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⇓ general news & blogs

New MA programmes begin and students arrive

A historic moment for learning at Dartington Trust as students on our two new MA programmes experienced their first day of teaching on site here at Dartington.

How we run our garden has had to grow

As we blinkingly start to come out of lockdown darkness, it is a time of newness, the trees are full of blossom, and the gardens at Dartington are going through a period of growth and change.

Plas y Brenin and TYF join Dr Rachel Sweeney on our new MA Movement, Mind, and Ecology

We’re delighted to announce today our official partnership with two leading outdoor organisations TYF and Plas y Brenin in the delivery of our new Movement, Mind, and Ecology Master’s programme, starting in June this year. We’re also extremely pleased to announce our newly appointed Programme Lead, Dr Rachel Sweeney.

Moving over imagined ground

Dr Pavel Cenkl, our Director of Learning, blogs on his experience exploring the undulating gravel highlands between Iceland’s Vatnajokull and Hofsjokull icecaps.

Holistic Science: a 30 year legacy at Schumacher College

Dr Troy Vine discusses the wide-reaching and influential legacy of the Holistic Science programme at Schumacher College with one of the founders of the College, Dr Stephan Harding. (Links to SoundCloud)

Caroline Aitken: Regenerative farming and the education landscape

We can only achieve widespread transition to agroecological farming if we change the way we educate the next generation of farmers writes our Regenerative Food and Farming lead, Caroline Aitken.

⇓ learning

Holistic Science: a 30 year legacy at Schumacher College

Dr Troy Vine discusses the wide-reaching and influential legacy of the Holistic Science programme at Schumacher College with one of the founders of the College, Dr Stephan Harding. (Links to SoundCloud)

Caroline Aitken: Regenerative farming and the education landscape

We can only achieve widespread transition to agroecological farming if we change the way we educate the next generation of farmers writes our Regenerative Food and Farming lead, Caroline Aitken.

Holistic Science Online Talks

Join us in this exciting new series of free monthly talks on the subject of Holistic Science, organised by Schumacher College in collaboration with the Field Centre.

Schumacher College launches major essay competition for 30th anniversary

We’re excited to announce today the launch of our 30th anniversary Essay Competition, “Education as if People and Planet Matter”, in collaboration with Resurgence & Ecologist Magazine.

Forest Gardens at Schumacher College

Our Horticultural Intern Emilia shares her thoughts on the two forest gardens at Schumacher College on the Dartington estate.

Your questions answered: MA Arts and Place

We’ve compiled a neat set of questions and answers to give prospective students a sense of what to expect from this radical new course when it starts in April.

⇓ arts & culture

Meet Dr Jo Joelson, Programme Lead for MA Arts and Place

We’re very pleased to introduce Dr Jo Joelson, the Programme Lead for our radical new MA Arts and Place. Jo is a practicing artist curator and writer, with a particular focus in working with light, and she brings with her a background in academic research and collaborative working. We asked Jo a few questions to find out a bit more about her and her thinking as she prepares to start the first residency-based teaching here at Dartington in April.

Interview with Dr Tine Bech, MA Arts and Place Senior Lecturer

We catch up with Dr Tine Bech, internationally recognised artist and new Senior Lecturer on the MA Arts and Place programme at Dartington Arts School.

A walk amongst ghosts of the self

Dr Bram Arnold, Associate Lecturer at Dartington Arts School, blogs after his recent experience teaching on the new Poetics of Imagination MA course.

Interview with Barn the Spoon

Barn the Spoon “London’s most famous and charismatic spoon whittler” will be coming down to teach a short course in spoon carving this September, and Dartington Trust’s Will Kemp caught up with him to find out more about the man behind the legend.

Pioneering choreographer Adam Benjamin comes to Dartington

The multi award-winning dancer and choreographer is to lead a new four-day course at Dartington – with a focus on how we physically relate to others in our daily lives.

Dartington Music Summer School & Festival 2020 cancelled

It is with great sadness that we have taken the difficult decision to cancel the Summer School & Festival 2020 due to the uncertainly caused by the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis.

⇓ ecology

In praise of soils: World Soil Day

Happy World Soil Day! Our Conservation and Land Manager writes on the importance of soil, plus watch a special video message from the Head Gardener at Schumacher College.

Food in Community report massive surge in demand

A group based on the Dartington estate has provided the equivalent of around 125,000 meals for people on low incomes since lockdown began in March.

New wine programme announced

A new programme of courses in wine and wine-making are to be launched by the Dartington Trust, with the help of leading wine expert Justin Howard-Sneyd.

From Mexico City to Dartington: Meeting Rafael Pompa

Since taking up the role of Gardens, Conservation and Land Manager at Dartington Trust ealier this year, ‘Raf’ has been facing up to the challenges of managing a 1,200-acre estate in a time of Covid-19. We went to see how he’s getting on…

Dartington estate revealed as home for 19 ‘at risk’ fungi

The recent UK Fungus Day prompted our Gardens, Conservation and Land Manager, Rafa, to embark on a quest to find the striking and not-so-common Earthstars (Geastrum fornicatum). Here’s how he got on…

Could our new undergraduate degree help shape farming’s future?

Our Schumacher College has launched Britain’s first degree in Sustainable Food and Farming – with the aim of enabling people who want to make a lasting difference to agriculture, from the grassroots up.

Latest news & blogs

⇓ general news & blogs

Land sale secures future of Dartington Hall estate

We are delighted to be able to announce that the future of Dartington Hall Trust has been secured today with the sale of Broom Park and Sawmills West.

⇓ learning

Holistic Science: a 30 year legacy at Schumacher College

Dr Troy Vine discusses the wide-reaching and influential legacy of the Holistic Science programme at Schumacher College with one of the founders of the College, Dr Stephan Harding. (Links to SoundCloud)

⇓ arts & culture

Meet Dr Jo Joelson, Programme Lead for MA Arts and Place

We’re very pleased to introduce Dr Jo Joelson, the Programme Lead for our radical new MA Arts and Place. Jo is a practicing artist curator and writer, with a particular focus in working with light, and she brings with her a background in academic research and collaborative working. We asked Jo a few questions to find out a bit more about her and her thinking as she prepares to start the first residency-based teaching here at Dartington in April.

⇓ ecology

In praise of soils: World Soil Day

Happy World Soil Day! Our Conservation and Land Manager writes on the importance of soil, plus watch a special video message from the Head Gardener at Schumacher College.

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