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Reverential Ecology

Course dates: 
Monday, 18 June, 2018 to Friday, 22 June, 2018
Reverential Ecology Short Course with Satish Kumar

"Sometimes I come across a tree which seems like Buddha or Jesus: loving, compassionate, still, unambitious, enlightened, in eternal meditation, giving pleasure to a pilgrim, shade to a cow, berries to a bird, beauty to its surroundings, health to its neighbours, branches for the fire, leaves for the soil, asking nothing in return, in total harmony with the wind and the rain. How much can I learn from a tree? The tree is my church, the tree is my temple, the tree is my mantra, the tree is my poem and my prayer." - Satish Kumar

There are 3 perspectives determining the human-nature relationship.  Shallow Ecology, Deep Ecology and Reverential Ecology.

Shallow Ecology considers nature conservation vital for its useful to humans. It’s an anthropocentric, or a human-centred world view. Humans take care of the environment; of the animals, the oceans, the rivers and the forests, so that they can benefit from nature for a long time to come. Shallow ecologists desire a sustainable future for humanity and nature for them is a “resource” for the economy. For the advocates of Deep Ecology, nature has intrinsic value. Nature is not a resource for the economy but is the source of life itself.

Reverential Ecology adds an extra dimension of profound feelings of reverence towards all life. Reverential Ecology operates upon the principle that all natural things are holy-possessing the divine, not as a transcendent presence but rather as an immanent one. In place of controlling, owning or possessing, mankind participates in the process of the intricately woven web of life, acting no longer as masters or stewards of the earth; rather as participants and co-creators of the earth.

Join Satish Kumar and explore mankind’s participation in the process of the intricately woven web of life, acting no longer as masters or stewards of the earth, but rather as participants and co-creators of it, as an integral expression and extension of self.


Satish Kumar

A former monk and long-term peace and environment activist, Satish 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 and a peaceful world into reality.

£ 795.00
Course fees include four nights private accommodation from the first lunchtime you arrive through until the lunchtime before your departure as well as all vegetarian meals, field trips, materials and all teaching sessions. The programme will run from Monday to Friday afternoon.