September 15-19, 2008
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Teacher: Satish Kumar
We can learn so much about ourselves and the world we live in by spending time in places of natural beauty. Satish Kumar explored the changing seasons on Dartmoor and his own spiritual insights in a BBC documentary, Earth Pilgrim aired in January 2008. This course provides the opportunity to go deeper into these issues, spending time on Dartmoor and talking with Satish and other staff at the College about natural cycles, spirituality, and how we can live more sustainable.
With Satish, on Dartmoor, participants will visit landscapes pictured in the documentary – woods, rivers, tors, stone circles, and the open moor – walking together, talking and sitting quietly. There will also be talks from resident College staff about Gaia theory, deep ecology and sustainability.
Walking with the Earth Pilgrim offers the opportunity to slow down. As we explore some of the beautiful Dartmoor landscape we will enjoy periods of quiet reflection through mindful walking and sitting, as well as sharing some of our thoughts and ideas. This week aims to help you engage with the natural world and to reconnect.
_You didn’t come into this world.
You came out of it, like a wave from the ocean.
You are not a stranger here._
When he was only nine years old, Satish Kumar renounced the world and joined the wandering brotherhood of Jain monks. Dissuaded from his path by an inner voice at the age of eighteen, he left the monastic order and became a campaigner for land reform, working to turn Gandhi’s vision of a peaceful world into reality. Satish has been working within this vision from that point on.
Fired by the example of Bertrand Russell, Satish undertook an 8,000 mile peace pilgrimage, walking from India to America without any money, through deserts, mountains, storms and snow. It was an adventure during which he was thrown into jail in France, faced a loaded gun in America – and delivered packets of ‘peace tea’ to the leaders of the four nuclear powers. In 1973, he settled in England, taking the Editorship of Resurgence magazine. He has been the editor ever since. He is the guiding spirit behind a number of ecological, spiritual and educational ventures in Britain. He founded the Small School in Hartland, a pioneering secondary school. He was involved in the setting up of Schumacher College, where he is currently Programme Director.
Participants will spend two full days on Dartmoor, taking a packed lunch, and one half-day. They will travel there by bus – journey times vary from 45 minutes to 1-1/4 hours each way.
Arrival by lunchtime. Spend the afternoon getting acquainted with the College and exploring the gardens and surrounding Dartington Hall Estate. Evening session with Satish.
All-day trip to Wistman’s Wood.
Morning session on Gaia theory and deep ecology with Stephan Harding, Resident Ecologist. Half-day trip to Combestone Tor or Bench Tor.
All-day trip to Scorhill stone circle and surroundings.
Visit Dartington Hall Gardens with Satish and final reflections. Departure after lunch.
It is planned that walks will take place even if it is wet, but if weather conditions are extremely bad, we may need to change locations and timetable. Participants need to be reasonably fit and to come equipped with wet weather gear and good walking boots.
Strictly limited number of places – early booking recommended.
For businesses: £1,200.
For individuals, NGOs & Educators: £700.
These include accommodation, food, all teaching sessions, transport to and from Dartmoor.
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