About This Center

The Chisholme Institute is a school of esoteric education dedicated to the art of self-discovery. The main principle of the school is that there is only One Being, which is the wisdom at the core of all major spiritual paths. There are no teachers at the school because Reality Itself is the teacher. There are many names for this Reality yet they all mean the same thing: Tao, Truth, God, Being, Allah, One, Krishna, Source, etc. This school draws on the truths from many ways such as The Tao Te Ching, The Bhagavadgita, Meister Eckhart's sermons and others, but our the main wisdoms come from Rumi and Ibn 'Arabi, 13th centuary Sufi mystics. Through these texts and a programme of meditation, work and devotional practices we can begin to see that we are no other than this One Reality. It is our Essence. Like rivers, we all flow to the same ocean.

People are essentially extremely beautiful, they are a hidden treasure; this hidden treasure is there to be discovered by each person – the hidden treasure within themselves. That discovery is completely transforming...

Venue Highlights

The Institute has been running since 1974. Our courses offer you a chance to immerse deeply and explore what it means to be a human being. The days are structured and attendees are asked to participate fully in each retreat. There is a daily schedule on the website with set times for meals, meditation, study and other activities. All members of the Institute follow this schedule with you.


Shared rooms with 2-3 beds in each room (single rooms with double bed available at extra cost). Large, spacious rooms, eah bed has it's own bedside table and chest of draws, and one large wardrode in the room.
No internet in the rooms as the accomodation is seperate from the main house wher the course takes place. Very limited internet in the main house itself and on longer courses attendees are asked to not use the internet at all, though this is entirely your own decision.
Yurt retreats - yurts hold four beds, thee is also a smaller yurt in the village that holds two. Each yurt has a stove and you will be provided with enough wood (from the estate) for the duration of the course. Meals are cooked together in a clay oven and no internet is available during these courses as they are held out in the woods. All activities take place in the yurt village.
There is also a solitary retreat built into the hills that is available for private use (please see the website).


  • Free Wifi
  • Towels
  • Free Parking
  • Kitchen
  • Coffee/Tea

Menu Types

  • Vegetarian
  • Meat
  • Organic


Cooking is considered as one of the most inportant activities that take place outside of the courses. Food is prepared with the upmost care and attention and served with Beauty in mind. In the spring and summer, all the fruit and vegetables come from the one acre kitchen garden, and all the egss come from our oen (very) free range chickens. Unless it is a buffet, we all eat together in one room, serving each other and being served as the occassion arises.
You should be asked about dietary requirements before you arrive but please let us know anyway.


Full details for travel can be found on our website.
If you know your arrival time in Hawick, please contact us beforehand and someone may be able to pick you up. Otherwise we can give you the name of a reliable taxi service.
From Edinburgh: bus to Hawick or train to Galashiels
From Carlise: bus to Hawick.

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It must be obvious that there is a contradiction in wanting to be perfectly secure in a universe whose very nature is momentariness. Alan Watts

Why Retreat?

We asked people why they go on retreat, here's what they said:

My inspiration sparks from my innate charge to connect with a collective innate goodness. I aspire to live in a way that continuously blossoms and embraces my wise and compassionate human nature. Freundl

Retreat Guru's Vision

We believe human beings are innately wise, strong and kind. This wisdom, although not always experienced, is always present. Going on retreat is a beautiful way to reconnect to our basic sanity and health. Our aspiration at Retreat Guru is to inspire people to experience authentic retreats and reconnect with their innate wisdom, strength and kindness.

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