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

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Design and Place

The second module of our Ecological Design Thinking MA as a Short Course and explore how our rela...
Mon 9th Jan 2023

Regenerative Enterprise

Learn alongside our MA students when you take this Regenerative Economics module as an unaccredit...
Mon 9th Jan 2023

Making Connections

Your opportunity to join a module of our Engaged Ecology MA as an unaccredited short course parti...
Mon 9th Jan 2023

Soil Health

Learn alongside our postgraduate students when you take this module from the Regenerative Food, F...
Mon 9th Jan 2023

Garden Design for Beginners

Develop your garden’s potential on this five-day course with Kew Gardens and Schumacher College’s...
Mon 23rd Jan 2023

Deep Ecology and the Tree of Life

Explore new ways of connecting to our place, and to the community of all beings.
Tue 24th Jan 2023

Humankind Circles

An online co-creative circle seeking wisdom for the challenging times ahead.
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Expose and Disclose

An immersive five day poetry-writing course with Ella Frears and Sheena Patel.
Mon 6th Feb 2023

Regenerating Business as a Force for Good

Helping businesses take a lead in the regeneration of the earth and of the future of all beings.
Mon 6th Feb 2023

Earth Talk: Fast Women Writers

In conversation with Ella Frears and Sheena Patel about what it is like to be women writing about...
Wed 8th Feb 2023

Radical Love

An intimate weekend built around the most powerful force on earth.
Fri 17th Feb 2023

Baroque Style for String Players

An exciting opportunity to learn from Devon Baroque Orchestra's principal players about creating ...
Fri 17th Feb 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.

Choose from half-day family workshops to immersive residential courses in arts, crafts, writing and ecology. With courses ranging from wine-making to basket-weaving, grief to geometry and consciousness to ceramics – there is something for everyone.

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.

Bursaries

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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