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Pilgrimage and Discovery: Further explorations with the Earth Pilgrim

11 – 18 June, 2010

The course runs from Friday evening to Friday lunchtime

Satish Kumar with Chris Lloyd, Rob Hopkins, Mary Bartlett, Martin Crawford, Helena Norberg-Hodge and Schumacher faculty

This course is open for bookings.

By popular demand, our Earth Pilgrim course is being both lengthened and deepened to enable participants to have more time to explore and experience a deep connection with the land.

Course Overview

As well as days walking on Dartmoor, spending time in sacred sites and hidden beauty spots, there will also be visits to the South Devon coast and the varied and fascinating landscapes on the Dartington estate itself. Journal writing, drawing, meditation, and experiential exercises will complement discussions with Satish about the place of spirituality in the modern world and sessions with other College staff on incorporating holistic and systemic ways of being into one’s life.

Author and educator Chris Lloyd will visit for a day to reflect on the evolution of key species and how they have affected life on the planet as a whole and the way that we humans live. His presentation is based on his new book What on Earth Evolved?, and follows on from his popular talk on a previous course on What on Earth Happened?

Rob Hopkins, founder of the Transition Towns movement, will join the group to explain his radical approach to weaning communities off their dependence on fossil fuels and into a more locally based and resilient way of life.

Sessions include

This course offers the opportunity to slow down. As we explore some of the beautiful Dartmoor and coastal landscapes, we will enjoy periods of quiet reflection through mindful walking and sitting, as well as sharing some of our thoughts and ideas. This course aims to help you engage with the natural world and to reconnect. It will be of interest and enjoyment for those new to our Earth Pilgrim series as well as those who have enjoyed them in the past.


Satish Kumar undertook an 8,000 mile peace pilgrimage, walking from India to America without any money to deliver packets of peace tea to leaders of the four nuclear powers. In 1973, he settled in England, becoming editor of Resurgence magazine – a position he has held ever since. Satish is the guiding spirit behind a number of ecological, spiritual and educational ventures in Britain and was one of the founders of Schumacher College. Read more

Christopher Lloyd is a journalist, writer and education manager with a background in history. His book What on Earth Happened? was launched in October 2008, and has since sold more than 20,000 copies in the UK. It was serialised in The Independent newspaper under the title The World, A Pocket History over 14 days between Saturday 7th to Friday 20th February 2009.

Martin Crawford runs the Agroforestry Research Trust. He has over 20 years’ experience of Organic horticulture, agriculture and agroforestry. The Agroforestry Research Trust is a non-profit making charity which researches into temperate agroforestry and into all aspects of plant cropping and uses, with a focus on tree, shrub and perennial crops.

Helena Norberg-Hodge is a leading analyst of the impact of the global economy on culture, agriculture, and individual identity. In 1975 she was one of the first Westerners to visit Ladakh, or Little Tibet, where she witnessed the psychological, as well as ecological impacts of the global consumer culture on once thriving and sustainable communities. Since then she has worked to strengthen cultural identity, community and local food economies in numerous cultures worldwide, from the indigenous to the most industrialized. Her book and film, Ancient Futures: Learning from Ladakh, have together been translated into over forty languages.
She is director of The International Society for Ecology and Culture (ISEC), and is a co-founder of both the International Forum on Globalization (IFG) and the Global Eco-village Network. She is also a member of the International Commission on the Future of Food and Agriculture, and on the editorial board of The Ecologist magazine.

Course Fees

£950 – The course runs from Friday evening to Friday lunchtime

All course fees include accommodation, food, field trips and all teaching sessions.

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