Dartington Trust is a centre for learning, arts, ecology and social justice based on a 1,200 acre estate near Totnes.

What’s On

We’re reopening! For the latest news on al fresco dining, getaways, plus our gardens, shops and much beside, head to our Visit section.

Below are some selected highlights from our programme. For our full calendar of events, click here > 

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Virtual Open Day

17 May: A chance to find our everything you need to know about higher education at Dartington Trust, and our transformative, life-changing programmes.

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open air theatre: mr stink

Pack a picnic and join Heartbreak Productions for David Walliams’ best-seller, Mr Stink, on the outdoor stage.

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b&b Spring Sale

We’re celebrating our emergence from lockdown with some great deals on our historic Courtyard Rooms.


Learning at Dartington

Schumacher Postgraduate imageWe offer transformative learning delivered by world-class tutors in a truly unique campus experience. If you’re a new student looking for information and resources to support your study, please visit our Resources for Students.

For nearly 30 years, Schumacher College has been at the forefront of engaging ecological, economic, and social challenges, with our portfolio today including our first ever undergraduate programme.


And new for 2020, Dartington Arts School draws on our rich international heritage and our wealth of dance, theatre, music and art studios to provide a dynamic and responsive context for contemporary postgraduate study.


A student from Plymouth Universtiy works on the eco-pod at DartingtonWe offer a variety of opportunities for part-time learning, with courses ranging from a few hours, to weekly classes, to longer residential experiences.

Schumacher College delivers a unique brand of small-group, residential experiences which embrace themes of ecology, wellbeing, and sustainability. Our new programme of arts courses spans music, performance, writing, dance, and contemporary visual art. And a wide, exciting range of craft courses run year-round in collaboration with over 50 makers from across the south west and beyond.

A variety of other programmes run throughout the year – including four weeks of shared music making, learning and listening at our renowned Dartington Music Summer School & Festival.


Learning is the beating heart of our year-round programme of events, which spans genres from film to craft to exhibitions.

Due to the coronavirus crisis, much of our events programme (including our Barn Cinema) is taking a break. Instead, we’re running a virtual programme, which includes the first ever online editions of our long-running Earth Talks.


Learning at Dartington is mainly delivered through the courses and events we offer year-round, but a range of resources are also available online to help get a flavour of what we offer.

Schumacher College has an wide range of talks and interviews available on their YouTube channel, and you can read student essays and dissertations on their website. Our online Earth Talk series is also available in full to watch online.

You can read the latest learning-related news here, and explore the history of the estate online here.

Other resources include our Arts and Learning podcast channel, which includes playlists such as our Laser Talks – inspired by the school climate strikes, Dark Mountain and Extinction Rebellion.

Latest news & blogs

…or head here for the full collection.

Three books to spark a revolution?

Three books to spark a revolution?

Jonathan Dawson, the Programme Lead for our highly-respected MA Regenerative Economics, blogs on the often forgotten but increasingly important philosophical dimension in modern day economics.

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celebrating 30 years of schumacher college

A programme of events and initiatives to mark 30 years of leading the way in transformative education – spearheaded by our Bursary Campaign, which aims to equip the next generation with the tools to address the social, environmental and economic challenges we all face.


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Walk down by the River Dart on the Dartington estate and you’ll find all kinds of paths and hidden places to explore! ...

Did you know bursaries are available to study on degree programmes at @schumachercollege and @DartingtonArts School? Our preferred application deadline is TODAY! So if you want to be in with the best chance of securing support for your studies apply now! https://schumachercollege.org.uk/scholarships-and-bursaries You'll also need to apply for your chosen programme via this link: www.dartington.org/apply ...

Drum roll please...🥁... It is with great joy that we can announce the Barn Cinema, The Dartington Hall Trust's much loved independent cinema, is finally set to reopen on 18th May thanks to the incredible support we have received from the @BritishFilmInstitute and the Cultural Recovery Fund, #hereforculture We are thrilled to be able to be able to programme some of this year’s incredible Oscar winning films so that we can share the cinematic experience of them together. This year’s awards reflected the high calibre of work within the industry from a diverse range of talented film makers. We were delighted to see Chloe Zhao receive the Academy Award for Best Director and look forward showing her Best Picture winning film Nomadland. We use the F rating to increase visibility of the work of female directors/writer/producers and actors, look out for this across our programme. Sign up to our What’s On newsletter to be the first to know details of the new programme. www.dartington.org/whats-on/# Can’t wait to see you all again! The Barn Cinema team @DartingtonArts @Greentable @VisitTotnes @VisitDevon @IndependentCinemaOffice #barncinema #independentcinema #CulturalRecoveryFund #Oscars #frated #Nomadland #ChloeZhao #exeter #plymouth #torbay #buckfastleigh #ashburton #kingsbridge #salcombe #totnes #dartington #devon ...

Would you like to join our unique learning community this year? Our preferred application deadline for June and September start degrees is this Saturday, 1 May. Next week lecturers at Schumacher College and Dartington Arts School will begin reviewing applications for our degree programmes, with interviews and offers to follow later in May. So, if you would like to join one of our courses starting this June or September, now is the time to get your application in and ensure your best chance of success. This applies to the following programmes: Movement, Mind, and Ecology Ecological Design Thinking Regenerative Economics Regenerative Food & Farming (BSc) Poetics of Imagination Cultural Production www.dartington.org/apply Degree programmes here at Dartington Trust are designed to suit the complexities of modern life, with a very flexible model for transformative learning. You can take just one module to start, complete a two-module Postgraduate Certificate, a four-module Diploma, or a full Master’s degree either part time or full time. Our modular approach allows you to focus on specific skills in a single module or to build towards your Master’s qualification at your own speed. The low residency model also makes it possible for you to continue working or balance other commitments while studying, as you only need to be on site for two week stretches at a time on many of our programmes. If you would like to discuss a pathway that works best for you, talk to us! We’d be happy to set up a one-to-one session with a member of our admissions team or any of our teaching staff. Get in touch at admissions@dartington.org or send us a message to arrange. Check out the online application form and Schumacher College / Arts School links in our bio. 📷 Daniel Thistlethwaite ...

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