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Short Courses at Schumacher College

People all over the world have been informed and inspired by our 20 years of transformative short courses for sustainable living.

Bringing together leading international thinkers, activists and practitioners, we continue to deliver our unique brand of small-group transformative learning experiences.

With a focus on interactive and participatory learning, we offer the practical skills and strategic thinking required to face the ecological, economic and social challenges of the 21st Century.

Join us for a diversity of short courses this year, ranging from weekends to six month programmes to suit your availability.

Schumacher is a very special place – as we try and figure out what on earth we’re going to do with this unraveling planet, it’s become a thinktank for hope, a battery for positive vision!“ Bill McKibben

Our short course teachers include: Fritjof Capra, David Orr, Satish Kumar, Jonathan Porrit, Vandana Shiva, Stephan Harding, Bruce Lipton, Bill McKibben, Rob Hopkins, Martin Crawford, Gustavo Esteva, Lynne Franks and Meg Wheatley.

Bursaries are available for these courses, please click here >>

Short course programme

The Art of Invitation - Creative Engagement for Ourselves and Our Communities

Starts: Monday August 4, 2014

4 – 8 August 2014 | With Ruth Ben-Tovim and Anne-Marie Culhane | With special guests Lucy Neal, Alan Boldon, Sarah Woods and Farzana Khan | Would you like to explore more creative ways of engaging communities to help them respond to the social and ecological challenges of our time and become active in the world? Join us for a week of creative exploration that will give you new creative tools for change. Read more…

Ecological Design Thinking – Re-Visioning a Land-Based Future

Starts: Monday August 4, 2014

4 – 15 August 2014 | David Orr, Raul de Villafranca and Seaton Baxter – plus Schumacher College faculty | This course is a rare and exciting opportunity to experience and practice ideas and techniques at the cutting edge of Ecological Design. On this two week course you will work alongside leading designers on a live design challenge, taking home lessons to be applied to exciting projects, new initiatives or your everyday life. Read more…

Schumacher College - Summer Retreat

Starts: Monday August 11, 2014

August 11 – 15 2014 | Come to Schumacher College for a week of good food, lively company, walks in the woods, swimming in the river and sea, browsing our superb library, cooking alongside vegetarian chefs and gardening with our horticulture apprentices. Read more…

Circles of Trust - True Self in True Community

Starts: Monday September 8, 2014

8 – 12 September 2014 | Rick Jackson and Barbara Reid | This programme is an experiential exploration of the Circle of Trust® approach to help you focus on your values and vision, challenges and fears; clarify your underlying sense of purpose and integrity and learn principles and practices from the Circle of Trust approach that can be applied to your daily life and work. Read more…

Schumacher Experience - Autumn 2014

Starts: Sunday September 14, 2014

14 – 19 September 2014 | This week-long programme allows you to take time from your normal routine and immerse yourself in the rich daily life of community at Schumacher College. It includes a walking field trip, lectures on holism and sustainability and facilitated group work. Read more…

Holism and Leadership: Transforming Organisations in an Age of Uncertainty

Starts: Monday September 29, 2014

29 September – 3 October 2014 (with 6 months online group support and mentorship) | Eve Mitleton-Kelly, Stephan Harding, Mark Drewell and Claudius van Wyk | Changing from a reductionist to an holistic worldview will enable the empowering of our organizations to shift from surviving to thriving in a way that is sustainable and life enhancing. Read more…

Wildwise Outdoor and Environmental Education Training Courses

Starts: Thursday October 2, 2014

We are delighted to work with Wildwise to offer an exciting programme of courses to develop skills and resources and to inspire professionals working in the field of outdoor and environmental education. Read more…

The Living Touch of Wild Earth - Reinhabiting the World Around Us

Starts: Monday October 6, 2014

6 – 10 October 2014 | Stephen Buhner | Through a unique blend of deep humor, storytelling and experiential exercises, Stephen will explore the self-organisation in biological systems, neural networks in Ecosystems, plant and bacterial intelligence, the ecosystem function of hallucinogens and medicinal plants, the dynamics of aisthesis, golden threads, duende, heart perception and cognition, imaginal thinking, the experience of interspecies communication, the dynamics of sensory gating channels, and a great deal more. Read more…

The Rewilded Child - Reconnection with Nature

Starts: Monday October 20, 2014

20 – 24 October 2014 | Jay Griffiths, David Bond, and Chris Salisbury | Join award winning author Jay Griffiths, film maker David Bond and wild storyteller Chris Salisbury for a 5 day course designed to examine the relationship between childhood and nature, it’s importance in modern society and how we can start to reconnect children with the wild. Read more…

Ecopsychology - Transforming Psychology for an Ecological World

Starts: Monday November 10, 2014

10-14 November 2014 | Andy Fisher | Ecopsychology is an opportunity to rethink the theory, practice, and self-image of psychology in light of an ecological view of reality.
This is a radical reshaping of psychology for a whole new society, an ecological society. Read more…

The Right Livelihood Programme, UK and Bhutan - Finding Deeper Purpose

Starts: Monday November 17, 2014

November 2014 – November 2015 | *With Ha Vinh Tho, Julia Kim, Satish Kumar, Julie Richardson, Chung Rinpoche, Kenpo Sonam Bumdhen and guests | Join us for a year-long transformative learning journey that aims to align your livelihood with a deeper purpose in service of happiness and well-being of people and planet. This will be an inspirational, transformative and action-orientated journey towards developing a prototype of your own project, plan, or pathway to right livelihood. In this, you will be supported by a community of peers, tutors and experts. Read more…

Call of the Wild: A Foundation in Environmental Education - Outdoors!

Starts: Sunday March 1, 2015

March – November 2015 in association with WildWise and special guests. | Do you aspire to be an outdoor educator but lack the confidence, experience or skills to connect people with the natural world? Read more…

Generation of the New Economy – Youth Economics Festival

Starts: Monday April 13, 2015

April 13 – 18, 2015 | David Graeber, Molly Scott Cato, Rob Hopkins and Jonathan Dawson | This week will offer young people from across Europe and beyond the opportunity to collaboratively explore developments at the cutting edge of the learning and practice of economics. It will provide a space for us to set the agenda, self-organise into a vibrant and self-governing learning community and dive deep into imagining new ways of organising our economies and communities. Read more…


Our Short Course fees, included in the individual course pages above, reflect the calibre of the teachers who come here and the high contact time that participants have with them. Accommodation, either within the College or elsewhere on the Dartington Hall Estate, is included in the fee. We assign College rooms on a first come first served basis, as Dartington rooms are a picturesque but 10 minute walk from the campus, so please mention on the booking form if you have a special need to be College based.


The College encourages participation from all economic backgrounds. To support this, the College has a small number of bursaries available. Click here for more details >>

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Archive of past short courses >>

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