Journey to the Soul: A Pilgrimage & Retreat

Workshops with Satish Kumar, Vegan Food, Wilderness Connection, Wild Swimming, Walking & 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, practice yoga, meet like-minded individuals and connect with the wild and beautiful land of Cornwall.

Before the retreat begins Ruby and Christabel will journey on foot for three days from Hartland in Devon where Satish lives to our Cornish haven, with plenty of meditation, swimming, sea gazing and dreaming en route. The pilgrimage is optional so if you cannot make it you can meet us in Cornwall for the second part of the retreat!

Upon arrival in Cornwall, we will begin the retreat with delicious Food, Wilderness Connection, Art, Meditation & Yoga Workshops. Satish will join us on Friday night and lead three workshops on Friday evening, Saturday morning and Saturday afternoon. Daily swimming, yoga, walks, massages and relaxation all await.

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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 founders Ruby and Christabel Reed. 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. 


Optional Pilgrimage: Monday to Wednesday

We will begin our walk in Hartland and walk down the Cornish Coastal Path path towards Bude, spending our first night in a cliff perched Airbnb with breathtaking sea views. The next day we will set off along the headland, 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. Walking up the creek we will then head up to St Issey - finishing along the Saints Way on Wednesday afternoon. We will arrange a car to send your belongings to Cornwall in advance. 


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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 £200-£500, depending on which room you choose. 

Master En-Suite, £500 pp

Twin En-Suite, £440 pp

Twin, £350 pp

Master En-Suite £500 pp

Twin, £450 pp

Double, £440 pp


Master bed £500 pp

Double, £460 pp

Sofa bed, £350 pp

BYO Tent: £200 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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