Modern life is often highly complicated. To live simply we need imagination and creativity. Former Jain monk and long-term peace and environmental activist, Satish Kumar will explain why economic growth based on materialism is unsustainable. In his unique and highly inspiring manner, he will provide solutions to how we can all embrace a life of elegant simplicity.
Join us for a fascinating, inspiring and uplifting evening delivered by the ever-popular Satish Kumar, Editor Emeritus of Resurgence & Ecologist.
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 India and a peaceful world into reality. Inspired in his early 20s by the example of the British peace activist Bertrand Russell, Satish embarked on an 8,000-mile peace pilgrimage. Carrying no money and depending on the kindness and hospitality of strangers, he and a colleague walked from India to America, via Moscow, London and Paris, to deliver a humble packet of ‘peace tea’ to the leaders of the world’s then four nuclear powers.
In 1973 Satish settled in the UK becoming the editor of Resurgence magazine, a position he held until 2016, 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. He cofounded Schumacher College in South Devon, where he is a Visiting Fellow.
In his 50th year, Satish undertook another pilgrimage – again carrying no money. This time, he walked 2,000 miles to the holy places of Britain, a venture he describes as a celebration of his love of life and nature. In July 2000 he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Education from the University of Plymouth. Among his many achievements, Satish is also a member of the Advisory Council of the Gross National Happiness Centre of Bhutan.
His autobiography, No Destination, first published by Green Books in 1978, has sold over 50,000 copies. He is also the author of You Are, Therefore I Am: A Declaration of Dependence, The Buddha and the Terrorist, Earth Pilgrim and Soil, Soul, Society. In 2005, Satish was Sue Lawley’s guest on Radio 4’s Desert Island Discs. In 2008, as part of BBC2’s Natural World series, he presented a 50-minute documentary from Dartmoor, which was watched by over 3.6 million people.
He continues to teach and run workshops on reverential ecology, holistic education and voluntary simplicity and is a much sought-after speaker both in the UK and abroad.
Time: Arrivals from 7.15pm (7.30pm start)
Location: 42 ACRES Shoreditch, 66 Leonard Street***
Tickets: £12 General Admission
***Please note unfortunately 42 ACRES currently doesn’t have disabled access. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.
About Resurgence Talks:
An exciting series of Resurgence events in London in association with 42 Acres Shoreditch. The monthly programme, inspired by the ideas of Resurgence covers a range of issues including the environment, arts, meditation and ethical living. All welcome.
This event is one of a series of monthly #Resurgencetalks programmed by The Resurgence Trust. To find out more about the Resurgence Talks, please visit: www.resurgence.org/talks