Internationally renowned Dr Satish Kumar will be speaking in Adelaide and Willunga in September
Internationally renowned Dr Satish Kumar will be speaking in Adelaide and Willunga in September.
More than 50 years ago Dr Kumar set off on a walking pilgrimage that took him from India to Moscow, Paris, London and Washington to spread the word of peace to those who controlled the nuclear threat.
Since then, the man with a quiet voice and a strong message, has been teaching people from all parts of the world about peace, ecology, sustainability and a simple life that looks after all of natures gifts.
For more information on Dr Kumar, the founding editor of Resurgence Magazine visit www.resurgence.org/ satish-kumar/ The South Australian lecture series will be hosted by government minister Leon Bignell MP
About Satish Kumar
A former monk and long-term peace and environment activist, Satish Kumar 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 walked from India to America, via Moscow, London and Paris, to deliver a humble packet of ‘peace tea’ to the then leaders of the world’s four nuclear powers.
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 in South Devon where he is still 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. In July 2001, he received an Honorary Doctorate in Literature from the University of Lancaster. And in the November of that same year, he was presented with the Jamnalal Bajaj International Award for Promoting Gandhian Values Abroad.
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 and The Buddha and the Terrorist.
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, Earth Pilgrim, which was watched by over 3.6 million people. He also appears regularly in the media, on a range of programmes including Thought for the Day and Midweek.
Satish is on the Advisory Board of Our Future Planet, a unique online community sharing ideas for real change and in recognition of his commitment to animal welfare and compassionate living, he was recently elected vice-president with the RSPCA. 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.
What: The Relationship Between Ecology and Economy
When Wednesday September 11 from 7pm: Institute Hall, Main Rd Willunga
When Thursday September 12 from 7pm: Soil, Soul and Society . Cynthia Poulton Hall, St Peter’s Cathedral, North Adelaide
Cost: Adults $20, Non wage: donations only – both payable at door
Bookings: Bookings essential; to register call 08 8406 3736 or 0451 513 913 or email wcoleman – at symbol – depoiconsult.com