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

Deer Park Guided Walks

Deer Park Guided Walks

  • Fri 27th Apr, 11am. Fri 4th May, 11am. Fri 11th May, 11am. Fri 18th May, 11am. Fri 25th May, 11am. Fri 1st Jun, 11am. Fri 8th Jun, 11am. Fri 15th Jun, 11am. Fri 22nd Jun, 11am. Fri 29th Jun, 11am

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: Sourdough Croissants, Bagels & Crumpets - weekend course

Crafted: Sourdough Croissants, Bagels & Crumpets - weekend course

  • Sat 28th Apr, 10am. Sat 16th Jun, 10am. Sat 22nd Sep, 10am. Sat 24th Nov, 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: Spring Tonics - SOLD OUT

Crafted: Spring Tonics - SOLD OUT

  • 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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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

  • Sun 29th Apr 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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Dynamic yoga classes

Dynamic yoga classes

  • Mon 30th Apr, 7pm. Mon 7th May, 7pm. Mon 14th May, 7pm. Mon 21st May, 7pm. Mon 28th May, 7pm. Mon 4th Jun, 7pm. Mon 11th Jun, 7pm. Mon 18th Jun, 7pm. Mon 25th Jun, 7pm

The Yoga Body present dynamic yoga classes to work the body, calm the mind and nourish the soul.

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Crafted: Life Drawing, Spring 2018

Crafted: Life Drawing, Spring 2018

  • Tue 1st May, 10am. Thu 3rd May, 6:30pm. Tue 8th May, 10am. Thu 10th May, 6:30pm. Tue 15th May, 10am. Thu 17th May, 6:30pm. Tue 22nd May, 10am. Thu 24th May, 6:30pm. Tue 5th Jun, 10am. Thu 7th Jun, 6:30pm

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

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Arts Lab: Open studio days

Arts Lab: Open studio days

  • Wed 2nd May, 10am. Thu 3rd May, 10am. Fri 4th May, 10am. Wed 9th May, 10am. Thu 10th May, 10am. Fri 11th May, 10am. Wed 16th May, 10am. Thu 17th May, 10am. Fri 18th May, 10am. Wed 23rd May, 10am

Days welcoming drop-in visits to the Lab’s information area where you can find out more about the project.

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Totnes Young Peoples Theatre

Totnes Young Peoples Theatre

  • Wed 2nd May, 5:30pm. Wed 9th May, 5:30pm. Wed 16th May, 5:30pm. Wed 23rd May, 5:30pm. Wed 30th May, 5:30pm. Wed 6th Jun, 5:30pm. Wed 13th Jun, 5:30pm. Wed 20th Jun, 5:30pm. Wed 27th Jun, 5:30pm. Wed 4th Jul, 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: Elm Bark Stool Making -  three day course

Crafted: Elm Bark Stool Making - three day course

  • Fri 4th May 2018
  • 10am
  • £250.00

Make your own beautiful and hard wearing Elm Bark Stool. Working with a range of tools and techniques you will craft a stool over three days to enjoy the rest of your life guided by the skilled woodsman Andrew Kirby

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Crafted: Weave Your Own Foraging Basket - one place left!

Crafted: Weave Your Own Foraging Basket - one place left!

  • Sat 5th May 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: Spoon Day Sunday - one-day course

Crafted: Spoon Day Sunday - one-day course

  • Sun 6th May, 10am. Sun 3rd Jun, 10am. Sun 8th Jul, 10am. Sun 26th Aug, 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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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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Crafted: Get Hooked! three week course

Crafted: Get Hooked! three week course

  • Tue 8th May 2018
  • 7pm
  • £45.00

Cool Crochet with Caroline Voaden. In this three-week course you'll learn to crochet – even if you’ve tried and failed before!

