Dartington is many things to many people but one aim underpins everything. And that’s how we use our estate to stimulate new thinking and action to help develop a more sustainable, more just and more enriching world. In this, very little has changed since Dorothy and Leonard Elmhirst bought this estate in 1925 and embarked on what they called the Dartington Experiment to regenerate a rural community.

The Elmhirsts welcomed artists, economists, horticulturists and social reformers to Dartington and encouraged them to grapple with the pressing issues of their day. The common theme then, as now, concentrated on making the world a better place for others. Today we are a social enterprise that ploughs surplus from our commercial enterprises back into the many projects we fund and support.


Schumacher College

Based at Dartington, Schumacher College has an enviable reputation for cutting-edge learning. Our work is to inspire, challenge and question ourselves as co-inhabitants of the world, to ask the questions we all struggle to find answers to and to find sound knowledge, intuition and wonder in our search for solutions.

Schumacher College is an international centre for nature-based education, personal transformation and collective action.


Sustainable Earth Institute

Based at Plymouth University, the Sustainable Earth Institute is about promoting a new way of thinking about the future of our world.

We bring researchers together with businesses, community groups and individuals to develop cutting-edge research and innovative approaches that build resilience to global challenges. We link diverse research areas across the University including science, engineering, arts, humanities, health and business.

If you’re an academic looking for a connection to industry, an organisation looking for academic research support or an individual who is inspired to work towards a sustainable future then contact us at to find out how we can help.

We need to celebrate and recognise our complex, dynamic, and unique world – after all, good planets are hard to find.

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Linked events

From Saturday June 9 to Monday June 18 2018 with we will be running The river: dancing, speaking, singing, laughing (a Global Nomadic Art Project) on behalf of CCANW with fifteen artists from across the world.

From Monday 10 September to Friday 14 September 2018 we will offer a residential short course: The Sea. Course team and venue: TBC