Journey to the Soul: A Yoga and Ayurveda Retreat with Peace Activist Satish Kumar

Workshops with Satish Kumar, Aurvedic Food, Wilderness Connection, Wild Swimming, Walking & Yoga Workshops.

Carthew Farm, St Issey, Wadebridge PL27 7RQ | Wednesday 28th february to Sunday 4th march

(with Optional pilgrimage before, sunday to wednesday)


A special and rare opportunity to learn from peace activist Satish Kumar, balance the mind and body with daily Yoga, Meditation and delicious Ayurvedic food, meet like-minded individuals and connect with the wild and beautiful land of Cornwall. You will leave refreshed, empowered and connected.

Two yoga classes will be taught each day by Ruby and Christabel Reed (founders of Advaya Initiative). These classes will be open to all levels. While building strength and flexibility over the 5 days, these Vinyasa Krama classes will prioritise the development of breath and incorporate elements of chanting, pranayama and meditation.

Satish Kumar will join us on Friday evening, leading sessions on Peace, Ecology, Finding Purpose, Connection and Nature.

Vegan breakfast, lunch & dinners will be cooked and prepared by Atty Dickinson, an incredibly talented and healing chef. Atty will create recipes inspired by balancing Ayurvedic traditions using locally sources and organic ingredients wherever possible. 

You will have the opportunity to relax in the beautiful converted barns, paint, draw and read, go on walks in the surrounding, magical forests, or drive to the stunning beaches and moors for wild swimming and walking.

All inclusive prices from £350-£500 depending on which room you choose. You can also camp for just £200. To reserve a place please put down a £70 deposit - then contact us to say which room you would like - the choice of rooms and prices is written below.

For more information about the type of yoga you will practice please see Ruby and Christabel's websites:


From the Monday to Wednesday before the Yoga retreat begins you may also join the optional pilgrimage with Ruby and Christabel as they walk from Satish's house in Hartford, Devon, to Carthew Farm in Cornwall. Throughout this walk we will be earth pilgrims, as taught by Satish, travelling down the coastal path and delving inland to holy sites and special places from sacred wells to ancient trees, reading the story of the land and healing our connection with it.

From Boscastle we will pay homage to the area's history of Magic and Witchcraft, and walk on to the mythic castle of Tintagel, via the fairy waterfalls of St Nectern's Glen. Resting our heads and hearts between Boscastle and Port Isaac, we will then make our way along the rugged coastline, ending up in Rock where we take the ferry to Padstow

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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 together with E.P. Menon. Carrying no money and depending on the kindness and hospitality of strangers, they 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.


Rooms & Prices

All-inclusive prices range from £180-£400, depending on which room you choose. 

Master En-Suite, £400 pp

Twin En-Suite, £350 pp

Twin, £300 pp

Master En-Suite £400 pp

Twin, £350 pp

Double, £350 pp


Master bed £400 pp

Double, £350 pp

Sofa bed, £250 pp

BYO Tent: £180 pp

Carthew Farm

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Carthew Farm is a beautiful family home set in one of the most picturesque areas of North Cornwall overlooking the Camel Estuary. With woodlands for walking and seas for swimming this is a very special retreat space.

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