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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: Baking with The Almond Thief - Weekend

Crafted: Baking with The Almond Thief - Weekend

  • Sat 12th May, 4:30pm. Sat 9th Jun, 4:30pm. Sat 14th Jul, 4:30pm. Sat 11th Aug, 4:30pm | £165.00

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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Live Connection

Live Connection

  • Sat 12th May, 7:30pm. Sat 9th Jun, 7:30pm. Sat 7th Jul, 7:30pm

Improvised dance to live music created by professional musicians: funky grooves and musical landscapes to die for .

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Arts Lab: Intergenerational afternoon of making and sensory play

Arts Lab: Intergenerational afternoon of making and sensory play

  • Sun 13th May, 12pm. Sun 10th Jun, 12pm. Sun 15th Jul, 12pm

An open-for-all afternoon of making and sensory play for all ages, abilities and members of the community.

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Crafted: Traditional Upholstery Weekend

Crafted: Traditional Upholstery Weekend

  • Sat 19th May, 9:30am. Sat 14th Jul, 9:30am. Sat 1st Sep, 9:30am. Sat 17th Nov, 9:30am

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

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Crafted: Weave Away! weekend course

Crafted: Weave Away! weekend course

  • Sat 19th May, 10am. Sat 14th Jul, 10am. Sat 15th Sep, 10am. Sat 17th 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: Bee-Centered Beekeeping - 5 week evening course

Crafted: Bee-Centered Beekeeping - 5 week evening course

  • Tue 29th May 2018
  • 6:30pm
  • £90.00

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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Earth Talk: Pagan Possibilities

Earth Talk: Pagan Possibilities

  • Wed 30th May 2018
  • 8pm
  • £5.00

What Can We Learn From British Prehistory? With Angharad Wynne and Mac Macartney. How can we re-enchant the world? Where can we find narratives to guide us through these troubled times? Must we always look to the spiritualities of the East, or to the shamanisms of the Arctic and the Amazon, or does the West yet have something to offer? Is there something more home grown?

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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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In Motion days

In Motion days

  • Sat 2nd Jun, 10:30am. Sat 29th Sep, 10:30am. Sat 8th Dec, 10:30am

Awaken and surrender to the intelligence of the moving body. Dancing to include the entirety of ourselves and engage creatively with all we meet outside of ourselves - the crunchy and the smooth.

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Crafted: Modern Calligraphy

Crafted: Modern Calligraphy

  • Sun 3rd Jun 2018
  • 9:30am
  • £65.00

An introduction with Anon Designers. Love modern lettering? Want to make your own stationary? Join Anon Designers for this fabulous one day course where you will look at the architecture of letters and the painterly and graphic qualities of calligraphy.

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Crafted: Printmaking (10-week course)

Crafted: Printmaking (10-week course)

  • Tue 5th Jun 2018
  • 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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Your Body - Your Story

Your Body - Your Story

  • Tue 5th Jun 2018
  • 2pm

Autobiographical theatre for women. Explore your story through presence, embodiment, improvisation, inquiry and personal reflection.

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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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Stone Carving Courses (various dates)

Stone Carving Courses (various dates)

  • Sat 16th Jun, 10am. Sat 23rd Jun, 10am. Sun 24th Jun, 10am. Sat 14th Jul, 11am. Sun 15th Jul, 11am. Wed 12th Sep, 9:30am. Sat 15th Sep, 10am. Sun 16th Sep, 10am. Sun 30th Sep, 11am. Thu 25th Oct, 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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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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Arts Lab: Artist collective evenings

Arts Lab: Artist collective evenings

  • Thu 21st Jun 2018
  • 5pm

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

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Transition Together - Non-residential

Transition Together - Non-residential

  • Thu 21st Jun 2018
  • 6pm
  • £200.00

The 4th International Transition Design Symposium brings together representatives from major movements and initiatives to discuss the urgent need for sustainable societal transitions.

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Transition Together - Residential

Transition Together - Residential

  • Thu 21st Jun 2018
  • 6pm
  • £250.00

The 4th International Transition Design Symposium brings together representatives from major movements and initiatives to discuss the urgent need for sustainable societal transitions.

