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 23rd Oct, 9am. Tue 24th Oct, 9am. Wed 25th Oct, 9am. Thu 26th Oct, 9am. Fri 27th Oct, 9am. Mon 30th Oct, 9am. Tue 31st Oct, 9am. Wed 1st Nov, 9am. Thu 2nd Nov, 9am. Fri 3rd Nov, 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 23rd Oct, 10am. Tue 24th Oct, 10am. Wed 25th Oct, 10am. Mon 30th Oct, 10am. Tue 31st Oct, 10am. Wed 1st Nov, 10am. Mon 6th Nov, 10am. Tue 7th Nov, 10am. Wed 8th Nov, 10am. Mon 13th Nov, 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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WildWise at Dartington

WildWise at Dartington

  • Mon 23rd Oct 2017
  • 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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Adventures with Pilates

Adventures with Pilates

  • Mon 23rd Oct, 6pm. Thu 26th Oct, 9:30am

Group sessions built around the key principles of the Body Control method: relaxation, concentration, co\-ordination, centring, alignment, breathing, and flowing movements.

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The Aller Park Project – David Matthews

The Aller Park Project – David Matthews

  • Wed 25th Oct, 10am. Wed 1st Nov, 10am. Wed 8th Nov, 10am. Wed 15th Nov, 10am. Wed 22nd Nov, 10am. Wed 29th Nov, 10am. Wed 6th Dec, 10am. Wed 13th Dec, 10am. Wed 20th Dec, 10am. Wed 27th Dec, 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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Totnes Young Peoples Theatre

Totnes Young Peoples Theatre

  • Wed 25th Oct, 5:30pm. Wed 1st Nov, 5:30pm. Wed 8th Nov, 5:30pm. Wed 15th Nov, 5:30pm. Wed 22nd Nov, 5:30pm. Wed 29th Nov, 5:30pm. Wed 6th Dec, 5:30pm. Wed 13th Dec, 5:30pm. Wed 20th Dec, 5:30pm. Wed 27th Dec, 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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Deer Park Guided Walks

Deer Park Guided Walks

  • Fri 27th Oct 2017
  • 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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Crafted: Weave Your Own Bread Basket, weekend course - 1 place left

Crafted: Weave Your Own Bread Basket, weekend course - 1 place left

  • 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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Earth Talk With Mac Macartney: Change Makers - Small steps to a big future

Earth Talk With Mac Macartney: Change Makers - Small steps to a big future

  • Wed 1st Nov 2017
  • 8pm
  • £5.00

The world is changing fast. Towards what, is still unclear but whether our eyes are darkly tinted or bright with possibilities, we all long for a kinder, just, peaceful and flourishing world. ‘Small steps to a big future’ brings to life the small yet potent contributions that ordinary people can make.

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Crafted: Life Drawing, Autumn 2017

Crafted: Life Drawing, Autumn 2017

  • Thu 2nd Nov, 6:30pm. Tue 7th Nov, 10am. Thu 9th Nov, 6:30pm. Thu 16th Nov, 6:30pm. Fri 17th Nov, 10am. Tue 21st Nov, 10am. Thu 23rd Nov, 6:30pm. Tue 28th Nov, 10am. Thu 30th Nov, 6:30pm. Tue 5th Dec, 10am

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

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Crafted: Weave Away! weekend course - FULL

Crafted: Weave Away! weekend course - FULL

  • Sat 4th Nov, 10am. Sat 20th Jan, 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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Seven wonders of the wild

Seven wonders of the wild

  • Sun 5th Nov, 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: Carpentry for Women, six-week course

Crafted: Carpentry for Women, six-week course

  • 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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Crafted: Baking with The Almond Thief, weekend courses

Crafted: Baking with The Almond Thief, weekend courses

  • Sat 11th Nov, 3:30pm. Sat 2nd Dec, 3:30pm. 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: Natural Skincare Festive Gifts, one-day course - FULL

Crafted: Natural Skincare Festive Gifts, one-day course - FULL

  • 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: Beyond the Form: evening craft talk

Crafted: Beyond the Form: evening craft talk

  • Fri 17th Nov 2017
  • 8pm

Bundle up and spend an evening in our outdoor Cob Barn and enjoy a free talk from Bernadette Hehenberger, a woman who has travelled the world to learn about shoe making.

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Landscape Painting Workshops

Landscape Painting Workshops

  • Sat 18th Nov, 9am. Sun 19th Nov, 9am. Sat 25th Nov, 9am. Sun 26th Nov, 9am. Sat 2nd Dec, 9am. Sun 3rd Dec, 9am. Sat 16th Dec, 9am. Sun 17th Dec, 9am

This course is intended for students with some experience of producing a painting who wish to explore observation, imagination, atmosphere and personal response to create explorative and evocative creations.

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Mindfulness Retreat

Mindfulness Retreat

  • Sat 18th Nov, 9am. Sun 19th Nov, 9am

In partnership with Sunbeam Healing. Explore the practice of mindfulness in the relaxing confines of Dartington Hall on this residential retreat.

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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: Sculpting from Life, weekend courses

Crafted: Sculpting from Life, weekend courses

  • Sat 25th Nov, 10am. 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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Workshops at The Wool Merchant

Workshops at The Wool Merchant

  • 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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Medicine in Motion

Medicine in Motion

  • Sat 2nd Dec 2017
  • 10am

An invitation to bring the breadth and depth of your being into movement.

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Crafted: Life Drawing, Spring 2018

Crafted: Life Drawing, Spring 2018

  • Tue 9th Jan, 10am. Thu 11th Jan, 6:30pm. Tue 16th Jan, 10am. 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

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: 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

Crafted: Carpentry for Beginners - six week course

  • 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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Crafted: Woodworking: Side Table - weekend course

Crafted: Woodworking: Side Table - weekend course

  • 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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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

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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Crafted: Pouffe or Meditation Cushion, one-day course

Crafted: Pouffe or Meditation Cushion, one-day course

  • 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

Crafted: Spoon Day Saturday, one-day course

  • 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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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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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: 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: 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

Crafted: Sourdough Croissants, Bagels & Crumpets - weekend course

  • 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, weekly evening course, 5 weeks

Crafted: Bee-Centered Beekeeping, weekly evening course, 5 weeks

  • 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: 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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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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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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