Schumacher Experience Competition

We're giving away one place on our Schumacher Experience, which takes place from August 22-26, worth £695!

Want to join us for a week of immersion in the Schumacher community this summer and get a taste of some of the taught courses we offer? We’re giving away one place on our Schumacher Experience, which takes place from August 22-26, worth £695!

Six weeks from now you could be here at Dartington with Satish and fellow teachers Fiona Tilley, Faze Ali and Stephan Harding for talks, facilitated sessions and personal enquiry time, all aimed at giving you the space to enquire into what has meaning in your life and what role you wish to play in the world, while also being inspired and invigorated by some of the concepts and ideas on which the college is based and participating in the rich daily life of the Schumacher community.

For a full summary of the course and information about the tutors, see below.

competition entry form

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what is the schumacher experience?

This course is a chance to immerse yourself for a week in the vibrant community of Schumacher College on the Dartington Estate.

It is designed to give you space to enquire into what has meaning in your life and what role you wish to play in the world, while also being inspired and invigorated by some of the concepts and ideas on which the college is based and participating in the rich daily life of the Schumacher community.

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 philosophy that is integral to Schumacher College and Dartington.

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

During the week you will attend sessions with our resident faculty on a variety of subjects including Gaia Theory; Systems Thinking; Movement, Mind and Ecology; Engaged Ecology and Regenerative Economics. You can also access our wide range of facilities, including the student library, horticulture areas and Forest School site.

Our aim is to create a space of supportive listening and action and we invite you to come with curiosity about yourselves and the people with whom you will be sharing the week. We will provide plenty of opportunities for building relationships and understanding interconnection – from cooking in the kitchen, volunteering on our food and farming programme and joining daily community meetings.

On this short course you will:

  • Participate in a variety of activities that use a ‘Head, Heart, Hands’ approach to learning.
  • Consider interconnections between Ecology, the Arts and Social Justice
  • Gain an insight into living in a transformative learning community
  • Experience some of the various taught programmes on offer at Schumacher College


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. From 2009 she stepped back from conventional education in sustainability social sciences to explore alternative and transformational learning practices. Finding Schumacher College has been a significant place of influence. More recently the College has offered opportunities to facilitate short courses and to convene modules on the MA Ecology and Spirituality and to be the Programme Co-ordinate for Becoming Indigenous.

Faze Ali

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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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

Stephan Harding

Stephan Harding

In 1990 Stephan was one of the founding members of Schumacher College where he worked closely with James Lovelock, with whom he has maintained a long-lasting friendship and scientific collaboration. Stephan coordinated 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. They were jointly appointed as founding chair holders of the Arne Naess Chair in Global Justice and the Environment at the University of Oslo. Read More

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.

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competition t&cs

  1. You can only take part in this competition by completing the Competition Entry Form found above.
  2. The prize is based on one adult attending the course on a residential basis. 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.
  3. Travel is not included in the competition prize.
  4. The competition will close at midday, BST on 18 July 2022.
  5. The winner will be chosen at random on 18 July 2022 and will be contacted on the same day.
  6. The winner will be contacted via the email address supplied on the entry form.
  7. We will not be contacting unsuccessful applicants.
  8. In the event that the competition winner cannot claim their prize for any reason, a second random draw will take place, and so on until a winner claims the prize.
  9. The competition is open to participants aged 18 and over.
  10. The competition is not open to employees of Dartington Trust.

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