Schumacher Experience

Immerse yourself for 5 days in the transformative learning community of Schumacher College


Monday 29 July – Friday 2 August 2024


Fiona Tilley, Faisal Al-Jawad, Rachel Sweeney, Jay Tompt, Andy Letcher, Satish Kumar, Emma Kidd


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

Through talks, facilitated sessions and personal enquiry time, this course will give you an opportunity to attend to your own personal questions and empower others through group participation and active listening. The rhythm of the week will include elements and creative exercises that expand and support the Head, Heart, and Hands approach that is integral to Schumacher College.

This way of teaching enables participants and tutors to learn in dialogue with each other and with the place itself. As a testbed for enacting new visions and models, Schumacher College has a uniquely values-driven vitality to offer.

During the course you will attend sessions with our lecturers on a variety of subjects including Gaia Theory; Systems Thinking; Movement, Mind and Ecology and Engaged Ecology. You can also access our wide range of facilities, including the Old Postern library, horticulture areas and Redwoods outdoor classroom.

Fiona Tilley and Faisal Al-Jawad will be your facilitators for the week. Their aim is to create a space of supportive listening and action and invite you to come with curiosity about yourselves and the people with whom you will be sharing the week. There will be plenty of opportunities for building relationships and understanding interconnection – from cooking in the kitchen, volunteering in the garden and joining daily community meetings.

on this course you will

  • Participate in a transformative learning community
  • Experience a community Fireside Chat and meditation with Satish Kumar.
  • Experience what regenerative learning means to you
  • Cook with Julia Ponsonby (author of Gaia’s Feasts, Gaia’s Kitchen) and the Schumacher College team.
  • Learn about Gaia Theory with Dr Stephan Harding
  • Explore systems thinking games and experiential approaches towards learning.

What previous participants gained from the course

Great friendships and the confirmation that we are the change we want to see in the world

Greater connection with heart and hands

Incredible connections with all kinds of people; deeper understanding of relevant ecological topics and systems

The culture of welcoming everyone and everything with kindness, love and humour.

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


Fiona Tilley

Dr Fiona Tilley

Dr Fiona Tilley completed her PhD research into the environmental practices of small and medium sized enterprises in 1998. A career in academia followed with positions at Durham University Business School and latterly the Sustainability Research Institute at the University Leeds.
She has published extensively in the field of sustainability entrepreneurship and emerging new business models.Read More

Faisal Al-Jawad

Faisal Al-Jawad

Faze is part of a long line of people whose lives have been profoundly changed by Schumacher College and the wider Dartington estate. Having lived, worked, and studied (MA Ecological Design Thinking) there, Faze has a deep bond with the place and the spirit of the place, and loves taking people on journeys to share in and experience some of the magic of this little corner of Devon.

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Rachel Sweeney

Dr Rachel Sweeney

Rachel is a practicing movement artist specialising in transdisciplinary approaches to decolonizing body-place relationships, engaging creatively and imaginatively with cultural heritage and sustainability discourses.
Rachel is currently Programme Lead for the MA in Movement Mind and Ecology at Schumacher College and is graduate of the BA Theatre Degree at the former Dartington College of Arts. Read More

Jay Tompt

Jay Tompt

Jay is a Lecturer for Regenerative Economics. He is also a co-founder of the Totnes REconomy Project, and associate lecturer in economics at Plymouth University.

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Andy Letcher

Andy Letcher

Andy is the programme lead for MA Engaged Ecology at Schumacher College.

Andy has doctorates in Ecology (Oxford University – studying patterns of distribution of mammals at the continental level) and in the Study of Religion (King Alfred’s College, Winchester – researching bardic performance within contemporary Druidry and radical environmental protest movements). Consequently, he is especially interested in the intersection between ecology and worldview or spirituality.

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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


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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