Raised as a Jain monk from the age of 9, Satish became a campaigner for land reform at 18 , working to turn Gandhi's vision of a renewed India and peaceful world into reality.
In 1962, concerned about nuclear proliferation, he began, with his friend E.P. Menon, an 8,000-mile peace pilgrimage, walking from India to Moscow, Paris, London and Washington with no money, through deserts, mountains and supposedly hostile territories to deliver a message of peace to the leaders of the four nuclear powers at the time.
In 1973, he settled in England and was invited by the renowned economist E. F. Schumacher to be the editor of Resurgence magazine, now titled ‘Resurgence and Ecologist’. Under his editorship the magazine has become, according to the Guardian newspaper, 'The spiritual and artistic flagship of the green movement".
In 1991, Satish co-founded Schumacher College, in Totnes, Devon, UK, an international residential education centre named after E. F. Schumacher, which aims to provide transformative learning for sustainable living.
Satish writes, teaches and leads workshops internationally on holistic economics, reverential ecology, holistic education and voluntary simplicity. His books include “Soil · Soul · Society: A New Trinity for Our Time”, “No Destination”, “Earth Pilgrim”, “You Are Therefore I Am”, “Elegant Simplicity” and the recently launched “Radical Love”.