"Satish is brimming with ideas and solutions to the crisis we find ourselves in. It is time for us to pay attention to his wisdom and learn from his counsel."
Schumacher College was co-founded by long term peace and environment activist Satish Kumar in 1991. A private, non-profit international centre for ecological education, it offers a blue-print for a new paradigm, promoting a ‘heads, heart and hands’ education where humans and nature live in harmony with each other, without sacrificing wildlife and wildlands for the sake of the economy. Renowned for promoting an eco-ecology rather than an ego-ecology, it advocates a sustainable, regenerative culture in response to current times.
Set in the grounds of the 1,200-acre Dartington Estate in South Devon, Schumacher College was inspired by green economist EF Schumacher (author of ‘Small is Beautiful’, published in 1973) who challenged the concepts of continual economic growth as beneficial to society.
The first visiting teacher was scientist Sir James Lovelock, best known for his Gaia hypothesis –based on the philosophy that everything on earth is interrelated, interconnected and interdependent. Well ahead of its time, Schumacher remains the only place in the world to have taught Gaia theory for the last thirty years.
Today, this pioneering college welcomes around 1,000 international students a year, both online and on campus, with a variety of courses and master degrees and, for the first time later this year, an undergraduate farming degree – BSc in Regenerative Food and Farming.
Many College alumni have gone on to be activists and influencers around the world and include Nigel Topping, High Level climate champion for COP26 and Tom Rivett-Carnac, who helped to organise the Paris Climate conference COP15 and who now hosts the weekly ‘Outrage and Optimism’ podcast with former UN climate chief Christina Figueres.
The College is planning a number of events to mark the anniversary which includes the publication of a book, ‘Transformative Learning: Reflections on 30 years of Head, Heart and Hands’ at Schumacher College.
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