Dartington Trust


  • Location: Town, Rural

About us

Dartington Trust is a centre for learning, arts, ecology and social justice based on a 1,200 acre estate near Totnes. We offer a new model for transformative learning at our two higher education faculties, Schumacher College and Dartington Arts School. Our short course programme offers inspiring, transformative experiences in a truly stunning location. We attract exceptional tutors to help guide your personal development, understanding and practical skills, in the fields of arts, craft, ecology and beyond. 

What makes us different

Dartington has been at the forefront of progressive education since the 1920’s, when Dorothy and Leonard Elmhirst began transforming our estate into a place that could change the world. Today, we are working towards creating a new kind of university – one that is truly fit for the 21st century. 

In attending a course here, you’ll equip yourself with the tools to find real solutions to major issues of our time – such as climate change or social injustice – through ecological or artist practices, or a combination of the two. 

Our two faculties, Schumacher College and Dartington Arts School, offer a radically transdisciplinary approach to education, which combines intellectual exploration with practical action to enable truly transformational learning experiences.

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Course locations

Dartington Arts School

Lower Close, Dartington Ln, Totnes, TQ9 6ED

Schumacher College 'Located in South Devon'

The Old Postern, Totnes, TQ9 6EA