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.

23 - 26 Aug
Hildegard
Fully Booked

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 - 01 Aug
Classical Guitar Masterclass Hawkwood Craig Ogden
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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 6 guitar. There will…

30 - 01 Aug
Fully Booked

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

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 beautiful Hawkwood in Stroud, UK, we’ll map how…

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…

25 - 27 Oct

The Art in Listening

Authentic Sound, Contemporary Soul

Facilitator: Nicholas & Ra Twilley

The Art in Listening is about aligning your aspirations with your everyday life. We use sound and movement forms to reveal the inner landscape of spoken, sung and instrumental sound. This extends to all aspects of our being, from how we…

03 - 07 Nov

Silence, Deep Listening & the Voice

The Naked Voice

Facilitator: Chloe Goodchild

This unique retreat is inspired by Chloe’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 take…

10 - 13 Nov

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…

22 - 24 Nov

Before I Go

Creating a good end-of-life plan

Facilitator: Jane Diamond

Our culture is largely death-phobic, yet it is something we all must face at some point, whether our own death or that of family and friends. It makes sense to think about and practically prepare for both how we might…

22 - 24 Nov

Crossing the Bridge

Rites of passage for men

Facilitator: Nicholas Clements

This retreat uses creativity, mindfulness and physical activities to enable the men to challenge their own self assumptions about what they can achieve and how they can be seen in the world. A specially created programme which enables participants to…

29 - 01 Nov

Yoga Retreat

Ruth White

Originally Trained and certificated by B.K.S. Iyengar, today Ruth adapts her Karuna teaching to the ever-changing needs of the student. She has developed a unique style of teaching that unites pupil and teacher in an atmosphere of happiness and well-being.…

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…

15 - 21 Dec

Byzantine Icon Painting

Ancient Byzantine Icon Painting with the Prosopon School

Facilitator: Deacon Nikita Andrejev

Students will work from several traditional images of St Nicholas, to analyse elements of classic design, to produce their own sketch of a shoulder-length bust icon of the Saint. The focus of the class will be on the face, exploring…