Flourishing in Uncertain Times

Explore inner pathways of beauty and joy with Satish Kumar, June Mitchell and Eve Annecke


Monday 20 – Friday 24 February 2023


Satish Kumar, June Mitchell, Eve Annecke


Dartington Trust, South Devon


Unless otherwise stated, our Short Courses are for adults 18+ years


Residential: £795* | Non Residential: £595 | Deposit: £150**

Bursaries are available – find out more here.

*Residential course fees include all vegetarian meals, field trips, materials and all teaching sessions and includes private, simple accommodation with shared bathroom from supper on the day of your arrival through until the lunchtime before your departure. More info about accommodation can be found below.

**Place a deposit to secure either a residential or non-residential place, with the outstanding balance payable four weeks before the course start date.

About this course

So many of us would love to be in a more just and beautiful world, but in trying to do something about it, become frustrated and disappointed. With the best of intentions, we engage to change the world, but our action becomes bogged down in overworking, mission statements, strategies, outcomes, evaluation plans, reports and management systems. Without even noticing, we are drawn into replicating the very systems we so fervently believe we need to change. Alongside this, the power of delicate, invisible spaces of change are overlooked in our desperate need to be seen and heard.

Burnout, exhaustion, hopelessness and feeling futile are just some of the symptoms we experience as a result. 

This course is for all who wish to actively contribute to creating a different world, in every single way imaginable. It will aim to offer you the space and time to explore ways of being and acting that subvert the status quo. With dedicated attention from Satish Kumar, June Mitchell and Eve Annecke to accompany you on a journey exploring inner pathways of beauty, soul and spirituality. Nourishing these pathways creates more effective action. From the quiet power of beautiful grandparenting to tired workers trying to serve; from depleted mothers to fiery frontline activists. Young people who inherently know things can be different and those entering middle-age or searching for meaning. All of us have offerings to make to this exquisite planet, and each one of us is needed. No exceptions. And often in the most mysterious of ways.

Softening the carapace that surrounds our heart and practicing feminine principles of receptivity, participation and joy are ways we can act, thrive, flourish and simply be. Join us in a personal and collective adventure that rests in story, soul and soil where the more-than-human landscape of Dartington becomes as much our teacher as those with whom we journey.

Join us in remembering your story, your dreams of the experience of being human on Earth at this time. And in regenerating the ways we act in this beloved world with grace and perspective.

We will take time walking by the River Dart and in the woods, as well as study, cook and garden in the Old Postern, the birthplace of Schumacher College. 

On this short course you will

  • Be accompanied and guided by experienced practitioners and teachers;
  • Discover and reflect on your own unfolding path of action individually and in a community of the land, fellow participants and guides;
  • Learn the power of story, both individual and collective, to enhance other ways of being, knowing and seeing;
  • Explore various embodied practices, including Qigong with June Mitchell;
  • Explore how to fall in love with the world again and again;
  • Create enchantment in everyday life;
  • Consider how we can act effectively in the world with the qualities of flow, discernment and beauty;
  • Work with radical change

typical schedule for short courses

  • Check-in to the room is between 3-3.45pm on the day of arrival. Check-out is 11am on the day of departure, although if travelling by public transport, luggage can be left at the Welcome Centre until the course has completed.
  • Teaching generally begins at 4pm on the first day and ends at 2pm Fridays or 4pm Sunday (whichever is the last day of the course).
  • The daily timetable can start at 9.30am and end around 9.15pm, with free time available at set times throughout the day.
  • For residential participants breakfast is included, followed by a morning gathering and community work groups on weekdays, which are open to all participants and the college community. Non-residential participants can pay extra if they wish to have breakfast on one or more of the days.
  • Lunch for all participants is between 1-2pm and supper is 6.30-7.30pm (both meals are included in the residential and non-residential course fee).

If you have any questions about your course schedule please contact shortcourses@dartington.org


Our courses are part of the wider Learning programme at Dartington, and you will join a community of students on site studying at Schumacher College and Dartington Arts School as well as other short course participants, volunteers and visitors.

While you are here we invite you to take part in our learning community life by attending morning meetings, taking part in activities such as meal preparation and clearing, and evening social events. This is entirely voluntary, but participants tell us that taking part adds to their experience at Dartington.

short course community lunch


Satish Kumar

Satish Kumar

Satish is a former monk and long-term peace and environment activist. He has been quietly setting the Global Agenda for change for over 50 years. He was just nine when he left his family home to join the wandering Jains and 18 when he decided he could achieve more back in the world, campaigning for land reform in India and working to turn Gandhi’s vision of a renewed India and a peaceful world into reality. Read More

Eve Annecke

eve annecke

Eve Annecke is a Bertha Fellow, exploring the poetics of being. An activist for different ways of learning, for forty years she co-created ecological, community and educational endeavours in South Africa, including the Lynedoch Children’s House, Lynedoch EcoVillage and Sustainability Institute. Read More

June Mitchell

June Mitchell

June Mitchell guides meditation, sitting, walking and reclining, in the tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh and Plum Village, which she has attended many times. She leads a Vietnamese form of Qi Kong, holding a bamboo pole, which is a meditative exercise for all ages. She is also a former editor of Resurgence magazine.


We recommend that if possible, you stay on-site during your course. All our courses are best experienced holistically: through studying, relaxing, eating and staying with other course participants, volunteers, staff and tutors.

The residential course fee is based on staying in one of our hostel-style single rooms with shared facilities and easy access to your main learning space. They are the perfect base to rest your head, relax and recharge. You can find out more about the rooms here.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included throughout the duration of the course, each made with fresh, locally-sourced produce by our award-winning team.

Accommodation is available at a discounted rate for course attendees, and on a first come, first served basis only. Choose this option by selecting ‘residential’ at checkout.

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optional: upgrade to a courtyard room

It is also possible, subject to availability, to upgrade your accommodation to a single or double en-suite bedroom in our beautiful and historic courtyard. An upgrade to a single room with en-suite bathroom is an additional £27.25 per night and a double room with en-suite bathroom is an additional £43.60 per night.

If you would like to upgrade, please first book with residential option included, and then contact our Guest Services team on 01803 847121 or email guestservices@dartingtonhall.com to check availability. Our Guest Services department is open daily, 8am–8pm.

Should you decide to upgrade to our en-suite accommodation, please be aware that this is 20 min walk, or 3 min drive, to the Old Postern site, where some of our courses are held. There is car parking available near to all venues on the estate.


You may like to stay on our beautiful and relaxing campsite, amidst the stunning rolling hills and ancient woodlands of Dartington. Find out more about the campsite here.

Should you decide to stay on the campsite, please be aware that this is 10 min walk, to either Schumacher College or Dartington Hall, where our courses are held. There is car parking available near to all venues on the estate.

Book now

Begin your online booking below. You will receive an e-ticket for this event. You are welcome to email us at shortcourses@dartington.org with any queries you have. Full Short Course T&Cs can be found here >

If you place a deposit, you will be contacted by us four weeks before the course start date to pay the outstanding balance. You will also be contacted with full details about the course before you arrive.

Please note that in most cases bookings for all our Short Courses close at midday on the Thursday before the course begins. This enables us to give you the best possible course experience and ensures all bookers receive the relevant course materials before they arrive.

Offer: Special rate for Dartington Members

Dartington Members will receive a 10% discount, applied when they log in during the checkout process. For more information about Membership, click here (opens in new tab).

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