All over the world a movement of millions of communities working towards economic and ecological wellbeing is gaining momentum. This programme is a gateway to that movement. Many of us are realising that we can be the co-designers of our own future… will you be part of that new story?

One Year in Transition (1YT) is a challenging, contemporary, hope-filled programme for people (over 20) who want to make change happen. We turn ideas about what learning is upside down. Because change for a more equitable and sustainable world needs people who can think and act in ways that are counter-intuitive, who don’t wait to be told what to do, who ask questions, who bring the whole of themselves, go slowly (and go fast when necessary), push their comfort zone and aspire to be authentic. And who earn a living doing it.

You do this work by putting yourself on the line, and we hold you through the year as you design your own life project.

Over four week-long meet-ups and eleven months of support in between you will evolve your future income-generating livelihood. You will gain confidence, Regenerative Design tools, hands-on experience of how the Commons and Bioregional working can be game-changers, mentors, contact with outstanding change agents, a whole web of resources and a supportive network of peers who will probably be friends for life. We bridge the gap between learning and working for social change, between being in a job and finding your unique mission, in whatever field you are drawn to. And you will have lots of fun and laughs doing it.

How you apply:

We are really keen to hear from you, especially if you are interested but unsure about the course, the community or how to make it work financially and with existing commitments. Please get in touch with Isabel, the course leader, on isabel.carlisle[at] and she’ll be more than happy to arrange a chat on the phone or on Skype.

The Course in 2017-18

 The dates for the four meet ups are:

  • 16-22 October 2017 at Coombe Farm Studios, Devon
  • 14-20 January 2018 at Coombe Farm Studios, Devon
  • 17-22 April 2018 in a UK city/location of our choosing
  • 8-13 July 2018 (venue and location tbc)

Find more information about Coombe Farm Studios here:

You will experience:

  • That we respond to your vision, whatever your background
  • Help with generating paid work for yourself in the short term
  • Gain confidence in creating your own livelihood in the long term
  • Direct connection to Transition Network and Transition Town Totnes
  • Learning through personal contact with your tutors and peers
  • Practical skills of your choice from a skills master
  • Facilitation and dialogue skills for working with groups
  • A personal mentor supporting you in the spirit of life-long learning
  • Mapping and regenerative design tools to understand what resources you have and need, see communities and economies as whole systems, and where you can make the most impact
  • Learning about systemic change that is based on the Commons and Bioregions, with South Devon as our case study
  • Relationships based on exchange of value rather than money with the personal mentors and skills masters
  • Transformative inner work that enhances personal resilience and well-being
  • A clear look at the challenges of the 21st century and how to respond
  • Regular sessions in action-based learning and reflection
  • Storytelling skills to shift your personal and our collective stories
  • Making good friends and becoming part of the 1YT alumni network


2016 saw the launch of two sister programmes to 1YT UK. The first in Portugal and the second in Sweden. We have already sent one 1YT UK student to visit Portugal to look at community-based food distribution systems, hosted by 1YT Portugal. And we plan more exchanges for the future. The international group of course leaders are together supporting the emergence of new 1YT programmes in other countries around the world where the Transition movement has a presence.

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Download the 2017 student handbook

Course Fee

The total cost for the course is £3000, which covers tuition, food and lodging (mainly in single but some shared rooms). Bursary funding for under-35s is now confirmed. Thank you to our funder who wishes to remain anonymous! Please email Isabel [isabel.carlisle[at]] if you are interested in applying or would like to discuss a bursary.

How to Pay: Either in full (gets it out the way) or in 3 installments in August 2017, December 2017 and April 2018; or monthly by direct debit.