About our learning programmes


Dartington has a long history of using our land and activities to provide learning opportunities for all – and that tradition is carried on today through a variety of learning programmes and institutions on our 1,200-acre estate.

Click here to jump down the page to our full programme of courses, classes and workshops, or read on to find out about our key learning strands at Dartington.

Schumacher College

Schumacher College students

Through an innovative approach to learning, Schumacher College has helped thousands of organisations and individuals to understand and find solutions for the most pressing ecological and social concerns of modern life.

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Summer School

Choir workshop, International Summer School. (c) Kate Mount

Dartington’s International Summer School & Festival is a musical experience like no other, bringing together a range of different instruments, styles and eras. It caters for anyone who wants to enjoy music.

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The Craft Revolution

Ambrose Vevers Craft Revolution stool course

A broad and exciting range of affordable, accessible workshops that provide great craft for everyone, producing a resilient and flexible programme that reflects the needs of the community.

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Learning at The Shops

Student Abi takes on her first project at the ReStore

At The Shops at Dartington, visitors can take tutorials in a variety of activities – from pot-throwing at Crazy About Clay to restoring furniture at The ReStore.

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All upcoming classes, courses, workshops and more

Crafted: Printmaking (10-week course)

Crafted: Printmaking (10-week course)

  • Wed 17th Jan, 10am. Mon 22nd Jan, 10am. Tue 23rd Jan, 10am. Wed 24th Jan, 10am. Mon 29th Jan, 10am. Tue 30th Jan, 10am. Wed 31st Jan, 10am. Mon 5th Feb, 10am. Tue 6th Feb, 10am

Printmaking is one of the most intriguing and absorbing of the visual arts, and these workshops offer the chance for all levels of experience to learn in a warm and enthusiastic atmosphere.

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The Aller Park Project – David Matthews

The Aller Park Project – David Matthews

  • Wed 17th Jan, 10am. Wed 24th Jan, 10am. Wed 31st Jan, 10am. Wed 7th Feb, 10am. Wed 14th Feb, 10am. Wed 21st Feb, 10am. Wed 28th Feb, 10am. Wed 7th Mar, 10am. Wed 14th Mar, 10am. Wed 21st Mar, 10am

A centre of education for the recognition, encouragement and dissemination of spiritual values and a resource for the local and wider community.

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Workshops at The Wool Merchant

Workshops at The Wool Merchant

  • Wed 17th Jan, 2pm. Mon 29th Jan, 10am. Tue 6th Feb, 10am. Mon 12th Feb, 10am. Tue 20th Feb, 10am. Tue 6th Mar, 10am. Tue 20th Mar, 10am. Tue 27th Mar, 10am

A range of brilliant workshops for those looking to gain and develop skills with yarn! Learn how to make socks, mittens, shawls, crochet and more.

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Totnes Young Peoples Theatre

Totnes Young Peoples Theatre

  • Wed 17th Jan, 5:30pm. Wed 24th Jan, 5:30pm. Wed 31st Jan, 5:30pm. Wed 7th Feb, 5:30pm. Wed 14th Feb, 5:30pm. Wed 21st Feb, 5:30pm. Wed 28th Feb, 5:30pm. Wed 7th Mar, 5:30pm. Wed 14th Mar, 5:30pm. Wed 21st Mar, 5:30pm

An award-winning youth theatre, with a history of offering exciting opportunities for young people, TYPT has worked with many young people in mainstream, alternative and home education.

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Crafted: Life Drawing, Spring 2018

Crafted: Life Drawing, Spring 2018

  • Thu 18th Jan, 6:30pm. Tue 23rd Jan, 10am. Thu 25th Jan, 6:30pm. Tue 30th Jan, 10am. Thu 1st Feb, 6:30pm. Tue 6th Feb, 10am. Thu 8th Feb, 6:30pm. Tue 20th Feb, 10am. Thu 22nd Feb, 6:30pm

A new series of contemporary Life Drawing classes in the Shippon Artists Studios, Dartington with Isabel Coulton

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Crafted: Build a Custom Wooden Surfboard - six day course

Crafted: Build a Custom Wooden Surfboard - six day course

  • Sat 20th Jan 2018
  • 10am
  • £1200.00

Build a beautiful hollow wooden surfboard designed just for you - worthy of riding the waves or being displayed as a piece of art.

