Residential Courses

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.

30 - 04 Jun

Japanese Embroidery

Exquisite Traditional Art

Facilitator: Jackie Hall

This unique art form originated in Buddhist temples and is used for the elaborate decoration of Kimonos. This rarely taught skill has been based at Hawkwood for over sixteen years.  Using traditional methods and techniques you will produce truly stunning…

04 - 07 Jul

Tending the Hearth

Celtic methods of house-clearing

Facilitator: Caitlín Matthews & Cáit Branigan

This course explores and teaches all that is necessary to know about methods of House Clearing: what arises, how to understand whence something is arising, and what to do about it in clear and simple terms. Based upon the practical…

26 - 04 Jul
Fully Booked

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 Robert Horwell and Tim Byford and ably assisted by Kevin Goulding. It will be the road to Mastery in the use of…

05 - 08 Aug
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Flutes Inspired

Facilitator: Elisabeth Hobbs

Do you love playing the flute? Would you like to improve your flute skills in an encouraging and supportive environment? Elisabeth’s focus is on helping you to make real progress in your flute-playing journey. This intensive course includes flute choir,…

08 - 12 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…

14 - 16 Aug

Strings Summer School

Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra

Facilitator: Members of Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra

Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra (BSO) presents its second annual Strings Residential. Come and enjoy specialist coaching from string players of the world-class orchestra as you explore popular string orchestra repertoire, build ensemble and musicianship skills, as well as delving into the…

16 - 18 Aug

Bach B Minor Mass Choral Weekend

A singing weekend with Gavin Carr

*Alto places fully booked  Enjoy a life-enhancing weekend traversing the vast landscapes of one of Classical music’s greatest creations. Gavin Carr will bring his trademark humour, passion and insight to this journey into Bach’s extraordinary world, so full of thrilling…

18 Aug

Sing-through Choral Concert

Bach Choral Concert

Facilitator: Gavin Carr

Listen to an informal performance of Bach’s B Minor Mass, the culmination of the Choral Experience Weekend. By donation to the bursary fund. Gavin Carr, director of the Philharmonia Chorus and the Bournemouth Symphony Chorus, is one of the UK’s leading choral…

23 - 26 Aug

Connecting Heaven and Earth

The Chant of Hildegard of Bingen

Facilitator: Emma Kirkby Dbe. & Caitlín Matthews

This course explores the life and chant of Benedictine abbess, Hildegard of Bingen (1098-1179). On this singing Masterclass, which is open to all singers, Emma Kirkby will lead us in singing Hildegard’s sublime chant, which was written by the abbess…

26 - 27 Aug

Kabbalah & the New Sciences

A Kabbalistic view on science

Facilitator: Mike Bais

Kabbalah and science will be brought together in this intensive course, where we will primarily experience that the different paths of science and mysticism all lead to the same end. This is a workshop where theory and practice will come…

27 - 30 Aug

Kabbalistic Summer School

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…

30 - 31 Aug

Classical Guitar Masterclass

Facilitator: Craig Ogden

A masterclass opportunity to study with one of the best classical guitarists of our generation. This enjoyable, intense weekend study course is suitable for experienced players and advanced students with a minimum skill level of Grade 8 guitar. There will…

30 - 01 Aug

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…

06 - 08 Sep

Rest & Restore Retreat

Relax body, mind and soul with yoga

Facilitator: Mel Skinner

Step away from the to-do lists, the responsibilities and the busy-ness and remember what it is to rest, relax and restore with restorative, gentle yoga and yoga nidra. These forms of yoga are designed to take the body out of…

06 - 08 Sep

Yoga Philosophy

Journey of Transformation

Facilitator: Ravi Ravindra & Amit Biswas

In this weekend retreat we will explore the various steps and stages of transformation through dialogues and discussions from Hindu, Buddhist and Christian sacred literature and in the teachings of two modern sages, namely, Krishnamurti and Gurdjieff. The process will…

06 Sep

Self Inquiry & Transformation

Public talk with Ravi Ravindra

Spiritual scholar Ravi Ravindra will be giving a public talk on “Self Inquiry & Transformation” in the opening evening of his weekend retreat “Yoga Philosophy”. Ravi makes complex concepts accessible to those with a general interest, or deeper knowledge. He…

13 - 15 Sep

Building Wellbeing Together Weekend

Let's Build Wellbeing Together

A Network of Wellbeing (NOW) & Hawkwood event Do you want to be happier? Do you feel overwhelmed facing the challenges of our time? Then connect in creative community at Network of Wellbeing’s second Building Wellbeing Together weekend! Held at…

10 - 13 Oct

Create a Singing Bowl

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…

14 - 17 Oct

Embodied Leadership

A retreat for women

Facilitator: Bee James & Lesley Joy Quilty

Using a combination of reflection, creative exercises, and small group constellation coaching we will rehearse the embodiment of ten archetypes essential to effective leadership.  Insight into how these archetypal characters show up in us as gifts and as shadows leads…

18 - 20 Oct

Being Centred

Tai chi & conscious movement

Facilitator: Paul King

With the many inner and outer pressures of life, how do we move into living from our centre?  We will explore this and our own ‘natural’ patterns in life through Tai Chi, the five elements of traditional Chinese wisdom, conscious…