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COURSES AND EVENTS

Hawkwood was established as an independent centre for learning in 1948 and today the registered charity offers an extensive array of courses. Both residential and non residential, ranging from one day to a weekend or week, the leading edge courses offer a unique mix of new, creative and exciting content often not otherwise available. Founded on Rudolf Steiner’s anthroposophical values, Hawkwood endeavours to uphold his beliefs which have had such a profound and positive influence on education, the arts and agriculture. The course programme has broadened and diversified over the years to realign the original design of Rudolf Steiner with the changes of our ever evolving world, but the original Steiner impulse is always at the heart of this organisation.

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Courses and Events at Hawkwood

Creative Ceramics Inspired by Nature We will explore the nature and potential of different clays and other natural materials,...

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We will be creating abstract art by drawing and shading simple patterns – discovering that “anything is possible, one stroke at a...

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Mosaic is an absorbing (and addictive!) craft. Create your own mosaic panel working from a selection of glass, ceramic and china pieces. You will...

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Aurora Wind Chamber Music Course

Fri 31 Mar - Sun 02 Apr

Aurora Wind Chamber Music Course For the eighteenth successive year, the Aurora Ensemble returns to Hawkwood to run their popular Wind Chamber Music...

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An Anthroposophical approach Explore your creativity through painting and colour. Honour and cultivate your connection with Nature and the renewing...

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Would you like to be able to express yourself freely and joyfully, overcoming any stage fright or blocks that stop you being yourself in any speaking ...

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Re-inventing Organizations RSA film of Frédéric Laloux, author of book by the same name Based on three years of research, the book...

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"To discover your mission and put it into action – instead of worrying on the sidelines – is to find peace of mind and a heart full of...

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Great for networking, meeting like-minded people interested in new ways forward in organisations, coaching, leadership More information to come,...

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Moving from struggle to presence, from languishing to flourishing.  A conversational workshop on a new paradigm of leadership from The Flourish...

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Exquisite Japanese Embroidery - April

Sun 23 Apr - Thu 27 Apr

This unique art form originated in Buddhist temples and is used for the elaborate decoration of Kimonos. This rarely taught skill has been based at...

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Mindful Drawing - Anna Black

Fri 21 Apr - Sun 23 Apr

Mindful Drawing is an exploration of drawing as meditation and is suitable for all levels.  Inspired by the work of Frederick Franck, author...

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Wild-Writing - Kevan Manwaring

Wed 12 Apr - Wed 21 Jun

Are your words too tame? Do your ideas need liberating? Let them out of the cage, and allow them to prowl the page! This rule-breaking writing...

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Discovering Your Music with Sounding Bowls The amazing thing with Sounding Bowls is just how easy it is to make them sound really good. Making Music...

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An enjoyable day for the whole family! Monday 1 May 10am – 5pm Free taster workshops from our extensive 2017 programme,...

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Writing inspired by the natural world This writing retreat is an invitation to explore the untamed terrain of our souls by connecting to the...

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There are words and stories in abundance but what if getting them on the page was as simple as having the right tools with which to craft them? This...

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Puzzled at recent events? Frustrated by the challenge of addressing the emerging issues in your work and your community? Where facts are questionable ...

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Now you see it, now you don’t: responding to a turbulent world through fabric and thread....

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Bring your deepest questions for a retreat from your routine, to consciously enter the world of your body sensations. By engaging in attentive...

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Esoteric Philosophy with William Meader

Fri 26 May - Sun 28 May

This intensive study weekend based upon the Ageless Wisdom teachings will be of interest to those familiar with the writings of Alice Bailey and the...

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Within each of us is a hidden yearning for home. Whether living in a mansion or hovel, home is viewed as a place of retreat from the hectic pace and...

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We understand from science that nature is conscious. This consciousness is referred to in myths world wide and celebrated in stories...

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Developing the 12 Core Virtues of the Human Spirit Human virtues are the strengths that reside in our heart yet are not emotional. They can be...

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Nature Consciousness Public Talk with Tanis Helliwell. This is also part of Tanis's course Nature Consciousness and Personal Transformation. ...

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Ayurveda offers a comprehensive, practical body of wisdom that can enhance our lives in fundamental and lasting ways. This weekend is...

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This one-day course aims to help ordinary people overcome and master a fear of being seen and heard. Adam uses a holistic approach that...

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Power, Authority and Ambition  lessons in personal leadership - inspired by Shakespeare's Macbeth with Richard Oliver and Ana Rhodes  If...

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The Alexander Technique is a self-help psycho-physical method that you can learn and apply to improve your skill in any life activity, ...

