Earth Day and Earth Jurisprudence Week
“The Universe is not a collection of objects but a communion of subjects.” Thomas Berry
A message from our Head of College: We each celebrate Earth Day in our own ways — some may choose to plant a tree, garden, help maintain paths, pick litter, or simply spend time surrounded by nature. In our learning programmes at Dartington, we celebrate our connection with the Earth in every day of our curriculum, in the daily rhythms of working in the gardens together, in our development of leading environmentally-centred programmes, and throughout a learning community that includes students, staff, volunteers, and welcomes anyone who visits the Estate. As Schumacher College celebrates its 30th anniversary this spring, it is worth reflecting that the very foundation of learning here is in ecology. As College founder Satish Kumar has written in our new book, Transformative Learning:
“I compare a teacher to a gardener. No one puts a tree in the seed, the tree is already in the seed. The seed knows what kind of tree it is. The gardener only helps the seed to become a tree. The gardener may find a place with some good soil to plant the seed, dig in good organic compost to nourish the seed, build a fence to protect the plant, give water to nurture it, but a gardener never tries to change an apple into a pear tree.
Teachers need to be like gardeners. They need to observe their students, understand them, help them to become who they are, support them on their way to self-realization.”
Schumacher College founder, Satish Kumar (standing, right) leads a meditation session