One-year Online Courses

2017-18: Discovering Unity in Awareness

Commencing with a 10-day residential retreat from August 14 – 25, 2017
Course Director, Marijke Kretzers

The course provides

One 10-day residential retreat, from 14-25 August 2017, at Chisholme House, in Scotland

  • A further 7-day residential retreat in August 2018 at Chisholme House
  • Distance Learning: home study and practice
  • Online tuition
  • Regular person to person skype-contact with course facilitators
  • Online forum for group conversations
  • Opportunities for integration into your daily life

The perspective of unity is at the heart of the world’s religious and spiritual traditions. Scientists too are increasingly appreciating that everything is interconnected. The course will give you the tools to discover for yourself your own relationship with this truth. It will help you in a safe and fruitful way to gain a firm foundation in this understanding which you can apply to your everyday life.

The one-year course will provide study texts from diverse contemporary and traditional sources. You will be introduced to mindful meditation and contemplative practice. There will also be regular course assignments.

Structure
The programme combines two residential retreats along with home study modules. The retreats allow you ‘space' away from normal distractions. They offer time to explore and discuss the study material together with your fellow students. The retreats provide an in-depth introduction to meditation and spiritual practice, along with projects undertaken as a group.
There are six home study modules, between four and six-weeks long (with a one or two week break in between). Each week you will be given a series of short readings. In the light of these readings you will be asked to contemplate some questions within the context of your own life. You will also be asked to engage in mindfulness practice. At the end of each module you will complete an essay on a topic related to that module. There is an online forum where you can discuss these questions and the essay topics with your fellow students. You also will have regular telephone or Skype interviews with one of the course facilitators.

2018-19: Discovering Unity through Wisdom

The course provides

  • One 7-day residential retreat in August/ September 2018
  • One 7-day residential retreat in August/ September 2019
  • Distance Learning: home study and practice
  • Online tuition
  • Regular person to person skype-contact with course facilitators
  • Online forum for group conversations
  • Opportunities for integration into your daily life

This 'second' one-year course focuses on the writings of Muhyiddin Ibn ‘Arabi, whose influential work the Fusus al-Hikam (The Bezels of Wisdom) is a rich source of universal wisdom. It can provide the inspiration for integrating your spiritual and daily life, and for being of service in the world.

Structure
The programme combines two residential retreats along with home study modules. The retreats allow you ‘space' away from normal distractions. They offer time to explore and discuss the study material together with your fellow students. The retreats provide an in-depth introduction to meditation and spiritual practice, along with projects undertaken as a group.
There are six home study modules, between four and six-weeks long (with a one or two week break in between). Each week you will be given a series of short readings. In the light of these readings you will be asked to contemplate some questions within the context of your own life. You will also be asked to engage in mindfulness practice. At the end of each module you will complete an essay on a topic related to that module. There is an online forum where you can discuss these questions and the essay topics with your fellow students.
You also will have regular telephone or Skype interviews with one of the course facilitators.

You may be able to take the ‘second-year’ online course, without having taken the first-year component.

More details to follow soon.

Please feel free also to email info@chisholme.org or call +44 (0)1450 880 215 for more information.

As an introduction to this course we recommend that you take part in a Discovering Unity introductory weekend at Chisholme House, in Indonesia or elsewhere.

 
 









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Marijke Kretzers, Course Director

Marijke was born and raised in the Netherlands. During her time of studying and painting at art school profound questions arose about the meaning and purpose of life. In the search for self knowledge she came into contact with the Beshara School in the United Kingdom in 1975. Since then Marijke has been involved with various courses and retreats at the Chisholme Institute in Scotland, where she helped design and develop the two-year online study course. Marijke has also followed a mindfulness teaching course with I AM (Instituut voor Aandacht en Mindfulness) in Belgium.

Integrating the spiritual way into daily life in the Netherlands, Marijke has facilitated evening courses in study and meditation as well as 8-week mindfulness courses in Maastricht, NL. She restores paintings and is married, a mother of two sons and a grandmother.

Life and it’s unfolding in many aspects is every day a new beginning; an interesting challenge, invitation and gift of love