When he was only nine years old, Satish Kumar renounced the world and joined the wandering brotherhood of Jain monks. At the age of eighteen, he left the monastic order and became a campaigner. Fired by the example of Bertrand Russell, he undertook an 8,000 mile peace pilgrimage, walking from India to America without any money. Along the way, he delivered packets of ‘peace tea’ to the leaders of the four nuclear powers.
In 1973, he settled in England, where he is the guiding spirit behind the Small School in Hartland, a pioneering secondary school, and Schumacher College, an international residential centre for the study of ecological and spiritual values.
His autobiography, No Destination, is published by Green Books, as are four other books: You Are, Therefore I Am – A Declaration of Dependence, The Buddha and the Terrorist, Spiritual Compass and the latest, Earth Pilgrim.