From half-day workshops to week-long creative retreats, online courses to six-month residencies, we offer unique experiences in the arts, ecology and social justice at our South Devon estate.


Earth Talk: The Sounds of Life

Explore the hidden sounds of nature and the latest science on non-human communication, with Karen...
Wed 7th Jun 2023

The Crush Course

Choose from two weekends in 2023 for our immersive weekend course in wine and winemaking. Widely ...
Fri 16th Jun 2023

Turner’s Tides and Twilight

This exciting five-day course looks at the work of the landscape painter JMW Turner and contempor...
Mon 19th Jun 2023

The Labyrinth and the Dancing Floor

Creating a Culture of Regeneration. How can we break out of the modern industrial mindset that ho...
Mon 19th Jun 2023

Gamelan: A weekend of Balinese music-making

In this fun weekend for all levels of experience, participants will play and learn about four pop...
Fri 30th Jun 2023

Soil Stories

A creative and collaborative sensory workshop exploring soil and all we can learn from it.
Sat 1st Jul 2023

Walk of Art – with Richard Long and Satish Kumar

Join landscape artist Richard Long and peace pilgrim Satish Kumar by the River Dart for open-ende...
Sat 8th Jul 2023

Schumacher Experience

Immerse yourself for a week in the vibrant community of Schumacher College.
Mon 10th Jul 2023

Dartington Arts Experience

Immerse yourself for a week in the creative community of Dartington Arts School.
Mon 10th Jul 2023

Tree Radicals

We often walk amongst trees and woodlands but do we truly know what, and how they are? Join us as...

SoundsCreative Lab

As part of Tara Franks’ week-long SoundsCreative Lab course at Dartington Music Summer School, jo...
Sun 6th Aug 2023

Head Heart Hands Learning

Led by experiential educators, Jenny Mackewn and Jonathan Dawson, alongside special contributors,...
Mon 21st Aug 2023

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96% of participants rate our courses as ‘Excellent/Very Good’*

“Hands down one of the best things I’ve ever done. Remarkable. I’m having trouble re-entering real life. I feel like I’ve been in a veritable dreamland”

96% of participants rate our courses as ‘Excellent/Very Good’*

“The whole week was well planned and delivered, brilliant blend of time to listen, discuss and write. Shared meals were wonderful opportunities to connect and share ideas”

96% of participants rate our courses as ‘Excellent/Very Good’*

“I loved the atmosphere of the place, the community and the truly inspiring teaching”

96% of participants rate our courses as ‘Excellent/Very Good’*

“The whole course was excellent. Tutors were knowledgeable and helped the group to rapidly ‘bond’ and relax. The combination of practical learning and spiritual connection was incredibly special”

96% of participants rate our courses as ‘Excellent/Very Good’*

“I had hoped that I would experience new personal insight and learn more to take forward small personal ways of contributing to the care of the natural world. Both of these hopes were fully met. “

96% of participants rate our courses as ‘Excellent/Very Good’*

“It was an amazing experience. Challenging, liberating and transformative. I already know it was one of the best decisions of my career. “

96% of participants rate our courses as ‘Excellent/Very Good’*

“I was surrounded by kind, passionate and skilled people. I feel the impact of this week in every decision I make for my practice and even in parts of my life outside of my practice”

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Why study at Dartington?

Our courses celebrate the ethos of learning by doing and nature connection developed at Schumacher College and across a century of arts learning on the Dartington Estate. They unite ecology, craft skills and contemporary art with politics, philosophy and social justice, underpinned by spirituality.

Our courses cover arts, ecology and social justice – with something to suit everyone, from garden design to ceramics, wine making to print making, regenerative business, food and farming. We offer creative activities as well as deep engagement with the issues of today.

About Dartington

Founded in 1925, we are a thriving visitor destination and charity supporting learning in arts, ecology and social justice. Throughout our history we have drawn leading artists and thinkers including Bernard Leach, Igor Stravinsky, Jacqueline du Pre, Ravi Shankar, Bernard Shaw, Rabindranath Tagore and Vandana Shiva and we continue to provide a hotbed for those seeking to transform society. From arts and cultural events that attract audiences from around the world to our continuing legacy of progressive education, Dartington encourages social change, learning and experimentation.

Stay and Play

Dartington Hall Estate truly is a place like no other, offering the perfect balance of fabulous facilities with more than 1,000 acres of unparalleled rural landscapes to explore. Your meals will be freshly prepared by our team of dedicated estate chefs with a focus on sustainable, local produce (much of it grown here at Dartington) and wonderful flavours. Whether you are staying in our clean and comfortable student accommodation or in our Grade I-listed Courtyard rooms, you are sure to have a lovely rested night’s sleep ready to fully enjoy your day of immersive learning ahead.

Schumacher College

Schumacher College is a progressive college for ecological studies offering postgraduate and undergraduate programmes, research degrees and a horticulture residency, as well as a range of short courses in everything from garden design to archetypal geometry and standalone higher education modules. The college has a rich history as a trailblazer in ecological learning and focuses on interactive and experiential education to help students develop the practical skills and strategic thinking required to face 21st-century challenges.

Dartington Arts School

The Arts School is a new faculty offering a distinctive portfolio of postgraduate degrees inspired by the experimentalism and innovation in the arts that has animated this place for almost 100 years. Its predecessor, Dartington College of Arts, was recognised internationally for its radical approach to arts pedagogy and the Arts School draws on this rich heritage and its extraordinary estate location to provide a dynamic and responsive context for study. Our low-residency programmes offer a learning experience rich in intellectual and creative exploration, with a flexibility that suits modern life.


Our short course bursaries aim to support applicants who wish to join a course that would enable them to inspire their wider community, and in turn enrich the course itself through their own unique contribution. It is our hope that our bursaries support a wide cross-section of participation on our short course programme. Bursaries typically cover 10%-20% of the course fee. Please note that the deadline for applications is six weeks prior to the course start date and we can only offer one bursary per person per financial year. For more information and to apply, click here.

96% of participants rate our courses as ‘Excellent/Very Good’*

*(based on participant feedback gathered Jan – May 2022)

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