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Earth Pilgrim

Earth Pilgrim with Satish Kumar and Peter Owen Jones
£ 795.00
The programme will run from Monday to Friday afternoon and includes four nights accommodation and all vegetarian meals from the first lunchtime you arrive through until the lunchtime before your departure.

With Satish Kumar and Peter Owen Jones

Our popular Earth Pilgrim course returns to our Summer 2016 programme. The course centres around the experiences and reflections of Satish Kumar, who has undertaken many pilgrimages throughout his life, beginning with an 8,000-mile peace pilgrimage from India to America. More recently, a BBC documentary Earth Pilgrim followed Satish through the landscapes of Dartmoor in different seasons as he reflected on the profound insights and spiritual experiences that come from spending time close to nature.

I am an Earth Pilgrim, not a tourist. I walk in nature, not as an escape from the strain and stress of urban life, not for entertainment or sightseeing, not even as a scientist looking at nature as an object of study, I go in nature as a pilgrim for the renewal of my spirit. Walking in nature is my meditation and my prayer. The magnificent trees and majestic hills are my temples and cathedrals. I don’t look above the sky to seek heaven; my heaven is here on earth. Being one with nature, I am enchanted and enlightened.

Course detail

During this course, Satish will share his thoughts on the importance of bringing soul into the heart of everything we do, and how this can enhance our creativity and our work for sustainability and peace. On Dartmoor, you will visit with Satish some of the landscapes pictured in the Earth Pilgrim documentary – woods, rivers, tors, stone circles, and the open moor – walking together, talking, sitting quietly and reflecting individually and as a group.

The group will be led on one of the walks by ecologist and author Stephan Harding who will introduce Gaia theory and deep ecology as a way of connecting more deeply with the natural world. The course will also include a walk along a section of the South Devon coast.

The Earth Pilgrim 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. Journal writing, drawing, meditation, and experiential exercises will complement discussions with Satish about the place of spirituality in the modern world.

This week aims to help you engage with the natural world and to reconnect. Join Satish Kumar as he shares his reverential approach to nature and leads you on a pilgrimage into the tors, valleys, woodlands and other hidden corners of this beautiful landscape. Participants will stay at Schumacher College, which is just a few miles from Dartmoor.


Fee: £ 795.00 Course fees include comfortable accommodation, all meals, field trips, materials and all teaching sessions. To book, click the Apply Now button at the bottom of this page 

Satish Kumar Earth Pilgrim - Holistic Living & Sustainability Courses

Satish is a former monk and long-term peace and environment activist. He has been quietly setting the Global Agenda for change for over 50 years. He was just nine when he left his family home to join the wandering Jains and 18 when he decided he could achieve more back in the world, campaigning for land reform in India and working to turn Gandhi’s vision of a renewed India and a peaceful world into reality.

In 1973 Satish settled in the United Kingdom taking up the post of editor of Resurgence magazine, a position he has held ever since, making him the UK’s longest-serving editor of the same magazine. During this time, he has been the guiding spirit behind a number of now internationally respected ecological and educational ventures including Schumacher College.


Peter Owen Jones

Peter Owen-Jones is a radical Anglican priest, author, spiritual explorer and TV presenter of Extreme Pilgrim, How to live a simple life, and Around the world in 80 faiths. Peter is also an outspoken advocate of new ways of living our faith, relating to other faiths, and also connecting our spirituality with ecology and the earth.  In 'How to live a simple life' he follows in the footsteps of St Francis and attempts to live without money, in a very heart-felt attempt to go beyond consumerism. He has also written four books on related themes. 


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Residential accommodation for "Changing the Frame"  is at Higher Close, a 20 minute walk from Schumacher College. All meals will be provided at the college.

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