Time to Act – May Newsletter
For 22 years Schumacher College has brought together leading thinkers from around the world to envision a better future. Courses this year begin to focus on how we can act to bring this future into reality.
We look at the importance of happiness and well-being and how this can be shaped by a localised economy, we look at ecological design and how it can be used to design the world around us, we look at the production of food for healthy people and planet and we look at how to organise ourselves to work together in collaboration.
The Economics of Happiness – Localisation,
With Helena Norberg-Hodge
Join one of the true pioneers of the ‘new economy’ to examine the personal, social, ecological, and economic benefits of making the shift towards localisation.
Ecological Design and Earth Restoration,
With John and Nancy Todd
Go back to first principles with these early pioneers to discover what ecological design means now and how we use it to re-design and restore our surroundings.
Agroecology – The Future of Farming? –
With Colin Tudge, John Letts, Tim Crabtree, Jane Pickard and John Crisp
Learn why farming based on agroecology is so vital for people and planet and how you can start your own land-based project and make a living from it.
Complexity and Collaboration: Applying Complexity Theory to Organisational Transformation,
With Prof. Eve Mitleton-Kelly
Transform your workplace, empower employees and learn to work collaboratively by applying the key principles of complexity theory.
Blog Claudius van Wyk recently facilitated a similarly themed course which included Eve Mitleton-Kelly as a guest teacher. He writes about his experiences – read it here
Outdoor Development Days for Professionals – WildWise in association with Schumacher College, September – November 2013
We are delighted to announce a new collaboration with bushcraft and outdoor education specialists WildWise. This exciting programme of one-day courses is for professionals wanting to learn new outdoor skills and spend time in the wild.
NEW courses soon to be announced with Polly Higgins and Charles Eisenstein, Mark Boyle and Fergus Drennan.
This month we are re-launching our postgraduate programme in Sustainable Horticulture and Food Production. With a revised format (fully residential instead of modular), additional collaborators (Organic Research Centre – Elm Farm and theCampaign for Real Farming) and new and pioneering projects for students to get working on, what we offer is the cutting edge of research and practice for a sustainable food future.
Please help us to spread the word – a new food system is possible!
Stephanie Mills visits the College
Last at the College in the 1998 with Arne Naess and Stephan Harding teaching deep ecology, we are very excited to welcome Stephanie back for our short course ‘Writing from the Core of the Earth’,
We have two opportunities for year-long volunteers with previous experience at the College, starting August 2013. This is a unique opportunity to be part of the resident community and experience the vibrant learning that happens here. All your accommodation and food is included and you have access to all areas of the College and surrounding countryside.
Postgraduate Support Liaison – Click here
Senior Volunteer – Click here
The Fifth Scared Thing – a film
Starhawk has recently been teaching a short course at the College and showed us the video of her latest film project, based on the Fifth Sacred Thing. Written 20 years ago, her vision of the future, described in the book, is still one of the most positive and inspiring around. The full length film will be crowd-funded. For more information and to view the film ‘teaser’ click here >> or visitwww.fifthsacredthing.com
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]
Schumacher College Earth Talks
Japanese Master Chef Toshio Tanahashi and Wild Swimming author Daniel Start are two of the presenters coming up in our Earth Talks programme
Bristol Big Green Week,
Look out for the orange Schumacher College shed outside the Colston Hall, the last weekend of this big sustainability festival in Bristol. Soak up the sun from your deckchair listening to What If … thoughts from some of the biggest speakers of the week.
Tagore Festival, Dartington Hall,
Inspired by Rabindranath Tagore, the line up this year will include Soumik Datta, Flux, Satish Kumar and many other eastern-influenced events and workshops. The programme is now available and includes a line-up of inspiring What If … speakers from Schumacher College from a chai tent on the lawn Visit the website for more details.
Two courses at Embercombe
Our friends at Embercombe are running two excellent courses: The Journey ‘Finding Earth, Finding Soul’ which focuses on reconnecting us with the natural environment as a source of our power and strength and Catalyst a course designed for young adults aged 18-25 who wish to become change agents.
When is teaching?, Brockwood Park School,
A weekend education conference on teaching and learning with renowned Harvard educator, author, student and colleague of Piaget, Eleanor Duckworth, and other educators at Brockwood Park School in the beautiful Hampshire countryside.
Inga Page: Dart Pilgrimage Click here to read
Stephan Harding: Dedicated to the Elements of Our Earth Click here to read
Claudius van Wyk: Holism and Leadership: Transforming Organisational Practice in an Age of Uncertainty –Click here to read
Emma Kidd: Seeing with New Eyes – An Adventure in Perception – Click here to read
An interview with Stephanie Mills – Click here to read
Inspired by Schumacher College
Ruth Potts, ex MA student in Economics for Transition, joins a conversation with Neal Lawson in the New Internationalist on shopping as a form of activism.
Izabella Ceccato, a Schumacher College volunteer from Brazil, has set up a local online eco-social network, ecoredesocial.com based around an open Facebook group. More news on our own Schumacher Network initiative coming soon.
If you have been inspired by Schumacher College and want to share your project, please send your thoughts and a link to [email protected]