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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22 - 06 Sep
Essential Oils online 2
Event Postponed

Essential Oils from the Garden [online]

Facilitator: Jonathan Code

This three session course is an introduction to sourcing and using essential oils from plants that grow in our gardens. We will be working with common aromatic plants that grow in the UK. The course is in three parts, part…

25 - 27 Sep
Gizella K Warburton Art
Event Cancelled

Weaving the Line

A practical art 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…

30 - 14 Sep

Flutes Inspired [online]

Learn, rehearse, perform: making flute music together again

Facilitator: Elisabeth (Hobbs) Parry & John Alley

Join Elisabeth and John in this short online course exploring flute technique and repertoire, with opportunities to perform and work on an ensemble piece together. In this 3-part course, we will come together to work on technique, put together a…

01 Oct
Fire Ceremony
Event Cancelled

Fire Ceremony

Equinox Full Moon

Facilitator: Kate Dineen

The mystery of fire speaks directly to us and reminds us of our ancient selves, the calling of our ancestors whose wisdom we carry in our DNA. In prehistoric times fire was used locally for warmth, cooking; upon beacons to…

09 - 11 Oct
20-394 The Art of Fermentation Hawkwood
Event Postponed

The Art of Fermentation

Seasonal preparations to enliven your diet

Facilitator: Daphne Lambert

This wide-ranging course is about the transformative fermenting process. Information on making your own ferments, an overview of the fascinating history and the benefits for individuals, communities and the planet. Gundruk, kimchi, kvass, idli and shrubs will inspire you to…

09 - 11 Oct
Improv for Beginners Hawkwood
Event Postponed

Improv for Beginners

A gentle introduction into the joy of comedy and 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…

14 - 28 Oct

Return of the Larder: Fruits, Roots & Seeds [online]

Autumn Harvest for Winter Wellness

Facilitator: Daphne Lambert

As the landscape changes to fiery reds and bronze and nature contracts and moves its essence inward, there is still time to gather the last gifts of autumn and preserve them in ways that will support us through the darker…

18 Oct
Fully Booked

Blacksmithing Day

Summer and Autumn at the Forge

Facilitator: 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 maintenance, heating the steel to around 1000 C, and hammering it on an anvil to produce graceful…

01 - 04 Nov

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 sixteen years.  Using traditional methods and techniques you will produce truly stunning…

01 Nov

Fire Ceremony

Samhain

Facilitator: Kate Dineen

The mystery of fire speaks directly to us and reminds us of our ancient selves, the calling of our ancestors whose wisdom we carry in our DNA. In prehistoric times fire was used locally for warmth, cooking; upon beacons to…

20 - 22 Nov

Re-connecting with Words

A Dark Angels workshop

Facilitator: John Simmons and Neil Baker

This practical workshop is a special opportunity to boost your creative energy as we head into the winter months. We’ll share some simple tools and exercises to help you connect with words in new ways. The weekend will be suitable…

21 Nov
3 Places Left

Blacksmithing Day

Summer and Autumn at the Forge

Facilitator: 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 maintenance, heating the steel to around 1000 C, and hammering it on an anvil to produce graceful…

23 - 30 Nov

Icon Painting in the Russian Byzantine Style

Ancient Byzantine Icon Painting with the Prosopon School

Facilitator: Deacon Nikita Andrejev

In this year’s class, Deacon Nikita Andrejev will guide participants through the process of drawing and painting a forward-facing, shoulder-height female saint. After studying classical images from a variety of sources, each participant will choose and sketch a particular female…

08 Dec

Conversations that Matter with Stephen Moss & Gail Simmons

Nature & Travel Writing

Facilitator: Stephen Moss & Gail Simmons

Connecting with nature and place is central to our existence as human beings, and the current crisis has brought the importance of this – especially the wildlife and places on your doorstep – to the fore. This talk will be…

17 - 20 Dec

Lifelines: Drawing from Life Retreat

A Midwinter Drawing Retreat

Facilitator: 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 retreat is a pause offered at the…

27 - 11 Jan

Signs, planets & aspects​ [online]

Astrology Course

Facilitator: Mark Graham

This three-part course will introduce participants to the basic elements of an astrological chart.  The course will look at how the signs of the zodiac reflect the changing seasons, the ‘personality’ astrologers assign to each of the planets, and how…

21 - 24 Feb

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 sixteen years.  Using traditional methods and techniques you will produce truly stunning…

17 Mar

Conversations that Matter with Olivier Mythodrama

Ancient Tales Lived Now

Join us for this one-hour online Conversation that Matters with practitioners and facilitators of Olivier Mythodrama as we explore how the ancient and powerful old tales and original myths can enable us to transform the living beating story of our experience. This talk…