Radical Love

An intimate weekend built around the most powerful force on earth
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WHEN:

Friday 17 – Sunday 19 February 2023 

TUTORS:

Satish Kumar, June Mitchell

VENUE:

Dartington Trust, South Devon

AGE SUITABILITY:

Unless otherwise stated, our Short Courses are for adults 18+ years

PRICING:

Residential: £395* | Non Residential: £280 

Bursaries are available – find out more here.

*Residential course fees include all vegetarian meals, field trips, materials and all teaching sessions and includes private, simple accommodation with shared bathroom from supper on the day of your arrival through until the lunchtime before your departure. More info about accommodation can be found below.

About this course

This is a chance to spend an intimate weekend, hosted by Satish Kumar, to consider the role of radical love in our lives and how we can use it to live in a more fulfilling way. It will be an opportunity for discussion and deep reflection, incorporating the wisdom of poets and mystics, to consider the most powerful force on earth.

We prioritise our work, our families and our friends but how often do we put love at the top of our list? Love is the nourishment that feeds all aspects of our lives but sometimes we neglect it. As a result we can feel isolated, lonely and dissatisfied with our lives.

This weekend has been specifically designed to give time and space to consider the importance of love in our lives. Radical love takes courage and means letting go of fear but how do we cultivate this? Before we can love others we need to love ourselves but how is this possible?

Satish Kumar will lead group work as well as sessions for those seeking answers to these questions.

Throughout the weekend there will be opportunities for quiet meditation and reflection as well as a Qigong session led by June Mitchell. Participants will also spend time in the tranquil surroundings of the historic Dartington estate and discover how radical love can bring joy in life.

 

ON THIS COURSE YOU WILL

  • Enjoy morning meditation.
  • Learn Qi Gong, an exercise with bamboo sticks.
  • Explore ways to cultivate love in our everyday life, how we can love oneself and those we might find difficult to love.
  • Have the opportunity to share our stories and experiences about obstacles to love and ways we may be able to address these. 

typical schedule for short courses

  • Check-in to the room is between 3-3.45pm on the day of arrival. Check-out is 11am on the day of departure, although if travelling by public transport, luggage can be left at the Welcome Centre until the course has completed.
  • Teaching generally begins at 4pm on the first day and ends at 2pm Fridays or 4pm Sunday (whichever is the last day of the course).
  • The daily timetable can start at 9.30am and end around 9.15pm, with free time available at set times throughout the day.
  • For residential participants breakfast is included, followed by a morning gathering and community work groups on weekdays, which are open to all participants and the college community. Non-residential participants can pay extra if they wish to have breakfast on one or more of the days.
  • Lunch for all participants is between 1-2pm and supper is 6.30-7.30pm (both meals are included in the residential and non-residential course fee).

If you have any questions about your course schedule please contact shortcourses@dartington.org

OUR LEARNING COMMUNITY

Our courses are part of the wider Learning programme at Dartington, and you will join a community of students on site studying at Schumacher College and Dartington Arts School as well as other short course participants, volunteers and visitors.

While you are here we invite you to take part in our learning community life by attending morning meetings, taking part in activities such as meal preparation and clearing, and evening social events. This is entirely voluntary, but participants tell us that taking part adds to their experience at Dartington.

short course community lunch

TEACHERS

Satish Kumar

Satish Kumar

Satish is a former monk and long-term peace and environment activist. He 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. Read More

June Mitchell

June Mitchell

June Mitchell guides meditation, sitting, walking and reclining, in the tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh and Plum Village, which she has attended many times. She leads a Vietnamese form of Qi Kong, holding a bamboo pole, which is a meditative exercise for all ages. She is also a former editor of Resurgence magazine.

accommodation

We recommend that if possible, you stay on-site during your course. All our courses are best experienced holistically: through studying, relaxing, eating and staying with other course participants, volunteers, staff and tutors.

The residential course fee is based on staying in one of our hostel-style single rooms with shared facilities and easy access to your main learning space. They are the perfect base to rest your head, relax and recharge. You can find out more about the rooms here.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included throughout the duration of the course, each made with fresh, locally-sourced produce by our award-winning team.

Accommodation is available at a discounted rate for course attendees, and on a first come, first served basis only. Choose this option by selecting ‘residential’ at checkout.

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optional: upgrade to a courtyard room

It is also possible, subject to availability, to upgrade your accommodation to a single or double en-suite bedroom in our beautiful and historic courtyard. An upgrade to a single room with en-suite bathroom is an additional £27.25 per night and a double room with en-suite bathroom is an additional £43.60 per night.

If you would like to upgrade, please first book with residential option included, and then contact our Guest Services team on 01803 847121 or email guestservices@dartingtonhall.com to check availability. Our Guest Services department is open daily, 8am–8pm.

Should you decide to upgrade to our en-suite accommodation, please be aware that this is 20 min walk, or 3 min drive, to the Old Postern site, where some of our courses are held. There is car parking available near to all venues on the estate.

OPTIONAL: STAY ON OUR CAMPSITE

You may like to stay on our beautiful and relaxing campsite, amidst the stunning rolling hills and ancient woodlands of Dartington. Find out more about the campsite here.

Should you decide to stay on the campsite, please be aware that this is 10 min walk, to either Schumacher College or Dartington Hall, where our courses are held. There is car parking available near to all venues on the estate.

Book now

Begin your online booking below. You will receive an e-ticket for this event. You are welcome to email us at shortcourses@dartington.org with any queries you have. Full Short Course T&Cs can be found here >

If you place a deposit, you will be contacted by us four weeks before the course start date to pay the outstanding balance. You will also be contacted with full details about the course before you arrive.

Please note that in most cases bookings for all our Short Courses close at midday on the Thursday before the course begins. This enables us to give you the best possible course experience and ensures all bookers receive the relevant course materials before they arrive.



Offer: Special rate for Dartington Members

Dartington Members will receive a 10% discount, applied when they log in during the checkout process. For more information about Membership, click here (opens in new tab).

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