The Art of Living Well

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Fri 13Sep

Part of the Building Wellbeing Together Weekend

Facilitator: Satish Kumar

Satish will talk about his new book Elegant Simplicity. He will explain that for personal, social and planetary wellbeing we need to live simply and elegantly so that we minimise waste and pollution, reduce social injustice and be happy!

This evening talk is part of the Wellbeing Together Weekend 13-15 Sep.

Event time: Fri 13th Sep 2019 at 6:00pm - Fri 13th Sep 2019 at 7:30pm

Satish will talk about his new book Elegant Simplicity.

Consume less and celebrate more for inner peace and ecological integrity

Consumerism drives the pursuit of happiness in much of the world, yet as wealth grows unhappiness abounds, compounded by the grave problems of climate change, pollution, and ecological degradation. We’ve now reached both an environmental and spiritual dead-end that leaves us crying out for alternatives.

Elegant Simplicity provides a coherent philosophy of life that weaves together simplicity of material life, thought, and spirit. In it, Satish Kumar, environmental thought leader and former monk, distills five decades of reflection and wisdom into a guide for everyone, covering:

  • The ecological and spiritual principles of living simply
  • Shedding both “stuff” and psychological baggage
  • Opening your mind and heart to the deep value of relationships
  • Embedding simplicity in all aspects of life including education and work
  • Merging science and spirituality for a coherent world-view.

Elegant Simplicity is a life guide for everyone wanting off the relentless treadmill of competition and consumption and seeking a life that prioritizes the ecological integrity of the Earth, social equity, and personal tranquility and happiness.


This talk is part of our Wellbeing Together Weekend. Here is the provisional programme for the whole weekend: click here

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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 at Resurgence magazine and his books include No Destination; You Are Therefore I Am; Spiritual Compass; 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.

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Co-hosted by Network of Wellbeing (NOW) & Hawkwood

The Network of Wellbeing’s vision is of a world where everyone’s wellbeing needs are met within the planet’s natural limits. We believe that a person’s wellbeing depends on the wellbeing of the community and the society in which they live and work on the long-term health of the natural world on which we all depend. In our work, we support an active network of people and organisations who care about wellbeing, run a range of community wellbeing projects and further the wellbeing agenda nationally.

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