40-Day Retreat Course

Monday, 16th October, 2017 18:00
Friday, 24th November, 2017 14:00


What does it mean to be human? How do we relate to ourselves, to others, to the world?

16th October to 24th November

This residential retreat is an opportunity to find full appreciation of your potential as a human being. It is an exploration of your self, of your very being, and of the nature of your relationship with others and the world.

The course is based on the most inclusive perspective – that of the unity of all existence, by which all things are naturally interconnected. This understanding is reflected throughout the content and structure of the course.

Chisholme House and the beautiful estate provide a supportive environment for a journey of self-discovery in the company of fellow students and the facilitators who will assist you.

The course follows a modular format with six themes
• Beginning at the Beginning
• The One and the Many: Being and Consciousness
• Human Reality and Experience
• Relationships
• The Way
• Love and Beauty

By combining theory and practice, over the forty days mind, body, spirit and heart are all brought into play.

Study and conversation sessions draw on the works of masters from different wisdom traditions, primarily Ibn Arabi, Rumi and Lao Tsu. Study material is also taken from more contemporary sources – for example Einstein and Adyashanti.

Two periods of meditation take place each day, either silent or guided. Trained mindfulness practitioners lead the guided meditations.

There is also practical work in the house, kitchen and estate or in the organic garden.

In the evenings there are periods of silent contemplation with fellow students as well as time to share insights and questions. On Thursday evenings the group devotional practice is zikr (remembrance).

Throughout each day an awareness of what is happening in the instant is being cultivated. In this way we can enter into a more conscious and compassionate relationship to ourselves, to others and to the world.

Students are given regular opportunity for one-to-one discussions with a member of staff.

The Chisholme kitchen provides food in keeping with the spiritual and material aims of its education. Chisholme is not vegetarian but meat is prepared with respect for its benefit and origin. Vegetarian dishes comprise the majority of the food served and are always available as an option. Any other dietary requirements should be discussed when you apply.

A detailed timetable is available on request.

Fee £1400; deposit £200

Closing date for applications:
15 September, 2017

Download OCTOBER 2017 Application Form
or email
or Tel +44 (0)1450 880 215

Please note:

A follow-on course of 99 days will be offered in the winter of 2018/19. It will be open to anyone who has participated in the 40-Day Retreat or completed a previous Six-month Course/Two-year On-line Course. Please get in touch if you feel this opportunity might be for you.


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