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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

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 | Drew Dellinger, Satish Kumar, Martin Shaw and Stephan Harding. 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…

Earth Democracy: Creating Living Economies and Living Cultures

Starts: Monday October 6, 2014

6-10 October 2014 | Vandana Shiva In this course, Vandana Shiva will join us for a rare teaching week in the UK, to investigate Earth Democracy and how it can be brought to life through the concrete experience of her food movement Navdanya – a network founded to help farmers achieve seed and food sovereignty, now the largest direct marketing, fairtrade organic network in India. Read more…

The Rewilded Child - Reconnection with Nature

Starts: Monday October 20, 2014

20 – 24 October 2014 | Jay Griffiths, David Bond, Chris Salisbury and 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. Read more…

Nature-Connected Leadership: Standing at the Threshold of Radical Change

Starts: Monday November 3, 2014

November 3-7, 2014 | Mark Morey Our greatest hope for the future and ‘a new type of thinking’ could lie in relationship-based systems that include: self, nature, others and the unseen. Through storytelling, guided inquiry, ritual, and immersive practices of connection with the natural world, Mark Morey will guide you on a transformational journey that will result in breakthrough ways of being a leader. 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 Otto Scharmer | 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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