1 Year in Transition was co-designed in 2010-11 by a group of seven people aged 17 to 27 who, together with Isabel Carlisle, Education Coordinator for Transition Network, saw the need for a low-cost, part-time course that supported young adults to make a living by being the change they wanted to see in the world.

Robert Holtom, 1YT graduate

The programme launched in 2012 and has become a challenging, hope-filled programme for people (20+) who want to make change happen. Here’s a brief summary: “Over four week-long meet-ups and eleven months of support in between, you create your future livelihood and develop leadership skills. You also gain confidence, understanding of whole systems and how they function, 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.”

1YT is being piloted in Portugal and Sweden, and the 2017-18 programme now includes the possibility of exchange trips—to look at community-based food distribution systems for example. 1YT is one of the ways in which we are establishing South Devon as a learning campus (beyond existing institutions). And training the bioregionalists of the future.

Nurtured by Transition Network, 1YT is in the process of moving to a new home as one of the programmes of the Bioregional Learning Centre, but for now, find more information and apply for the 2017-19 1YT programme here.

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


Students of the 2018 One Year in Transition course building a system of nodes and links based on “Draw How to Make Toast.” All over the world a movement of millions of communities working towards economic and ecological wellbeing is gaining momentum. In that spirit, the 1YT 2018 cohort is focused on problem-solving and creating new opportunities for livelihoods within their own bioregions.

“One of the biggest resources that I got from 1YT was the ability to jump into the unknown…” Lisa Tozer, 1YT 2012-13

“1YT is an amazing opportunity to be immersed in a group of devoted, inspired, creative and progressive young people…” Richard Toogood, 1YT 2012-13

“1YT was vital. It introduced me to storytelling and the storytelling sector.” Robert Holtom, 1YT 2013-14