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Pilgrimage to Gaia

Key Info: 
  • Explore the different ways intentional walks are nourishing people’s lives
  • Look at the rise in interest and the benefits of Shinrin Yoku, also known as, forest bathing
  • Meet those who have crafted the art of being a pilgrim

With Dr Stephan Harding, Satish Kumar and Dr Fiona Tilley

£ 625.00
Course fees include a stay in private accommodation with shared bathroom and all vegetarian meals. Fee also includes any field trips, materials as well as all teaching sessions. The programme will run from Tuesday to Friday.
Friday departure time is 4.30pm.

We have a choice

We can live on our precious planet Earth as tourists or as pilgrims.

In this four day course, highly experienced teachers of Schumacher College will explore with the participants what it means to live like a pilgrim.  How can we develop a sense of the sacred in nature? How can we cultivate a culture of contentment? How can we learn to celebrate life? During the course we will study the principles of Deep Ecology and Spiritual Ecology.

Climate change is a symptom of a bigger crisis. It is a spiritual crisis and a crisis of perception. This is our moment to examine the connection between climate crisis and spiritual crisis and learn to live like the pilgrims of Gaia. 

Discover the new ways of transformation from being a tourist to being a pilgrim.

You will:
Experience a pilgrimage with Stephan Harding on a Deep Time Walk, an exploration of the life span of the Earth
Look at the rise in interest and the benefits of Shinrin Yoku, also known as, forest bathing
Join Satish Kumar and experience pilgrimage as a way of life
Learn how the practice of walking can have sacred intentions as well as political meaning

Book Nourishing the Soul and Pilgrimage to Gaia and get a 10% discount. Applies to full price booking only

*The Booking Deadline gives us an accurate idea of course participant numbers at approximately 6 weeks before the course is due to run, at which point we confirm the course, add additional time for people to book on or cancel the course. We encourage people to register early for courses as places are limited.

With Dr Stephan Harding, Satish Kumar and Dr Fiona Tilley
Dr Stephan Harding FLS

Stephan Harding

Stephan coordinated and lectured on the college’s MSc Holistic Science for nearly two decades, teaching on the core models of the programme, as well as on several short courses at the College.  He was born in Venezuela in 1953, and came to England at the age of six.  Since childhood Stephan has had a deep fascination with the natural world which led him to do a degree in Zoology at the University of Durham and then a doctorate on the behavioural ecology of the muntjac deer at Oxford University.  He later returned to Venezuela where he was a field assistant for the Smithsonian Institute, studying mammalian diversity in the rainforest and in the lowland plains. He also spent two years as Visiting Professor in Wildlife Management at the National University in Costa Rica.

In 1990 Stephan was one of the founding members of Schumacher College where he worked closely with James Lovelock, with whom he has maintained a long-lasting friendship and scientific collaboration.  They were jointly appointmed as founding chair holders of the Arne Naess Chair in Global Justice and the Environment at the University of Oslo.  At Schumacher College Stephan has taught alongside many of the world’s leading ecological thinkers and activists, including Arne Naess, Fritjof Capra, Brian Goodwin, Vandana Shiva, David Abram, James Lovelock and Lynn Margulis.  He is now the Deep Ecology Fellow at Schumacher College.

Satish Kumar

Satish Kumar

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. Satish has authored numerous books including No Destination: Autobiography of a Pilgrim, Soul, Soil, Society: a new trinity for our time and most recently Elegant Simplicity: The Art Of Living Well.

Fiona Tilley

Fiona Tilley describes herself as a recovering academic. Having followed a conventional academic career in environmental social sciences (researcher in sustainability entrepreneurship) she stepped away from university life in 2009 and found herself at Schumacher College. In the last few years she has developed a practice in eco-facilitation, process work and nature-based practices, such as, the Way of Council. This has led her into the role of short course facilitator at the College.

She says:

“The College has been a welcoming, nourishing and stimulating learning and living environment ever since I arrived. The worlds of myth and story, contemplative practices, education for sustainability, nature-work, the outdoors and eco-facilitation have reignited my joy of life and my creative imagination. I feel I have been reconnected back to myself and the magic of the cosmos. I can swim again in the mystery."

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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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  1. What does a bursary mean to you?
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