Day Courses

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.

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.

23 - 07 Apr

The Wild Scribe

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,…

25 Apr
Event Postponed

Blacksmithing Day

Spring 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…

26 Apr
Event Postponed

Blacksmithing Day

Spring 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…

30 - 14 Apr

The Wild Scribe

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,…

02 May
20-183 Deep Ecology Beltane Hawkwood Course
Event Postponed

Deep Ecology: Beltane

Fertility and Sensuality

Facilitator: Jenni Horsfall & Mark Graham

Using experiential practices, ritual, and myth Jennifer and Mark will show how the principles of deep ecology underpin and inform our personal journey and how this relates to the seasonal cycle. Understanding human consciousness as a component of the ecological…

06 Jun
Event Postponed

Blacksmithing Day

Spring 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…

07 Jun
Event Postponed

Beginner’s Guide to Nature Writing June

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…

07 Jun
Event Postponed

Blacksmithing Day

Spring 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…

08 Jun
20-231 Embracing Diversity & Inclusion 2
Event Postponed

Embracing Diversity & Inclusion

A living systems approach.

Facilitator: Katherine Long

This workshop explores how leaders and change practitioners embrace and enhance diversity and inclusion as a key principle within their work, and the wider systems they engage in, by applying regenerative, living systems principles to a complex and challenging topic.…

27 Jun
Elephants - Gardeners of the Forest
Event Postponed

Gardeners of the Forest

Apes, Elephants & Climate Change

Facilitators: Ian Redmond, OBE

Wildlife expert and campaigner Ian Redmond brings to life the important question of the ecology of apes and elephants in Africa and SE Asia, and the role they play in maintaining the health of the forest.  Using photographs, videos, virtual…

04 Jul
Event Postponed

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…

05 Jul
Event Postponed

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…

01 Aug
Event Cancelled

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…

01 Aug

Deep Ecology: Lunghnasadh

First Fruits

Facilitator: Jenni Horsfall & Mark Graham

Using experiential practices, ritual, and myth Jennifer and Mark will show how the principles of deep ecology underpin and inform our personal journey. Understanding human consciousness as a component of the ecological process, we will seek to inspire a creative…

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.

12 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…

13 Aug

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.…