As a volunteer at Chisholme you are appreciated for who you are, not only for what you do.
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Spring is a great time to be outdoors. Come and help awaken Chisholme’s garden and help prepare it for the growing season that lies ahead. There are potatoes, peas, and onions waiting to be planted outside, and in the poly-tunnels salad crops and herbs can be seeded. Activities will be varied and you will be offered opportunities to work in other areas such as in the woodland, house and kitchen.
You will be living and working in a place dedicated to supporting the discovery of your own potential.
Chisholme is a school – an unusual one because here there are no teachers. The guiding principle of the education is the essential Unity of all Existence. This is a wholly inclusive perspective, not limited by dogma or religious considerations. You can read more about it here.
So in addition to working with your hands you are very welcome to take part in conversation and study, meditation and other supportive activities. You will have the chance to give space to yourself and your own questions. You will also enjoy great food, good company and the chance to explore the beautiful countryside around Chisholme.
The hope is that you will leave at the end of the week with more than you came with: new friends, new skills (such as gardening or cooking) and a new understanding of yourself - and a wish to return!
The normal day at Chisholme begins with meditation at 7am and ends with supper at 7pm (see below).
For this Gardening Fortnight there will be a special programme:
The Fortnight begins on Saturday 24 March with an introductory meeting after supper and then an introduction to the garden itself after breakfast the next morning.
Thereafter in outline the programme will be as follows:
Sundays: Walk in the countryside after lunch.
Mondays: Optional study after tea.
Tuesdays: A movie after supper.
Wednesdays: Free afternoon; optional study after tea.
Thursdays: Join our weekly devotional practice zikr if you wish, in the evening.
Fridays: Optional study after tea; end of fortnight bonfire on final Friday evening.
Saturdays: Mid-Saturday free; final Saturday group conversation and feedback.
Normal daily timetable at Chisholme
7.00 am Meditation (optional)
7.30 am Breakfast
9.00 am Work
10.30 pm Coffee
10.45 am Work
12.45 pm Set table for lunch
1.00 pm Lunch and clear away
2.15 pm Work
4.00 pm Tea
4.30 pm Work or study
5.45 pm Work or study ends
7:00 pm Supper
The recommended donation for the full period (14 days) is £160 or £100 if you are a student or unwaged.
You can only come for a week? Then the suggested rate is £90 or £60.
Your donation goes towards the basic costs of your stay which includes accommodation, all your food, tea and coffee, your laundry, and instruction in new skills. Additional funding comes from our Volunteer Fund.
You can’t come for a whole week? It is still possible to join in (although we like people to enjoy the whole experience...) Suggested donation then will be £14, or £9 per day.
A non-refundable deposit of £10 will confirm your place.
If you are unable to pay or cannot pay the whole amount, then please do not hesitate to write to email@example.com to discuss your circumstances.
Accommodation is shared, in double, triple or dormitory style rooms. Bed linen and towels are provided. Wash facilities, showers and toilets are grouped together on the ground foor
Volunteers are a vital part of life at Chisholme. The School could not have been built, nor maintained over the last forty years, without the support of many dedicated volunteers.
Chisholme is an amazing place to volunteer. You can learn great new skills and really feel appreciated for who you are and what you do.
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