40 Day Intensive Retreat

About us

What does it mean to be human? How do we relate to ourselves, to others, to the world?

These residential retreats are an opportunity to find full appreciation of our potential as a human being. It is an exploration of our self, of our very being, and of the nature of our relationship with others and the world.

The courses are based on the most inclusive perspective – that of the unity of all existence, by which all things are naturally interconnected. This understanding is reflected throughout the content and structure of the course.

If you are interested in this retreat you are strongly advised to do an Introductory Discovering Unity Weekend or Weeklong course to get a real idea of what the retreat will be like. If you cannot make the dates for the introductory courses, you could also arrange to come and volunteer or visit when it suits you.

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...

Event Highlights

  • Immerse group retreat
  • Each retreat is completly unique as it is the people who make it.
  • Oppurtunities to let go in a safe and supportive environment
  • Supervisers who learn along with you
  • Space to ask deep questions about yourself and the universe
  • Oppurtunities to make life-long friendships

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.

Amenities

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

Schedule

Please be aware that this is the schedule for every day of the week except Sunday, when there is a yoga/qi gong session and an evening walk (and sometimes a movie). There are no breaks or days off as it is a fully immersive retreat.

7:00am - Meditation
7:30am - Breakfast
8:30am - Study
10:15am - Coffee Break
10:45am - Work Period
1:00pm - Lunch
2:15pm - Work Period
4:00pm - Tea Break
4:30pm - Study
6:00pm - Group session/Meditation/Work Period
7:00pm - Supper
9:30pm - Contemplation/Devotional Practice

Menu Types

  • Vegetarian
  • Includes Meat
  • Organic

Menu/Cuisine

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.

Accommodations

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).

Directions

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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Why Retreat?

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

To be. Susan
 

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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