Courses at Chisholme

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

All the 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 beautiful backdrop and context for this kind of enquiry.

Discovering Unity weekends

Reconnect and realign: enquire into what unity means from and for your own self. These weekends offer study, group conversation, meditation and mindful work.

Dates for 2018:
Fri 2-Sun 4 March
Fri 25-Sun 27 May
Fri 20-Sun 22 July
Fri 7-Sun 9 September
See Calendar for details

Week-long courses

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.

Dates for 2018
Sat 10-Sat 17 March
Sat 16-Sat 23 June
Sat 18-Sat 25 August
Sat 15-Sat 22 September
See Calendar for details

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.
Proposed Dates for 2019:
29th June to 6th July, 20th to 27 July and 24th to 31st August

Volunteer Weeks

Experience the joy of living and working in a place dedicated to supporting your discovery of your own potential.
Most months – see Calendar for dates

Mindfulness courses

Mindfulness and Self Discovery
7-day retreat course
'This being human is a guest house...'
1–7 October, 2018
Plus 7 weeks supported home practice and a final weekend at Chisholme 23–25 November.

Longer courses

Discovering Unity: 40 Day Intensive Retreat
Who are you really? How can you really know what it means to be human? 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: 15 October to 23 November 2018

A follow-on course of 99 days will be offered in the winter of 2018/19. It will be open to anyone who has participated in the 40-Day Retreat or completed a previous Six-month Course/Two-year On-line Course.

Discovering Unity in Awareness: Homestudy course, with online support
Home-based learning over one year, including two residential retreats and on-line support, tutorials, one to one Skype interviews and much more.
It is likely that this course will be on offer in 2019, starting with a residential retreat in August at Chisholme. If you are interested, then please write to



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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)

It was in 1989 that I first came to the school at Chisholme House. In the exterior, it was an invitation to a wedding celebration... writes Rachel Gordin