Building Peace – how can we be useful?

Sunday, 28th May, 2017

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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.


A workshop with Scilla Elworthy
Sunday 10.30am–6pm

Many people feel powerless in the face of what they see on TV or read in the news - a world in crisis, with wars and violence erupting across the globe.

This workshop is for all those who want to step out of helplessness and apply their own personal skills to do something about the challenges now facing us.

We shall investigate the forces that drive armed conflict – global warming, migration, the rich-poor gap, and terrorism. Then, by contrast, show what is already effective in building peace at both local and international levels.

We’ll spend the major part of the afternoon responding to the question “what can I do about all this?”
We’ll investigate not only the myriad opportunities for service opening up, but also look into the skills we all need if we are to be effective in our chosen actions.

Scilla Elworthy Ph D has been three times nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize for her work with the Oxford Research Group which she founded in 1982 to develop effective dialogue between nuclear weapons policy-makers and their critics. She founded Peace Direct in 2003 to fund, promote and learn from local peace-builders in conflict areas, and was adviser to Peter Gabriel, Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Sir Richard Branson in setting up ‘The Elders’. She co-founded Rising Women Rising World in 2014, and teaches self knowledge to young social entrepreneurs.

“We need individuals like Dr Elworthy to start the work of preventing war…
This has been my personal dream for many years.”

His Holiness the Dalai Lama

Her latest book is Pioneering the Possible: awakened leadership for a world that works.
The TED talk on non violence has been viewed by over 1,100,000 people.
She is a councillor of the World Future Council.

Event Details

This is a Bank Holiday Weekend
Saturday: We will come together for supper at 7pm, and then listen to Scilla's Ted Talk.
Sunday: Day workshop 10.30am–6pm.
Monday: The weekend will conclude with informal conversation and lunch.
You may arrive on Friday, and enjoy being at Chisholme for the Saturday before the event starts.

Chisholme House is set on a beautiful estate in the moors of the Scottish Borders, an hour and a half from Edinburgh, Newcastle and Carlisle. The main house looks out over glorious landscaped grounds, and woods of native trees encircle the estate.

Sunday only including refreshments and lunch £50 (£30)

Full package (Sat supper to Monday lunch) shared accommodation £120 (£90)
Full package - single room if available £140 (not offered at a reduced rate)
Additional night (arrive Friday) single - add £45; shared add £35 (£30)

In brackets: concession for 25 and under

Note on course fees:
We try to ensure that our courses and events are accessible to those on low incomes. So if you would find the cost prohibitive please write to to enquire about reduced course fees or bursary possibilities.*


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 the deepest respect for its benefit and origin. Meanwhile vegetarian dishes comprise the majority of the food served and are always available as an option. We are unable to meet vegan requirements. However, special diets can be catered for where there is a medical reason. Please let us know your needs when you book your stay.

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