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Schumacher College courses, Autumn 2011

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Building Change for Sustainability – Are you organised?
October 3 – 7, 2011
For many of us, sustainability is a dynamic and active process of changing the environmental, social and economic components of existence that we simply cannot sustain. However, building changes in our communities and in the wider world can be a complicated and difficult task without the knowledge and skills to help drive them.

This October we are fortunate to have the renowned campaigner, author and activist Bill McKibben visiting the College to teach on the course: Building Social Movements and Organising for Change. In the last few years, Bill has devoted his time to the founding and development of 350.org, an impressive international campaign that’s building a movement to unite the world around solutions to the climate crisis. During the course, Bill will step back from his activist life to identify the strategies and techniques for successful social organising.

Course Fees £650. All course fees include accommodation, food, field trips and all teaching sessions.

Bursaries

As part of the College's commitment to supporting participation from diverse backgrounds, the College has a small number of bursaries available for this course. Click here for more information on how to apply for a bursary.

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Gaia’s Kitchen Meets Gaia’s Garden, Julia Ponsonby, Wayne Schroeder and Dave Hamilton
September 13-16, 2011
September is a month of abundance for gardeners and for food lovers. Many of you who have been to the College will have fond memories of the delicious food that Wayne, Julia and members of the kitchen produce.

This September, Wayne and Julia are joined by horticulturist and author Dave Hamilton to create a truly holistic food experience on the short course Gaia’s Kitchen Meets Gaia’s Garden. Dave, who has recently published his new book Grow your food for free …well almost, will lead participants to discover the many edible delicacies that are grown in both the College gardens and in the surrounding countryside. Wayne and Julia will then take this produce and teach participants how to create the mouth watering dishes the College is so famous for.

Course Fees £300- All course fees include accommodation, food, field trips and teaching sessions

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Ecopsychology: A Revolution at Home
November 28 – December 2, 2011
If we are to survive, we must align who we think we are with the ecological reality of what we are: our psychology must fit our ecology. To achieve this, we need a revolution in our sense of self, and in how we relate to planet earth – our home.

David Key and Mary-Jane Rust will help participants to explore the ecological self, the ecology of the unconscious, and anthropocentrism – the perceived hierarchies of power and control that influence our relationships to each other and the rest of nature.

Course Fees £750. All course fees include accommodation, food, field trips and all teaching sessions.

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Cultivating an Ecoliterate Worldview: Person, Place and Practice - October 2011 to April 2012
(including a two-week residential intensive 23 October – 4 November 2011)

We are delighted to announce a new Schumacher College programme: Cultivating an Ecoliterate Worldview: Person, Place and Practice which cuts right to the heart of our teaching and ethos. Under development since 2009 and based on four very successful short-courses, we can now offer you the chance to become fully immersed in an ecosystems-based way of looking at the world which will transform your work and life.

Because this programme is the first of its kind (combining a two-week residential with an online learning and global networking component across six months) we are able to run a limited number of places at a development rate of £1,750. Early booking is advised.

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Building the Green Enterprise
14-25 November, 2011
The UK is at the forefront of social and environmental enterprise. Learn how you can be a part of this rapidly growing area in the two week course, Building the Green Enterprise, run by the College in partnership with the Devon School for Social Entrepreneurs. In the first week discover the important qualities of a green entrepreneur – someone who can balance their passion for the planet with a strong commercial nose - develop the skills you need to inspire, lead and motivate those around you and provide inspiration, ideas and practice to help make this your future. In the second week, learn how to balance creating and selling amazing products and services whilst meeting your sustainability goals. Using the Devon School for Social Entrepreneurs’ action learning methodology and Schumacher College’s deep understanding of environmental issues, this course is aimed at people who are running or about to start a green enterprise, or who run a green community initiative that needs to become more financially sustainable.

Course Fees: Any one week £750. Two weeks £1,200. All course fees include accommodation, food, field trips and all teaching sessions.

Bursaries

As part of the College's commitment to supporting participation from diverse backgrounds, the College has a small number of bursaries available for this course. Click here for more information on how to apply for a bursary.

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College News

Staff – Hello and Goodbye
A warm welcome to Jonathan Dawson who joined the College as Head of Economics this month sharing the post with Julie Richardson. Jonathan is a sustainability educator and a socio-economist with wide experience as a researcher, author, consultant and project manager. He was until recently a member of the Findhorn ecovillage community in Scotland and the President of the Global Ecovillage Network, the umbrella organisation for sustainable community initiatives worldwide. He has over twenty years experience as a consultant in community economic development, rural transport and organisational development, with a particular focus on the design and operationalisation of monitoring and evaluation systems.

