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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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

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…

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…

03 - 08 Nov

Birds and Words Virtual Event

Birds through Time, History & Culture

Facilitator: Stephen Moss

What have birds ever done for us? For millennia, we exploited them for food, created myths and legends around them, and hunted them for ‘sport’. Gradually, though, our relationship with birds changed: we protected them, saved the places where they…

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…

20 Nov
Blacksmithing Day
Fully Booked

Autumn Blacksmithing Day

Autumn 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…

21 Nov

Small Steps to Less Waste

Tips and techniques for a green home

Facilitator: Claudi Williams

In this hands-on workshop, you will learn how to make your home more natural, and free of harsh chemicals. We will make a number of simple skincare and beauty products, as well as easy and effective cleaning products. There will…

21 Nov
Blacksmithing Day
Fully Booked

Autumn Blacksmithing Day

Autumn 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…

02 - 16 Dec

Writing our Way to Winter Solstice Virtual Event

Hello Darkness My Old Friend: An Online Writing Workshop

Facilitator: Mary Reynolds Thompson

The poet Wendell Berry writes that if we go into the dark, we will find that it “blooms and sings.” Darkness is alive, vibrant, and necessary. As we approach the Winter Solstice, this three-part writing workshop explores the meaning and…

11 Dec
Blacksmithing Day
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Winter Blacksmithing Day

Winter 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…

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…

13 - 30 Jan

A Wild Soul Woman™ Virtual Event

A Journey into the Heart of Your Untamed, Unashamed, Unstoppable Self

Facilitator: Mary Reynolds Thompson

During the course, you will travel into the deepest and most untamed aspects of the soul. You will enter an inner world of archetypes, metaphors, symbols, dreams and imagery, where ancient Earth energies shed light on the fullness of who…

10 Mar

The Filmmaker’s House

Screening and Q&A with Film Director

Facilitator: Marc Isaacs

An independent film by Marc Isaacs from London’s acclaimed Verve Pictures. It challenges prejudice, subverts expectations and asks questions about the nature of filmmaking itself. The evening includes Q&A with Marc Isaacs.  

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…