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

Arts Lab workshops

Arts Lab workshops

  • Mon 21st Aug, 9am. Tue 22nd Aug, 9am. Wed 23rd Aug, 9am. Thu 24th Aug, 9am. Fri 25th Aug, 9am. Mon 28th Aug, 9am. Tue 29th Aug, 9am. Wed 30th Aug, 9am. Thu 31st Aug, 9am. Fri 1st Sep, 9am

An artist-run studio offering workshops, mentoring and opportunities for collaboration, where enthusiasm and energy levels are infectious and the urge to make beautiful art irresistible. A range of workshops are on offer throughout each week.

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Crafted: Printmaking (10-week course)

Crafted: Printmaking (10-week course)

  • Mon 21st Aug, 10am. Tue 22nd Aug, 10am. Wed 23rd Aug, 10am. Mon 28th Aug, 10am. Tue 29th Aug, 10am. Wed 30th Aug, 10am. Mon 4th Sep, 10am. Tue 5th Sep, 10am. Wed 6th Sep, 10am. Mon 11th Sep, 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 23rd Aug, 10am. Wed 30th Aug, 10am. Wed 6th Sep, 10am. Wed 13th Sep, 10am. Wed 20th Sep, 10am. Wed 27th Sep, 10am. Wed 4th Oct, 10am. Wed 11th Oct, 10am. Wed 18th Oct, 10am. Wed 25th Oct, 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

  • Thu 24th Aug, 10am. Wed 13th Sep, 10am. Tue 19th Sep, 10am. Tue 28th Nov, 10am. Fri 15th Dec, 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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Deer Park Guided Walks

Deer Park Guided Walks

  • Fri 25th Aug, 11:30am. Fri 1st Sep, 11:30am. Fri 8th Sep, 11:30am. Fri 15th Sep, 11:30am. Fri 22nd Sep, 11:30am. Fri 29th Sep, 11:30am. Fri 6th Oct, 11:30am. Fri 13th Oct, 11:30am. Fri 20th Oct, 11:30am. Fri 27th Oct, 11:30am

A 700-year-old story awaits you on our volunteer-led Deer Park tours – learn about the people who lived here, the magnificent landscape, the deer themselves and the abundant wildlife.

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WildWise at Dartington

WildWise at Dartington

  • Wed 30th Aug, 10am. Mon 23rd Oct, 10am

Wildwise offer a range of experiences on the Dartington estate including bushcraft, kids camps, nightpaddles, wild food, family events, dangerous weekends and wild nights out.

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Movement Medicine Dance group sessions with Rosie Perks

Movement Medicine Dance group sessions with Rosie Perks

  • Sun 3rd Sep, 6:30pm. Thu 14th Sep, 6pm

Various workshops - click through for details and full term dates. Movement Medicine is for anyone who wishes to explore their love of dancing in more depth with the support of a dedicated group.

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Crafted: Life Drawing, Autumn 2017

Crafted: Life Drawing, Autumn 2017

  • Tue 5th Sep, 10am. Thu 7th Sep, 6:30pm. Tue 12th Sep, 10am. Thu 14th Sep, 6:30pm. Tue 26th Sep, 10am. Thu 28th Sep, 6:30pm. Tue 10th Oct, 10am. Thu 12th Oct, 6:30pm. Tue 17th Oct, 10am. Thu 19th Oct, 6:30pm

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

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Crafted: Carpentry for Women, six-week course

Crafted: Carpentry for Women, six-week course

  • Wed 6th Sep, 10am. Wed 8th Nov, 10am. Wed 3rd Jan, 10am. 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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Totnes Young Peoples Theatre

Totnes Young Peoples Theatre

  • Wed 6th Sep, 5:30pm. Wed 13th Sep, 5:30pm. Wed 20th Sep, 5:30pm. Wed 27th Sep, 5:30pm. Wed 4th Oct, 5:30pm. Wed 11th Oct, 5:30pm. Wed 18th Oct, 5:30pm. Wed 25th Oct, 5:30pm. Wed 1st Nov, 5:30pm. Wed 8th Nov, 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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Earth Talk: Soul Initiation, Nature Mysticism

Earth Talk: Soul Initiation, Nature Mysticism

  • Wed 6th Sep 2017
  • 8pm
  • £5.00

With Bill Plotkin and Geneen Marie Haugen. When a caterpillar enters its cocoon, everything recognizable about the creature dissolves. Yet, within the caterpillar body, certain dormant cells — called “imaginal cells” — have always held the shape and possibility of a butterfly. Once in the cocoon, the imaginal cells awaken and bring forth a winged being utterly unlike the former earth-crawler.

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Seven wonders of the wild

Seven wonders of the wild

  • Fri 8th Sep, 7:30pm. Sun 29th Oct, 2pm. Fri 24th Nov, 7:30pm

In association with WildWise. A diverse menu of wild encounters and experiences to give you and your family that sense of wonder and reverence that underpins healthy nature connection.

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Crafted: Sculpting from Life, weekend course

Crafted: Sculpting from Life, weekend course

  • Sat 9th Sep, 10am. Sat 21st Oct, 10am. Sat 25th Nov, 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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Stone Carving Courses (various dates)

Stone Carving Courses (various dates)

  • Sat 9th Sep, 10am. Tue 12th Sep, 9:30am. Wed 13th Sep, 9:30am. Thu 14th Sep, 10am

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: Baking with The Almond Thief, weekend course

Crafted: Baking with The Almond Thief, weekend course

  • Sat 9th Sep, 3:30pm. Sat 7th Oct, 3:30pm. Sat 11th Nov, 3:30pm. Sat 2nd Dec, 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: Make your own Leather Notebook, one-day course

Crafted: Make your own Leather Notebook, one-day course

  • Sun 10th Sep 2017
  • 10am
  • £100.00

This workshop introduces you to techniques for bookbinding with leather. During the day, you will create your own quarter leather bound notebook with a slipcase.

