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

  • Tue 27th Jun, 9am. Wed 28th Jun, 9am. Thu 29th Jun, 9am. Fri 30th Jun, 9am. Mon 3rd Jul, 9am. Tue 4th Jul, 9am. Wed 5th Jul, 9am. Thu 6th Jul, 9am. Fri 7th Jul, 9am. Mon 10th Jul, 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)

  • Tue 27th Jun, 10am. Wed 28th Jun, 10am. Mon 3rd Jul, 10am. Tue 4th Jul, 10am. Wed 5th Jul, 10am. Mon 10th Jul, 10am. Tue 11th Jul, 10am. Wed 12th Jul, 10am. Mon 17th Jul, 10am. Tue 18th Jul, 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 28th Jun, 10am. Wed 5th Jul, 10am. Wed 12th Jul, 10am. Wed 19th Jul, 10am. Wed 26th Jul, 10am. Wed 2nd Aug, 10am. Wed 9th Aug, 10am. Wed 16th Aug, 10am. Wed 23rd Aug, 10am. Wed 30th Aug, 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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Earth Talk: Back to the Land 2.0

Earth Talk: Back to the Land 2.0

  • Wed 28th Jun 2017
  • 8pm
  • £5.00

With John Thackara. Around the world, new approaches to regional and territorial development are reshaping links between town and country. John Thackara has travelled the world in his search of stories about the practical steps taken by communities to realise a sustainable future.

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Crafted: Life Drawing, Spring & Summer 2017

Crafted: Life Drawing, Spring & Summer 2017

  • Thu 29th Jun, 6:30pm. Thu 6th Jul, 6:30pm | £190.00

A brand new series of contemporary Life Drawing classes in the Shippon Artists Studios, Dartington.

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Crafted: Weave Away! weekend course

Crafted: Weave Away! weekend course

  • Sat 1st Jul 2017
  • 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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WildWise at Dartington

WildWise at Dartington

  • Sat 1st Jul, 10am. 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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Earth Talk: Woody Tasch

Earth Talk: Woody Tasch

  • Wed 5th Jul 2017
  • 8pm
  • £5.00

Inspired by the vision set forth in Woody Tasch's 2009 book Inquiries into the Nature of Slow Money: Investing As If Food, Farms and Fertility Mattered, Slow Money is bringing people together around a new conversation about money that is too fast, about finance that is disconnected from people and place, about how we can begin fixing our economy from the ground up... starting with food.

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Crafted: Hand-Forged Knife, three-day course

Crafted: Hand-Forged Knife, three-day course

  • Fri 7th Jul 2017
  • 10am
  • £300.00

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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Crafted: Wild Super Foods, one-day course

Crafted: Wild Super Foods, one-day course

  • Sat 8th Jul 2017
  • 10am
  • £40.00

Enjoy a day gathering wild edible plants learning what you can do with them, such as fruit leather, lacto-fermentation, vinegar and making wild superfood powders.

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Get to know trees

Get to know trees

  • Thu 13th Jul 2017
  • 1pm

Use your intuition, observation, drawing and meditation to 'study' or explore trees on the Dartington estate.

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Seven wonders of the wild

Seven wonders of the wild

  • Sat 15th Jul, 10am. 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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Yoga in Exploration - a 3 day retreat

Yoga in Exploration - a 3 day retreat

  • Sat 15th Jul, 10am. Sun 16th Jul, 10am. Mon 17th Jul, 10am

Is your style of yoga really your style? Angela Farmer & Victor van Kooten invite you explore and share your practice within this unique opportunity.

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Crafted: The Art of Yogurt, afternoon course

Crafted: The Art of Yogurt, afternoon course

  • Sat 15th Jul 2017
  • 12pm
  • £30.00

Super rich in calcium and containing a team of protein and pro-biotics, yogurt is the super hero in your fridge. Find out all about the power of sour and how to make your own at home.

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Crafted: Natural Skincare, one-day course

Crafted: Natural Skincare, one-day course

  • Sun 16th Jul 2017
  • 10am
  • £100.00

Make your own natural, ethical and luxurious beauty products by harnessing the power of herbs on this one-day workshop.

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Crafted: Shaker Peg Rail, afternoon course

Crafted: Shaker Peg Rail, afternoon course

  • Sat 22nd Jul 2017
  • 1pm
  • £50.00

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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Earth Talk: Big Picture Activism

Earth Talk: Big Picture Activism

  • Wed 26th Jul 2017
  • 8pm
  • £5.00

With Helena Norbert-Hodge. It is easy to feel overwhelmed and depressed by the state of the world today: from terrorism to unemployment and poverty, from climate chaos to the breakdown of democracy. In the mainstream media, these escalating problems appear separate, but the “big picture” makes it clear that they share a common root cause: an economic system that has become anti-life.

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Dartington Deer Park Public Opening

Dartington Deer Park Public Opening

  • Thu 27th Jul 2017
  • 11am

Join us for the opening of our new visitor attraction. Try new accessible trails around the Deer Park, learn about the history of the Deer Park and its 18th century wall and meet our herd of fallow deer.

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Young Dartington

Young Dartington

  • Mon 31st Jul 2017
  • 9am

Young Dartington is a children’s holiday camp for 8-14 year olds that runs for the first 2 weeks of the summer holidays in the grounds of the beautiful Dartington estate.

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Movement Medicine Dance group sessions with Rosie Perks

Movement Medicine Dance group sessions with Rosie Perks

  • Sun 3rd Sep 2017
  • 6:30pm

Above dates indicate start of terms - click through for 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: Carpentry for Women, six-week course

Crafted: Carpentry for Women, six-week course

  • Wed 6th Sep 2017
  • 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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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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Crafted: Spoon Day Saturday, afternoon course

Crafted: Spoon Day Saturday, afternoon course

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

Spend the day in the woods carving wooden spoons or small vessels from the branch of a tree using traditional wood carving tools.

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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: 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: Tonics & Tinctures, one-day course

Crafted: Tonics & Tinctures, one-day course

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

Just as wise women have done over the centuries, we'll harness the power of plant goodness to make herbal syrups, infusions, decoctions and tinctures to help care for ourselves, friends and family throughout the winter months.

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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: Traditional Upholstery Weekend

Crafted: Traditional Upholstery Weekend

  • Sat 25th Nov 2017
  • 9:30am
  • £210.00

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

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