Journey to the Soul. A Pilgrimage & Retreat with Satish Kumar. Vegan Food, Wilderness Connection, Movement & Yoga Workshops.

Carthew Farm, St Issey, Wadebridge PL27 7RQ | Monday 13th to Sunday 19th November

A special and rare opportunity to learn from peace activist Satish Kumar.

We will journey on foot from Satish's home in Devon to our Cornish haven, wild swimming and camping en route. Upon arrival, we will begin the second part of our retreat with delicious Vegan Food, Wilderness Connection, Art, Meditation & Yoga Workshops. Satish will join us on the weekend. Daily swimming, walks, massages and relaxation also await. 

Money-Free Pilgrimage: Monday to Wednesday (optional)

We will begin our walk at Satish's house in Hartland. The walk is in his honour and we will walk with few possessions and little money. The first night is spent around Bude, the second in Boscastle and the third in Port Isaac. We will arrive at our Cornish haven on the Wednesday afternoon, ready for a warm shower and delicious, well-deserved dinner. There will be the option to send on your belongings to Cornwall in advance. 

Much of the pilgrimage will be spent on the Cornish Coastal Path, delving inland for holy sites and special places from sacred wells to ancient trees, reading the story of the land and healing our connection with it. 

The second part of the pilgrimage starts with witches, has a good magical journey, and ends up saintly. 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. Travelling along the rugged coastline we will head to Port Isaac on the South West Coast Path, ending up in Rock where we take the ferry to Padstow. Walking up the creek we will then head up to St Issey - finishing along the Saints Way.


Retreat: Wednesday to Sunday

Satish Kumar will join us on Friday evening, leading sessions on Friday evening, Saturday morning and Saturday afternoon.

There will be also be one morning and early evening yoga practice each day, led by Advaya Initiative's fouders Ruby and Christabel. The classes will involve postures, breathing, chanting and meditation, and one-to-one sessions will be offered throughout the week for anyone who feels drawn to work more closely with either teacher.

Vegan brunches and 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 always have the opportunity to relax in the beautiful converted barns, go on walks in the surrounding, magical forests, or drive to the stunning beaches and moors for wild swimming and walking. 

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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.

Details & Prices

All-inclusive prices range from £250-£600, depending on which room you choose. 

Master bed, £600 pp

Twin En-suite, £560 pp

Twin, £400 pp

Master bed, £600 pp

Twin En-suite, £450 pp

Double, £560 pp

Master bed, £600 pp

Double, £560 pp

Sofa bed, £400 pp

BYO Tent: £250 pp

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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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