Soil, Soul and Society

Satish Kumar

An evening with
Satish Kumar

Editor-in-chief of Resurgence & Ecologist

The evening

On 13 June 2013 at the Sallis Benney Theatre in Brighton, environmentalist and humanitarian Satish Kumar discussed his ecophilosophy based on the trinity of soil, soul and society. This new trinity offers a holistic, inclusive, and planet-centred alternative to our current worldview, and inspires us to understand that we are, in truth, "members of one Earth community".

The evening included excerpts from 'Earth Pilgrims,' a film that asks the question: "From a world swamped in problems, in a global civilization on its last march towards the edge of the cliff, how can we reconnect with a deeper, more meaningful way of life? How can we make a difference?" You can view the trailer and learn more about the film at the Earth Pilgrims website.

The evening ended with a short description of the work of The Resurgence Trust by Sharon Garfinkel.

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Learn more about Soil, soul and society

Satish explains his philosophy further in The Ecologist and in his 2012 talk for TEDxExeter.

About Satish Kumar

Satish Kumar is an internationally renowned speaker on ecological and spiritual issues. When he was only nine years old, Satish renounced the world and joined the wandering brotherhood of Jain monks. He left the monastic order and became a campaigner for land reform, working to turn Gandhi's vision of a peaceful world into reality, before undertaking an 8,000 mile peace pilgrimage, walking from India to America without any money, through deserts, mountains, storms and snow.

Since 1973 he has been editor-in-chief at Resurgence & Ecologist magazine, and his books include No Destination, You Are Therefore I Am, Spiritual Compass, and Earth Pilgrim.

Satish teaches, lectures and runs workshops on reverential ecology, holistic education and voluntary simplicity. He was awarded an Honorary Doctorates in Education (2000), Literature (2001) and in 2009 an Honorary Doctorate of Law from the University of Exeter.

Satish has regularly contributed to Radio 4's Thought for the Day and has appeared as a guest on Desert Island Discs. He featured in BBC2's Natural World Series -- Earth Pilgrim: A Spiritual Journey into the Landscape of Dartmoor. Satish is a Vice President at the RSPCA.