Courses at Chisholme

Chisholme is here to help you explore 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 Chisholme estate offers a strong support and beautiful context for this kind of enquiry.

Below is an overview of some courses offered in 2020, with provisional dates. The programme is still in development and more details will follow soon.

Discovering Unity week-long courses

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.

Dates in 2020:
23 - 30 May
22 - 29 August

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.

Date for 2020:
18–25 July, 2020

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...

Dates for 2020:
23 March - 5 April
Forest and Garden Fortnight
25 April - 2 May
6 - 13 June
4 - 11 July
1 - 8 August

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 contemplative exploration of wisdom texts both ancient and contemporary.

Date for 2020:
8 - 16th May

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Intuitive Drawing

This course is an invitation to draw from the heart – to learn to see and listen in a new way and an opportunity to learn to see and understand through images rather than through words.

Date for 2020:
20 -27 June

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Longer courses

40-Day Intensive Retreat

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.

Date for 2020:
1 October - 10 November

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99-Day Intensive Retreat

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 the latter retreat, or completed a previous Six-month Course/Two-year On-line Course or similar preparation.

Date: 25 November 2020 - 3 March 2021

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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)

An online Beshara course exploring a spiritual life and unified perspective in the contemporary world. 26 May – 13 August 2020