Schumacher College is a progressive college for ecological studies offering postgraduate and undergraduate programmes, research degrees, short courses and a practical agroecology residency.

We focus on interactive and experiential education to help students develop the practical skills and strategic thinking required to face 21st century challenges and to instigate regenerative futures.

Our learning ethos is about participating, getting out into the field, into the kitchen, experiencing the world as a starting point for more in-depth enquiry. These experiences then inform anti-reductionist, whole systems thinking that can help to break down traditional disciplines and foster collaborations that reach towards a better understanding of the truth.

ABOUT US: Read more about our history and ethos >

Grower in our growing space, Henri's Field

live chats & open days

Get to know our College, our faculty and our programmes with these online and offline events.


flexible learning

There are so many ways to connect with our learning programmes to suit your lifestyle – including low-residency or part time routes, unaccredited modules, and blended learning models.


postgraduate programmes

Regenerative Food, Farming and Enterprise


This radical new course is designed to help you develop your knowledge and understanding of resilient human-scale food systems and learn the skills needed to design, influence or develop resilient, productive food-based networks and businesses of your own. With an ecological and systemic approach, you will carve out a path towards making a positive contribution to the food economy.

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Movement, Mind and Ecology


Explore the rich intersection of embodied practice, environmental philosophy and ecological thinking with this distinctive new course. The first of its kind, the MA programme encourages you to use your own physical engagement with the world to reshape your understanding of place, nature, self and society, with the help of world-renowned experts from a wide range of physical pursuits.

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Engaged Ecology


A radical programme for students looking to reconsider their relationship with the more-than-human and find solutions to the environmental and social crises of our time. The course equips you with the skills to engage practically in the field, while also allowing you the time and space to develop a personal understanding of the interconnected nature of the world.

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undergraduate programmes

Regenerative Food and Farming


The BSc in Regenerative Food and Farming gives you the opportunity to explore leading-edge alternatives to mainstream agricultural practices and food systems, through a programme of integrated experiential learning, study alongside expert faculty and practitioners, meaningful work placement, and guided independent projects.

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Short Courses

Our courses celebrate the ethos of learning by doing and nature connection developed here at Schumacher College and across a century of arts learning on the Dartington estate. They unite ecology, craft skills and contemporary art with politics, philosophy and social justice, underpinned by a stronger sense of our place in the world. Our learning experiences are offered alongside short courses from the Dartington Arts School as part of a collaborative learning community.

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short course students on great lawn

Unaccredited modules

If you love our degree programmes but can’t commit to a full course, it’s possible to select modules as unaccredited short courses. 

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Practical Residency In Agroecology

A rich, six month immersive programme learning how to grow food in a way that maintains and restores soil and ecosystem health.

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virtually schumacher

– Ongoing series of live chats with course tutors
Video archive – including our long-running Earth Talks series

research at dartington

We offer research degrees in partnership with University of Westminster CREAM. Our researchers have expertise in a wide range of topics including arts practice-led research; animism; medieval literature; modernism; story and myth; arts, design and ecology; ecology and spirituality; Goethean science; regenerative economics, farming and food; social work with adults and children; and social enterprise.


latest news & blogs

watch: Soil To Supper – Sustainability at Schumacher

watch: our students in their own words

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We have two brilliant (and FREE) talks coming up this week at @dartingtontrustbooks

On Thursday (9th Feb) we have Sylvia V. Lindstead reading from her new book 'The Venus Year', an almanac of one Venus year in her own life. A year of loss and of gifts; a year of transformation, spent between the Greek island of Crete and her home in California. It is at once memoir and myth, monthly seasonal notes and glimpses of daily life, and the poems and short stories that came from those days.

Dr Lucy Maddox will also be joining us on Monday (13th Feb) to talk about her latest work 'A Year to Change Your Mind'. She pinpoints issues common to each month, and shares evidence-based ideas from the therapy room which help us to reflect on our own experiences, both joyful and painful, and learn to live a more thoughtful, positive life.

’12 months’ worth of smart self-help from someone you’d want on your team in a crisis… genuinely useful, charming, comforting.’
Anoushka Groce, The Guardian

#literature #books #author #memoir #reading #totnes #dartington

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Our BSc Regenerative Food and Farming students grilling experienced farmer and activist Ed Hamer at Chagfood CSA on Friday.

📷 @aitkencaroline

#regenerativeagriculture #regenerativefarming #farmerlife

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Attending open days can help you get the answers you need before applying to a university. On 09 February, we will be hosting a virtual open evening where you can speak to academic staff from across our degree courses. Discover our ecological, regenerative approach to learning and find out more about each course we offer. Additionally, we will have a member of the admissions team on hand to answer any questions about the application process. You still have time to register, link in Bio.

📷 Josh pratt

#highereducation #degrees #tranformativelearning #ecologicalpractices #opendays #university #apply #students #undergraduate #postgrad #learningopportunities

@schumacher_center @schoolfarmcsa @apricotcentre @riverford @oxfordrealfarmingconference @landworkersalliance @landskillsfair @dartingtonmill

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Satish Kumar embodies his Soul, Soul, Society triptych so much that he kindly agreed to don our Schumacher College hoody on his latest visit to Dartington. Like and tag in someone you know who might like it and we will give away this hoody to one lucky person. Or grab your own via our @teemillstore online store. See our Schumacher Apparel store in our bio to order other version incl. the “You are therefore I am” sweater. #steez #clobber #threads #dapper #ecofriendly #sustainablefashion #clothing #hoodie
#garms #apparel #sustainablefashion #satishkumar #dartington #slowfashion #guru

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