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Crafted: Weave Away! weekend course - FULL

Crafted: Weave Away! weekend course - FULL

  • Sat 20th Jan 2018
  • 10am
  • £120.00

This two-day workshop is the ideal way to start if you have never woven before or want a refresher course in the basics.

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Crafted: Baking with The Almond Thief, weekend courses

Crafted: Baking with The Almond Thief, weekend courses

  • Sat 20th Jan, 3:30pm. Sat 10th Feb, 3:30pm. Sat 10th Mar, 3:30pm. Sat 14th Apr, 3:30pm | £150.00

Master the art of sourdough with Dan Mifsud, baker and proprietor of the popular Almond Thief Bakery in South Devon, on this lovely weekend course.

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Crafted: Fermentation for the Nation, two-day course

Crafted: Fermentation for the Nation, two-day course

  • Sun 21st Jan, 10am. Sun 18th Mar, 10am | £120.00

Dive into the world of fermentation. Over this two day course we'll explore the ancient art of fermentation with all its life-enhancing properties.

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Crafted: Carpentry for Beginners - six week course - last minute opening!

Crafted: Carpentry for Beginners - six week course - last minute opening!

  • Wed 24th Jan 2018
  • 6pm
  • £170.00

Want to learn the basics of carpentry? This course is perfect for people who wish to complete domestic carpentry jobs but lack the essential knowledge, skills or confidence to do so.

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Earth Talk: with Ashish Kothari

Earth Talk: with Ashish Kothari

  • Wed 24th Jan 2018
  • 8pm
  • £5.00

As multiple crises engulf humanity and the rest of life, we are groping for ways out. How can we tackle the climate and biodiversity crises, the abysmal chasm between rich and poor, the continued deprivation of a billion people from dignified life, and geopolitical conflicts that threaten to annihilate life on earth?

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Crafted: Woodworking: Side Table, weekend course - FULL

Crafted: Woodworking: Side Table, weekend course - FULL

  • Sat 27th Jan 2018
  • 9:30am
  • £180.00

Learn basic traditional woodworking by building your own stylish side table from local ash.

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Stone Carving Courses (various dates)

Stone Carving Courses (various dates)

  • Sat 27th Jan, 9:30am. Sat 24th Feb, 9:30am. Sat 17th Mar, 9:30am. Sat 24th Mar, 9:30am

Come and have a go at carving a relief design in lime stone with Maria Moorhouse, an experienced tutor artist who runs regular weekday courses at Dartington.

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Crafted: Sculpting from Life, weekend courses

Crafted: Sculpting from Life, weekend courses

  • Sat 27th Jan, 10am. Sat 10th Mar, 10am. Sat 21st Apr, 10am | £125.00

On this weekend course you will learn techniques needed to sculpt the figure in clay with confidence and a clear sense of artistic direction.

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Dartington Community Choir Choral Workshop Weekend

Dartington Community Choir Choral Workshop Weekend

  • Sat 3rd Feb, 9am. Sun 4th Feb, 9am

This two day choral weekend features guest conductor Scott Stroman, soprano Catherine Hamilton and pianist Kristian Lindberg.

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Crafted: Marmalade Making - one day course - FULL

Crafted: Marmalade Making - one day course - FULL

  • Sat 3rd Feb 2018
  • 10am
  • £50.00

January and February is the time to make the most of the bitter Seville oranges and take away the fruits of your labour to savour all year round.

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Crafted: Pouffe or Meditation Cushion, one-day course - 3 places left

Crafted: Pouffe or Meditation Cushion, one-day course - 3 places left

  • Sat 3rd Feb 2018
  • 10am
  • £50.00

Relax and make a gorgeous pouffe or meditation cushion on this one-day course.

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Crafted: Spoon Day Saturday - one day course - FULL

Crafted: Spoon Day Saturday - one day course - FULL

  • Sat 3rd Feb 2018
  • 10am
  • £45.00

Spend a day in the woods with local green woodworker and recent winner of Best Maker in the South West Ambrose Vevers for this inspiring day carving spoons.

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It's in the Doodle - Arts Lab

  • Sat 3rd Feb, 10am. Sat 21st Apr, 10am | £70.00

One day workshop with artist/illustrator Claudia Schmid, step-by-step doodling - examining - extracting - transforming. Anyone who enjoys doodling and/or is curious how to create artwork starting from doodles is welcome - no previous skills needed.

