Chisholme is an amazing place to volunteer. You can learn great new skills and really feel appreciated for who you are and what you do.
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The month of May is a lovely time of year for Chisholme. The days are getting warm, often with much sunshine and there is much to do, from working in the garden, to the forest, the kitchen and the house.
You will be living and working in a place dedicated to supporting the discovery of your own potential.
Chisholme is a school – an unusual one because here there are no teachers. The guiding principle of the education is the essential Unity of all Existence. This is a wholly inclusive perspective, not limited by dogma or religious considerations. You can read more about it here.
So in addition to working with your hands you are very welcome to take part in conversation and study, meditation and other supportive activities. You will have the chance to give space to yourself and your own questions. You will also enjoy great food, good company and the chance to explore the beautiful countryside around Chisholme.
The hope is that you will leave at the end of the week with more than you came with: new friends, new skills (such as gardening or cooking) and a new understanding of yourself - and a wish to return!
For this week, there will be a special programme:
The week begins on Saturday with an introductory meeting after supper and then an introduction to the garden itself after breakfast the next morning.
Thereafter in outline the programme will be as follows:
Sundays: Walk in the countryside after lunch.
Mondays: Optional study after tea.
Tuesdays: A movie after supper.
Wednesdays: Free afternoon; optional study after tea.
Thursdays: Join our weekly devotional practice zikr if you wish, in the evening.
Fridays: Optional study after tea; end of fortnight bonfire on final Friday evening.
Saturdays: Mid-Saturday free; final Saturday group conversation and feedback.
Suggested Financial contributions
Full week: £90 or £60 (Students and unwaged)
Day rate £14 or £9
A non-refundable deposit of £10 will confirm your place.
If you are unable to pay or cannot pay the whole amount, then please do not hesitate to write to firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss your circumstances.
Accommodation is shared, in double, triple or dormitory style rooms. Bed linen and towels are provided. Wash facilities, showers and toilets are grouped together on the ground foor
Volunteers are a vital part of life at Chisholme. The School could not have been built, nor maintained over the last forty years, without the support of many dedicated volunteers.