It brings us great pleasure here at the Findhorn Foundation to learn that Satish Kumar, one of our Fellows, has been nominated for The Guardian/Observer Ethical Awards in the category of Campaigner of the Year. A former Jain monk in India, Satish is a long-term peace and environmental activist, all his work underpinned by Gandhian values of action through non-violence.
When a young man in his 20s, Satish made an 8,000-mile pilgrimage on foot and without money, 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. A description of this journey can be found in his autobiography, No Destination. Going on to become co-founder of the highly influential Schumacher College in South Devon, and editor of Resurgence magazine, Satish has been quietly setting a global agenda for change for over half a century.
As one of our Fellows, Satish is an individual whom we honour and appreciate for his transformative work in the world, and who has a strong connection with our community and finds a powerful resonance of his work in the world with ours. We are therefore delighted that Satish is coming in July to offer a 5-day workshop, Right Livelihood — Creating Meaningful Work in Challenging Times. Joining him as co-focaliser will be Jonathan Dawson, a sustainability educator and activist who until recently was a long-term resident of the Findhorn Ecovillage.
Jonathan, a former President of the Global Ecovillage Network, spent 30 years working in the field of community economic development in Africa and Europe. Currently he is Head of Economics at Schumacher College; his most recent book, one of four volumes that supplement the Ecovillage Design Education (EDE) and Gaia Education Design for Sustainability (GEDS) teaching programmes, is Gaian Economics: Living Well Within Planetary Limits.
We welcome you here to join these two inspiring men in an exploration of the role of work in today's world.