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Crafted: Make your own Sketchbook or Notebook - one day course

Crafted: Make your own Sketchbook or Notebook - one day course

  • Sun 4th Feb 2018
  • 10am
  • £75.00

Explore traditional and contemporary bookbinding methods on this one day course to create your own artist's sketchbook or notebook.

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Arts Lab: Artists’ collective evenings

Arts Lab: Artists’ collective evenings

  • Tue 6th Feb, 10am. Tue 6th Mar, 10am. Tue 3rd Apr, 10am. Tue 1st May, 10am. Tue 5th Jun, 10am

Meet other artists over shared food for informal group discussion about your artwork and ideas.

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Earth Talk: with Katherine Trebeck

Earth Talk: with Katherine Trebeck

  • Wed 7th Feb 2018
  • 8pm
  • £5.00

How failure demand, defensive expenditures & uneconomic growth demand a new economic model.

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'begin again' - A Soul Motion dance workshop

  • Fri 9th Feb, 9am. Sat 10th Feb, 9am. Sun 11th Feb, 9am | £8.20

Soul Motion is a conscious dance practise. In this workshop we will practise living the dance that begins right now, with this first breath, with this first step.

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Crafted: Smelling of Roses: Build your own Compost Toilet - weekend course

Crafted: Smelling of Roses: Build your own Compost Toilet - weekend course

  • Sat 10th Feb 2018
  • 10am
  • £180.00

Building your own compost toilet, whether for a guest loo in the garden or to go off-grid, is a no-brainer for anyone who wants to stop polluting their source of life and obtain high-quality organic fertiliser free of charge.

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Crafted: Get Clacking, Knit-a-thon! One day event

Crafted: Get Clacking, Knit-a-thon! One day event

  • Sun 11th Feb 2018
  • 10am
  • £10.00

Spend a whole glorious day knitting! This year we are knitting for nature, plus yarn swaps, knitting quiz and, of course, cake!

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Crafted: Make your own Kimono - weekend course

Crafted: Make your own Kimono - weekend course

  • Sat 17th Feb 2018
  • 9:30am
  • £120.00

Make yourself or a friend a gorgeous, versatile, unisex kimono - great as a dressing gown or wrapper.

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Crafted: Toasty Pyjamas, five-week course

Crafted: Toasty Pyjamas, five-week course

  • Tue 20th Feb 2018
  • 6pm
  • £200.00

Enjoy the dark winter evenings by making a set of lovely toasty pyjamas on this five week evening course.

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Crafted: Carpentry for Women, six-week course

Crafted: Carpentry for Women, six-week course

  • Wed 21st Feb, 10am. Wed 18th Apr, 10am | £170.00

Begin to learn the basics of carpentry in this six week course for women and make a beautiful piece of furniture for your home.

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Crafted: Traditional Upholstery Weekend

Crafted: Traditional Upholstery Weekend

  • Sat 24th Feb 2018
  • 9:30am
  • £210.00

Learn traditional upholstery techniques on this weekend course to transform your tired old furniture.

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Do Be Do Be Do, The Touching Eye - Arts Lab

Do Be Do Be Do, The Touching Eye - Arts Lab

  • Sat 24th Feb, 10am. Sat 28th Apr, 10am | £140.00

2 day workshop with Jonathan McCree. “Weaving together drawing, movement and film making, we will explore how artists and spectators make and experience art with their bodies, blurring distinctions between movement, dance and drawing."

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Crafted: Deeper Weave - four day course

Crafted: Deeper Weave - four day course

  • Wed 28th Feb 2018
  • 10am
  • £220.00

This course is perfect for beginners and improvers who want a more in-depth experience weaving their own unique scarf.

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Crafted: Design & Create Your Own Cut Flower Garden - one and a half day course

Crafted: Design & Create Your Own Cut Flower Garden - one and a half day course

  • Sat 3rd Mar 2018
  • 10am
  • £100.00

Learn how to create a cutting garden to harvest your own exquisite flowers on this one and a half day course.

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Crafted: Sourdough Croissants, Bagels & Crumpets - weekend course - FULL

Crafted: Sourdough Croissants, Bagels & Crumpets - weekend course - FULL

  • Sat 3rd Mar 2018
  • 10am
  • £120.00

Take your bread baking to a whole new level on this weekend course by learning to make these breakfast favourites using a sourdough starter, adding flavour and wow factor.

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Crafted: Spoon Day Sunday - one-day course

Crafted: Spoon Day Sunday - one-day course

  • Sun 4th Mar, 10am. Sun 8th Apr, 10am. Sun 6th May, 10am | £45.00

Spend a relaxing and inspiring day in the woods carving a spoon with experienced woodsman and woodworker Felix Kary.

