Building Peace – how can we be useful?

May 27 – 29, 2017

Peace can be built – here’s how to do it. A TED talk and workshop with Scilla Elworthy.

Course Description


Many people feel powerless in the face of what they see on TV or read in the news – a world in crisis, with wars and violence erupting across the globe. This workshop is for all those who want to step out of helplessness and apply their own personal skills to do something about the challenges now facing us.

We shall investigate the forces that drive armed conflict – global warming, migration, the rich-poor gap, and terrorism. Then, by contrast, show what is already effective in building peace at both local and international levels.

We’ll spend the major part of the afternoon responding to the question “what can I do about all this?”
We’ll investigate not only the myriad opportunities for service opening up, but also look into the skills we all need if we are to be effective in our chosen actions.


Saturday 27th May: Supper at 7pm, followed by listening to Scilla’s TED Talk.
Sunday 28th May: Seminar and a workshop.
Monday 29th May: Informal conversation, concluding with lunch.

NB. This is a Bank Holiday Weekend.


The location is in the grounds of Chisholme House, a beautiful estate in the moors of the Scottish Borders, an hour and a half from Edinburgh, Newcastle and Carlisle.

The Chisholme Institute is a school 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.

Scilla Elworthy

Scilla Elworthy, PhD has been three times nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize for her work with the Oxford Research Group, which she founded in 1982 to develop effective dialogue between nuclear weapons policy-makers and their critics. She founded Peace Direct in 2003 to fund, promote and learn from local peace-builders in conflict areas, and was adviser to Peter Gabriel, Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Sir Richard Branson in setting up ‘The Elders’. She co-founded ‘Rising Women Rising World’ in 2014, and teaches self knowledge to young social entrepreneurs.

“We need individuals like Dr Elworthy to start the work of preventing war…
This has been my personal dream for many years.”

His Holiness the Dalai Lama

Her latest publication is ‘Pioneering the Possible: awakened leadership for a world that works’.
Scilla’s TED talk on non-violence has been viewed by over 1,100,000 people.

Booking & Fees


Non-residential (Sunday only): £50 / £30* includes lunch

Residential (shared accommodation): £120 / £90*
Residential (single room if available): £140

Additional night (eg. arrive Friday):
Single – add £45
Shared – add £35 / £30*

*Concession for 25 and under

Enquiries & Booking:
Tel: +44 (0)1450 880215
Booking website

Course / Event location

The Chisholme Institute, Chisholme House, Hawick TD9 7PH, UK

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