The Directors are responsible for overseeing the running of the Chisholme Institute according to its aims. Read more here. They meet regularly at Chisholme House to discuss all aspects of the Institute including its financing, staffing, maintenance, building projects, household matters, garden, estate and publicity. You can email the directors at email@example.com
Lesley graduated from Glasgow School of Art in 1966 after majoring in printed textile design. She worked as a freelance designer and taught in Winchester School of Art, Croydon College of Art and Bournemouth College of Art. Lesley later taught sixth form art A level students and in adult education centres. She has been a director of the Institute since its beginning and is married with one son.
Julia Dry (Chair)
Julia has been a student, volunteer and guest at Chisholme since 1976. On completing the second 6-month retreat course she then went on to study Fine Art (painting) with philosophy, sociology, history and archaeology. From researching Persian 'paradise gardens' at university through a period of painting, teaching and working in archaeological illustration she followed a love of gardening to study horticulture and then worked as a professional gardener. She has a practical knowledge of accounts, and has worked in the charitable sector.
Originally from Co. Donegal, Ireland, Rachel has lived in UK for 27 years. She qualified as a Registered Nurse in 2002, worked in Emergency admissions, Oncology, Minor Illness, Forensics and spent some time in the Middle East. She now works in Yorkshire as a Nurse Practitioner in Urgent Unplanned Care.
Rachel first attended Chisholme in 2010 and has undertaken a number of courses there, which, she says, have changed her life.
She joined the Board of Directors in June 2017.
Hiroko was born and grew up in Japan and has lived, studied and worked in UK since the mid 80s. She has a masters degree in Visual Islamic and Traditional Art, specialising in Japanese screen painting. She first visited Chisolme in the late 90s and since completed two six months intensive retreat courses. She subsequently joined the staff at the Institute, supervising courses, working as housekeeper and volunteering in other areas. She and her husband have two children and they currently live in Hawick.
Tim has been a director since 2004 and has been involved with the Chisholme Institute for over 30 years. He is a professional musician and works mostly as a teacher, privately and in schools, although he is also a founder member of the nearly-famous Vastearth Orchestra. Tim lives with his partner in Worcestershire, where they have a house and three allotments. When Tim isn't at Chisholme, meeting visitors from all over the world , he likes to travel around it as much as possible.
He has long been interested in environmental issues, and this is the area he is most concerned with as a director.
Sat 28th March 2020
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
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...