About Chisholme

“ I have experienced a loving intelligence right from the way the food is prepared through to the way people are with each other, incredible evidence of walking the talk and talking the walk.”              Nobel Peace Prize nominee, Scilla Elworthy

Chisholme House is home to the Beshara School, a school for self-knowledge. It is situated in the Scottish Borders, some 60 miles from Edinburgh, Carlisle, or Newcastle. The closest town is Hawick, world-famous as a center of high-quality cashmere products. Chisholme was established in 1975 as the setting for the Beshara School, and since then countless students, visitors and volunteers from all over the world have come here to learn, to question and to be inspired.

Chisholme is open throughout the year. While courses range in length from a weekend to six months, the educational context is continuous and designed to address body, mind and spirit in a balanced and integrated fashion. Chisholme House, with its garden and estate, is the physical context for this education.

Visitors are welcome, by arrangement, for both short and longer stays. The School also makes provision for skilled and unskilled volunteers to work in the organic garden, on the estate, in the kitchen and house or on building projects. An ongoing programme of work, study, meditation and devotional practice underpins the life of the school, which everyone is encouraged to participate in.

The heart of the Chisholme estate is a Georgian country house, built in 1752. It is surrounded by traditional estate buildings which have been converted for accommodation, and is set in 187 acres of mixed pasture and woods, on the edge of open moorland. The estate is an integrated whole, a perfect and beautiful setting for an education founded upon the core principle of the unity of all existence. 

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The Beshara School at Chisholme is accredited by the British Accreditation Council for Independent Further and Higher Education. Read more... 

Chisholme is owned by a Scottish Charity, and funded entirely by donations and covenants. It is run by a small number of dedicated staff, supported by many volunteers. 

Recent Institute Reports: to read click here...

News from Chisholme: for regular updates see here, and also on the Facebook pages of Chisholme Tweets...