Schumacher College: In the Midst of Complexity

Jay Owen Sustainability News

In the midst of complexity

Even with the most promising projects and the best of collaborative intentions, we regularly run aground because of unexpected human politics and hidden complexity, or we simply lose energy and burn out.

Three courses in the Autumn term look at the root causes of why we struggle in our social, economic and environmental work. They offer exciting new ways to respond creatively, and with grounding, to the unforeseen happenings in our personal and working lives.

Spiritual Activism – Sustaining the Path of Non-Violence, 5 – 8 November

With Alastair McIntosh

Learn how to ground your work for positive change in a deep sense of spirit and non-violence. Alastair joins us in the week before he gives the Remembrance Day speech at the Imperial War Museum in London.

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Working Live! Taking a Lead in the Midst of Complexity, 11- 15 November

With Patricia Shaw and Rob Poynton

Bring your challenges, choices and concerns into this extraordinary practice space where you will find the courage and skills to overcome anxieties, act with spontaneity and try out new moves in situations of sticky people-politics.

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Ecological Constellations: Mapping Systems and Voicing the Wild, 18 – 22 November

With Jenny Mackewn

Immerse yourself in the visible and invisible as we use this powerful systemic method to uncover and work with the hidden dynamics of families, organisations and ecosystems.

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New Courses

Wild Economics: Moving to a Localised Gift Culture, 25 – 29 November

With Mark Boyle, Fergus Drennan and Charles Eisenstein

Join these new pioneers of nature and gift-based economics to find out how you can meet your needs without reliance on outdated financial systems.

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Call of the Wild: A Foundation in Environmental Education Outdoors! March – November 2014

In association with WildWise

This life-changing programme will give you the confidence, skills and experience to become an outdoor educator in a range of different settings. Please book early as we will sell out!

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The Green Teeth of the Earth, The Blue Tent of the Sky: Re-awakening the Ecological Imagination, April – July 2014

With Martin Shaw, Tony Hoagland and John Gouldthorpe

Join us around the fire for a rich exploration of stories, myths and folk tales that have flourished out of a deep connection with the living world. Reawaken your imagination and find your inner story.

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Postgraduate Programmes

Sustainable Horticulture and Food Production (MSc, PG Dip, PG Cert)

Recruitment now open for January 2014 start click here for more details
Click here for a blog by visiting teacher Colin Tudge on the Agrarian Renaissance: scope for a million new jobs

Economics in Transition (MA, PG Cert)

Click here for a blog by Head of Economics Jonathan Dawson on Holistic Community-Based Education.

Holistic Science (MSc, PG Cert)

This month Stephan Harding’s book Animate Earth, the foundation of our postgraduate programme in Holistic Science, became the Number 1 best-selling ecology book on Amazon Kindle! CONGRATULATIONS …

Click here to go to our postgraduate pages >>


What If?

This month we have occupied the streets of Bristol and the lawn of Dartington Hall with our What If? series of talks showing that wild ideas flourish at Schumacher College.

Click here for Ruth Potts on the What If SCHed talks for BristolBIG Green Week

Click here for Inga Page musing on Jonathan Porritt’s SCHed talk on ‘What If Environmentalism Could Save Us all?’

Click here for Sean Dagan Wood’s SCHed Talk on ‘What if News Was Positive?’

Click here for Lou Rainbow on the What If talks at Dartington’s Tagore Festival

What If Flickr stream click here

Colombia Certificate in Holistic Science and Economics for Transition, 2 September – 15 March

Book now for this six month certificate programme for residents of Colombia. Teaching is with Schumacher College faculty and in-country facilitators and covers Schumacher material in relation to relevant cultural issues. Expect state of the art e-learning and an intensive residential.

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Job Opportunity – Senior Lecturer in Ecological Design

Applications open 15 July – closing date 23 August

Join our faculty staff for this full-time senior lecturer role in Ecological Design. We are looking for an inspirational individual to lead our ground-breaking new postgraduate programme in Ecological Design Thinking, developed in partnership with the School of Architecture, Design and Environment at Plymouth University.

More details to be announced here >>

Calling all volunteers

If you have been on a short course and are interested in volunteering at the College for a period of one to three months, please send your details to

Sustainable Building Work Placements

Change Agents UK have six funded internships in Mallorca for graduates looking for experience and skills in sustainable building.
For more information and to register, visit:


Earth Talks

Next Earth TalkMonday 22nd July – The Economics of Happiness

With Helena Norberg Hodge.

Join alternative Nobel Prize winner and pioneer of the worldwide localisation movement, Helena Norberg-Hodge for an inspirational talk that will explore the psychological, social, and ecological benefits of economic localisation, and the steps that can take us there.

Earth Talks Coming Up:

24 JulyAndy Fisher – Radical Ecopsychology Meets Transition
5 AugustBill Plotkin – SoulCraft

Click here for Earth Talk listings >>

An Original Summer’s Exhibition & Fair, Schumacher College Craft Education Building, 3 August 10am – 4pm

Schumacher’s Resident Artist, Edward Campbell, invites you to an Exhibition and Fair featuring local artists and crafts from Totnes and South Hams. Follow the event on

Experiencing Dartmoor’s Magic with Inga Page and Satish Kumar, 2 August

Join Inga and Satish for a day’s walk in the Drizzlecombe/Down Tor area of Dartmoor, raising funds for Devon Wildlife Trust. Reserve your place through [email protected].uk

Catalyst, Embercombe, 28 July – 2 August

Our friends at Embercombe are offering a 50% discount on their July ‘Catalyst’ course designed for 18 – 25 year olds looking for essential leadership and change-making skills. Please contact [email protected]and quote ‘Schumacher discount’. For more details visit

Green Vision Summer School, Jamie’s Farm, near Bath, 28 July – 2 August

For 14 18 years old, an exciting week of community and leadership skills in the wild with foraging, bush craft, foraging and outdoor camping. Bursaries available. Please contact [email protected]

Our blogs

Colin Tudge Agrarian renaissance: scope for a million new jobs Click here to read

Jonathan Dawson Holistic Community-Based EducationClick here to read

Ruth Potts What if? Click here to read

Inga Page The SCHed talks at Big Green Week Click here to read

Sean Dagan Wood What if News Was Positive Click here to read

Lou Rainbow Schumacher College at Dartington’s Tagore Festival Click here to read

Andrea Olsen Sustainability and Art Making (pdf) Click here to read

Inspired by Schumacher College

Inspired by Schumacher: ‘A love journey towards wellbeing’ Click here to read

If you have been inspired by Schumacher College and want to share your project, please send your thoughts and a link to