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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03 - 17 Dec

Writing our Way to Winter Solstice

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…

05 Dec
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Blacksmithing Day

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…

06 Dec

Indian Block Printing

Facilitator: Clare Walsh

Join Clare for a morning of printing exploration using hand-carved Indian wooden blocks. Using a selection of hand carved blocks you will print onto a variety of surfaces and will create your own design on a tea towel or bag. A relaxing…

08 Dec

Conversations that Matter with Stephen Moss & Gail Simmons [online]

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…

10 Dec

Conversations that Matter with Tessa Harris [online]

A novel approach to history - Book Launch

Facilitator: Tessa Harris

Historical fiction used to be the poor relation of the literary world. Variously pigeon-holed as “bodice rippers” and “penny dreadfuls”,  historical novels were at best disregarded by the literati and at worst derided scornfully. In the last decade, however, all…

12 Dec

Blacksmithing Day

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…

14 Dec

Monoprinting Fun & Festive Christmas Cards [online]

Free masterclass, live streamed to our Facebook Page

Facilitator: Cathy Mills

Do you still have to make your Christmas cards, but are in need of some inspiration? There is still time! Join us for a fun and playful masterclass with Cathy Mills live-streamed from her art studio. Part a masterclass and…

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…

11 - 25 Jan

The Writers’ Clinic [online]

An introductory course

Facilitator: Tessa Harris

Writing creatively can be a lonely process. Self-motivation, alongside skill and talent are vital to inject life into your prose. Under the guidance of award-winning novelist Tessa Harris, you’ll learn how to identify and examine your writing weak spots head-on.…

20 Jan

Coherent Self, Coherent World: A Live Talk [online]

Book Launch

Facilitator: Diana Durham

This live online talk comprises a series of simple thought experiments looking through the windows of myth and archetype, Tibetan Buddhist thought and physicist David Bohm’s theory of the Implicate Order, to show how we can draw on our inner…

27 - 10 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…

02 - 16 Feb

Nature Writing [online]

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, and to share your love of that world with others. Join naturalist, author and academic Stephen…

15 Feb

The Writers Clinic [online] February

A monthly clinic

Facilitator: Tessa Harris

A writer’s life can be a lonely one. Yet, over the course of the year, we’ll be running a creative on-line community ‘clinic’, which will hold monthly evening drop-in’ sessions. * Please note that this is an online course, delivered…

15 - 20 Feb

The Writers Clinic [online membership]

A monthly clinic

Facilitator: Tessa Harris

A writer’s life can be a lonely one. Yet, over the course of the year, we’ll be running a creative on-line community ‘clinic’, which will hold monthly evening drop-in’ sessions. * Please note that this is an online course, delivered…

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…

15 Mar

The Writers Clinic [online] March

A monthly clinic

Facilitator: Tessa Harris

A writer’s life can be a lonely one. Yet, over the course of the year, we’ll be running a creative on-line community ‘clinic’, which will hold monthly evening drop-in’ sessions. * Please note that this is an online course, delivered…

17 Mar

Conversations that Matter with Olivier Mythodrama [online]

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…

19 Apr

The Writers Clinic [online] April

A monthly clinic

Facilitator: Tessa Harris

A writer’s life can be a lonely one. Yet, over the course of the year, we’ll be running a creative on-line community ‘clinic’, which will hold monthly evening drop-in’ sessions. * Please note that this is an online course, delivered…

17 May

The Writers Clinic [online] May

A monthly clinic

Facilitator: Tessa Harris

A writer’s life can be a lonely one. Yet, over the course of the year, we’ll be running a creative on-line community ‘clinic’, which will hold monthly evening drop-in’ sessions.  

21 Jun

The Writers Clinic [online] June

A monthly clinic

Facilitator: Tessa Harris

A writer’s life can be a lonely one. Yet, over the course of the year, we’ll be running a creative on-line community ‘clinic’, which will hold monthly evening drop-in’ sessions.