Can I see myself and the world as one self?
Could you see yourself spending a week without electricity, phone reception, and contact with the outside world? On this 7-day retreat we will strip ourselves down to the bare essentials: delicious food, fresh water, clean air, warm shelter, and exceptional company.
Who are we when all that is non-essential is stripped away? What do we mean by natural intelligence and what lies at its core? The Foundations of Natural Intelligence courses have been running since 2011 — now in its 8th year, you are invited to find out.
Each day focuses on a theme for discussion, such as being, unity, wholeness, and our existence in the universe. Can we find out through direct experience what is necessary for human existence? Together we will explore these questions, and more. The course facilitators also partake on this journey, joining in as students on the course: there are no teachers.
The schedule is rigorous, beginning with a guided meditation each day, with the morning dedicated to conversation. The afternoon provides time for respite and physical work (such as cooking, gardening, or chopping wood), followed by further discussion and meditation before supper. In the evenings we go for walks or sit by the fire and study the stars.
All meals are nutritious (with many of the ingredients from the organic garden) and prepared together, cooked on a fire that you have kindled yourself with wood chopped by your own hands.
Although the course is challenging, it is accessible to all. If you have any questions or special requirements please do let us know.
There will be a second retreat this year: July 28th - 4th August
We are also already receiving enquiries for 2019. Please email us to ask about future dates and early bird rates.
“Never in my life had I been with a group of people who conversed like this. We all opened up to express ourselves and found out little clues as to who we really are.”
Gregory, course participant, 2017
This course is fully residential, with accommodation in yurts. Fees include all food and accommodation. Please arrive between 5 - 6pm on the Saturday in order to settle into your yurt. The course ends the following Saturday at 2pm. Please note that, because of its structure, it is not possible to join the course after it has begun, or leave before it finishes.
The course takes place in the yurt village at 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. A non-refundable deposit of £60 is required to confirm your place; please pay the balance when you arrive. If you wish to pay over several months then that is also possible. Please note: we aim to ensure that people are not excluded for financial reasons - we may be able to offer a reduced fee to those who need it. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Please click on the box at the top of this page, or write to email@example.com / call +44 (0)1450 880215 to book.
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