’s Kitchen 2021

Mon, 11/10/2021 to Wed, 13/10/2021With Julia Ponsonby, Colum Pawson and Caroline Walker

For our Gaia’s Kitchen short course, we will cook together a menu of lunches and suppers using garden produce and including some favourite menus inspired by our college cookbooks. We will also prepare chutney, sauerkraut, minced fruit for minced pies and a fruit cake which can be eaten at Christmas.

Booking deadline: 30 August 2021read more


Transition Design: Seeding and Catalysing Systems-Level Change 2022

Mon, 20/06/2022 to Wed, 29/06/2022With Terry Irwin, Gideon Kossoff and Cameron Tonkinwise

This course provides an introduction to Transition Design, a new approach to seeding positive, systems-level change and catalysing the transition of entire societies toward more sustainable long-term futures.

Booking deadline: 9 May 2022read more