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Crafted: Make a Leather Bag in a Day

Crafted: Make a Leather Bag in a Day

  • Sat 30th Jun 2018
  • 10:30am
  • £120.00

Join Esther Keen from Leather Needle Thread in Bristol to make a leather bag in a day. There is a choice of bucket bag or tote bag and a wide choice of beautiful coloured vegetable tanned full grain leather as well as metallic leather. Learn how to craft your own leather bag using a semi industrial sewing machine.

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Crafted: Fermentation for the Nation - two-day course

Crafted: Fermentation for the Nation - two-day course

  • Sun 1st Jul 2018
  • 10am
  • £140.00

Dive into the world of fermentation, exploring every food stuff: grains, vegetables, dairy, beans & pulses and more, using airborne yeasts and bacteria to SCOBYs - symbiotic cultures of bacteria and yeasts. Over two full days, we'll delve into the world of fermentation and allowing for fermentation time between each session. A mixture of hands-on cooking and demonstrations, with lots of tips, talking and tasting!

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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 1st Jul 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: Get Hooked! - three week course

Crafted: Get Hooked! - three week course

  • Thu 12th Jul 2018
  • 7pm
  • £45.00

Cool Crochet with Caroline Voaden - in this three-week course you'll progress from the basic crochet stitches you already know.

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It's in the Doodle - Arts Lab

  • Sat 14th Jul 2018
  • 10am
  • £30.00

Half 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: Natural Dyeing and Indigo

Crafted: Natural Dyeing and Indigo

  • Sat 21st Jul 2018
  • 10am
  • £120.00

An Introduction with Flora Arbuthnott. Exploring different processes and plants, creating a variety of colours on silk and yarn. We will take a natural dye plant foraging walk around the land and garden gathering plants for the dye pot.

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Crafted: Woodturning - make a bowl to last a lifetime

Crafted: Woodturning - make a bowl to last a lifetime

  • Sat 18th Aug, 10am. Sun 19th Aug, 10am | £85.00

With Sharif Adams. On this one-day taster course you will be introduced to the basic techniques of woodturning and turn one timber ‘blank’ to make a small bowl. As you work on the pole lathe throughout the day, you practice skills to gain confidence working on the project.

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Crafted: An Introduction to the Art of Letter Carving in Wood

Crafted: An Introduction to the Art of Letter Carving in Wood

  • Fri 7th Sep 2018
  • 7pm
  • £75.00

Carving a single letter that you have designed can be a truly inspirational experience. This is an ideal course for beginners to embark on this timeless craft.

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Crafted: Carpentry for Women, six-week course

Crafted: Carpentry for Women, six-week course

  • Wed 12th Sep 2018
  • 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: Make Your Own Book of Dreams - six week course

Crafted: Make Your Own Book of Dreams - six week course

  • Thu 20th Sep 2018
  • 6pm
  • £180.00

This exciting course in book arts includes traditional and contemporary bookbinding, paper making and paper marbling.

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Infant Movement Development Course

Infant Movement Development Course

  • Fri 21st Sep 2018
  • 9am

The first module for the Diploma in Integrative Bodywork and Movement Therapy. For those interested in experiential learning including movers, dancers, yoga practitioners, therapists and bodyworkers.

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Crafted: Shaker Peg Rail - one-day course

Crafted: Shaker Peg Rail - one-day course

  • Sat 22nd Sep 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: Carpentry for Beginners - six week course

Crafted: Carpentry for Beginners - six week course

  • Wed 26th Sep 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: Kool Stool Course - one day course

Crafted: Kool Stool Course - one day course

  • Sat 29th Sep 2018
  • 9:30am
  • £120.00

Make a practical simple stool in one day, learn to use super sharp tools that add a beautiful texture to wood. Create a perfectly imperfect piece of furniture that will age gracefully. Option of finishing the stool with the Japanese Shou Sugi Ban method. Made from locally grown Ash.

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