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What are we about?

We deliver high quality study programmes to a range of client groups – schools, universities, business groups, local governments and NGOs.

We are about having fun, being positive and practical, and living well today to build a sustainable world for tomorrow. At the heart what we do is developing an understanding of Resilience and the leadership to deliver it. We achieve this by facilitating experiences of experiential learning and personal development that connect people with inspiring projects, people, and places, and explore new ideas.

We are based in Totnes, South Devon, and operate in the River Dart area. Totnes is renowned for innovation, and is becoming a leading light in the localisation and sustainability movements. Totnes is the world’s first Transition Town, and the Transition idea informs a lot of what we do, how we do it and why. The River Dart is one of England’s finest and a field tripper’s dream.

How do we work?

Most of our programmes are bespoke for private groups.
We run some open programmes around the year (see below).
We also help students and Transtioners on tight budgets put-together self-organised study trip of Transition Town Totnes.

Our staff come from range of educational backgrounds and are actively involved in innovative projects themselves. All share our commitment to providing you with a high quality and friendly experience.

Areas of specific interest:

(not an exclusive list!)

Geography

Human scale development, localisation and rebranding in action. The River Dart, one of Britain’s best watershed case studies.

Economics & Social Sciences

Making the case for doing things more locally – economically, socially & environmentally.

Sustainability & Environmental Sciences

Understanding the sustainability challenges. Applying ecological principles to human systems, ie everyday life in our communities.

Food

Systems, ethics, production, community-scale business, grassroots activism.

Culture & Language

Real case studies to apply language skills and und.

Business away-days

Inspiring grassroots innovation and new critical thinking.

Local government

Realising the potential of your community.

Activists - Transition Tourists, NGOs

Experiencing Transition in action.

Youth leadership / personal development

Leadership for resiliency – understanding the changing world you are inheriting, your choices and developing skills and awareness to shape your own future.

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Some of the things people have said about us:

"I cannot thank you enough for a the wonderful programme that you put together for us last Thursday. It was brilliantly hosted and very intelligently designed, easily the best day out we have had this academic year."
South Devon College

"Demonstrates in practice what it means to work with your head, your heart and your hands."
Foreign Commonwealth Office

"You have a gift to visualise and make understandable sophisticated ideas."
Siberian Youth Group Leader and University Lecturer.

"Thank you for introducing us to idea of Transition in such a friendly and smart way ..."
Past student participant.

"I was feeling negative about things before, and now I see a new perspective and I am happy and excited."
Past student participant. "I just wanted to send a quick thank you for the incredible program you provided last week. We began class presentations this morning, and students provided some great feedback and analysis on the programs we visited in Devon. The few days we spent in Devon were absolutely incredible, and we have only you to thank for that!   We will be having our next group in the UK at the beginning on March!"
Danish Institute for Study Abroad


Events coming up

Please see below for our events coming up:  

2014

February

Transition Walks on Friday.

28 February 2014.  2-6pm.     Transition Town offices, 43 Fore st, Totnes, TQ9 5HN. Donation. A light, fun introduction to Transition Town Totnes.  Click here for details (takes you to Transition Town Totnes website)

March

Transition Walks on Friday.

14 March 2014.  2-6pm.     Transition Town offices, 43 Fore st, Totnes, TQ9 5HN. Donation. A light, fun introduction to Transition Town Totnes.  Click here for details (takes you to Transition Town Totnes website)

April

Transition Walks on Friday.

11 April 2014.  2-6pm.     Transition Town offices, 43 Fore st, Totnes, TQ9 5HN. Donation. A light, fun introduction to Transition Town Totnes.  Click here for details (takes you to Transition Town Totnes website)

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