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Systemic Constellations - Lucy Thomas

Fri 23 Jun - Sun 25 Jun

Mapping dynamics in relationships and organisations. Uncover hidden dynamics in your relationships, family or organisation in order to release...

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This weekend is for new, casual or very experienced runners. It is about running and the mind that runs! There will be an...

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Developing the 12 Core Virtues of the Human Spirit Selflessness / Compassion / Courtesy Human virtues are the strengths that reside in our heart yet...

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In this Monteverdi year, come and spend a weekend singing and learning about his music from a world-class specialist in his music. The weekend...

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The film Why Women Need to Climb Mountains – A Journey of Discovery with Dr. Gerda Lerner asks the question: How does knowing our...

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FemmeQ Pop-up Summit

Thu 06 Jul - Fri 07 Jul

Feminine intelligence, applied to real life A one day summit exploring a framework for innovation: moving from exploitation to integration, self...

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Seed Festival 2017

Fri 07 Jul - Sun 09 Jul

Seed Festival - Planting Big Ideas 7th-9th July 2017 Ecology and Arts Festival BIG IDEAS TAKING ROOT is the 2017 theme Early Bird Tickets are now...

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Play in a Chamber Orchestra Mendelssohn: Overture ‘The Hebrides’ Schubert: Symphony No. 3 in D Monday 10 - Thursday 13 July Chamber...

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Tending the Hearth - Caitlin Matthews

Thu 13 Jul - Sun 16 Jul

Some homes are affected by intrusive energies, environmental disturbance or unresolved ancestral issues, which can impact health and well-being....

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Masks - Using and Making Join an immersive experience into the art and craft of mask design, making and using. During the week you will design and...

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Thinking Like a Composer - David Stoll

Wed 12 Jul - Thu 13 Jul

A new and different approach to creativity from a leading composer of music A composer starts from silence and ends up with a piece of music. ...

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Elderflowering - Geoff Mead

Fri 14 Jul - Sun 16 Jul

Celebrating being 50 plus What does it take to engage vibrantly with the stage in life called eldership or elderhood? We will draw on wisdom...

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Mask using: In the mask using workshop we will use masks to explore the dynamics of the seven planets, using theatre games, interactive body work and ...

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Raku Pot Making - Allen Richards

Fri 14 Jul - Sun 16 Jul

Raku is traditionally used in the Japanese Tea Ceremony. The rapid firing technique allows for experimentation with a variety of decoration...

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A relaxed day in the beautiful college grounds of demonstration led exercises to help you develop your confidence to sketch on location in ink and...

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Writing your memoir is a wonderfully healing and fulfilling process. Whether it’s for your family, children, grandchildren, publication,...

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During the Blacksmithing day workshop participants will have the opportunity to learn and experience the ancient elements of forge work: fire use and ...

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Ever wanted to try your hand at calligraphy? Then this is the perfect opportunity. Using straightforward techniques and easily available materials,...

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Developing the 12 Core Virtues of the Human Spirit Courage / Discretion / Magnanimity Human virtues are the strengths that reside in our heart yet...

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All abilities welcome. The classes explore a range of traditional skills such as coiling, pinching and slab building to create fun, imaginative...

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Enjoy a stimulating day learning basic techniques of woodcarving as part of the Creative Arts Summer School. You will learn about choosing suitable...

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Exquisite Japanese Embroidery - July

Mon 17 Jul - Fri 21 Jul

This unique art form originated in Buddhist temples and is used for the elaborate decoration of Kimonos. This rarely taught skill has been based at...

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Harmonic Temple Summer Retreat

Fri 21 Jul - Sun 23 Jul

"The Harmonic Temple" is the magical sound space created when a group meets together in vocal harmony. The chants we sing, composed by Nickomo, bring ...

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Access your creativity and enjoy painting in a relaxed and conducive environment. Honour and cultivate your connection with nature and the inner joy...

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Create a Singing Bowl Summer School

Thu 20 Jul - Tue 25 Jul

A meditative process with a master craftsman Generations of smiths and coppersmiths have dedicated their work to the search for the One Perfect...

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Ever get frustrated drawing in pencil? This is an opportunity to work on a larger scale, with fluid movements that can come from the whole arm as...

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This enlivening day with writer Fiona Longsdon will stimulate your imagination and help you tease out a story from the everyday material that...

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On this day workshop you will learn 2d needle felt techniques with on hand help from Sophie Buckley.  Learn how to use colourful merino wool and ...

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As a group, we will enter into the world of the Haiku, an ancient poetic form which allows users to focus on and record, simple, yet profound...

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A calm, meditative hour of sacred sound created on unique handmade instruments. You are invited to come and "just be" in a healing soundscape created ...

