Inner Life

Immerse yourself in the Hawkwood experience on one of our residential courses, or simply join us for a day. We have a huge range of creative and inspiring courses: focus on movement and creativity with yoga or an art workshop, get involved with social change, reconnect with nature, or join us for a poetry, storytelling, classical music, woodwork, blacksmithing or embroidery course.

We offer a unique mix of vibrant and stimulating courses, often not found elsewhere.

Either browse our full list of courses, talks and events or select from a specific area of interest. You can also use the search bar option or take a look at our calendar which highlights all activities at Hawkwood month by month.

06 - 08 Dec

Brutus and the Myth of New Troy

After the Illiad and the Aeneid

Facilitator: Caitlín & John Matthews and Charles Newington

We explore the mythic foundations of Britain and London, and follow the adventures of Brutus, Aeneas’ grand-son. Caitlín and John will uncover the myths of our beginnings, and the function of the giants, while Charles Newington will reveal the making…

19 - 22 Dec

Lifelines: Drawing from Life Retreat

A Midwinter Drawing Retreat

Facilitator: Morag Donnelly

Lifelines is a sacred, sensitive art practice that weaves together movement and drawing, providing a space for opening our senses and becoming more present with ourselves, our materials and each other. This drawing retreat is a pause offered at the…

21 Dec

Spiritual Chanting 2

The Heart Circle is a unique combination of singing, spiritual blessing and meditation that brings positive energy and peace in your heart and mind. We use spiritual chanting, or ‘kiirtan’, an ancient yoga practice, designed to awaken a feeling of…

03 - 05 Jan

Rest & Restore New Year Retreat

Relax Your Way Into 2020 With Deeply Restful Yoga

Facilitator: Mel Skinner

Unwind from the chaos of the holiday season and start the new year feeling deeply rested. Rather than pushing ourselves into postures, this retreat will encourage you to let go of tension and worries. With twice daily yoga sessions designed…

03 - 05 Jan

Mindful New Year Meditation Retreat

A Weekend Meditation Retreat

Facilitator: Sam May

Kick-off the New Year with a clear and calm mind. Immerse yourself in a weekend of meditation and mindfulness with an experienced teacher and practitioner. For beginners and more experienced practitioners alike.

27 - 31 Jan

Advanced Gong Training 2020

Facilitator: Aidan McIntyre & Tim Byford

This short course will be a step on the road to Mastery in the use of Sacred Sound as a transformational tool and in the service to Humanity. Each day we will be working with different instruments; to learn how…

01 Feb

Deep Ecology: Imbolc

The Swelling Seed

Facilitator: Jenni Horsfall & Mark Graham

Using experiential practices, ritual, and myth Jennifer and Mark will show how the principles of deep ecology can be aligned to our personal journey of growth and self discovery. Understanding human consciousness as a component of the ecological process, we…

15 - 19 Mar

Your Voice as a Gateway into Presence 2020

The Naked Voice Wisdom School - Spring Retreat

Facilitator: Chloe Goodchild

This unique retreat is inspired by Chloe Goodchild’s lifelong experience with sound and voice as a contemplative and reflective experience. Enjoy exploring a range of sound skills for self-inquiry, conscious movement, and the healing medicine of dynamic silence. You will…

23 - 26 Mar

Relaxing Woodwind Playing

Facilitator: Laurence Perkins

Relaxing Woodwind Playing has a particular focus on well-being and relaxation. Suitable for players from grade 5 to advanced level, the programme includes music by Mozart, Vaughan-Williams and Copland, alongside medieval plainchant and traditional folk melodies. The ensemble will play…

03 - 05 Apr

Harmonic Temple Spring Retreat

Singing in Harmony

Facilitator: Nickomo and Rasullah Clarke

We will be tuning into each other as a group through singing together in harmony, not for performance, but for nourishing our inner selves. A weekend of singing these chants brings about a sense of deep well-being and healing and…

17 - 19 Apr

Nature Facilitation Training

Positive Change Training Programme

Facilitator: Andy Raingold and Chloe Revill

This course is for anyone who is looking to start or to deepen their experience of leading groups in nature to bring about enhanced wellbeing and/or catalyse positive change. The course combines theory and practice, and seeks to build a…

01 - 04 May

Divine Love in Action

Transforming Our World with Sacred Activism

Facilitator: Andrew Harvey

Sacred Activism is a transforming force of compassion-in-action that is born of a fusion of deep spiritual knowledge, courage, love, and passion, with wise radical action in the world. The large-scale practice of Sacred Activism can become an essential force…

02 May

Deep Ecology: Beltane

Fertility and Sensuality

Facilitator: Jenni Horsfall & Mark Graham

Using experiential practices, ritual, and myth Jennifer and Mark will show how the principles of deep ecology underpin and inform our personal journey and how this relates to the seasonal cycle. Understanding human consciousness as a component of the ecological…

04 - 07 May

Gong Consciousness 2020 I

A Healing Therapy Workshop

Facilitator: Jain Wells & Aidan McIntyre

There is no better way to learn and understand the exceptional healing capacity of the gong than to experience a shift in one’s own healing and consciousness, and to witness the same in others. This workshop intensive involves guided self-healing…

12 - 15 May

Gong Consciousness 2020 II

A Healing Therapy Workshop

Facilitator: Jain Wells & Aidan McIntyre

There is no better way to learn and understand the exceptional healing capacity of the gong than to experience a shift in one’s own healing and consciousness, and to witness the same in others. This workshop intensive involves guided self-healing…

22 - 24 May

The Wild Scribe

Tools and Techniques for Journaling in Nature

Facilitator: Mary Reynolds Thompson

Whether writing for yourself or writing for publication, journaling in nature unleashes powerful creative energy. Many of those who write nature journals, or would like to, often don’t realize the many techniques and tools at our disposal. We miss opportunities,…

29 - 31 May

Esoteric Philosophy

Facilitator: William Meader

Through lectures, meditation, conversation and sharing, William will guide participants in the profound implications of modern spiritual development and the means to express the soul more effectively in the outer world. The informal atmosphere and shared meals provide easy contact…

07 Jun

Beginner’s Guide to Nature Writing June

Connect with the Natural World

Facilitator: Stephen Moss

Nature writing is not only one of the most popular literary genres, it is also a great way to connect with the natural world. Join naturalist, author and academic Stephen Moss for a day inspired by nature, and learn how…

08 Jun

Our Primate Family Tree

public talk

Facilitator: Ian Redmond

Come and listen to a leading animal expert and campaigner. Ian Redmond introduced Sir David Attenborough to the gorillas in 1978 and has worked tirelessly on their behalf since then.

27 Jun

Gardeners of the Forest

Apes, Elephants and Climate Change

Wildlife expert and campaigner Ian Redmond brings to life the important question of the ecology of apes and elephants in Africa and SE Asia, and the role they play in maintaining the health of the forest.  Using photographs, videos, virtual…