Dedicated to the art of self discovery

The most beautiful learning and the greatest is to know yourself
Clement of Alexandria (c.150–c.215)

The guiding principle at Chisholme is the essential Unity of all Existence. This wholly inclusive perspective is the basis of all great wisdom traditions and lies at the heart of everything that happens in the school.

The education at Chisholme is of particular relevance today, for those who are motivated by a strong desire to know themselves according to this one essential reality, and to be in service to this reality in themselves and in the world.

Located on a beautiful 187-acre estate in the rolling hills of the Scottish Borders, Chisholme offers both the context and the support for such self-discovery. The main house looks out over glorious landscaped grounds, and woods of native trees encircle the estate.

The ongoing programme includes text-based study retreats, immersive courses living close to nature, and the longer intensive Discovering Unity retreats during the winter months.

Volunteers from around the world make a huge contribution to the life of the place, and visitors are welcome throughout the year to get a taste of what Chisholme can offer.










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Sat 28th March 2020 09:00 to
Wed 30th September 2020 20:00

Following an initial period of quarantine, Chisholme will be open to those able to stay at least until the virus pandemic has begun to recede. There is much to be discovered here, and a great deal to do, to prepare for the future.


Sat 18th July 2020 19:00 to
Sat 25th July 2020 14:00

7-day retreat without electricity, phone reception, and contact with the outside world – living in yurts in the forest.


Update March 19, 2020: A seven-day lock-down, followed by an invitation to join in unique opportunities for this summer at Chisholme. Please read on...