Discovering Unity in Awareness: One Year Online Course

Commencing with a 10-day residential retreat from August 14 – 25, 2017 

A one-year course combining two residential retreats, home study and practice, online training, online forum for group conversations, regular Skype contact with course facilitators and integration into your own daily life.

Course Description

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 reality. 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, mindful meditation, contemplative practice and regular course assignments.

Structure

The programme combines two residential retreats along with home study modules. These 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 modules each year, 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 a regular telephone or Skype interview with one of the course facilitators.

Further information

Fee: More details to follow soon. Costs include two residential retreats with meals, etc. and the online study material, internet forum and regular contact with your supervisors.

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.

More details about the course will be available shortly from the Chisholme Institute.

To receive further details please contact: secretary@chisholme.org.

Course Director: Marijke Kretzers

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Chisholme Institute, Scottish Borders, UK

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Woodland Yurt Retreat

August 12 – 19, 2017
Chisholme Institute, Scottish Borders, UK

Discover the essential free from phones, internet and electricity – living in yurts on the edge of woodland and cooking over campfires in the company of fellow students and facilitators.

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August 26 – September 2, 2017
Chisholme Institute, Scottish Borders, UK

Discover the essential free from phones, internet and electricity – living in yurts on the edge of woodland and cooking over campfires in the company of fellow students and facilitators.

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August 26 – September 2, 2017
Chisholme Institute, Scottish Borders, UK

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September 4 – 10, 2017
Chisholme Institute, Scottish Borders, UK

Study of chapters from Part One of the new, fully annotated translation of the ‘Fusus al-Hikam’ (2018).

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Armagh, Melbourne, Australia

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Application deadline: June 30th, 2017

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The Nomads Tent, Edinburgh, UK

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