Mindfulness Beyond Borders

Living in Mindful Awareness: A Weekend Exploring Beginner’s Mind

Living in Mindful Awareness:

A weekend exploring Beginner’s Mind


Saturday April 22–Sunday April 23 2023*

at Chisholme House, Roberton, Hawick TD9 7PH

facilitated by Sara Hirtenstein & Marijke Kretzers-van Basten Batenburg


The Chisholme Institute in the Scottish Borders is offering this weekend of discovery – what does it mean and how can we live more fully with mindful awareness, and by exploring Beginner’s Mind – a quality of mind and heart we can intentionally cultivate, an approach integral to the practice of mindful awareness. Can we experience all aspects of our life freshly, as if meeting them for the very first time? What if we could experience everything as it actually is, just as it presents itself, letting go of thinking or believing that we know? Each moment newly arriving with an invitation to be discovered and known for what it really is.

This being human is a guest house, every moment a new arrival…


During the weekend we can explore our internal environment afresh – not only when we sit in meditation. We will invite an embodied awareness, becoming more familiar and friendly towards our physicality, in both stillness and movement. We will have periods of walking outside, as mindful walking but also silently walking together through the woods and moorland of the Chisholme Estate and surrounding countryside, opening all our senses to being present in nature – to what nature shows us of itself, and perhaps in turn discover a connection to our own essential nature.

Within this inquiry we invite a caring and interested, curious attention, choosing to really notice, savouring life as it unfolds, whether eating, walking, meditating, or gardening – in all our activities, while speaking and listening – whatever we’re engaged upon. The richness of life both within and without is present and offered for us to discover and share together.


Residential & Commuting Options – Pay what you can:

Suggested amounts:

*Residential: two days and two nights (Friday 21 arrive by 6pm – Sunday 23, 4.30pm) £120–£140

Commuting: two days (Saturday 9am – 6pm, Sunday 9am–4.30pm) £35–£50 each day

Commuting: one day (Saturday only 9am – 6pm or staying for supper at 7pm) £35–£50

You are encouraged to join for the whole weekend if you can. The one-day option is offered if attending both days is not feasible for you.

To apply for your place please email sara@mindfulnessbeyondborders.co.uk or secretary@chisholme.org