About Schumacher College

People from all over the world, of all ages and backgrounds, have been informed, inspired and encouraged to act by Schumacher College’s 25 years of transformative courses for sustainable living.

Schumacher College has a global reputation for cutting-edge learning. Their work is to inspire, challenge and question ourselves as co-inhabitants of the world, to ask the questions we all struggle to find answers to and to find sound knowledge, intuition and wonder in our search for solutions.

Find out more at www.schumachercollege.org.uk

 

Upcoming Earth Talks and other learning opportunities

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Craft of Printmaking (various times)

Craft of Printmaking (various times)

  • Mon 31st Aug 2015
  • 10am
  • £0.00

Printmaking is one of the most intriguing and absorbing of the visual arts, and the potential for expressive improvisation and exploration in this pursuit is enormous

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Craft of Bookbinding (various times)

Craft of Bookbinding (various times)

  • Tue 1st Sep 2015
  • 9:30am
  • £0.00

Learn the arts of lead and brass typography or embark on your own restoration project under the guidance of skilled tutor, Mary Bartlett

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Tai Chi Qigong

Tai Chi Qigong

  • Tue 1st Sep 2015
  • 11am
  • £0.00

Sessions in partnership with Tai Chi Nation, helping you achieve calm and peace of mind whilst gently exercising the whole body.

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 Coming Home to an Animate World: A Way of Ceremony and Conversation

Coming Home to an Animate World: A Way of Ceremony and Conversation

  • Mon 7th Sep 2015
  • 10am
  • £0.00

07/09/2015 to 11/09/2015 With Bill Plotkin and Geneen Marie Haugen | In this course we offer you a green doorway, an opening to a wilder consciousness shaped by forest and owls, clouds and dreams. We offer you passage from a lifeless universe to a cosmos breathing with mystery and invitation, singing and crying in a jillion tongues. Gather with other Earth lovers, forest whisperers, and visionary coyotes to honour the Others with ceremony and conversation.

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Becoming Indigenous

  • Mon 7th Sep 2015
  • 10am
  • £0.00

This 10 month programme is a deep journey into the question of what it means to be indigenous and how it feels to come home. Once in the place of home, connected to our birth-rite of place and community and belonging, how do we act in the world to create change and help others find the way?

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Craft of Woodworking: Stool Making

Craft of Woodworking: Stool Making

  • Wed 9th Sep 2015
  • 6pm
  • £180.00

Evening Classes: Stool Making and Contemporary Homewares with Ambrose Vevers. 6pm - 9pm for 10 weeks. Cost includes materials, and Schumacher College Community Kitchen refreshments provided.

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Family Gamelan

Family Gamelan

  • Thu 10th Sep 2015
  • 4:30pm
  • £4.00

Join expert gamelan tutor Saj Collyer and learn to play the Dartington Balinese Gamelan Orchestra – a beautiful collection of tuned metallic percussion from the island of Bali in Indonesia. Played by up to 22 people, the set consists of xylophone type instruments, gongs and drums. The sound of the gamelan is rich, shimmering and mesmerising, and playing the gamelan is both a rewarding musical and social activity. Classes can inspire self-confidence, improve co-ordination and listening skills, and are also a great chance to try something new in a relaxed and friendly environment.

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Craft of Natural Textiles

Craft of Natural Textiles

  • Sat 12th Sep 2015
  • 10am
  • £120.00

Natural Dyeing Shibori Scarf with Flora Arbutynott and Babs Behan. Join us for a natural dye foraging walk, to locate colour-producing plants for the dye-pot. Discover how to extract colour using low impact methods. Make your own local, seasonal dyes heated outside over a wood fire. Create intricate Japanese Shibori tie-dyed silks, using reclaimed wood. You will learn how to harvest wild plants responsibly and build the confidence to continue your own natural dye practice. All materials are provided, including a length of organic British silk, to create a scarf. Botanical Inks uses only organic and locally foraged materials throughout the entire plant to print design journey. We are proud to use no toxic or synthetically produced chemicals whatsoever.

