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Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.

- Ralph Waldo Emerson


Robin's Nest is located on the grounds of Emerson College, a centre of education for adults that addresses the need for human approaches to today’s urgent questions. It provides opportunities for learning and transformation through education, practical initiatives, research and community building. Emerson's aim is to develop, practice and share ways of working and living that encourage free thinking, imagination and responsibility in the world. 



Emerson College offers accredited vocational courses, and non-accredited programmes for personal learning and development. Its mix of full time, part time and short courses includes:

  • health, healing and care

  • performing and visual arts

  • social ecology and community building

  • inner development and consciousness studies

Emerson College

Emerson's approach works not only to deepen students' understanding and ability in each subject, but to explore the contributions that each subject can offer to the other - for example, the connections between healing and the arts, or natural ecology with inner development. Theoretical study is combined with practical work to integrate learning through head, heart and hands.


Volunteer at Emerson - Change your Life!

Our volunteer programme has been running for the last few years with volunteers coming to spend their time working in either the house, garden or kitchen teams; our volunteers play an intrinsic part in the successful day-to-day operation of the College. Whilst the day of a volunteer can sometimes be long and tiring, our volunteers are always full of cheer and play a valuable role in creating an atmosphere that is positive and uplifting.

Volunteers range in age from early twenties to their late fifties and come from across Europe. Very often volunteers report that their time at Emerson has been ‘life-changing’.


We also offer venue rentals, conference facilities, performances and events on our beautiful campus. 

Emerson brings together ideas and people from all over the world to learn, work, and live in a sustainable, transformative, and natural environment.


You can learn more about who studies and works there, life at the College, the ethos and governance on the Emerson website:

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