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.

27 - 31 Jan

Advance Your Gong Playing Techniques

Facilitator: Aidan McIntyre & Tim Byford

Discover new ways to harness the transformational power of the gong and other instruments typically used in the gong bath and sound therapy. Open to students of all levels.

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

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…

01 May

The Birth of a New Humanity

Public talk by Andrew Harvey

Facilitator: Andrew Harvey

Listen to an inspiring speaker who will surprise, challenge and delight you with his eloquence and passion about mystical poetry, activism and human transformation.

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 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 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,…

22 - 24 May

Make a Start with Storytelling

A taster weekend for beginners and improvers

Facilitator: Jan Blake

Each storyteller has their own voice and Jan Blake is known for her dynamic and generous style. This lively taster weekend will give a flavour of her work including developing presence, inhabiting your body in movement and gesture, pacing, rhythm…

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…

02 - 05 Jul

The Art of the Healing Voice in Celtic Shamanism

Facilitator: Cáit Branigan & Caitlín Matthews

Explore the use of the voice in shamanic practice, using toning and keening to access our inner worlds, chanting to heal and unblock our energetic bodies. In this course, we shall explore the use of the healing voice in shamanic…

10 - 19 Jul

Gong Master Training Course

Facilitator: Don Conreaux & Aidan McIntyre

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 voice coach to be announced. It will be the…

24 - 26 Jul
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The Alexander Technique

Take control of your movement and your pain

Facilitator: Robin & Béatrice Simmons

In each course, we emphasise the fundamental principles of the Alexander Technique and also make sure to address the needs and enquiries of each participant. The Technique can be applied to any activity so we are always interested to convey…