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.
Most months; the calendar for 2018 is currently being updated.

Week-long courses

Ibn ‘Arabi Study Retreats
Muhyiddin Ibn ‘Arabi is one of the most remarkable figures in the history of world spirituality. His teachings are based on a harmonious vision of the unity of existence, in which all apparent differences are integrated without destroying their truths. His teachings are still relevant to people of every race and creed and are of great value in the world today.
In the spirit of active and intentional retreat, these study weeks aim to open a space for real knowledge to emerge through focused study, spiritual practice, meditation, work and private contemplation.
The calendar for 2018 is currently being updated.

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.

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

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.

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...

Workshops in 2018 – details still in the planning, but the following courses are likely to be offered

Greenwood chair making
Work with your hands and discover for yourself the joy of making something useful and beautiful.

Intuitive Drawing
An invitation to draw from the heart, and an opportunity to learn to see and understand through images rather than through words.

Seminars – details still in the planning


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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)

‘What a gift, what a great human!’, writes Richard Twinch in his obituary for Mansura Brenda Thomas, who passed away on July 7th 2017.