A fond, albeit temporary, farewell to communications and marketing manager Anna Lodge who leaves the College this week to have a baby. Anna will return in 2012 and we wish Anna and her family the very best over the next few months.

During Anna’s absence Rachel Fleming will be managing communications and marketing within the College. Rachel has a background in environmental science and has worked with the Environment Agency and Defra as science planner, consultant and climate change policy advisor. For the past few years she has focussed on sustainability communications and has written and edited for a number of publications including her own, The Source, founded to celebrate sustainable living in the South West of England.

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Schumacher Centenary Festival
Join us this October 8th and 9th to celebrate the life of EF Schumacher at a two day centenary festival on Bristol Harbourside. In addition to the popular Schumacher Lectures, which will go ahead as usual on the Saturday (including regular teachers at the College Satish Kumar, Vandana Shiva and Rob Hopkins), there will a day of workshops on citizen science, green economics, food and energy and a mini film festival. Visit our stand to hear about some of the exciting new developments here at the College and come along to one of the first showings of Animate Earth, the new film based on Stephan Harding’s book Animate Earth: Science, Intuition and Gaia.

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Tagore on the BBC
A poetry programme recorded at Dartington during the Tagore Festival will broadcast on BBC Radio 4 on Sunday 17 July at 4.30pm and again on Saturday 23 July at 11.30pm. The show is introduced by Satish Kumar and features William Radice, Andrew Motion, Jonathan Porritt and Clare Short. If you miss it on-air, it’ll also be available to listen again on BBC iPlayer for seven days from 23rd July.

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Next Open Evening - Bruce Lipton 20 September, 2011
The next Open Evening will be held on Tuesday, 20 September with Bruce Lipton as guest speaker. Bruce is an internationally recognized leader in bridging science and spirit. He will talk about his revolutionary vision of a life science that illuminates the hidden connections within biology, psychology, spirituality and our imminent evolutionary upheaval. Bruce also teaches on the forthcoming short course: The Biology of Belief: The Science of personal and global transformation.

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Saving the planet from the bottom up! St John’s Church, Bridgetown, Totnes. October 5th 2011 8.00pm
Bill McKibben is an author, environmentalist, and activist who wrote the first popular book about global warming. He is the co-founder of 350.org, an international organisation which, on 10/10/10, organized a day of climate solutions projects--from solar panel installations to community garden plantings--and changed communities from the bottom up with over 7,000 events in 188 countries.

Please note this event takes place at St John’s Church, Bridgetown, Totnes. £5.00/£3.00 concessions

Bill also teaches on the forthcoming short course: Building Social Movements and Organising for Change.

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WUFI Workshop and Conference - 4-7 October, 2011
As part of the development of our post-graduate ecological design programme due to open in 2013, we are running a series of advance short courses over the coming year. This October we are partnering with Cardiff University who in conjunction with expert staff from Fraunhofer IBP, Germany, will run a workshop and conference on heat and moisture problems in UK buildings – an issue particularly pertinent to building refurbishment.

The workshop session will train participants on dynamic hygrothermal modelling tool - WUFI Pro, and this will be immediately followed by the specialist two day conference. The two events can be booked jointly or separately. Click here for more details.

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Interrogate: The UK’s first festival of social justice, 23 – 25 September, 2011
Brand new and unique in the UK, the Interrogate festival is taking a fresh approach to looking at income inequality, its impact and what we can all do about it. Through performance, debate, comedy, film, music, workshops, podcasts and ideas, Interrogate is about inspiring people – people like you and us – to take action.

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Bruce Piasecki: 'Today’s Swift & Severe World'- 19 October, Dartington Hall, 7:30pm
As part of Schumacher College’s programme of events celebrating the centenary of E. F. Schumacher, this talk explores the important influence Schumacher has had on the business world.

Click here for more details.

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Student Profile: Marianna Komarovsky

As a new feature within the College e-newsletter we will profile one of our postgraduate students each month. First up is Holistic Science Masters student Marianna Komarovsky.

Marianna hails from a small Israeli town in between Haifa and Tel Aviv and was inspired to take part in the MSc in Holistic Science because of her desire to link her theoretical background in biology and ecology to a deeper understanding of how we connect psychologically and spiritually with nature. Of her time at the College she notes: “Studying and living here definitely enriched and nurtured these two passions of mine, and more than anything it has showed me how these two areas of interest can interweave into each other to make a holistic world view and to create a healthier, more balanced world.”

