The Elmhirst Programme – Soul, Spirit and Story, 2015

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The Elmhirst Programme – Soul, Spirit and Story, 2015

Schumacher College is delighted to announce a new programme of short courses and events based in the beautiful Elmhirst Centre of Dartington Hall.

Starting in January 2015, we will bring together the world’s leading thinkers and practitioners of spiritual traditions, indigenous wisdoms and mind and consciousness studies to explore the common understandings and emerging stories of our time.

Join us for courses with Iain McGilcrist, Anita Moorjani, Bruce Lipton, Bill Plotkin, Margaret Wheatley, Satish Kumar, Matthew Fox and many more.

Click here for course information and booking

New Courses

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Myths from the Edge of the Fire, 10 – 14 November

With Martin Shaw, Paul Kingsnorth and special guest

An experiential course – ancient stories for modern times and how to tell them around the fire. Click here for more information and booking

A Makers Journey – Preparing for a Handmade Life, 1 – 5 December

With Richenda Macgregor, Dolly Kary, Nick Kary and special guest

Explore the relationship between hands, nature’s materials and each other through stories, clay, pigments and wood. Click here for more information and booking

Mind in Nature – a Three Week Intensive, 29 January – 6 February

With Anna Breytenbach, Rupert Sheldrake, Shantena Sabbadini, Stephen Harding and Philip Franses

Emerging evidence that the natural world is intelligent and communicative – investigate for yourself. Click here for more information and booking

Drawing on Indigenous Wisdom – A Three Week Intensive, 16 March – 2 April

With Jean Robert, Colin Campbell, Lucy Hinton, Martin Shaw, Mac Macartney, Stephan Harding, Philip Franses and Jonathan Dawson

Looking to the world’s wisdom traditions to inform the design of our social and economic structures. Click here for more information and booking

College News

Gaia’s Feasts out now!

Gaia’s Feasts, Julia Ponsonby’s new book is out now! Available from Green Books – more mouth-watering recipes for family, friends and community from the Schumacher College kitchen. Click here to order

International Bake-a-Cake Fundraising Day

Look forward to Julia’s International Bake-a-Cake Day on Sunday 21st September. You bake a cake and invite friends, raising funds wherever you are in the world. Click here for how to join

Certificate in Holistic Science and Economics for Transition – Iberia

Places remaining on this certificate programme run by Schumacher College Alumni for participants in Spain and Portugal – starts October. Click here for more info and booking

Meet Our ‘Changemakers’

Stories of people who have come to the College on bursary funding here. Contact Lou Rainbow [email protected] to take part in a short online interview.

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 [email protected]


Next Earth Talk: Thriving Life – The Feminine Design and Sustainability, with Patricia McCabe

Date: Wednesday 24 September 2014
Venue: Old Craft Ed Building, Schumacher College
Time: 8pm – 10:00 pm

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21 SeptemberInternational Bake-a-Cake Day!

9 April 2015Beautiful and Useful – Fundraising event with Monty Don

April 13 – 18, 2015 Generation of the New Economy – Youth Economics Festival

Community Composting for Local Food Growing – Schumacher College, 4 – 6 October

Three day ‘hands-on’ accredited through the Chartered Institute of Wastes Management, Level 2. £120 per person. Email [email protected] or phone: 0114 258 0483

Small is…Festival. 13 – 14 September

Head of Economics Jonathan Dawson and past MA student Amrita Bhohi will be speaking at this wonderful event on the subject of ‘Education for the 21st Century. Look out for the famous orange shed in which we shall be hosting the annual SCHed Talks.

Woodland Opportunity in Australia

Opportunity for you to take over a sustainably managed woodland and associated enterprises in Australia – email Michael Gill [email protected].


Changing Stories: Using narrative to shift societal values – Jonathan Dawson, Head of Economics, writes about the importance of changing the dominant societal narrative by giving more traction to the counter narratives that are already emerging.. Read here >>

Mary Bartlett remembers Dorothy and Leonard Elmhirst – Mary Bartlett went to Dartington Hall in 1963 as a horticultural student. After her training she became responsible for the glasshouses, nursery and walled garden. In this blog she remebers the Elmhirsts and the inspiration they bought with them. Read here >>

Contact us

Tel: +44 (0)1803 865934
Fax: +44 (0)1803 866899
Email: [email protected]