Traditional Natural Dyeing

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Fri 06Sep
Sun 08Sep

A traditional natural dye practice prioritising local, non-toxic materials with a focus on biodegradability

Facilitator: Babs Behan

Join Babs Behan, founder of Botanical Inks, for a two-day introduction to the basics of making and using organic natural dyes. This course will take a traditional approach to natural dyeing, using 100% plant based recipes, without any synthetic chemicals or metals. This practice prioritises natural, locally sourced, non-toxic materials with a focus on biodegradability.

EarlyBird places sold out – standard priced places available.

If you would like to book a shared room, please call Cathy on 01453 759 034 or email to make your enquiry.

Event time: Fri 6th Sep 2024 at 4:00pm - Sun 8th Sep 2024 at 4:00pm

This will include making natural dyes from traditional dye plants, herbal dyes and wild plants from the gardens at Hawkwood along with natural mordants such as rhubarb leaf and oak gall, as well as colour modifiers from acidic plants and alkalis from wood ash.

A collection of cellulose and protein fibres including organic UK-grown peace silk and organic European unbleached cotton or linen swatches will be provided and included in the cost for making a collection of dye samples with.

At a Glance

  • Learn how to prepare natural fabric for dyeing
  • Experiment with the variations that natural dyeing can offer you
  • Leave with knowledge of how to dye fabric at home using sustainable methods
  • Intimate class size with lots of space for discussion and creativity

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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

Price Options

£353 Early-bird Non-Residential
£412 Early-bird Residential Shared
£455 Early-bird Residential Single
£415 Non-Residential
£485 Residential Shared
£535 Residential Single


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Non-Residential Deposit
£ 180.00
5 available
Residential Single Deposit
£ 180.00
5 available

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Practical Information

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 but exclude B&B.

Materials are all included. Please wear clothing that you don't mind getting stained, you may also wish to bring gloves. Please bring clothing for outdoor wear.

Babs Behan

Babs Behan is a natural dyer and specialist of non-toxic natural dyeing, inks, printmaking and bioregional regenerative textile systems.

Author of “Botanical Inks Plant-To-Print Dyes, Techniques and Projects” (Quadrille 2018), Founder of Botanical Inks non-toxic natural dye studio and the Bristol Cloth project, as seen on BBC News, BBC Countryfile & Sky News.

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