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.

04 - 18 May

Advanced Nature Writing Virtual Event

Advanced Nature Writing with Stephen Moss

Facilitator: Stephen Moss

Naturalist, author and academic Stephen Moss has now run several successful and popular online and in-person taster courses on Nature Writing for Hawkwood. Join Stephen now for a course on Advanced Nature Writing, which will take you to the next…

22 May
Blacksmithing Day
Fully Booked

Spring Blacksmithing Day

Spring at the Forge: Blacksmithing Workshop

Facilitator: Arian Leljak

During the Blacksmithing day, you 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 and…

23 May
Blacksmithing Day
1 Places Left

Spring Blacksmithing Day

Spring at the Forge: Blacksmithing Workshop

Facilitator: Arian Leljak

During the Blacksmithing day, you 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 and…

01 - 22 Jun

Play Ethic Creativity Workshop Virtual Event

A Creative Way for Our Time

Facilitator: Helen Tyrell

Do you long to bring more creativity into your life? We are creative beings! The wellspring of creativity which runs in all of us offers innovation, healing, beauty, and pleasure! This creativity workshop puts you in touch with your creative…

19 Jun
Blacksmithing Day
Fully Booked

Summer Blacksmithing Workshop

Summer at the Forge - June Workshop

Facilitator: Arian Leljak

During the Summer Blacksmithing Workshop, you will spend the day learning 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 and long lasting…

20 Jun
Blacksmithing Day
4 Places Left

Summer Blacksmithing Workshop

Summer at the Forge - June Workshop

Facilitator: Arian Leljak

During the Summer Blacksmithing Workshop, you will spend the day learning 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 and long lasting…

20 - 24 Jun

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…

29 Jun

Trestle Theatre Workshop Virtual Event

Exploring Mask & Character Physicality in an Online Space

Facilitator: Trestle Theatre Facilitators

Trestle Theatre Workshop Following several months of online and socially distanced working Trestle Theatre Company will be running a 3 – hour practical session Theatre Workshop online. You’ll explore some of the mask and physical theatre techniques from their practice…

01 - 04 Jul

Lifelines: Summer Drawing Retreat

Arts Education: Drawing From Life: Summer Drawing Retreat

Facilitator: Morag Donnelly

Lifelines is a sacred, sensitive art practice that weaves together movement and drawing. It provides a space for opening our senses and becoming more present with ourselves, our materials and each other. In the nourishing season of summer, together we…

03 Jul
Blacksmithing Day
1 Places Left

Summer Blacksmithing Workshop

Summer at the Forge - July Workshop

Facilitator: Arian Leljak

During the Summer Blacksmithing Workshop, you will spend the day learning 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 and long lasting…

03 Jul

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…

16 - 18 Jul

The Poetic Cosmos: A Writing Retreat

Creativity, Imagination & Interconnectedness: A Summer Writing Retreat

Facilitator: Drew Dellinger

This weekend writing retreat – explores the joys of poetry and creativity, awakening the playful poet and wordsmith within. Through writing, reading, and listening to poetry, participants will celebrate the sacred cosmos of language, and cultivate inspiration for the creative…

17 Jul
Blacksmithing Day
1 Places Left

Summer Blacksmithing Workshop

Summer at the Forge

Facilitator: Arian Leljak

During the Blacksmithing Workshop day, you 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…

18 Jul
Blacksmithing Day
2 Places Left

Summer Blacksmithing Workshop

Summer at the Forge - June Workshop

Facilitator: Arian Leljak

During the Summer Blacksmithing Workshop, you will spend the day learning 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 and long lasting…

27 - 30 Aug

Icons of the Heart

Painting our sacred images

Facilitator: Caitlín Matthews and Felicity Wombwell

An icon is a devotional painting of a sacred figure such as Christ, a saint, or other spiritual beings. In the context of this retreat, it could also be a tree, plant, or other natural symbols that speak to you.…

27 - 30 Aug

Soulful Singing & Mantra

Sing Joyful and Sacred Songs from Around the World

Facilitator: Mahasukha

Fun African, sacred and uplifting singing and mantra chanting with the unique and inspiring Mahasukha. A joyful, tribal and meditative experience that is guaranteed to put a smile on your face and re-charge your heart and soul. Everyone participates, everyone…

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…

08 - 10 Oct

The Wild Scribe

Tools and Techniques for Journaling in Nature

Facilitator: Mary Reynolds Thompson

Whether writing for yourself or writing for publication, journaling in nature unleashes powerful creative energy. Many of those who write nature journals, or would like to, often don’t realize the many techniques and tools at our disposal. We miss opportunities,…

29 - 31 Oct

Writing the Wild Season

Writing to connect with Autumn's myths & mystery

Facilitator: Helen Moore

Over this weekend together, we’ll open to wildness, decay and compost within and without, as we explore the beautiful land of Hawkwood. In developing our response to place and the nature here,  we’ll delve into ancient and indigenous mysteries and…