How do online courses work?

Our online learning programme offers opportunities for you to deepen your connection to the spirit, discover more about Quaker tradition, theology and process, and explore contemporary issues to support your witness in the world.

Building on our reputation for high-quality spiritually-grounded learning, Woodbrooke’s online learning programme is an exciting way for you to develop your knowledge and skills, and pursue your interests wherever you are.

The benefits of online learning

Our online programme of courses and retreats is:

  • Flexible, to suit your other commitments.
  • Affordable, with courses starting at just £36.
  • Easily accessible, for those unable to travel.
  • Open to participants from around the world.
  • Run by experienced course leaders.
  • Engaging and interactive.
  • Relevant to your interests and needs.

How to book

Booking is simple, search for a course on our course listings page For more information about any aspect of Woodbrooke’s online learning programme please email 

What do participants say?

How do online courses work? Woodbrooke Quaker learning and research

The initial advice is generally the same – “Only do as much as you want to” – but, of course, you always end up doing more than you first intended. And why wouldn’t you? The online programmes are beautifully put together and are delivered with great care and not a little humour. It never feels like we are being talked at, and I think that is a real achievement.

The formal sessions are punctuated with periods for reflection and opportunities to ask questions or seek clarification, and between these sessions, there is the course area on Moodle (don’t ask me how it works, but it does) for ongoing discussion and further enquiry. I am always amazed when a question I have asked gets an almost instant reply from either a fellow participant and/or the course leader, no matter what time of day or night it seems. This is what builds that wonderful sense of being together, of travelling together, of learning together, no matter our differing starting abilities or different backgrounds (my background is in Buddhism, for instance). And when we are at our best, we are clearly participating in something that always feels meaningful and significant. Maybe that’s why these courses work so well. In making our different contributions, it is our openness and generosity towards each other and the shared situation that creates the very rich and enjoyable learning experience.
David Patten – 2016 online course participant

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