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 Eco-Spirituality, Creation Spirituality

Eco-Spirituality, Creation Spirituality

  • Mon 14th Sep 2015
  • 10am
  • £0.00

Matthew Fox with special guests Meshi Chavez, Stephan Harding and Martin Shaw | In this course we will explore some of the many prophetic voices over the centuries that have spoken of the sacred earth and our sacred bodies. We will deepen our understanding of how they speak to us today on both a personal and collective level and how they can strengthen our own personal commitment to an ecological revolution - to become warriors as well as mystics and lovers of creation

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An Indigenous Worldview

An Indigenous Worldview

  • Mon 14th Sep 2015
  • 10am
  • £0.00

This course is a deep and rigorous immersion in the traditional indigenous ways of South Africa. It is for those who are interested to explore and participate in the methods and rituals relating to this particular indigenous cosmology, aimed at bringing balance and health at both the individual and collective levels. Facilitated at the Elmhirst Programme at Dartington Hall.

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Craft of Life Drawing: Isabel Coulton

Craft of Life Drawing: Isabel Coulton

  • Tue 15th Sep 2015
  • 6:30pm
  • £150.00

6.30-9.30pm for 10 weeks. This is the ideal opportunity to practise drawing from a model in a friendly and focused environment. Classes are based in Dartington’s studio space next to the Zen Garden. Price includes a tutor on-hand for advice and assistance, paper and basic materials. Suitable for all abilities and there is disabled access.

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A Cosmology of Connection

A Cosmology of Connection

  • Mon 21st Sep 2015
  • 10am
  • £0.00

A Cosmology of Connection: Worldview, Ecology, Justice, and Creativity Configure 21/09/2015 to 25/09/2015 Join Drew Dellinger and special guest Martin Shaw and explore the new ‘cosmology of connection’ and how we can use it to awaken our imagination and build powerful movements for personal and cultural change.

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Craft of Ceramics: Painting with Fire

Craft of Ceramics: Painting with Fire

  • Sat 26th Sep 2015
  • 10am
  • £140.00

Cost includes materials, lunch & refreshments provided. A weekend introductory workshop exploring the process of Raku firing. We will be exploring the various glaze techniques, applications and special effects characteristically associated with Raku ware, in both a gas powered oil-drum kiln and a wood fired kiln. The weekend will especially focus on naked/sacrificial glaze and copper fuming. No previous experience is necessary, pots and tiles are provided or participants can bring their own. The workshop has been designed to give participants the maximum hands-on learning experience.

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Live Your Purpose

Live Your Purpose

  • Mon 28th Sep 2015
  • 10am
  • £0.00

With Bruce Lipton and Bharat Mitra | New knowledge and advances in science are shattering old myths and rewriting the fundamental beliefs of human civilisation. Join best selling author and scientist Bruce Lipton and discover what it means to ‘Live Your Purpose’ and experience an entirely new, fresh, untainted, state of pure being.

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The Bones of Ritual

The Bones of Ritual

  • Mon 28th Sep 2015
  • 10am
  • £0.00

With Colin Campbell and Lucy Hinton | Join us for this week of deep self-exploration as you investigate life questions such as who am I, what is my purpose in the world, who are my allies and how can I best serve my community, using traditional techniques and ritual practices from the indigenous South African traditions.

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Craft Revolution: Spoon Camp

Craft Revolution: Spoon Camp

  • Thu 1st Oct 2015
  • 6pm
  • £190.00

Spoon Camp is three days in the woods with the legendary Barn the Spoon - make a bowl and a spoon to last you for the rest of your life!

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Dartington Community Choir workshop

Dartington Community Choir workshop

  • Sat 10th Oct 2015
  • 9am
  • £0.00

Come and join us for a 1-day choral workshop on this upbeat setting of the latin Mass. Will Todd's fabulous 'Mass in Blue' is a brilliant blend of jazz and clear, strong, choral writing and we are very fortunate to have the composer, himself, coming to direct us.

