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

What’s On

National Lockdown: We fully recognise the importance of continued access to nature for the local community during this difficult time. Therefore, our estate grounds remain open to the public for daily exercise purposes.

Apart from The Green Table (which remains open 10am-4pm for takeaways only), all other areas of the estate and our businesses are closed, and much of our events calendar has moved online.


camp dartington: 2021 season

Beat those lockdown blues – look ahead to spring and summer and treat your family to a getaway at our gorgeous campsite.

anna selby

online courses

Dynamic courses with brilliant tutors! Transform your garden with Schumacher College head gardener Colum Pawson, paint with Anthony Garratt, or join poet Anna Selby to develop your writing skills.

winter walks

MA Arts and Place

Develop your personal and collaborative art practice through an expanded understanding of place with this new course starting April 2021. We’ve reopened for applications.

river dart cabin

new: river dart cabin

Availability going fast: Rustic, isolated and deeply romantic, this repurposed fisherman’s cabin located right on the bank of the River Dart will make adventurers’ hearts sing.

student running across the moors

MA Movement, Mind and Ecology

We’re excited to announce a new programme at Schumacher College starting July 2021, exploring eco-philosophical approaches to outdoor activity. Register your interest!


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

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Two pieces of welcome good news for our Bed and Breakfast offer in the Courtyard... After the recent announcement of a roadmap to relax restrictions in the UK, we’re delighted to confirm that we aim to re-open to the public from 17 May. Just in time for the end of Spring when the estate will be in glorious bloom, buzzing and chirping with wildlife. Also, following a visit and inspection in late 2020, we’re very proud to now be a certified “Special Place” by the highly esteemed @sawdaystravel. Their lovely review said: “For the arty, cultured, and garden lovers, Dartington is wonderful.. you feel like you're being enriched by just soaking up the atmosphere.” Which is rather nice! Look forward to a relaxing Devon getaway this Summer - book your Dartington Hall B&B stay today at dartington.org/stay @visitdevon @visittotnes #staycation #escapetheeveryday #beautifuldevon #getaways #Sawdays #bedandbreakfast #roadmap #countryestate #Devon #SouthDevon #Totnes #DartingtonHall ...

Regenerative agriculture is a key focus for us here at Dartington Trust, whether that's working with tenant farmers and partners to develop agroforestry projects like the one in Broadlears Field pictured, or in the two forest gardens @schumachercollege. We’re developing our first undergraduate degree, the BSc in Regenerative Food and Farming starting in September this year, and an MSc coming on stream early next year too. The short course programme also includes an online course in Sustainable Growing, which starts first of March! Our Horticultural Intern Emilia Brumpton has just written a blog for us on the value of forest gardens to the biodiversity of the local area. Read the full piece on via the blog link in our bio. #regenerativeagriculture #regenerativefarming #dartington #horticulture #agroforestry #farming #ecology ...

With #Spring almost in the air, now is the perfect time to think about getting soil under our fingernails once again! Our online Sustainable Growing course, hosted by @SchumacherCollege head gardener Colum Pawson, combines video and photographic content to lead participants on a real-time, interactive growing journey. Topics covered will include: Garden planning and basic design | Essential information on a list of popular vegetables | Planting out and preparing the ground | Seed sowing and pricking out | Compost making | Growing in a greenhouse/polytunnel | No dig gardening | Weeding| Harvesting ...and much more besides. Start date: 1st March. For all the details and to sign up, click the link in our bio (short courses). #growing #sustainable #onlinecourse #ecology #schumachercollege #dartington #springiscoming #learntogrow #gardendesign #planting #composting #seedsowing #nodiggardening ...

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