Courses at Chisholme

Chisholme is here to help you examine your questions about life, about meaning and existence.

All courses are dedicated to exploring the essential unity of all existence, the true nature of the self, and how our understanding of this informs how we are in the world.

The beautiful and quiet location of Chisholme offers a strong support and deeply nurturing environment for this kind of enquiry.

Due to the Corona Virus, this year's programme of courses in the early part of this year has been put on hold. An online course in May takes the place of the one week Discovering Unity course for that month. We hope that the courses later in the year might still be able to run.

Below is an overview of some courses which usually would be offered.

Discovering Unity

Free Six Week Online Course

12 May - 16 June

What is it to be human? And, inseparable from this, what is real? What is the reality of our being?
Not that there is an official answer to these: it is our life’s work, each of us, to know these things for ourselves. The course is titled ‘Discovering Unity’ because it begins with the premise that reality is a unity – a single consciousness, a unified perspective – that both illuminates and is ourselves and the world.

One Week Introductory Courses

Provisional date: 22 - 29 August

Enquire into what unity means from and for your own self.

Self knowledge is a process of uncovering, realising, and awakening to what is innate in all of us. This is a journey of enquiry for anyone who questions their reality, their place and purpose in this life. As each person is unique, so each course comprises different ingredients, and no two courses are ever the same.
Each course offers periods for study of wisdom texts, group conversation, meditation, devotional practice and helping on the estate, garden, the kitchen or house.
Cost: £350 all inclusive

40-Day Intensive Retreat

1 October - 10 November, 2020

Who am I really?
This fully immersive forty-day retreat allows you the chance to uncover answers to the universal questions that existence poses. It will be an exploration of your self, of your very being, and of the nature of your relationships with others and the world.
Each day includes time for study, work, meditation and devotional practice.
Cost: £1600 all inclusive

99-Day Intensive Retreat

25 November 2020 - 3 March 2021

This course, which takes Ibn 'Arabi's Wisdom of the Prophets as its core text is intended as a follow-on to the 40-Day course.
It is open to anyone who has participated in a 40-day Retreat Course, or completed a previous Six-month Course/Two-year On-line Course or similar preparation.
Cost: £3000

More details on Discovering Unity here...

Woodland Retreats

Foundations of Natural Intelligence
Seven days of self-discovery through guided retreat, living close to nature and free from phones, internet and electricity.

Cost: £350 all inclusive, Deposit £60 to confirm booking

Date for 2021:
17–24 July, 2021

For more details see here...

Volunteer Weeks

Experience the joy of living and working in a place dedicated to supporting your discovery of your own potential.
Volunteer weeks happen most months during spring and summer.
For more details see here...

Mindfulness and Self Discovery

The course provides an in-depth foundation in mindfulness practice, including meditation, enquiry and conversation, movement and working with body awareness. This is complemented with exploration of wisdom texts both ancient and contemporary.

For course information see here...
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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 to go do it...
(Sue L. course participant 2017)

Update for May: For the time being, Chisholme cannot accept any visitors or volunteers. A free six week Online Discovering Unity Course starts 12 May. Other opportunities might follow later this year. Please read on...