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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

Wild-Writing - Kevan Manwaring

Wed 24 Jan - Wed 04 Apr

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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Self care as an act of generosity  “… as we let our own lights shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. ...

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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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The bright young ensemble known as Genesis Sixteen presents a programme of sacred and secular choral works ranging from early Renaissance polyphony...

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A Worldwork training with Ana Rhodes The ability to embrace diversity and facilitate conflict to build sustainable relationships is at the heart of...

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The timeless images produced by the ancient art of woodblock printing are still admired and produced by artists today. This short course with master...

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Using the flow of a river as a metaphor reflecting the movement of time, The River tells the story of the communities and people connected to the...

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The perennially popular Aurora Ensemble returns to Hawkwood for the 19th successive year, to run their popular Wind Chamber Music Course.  The...

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Simple kitchen culturing creates a nutritional powerhouse of nutrients, an abundance of essential B vitamins, vitamin C, and huge amounts of...

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Interest in being green and 'doing the right thing' has never been greater. But how do you translate this into conscious choices and action amongst...

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Nick Clements and Jay Ramsay will be offering a space for creative enquiry and sharing where men can find out who and where they are, and take...

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A sensory exploration of deep time with combines science, imagination, meditation, movement and nature connection. “The Deep Time Dive is an...

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Many people feel powerless when faced by the news on TV or in the newspapers – seeing a world in crisis, with conflict across the globe. Scilla ...

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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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Mindful Drawing - Anna Black

Fri 13 Apr - Sun 15 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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Kindness is a way of being, not a deed and we can all do it! ·         Explore how to increasingly...

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Archetypal wisdom for transition and transformation Drawing on the timeless wisdom encoded into Shakespeare last masterpiece, The Tempest, and recent ...

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Andrew Harvey will present his vision of Rumi, not only as the world’s greatest mystical poet but as an indispensable force of illumination,...

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When you are being fully aware of the world around you – whether it be the sunshine on your face or a blackbird's song – it brings you...

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This open evening is a creative dive into the heart of wildness through archetype, imagery, and poetry. If we want to restore our world to wholeness, ...

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Learn powerful and profound Infinite Tai Chi and Qi Gong sequences that will help you to harness the beauty of nature and to return to your most...

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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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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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Exquisite Japanese Embroidery - May

Sun 13 May - Thu 17 May

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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Monday 7 May 10am – 5pm A special 70th anniversary celebration Hawkwood's annual May Day Festival is a fun day out for all the family and a...

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What are the stories we need to tell ? What are the stories we need to drop ? We're living at a time of deep transition and that also means we need...

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Horses are highly sensitive creatures that offer non-judgemental reflection of human behaviour and thoughts. During this hands-on course you will be...

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Esoteric Philosophy with William Meader

Fri 25 May - Sun 27 May

Forerunner of the Light: Transforming the Echoes of Atlantis The crises now facing humanity are remarkably similar to the events that determined the...

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In this 2-day workshop you will develop a deeper relationship with your body elemental—your body consciousness—to diagnose causes of...

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What can we do when we feel in the grip of difficulty, despair or crisis, sometimes called the dark night of the soul?  This could be triggered...

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This is a class for anyone who is interested in illustrating, especially for children. Julia will introduce you to her unique style of illustration...

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Pain reduction, performance improvement, posture updating, prevention of psycho-physical ills:  the Alexander Technique is a proven self-help...

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Twelve Selves Theatre - Chris Paradox

Fri 01 Jun - Sun 03 Jun

Make your life a work of art by making art of your lifeWho am I? Why am I here? How do I live a meaningful life? Twelve Selves Theatre is a uniquely...

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This course offers a fun and creative introduction to clowning. This interactive weekend begins with gentle warm up exercises, using the breath,...

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This is a taster day for the accredited 10 month training starting in September 2018. You do not have to complete this day to book onto the full...

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This transformational programme is to help identify your unique gifts and potential in your work and personal life. What contribution is your deeper...

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Discovering Ayurveda - Anne McIntyre

Fri 15 Jun - Sun 17 Jun

Ayurveda for the Heart and Mind We will introduce the basic principles of Ayurveda and the subtle anatomy of the heart and mind. We will explore our...

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“Imagine a future world in which we all value people and life and participate in the flow of generosity. A world where sharing our gifts 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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Soulscapes is a method of painting spontaneously and then seeing what images are revealed. No artistic training or skills are necessary for this...

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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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The healing voice speaks directly to the soul, bypassing all barriers. In this course, we shall explore the use of the voice in shamanic practice,...

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Carpe diem – seize the day – is one of the oldest pieces of life advice in Western history. But what does it really mean? And how can we...

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Harmonic Temple Summer 2018 Retreat

Fri 06 Jul - Sun 08 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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DRAWING WITH PAPER, CLOTH AND THREAD: Textiles weekend We will be considering surface and space within composition and different ways of introducing...

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**THIS COURSE IS NOW FULL**  If you would like to be on the waiting please call the office on 01453 759034 or you can book on the course in...

