40 Day Intensive Winter Retreat
A retreat for those who aspire to uncover their complete human potential, and wish to know the means and orientation required to achieve this.
These retreats are for those who aspire to uncover their complete human potential, and wish to know the means and orientation required to achieve this. Such realisation is only possible because what we seek, loves to be known in us.
Accepting the essential unity of existence is the foundation upon which these retreat courses are built. This principle of unity lies at the heart of the world’s great wisdom traditions. During these courses you will study some of the finest spiritual literature including the Tao, the Baghavad Gita, the poetry of Rumi, the writings of Meister Eckhart and the work of Muhyiddin Ibn ‘Arabi. In studying the wisdom their words offer, you are invited to discover more of what this fundamental unity really means. This unity includes you, so the education is not just for your mind. The education is for the whole person which is you. Work is done with the body and lessons learned by the heart.
This is a full-time retreat course running every day for 40 days. Each day includes time for study, work, meditation and devotional practice. Study sessions involve exploring texts with your fellow students and then uncovering their meaning through discussion and reflection. Education is a process of self discovery on these retreat courses, not a matter of learning from a teacher. Work is often in the garden or helping in the kitchen. Cooking has a special place at Chisholme and the days are punctuated by meals of high quality, both in the food and the cooking.
This course is complete in itself. By the end of the retreat you will have begun to develop a real understanding of the wisdoms that lie at the heart of the great spiritual traditions. It will bring you to a profound appreciation of what it means to be human and of the world about you.
Booking & Fees
Fee: £1400 (deposit: £200).
Closing date for applications: 1 March, 2016
A 90% bursary will be offered to one qualifying student to complete the 40-day retreat (i.e. the holder of the bursary will pay only £140). If you wish to apply for this bursary please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
If for any reason you have to leave a course early you will be reimbursed at £28 per day not used.
The 40-day retreats will run subject to sufficient student numbers. In the event that a course is unfortunately cancelled, your deposit will be refunded in full. Confirmation that the course is running will be sent shortly after the closing date for applications.
For more information and to receive an application form please contact email@example.com
or call +44 (0)1450 880 215
Course / Event location
Chisholme Institute, Chisholme House, Hawick TD9 7PH, UK.
Rumi & Ibn 'Arabi
The works of two great poets, mystics and thinkers from the 12th & 13th century – Rumi and Ibn ‘Arabi – are favourites for study in depth, as they offer a comprehensive, multi-faceted view that addresses both the unseen world and the visible world as one. The shifting points of view that both these writers freely and thoroughly adopt break up our pre-established patterns of thought and their texts invite students to radically new perspectives.
Students by studying mystical texts from other traditions can learn to correlate ideas, and discover for themselves the single truth that runs through all human thought.
Ibn ‘Arabi famously writes
O Marvel! a garden amidst the flames.
My heart has become capable of every form:
it is a pasture for gazelles and a convent for Christian monks,
and a temple for idols and the pilgrim’s Kaa’ba,
and the tables of the Torah and the book of the Quran.
I follow the religion of Love: whatever way Love’s camels take,
that is my religion and my faith
Discovering Unity in Awareness: One Year Online Course
Beginning August 14, 2017
A one year course combining two residential retreats, home study and practice, online training, regular Skype contact with course facilitators, integration into your own daily life.