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.

We are open and have implemented a Safety Protocol in order to welcome you to a secure venue following recommended government guidelines (COVID Risk Assessment).

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04 - 06 Mar

Climate Action Lab

Practical Steps to Support a Thriving Planet

Facilitator: Hawkwood College Team with Mike Berners-Lee

How do we really change our current behavior? How can we introduce new systems into our organisations? This 2-day action lab will create the space for us to re-imagine the ways in which we can limit our impact on our…

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…

06 - 08 Sep
20-364 Spritual Search
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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 Oct
20-394 The Art of Fermentation Hawkwood
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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…

23 - 25 Oct

Flutes Inspired

Playing Together Again

Facilitator: Elisabeth Parry

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 course is the perfect chance…

20 - 22 Nov
20-470 Reconnecting with words Hawkwood college
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Re-connecting with Words

A Dark Angels workshop

Facilitator: John Simmons and Neil Baker

This practical workshop is a special opportunity to boost your creative energy as we head into the winter months. We’ll share some simple tools and exercises to help you connect with words in new ways. The weekend will be suitable…

04 - 06 Dec

The Gifts of the Celts

Celebrating Celtic Wisdom: An educational retreat

Facilitator: John & Caitlín Matthews & Ian Rees

From the deep myths and stories of the Celtic lands, to the art, music, poetry, law, and vision, we have been richly gifted by the Celts.  In this winter gathering, we explore some of these gifts, drawing on the wisdom…

20 - 24 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 twenty years.  Using traditional methods and techniques you will produce truly stunning…

15 - 18 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 can also heal and unblock our energetic bodies. Much of work is based upon the three musical strains or modes of…

30 - 31 Aug

Kabbalah & the Way of Myth

Facilitator: Mike Bais

In this residential workshop, the metaphysics of Kabbalah will meet the wisdom of mythology. They will cross fertilise each other as we work towards synthesis between this deep knowledge of the collective unconscious, and that of the Tree of Life…

31 - 03 Aug

The Way of Kabbalah

Annual International Kabbalah Summer School 2021

Facilitator: Kurt Browne & Joanna Lapage-Browne

Kabbalah Summer Retreat This annual retreat provides a creative space in which we study and experience the universal principles of the Kabbalistic Tree of Life and in its extended form, Jacob’s Ladder and how to apply them to daily life.…

09 - 12 Sep

Animal Communication – Level Two

Animal Communication - Level Two

Facilitator: Jacqueline Buckingham

This  workshop is for you if you have previously studied in this field and feel comfortable with the basic elements. This is an exciting opportunity to learn new techniques & release blocks. Deepen your telepathic communication skills through supported practice…

14 - 19 Sep

Facilitation For Positive Change

An immersive learning journey to co-create the future we choose

Facilitator: Andy Raingold & Chloe Revill

This facilitation training course is designed for anyone looking to start or deepen their experience of supporting groups to catalyse positive change. It will help to equip you with enhanced skills, lived experiences and confidence to make a meaningful and…

28 - 03 Sep

Nature Facilitation Training Course

An immersive learning journey in Nature Facilitation for those seeking to catalyse positive change

Facilitator: Andy Raingold & Chloe Revill

This Nature Facilitation Training 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, practice and seeks…

08 - 10 Oct

The Art of Giving and Receiving

A joyful dive into personal sovereignty & the Wheel of Consent

Facilitator: Adam Wilder

At this weekend workshop, we will learn the Wheel of Consent, a powerful tool to help us understand the unseen dynamics which guide the ways we relate to each other. We will learn to make clear agreements and get in…

29 - 31 Oct

Writing the Wild Season

Writing to connect with Autumn's myths and mystery

Facilitator: Helen Moore

During this weekend, we will connect to the qualities of Autumn and develop our writing skills. In response to the sense of place and Hawkwood’s wild edges,  we’ll delve into indigenous mysteries and myths. As we attune our powers of…

29 - 31 Oct

Weaving the Line: Vessel and Form

A practical fibre arts retreat

Facilitator: Gizella K Warburton

Develop the confidence to take risks with your ideas and nurture your own creative voice. This course is suitable for those new to drawing or making, or for experienced artists wanting to revisit or refresh their practice. In observing the…

31 - 03 Oct

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 twenty years.  Using traditional methods and techniques you will produce truly stunning…

03 - 05 Dec

Healing the Faery Accord

Reconciling the worlds of humans and nature

Facilitators: Caitlín Matthews, John Matthews and Wil Kinghan

This is a residential winter retreat, with myth, ritual, cosy fires and good company. Once upon a time, humanity’s relationship to nature and the faery worlds was harmonious and peaceful. Due to unwise and selfish acts, however, trust has been…

28 - 30 Jan

Protected: Concertina Band

Start the New Year On the Right Note!

Facilitator: Dave Townsend & Steve Ellis

An enlivening, practical weekend for experienced concertina players.

