The Meditative Value of Painting

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Sat 02Mar

Finding enjoyment and relaxation whilst painting

Facilitator: Christina Sadler

A painting day course! The act of making art is therapeutic, it allows our minds to wander into a meditative state. This one-day workshop will quiet the mind to access the flow and freedom that happens when you are truly immersed in the moment of creating.

Suitable for all skill levels (even if you have never picked up a paintbrush before), Christina Sadler will guide you through a calming painting workshop, with an opportunity to paint outside if the weather permits.

Event time: Sat 2nd Mar 2024 at 9:30am - Sat 2nd Mar 2024 at 4:00pm

At a Glance:

  • A day of calming and relaxing creativity
  • Learn to respond intuitively to materials, colours and surfaces
  • Paint without fear of creating a finished piece
  • Suitable for all
  • Enjoy a delicious freshly cooked 2-course lunch + 2 breaks with baked goods and refreshments

What You Will Gain:

  • Knowledge of what painting style brings you relaxation
  • A sense of enjoyment and a renewed passion for creating
  • An enjoyable opportunity to treat yourself

The Day

Spend a day fully immersed in the moment of creating. Find a method of painting that allows you to quiet the mind and access the relaxing and calming benefits painting can achieve.

You will create art intuitively, responding to the materials, colours and surfaces you are painting on. However, you will be guided towards a theme or topic to help you focus on the meditative qualities of painting. Depending on the weather part of the session will explore the outdoors.

Sometimes you will create more representational paintings and at other times abstract and expressive work. This will all be achieved through guided exercises and support from your tutor, Christina.

No art therapy will be involved, and no judgement will be placed on the outcome of your work. This day is centred on finding a method of painting that brings you enjoyment and relaxation. There will be laughter as well as moments of calm and reflection. An enjoyable day creating whilst giving you the chance to relax.

Suitable for all abilities, even those who have not picked up a paintbrush before.

"Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up.”

-Pablo Picasso


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.

What’s Included

2-course lunch and 2 additional breaks with freshly baked goods by our experienced chefs, plus a selection of refreshments to choose from throughout the day.

Your Stay

Although this is a non-residential day course, if you would like to extend your stay, please contact us about B&B options.

Contact us: or 01453 759 034

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

Price Options

£115 Day Course + Lunch


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Practical Information

The course starts at 9:30am and will finish with tea and cake at 4pm.

All materials are included in this class. Depending on the weather we may venture outside so please dress appropriately. Similarly, wear clothes you don’t mind getting messy in.

Christina Sadler

Christina is an artist based in Gloucestershire. She has a first class degree in Fine Art and is represented by Wychwood Art Gallery.

Her art is inspired by nature. She allows paint to flow and drip, then repairs and rebuilds areas by removing and altering layers. This makes her feel restful and calm, which reflects into her art.

A full time artist she also works with the NHS and partners on projects that improve mental health including developing art to improve interior environments and outreach sessions with adults and young people.

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