Retreat in the Woods: foundations of natural intelligence

Sunday, 1st January, 2017

How to pay: We will write to arrange payment with you once we have confirmed your place on this course. Please let us know your preferred method of payment by ticking one of the choices below.
Course fees are kept to an absolute minimum – please, if you would like, add a donation towards our scholarship fund, which supports students and visitors on low income.

Time and space to reconnect…

Seven days of self-discovery in a retreat environment, free from phones, internet and electricity – living in yurts on the edge of the forest in the company of your fellow students and facilitators.

Preparing and cooking all our meals ourselves on open fires, and other outdoor activities are part of the course, as is conversation at night around the campfire. The ground of all our study, work and living together is the moment-by-moment awareness of the unity of all existence.

Through living close to nature we learn to appreciate how much we depend on it, how we are inseparable from and responsible for it... just as we depend on others, are one with one another and, at the same time, are responsible for each other.

The course takes place on the Chisholme Estate, with a few forays out onto the adjoining open moorland. Course facilitators live, work and study alongside course participants throughout the seven days.

“This course is a completely wonderful adventure. Over the week you become immersed in the experience and in the bubble that forms around you and the rest of the group – you feel you are in a totally safe place where you can be open and vulnerable and really think about who you are, and your place in the world.” Georgie, 2014

This course is fully residential, with accommodation in yurts. Fees include all food and accommodation. The course begins with supper at 7pm on Saturday night. You are advised to arrive a little in advance in order to settle into your yurt. The course will end the following Saturday at 2pm.

The location is in the grounds of Chisholme House, a beautiful estate in the moors of the Scottish Borders, less than two hours drive from Edinburgh, Newcastle and Carlisle.

The cost is £210 A non-refundable deposit of £60 is required to confirm your place; the balance of £150 is payable when you arrive. Note on course fees: We try to ensure that people are not excluded for financial reasons and so may be able to offer a reduced fee to those who need it. Please contact for information.

To book
Please click on the box at the top of this page, or write to / call +44 (0)1450 880215 to book.

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