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During this textile workshop we will be considering collage and layering processes in relation to colour, mark and surface. Participants will follow...

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Choose from a variety of semi-precious metals or iron for your own unique piece of jewellery, such as a pendant or brooch. Learn how to cut out the...

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Advanced Sound Study weekend

Fri 28 Jul - Sun 30 Jul

This year for the first time Ton Akkermans is offering an in-depth weekend in the study of sound and its effects on us and on the nature surrounding...

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Summer Rest-ival - Deep Rest Retreat

Sun 30 Jul - Thu 03 Aug

Looking for some space for rest and renewal? There will be daily mindfulness practice, writing, meditation and Qi Gong or yoga, as well as time in...

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A chance to practice photographing people, action scenes, set-up groups,  landscape and nature both indoors (with and without lighting) and...

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Cathy will teach students the basic skills of monoprinting without the use of a press. We will work in a free and playful style, layering colurs and...

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Organic silk printmaking with fresh flowers. Learn how to transfer colour from flowers, berries, leaves and waste foods, into beautiful repeat...

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Creative Film Scripts - Gladys San Juan

Thu 27 Jul - Fri 28 Jul

Get your idea or story out of your head and give it life on paper. Theory is minimal, although we will discuss the principle elements of story...

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Come and enjoy a variety of dance styles from jazz to modern interpretive dance, improvisation and rhythm. No experience is necessary, just come...

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Tui Na uses the Traditional Chinese Medical theory of meridians and the flow of the Chi energy as its basic therapeutic orientation. Through the...

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In this day we will practice the key principles of Qi Gong: grounding, centering, settling, aligning; clearing, releasing and cultivating internal...

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The Sacred Clown in Summer - Reuben Kay

Fri 04 Aug - Sun 06 Aug

The Sacred Clown Summer Course This course offers a gentle, fun and creative introduction to the Sacred Clown. From stillness and meditation to...

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Dance the Circle Round - Stephanie Rose

Fri 04 Aug - Sun 06 Aug

The Spirit of Albion A weekend of circle dance to explore the lore and legends of Celtic and Anglo-Saxon times. Stephanie will present a range of...

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Move through life effortlessly with the Feldenkrais Method® The Feldenkrais Method® of somatic education offers a journey of selfdiscovery...

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Learn how to recognise stress and anxiety and discover how to get the most out of yourself, and to adapt and cope with life’s challenges....

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Examine your emotional relationship with food and learn how to achieve a healthy sustainable weight for life. This course will undo the toll we put...

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Our essential nature is vibration. The resonance of the voice has the potential to re-tune ourselves towards wholeness and harmony. This workshop...

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Cycles of Women - Uncovering your body’s inherent wisdom This will be a day of feminine nourishment and exploration, to deepen understanding...

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Biodanza: The Dance of Life with Brendagh O'Sullivan £75 including a delicious lunch and refreshments More information about this course...

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Zest for Life: Laughter Yoga with Joe Hoare £75 including a delicious lunch and refreshments More information about this course will...

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Monteverdi Vespers of 1610 - Gavin Carr

Fri 11 Aug - Sun 13 Aug

A weekend Choral Course with Gavin Carr In Monteverdi's 450th anniversary year, join celebrated choral conductor Gavin Carr for a weekend exploring...

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Qi Gong Meditation Retreat - Andy Henry

Wed 16 Aug - Sun 20 Aug

The focus of these five days is the study of Taijiwuxigong (a Qi Gong system) for self-healing, allowing us to come more into our real nature or our...

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Two eminent Grail scholars give a radical interpretation about the origins of the mysterious Sangreal, stemming from proto- and early Christian...

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Eminent Grail scholar David Elkington  gives the Chair of Wisdom inaugural lecture, open to the public, on the Jordanian Lead Codices.  ...

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This is a companion workshop to the Kabbalistic Summer School offering the opportunity to construct diagrams of the Tree of Life, Jacob’s...

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Enjoy a weekend learning woodcarving skills. You will be introduced to the techniques of relief carving and three-dimensional sculpture. The workshop ...

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Astrosophy

Fri 25 Aug - Sun 27 Aug

Come and join an ongoing study group in a creative encounter with the stars. The gathering is inspired by the work of Rudolf Steiner and Willy...

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Kabbalah and Astrology - Jonathon Clark

Mon 28 Aug - Tue 29 Aug

The astrological principles embodied by the planets can often be been seen more clearly when placed on the Kabbalistic diagram of the Tree of Life....

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Kabbalah Summer School

Tue 29 Aug - Fri 01 Sep

Kabbalah is a living tradition of universal principles of existence. In its classical and contemporary form it is relevant to every nation and...