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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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A vivid imagination is a writer’s greatest resource. This dayschool will help you awaken it and explore its rich depths for the benefit of your ...

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This is a course for those who have never been taught the art of photography.  It won’t confuse you with technical jargon, rather you will ...

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Refresh your soul with nature, poetry and conversation This thoughtful journey acknowledges the fragility of life as we know it, but it encourages us ...

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Create a Singing Bowl Summer School

Tue 10 Jul - Fri 13 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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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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Drawing in Charcoal - Nigel Westaway

Fri 13 Jul - Thu 13 Jul

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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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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The ten day/nine night full Gong Master Training comprises both theory and practice sessions with optional pre-breakfast additional Yoga sessions for ...

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Gong Master Training - Module One

Fri 13 Jul - Tue 17 Jul

MODULE ONE Commences after the included evening meal Friday 13th 8pm – Tuesday 17th 6pm Gong Practice, Meditation and Sound Therapy Read More +

Gong Master Training - Module Two

Tue 17 Jul - Sun 22 Jul

MODULE TWO Commences after the included evening meal Tuesday 17th 8pm – Sunday 22nd 4pm Shruti, Voice, Performance Art and Gong Consciousness Read More +

We will explore the many possibilities and aesthetics of this most quintessential of forms to create a unique and functional vessel, employing the...

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

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Nia is a fun and invigorating body-mind-emotions-spirit movement class that blends the unique chemistry and sensation of dance, healing and martial...

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Dance the Circle Round - Stephanie Rose

Fri 03 Aug - Sun 05 Aug

"Ariadne's Thread" This weekend of circle dance looks back to the Minoan civilisation and the Cretan myth of Ariadne and the labyrinth for it's...

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Find your passion, purpose and meaning with excellent tutors and a group of like minded women in  beautiful summer surroundings! This retreat...

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Qi Gong Meditation Retreat - Andy Henry

Thu 09 Aug - Mon 13 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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Nobody writes for choirs quite like Eric Whitacre: by turns haunting and playful, his music lingers long in the heart and soul. With his trademark...

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Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra presents the inaugural Strings Residential. Come and enjoy specialist coaching from string players of the world-class...

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A masterclass opportunity to study with one of the best classical guitarists of our generation. This  enjoyable, intense weekend study course is ...

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Icons are sacred windows of genuine visions of divine beings and holy ancestors, already observed by the eye of the heart. Mediating the sacred...

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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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During the past few decades there has been a growing interest in drawing together the principles of spiritual traditions with the material sciences....

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Kabbalah Summer School

Tue 28 Aug - Fri 31 Aug

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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Mel is delighted to return for our annual Rest and Restore retreat at this very special time of year. As we slowly transition from summer into...

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Evening Talk with Professor Ravi Ravindra at 8pm on Friday August 31, 2018 All spiritual teachings call for a radical transformation of our being,...

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In the Bhagavad Gita, Hinduism’s seminal text, Krishna teaches the value of study, action and devotion. This conversation enables us to engage...

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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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Deep down we know our strength lies in our togetherness, in our interconnectedness and interdependence. We are woven as cloth and find coherence and...

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Diploma in Practical Spirituality and Wellness Crossfields Institute Level 3 Diploma “This pioneering course provides deep personal...

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Tuning In - Sian Croose

Fri 21 Sep - Sun 23 Sep

A workshop for vocal leaders and experienced singers We will explore the connections between singing and mindfulness, using meditation, voice work...

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Empowered Activism - Andy Raingold

Sat 13 Oct - Sat 03 Nov

Empowered Activism runs over 3 modules - the dates for these are Saturday 13, Saturday 27 October and Saturday 3 November. 10am - 5pm. This course...

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When you are being fully aware of the world around you – whether it be the sunshine on your face or a blackbird's song – it brings you...

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The next decade is set to bring even more challenges and turbulence. How can we develop the wisdom and skills of super-resilience to sustain the...

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The art of making a difference We are entering an age of ‘re-politicisation’ – but how can we engage without sacrificing integrity? ...

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From a climate and wider sustainability perspective, we all know it’s going to get a lot tougher over the next couple of decades. Against that...

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PLEASE NOTE This is Friday 26-Tuesday 30 October 2018! This unique retreat is inspired by Chloe’s lifelong experience with sound and voice as a ...

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A sensory exploration of deep time with combines science, imagination, meditation, movement and nature connection. “The Deep Time Dive is an...

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Authentic Sound, Contemporary Soul Starting in stillness, we will work with the breath, listening, movement, meditation and improvisation to engage...

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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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Last year was Monteverdi year, so this year why not explore more glorious music from the late Renaissance by composers such as Luca Marenzio, Carlo...

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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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Thinking Like a Composer - David Stoll

Fri 23 Nov - Sun 25 Nov

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. The...

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Keeping the hearth of the home harmonious is an essential rite, ensuring that souls are nourished and upheld. This course restores an ancient skill,...

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True Life Tales - Sue Hollingsworth

Fri 30 Nov - Sun 02 Dec

A storytelling weekend Many people would love to share a story from their lives with family, friends or even a public audience but where to begin?...

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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