Longer-term volunteering

Since the pandemic, the importance of in-person and residential courses and events has become very evident.

However there are still relatively few people in residence at Chisholme at the moment. These few have been spread quite thinly over the various areas of responsibility.

Numbers notwithstanding, courses and conversations took place throughout 2023 – garden weeks and a forestry fortnight in which 6,000 trees were planted on the Fathill clear-felled area.

To the few at Chisholme and to those who come to help as the need arises we are extremely grateful. The garden, the house and estate have been tended with deep care, and the strength of presence is palpable everywhere. The manner of visiting Chisholme and participating in courses is more immersive as a result, as the distinction between staff and visitors becomes less pronounced. We are all guests in His House, and equally host to the Guest who comes to the door.

'As the lark says in her song:
Often, often, often goes the Christ
In the stranger’s guise.'
(ancient Celtic rune)

This year 2024, we have a full programme of short courses and events leading up to the Six-month Course of Intensive Esoteric Education proposed for the winter of 2024/25

We welcome longer-term volunteers who may be willing to learn new skills and take on particular areas of responsibility – kitchen, garden, estate, housekeeping, office.

For example – caring for the garden includes the walled garden, the flowers, the polytunnels, growing vegetables for the people at Chisholme with some to share at the local Hawick Market.

This garden has been tended for many years by so many different people, some with no previous experience. So don't hesitate to get in touch if you are willing to give your time to the garden, short or long term, or indeed to any other aspect of the life of the place.

To apply please email
Tel +44 (0)1450 880 215

volunteerAR.jpgPhoto by Asya Pearl

All positions at Chisholme are available within the spirit of Equal Opportunities and in fulfilment of the requirements of the Disability Discrimination Act. Read more here


Fri 26th July 2024 19:00 to
Sat 3rd August 2024 14:00

An introduction


Fri 9th August 2024 19:00 to
Sat 17th August 2024 14:00

Woodland Retreat


Tue 1st October 2024 19:00 to
Mon 24th March 2025 19:00

Winter 2024/25