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.

25 - 15 May

Tai Chi Movement for Resilience

Facilitators: Chris Taylor, online

For centuries Tai Chi and Qi Gong have been used to support the wellbeing of mind, body and spirit. In this series you will learn three sets of powerful exercises you can practice daily at home: Monday 25 May: Static…

27 - 10 May

Emergency or Emergence?

Transforming crisis and embracing the possible

Facilitators: Catherine Lucas, online

Every crisis holds the potential for transformation, healing and the awakening of consciousness. The corona crisis is no different – we can use it to take a quantum leap forward for ourselves, our communities and our planet. This is a…

04 - 18 Jun

Return of the Larder

Preserving for the future, minimising waste, maximising nutrition

Facilitators: Daphne Lambert, online

Do you love wild harvesting, have your own garden or allotment, belong to a community garden or CSA or buy produce at the market? Then this course will give you plenty of ideas of how to preserve food and in…

08 Jun
Event Postponed

Our Primate Family Tree

Public Talk with 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.

10 - 17 Jun

Reframe your Now

Mindful photography online course

Facilitators: Ruth Davey, online

This unique approach offers a blend of mindfulness & photography. By combining these with being outdoors in nature,  you will learn how to deal with anxiety, stay mentally well, and build resilience. During this time of global uncertainty, explore creative…

18 - 02 Jun

Cultivating Courage & Resilience

The Story of Jumping Mouse

Facilitators: Adam Fotheringham, online

This experiential course fosters self-development and resilience through the power of story. Using myth, group process and personal reflection as our framework, we explore the engaging Native American tale of Jumping Mouse. It has much to teach us about courage…

30 - 02 Jun

Writing the Past

Bringing historical fiction to life - online course

Facilitators: Tessa Harris, online

This is a new, intensive online course on historical writing spans three consecutive evenings. It is for those with a passion for history and the desire to make it come alive through the medium of the novel.

01 - 15 Jul
wild scribe nature journaling
Fully Booked

The Wild Scribe II

An online nature journaling workshop

Facilitator: Mary Reynolds Thompson

Nature journaling is a powerful tool to enliven your creativity and deepen your connection to the natural world. At this time, many of us feel disconnected from our normal lives, livelihoods and loved ones. This journaling practice can be transformative,…

10 - 19 Jul
20-299 - Gong Master Training -Don Conreaux
Event Postponed

Gong Master Training Course

Facilitator: Don Conreaux & Aidan McIntyre

RESCHEDULED: New Dates 23 July – 1 August 2021 This year’s training will be led by Don Conreaux and Aidan McIntyre with the help of guest teachers Jon Birdsong, Robert Horwell, Kevin Goulding and Tim Byford, in addition to a guest…

23 - 25 Jul

The Wild Scribe

An online nature journaling workshop

Facilitator: Mary Reynolds Thompson

Nature journaling is a powerful tool to enliven your creativity and deepen your connection to the natural world. At this time, many of us feel disconnected from our normal lives, livelihoods and loved ones. This journaling practice can be transformative,…

31 - 02 Jul

Dance the Circle Round


Facilitator: Stephanie Rose

This weekend explores the tale of Scheherazade, storyteller of the Arabian Nights, taking us dancing beyond the Bosphorus and into the Orient. Stephanie will teach both traditional folk and choreographed circle dances that expand on this exotic romance. Some previous dance experience will…

01 Aug

Deep Ecology: Lunghnasadh

First Fruits

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. Understanding human consciousness as a component of the ecological process, we will seek to inspire a creative…

07 - 09 Aug

Soulful Singing & Mantra

Sing Joyful and Sacred Songs from Around the World

Facilitator: Mahasukha

African, sacred, uplifting and fun singing and mantra chanting with the unique and inspiring Mahasukha. A joyful, tribal and meditative experience guaranteed to put a smile on your face and uplift your heart and soul. Everyone participates, everyone has a…

13 Aug

Beginner’s Guide to Nature Writing

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…

19 - 23 Aug

Qi Gong Meditation Retreat

Facilitator: Andy Henry

The focus of these five days is the study of Taijiwuxigong (a Qi Gong system) for self-healing, allowing us to come more into our real nature or our true state of being. This is characterised by an increased sense of…

27 - 31 Aug

Create a Singing Bowl Masterclass

A meditative process with a master craftsman

Facilitator: Ton Akkermans & Carolina Schomper

Following traditional craft processes and working outdoors you will learn about the different qualities of metals, then shape and refine your own instrument to take home. Each day includes morning meditation and sharing in the group, as well as developing…

28 Aug

Concert of Sacred Sound

Facilitator: Ton Akkermans and Carolina Schomper

Come and enjoying the natural, healing sound of singing bowls, gongs, and bells played by master craftspeople and musicians Ton Akkermans and Carolina Schomper.  A relaxing evening concert which forms part of Hawkwood’s annual Create a Singing Bowl course

31 - 01 Aug

Kabbalah & the Way of Myth

Facilitator: Mike Bais

In this course the metaphysics of Kabbalah will meet the wisdom of mythology. They will cross-fertilize each other as we work towards synthesis between this deep knowledge of the collective unconscious and that of the Tree of Life and Jacobs…

01 - 04 Sep

The Way of Kabbalah

Making Kabbalah relevant in our contemporary world

Facilitator: Kurt Browne and Joanna Lapage-Browne

The Kabbalah Summer School offers a great opportunity to learn about (and to find meaning in) the universal Kabbalistic Tree of Life. The four days incorporate illustrated talks, guided meditations, devotional practice and time in nature, combining to bring Kabbalistic…

04 - 06 Sep

Rest & Restore Yoga Retreat September

Reclaim Your Right to Rest

Facilitator: Mel Skinner

Prepare to move from summer to autumn with deeply restful yoga. Rather than pushing ourselves into postures, this retreat will encourage you to let go of tension and worries. Using restorative yoga to reduce stress and tension and yoga nidra…