40-Day Retreat Courses

People are essentially extremely beautiful, they are a hidden treasure; this hidden treasure is there to be discovered by each person – the hidden treasure within themselves. That discovery is completely transforming…
Peter Young, Principal at Chisholme 1987–2015

What does it mean to be human? How do we relate to ourselves, to others, to the world?

These residential retreats are an opportunity to find full appreciation of your potential as a human being. It is an exploration of your self, of your very being, and of the nature of your relationship with others and the world.

The courses are based on the most inclusive perspective – that of the unity of all existence, by which all things are naturally interconnected. This understanding is reflected throughout the content and structure of the course.

Chisholme House and the beautiful estate provide a supportive environment for a journey of self-discovery in the company of fellow students and the facilitators who will assist you.

The courses follow a modular format with six themes
• Beginning at the Beginning
• The One and the Many: Being and Consciousness
• Human Reality and Experience
• Relationships
• The Way
• Love and Beauty

By combining theory and practice, over the forty days mind, body, spirit and heart are all brought into play.

Study and conversation sessions draw on the works of masters from different wisdom traditions, primarily Ibn Arabi, Rumi and Lao Tsu. Study material is also taken from more contemporary sources – for example Einstein and Adyashanti.

Two periods of meditation take place each day, either silent or guided. Trained mindfulness practitioners lead the guided meditations.

There is also practical work in the house, kitchen and estate or in the organic garden.

In the evenings there are periods of silent contemplation with fellow students as well as time to share insights and questions. On Thursday evenings the group devotional practice is zikr (remembrance).

Throughout each day an awareness of what is happening in the instant is being cultivated. In this way we can enter into a more conscious and compassionate relationship to ourselves, to others and to the world.

Students are given regular opportunity for one-to-one discussions with a member of staff.

The Chisholme kitchen provides food in keeping with the spiritual and material aims of its education. Chisholme is not vegetarian but meat is prepared with respect for its benefit and origin. Vegetarian dishes comprise the majority of the food served and are always available as an option. Any other dietary requirements should be discussed when you apply.

A detailed timetable is available on request.

Date of the next 40-Day Retreat Course:
16 October to 24 November 2017

Closing date for applications:
15 September, 2017

Download OCTOBER 2017 Application Form
or email secretary@chisholme.org
Tel +44 (0)1450 880 215

£1400; deposit £200

Note on course fees:
There are no standard concessions offered. However, we try to ensure the course is accessible to all those who would benefit from it. So if you would find the cost prohibitive please write to secretary@chisholme.org to enquire about reduced or deferred course fees.

If for whatever reason you have to leave a course early you will be reimbursed at £28 per day not used.If a retreat is cancelled your deposit will be refunded in full. Confirmation that the course is running will be sent to you very shortly after the closing date for applications.

Read past students' experiences here

Please note:

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. Please get in touch if you feel this opportunity might be for you.


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…these texts show me
my narrow perspective,
because what you read
is so all-encompassing;
study untangled my small world!