One of the most significant aspects of her learning has seen her develop a greater theoretical and practical understanding of the Goethean scientific approach which she explains “.. allows a creation of a rigorous study of phenomenon in a materialistic realm and at the same time a deep unarticulated connection to occur between the observer and the phenomenon, something that can be related to the spiritual realm.”. This practical understanding of the Gothean method was highlighted to Marianna earlier this year when she collaborated with eight fellow MSc students who were conducting research into landscape in La Pilla, Italy. This experience led to Marianna to combine the Gothean method within her own research project. The experience was so filling and empowering among all the participants that it had made a clear knowing in me- 'this method is working'.

Marianna’s project, which forms part of her dissertational thesis, seeks to combine traditional ecological field research, where measurements of species diversity are measured and quantified, with the Gothean method where she allows the ‘qualities’ of the woodland as whole to emerge. Marianna hopes to make a cross comparison of the two methods to see how and if they complement each other. If successful, she hopes that this combined method might lead to greater enhancements in woodland management./

Marianna is looking for help with her research project. Fieldwork will be carried out on the 23rd and 24th of July, although Marianna can be flexible about these dates. Helpers will receive training in the Gothean method of ecological field study and will get the opportunity to spend time in the beautiful woodlands around the College. Anyone wishing to get involved should email Marianna at mariannako22@gmail.com

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Associate notices

EnlightenNext presents: Midsummer Renaissance - A Festival of Spirit, Philosophy, Music, Art and Creativity. 30-31 July, 2011
Exploring the sacred, the cultural, and the philosophical, Midsummer Renaissance uniquely incorporates high-minded inquiry with cutting-edge art, futuristic dance, scrumptious food and an outdoor party with the jazz funk band Unfulfilled Desires. Featuring world renowned speakers, scintillating conversation and dynamic artistic performances, this two-day festival is designed to enlighten, thrill and surprise, and to contain the seeds of a new awakening - a Renaissance of the Human Spirit.

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CASSSE: Enough is Enough
Do you want to know how we can construct an economy that meets our needs without undermining the life-support systems of the planet and achieves sustainable and equitable well-being for all people? The report Enough is Enough is a collection of policy initiatives, tools, and reforms from the Steady State Economy Conference that makes enough, rather than more, its goal.

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Alias Papa: A Life of Fritz Schumacher, by Barbara Wood - Green Books. 2011
This year is the centenary of E.F Schumacher. As part of this year long celebration, local publishers Green Books have published a new biography Alias Papa: A Life of Fritz Schumacher, by Barbara Wood.

This fascinating biography traces Schumacher’s life: from his early years in Germany and his move to England and internment during the Second World War, through to his later years, with the publication of Small is Beautiful and the worldwide fame that resulted. It shows how his thinking and beliefs evolved as his search for truth caused him to reflect on the events of his life and embark on a spiritual journey which was to change him as an economist and as a person.

Green Books are making an offer to all subscribers of the Schumacher College newlstter: 25% off all Green Books titles, with free p&p (UK only). Browse the books – including Alias Papa: a life of Fritz Schumacher, and the Schumacher Briefings – on www.greenbooks.co.uk, put them in your basket, and quote code ROSC1 in the checkout process. Valid until 31 August 2011.

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A Wiser Politics by Jean Hardy. O-Books. 2011.
Many of us have a strong sense that the social stories we grew up with about the nature of the world, of society and of who we are as people, no longer serve us and are in fact destructive. Much of the teaching at Schumacher College is about re-examining scientific and economic assumptions from a different perspective, and developing new understandings and deeper stories about the human place on earth. With humour and poetry, Jean Hardy’s book presents the political stories we are presently living with, the assumptions behind them and the vital factors that are now missing – the earth, the female, indigenous wisdom, spirit, a revised version of the nature of the person and of childhood.

A Wiser Politics is available from Greenspirit Books, email: greenspiritbooks@btinternet.com or visit www.greenspirit.org.uk

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New Media
We have had a number of distinguished visitors to the College recently, some of whom we have been able to talk to and film. Below are some recent filmed conversations, interviews and talks - which we hope to add to on a regular basis.

David Orr @ Schumacher College: Ecoliteracy and Ecological Education

Ann Pettifor @ Schumacher College: The Financial Crisis and Education for New Economic Thinking

David Orr: The Oberlin Project

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Further details of our activities
Short courses on a range of subjects

MSc in Holistic Science

MA in Economics for Transition – Achieving low carbon, high well-being, resilient economies

Diploma in Horticulture (sustainable horticulture)
In collaboration with Duchy College

For recordings of 2010 and 2011 Open Evenings click here.

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E.F. Schumacher
To read more about E.F. Schumacher in the centenary year visit www.ef-schumacher.org

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