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Fri 18Aug
Sun 20Aug

Turning Full Circle

Facilitator: Stephanie Rose

This weekend is Stephanie’s tenth Dance the Circle at Hawkwood. Join us and explore in dance the cycle of transformation –  life, death, and regeneration – and how the completion of one cycle flows into the beginning of another as the web of life evolves.

Stephanie will teach both traditional folk and modern choreographed circle dances that expand on this theme.


Please register your interest if you would like to be contacted in the event of a cancellation.

Event time: Fri 18th Aug 2023 at 4:00pm - Sun 20th Aug 2023 at 4:00pm

At a Glance

  • Find the joy of dancing with others in a circle
  • A themed weekend led by an experienced teacher
  • Circle dances from across the world, both traditional and contemporary
  • A light-hearted exploration of the cycle of transformation
  • An accessible circle limited to twenty dancers

Your Experience

  • The experience of a range of different dances embodying the theme of the weekend
  • Various additional elements that enhance the flavour of the workshop
  • Participation in a meaningful group event
  • An understanding of the process of life, death, and regeneration
  • Time to unwind and enjoy summertime in a beautiful setting

Traditionally used in communities where dancing was (and still often is) part of every village gathering, circle dance enables us to connect with each other in a moving mandala. We experience the varied music, rhythms and styles of dances from around the world as the circle turns, our feet treading patterns both ancient and modern. Originating within the Findhorn Foundation, where its ability to engender community was first recognised, Stephanie uses this medium to embody concepts and weave together ideas into rich and meaningful tapestries.

The Flavour of the Weekend

The theme of this weekend is an encounter in dance form with the stages of the cycle of transformation, the beginnings and endings, and a celebration of what is gathered along the way. Strands integrated into the mix will include elements of myths and metaphors that enhance our understanding of this process of renewal and our part in the web of life. As this is Stephanie’s tenth-weekend workshop at Hawkwood, we will also look at the symbolism of the number ten, representing the completion of one cycle and the initiation of another – the very flow of existence. Stephanie believes an appreciation of the way life unfolds in this way gives us hope for the future and can bring healing to our fractured world. She will lead the group on a merry dance as it turns Full Circle!


Hawkwood is a stunning Grade II listed 19th Century country house, surrounded by 42 acres of sustainably managed woodland, farmland, and gardens. Set in the heart of the Cotswolds – an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty – it is a sanctuary away from the hustle and bustle of modern life. With a diverse selection of nearly 150 courses, there’s plenty to choose from, including courses in transformative leadership, future thinking, inner life, music and the arts. Our programme of courses is led by experienced tutors and leaders in their fields.

What Is Included

Both residential and non-residential rates are available. Residential options are fully inclusive with all meals provided. Non-residential options include suppers, lunches and all refreshments and exclude B&B.

Additional Activities

Mindful walking through our woodland trails
Meditate in our Woodland Sanctuary
Go on a hike and explore the Cotswolds AONB
Discover surrounding charming market towns

This course/event is part of our Creative Arts Summer School Programme


Summer is a time to be adventurous and try something new.

Don’t miss the chance to learn a new skill and invest in your creativity across the summer; book now as spaces are limited. Residential courses, one-day workshops and events are all available.

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Price Options

£265 Non-Residential
£325 Residential Shared
£365 Residential Single


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Practical Information

A programme will be sent out before the start of the course, giving full details of the schedule for the weekend, and any requirements. Some experience of circle dance is necessary to attend this weekend. All dances are taught in easy-to-learn stages, and you don't need a partner! Please be prepared to dance either barefoot or in soft shoes, and in loose, comfortable clothing.

Arrival and registration from 4.00pm on Friday. Course begins at 6.30pm with supper and ends at 4.00pm with afternoon tea on Sunday.

Please note that prices are listed per person.

Residential options are fully inclusive with all meals provided. Non-residential options include suppers, lunches and all refreshments and exclude B&B.

Stephanie Rose

Stephanie Rose has been dancing in circles for more than thirty years and teaching since 1991. Since first discovering this form of dance, it has been her passion and refuge, a place where she could finally be authentically herself. Originally she taught circles in Cambridgeshire where she lived, developing a warm and enabling teaching style before going on to lead workshops and residential events further afield, including abroad. More recently she moved to Herefordshire and now leads regular circles there. As a seasoned group facilitator, therapist and teacher, she weaves together inspiring, rich and creative themes that support a meaningful dance experience with a light touch. Previous workshops include titles such as Ariadne’s Thread, Song of the Loom, The Pilgrim’s Path, and The Spirit of Albion.

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"We found the event to be both relaxing and inspiring, and we do appreciate all the thought and effort you put in."

“Circle dancing is my passion and my refuge, a still point in the turning world,”

"It was full of surprises! And so colourful! More than my expectation. I just want to say thank you."