Week-long Retreat in the Woods: Foundations of Natural Intelligence

Friday, 11th August, 2017 19:00
Thursday, 17th August, 2017 14:00

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.


“I'm struggling to find the words to describe how amazing and life changing the Woodland Retreat has been for me...quite possibly the most seminal week of my life with lots of fun, laughter, friendship, beauty and good food thrown in. Go! Seriously, you owe it to yourself”
Sue L. course participant, August 2017

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 £225

Early Bird discounted cost:
£195 for bookings with deposit paid by 28 February 2018

A non-refundable deposit of £60 is required to confirm your place; please pay the balance 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 secretary@chisholme.org for information.

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

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