Happiness In A Time Of Crisis

With Helena Norberg-Hodge, Satish Kumar & Mac Macartney

Thursday 11th July to Monday 15th July – Gaunts House, Dorset

How can we make a happier world?

The crises we face are all linked. From global warming to financial meltdown, to widespread depression to the rise of the far right, everything is telling us that we need fundamental changes in society.
More and more, people are realising that the global economy isn’t working, and they’re calling for system change. Transforming the economy is becoming the world’s most urgent issue.

We need a systemic shift from Globalising to Localising economic activity – reversing the process of economic globalisation while encouraging the regeneration of healthy ecosystems and communities.

Localisation is a powerful strategy for inner and outer healing, as local economies rebuild our connections to one another and to the natural world – connections that are essential not only for our wellbeing but for our survival.

4 Day Residential Course

The Richard Glyn Charitable Foundation has the privilege of hosting this
highly participatory, first-of-its-kind residential event at Gaunts House.
The event will bring together Helena Norberg-Hodge, Satish Kumar and
Mac Macartney – three highly sought-after, internationally-recognised
and inspirational speakers – as well as distinguished guests, facilitators,
thinkers and activists from around the world, for a 5-day course that gives
you the chance to meet friendly, like-minded people to discuss the topic
that is of pivotal importance in our current society.

Fundamental change to the economy
for our inner wellbeing & happiness

Join Helena, Satish and Mac for a rare and intimate weekend of talks,
breakout sessions and workshops, group walking in wild places, coming
together, group activities, gong baths, yoga and more. Learn from
ancient cultures and share ideas for real change.

Help us make a happier world – spread the
word far & wide, raise awareness & catalyse
a new economy that works for both people
& the planet.

This course is especially for you if you are

A thought leader, teacher or community activist, looking for ideas for
real change that will benefit both people and planet.

Looking for inspiration in solving the social and environmental crises in
your community.

Looking to restore connectedness, belonging, and happiness in
your community.

On the course you will

Meet with like-minded people to explore life matters and find new
ways of looking at things.

Enjoy expert talks, discussions, break-out sessions and exercises

Take time to think of actions you can take to create more happiness
for yourself and those around you.

Topics Covered In The Course

○ Rethinking Economics

○ Lessons from Ancient Cultures

○ The Power of Local

○ Soil, Soul & Society

○ Connection, Identity & Community

○ Human & Ecological Healing

○ Inner Peace, Outer Transformation

○ Deep Ecology & Deep Culture

○ A New Story of Sustainability

○ Resistance & Renewal

Chief Contributors

Helena Norberg-Hodge

Founder & Director Local Futures

Helena is a pioneer of the new economy movement. She has been promoting an
economics of social and ecological wellbeing for four decades on four continents
and has been awarded the Alternative Nobel prize, the Goi Peace Prize and
the Arthur Morgan Award for her work. She appeared at the Gaunts House Summer
Gathering last summer. Read more about Helena here.

Satish Kumar

Peace & environment activist,
Editor of Resurgence Magazine

Satish Kumar has been quietly setting the Global Agenda for change for over
50 years. He continues to teach and run workshops on reverential ecology,
holistic education and voluntary simplicity and is a much sought-after speaker
both in the UK and abroad. Read more about Satish here.

Mac Macartney

Eco-Warrior & founder of Embercombe

Mac is an international speaker, writer and change-maker, with profound
and original insights. Mac seeks to inspire the emergence of the leader in
each of us, the leader who will take courageous action for a better world.
Read more about Mac here.  

Distinguished Guests & Facilitators

○ David Wilson – Farm manager of the Duchy Home Farm
○ Jyoti Fernandes – Chairperson of Five Penny Farm, Campaigns Coordinator of the Landworkers’ Alliance, Via Campesina
○ Rupert Read – Green Campaigner and spokesperson for Extinction Rebellion
○ Anja Lyngbaek – Local food and new economy activist

○ Peter Macfadyen – Direct democracy champion
○ Stephan Harding – Director of the MSc in Holistic Science at Schumacher College
○ Camila Moreno – Environmental Research, Author & Activist
○ Laura Tyley – Outreach Coordinator at Local Futures

See: https://www.localfutures.org/events-calendar/upcoming-events/happiness-in-a-time-of-crisis-uk/ for more information on the contributors, guests and facilitators.

Course Information

Dates & Location

Gaunts House in Dorset, from Thursday 11th July to Monday 15th July 2019

Course Investment

£495 – Includes four-nights stay in shared accommodation at Gaunts House with shared bathroom. Access to inspirational speakers, all talks, breakout sessions, activities and food. Check in Thursday afternoon, check out Monday morning.

Group Booking Discount

Booking for you and some friends? Receive an additional 10% discount when you reserve 4 or more spaces at the same time.

Limited tickets remaining!

There are only limited tickets left. Get in touch now to avoid disappointmen.


In the main house, we have shared spacious rooms with shared bathroom facilities. Most of these rooms have large windows with far reaching views over the grounds, lake and gardens. For those wanting a little more privacy and upgraded facilities, for a supplement, there is a selection of en-suite rooms in the Stable Block.

Alternatively, Camping spaces are available for a slightly reduced price (showers and food included).

Excellent Facilities 

Talks will be held in The Theatre, Gaunts House largest workshop room. Interactive workshops, breakout sessions and activities will take place in our reflective spaces as well as the grounds of Gaunts House. There are extensive private woodlands and a small lake to explore.

Food & Drink

From the kitchen comes hand-made, freshly prepared, mostly organic & seasonal meals each day. Dietary requirements can be catered for with advance notice. A selection of drinks, fruit and biscuits is available throughout the day.


Tickets must be pre-booked by contacting Matti at Gaunts House matti@gauntshouse.com or on 07817 164886. Limited tickets remaining. Get in touch now to avoid disappointment.