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Craft of Woodworking: Relaxation Pod

Craft of Woodworking: Relaxation Pod

  • Thu 15th Oct 2015
  • 9am
  • £400.00

Learn to build your own sustainable Relaxation pod between the trees. £400 including food, refreshments and materials provided Accommodation not included – camping and B&B lists available. https://www.schumachercollege.org.uk/about/local-bed-and-breakfast The course runs over two long weekends in the North Woods in Dartington. October 15 - 18 and November 19 - 22. 9am to 5pm.

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Craft of Natural Textiles: Printmaking on Fabric

Craft of Natural Textiles: Printmaking on Fabric

  • Sat 24th Oct 2015
  • 10am
  • £120.00

10am - 4pm each day. Over two days you will explore a range of fabric printing techniques. Starting with lino and vegetable printing, and moving on the screen printing (with paper stencils), looking at how you can make repeat patterns and create multiple colour designs. You'll come away with your own hand printed fabric to make a couple of cushions. You will leave with the expertise you need to get going. Fabric and natural dyes provided but please bring your fabrics of your own.

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Extraordinary school for kids

Extraordinary school for kids

  • Thu 29th Oct 2015
  • 10am
  • £0.00

A day of challenges, skills and adventures for kids who love messing about in the woods with sticks, streams, mud, fires and a pinch of danger! Plus weaving, crafting, foraging, cooking and wild potions and lotions for those who dream of hedge witches and bandit queens!

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Craft of Upholstery: Deep Button Foot Stool

Craft of Upholstery: Deep Button Foot Stool

  • Sat 31st Oct 2015
  • 10am
  • £250.00

In just one weekend you will learn the basic skills of furniture making as you take on the upholstery of a double foot stool. This class is suitable for absolute beginners, you will learn how to identify and use various upholstery tools, learn the basic principles of how to upholster furniture and identify which fabrics and paints to use and practice measuring up and cutting out. You will come away from this weekend workshop with a handmade foot stool measuring 20" x 20" x 10", complete with the beautiful decorative deep buttoning technique made famous by Chesterfield and their marvellous timeless sofa's, feeling a high sense of achievement, having learned an age old traditional skill and with the confidence to continue your new practice.

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Craft of Weaving: Knit-a-thon

Craft of Weaving: Knit-a-thon

  • Sun 1st Nov 2015
  • 10am
  • £10.00

We are kicking off Wovember with a Huge Gathering of Knitters. Come and join us for 5 hours of knitting, crochet, weaving and all things fibre. Knitting contests, pattern sharing a Knit Quiz, a shared lunch and lots of cake!

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Craft of Weaving: Hedgerow Harvest Basket

Craft of Weaving: Hedgerow Harvest Basket

  • Sat 7th Nov 2015
  • 10am
  • £120.00

10am-4pm. Hilary Burns makes both functional baskets and sculptural pieces and studies and uses traditional techniques in her basketmaking. She finds these endlessly intriguing and an inspiration in her work. These courses are aimed to encourage, preserve and pass on the skills of the craft of basketmaking. Traditional crafts that were practiced in the South West countryside served the needs of agriculture, fishing and related industries and resulted in basketry skills, baskets and products unique to this part of the world During this two day workshop you will make a beautiful basket suitable for harvesting fruit and vegetables using traditional techniques for round baskets. Hilary is a member of the Devon Guild of Craftsmen and a Yeoman member of the Worshipful Company of Basketmakers.

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Craft of Weaving: Contemporary Homewares

Craft of Weaving: Contemporary Homewares

  • Sat 14th Nov 2015
  • 10am
  • £60.00

10am-4pm. Hilary makes both functional baskets and sculptural pieces and studies and uses traditional techniques in her basketmaking. She finds these endlessly intriguing and an inspiration in her work. These courses are aimed to encourage, preserve and pass on the skills of the craft of basketmaking. Join Hilary on this one day workshop to make contemporary mats/cooling trays/pot stands in willow.

