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Sat 29Jun

Clay, meditation and our natural world

Facilitator: Dee Aebischer & Juli Bharucha

Resonating with worlds that have gone before us, clay connects us to the earth.

Starting with a woodland walking meditation and exploration of Hawkwood’s beautiful surroundings we will gather texture and material to bring back and create a clay bowl embodying and paying homage to the beauty of our wondrous natural world.

Clay and tools will be supplied- the works will be kiln fired and ready to collect or posted three weeks after the course.

Event time: Sat 29th Jun 2024 at 9:30am - Sat 29th Jun 2024 at 4:00pm

At a Glance

  • Woodland walking meditation, keying into our senses of touch, sight, smell and hearing
  • Explore clay imprinting, transferring texture
  • Create a clay nurture bowl
  • Nourishing two-course lunch included

Participants Will Gain

  • Transfer textures and knowledge gained through walking into clay
  • A unique piece of art reflecting your experiences of the natural world
  • Time in nature and time to engage with your creative self

As a material clay connects us to the earth, it has been used for thousands of years by humans to build with, create utensils, sculpt, draw and paint with, and create holy relics. It has left us many traces of the past as it holds imprints and records – natural vegetation, finger prints; it is a window to the past.

Creating is an immersive experience in which we are totally focused on the present moment and the interaction between our bodies, mind, emotions and clay. Many artists talk about a meditative experience and clay as a channel of expression.

We will start the day with a meditative walk, focusing on our senses as we walk. We will gather objects and textures and experiment with imprinting onto clay.

After a replenishing coffee break the following section of the day will focus on the creation of a clay bowl incorporating the textures, emotions and feelings we have gathered through our walk.

Each process will be clearly demonstrated. Moulds may be used to construct the bowls and coloured slips added to illuminate the textures.

Each person will be fully supported and able to bring into being an individual interpretation of their experiences.

Everyone is welcome, no previous experience is needed!


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

A non-residential day-course; B&B may be available – please email or call Cathy on 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

£125 Day Course + Two-Course Lunch


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Practical Information

All tools and materials are provided. However, please bring an apron or wear clothes that you don't mind getting messy. You will also need suitable walking attire for the first part of the day. You may wish to bring a notebook.

Arrival and registration from 9.15am. The course begins at 9.30 am and ends with afternoon tea at 4.00 pm.

The price includes materials, delicious two-course lunch, and refreshments.

Your piece will be fired and ready for collection or to be posted, three weeks after your course. Please note that if you require your piece to be posted, there will be an additional cost.

Dee Aebischer

Dee Aebischer is a qualified guide with the UK Forest Bathing Institute, who holds a Masters and PhD in Forest Science. Dee is passionate about the environment and helping people create a meaningful connection with nature and has been interested in meditation and mindfulness practices and their benefits for many years.

Juli Bharucha

For Juli, creativity is a culmination of lived experience, a continual gathering of emotional knowledge, invisibly distilled into her being. These responses sit behind and direct her creativity, continually demanding to be evaluated and reflected upon.

Working for Clare Craft pottery embedded a tacit knowledge of clay. Sculpting and hand building on a daily basis, clay became a familiar and reassuring comrade to Juli.

Juli has an MA in Ceramics from Bath School of Art and extensive experience of teaching ceramics in schools and community contexts.

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