The How of Happiness

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Fri 25Aug
Sun 27Aug

Positive psychology and the science of happiness

Facilitator: Miriam Akhtar

An uplifting and inspiring journey into positive psychology and what it takes to feel good, function well and flourish. The weekend will equip you with a range of practical tools to grow your happiness. You will come away with your own personal toolbox of happiness boosters, which open the gateway to a flourishing life.

Event time: Fri 25th Aug 2023 at 4:00pm - Sun 27th Aug 2023 at 4:00pm

At a Glance

  • A journey into the science of happiness
  • Experience practices to grow your happiness
  • Enjoy nourishing food and beautiful, natural surroundings

Participants will Gain

  • Understand the major pathways to happiness
  • Try out happiness practices
  • Gain a range of tools to increase your wellbeing

What is Positive Psychology?

Positive psychology seeks to answer the big questions such as what makes us happy? What does it take to flourish? What gives meaning to life?  What are the ingredients of a good life? What are the characteristics of a positive leader?

“Psychology is not just the study of disease, weakness, and damage; it also is the study of strength and virtue. Treatment is not just fixing what is wrong; it also is building what is right.” – Martin Seligman

The Major Ingredients to the Weekend

  • What is Happiness and the pathways to flourish
  • Positive Emotions: The feel-good factor
  • Flow: The state of being ‘in the zone’
  • Meaning & Purpose: The deeper sense of fulfilment
  • Strengths: You at your best
  • Positive Relationships: The no 1 source of wellbeing
  • Optimism: Psychological self-defence
  • Positive Directions: Planning the Way Ahead


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 retreat gave me the time, space and encouragement to focus on myself positively. It has helped me understand characteristics that I thought were my weaknesses, are actually strengths and tools to use them to best effect. Miriam has a wealth of knowledge and is an expert in acknowledging the positivity and reflecting that back to the group.”

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.

· songwriting · classical guitar · contemplative painting · personal development · loom weaving · embroidery · dancing · theatre craft · writing · leatherwork · landscape painting · alexander technique · choral singing ·

Hawkwood Creative Arts Summer School

Price Options

£305 Non-Residential
£365 Residential Shared
£405 Residential Single


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Practical Information

Arrivals from 4pm with afternoon tea. Course starts with dinner at 6:30pm. Please bring a notebook and pen. Some elements will be taught outside so please bring suitable clothing and shoes. You may also wish to bring comfortable, cosy clothing.

Miriam Akhtar MAPP

Miriam Akhtar MAPP is a positive psychologist and one of 100 global experts who were invited to contribute to the World Book of Happiness. She is the author of The Little Book of Happiness, Positive Psychology for Overcoming Depression and What is Post-traumatic Growth. She designs resilience and wellbeing programmes and her day-to-day work is as a coach and trainer.

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