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Craft of Woodworking: Garden Hurdle Fencing

Craft of Woodworking: Garden Hurdle Fencing

  • Sat 14th Nov 2015
  • 10am
  • £120.00

10am - 4pm each day. Garden hurdle-fence making course. Working out in the woods that are still being used in the traditional way, The course tutor has been managing coppice woodland for the last 20 years. He will be sharing his experience and commitment to the traditional methods with you. The 2-day courses run over a weekend and will allow you a glimpse in to a traditional woodsman's craft. Whilst making your own hazel hurdle/s, you can benefit from the instructors experience, gained over 20 years of working in the woods.

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Craft of Weaving: Rush Foraging Basket

Craft of Weaving: Rush Foraging Basket

  • Sun 15th Nov 2015
  • 10am
  • £60.00

10am - 4pm. Following a brief introduction on the history and traditions of the harvest and use of English Bulrush, it will be hands on for the rest of the day. You do not need any experience and you will have the opportunity to try a range of different techniques that will include weaving, twining, coiling, plaiting, knotting. It is possible to take home with you mats, bags, or box baskets. The courses are not just for beginners, intermediate students and returners find them inspiring and productive.

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Our Indigenous Story

Our Indigenous Story

  • Mon 16th Nov 2015
  • 10am
  • £0.00

With Atossa Soltani and Louis Fox | Our world is in crisis with an endless stream of issues crying out for our attention. But the worldviews and cultural assumptions that underlie these issues often go unexamined. Is it time for an examination, for an understanding of why we think what we do and for a new story that combines the best of the wisdom and knowledge alive in the world today. Join media strategist, global advocate for indigenous people and founder of Amazon Watch, Atossa Soltani and celebrated film-maker, Louis Fox for this deep exploration and questioning of the competing worldviews that shape the world we live in, the stories we tell ourselves and the issues we face.

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Craft of Natural Button Making

Craft of Natural Button Making

  • Sat 21st Nov 2015
  • 10am
  • £60.00

10am - 4pm. This workshop will introduce you to the construction of three types of button. Ceramic, Press-moulded buttons, wooden ash/hazel buttons and toggles and the traditional Dorset Button made with sheep’s horn. You will be provided with all materials and threads required. It would be helpful if you could bring with you a small pair of embroidery scissors and a selection of hand sewing needles including sharp crewels and blunt tapestry needles.

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Craft of Weaving: Rush Shoulder Bag

Craft of Weaving: Rush Shoulder Bag

  • Sat 28th Nov 2015
  • 10am
  • £120.00

10am - 4pm each day. Linda’s workshops are always great fun and incredibly productive. This course is a must for anybody who likes making from native, indigenous British plants, to create a beautiful and useful "hunter-gatherer" shoulder bag/satchel. The design for this unique sustainable fashion/clothing accessory is inspired by a 4000 year old rush basket found recently in the White Horse Hill Kist on Dartmoor. It includes a fascinating insight into the sustainable harvesting of rush in the South West of England. You do not need any experience and you will have the opportunity to try a range of different techniques that will include weaving, twining, coiling, plaiting, knotting. The courses are not just for beginners, but intermediate students and returners.

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The Right Livelihood Programme, UK and Bhutan

The Right Livelihood Programme, UK and Bhutan

  • Mon 30th Nov 2015
  • 10am
  • £0.00

A 12 month programme including 3 residential modules in the UK and Bhutan, supported by an on-line programme of study and mentoring.

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Craft of Ceramics: Tile Making

Craft of Ceramics: Tile Making

  • Sat 5th Dec 2015
  • 10am
  • £180.00

10am - 4pm both days. On day one you will learn to make inlay tiles using an age-old craft which has been practised since Roman Times. This part of the course is taught by Mel Chambers. On the second day there will be an introductory Raku firing workshop, including tuition in various glazing techniques and naked Raku on ready-made tiles. This part of the course is taught by Richenda Macgregor. We will also provide design materials. These beautiful tiles will make great seasonal gifts.

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