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.


Schumacher Open Lunches

Join us for the quintessential community experience at Schumacher College as we open up our famou...
Fri 21st Jun 2024

Unlock The Power of Local Economies

Spend the day with Tim Smit as he takes you through his vision to create prosperous society by im...
Sat 22nd Jun 2024

Summer Frequencies

A weekend vocal workshop led by Cuban interdisciplinary artist Guillermo Luis Horta Betancourt
Sun 23rd Jun 2024

Sound Walk with Emma Welton

Join composer and musician Emma Welton for an afternoon exploring musicial expression in the grea...
Fri 28th Jun 2024

Found and Ground

Discover a more natural and sustainable path for your creative life on this five-day course creat...
Mon 1st Jul 2024
Nature connection

Nature Connection workshop

Spend the afternoon with a Schumacher College tutor, finding ways connect with the natural world ...
Fri 5th Jul 2024

The Doors of Perception: Aldous Huxley at Dartington and beyond

The day will bring together leading researchers to explore the intellectual and artistic environm...
Sat 6th Jul 2024

Fermentation workshop

Join Schumacher chef Voirrey to learn how to ferment your own food.
Fri 19th Jul 2024

Radical Love

This is a chance to spend an intimate weekend, hosted by Satish Kumar, to consider the role of ra...
Fri 19th Jul 2024
Lou Rainbow's painting of flowers

Painting from the Garden with Lou Rainbow

Learn simple techniques in watercolours, inks and drawing and immerse yourself in an afternoon de...
Sat 20th Jul 2024
Wooden spoon

Woodcraft for Wellbeing Sessions

An immersive nature-based experience centred around learning the craft of whittling with a mindfu...
Fri 26th Jul 2024

Schumacher Experience

Immerse yourself for 5 days in the transformative learning community of Schumacher College.
Mon 29th Jul 2024

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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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