Dorset Welcomes Satish Kumar

A Very ‘Satishfying’ Day for Resurgence Dorset.

Satish Kumar with Pam Rosling at Hilfield Friary

On Saturday 9th December, our North Dorset Sustainability Champion, Pam Rosling and her group Resurgence Dorset, had the honour of hosting a special day at Hilfield Friary with Satish Kumar, the eminent peace and environment activist, and Editor Emeritus of the environmental magazine Resurgence & Ecologist.

After a shared vegetarian lunch with the group, Satish delivered an inspiring talk based on his latest book ‘Soil, Soul and Society’ with the important message that: “We are all members of a one-earth society, and caring for the earth and soul is interrelated”.

Dave Haith, one of over 40 attendees, had great pleasure in hearing Kumar’s talk “At last – hopefully not too late – the world is recognising the value of the message planted in the minds and spirits of so many by charismatic figures like Satish.”

Angela Fendley, Sustainable Dorset’s Community Engagement Officer found his talk most uplifting. “His unwavering commitment to his beliefs is impressive, and he reminds us that we must stop seeing nature just as a resource and recognise that we are nature.”

When he was only nine years old, Satish joined the wandering brotherhood of Jain monks, before becoming a campaigner and undertaking an 8,000 mile peace pilgrimage, walking from India to America without any money, through deserts, mountains, storms and snow. Over the years, Satish has contributed to Radio 4’s Thought for the Day and has appeared as a guest on Desert Island Discs. He also featured in BBC2’s Natural World Series — Earth Pilgrim: A Spiritual Journey into the Landscape of Dartmoor.

Funds raised from the talk were donated to the crowdfunding campaign to finance a permanent home for the expanding staff of Resurgence & Ecologist magazine, a registered charity, which Satish has been running from his own home in North Devon. Details of this project can be found here.

Resurgence Dorset is a Meetup group set up 3 years ago by our Sustainability Champion for North Dorset, Pam Rosling with the aim of raising public awareness of environmental campaigns and social justice issues. If you would like to join this friendly little group, which meets monthly in Blandford Museum and either Sherborne or Hilfield Friary, please register on their free-to-join website.