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COURSES AND EVENTS

Arts

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 anthrosophical 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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Arts Courses and Events at Hawkwood

Aurora Wind Chamber Music Course

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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Painting the Seasons: Spring - Liri Filippini

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

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Exquisite Japanese Embroidery - April

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

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

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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Introducing Sounding Bowls - Tobias Kaye

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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May Day Festival - Hawkwood's Open Day!

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

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Creative Writing Toolkit - Fiona Longsdon

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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Textile Workshop Now you See it Now you Don't - Dorothy Tucker and Ruth Issett

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

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Monteverdi Madrigals with Robert Hollingworth

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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Play in a chamber orchestra - Mendelssohn and Schubert with Laurence Perkins

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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Masks and the Seven Planets Summer School- Mike Chase

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

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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Masks and the Planets summer weekend with Mike Chase

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

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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Sketching: Ink & Watercolour - Alison Vickery

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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The Art of Memoir Writing - Rosie Jackson

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

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Introduction to Blacksmithing - Arian Leljak

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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Fun with Calligraphy - Fiona Mitchell

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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Make a Tea Pot - Charlie Clark

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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Whittling in Wood - David Lovemore

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

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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Summer Painting Weekend - Liri Filippini

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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Drawing in Charcoal & Graphite - Nigel Westaway

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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How to Make a Story - Fiona Longsdon

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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Needle Felting Butterflies - Sophie Buckley

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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Haiku for mindfulness - Matti Spence

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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Colour, Mark and Composition - Gizella Warburton

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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Stunning Forged Jewellery Making - Ton Akkermans and Carolina Schomper

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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Photography for Beginners and Improvers - Gavin Crilly

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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Beginners Mono-Printing - Cathy Mills

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 - Babs Behan

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

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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Monteverdi Vespers of 1610 - Gavin Carr

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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Introduction to Woodcarving - David Lovemore

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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Flutes Inspired September- Elisabeth Hobbs

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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Stand-Up Comedy - Chris Head

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

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The Art in Listening: Nick Twilley

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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Exquisite Japanese Embroidery - November

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 with Laurence Perkins

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

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

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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Harmony Singing with Helen Chadwick

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 - Jonathan Code

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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Lifelines: A midwinter drawing retreat - Morag Donnelly

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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Ancient Byzantine Icon Painting with the Prosopon School

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