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Short Courses

short courses at schumacher collegeFor 25 years we have been delivering one to three-week short courses that have inspired thousands of people to make positive changes in their lives and work.

We bring together the world’s leading thinkers, change-makers and activists, to share their inspiration, their motivation and their practical experience in areas such as deep ecology and holistic science, new economics and sustainable enterprise, agro-ecology and food production, ecological design thinking and much more.

Our approach to education is through the head, heart and hands and we aim to learn through everything we do as part of a living and working community. Our courses are for small groups of 10 to 30 people and they are a truly unique and powerful opportunity for personal transformation and realignment.

The teachers and contributors we will be welcoming to the College in the next few months include Vandana Shiva, Satish Kumar, Rob Hopkins, Anna Breytenbach, Anita Moorjani, Scilla Elworthy, Bruce Lipton, Charles Eisenstein, Bill Plotkin, David Whyte, Matthew Fox and Margaret Wheatley.

Schumacher College Short Course Programme

These short courses are based at our main campus, the Old Postern. All teaching will take part on this campus although, depending on availability, accommodation may be a 10 minute walk away in the beautiful grounds of Dartington Hall.

The Elmhirst Programme – Soul, Spirit and Story

This is a new short course programme starting in 2015 and will be based in the Elmhirst Centre of Dartington Hall. All teaching, accommodation and catering will take place at Dartington Hall.

All courses are listed below.

Finding Meaning in a Machine-Led World with Iain McGilchrist

Finding Meaning in a Machine-Led World

02/02/2015 to 06/02/2015

Iain McGilchrist with contribution from Rupert Sheldrake | This week-long course is a rare chance to study alongside psychiatrist and author Iain McGilchrist. It offers an exploration into issues such as the role of embodiment, intuition and instinct in life. Are we becoming more machine-like, does it matter if we are, and what does this have to do with the brain? We will take a closer look at the way governments and their experts are constantly surprised by outcomes that appear unexpected or paradoxical, but which could have been foreseen if we had adopted a way of looking at the world that we have now been trained to ignore.

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Msc Sustainable Development & environmental education

For Love of the World - Towards a Tao of Politics?

09/02/2015 to 13/02/2015

Patricia Shaw, Shantena Sabbadini and guest contribution from Minni Jain & Eduardo Rombauer | Join us for a week where we can experience, reflect upon and study what it means for us to take up our personhood, through voice and deed, in any public forum, in our communities, our workplaces, our institutions large or small.

Enterprising Futures - Three Week Intensive

Enterprising Futures - Three Week Intensive

16/02/2015 to 06/03/2015

Robin Murray, Pat Conaty, Patricia Shaw, Sister Jewel and Tim Crabtree | This three week intensive will explore new forms of enterprise and finance that reflect ecological and social concerns and help you to choose the best model for your own project or initiative to create a ‘right livelihood’ for yourself.

This course is full.

Future NOW – Forming True Community

09/03/2015 to 13/03/2015

Elisabet Sahtouris and Alec Loorz| The future is not something we await, but something we create! Evolution biologist and futurist Elisabet Sahtouris and Alec Loorz, youth leader who took the US government to court over wasting our planet when he was 16, invite you to discover how to make the future we all dream of a reality NOW.

Drawing On Indigenous Wisdom - Three Week Intensive

Drawing On Indigenous Wisdom - Three Week Intensive

16/03/2015 to 02/04/2015

Jean Robert, Mac Macartney, Colin Campbell, Lucy Hinton and Martin Shaw | Join us for a three week intensive that looks with fresh eyes at the teaching of the Earth's ancient wisdom traditions and what we might learn for the design of our 21st Century social and economic structures.

This course is full.
Margaret Wheatley teaches Sustainable Living & Environmental education

Leaders as Warriors for the Human Spirit

13/04/2015 to 17/04/2015

Join Margaret Wheatley, one of the USA’s most eminent speakers on the subject of leadership, on a 5 day course which will challenge leaders to develop the will, discipline and skills to lead and support people, acting as warriors for the human spirit.

Call of the Wild 2015

24/04/2015 to 16/11/2015

April – November 2015 | The process of developing our capacity to be an environmental educator is an adventure that’s full of potential opportunities, challenges and possibilities. This programme will give you the skills and tools to navigate this journey and bring your leadership potential out into the world, supported by experienced professionals, a community of like-minded students and a connection with the natural world itself.

Agroecology: Food for the Future

Agroecology: Food for the Future

27/04/2015 to 01/05/2015

Miguel A Altieri and Clara Nicholls | This course brings together leading voices in agroecology to provide a fascinating exploration of the principles of agroecology and how these can be applied to ensure biodiverse, productive and resilient farms; promote food sovereignty and promote the necessary change of the dominant food systems.

Voice of the Earth, animate earth, Sustainable Living

Voice of the Earth - Shamanism, Story and Spiritual Ecology

27/04/2015 to 08/05/2015

With Jonathan Horwitz and Zara Waldeback | Working with traditional shamanic techniques and story-creating practices, this two week experiential course offers a way to access the soul in all living beings. You will learn how to shift your consciousness to come directly into contact with different aspects of nature and experience another way of knowing. We will discover how to listen to the Earth and ask for stories that build awareness, vision, connection and creation, to help you act and speak as an Earth Ambassador.

The Rewilded Child - Reconnection with Nature

25/05/2015 to 29/05/2015

Jay Griffiths, David Bond, Tim Gill and Chris Salisbury with special guest Lemn Sissay | 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.

Schumacher Certificate in Eco Leadership and Facilitation: In Service of Our Emerging Future and the Web of Life

01/06/2015 to 12/06/2015

Led by Jenny Mackewn. With special contributors: Amrita Bhohi, Dan Burgess, Stephan Harding, Polly Higgins, Satish Kumar, Tim ‘Mac’ MaCartney, Jon Rae, Martin Shaw, plus Bill Plotkin and Peter Senge (by video link) | We invite you to join us for an eight-month learning adventure that will develop your leadership and facilitation skills that will help you co-create a better, fairer and more beautiful world for all, enabling us to lead from and for the emerging future.

Coming Home to an Animate World: A Way of Ceremony and Conversation

07/09/2015 to 11/09/2015

With Bill Plotkin and Geneen Marie Haugen | In this course we offer you a green doorway, an opening to a wilder consciousness shaped by forest and owls, clouds and dreams. We offer you passage from a lifeless universe to a cosmos breathing with mystery and invitation, singing and crying in a jillion tongues. Gather with other Earth lovers, forest whisperers, and visionary coyotes to honor the Others with ceremony and conversation.

Eco-Spirituality, Creation Spirituality: Exploring Eco-Mystics and Becoming Eco-Warriors

14/09/2015 to 18/09/2015

Matthew Fox with special guests Meshi Chavez, Stephan Harding and Martin Shaw | In this course we will explore some of the many prophetic voices over the centuries that have spoken of the sacred earth and our sacred bodies. We will deepen our understanding of how they speak to us today on both a personal and collective level and how they can strengthen our own personal commitment to an ecological revolution -  to become warriors as well as mystics and lovers of creation.