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Crafted: Bee-Centered Beekeeping, 5 week evening course - FULL

Crafted: Bee-Centered Beekeeping, 5 week evening course - FULL

  • Tue 6th Mar 2018
  • 6:30pm
  • £80.00

Bee-Centered Beekeeping is a course on bee "keeping" which puts their needs first, guided by honeybee biology and their behaviour in the wild.

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Crafted: If a Hen Built Her Own House - two day course

Crafted: If a Hen Built Her Own House - two day course

  • Sat 10th Mar 2018
  • 9:30am
  • £180.00

Learn about hen welfare and make a hen house that suits their needs as well as yours. This course will provide you with practical theory behind hen rearing and the opportunity to build a collective hen house for the Dartington Estate.

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Crafted: Shaker Peg Rail, one-day course

Crafted: Shaker Peg Rail, one-day course

  • Sat 24th Mar 2018
  • 10am
  • £60.00

Make a practical and beautiful Shaker style peg rail using traditional techniques and super sharp woodworking tools. A great introduction to woodwork.

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Crafted: Weave Your Own Foraging Basket, weekend course

Crafted: Weave Your Own Foraging Basket, weekend course

  • Sat 14th Apr 2018
  • 9:30am
  • £150.00

Make your own lovely foraging basket to take gathering in hedgerows and woods. Learn the ancient craft of willow weaving on this two-day course in the capable hands of master craftswoman Hilary Burns.

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Crafted: Wild Food Maker Series: six evenings over seven months

Crafted: Wild Food Maker Series: six evenings over seven months

  • Tue 17th Apr 2018
  • 6pm
  • £140.00

Forage. Craft. Unleash your inner wild thing and discover the transformative art of wildcrafting.

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Crafted: Wild Spring Superfoods - one-day course

Crafted: Wild Spring Superfoods - one-day course

  • Sun 22nd Apr 2018
  • 10am
  • £40.00

Spend a day in the woods foraging the early bright, new growth of the year with Myrtle Cooper

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Crafted: Spring Tonics - one day course

Crafted: Spring Tonics - one day course

  • Sat 28th Apr 2018
  • 10am
  • £75.00

As wise women have done over the centuries, we'll harness the power of plant goodness to cleanse and rejuvenate our body and spirit using the medicinal herbs of spring.

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Short Course: Context and Form, Art and Writing

Short Course: Context and Form, Art and Writing

  • Mon 7th May 2018
  • 9am

Join us for this residential week as we continue our explorations of relationship with landscape. Part of art.earth’s compelling new programme of short courses. Context and Form, Art and Writing is facilitated by environmental artist Chris Drury and writer Kay Syrad.

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art-earth talk: Chris Drury

art-earth talk: Chris Drury

  • Wed 9th May 2018
  • 7:30pm

Renowned environmental artist Chris Drury comes to Dartington for this special talk about his diverse practice over 40 years - working and collaborating with architects, planners, scientists, ecologists and small indigenous communities.

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Crafted: Arts & Craft Movement Stained Glass - four day course

Crafted: Arts & Craft Movement Stained Glass - four day course

  • Thu 31st May 2018
  • 10am
  • £400.00

Using as inspiration the exquisite stained glass windows created by artists from the Arts and Craft movement as well as more recent stained glass artists, this course will allow you to design and make your own contemporary stained glass.

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HerbFest 2018

HerbFest 2018

  • Fri 1st Jun, 9am. Sat 2nd Jun, 9am. Sun 3rd Jun, 9am

HerbFest is a well established educational herbal gathering which attracts herbalists and herbal enthusiasts from all over the world. World class speakers, practical workshops, herb walks, yoga and delicious vegetarian food - don't miss out!

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Crafted: Hand-Forged Knife, three-day course

Crafted: Hand-Forged Knife, three-day course

  • Fri 15th Jun 2018
  • 9am
  • £325.00

Make a knife on this three-day course, including blade, handle and sheath, with experts for each part of the process.

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Liquidscapes: tales and tellings of watery worlds

Liquidscapes: tales and tellings of watery worlds

  • Wed 20th Jun, 9am. Thu 21st Jun, 9am. Fri 22nd Jun, 9am

A three-day international gathering of creative thinkers and doers to explore, physically and figuratively, our watery worlds and fluid states.

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