Resurgence & Ecologist presents its second Festival of Wellbeing on 12th October
Wellbeing is the current buzzword. Everyone wants a bit of it, but what exactly is it?
Satish Kumar, editor-in-chief of Resurgence & Ecologist magazine says: “Wellbeing is our birthright. A new vision of wellbeing is on the horizon. Together with sustainability, resilience, deep ecology and Gaia we need to embrace an inclusive and holistic concept of wellbeing.”
With this in mind, The Resurgence Trust, an educational charity which produces Resurgence & Ecologist magazine six times a year, is organising its second Festival of Wellbeing. The first sell-out event took place last year and speakers included Jonathon Porritt, Caroline Lucas MP, Polly Higgins and Patrick Holden.
This year’s event – taking place at The Bishopsgate Institute, London, on 12 October – will address wellbeing from a range of angles.
The stellar cast of speakers includes Tony Juniper, author of ‘What has nature ever done for us?’, campaigner Vandana Shiva, former Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams, environmentalist Tamsin Omond, gardening columnist Alys Fowler and Satish Kumar who will be speaking on ‘Soil, Soul, Society’ which is the title of his latest book.
Satish says: “Soil is the source of all life, literally and metaphorically. All life comes from the mother soil and returns to her. I love soil as my mother and take care of her. Soil contains earth, air, fire and water. She is nature herself. If my outer body is soil, then my inner being is the soul. As I cultivate the soil to grow food for the body I take care of the soul and cultivate compassion, love, beauty and unity to realise the harmony within and without. When I am at ease within, I am at ease without, I am at ease with the whole of humanity. Through caring for soil, I am a member of the earth community and through caring for society I am a member of the human community. Billions of people with their diversities of culture and colours are one human family. I suffer with their suffering and I rejoice in their happiness. Therefore the trinity of Soil, Soul and Society is a way of saying in three words that we are all related, interconnected and interdependent. This is a trinity of wholes and unity of life in its myriad forms.”
This trinity will be explored at Resurgence & Ecologist’s Festival of Wellbeing.
Satish adds: “The idea of ‘wellbeing’ has often been very narrowly interpreted and poorly understood. It has been associated with personal growth and personal development; a search for job satisfaction, work/life balance, more time for yoga, walking, gardening and resting. But this view is changing.
“Radical ecologists are now proposing a decrease in economic output, a reduction in material consumption, the setting of limits to our use of non-renewable resources, and an increase in the growth of human wellbeing and the wellbeing of planet Earth.
“Wellbeing is not merely an extrinsic value: it is an extrinsic and an intrinsic value at the same time. It is, in the long term, impossible for an individual to be happy when others are suffering from starvation, social injustice and wars. Also, how can an individual be healthy on an unhealthy planet? Health of the person and health of the planet are two sides of the same coin.”
Resurgence & Ecologist’s Festival of Wellbeing – which is being live-streamed, and will be available to download after the event – will address these themes. As well as outstanding speakers, it offers good food and delightful dance as well as an opportunity to network with like-minded individuals.
For more details and to book please phone 01237 441293 or visit www.resurgence.org/wellbeing.