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.

26 Oct
Fully Booked

Blacksmithing Day

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…

26 Oct

The Art in Listening

Authentic Sound, Contemporary Soul

Facilitator: Nicholas & Ra Twilley

The Art in Listening is about aligning your aspirations with your everyday life. We use sound and movement forms to reveal the inner landscape of spoken, sung and instrumental sound. This extends to all aspects of our being, from how we…

09 Nov

Indian Block Printing

Facilitator: Clare Walsh

Learn the traditional skill of Indian Block Printing using a beautiful collection of hand-carved woodblocks. After a demonstration of the printing process, colour mixing, design placement and repeat patterns you will print tissue paper, card and coloured papers in the…

10 - 14 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…

30 Nov
Fully Booked

Blacksmithing Day

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…

30 Nov

Seasonal Soap Making

Naturally Nourishing Skincare

Facilitator: Jonathan Code

In this one-day workshop, we will make wash balls using plants harvested from the Hawkwood grounds and we will learn how to make soap using the cold-process method. You will be introduced to the history of soap-making and we will…

01 Dec

Handbuilt Pottery Day

Bowl of Light

Facilitator: Jayne Tricker

Spend the day at Hawkwood learning how to hand-build clay bowls using pinch and coil techniques and a variety of tools to shape and smooth the surface. Jayne uses these beautiful ‘bowls of light’ to hold candles by way of…

08 Dec

Festive Willow

Make attractive willow decorations

Facilitator: Norah Kennedy

Using some very simple basket making techniques and some different colours of willow we will create some very attractive Christmas decorations that you will be able to keep for years and will adorn your home every year.  You might want…

15 - 21 Dec

Byzantine Icon Painting

Ancient Byzantine Icon Painting with the Prosopon School

Facilitator: Deacon Nikita Andrejev

Students will work from several traditional images of St Nicholas, to analyse elements of classic design, to produce their own sketch of a shoulder-length bust icon of the Saint. The focus of the class will be on the face, exploring…

19 - 22 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…

07 - 09 Feb

I Fagiolini – Au Naturel

Friends of I Fagiolini Weekend

Facilitator: Robert Hollingworth

Join Robert Hollingworth to experience a wildly eclectic mix of music – from Renaissance Germany to Britten in playful mood, Rheinberger’s serene choral hit Abendlied,  some French jazz and a song about the Inuit winter.

03 - 28 Mar

Kickstart Your Novel

From Idea to Page in Eight Weeks

Facilitator: Tessa Harris

Aimed at eager beginners, this evening course will cover all the basic aspects of novel writing, including researching, creating great characters and editing, to possibly seeing your work in print. Classes will meet on Tuesday evenings for eight weeks.

04 - 05 Apr

Handbuilt Pottery

Bowl of Light

Facilitator: Jayne Tricker

Enjoy learning a variety of hand-building pottery skills, using a range of tools and techniques to create your own beautiful piece. Guided by ceramicist Jayne Tricker, it is suitable for all levels, from beginners to advanced level students. Jayne uses these…

22 - 24 May

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,…

19 - 21 Jun

Introduction to Woodcarving

Facilitator: David Lovemore

Be prepared for an exciting weekend introduction to woodcarving in Amber Sculpture Studio’s well-equipped workshop. Learn to handle tools as you sculpt wood and create a finished piece in a convivial and welcoming environment.

19 - 21 Jun

Watercolour Painting

Discovering the Joys of Watercolour

Facilitator: Julia Cairns

This course is ideal for beginners or those whose painting has lapsed and need a refresher class. Julia will guide you through the process of watercolour painting, including how to mix paints, the use of colour (how to avoid ‘muddy…

01 Aug

Whittling in Wood

Facilitator: David Lovemore

Whittling is a form of woodcarving that uses minimal equipment and is handy and portable. In this engaging course, David will guide you through the knife skills necessary to safely participate in this traditional pastime and teach you about how…

03 Aug

Handbuilt Pottery

Bowl of Light

Facilitator: Jayne Tricker

Spend the day at Hawkwood learning how to hand-build clay bowls using pinch and coil techniques to build up the clay and how to use a variety of tools to shape and smooth the surface. Jayne uses these beautiful ‘bowls…

07 - 09 Aug

Soulful Singing & Mantra

Sing Joyful and Sacred Songs from Around the World

Facilitator: Mahasukha

African, sacred, uplifting and fun singing and mantra chanting with the unique and inspiring Mahasukha. A joyful, tribal and meditative experience guaranteed to put a smile on your face and uplift your heart and soul. Everyone participates, everyone has a…