Arts & Crafts

Immerse yourself in the Hawkwood experience on one of our residential courses, or simply join us for a day. We have a huge range of creative and inspiring courses: focus on movement and creativity with yoga or an art workshop, get involved with social change, reconnect with nature, or join us for a poetry, storytelling, classical music, woodwork, blacksmithing or embroidery course.

We offer a unique mix of vibrant and stimulating courses, often not found elsewhere.

Either browse our full list of courses, talks and events or select from a specific area of interest. You can also use the search bar option or take a look at our calendar which highlights all activities at Hawkwood month by month.

We are open and have implemented a Safety Protocol in order to welcome you to a secure venue following recommended government guidelines (COVID Risk Assessment).

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28 - 30 Jan

Wild Scribe – A Year of Nature Writing Virtual Event

Nature Writing Workshop

Facilitator: Mary Reynolds Thompson

Welcome to the Wild Scribe: Nature Writing Workshop! Here, you’ll explore your love of nature through writing. You’ll learn new journal and poetry techniques, discover how to unlock the power of nature’s metaphors, dialog with trees, and much more.

06 - 07 Aug

Sketching & Painting in the Garden

Drawing and watercolour techniques

Facilitator: Alison Vickery

Demonstrations and drawing exercises in Hawkwood’s beautiful gardens will inspire you to enjoy your sketchbook! You will learn how to sketch using a range of drawing materials and watercolour and receive guidance on the wide range of sketchbooks available. Please…

14 Aug

Dance Movement in Nature

Connecting through natural movement

Facilitator: Jemima Bennett

This one day workshop takes place outdoors within the beautiful woodland of Hawkwood. Taking inspiration from the textures, sounds, light and colours of the trees, plants, undergrowth and creatures, we will find new ways to express ourselves through movement and…

21 Aug

Indian Block Printing

A beginner's guide

Facilitator: Clare Walsh

Join Clare for a day of printing exploration using hand-carved Indian wooden blocks. Using a selection of hand carved blocks you will print onto a variety of surfaces and will create your own design on a tea towel or bag.…

04 Sep

Screenwriting Workshop with Graham Duff

Developing Your Script Writing Skills

Facilitator: Graham Duff

Multi-award winning TV comedy and drama screenwriter Graham Duff will provide you with a range of strategies to create powerful, engaging and entertaining scripts in this Screenwriting Workshop. Whether you’re a novice, or someone who has been writing for a…

05 Sep

A Guide to Nature Writing

Connect with the Natural World

Facilitator: Stephen Moss

Nature writing is not only one of the most popular literary genres, it is also a great way to connect with the natural world. Join naturalist, author and academic Stephen Moss for a day inspired by nature, and learn how…

06 Sep

The Uncanny Landscape: A YouTube Premiere Virtual Event

Conversation that Matters: A YouTube Premiere with Justin Hopper

Facilitator: Justin Hopper

A Youtube Premiere film featuring writer, curator and recording artist Justin Hopper. Justin makes work about physical landscape, memory & myth – and the strange crossroads at which they meet. In conversation with artist and writer Matthew Shaw, he’ll discuss…

12 - 16 Sep

Japanese Embroidery

Exquisite Traditional Art

Facilitator: Jackie Hall

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 Hawkwood for over twenty years.  Using traditional methods and techniques you will produce truly stunning…

14 - 18 Sep

Archetypes at Work Online Immersion Virtual Event

Developing Agility and Resilience

Facilitator: Olivier Mythodrama

Archetypes at Work Online Immersion Archetypes are key underlying patterns in human nature and experience. When you understand all 10 of these patterns – and learn how to activate them at will, you will become truly, future-fit. This training combines…

20 Sep

One Night Stand: Writing the Landscape Virtual Event

A place-writing reboot

Facilitator: Justin Hopper

In the past year, our familiar surroundings have become uncanny; travel, an unwieldy memory. For many writers, engagement with place is key, and it has taken a hit. This crash course will reignite your language of the landscape, borrowing strategies…

01 - 22 Oct

Art of Adornment Virtual Event

An exploration of Feminine Artistry in Motion

Facilitator: Kerry Wilde

Art of Adornment Can clothing be the vehicle to feel good? How would it feel to arrive at a sense of inner beauty and allow that to be experienced through the way we dress? This art of adornment course will…

08 - 10 Oct

Weaving the Line: Vessel and Form

A practical fibre arts retreat

Facilitator: Gizella K Warburton

Develop the confidence to take risks with your ideas and nurture your own creative voice. This course is suitable for those new to drawing or making, or for experienced artists wanting to revisit or refresh their practice. In observing the…

29 - 31 Oct

Writing the Wild Season

Writing to connect with Autumn's myths and mystery

Facilitator: Helen Moore

During this weekend, we will connect to the qualities of Autumn and develop our writing skills. In response to the sense of place and Hawkwood’s wild edges,  we’ll delve into indigenous mysteries and myths. As we attune our powers of…

29 - 31 Oct

Mindful Drawing

Exploring mark-making as meditation

Facilitator: Anna Black

Mindful Drawing is an exploration of drawing as meditation. We will experiment with different exercises involving the senses and mark-making. There will also be short periods of guided meditation. No prior meditation or drawing experience is needed.

31 - 03 Oct

Japanese Embroidery

Exquisite Traditional Art

Facilitator: Jackie Hall

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 Hawkwood for over twenty years.  Using traditional methods and techniques you will produce truly stunning…

20 Nov

The Art & Craft of Soapmaking

An introduction to soap making using plant oils, colours and scents

Facilitator: Jonathan Code

A one day workshop that introduces participants to the art and craft of soap making through an exploration of the history of soap, the use of herbs and essential oils in the making of Victorian washballs and the steps undertaken…

16 - 19 Dec

Lifelines: A Midwinter Drawing Retreat

Arts Education: Drawing From Life

Facilitator: Morag Donnelly

A midwinter drawing retreat with Morag Donnelly. Lifelines is a sacred, sensitive art practice that weaves together movement and drawing, providing a space for opening our senses and becoming more present with ourselves, our materials and each other. This drawing…

04 - 06 Feb

Illustrating Nature Workshop

Unlock Your Creativity

Facilitator: Laura McKendry

Take inspiration from fruit, birds and the beautiful Hawkwood surroundings during a weekend of creative experimentation. Explore different ways to loosen up your illustrations, and how to move away from the pressures that can stifle creativity. Discover real techniques for…

17 - 19 Jun

Improv for Beginners

A gentle introduction into the joy of comedy & theatre improvisation

Facilitator: Jon Trevor

This will be a gentle introduction into the joy of comedy and theatre improvisation. A low-pressure, high-enjoyment workshop in a fun, friendly, supportive and stress-free environment. You will learn to work together with others to spontaneously create group stories, scenes…