The Wisdom of Clouds

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cloud appreciation
Thu 21May
Thu 28May

Cloud appreciation for all

Facilitators: Gavin Pretor-PInney, online

This course in cloud appreciation will teach you how read clouds as if they were expressions on the face of the atmosphere. They reveal its shifting moods.  Watching them will show you how to tune in to the ephemeral, chaotic wilderness above, and how to find wisdom in the clouds. Drawing upon stunning images of skies around the world contributed by members of the Cloud Appreciation Society, Gavin Pretor-Pinney will show how learning to identify of the cloud types helps deepen your connection with this universal aspect of nature. Looking up will never be the same again!

Event time: Thu 21st May 2020 at 4:00pm - Thu 28th May 2020 at 5:00pm

At a glance

  • Session 1 Thur 21 May  – How to identify the clouds, from the common Cumulus to the rare and fleeting Fluctus cloud
  • Session 2 Thur 28 May –  Understanding how clouds work. The simple science that drives the magic of water in the air
  • Session 3 Thur 4 June – The sky as inspiration in human culture and drawing upon the wisdom of clouds
  • All sessions commence at 4.00pm BST and finish at 5.00pm BST

The course is the same at all price levels; please select the level you can afford.

What will participants gain

  • New awareness of your own sky above you and observation skills to practice
  • Appreciation and information about natural forces
  • Refreshing connection with nature as a countermeasure to screen time
  • Cloud appreciation is about slowing down and noticing what most people miss. So, if you pay attention to the shifting clouds you tune in to a narrative with no beginning and no end. Most of us understand little about how clouds work and why they look the way they do. The Cloud Appreciation Society exists to unite everyone who believes that the sky is the most dynamic, evocative and poetic of nature’s displays. It has over 50,000 members in 120 countries around the world. Its founder Gavin Pretor-Pinney will help you understand how a simple, unique quality of water drives cloud formation. And in learning more, you will understand why clouds have always been such rich inspiration for artistic and literary expression. In fact, cloudspotting is the perfect antidote to the pressures of the digital world.

Price Options

£30 Support Hawkwood Level 1
£45 Support Hawkwood Level 2
£55 Support Hawkwood Level 3


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Practical Information

You will need to have a Smartphone, laptop or computer that can interact with others in the course. Sign up to Zoom platform is free.
We will send you instructions in advance of the first session. Attendance at all three sessions is required.

If you are experiencing financial difficulties but would like to attend, we have five supported places available on this course; please email Cathy at with your request.

Gavin Pretor-Pinney

Gavin Pretor-Pinney is founder of the Cloud Appreciation Society and author of the bestselling Cloudspotter’s Guide and Cloud Collector’s Handbook. His latest book, A Cloud A Day, is published by Batsford. Gavin is a winner of the prestigious Royal Society Winton Prize for Science Books and the Royal Meteorological Society’s Michael Hunt award. A TED Global speaker with over 1.3 million views, he has presented television documentaries for the BBC and Channel 4, and is a Visiting Fellow at the University of Reading, UK. He co-founded the Idler, a magazine that argues for the importance of downtime in creative thinking.

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"We believe that clouds are unjustly maligned and that life would be immeasurably poorer without them."
Cloud Appreciation Society

"Though the sky dominates half of our vision, most of us pay scant attention to it."
Gavin Pretor-Pinney

“We have always a resource in the skies. They are constantly turning a new page to view... and the inquiring mind may always read a new truth.”
Henry David Thoreau