Consider the possibility of a school of self-knowledge, set aside for the exclusive understanding, in every sense of Reality: not by means of a religion, nor by a particular way among ways nor through a teacher, nor by means of any particular faculty, such as the intellect or imagination – without any of these, nor by the denial of any of these, but only through the knowing, loving and affirmation of what is, by Itself and for Itself alone.
Peter Young, Principal at Chisholme 1987–2015

About Chisholme

The Chisholme Institute was established in 1979 on a beautiful 18th Century Scottish estate 60 miles south of Edinburgh. Since then, its focus has been to provide education in the art of self-discovery to students from all over the world and to promote an increased awareness of the real value of our connection to the world and each other.

The courses and retreats at Chisholme address body, mind and spirit in a balanced and integrated way, through programmes of study, meditation, work and devotional practice. Every aspect and activity, from the baking of bread to the planting of trees, is seen to be part of the education offered here.

Chisholme offers a range of courses throughout the year and welcomes volunteers to come and work in the house, grounds and beautiful walled organic gardens.

Visitors are always welcome for both short visits and longer stays.

I have experienced a loving intelligence right from the way the food is prepared through to the way people are with each other, incredible evidence of walking the talk and talking the walk.
Nobel Peace Prize nominee, Scilla Elworthy


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Purpose and Objects

The Chisholme Institute is a Scottish Registered Charity whose main focus is to provide a residential retreat and study facility, offering non-denominational courses in spiritual education which are available to all. Its core principles are:  

  • To develop and improve an understanding that all life is interdependent, as can be seen in the ecological, economic, cultural and spiritual spheres.
  • To encourage and be involved in study, research and work to increase public awareness of the unity of existence.
  • To publish and share knowledge gained from studies, research and work. To establish courses to develop a wider understanding of the unity of existence.
  • To encourage and be involved in work in: ecological conservation, the development of good husbandry and resource management, conservation of our heritage of buildings, artefacts and craft skills, and spiritual practices.

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February is devoted to a time of ‘stopping’, in which residents and guests are invited to enter into a spirit of shared enquiry and deep questioning in which 'being' precedes 'doing'.


Fri 2nd March 2018 19:00 to
Sun 4th March 2018 14:00


Sat 10th March 2018 19:00 to
Sat 17th March 2018 14:00

Self knowledge is a process of uncovering, realising, and awakening to what is innate in all of us.


Sat 24th March 2018 00:00 to
Sat 7th April 2018 00:00

This will be the time to get the garden ready for spring planting, with study and meditation available