Woodland Yurt Retreat

August 12 – 19, 2017

Seven days of self-discovery free from phones, internet and electricity – living in yurts on the edge of woodland in the company of fellow students and facilitators.

Course Description

Preparing and cooking all meals on open fires and other outdoor activities are part of the course, as is conversation at night around the campfire. The ground of all the study, work and living together is the moment-by-moment awareness of the unity of all existence.

Through living close to nature we can learn to appreciate how much we depend on it, how we are inseparable from and responsible for it and each other.

The course takes place on the Chisholme estate, with a few forays out onto the adjoining open moorland. Course facilitators will live, work and study alongside course participants throughout the seven days.

“This course is a completely wonderful adventure. Over the week you become immersed in the experience and in the bubble that forms around you and the rest of the group – you feel you are in a totally safe place where you can be open and vulnerable and really think about who you are, and your place in the world.” Georgie, 2014


Timetable & Accommodation

This course is fully residential, with accommodation in yurts. Fees include all food and accommodation. The retreat will begin with supper on Saturday, 12th August at 7pm. You are advised to arrive a little in advance in order to settle into your yurt. The retreat will end the following Saturday, 19th August at 2pm.


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.

Booking & Fees

Cost: £210
A non-refundable deposit of £60 is required in advance; the balance of £150 is payable on arrival.

The Chisholme Institute tries to ensure that people are not excluded for financial reasons and may be able to offer a reduced fee to those who need it.

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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