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Inspired by Schumacher: 'A love journey towards wellbeing'

mirella ferrazSatish Kumar always says that we are all connected and related. Easy to say, hard to do, I mean, to comprehend, embody and be fully conscious about it.

My experiences relating to Schumacher College consist of a journey of self discovery, self transformation and, mainly, a journey of love. It is basically all about listening to my heart – and its surprises.

I came to the College for the very first time in the winter of 2010, which, for a Brazilian who could barely speak English, felt like quite a challenge. I knew or, better saying, I confirmed it was where I should go/be as soon as I saw the sign post, the horse chestnut tree and the Old Postern a bit further. My whole body/mind/spirit could tell.

I ended up doing the MSc in Holistic Science in 2010/11, which in many ways changed my life. I fell in love with the College. And I also fell in love at the College.

To make the long story short, I never left the charming Totnes and it´s here where I found an organisation which embodies the work I wanted to do even if I could not describe it trough words: I’m now working to promote and support planetary wellbeing.

Yes, it feels a bit surreal and quite a privilege, especially considering that Satish himself is one of the trustees of the Network of Wellbeing (NOW), this amazing organisation Im working in.

NOW is a young charity that connects and empowers people and organisations to enable wellbeing in our communities. NOW works locally, nationally and internationally to distil best practice on wellbeing, and seeks to apply best practices locally through our NOW Totnes project. To guide our work we are initially taking on the New Economics Definition of the 5 ways to wellbeing – Connect… Be Active… Take Notice… Keep Learning… Give….

We also see wellbeing as a participatory process, so we are inviting those from the Totnes community and beyond to define what wellbeing means to them. Ultimately, our vision is of a world where everyone’s wellbeing needs are met within the planet’s limits. We are seeking ways to encourage and support engagement with wellbeing at personal, community and planetary levels.

My gratitude towards EF Schumacher himself – the work he has inspired is endless and it keeps expanding. Schumacher College is simply a place of transformation – and a much needed one! For more information about NOW, visit:

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