Minni is skillful in bringing unlikely combinations of people together in order to bring about the action needed to enable change in complex systems. Her driving force has always been to keep the focus on the search for the deeper spiritual meaning of life, to aspire to that which is higher than ourselves. She initiates and connects grass -root level movements, in India, which is where she originally comes from and in the UK where she now lives. Using all her abilities, her motivation is to enable a voice for the poorest of the poor, the richest of the rich, the marginalised and the dispossessed to regain human dignity and simplicity in their lives.
Philip is Senior Lecturer in Holistic Science at Schumacher College. He has a degree in mathematics from Oxford University. Academia’s dull explanation of the world inspired Philip on a counter-journey into the depths of experience, traveling and a re-sensitisation to quality
After a fifteen-year career designing intelligent software, culminating in a programme now used in The Netherlands by all Dutch courts, Philip joined the Masters in Holistic Science as teacher of complexity . Philip began and edits the Holistic Science Journal. He is also the convener of a successful inquiry forum called Process and Pilgrimage and is the author of Time, Light and the Dice of Creation: through Paradox in Physics to a New Order.
Philip’s travels in India, Japan, Korea and China,( giving workshops on the relation between Holistic Science and traditional Eastern Wisdom can be followed at: http://www.journeyschool.org
As a member of the Management Team of the Dartington Hall Trust, Anne was appointed to lead the group who designed Schumacher College. Since 1993, with a remit to put the College on a sound footing both academically and financially, she became the Director of Schumacher College and over 13 years in post , she steered it to become an international leader in Ecological Education and in the Holistic Science field.
After her original degree in the Humanities, in 1969 Anne went to East Africa for a year to do VSO (Voluntary Service Overseas) returning to continue her studies in Education and eventually in Management. She came to Dartington as a teacher and has remained here in various roles . At present she is also studying Italian and singing and tends her vegetable garden.
Anne is author of ‘Holistic Education’ published by Green Books in 2008.
Martin is the founder of the Agroforestry Research Trust (ART) which he set up a few years ago. He is now one of the foremost forest gardeners in the world. He has planned and carried out all research related to various aspects of Forest Gardening at ART’s three sites in Devon.
Martin has also spent over 20 years in organic agriculture and horticulture, including working for the Yarner Trust in North Devon (teaching small-scale organic agriculture); growing food for a small hotel on the Isle of Iona; restoring the walled gardens of a manor house in mid-Devon; and running his own organic market garden and tree nursery in South Devon.
Martin is the author of several books including the forest gardening‘bible’, Creating a Forest Garden published by Green Books.
Mark is a social entrepreneur with a deep commitment to working for positive change towards a socially and environmentally just economy and society. Mark's passion is to develop human scale financial institutions that serve a valuable social purpose - addressing inequality, stimulating local economies and improving resilience - and to influence wider change through the demonstration of these practical local solutions.
Mark is a Co-founder and Director of the Bristol Pound, project manager at Bristol Credit Union (BCU) and Chair of Plough & Share Credit Union in Devon. He lives in Dartington, with his family.
Advisor and Supporter
Satish Kumar renounced the world when he was 9 years old and joined the wandering brotherhood of Jain monks. Dissuaded from his path by an inner voice at the age of eighteen, he left the monastic order and became a campaigner for land reform, working to turn Gandhi’s vision of renewed India and a peaceful world into reality. Fired by the example of Bertrand Russell, he undertook an 8,000 mile peace pilgrimage, walking from India to America without any money, through deserts, mountains, storms and snow and delivered packets of ‘peace tea’ to the leaders of the four nuclear powers. In 1973, he settled in England, taking on the Editorship of Resurgence magazine, of which he is now Editor Emeritus. He is the energy and spirit behind a number of ecological, spiritual and educational ventures in Britain such as the the Small School in Hartland, a pioneering secondary school (aged 11-16), and Schumacher College in Devon a residential international center for the study of ecological and spiritual values.,
His autobiography, No Destination, was first published in 1978. Since then he has written many books which have been translated into many languages the world over.
Satish is an advisor to Earthlinks UK, having been an active supporter of its ethos and programs since its inception.
Partners and Friends
The Flow Partnership www.theflowpartnership.org
Holistic Science Journal www.holisticsciencejournal.co.uk
Journey School www.journeyschool.org
Agroforestry Research Trust www.agroforestry.co.uk
Bhoomi College www.bhoomicollege.org
Abbazia di Spineto www.abbaziadispineto.com
Dartington Hall Trust www.dartington.org
Schumacher College www.schumachercollege.org.uk
Resurgence and Ecologist www.resurgence.org
Tarun Bharat Sangh www.tarunbharatsangh.in
James Hutton Institute www.hutton.ac.uk
Newcastle University www.ncl.ac.uk
People and Water, Slovakia www.ludiaavoda.sk