Category Archives: Dartington Effect

“The Orange People” – Sanyassins around Totnes

The Sanyassins were followers of the guru of Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh. They appeared near Totnes sometime in 1977/78. They added another dimension to the general mix of alternative cultures which were active in the area in the late 1970s. I … Continue reading

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Migration and Homophily

A reader recently contacted me taking umbrage with the phrase ‘familial homophily’ which had slipped into to the piece about Anthroposophy in the Totnes area.  I amended the posting on the basis that, as I explained to him, I had … Continue reading

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Dartington’s connections to Complementary and Alternative Medicines (CAM)

Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) is a good example of an area where ideas that started on the periphery of society have become increasingly accepted by mainstream society. A Report by a House of Lords select committee in 2000 endorsed … Continue reading

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Anthroposophy and the influence of Rudolph Steiner

Since the late 1970s the influence of Anthroposophy (the term given to the philosophy and practices of Rudolph Steiner) on the Totnes and Dartington area has increased with the development of the South Devon Steiner School, Camphill Community, biodynamic growers … Continue reading

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The New Themes in Education Conferences

In the 2007 Totnes Review Walter King wrote a very interesting piece entitled ‘The Lost Worlds of Dartingon’. King’s argument is that during the 1980s there was a split on the board and that the “New Agers” defeat of the … Continue reading

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The Yarner Trust and Dartington’s organic farming

This extract returns to the theme of self-sufficiency and another project which was sponsored by the Trustees of the Trust. Again, ther was a degree of controversy around the project because of its perceived new age dimenison. It is probably … Continue reading

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John Seymour’s prescription for Dartington…

One of the arguments that I am making about Dartington and its effect on developing ‘alternative’ cultures in the Totnes area is that the actual direct input from the Trust itself was somewhat limited. It seems that the trustees of … Continue reading

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