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.

01 - 15 Jul
Fully Booked

The Wild Scribe II [online]

An online nature journaling workshop

Facilitator: Mary Reynolds Thompson

Nature journaling is a powerful tool to enliven your creativity and deepen your connection to the natural world. At this time, many of us feel disconnected from our normal lives, livelihoods and loved ones. This journaling practice can be transformative,…

23 - 25 Jul
The Wild Scribe
Fully Booked

The Wild Scribe [online]

An online nature journaling workshop

Facilitator: Mary Reynolds Thompson

Nature journaling is a powerful tool to enliven your creativity and deepen your connection to the natural world. At this time, many of us feel disconnected from our normal lives, livelihoods and loved ones. This journaling practice can be transformative,…

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…

03 Aug

Writing the Past

Bringing Historical Fiction to Life

Facilitator: Tessa Harris

This intensive one day course is for those with a passion for history and the desire to make it come alive through the medium of the novel.

07 - 09 Aug
soulful singing crowd
Event Postponed

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…

13 Aug
3 Places Left

Beginner’s 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…

14 - 15 Aug

Sketching in the Garden

Facilitator: Alison Vickery

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

15 Aug

Knitting the Landscape

Up-cycling and freeform knitting

Facilitator: Sue Bradley

Expanding the eco-DIY movement into artistry inspired by nature. Dress your home, yourself, or your sideboard with an up cycled artwork, knitted by your own two hands. On this one day course in the beautiful grounds of Hawkwood, you will…

26 Aug

Walking & Writing About Place

Facilitator: Gail Simmons

Do you have a passion for places and words? Using a combination of classroom discussion, fieldwork and practical exercises, this one-day workshop will introduce you to the skills and concepts needed to turn your enthusiasm into writing that brings places to…

27 - 31 Aug

Create a Singing Bowl Masterclass

A meditative process with a master craftsman

Facilitator: Ton Akkermans & Carolina Schomper

Following traditional craft processes and working outdoors you will learn about the different qualities of metals, then shape and refine your own instrument to take home. Each day includes morning meditation and sharing in the group, as well as developing…

06 - 10 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 sixteen years.  Using traditional methods and techniques you will produce truly stunning…

12 Sep

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…

13 Sep

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…

25 - 27 Sep

Weaving the Line

A practical art retreat

Facilitator: Gizella K Warburton

During this three day art retreat, we will be considering the line, through observation, mark making and interpretation. Using these start points we will explore linear and spatial relationships and different ways of introducing ‘content’ and detail with fibres and…

09 - 11 Oct

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

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…

17 Oct

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…

18 Oct

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…

24 Oct

Walking & Writing About Place

Facilitator: Gail Simmons

Do you have a passion for places and words? Using a combination of classroom discussion, fieldwork and practical exercises, this one-day workshop will introduce you to the skills and concepts needed to turn your enthusiasm into writing that brings places to…

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…