Regenerative Practices

A hands-on guide to agroecological principles


Monday 27 Feb – Friday 31 March 2023 


Nathan Einbinder, Melissa Harvey, Caroline Aitken, Martin Crawford, Stephan Harding and guests.


Dartington Trust, South Devon


Deposit: £150* | Full Course: £1,500 (accommodation and meals not included)

Booking deadline: 6 February 2023

Bursaries are available – find out more here.


On this course, you'll be studying alongside MA programme students on an unaccredited basis. That means that while you don't need formal qualifications to take the course, our Programme Lead will need to assess your suitability before your place is confirmed.


*A deposit is required to register your interest. The Programme Lead will then contact you to assess compatabilty with the course and upon confirmation proceed to the full course payment. In the event that the course is not suitable for you, the deposit will be refunded.

About this course

In this course, participants will develop key skills and knowledge in a variety of regenerative approaches to food and farming, including agroforestry, cover cropping and working with animals. Participants will gain practical experience in applying these approaches with sensitivity to the local context. 

Participants will investigate a wide range of regenerative practices with practical examples from the UK and around the world, from the ancestral to the technological, and including practices such as cover crops, no-till, animal grazing, agroforestry and various other biodiversity measures. Participants will liaise with our partners and specific food production projects to explore the most appropriate agricultural approach for them, taking into account the existing community, historic use of the land, and the surrounding landscape, from atmospheric conditions to soil types.

As well as a deepened sensitivity to the context, participants will gain key skills in setting up cooperative ecologically-minded practices from seed-sharing to organic certification, community growing and collaborative food processing.



  • Explore diverse regenerative practices, including agroforestry in all it’s scales, cover cropping, approaches to grazing and working with biodiversity  
  • Understand the social contexts for regenerative food and farming 
  • Learn skills to evaluate the most appropriate practices for a different land and contexts.  
  • Learn methods for evaluating the impact of regenerative practices 

This course offers the opportunity to join the first module of our Higher Education programme ‘Regenerative Food, Farming and Enterprise’ as an unaccredited student.

To study on an accredited basis, please see the MSc course programme page.


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

teaching dates

On-site teaching dates: 
27 Feb – 10 March 2023
Weekdays between 10am – 4.30pm

Online teaching dates:
13 – 31 March 2023

Please note that the course fee does not include accommodation and meals for the on-site portion of your course.

Should you be accepted onto the course, our Short Course team will advise you on how to book one of our accommodation and catering options.


Nathan Einbinder

Nathan is course lead for our Regenerative Food and Farming postgraduate programmes. Before arriving at Schumacher, Nathan taught geography at San Diego State University and the University of Northern British Columbia.

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Melissa Harvey

Melissa Harvey

Melissa Harvey is a grower, horticulture teacher and facilitator. She is Assistant Lecturer for our Regenerative Food, Farming and Enterprise MSc programme.

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Caroline Aitken

Caroline Aitken

Caroline is a lecturer on our Regenerative Food, Farming and Enterprise postgraduate programme. She is also director of Whitefield Permaculture, an adult education and land design consultancy based in Devon.

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Martin Crawford

Martin is Director of the Agroforestry Research Trust, a non-profit-making charity that educates and researches into temperate agroforestry and all aspects of plant cropping and uses, with a focus on tree, shrub and perennial crops.

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Stephan Harding

Stephan Harding

Stephan was one of the founding members of Schumacher College, and led and lectured on the college’s MSc Holistic Science for nearly two decades - teaching on the core models of the programme, as well as on several short courses at the College.

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Book now

Please note that you will need to place your Deposit by the Booking Deadline specified above, so that we - and you - have time to prepare for your course.

Once you have placed your Deposit, you will be contacted by our Short Course team who will advise on next steps. Your application will then be considered by the Programme Lead. If you need to contact us in the meantime, you can do so by emailing

Full Short Course T&Cs can be found here >

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