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.

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…

31 - 02 Jul

Dance the Circle Round

Scheherazade

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…

31 - 02 Jul

Landscape Painting in Mixed Media

From Composition to Completion

Facilitator: Jayne Tricker

Learn about composition and colour while experimenting with a range of tools, techniques and media. Over the weekend we will explore the beautiful landscapes around Hawkwood, in a course built around developing your landscape painting skills. Professional artist and art…

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…

10 - 13 Aug

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,…

14 - 16 Aug

Choral Weekend

Beethoven's Missa Solemnis: A choral weekend with Gavin Carr

Facilitator: Gavin Carr

Beethoven’s  Missa Solemnis is generally considered one of the composer’s supreme achievements and  one of the most significant Mass settings of the period. This richly textured, solemn piece was composed over a four year period and was first performed in…

17 - 19 Aug

Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra

Strings Summer School

Come and enjoy specialist coaching from string players of the world-class Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra as you explore popular string orchestra repertoire, build ensemble and musicianship skills, as well as honing chamber skills.

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 - 31 Aug

Hearkening to the Horse’s Mouth

Closed Graduate Course for FÍOS Training

Facilitator: Caitlin Matthews & Felicity Wombwell

This course is only open to members of our FÍOS Walkers Between Worlds shamanic training. This course instructs experienced practitioners how to teach journeying to clients, enabling them to contact their own allies, to find their own healing, answers and…

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…

06 - 10 Sep

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…

06 - 08 Sep

Spiritual Search

East & West

Facilitator: Ravi Ravindra

All serious teachings recommend the transformation of our whole being in order to come to the truth or to God. This retreat weekend explores the similarities and differences between the major religions of East and West.

09 - 11 Sep

Transformative Leadership Programme

How can we embed human connection in services and systems?

Join a 6 month Learning Marathon to explore the answer to this question and develop the craft of relationship-centred design, together with a dozen peers. Based in London with 2 residential weekends in Stroud, the Deepr Learning Marathon is powered…

25 - 27 Sep

Weaving the Line

A practical art retreat

Facilitator: Gizella K Warburton

During this three day art retreat, we will be considering the line, through observation, mark making and interpretation. Using these start points we will explore linear and spatial relationships and different ways of introducing ‘content’ and detail with fibres and…

25 - 27 Sep

Yoga with Ruth White

Facilitator: 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.…

09 - 11 Oct

The Art of Fermentation

Seasonal preparations to enliven your diet

Facilitator: Daphne Lambert

This wide-ranging course is about the transformative fermenting process. Information on making your own ferments, an overview of the fascinating history and the benefits for individuals, communities and the planet. Gundruk, kimchi, kvass, idli and shrubs will inspire you to…

09 - 11 Oct

Improv for Beginners

A gentle introduction into the joy of comedy and theatre improvisation.

Facilitator: Jon Trevor

This will be a gentle introduction into the joy of comedy and theatre improvisation. A low-pressure, high-enjoyment workshop in a fun, friendly, supportive and stress-free environment. You will learn to work together with others to spontaneously create group stories, scenes…