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
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
Photo © Aliya Ryan
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:
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Thu 1st October 2020
Tue 10th November 2020 20:00
An immersive residential retreat offering the conditions for real self-knowledge in the light of the unity of being.
Wed 28th October 2020
What is it to be human? And, inseparable from this, what is real?
Wed 25th November 2020
Wed 3rd March 2021 20:00
A follow-on residential course which takes Ibn 'Arabi's Wisdom of the Prophets as its core text
The Penny Fund was started in 1985 by Bulent Rauf, to support students at Chisholme.