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Eternal Wisdom in Spiritual Traditions A public talk by Ravi Ravindra Friday 2 September 2016 This talk will explore the main features of eternal...

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The Pilgrim Soul with Ravi Ravindra

Fri 01 Sep - Sun 03 Sep

A weekend retreat with Ravi Ravindra Our enquiry brings together the philosophical and spiritual traditions of East and West, as we explore some...

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Join Mel for a long weekend of deep and nourishing rest to restore mind, body and soul, and leave feeling stronger, calmer and better than ever. Mel...

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Do you love playing the flute? Would you like to improve your flute skills in an encouraging and supportive environment? Elisabeth’s focus is...

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Are you seeking work that’s both fulfilling and of value in today’s world? Through discussion, creative activity and individual...

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This workshop will be active & interactive, creatively exploring: Who are the women that have inspired us? In what way? How do we inspire future ...

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Building Wellbeing Together NOW

Fri 22 Sep - Sun 24 Sep

A conference with the Network of Wellbeing The Building Wellbeing Together Weekend will bring together thought leaders and practitioners, performers, ...

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An Olivier Mythodrama event Shakespeare’s play As You Like It presents a world on the threshold of dramatic change. The themes encountered...

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Yoga with Ruth White

Fri 06 Oct - Sun 08 Oct

This retreat offers insightful teaching, meditation, yoga practice and relaxation. All levels of ability are warmly welcome. In fact your level of...

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· Get a taste of stand-up with this approachable introduction in a supportive environment. · Explore one-liners,...

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This day will explore how to be kind to ourselves and develop a greater sense of well-being, peace and inner radiance.  Using mindfulness and...

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Rethinking time - the latest self-organising “time Management” system for work, home, community & planet Clock Time is central to...

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The Baka are thought to be the first humans to sing. The techniques of singing rainforest style, builds community, in a beautiful interlocking of...

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Alan Bec,  M.Ed.,(Psych. Ed). PGCE (PECT), FRSA, works worldwide as a time perspective consultant, international speaker, facilitator and...

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Conscious movement in everyday life With the many inner and outer pressures of life how do we move into living from centre – whatever that...

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This day will include breath work, listening, movement, meditation and a variety of approaches to engage your voice and your creativity, developing...

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This unique retreat is inspired by Chloe’s lifelong experience with sound and voice as a contemplative and reflective experience. Enjoy...

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Gently processed, the maximum amount of nutrients are preserved in raw chocolate, including antioxidents and compounds that are known to induce...

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Make a range of wonderful products to nourish your skin this winter and pick up ideas for Christmas presents too. Products will include: moisturising ...

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This unique art form originated in Buddhist temples and is used for the elaborate decoration of Kimonos. This rarely taught skill has been based at...

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Bear-faced Bassoonery at Hawkwood! is a rare opportunity for bassoonists (from grade 5 to diploma standard, in graded groups) to enjoy a full...

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Aurora Ensemble Autumn Octet Course

Fri 17 Nov - Sun 19 Nov

Our long weekend focuses in detail on the E flat major octets of Mozart, Hummel and Beethoven. Parts will be available in advance, and players will...

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Recorder Consorts with Piers Adams 2017

Fri 24 Nov - Sun 26 Nov

An exciting and rare opportunity to work with one of the most charismatic recorder players of this generation. The weekend workshop will be tailored...

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Transforming Trauma - Jane Chase

Fri 24 Nov - Sun 26 Nov

This weekend will explore the nature and meaning of trauma in our own lives and in the world today. What challenges and questions do wounding...

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VOICES OF THE GODDESS: POETRY & PROPHECY FROM THE DEEP LANDS Every country has its voices who speak for the spirit of the land. Britain and...

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Harmony Singing with Helen Chadwick

Fri 01 Dec - Sun 03 Dec

Join Helen for a weekend of singing together and an opportunity to sing one voice to a part for those who wish. The repertoire will include Georgian...

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Soap making is a satisfying hands-on craft.  The course will combine collecting petals and discovering colours and textures in Hawkwood’s...

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Solstice means to stand still. What is offered here is that pause, immersing into the quiet of winter and resting in our senses to explore the...

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Over the course of  six days participants will be introduced to the contemplative practice of icon writing using the liquid egg tempera...

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"Hawkwood has all the ingredients we look for when running events and meetings –their ethical approach, from the fantastic food they serve to the way they manage their land, works perfectly for us. It’s a relaxed environment which is conducive to creative thinking and open dialogue, and the staff are so helpful."

Helen Browning, CEO at Soil Association