Discovering Unity Introductory Weekend
March 10 – 12, 2017
Explore deeper questions in the light of the unity of all existence. Guided group study of wisdom texts, meditation and more…
Explore your deeper questions with others during a weekend of group study, discussion and conversation – a weekend devoted to Discovering Unity.
The perspective of unity can pave the way to a fuller appreciation of our potential as a human being.
The understanding that all is essentially one is to be found in many traditions. We may discover this in a text from The Tao with its wisdoms from the China of 2500 years ago, in the sermons of Meister Eckhart or in studying the poetry of his Persian contemporary, Rumi. From about the same time, the writings of Ibn Arabi, known as ‘the greatest teacher’ within Sufism, offer exceptional insights that might be investigated.
But how can we come to realise this potential once it is recognised? This key question will also need to be addressed.
Study of wisdom texts is balanced with short periods of work and meditation – these are an integral part of the education offered here.
The work periods will involve you in the kitchen, the organic gardens and the wider estate. You will also have many opportunities to enjoy the fine food Chisholme is well known for.
The weekend will provide answers but will probably also raise new questions in you. The hope is that it will embark you on your own voyage of self-discovery.
Timetable & Accommodation
The course is fully residential. It starts at supper time (7pm) on Friday evening and runs until Sunday after lunch (about 2pm).
The location is Chisholme House, a beautiful, secluded estate on the edge of open moorland, deep in the hills of the Scottish Borders. It is roughly an hour’s drive from Edinburgh, Newcastle and Carlisle, with a regular bus service from Edinburgh and Carlisle to Hawick, the nearest town.
Booking & Fees
£95 including full board and lodging for two nights. A £30 non-refundable deposit is needed in order to confirm your place; the £65 balance is payable when you arrive.
A note on course fees: there are no standard concessions offered because the fees have already been kept low. However, we do want the courses to be available for people on low incomes. If the fee is a genuine difficulty for you then perhaps we can help. Please write to firstname.lastname@example.org to enquire about a concession. To book, visit the Chisholme Institute website.
Course / Event location
Chisholme Institute, Chisholme House, Hawick TD9 7PH, UK
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Chisholme Institute, Scottish Borders, UK
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Application deadline: June 30th, 2017
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