Volunteering at Chisholme
A gift of time and experience
There are still opportunities to volunteer at the Rumi Festival, August 2–4, 2013
Volunteers and WWOOFers are a vital part of life at Chisholme. The School could not have been built, nor now be maintained without the support of many dedicated volunteers.
As a volunteer you are appreciated for who you are, not only for what you do. Wwoofers who come to Chisholme often remark on this – how their work is about them and not their usefulness.
Chisholme is first and foremost a school of self knowledge, and this particular focus influences every aspect of its operation. As a volunteer you are welcome to join in with study, conversation and meditations and if you are interested in doing a course whilst at Chisholme, this can be arranged, according to circumstances.
Work opportunities vary, depending upon the time of year and the school's programme. They may involve anything from learning to build the stone garden wall, planting bulbs in autumn, helping prepare a Turkish feast for a 200-strong celebration, picking wild raspberries on the estate, caring for chickens and ducks, doing forestry surveys, clearing snow, researching logistics for a festival, putting up a barn...
Volunteers and WWOOFers can come for two week with free board and lodging at Chisholme. People wishing to stay beyond this time would normally enter the volunteering scheme and would be asked to give a £5 donation per day, which is matched by a grant from the Volunteer Fund. The maximum stay under this scheme is six months, and visits will be reviewed by the General Manager. Exceptions to this general rule may be made.
Non-residential volunteers are also welcome, please write to the firstname.lastname@example.org or phone +44 (0)1450 880 215 if you are interested.
Read about some volunteers' experiences
Chisholme is a registered host with WWOOF (World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms: www.wwoof.org.uk)