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Crafted: Spoon Day Saturday, afternoon course - FULL

Crafted: Spoon Day Saturday, afternoon course - FULL

  • Sat 16th Sep 2017
  • 12pm
  • £25.00

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 afternoon carving spoons.

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A Dartington Outing

A Dartington Outing

  • Thu 21st Sep 2017
  • 10am

Seven days of queer arts and bent events to mark the 50th anniversary of the (partial) legalisation of homosexuality in the UK.

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Crafted: Architectural Garden Bench, weekend course

Crafted: Architectural Garden Bench, weekend course

  • Sat 23rd Sep 2017
  • 10am
  • £300.00

Make an architectural garden bench on this weekend course using Shou-sugi-ban (burnt wood preserve technique) with Ambrose Vevers.

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Crafted: Shearling Waistcoat, weekend course

Crafted: Shearling Waistcoat, weekend course

  • Sat 23rd Sep 2017
  • 10am
  • £220.00

Make a beautifully crafted garment from shearling skins with experienced designer Jane Norris that you'll cherish for years to come.

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Crafted: Bookbinding (10-week course)

Crafted: Bookbinding (10-week course)

  • Tue 26th Sep, 2pm. Wed 27th Sep, 9:30am. Thu 28th Sep, 9:30am

Learn the arts of lead and brass typography or embark on your own restoration project under the guidance of skilled tutor, Mary Bartlett

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Crafted: Fermentation Night School, four-week course

Crafted: Fermentation Night School, four-week course

  • Tue 26th Sep 2017
  • 7:30pm
  • £120.00

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

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Crafted: Tonics & Tinctures, one-day course

Crafted: Tonics & Tinctures, one-day course

  • Sat 30th Sep 2017
  • 10am
  • £75.00

Just like wise women over the centuries, we'll harness the power of plant goodness on this course to make herbal syrups, infusions, decoctions and tinctures to help care for ourselves and our loved ones throughout the winter months.

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Crafted: Weave Away! weekend course

Crafted: Weave Away! weekend course

  • Sat 7th Oct, 10am. Sat 4th Nov, 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: Wooden Bowl Letter Carving, five-week evening course

Crafted: Wooden Bowl Letter Carving, five-week evening course

  • Tue 10th Oct 2017
  • 6pm
  • £250.00

Develop your own approach to carving lettering in wood through group and individual tuition with expert Isabel Coulton in this five-week evening course.

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Crafted: Natural Beekeeping - 6 week course

Crafted: Natural Beekeeping - 6 week course

  • Thu 12th Oct 2017
  • 6:30pm
  • £100.00

This six week beekeeping course is an introduction to what has become known as ‘natural beekeeping’.

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Crafted: Wild Autumn Super Foods, one-day course

Crafted: Wild Autumn Super Foods, one-day course

  • Sat 14th Oct 2017
  • 10am
  • £40.00

Use the season to help your body prepare for winter as you spend the day outdoors foraging for nuts, berries and other autumnal treasures, then return to our outdoor kitchen where you will learn to prepare the harvest and cook over a fire.

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One-day photography workshop at Dartington Hall

One-day photography workshop at Dartington Hall

  • Sat 14th Oct 2017
  • 10am

A one-day workshop for beginners and improvers with the fantastic Marion Frances Photography.

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Crafted: Apple Day! one-day course

Crafted: Apple Day! one-day course

  • Sun 15th Oct 2017
  • 10am
  • £40.00

Explore all things apple - from orchard harvesting, apple pressing and folklore to cider making and other scrummy treats on this one day workshop set inside and out.

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Member Conversation: 40 years of Printmaking - with Michael Honnor

Member Conversation: 40 years of Printmaking - with Michael Honnor

  • Fri 20th Oct 2017
  • 10:30am

Enjoy an illustrated talk by Dartington's landscape painter and printmaker Michael Honnor, followed by a behind-the-scenes 'hands on' session at the printmaker's workshop on the Dartington Hall Estate.

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Soul Motion®: Moving with Life

Soul Motion®: Moving with Life

  • Fri 20th Oct 2017
  • 7pm

Join Zuza Engler to travel the landscapes of Soul Motion in motion and stillness, with music and in silence. You will be guided, supported, and encouraged to relax into a dance that brings you home to yourself.

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Crafted: Weave Your Own Bread Basket, weekend course

Crafted: Weave Your Own Bread Basket, weekend course

  • Sat 28th Oct 2017
  • 9:30am
  • £150.00

Make your own lovely bread basket to adorn your kitchen table. 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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Short Course: Context and Form, Art and Writing

Short Course: Context and Form, Art and Writing

  • Mon 30th Oct 2017
  • 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 1st Nov 2017
  • 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: Natural Skincare Festive Gifts, one-day course

Crafted: Natural Skincare Festive Gifts, one-day course

  • Sun 12th Nov 2017
  • 10am
  • £85.00

Spend a relaxing day learning to harness the power of herbs whilst sorting out your Christmas shopping! Make your own luxurious natural skincare products to give as gifts.

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Crafted: Traditional Upholstery Weekend

Crafted: Traditional Upholstery Weekend

  • Sat 25th Nov, 9:30am. Sat 24th Feb, 9:30am | £210.00

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

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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: Marmalade Making

Crafted: Marmalade Making

  • 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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