Reimagining Climate

Awakening our senses to the climate in an immersive 5-day course


Monday 27 – Friday 31 May 2024 


Per Espen Stoknes, Anne Solgaard, Stephan Harding, Per Ingvar Haukeland, David Abram


Dartington Trust, South Devon


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


Includes all lunches, suppers, field trips, materials and all teaching from supper on the day of your arrival through until the lunchtime before your departure.


(Or secure your place with a £150 deposit)


All the perks included in your course fee, PLUS breakfast and accommodation from the day your course starts to check-out on the morning of the day the course ends. (More info about accommodation can be found below.)


(Or secure your place with a £150 deposit)

About this course

Are you a sustainability practitioner or supporting teams and communities in climate transformation? Are you looking to connect more meaningfully with the nature of ‘climate’?

Join us on this 5-day immersive course as we invite you to imagine the climate in a different way, not one consisting of facts and figures – but one that is deeply intertwined with a complex world. By awakening our senses in the body to what is happening within and beyond the climate, we can learn to build personal resilience and experience an animate, living earth.

Recent studies point to high rates of burnout amongst those working in sustainability, where they feel a disconnect between what they aspire towards, what they are capable of, and what they experience in society at large.

Per Espen Stoknes, Stephan Harding, Per Ingvar Haukeland and David Abram co-founded The Alliance for Wild Ethics (AWE). This consortium of individuals and organizations are working to ease the spreading devastation of the animate earth through a rapid transformation of culture. Their aim is to revitalize local, face-to-face community – and integrate our communities perceptually, practically, and imaginatively into the earthly bioregions that surround and support them. During this 5 day course we are thrilled to bring the Alliance for Wild Ethics founders together online and alongside Anne Solgaard, learn from their vast experience and passion for the human and more than human world so as to explore our wider psyche relationships and deeper motivation.

With deep ecology and climate psychology as our guide, we will explore how inner and outer sustainability can mutually reinforce the regeneration of the planet. To connect personal level changes to the global changes, and work towards an Earth4All.

This alchemy of transforming our relationship to Gaia and the living air itself, can help create balance and a ‘sense’ of Gaia. Bringing the wider climate into our being to develop a personal sustainability and compassion for ourselves as well as the earth and others.

During the course we will consider our vision, sense of purpose and grief; when we need to take a step back and when to harness our tactile nature so we can ‘be with’ and find strength in connection. Developing our physical, emotional, and mental levels of awareness we can use a “low skill – high sensitivity” mode to benefit the wellbeing of all.

What would it mean to reimagine the climate in this way – from seeing something out there to being part of us. Come with us as we recalibrate, feel part of the air we breathe and of the earth.

on this course you will

  • explore inner and outer sustainability
  • develop your personal and embodied leadership style through experiential practices that employ awareness and the expressive arts.
  • Meet like-minded leaders/practitioners working in sustainability
  • Experience the air and world around us in a new and regenerative way
  • Participate in a field trip and outdoor activities, lectures and living in community

what participants said about Per Espen’s previous courses

  • All the structure and subjects fit together and works in a chain. The background of the leading teacher Per Espen shows his capability of creating enthusiasm in digging into new fields, while being specialist in other areas to get the puzzle all together
  • Lots of energy. Developing one’s own ideas together is great.
  • I have learned an incredible amount and was very motivated to work further with the change that is needed.

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

what to bring

  • Good shoes for easy hiking
  • A small seating mat that can be used outdoors
  • A daypack


Per Espen Stoknes

Per Espen Stoknes

Per Espen Stoknes is a TED Global speaker, a psychologist with PhD in economics, and serves as the director of Centre for Sustainability and Energy at the Norwegian Business School in Oslo. An experienced foresight facilitator and academic, he’s also a serial entrepreneur, including co-founding clean-tech company GasPlas. Author of several books, among them Money & Soul (2009) and the award-winning book: What We Think About When We Try Not To Think About Global Warming (2015). His latest books are Tomorrow’s Economy (2021) on MITPress, and Earth For All (2022) with the Club of Rome. Per Espen has served as member of Norwegian Parliament, and on the EU Commission’s mission board on Horizon Europe’s Climate Change and Societal Adaptation. He has been a central contributor to the Club of Rome’s project.

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Anne Solgaard

Anne Solgaard is an experienced facilitator in helping organisations, teams and individuals identify and optimise their sustainability potentials and to engage in meaningful dialogues with their stakeholders. In her day to day work, Anne works as a special advisor on strategy for sustainability with the Norwegian Green Building Council. Anne is a master practitioner in Theory U and Social Presencing Theatre. Trained in Movement Based Expressive Arts at the Tamalpa Institute in California. Studied creativity with Dr. Edward DeBono in Malta. She holds an MSc in Holistic Science from Schumacher College (2007) and a BES in Environmental Studies from York University in Canada (1997). 

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. Stephan holds a doctorate in behavioural ecology from the University of Oxford. He has been involved in ecological field research in Zimbabwe, Venezuela and Costa Rica, where he was Visiting Professor in Wildlife Management at the National University. Stephan is author of Animate Earth as well as Gaia Alchemy and Poems of Lorca: Courting the Dawn, translated with Martin Shaw. Read More

Per Ingvar Haukeland

Per Ingvar Haukeland

Eco-philosopher and community activist Per Ingvar Haukeland is the co-author, with Arne Naess, of the Norwegian bestseller Livsfilosofi, (published in English in 2002 with the title Life’s Philosophy: Reason and Feeling in a Deeper World).

He works now as a professor at the University of South-Eastern Norway in Bø in Telemark in the field of 'friluftsliv' ('outdoor life').

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David Abram

David Abram

David Abram, cultural ecologist and geophilosopher, is the author of  The Spell of the Sensuous: Perception and Language in a More-Than-Human World, and Becoming Animal: An Earthly Cosmology. Described as “daring” and “truly original” by the journal Science, David's work explores the ways in which sensory perception, language, and imagination inform the relation between the human animal and the animate earth. Read More


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


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.

When you book your course with accommodation this includes 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 ‘Course Fee Plus Accommodation’ 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. Upgrade pricing is as follows:

For courses starting before 1/9/2023

  • Single room with en-suite bathroom: additional £27.25 per night
  • Double room with en-suite bathroom is an additional £43.60 per night

For courses starting on or after 1/9/2023

  • Single room with en-suite bathroom: additional £31.07 per night
  • Double room with en-suite bathroom is an additional £49.70 per night

If you would like to upgrade, please first book with residential option included, and then contact our Guest Services team on 01803 847150 or email 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 or call us at 01803 847008 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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