04 - 06 Feb

Physical Theatre Retreat

A Performative Retreat

Facilitator: Miriam King

Retreat in the Cotswold countryside to learn new skills, or perhaps refresh old ones! Suitable for those who wish to play with ideas and extend their physical theatre techniques in a creative and playfully supportive environment. Perhaps as a newcomer,…

18 - 20 Feb

Body Harmony

An exploration of conscious, therapeutic touch

Facilitator: Lindsay McLeod

This early Spring retreat includes simple body work, touch and deep listening to connect to the ever changing energy within our individual system. You will develop the skills to listen to your body at a cellular level, and discover a…

18 - 20 Feb

Viol Consorts

Enjoy Musicality & Technique

Facilitator: Jane Francis & David Hatcher

This weekend invites players to try their hand at different sized consorts, working at times from facsimile music on renaissance instruments. Expect to be stretched and encouraged in your practice within a supportive atmosphere. There will also be new content…

25 - 27 Feb

I Fagiolini Friends Weekend

Friends of I Fagiolini Weekend

Facilitator: Robert Hollingworth

I-Fagiolini Friends return to Hawkwood after a gap of two years due to Covid. Come and join Robert Hollingworth to experience a wildly eclectic mix of music. *This weekend is primarily for Friends of I Fagiolini.

28 - 01 Feb

Fractal Healing for a Fractured World

Shifting inner and outer patterns of conflict towards pathways hope and healing

Facilitator: Katherine Long

This 2-day in-person retreat offers the unique opportunity to individually and collectively explore our own response patterns in relation to the profound differences that criss-cross all aspects of life today. A place to show up as you, to sit with…

06 - 10 Mar

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 twenty years.  Using traditional methods and techniques you will produce truly stunning…

21 - 25 Mar

Extensive Gong Initiation Course

Journey Into Gong Magic

Facilitators: Aidan McIntyre, Tim Byford and Dr. Jain Wells

Join us for an extensive introduction into working with the gong, including elements of Gong Mastery and Presentation, as well as Gong Sound Healing for Self and Groups. This unique training brings together three gong practitioners with over fifty years…

01 - 03 Apr

Adventures in Art Journalling

Capture your life and the world around you

Facilitator: Jo Beal

Kick start or boost your creative habit with Jo’s Adventures in Art Journalling weekend retreat. The focus will be on drawing, enjoying drawing and using drawing to creatively reflect on and capture your life and the world about you. Gain…

19 - 22 Apr

Leading from the Future

Facilitating Innovation & Emergence

Facilitator: Robin Alfred

This event will explore the true nature of the future and the part we play in its emergence. Over three days, we will differentiate between imagination, intuition and inspiration; and help participants to better understand the process of innovation. We…

29 - 01 Apr

Spring Yoga Retreat

Rest and re-energise

Facilitator: Mel Skinner

Celebrate the abundance of the life force with the practice of yoga to open your heart to courage, nature-inspired meditation walks to open your mind to greater insight, and to surrender to your need to rest deeply. This is a…

29 - 01 Apr

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 realise the many techniques and tools at our disposal. We miss opportunities,…

20 - 22 May
Event Postponed

Spirit of Restoration

The Transforming Light of the Seventh Ray

Facilitator: William Meader

It is clear that humanity has entered into a period of profound evolutionary change, with the turmoil within our political systems, the unimaginable implications of climate change, and the economic predicament we now face. It is clear that significant change…

01 - 05 Jun

Sound Wisdom

An In-depth Living Presence Retreat

Facilitator: Chloe Goodchild

Life on Mother Earth is awakening humanity to a new language of consciousness, led by deep intuition, vitality, intimacy and the sound of our true Nature. With us, you will experience non-judgemental listening, discernment, dissolution of the old narratives, together…

17 - 19 Jun

Improv for Beginners

A gentle introduction into the joy of comedy & 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…

19 - 23 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 twenty years.  Using traditional methods and techniques you will produce truly stunning…

01 - 04 Jul

Lifelines: Summer Drawing Retreat

Arts Education: Drawing From Life

Facilitator: Morag Donnelly

Lifelines is a sacred, sensitive art practice that weaves together movement and drawing. It provides a space for opening our senses and becoming more present with ourselves, our materials and each other. In the nourishing season of summer, together we…

07 - 10 Jul

The Path Leading Home

Healing Resources for Challenging Times

Facilitator: Caít Branigan & Caitlín Matthews

How can find our way when certainties are swept away? By seeking the constant thread interweaving all traditions, we find the path leading back to our true nature, our true home. Through shamanic journey, song, and movement, we will find…

29 - 07 Jul

Gong Master Training

Facilitator: Aidan McIntyre & Don Conreaux

A road to Mastery in the use of Sacred Sound as a transformational tool and in the service to Humanity. Each day we will be working with different sacred instruments; to learn how to use them in performance and healing…

26 - 28 Aug

The Art of Celtic Seership

Divination from Nature with Caitlín Matthews

Facilitator: Caitlín Matthews

This late summer retreat will open your perception to subtle levels of knowing in nature and in your own soul. Hawkwood’s beautiful gardens, natural spring, labyrinth and woodland provide a supportive context for our explorations.

02 - 04 Sep

Rest & Restore Yoga Retreat

Rest, Reflect & Renew

Facilitator: Mel Skinner

Prepare to move from summer to autumn with deeply restful yoga and nature-based meditations and activities to help you connect with your surroundings, as well as your body. From restorative yoga to remove the effects of high stress, and gentle…

09 - 11 Sep

Ruth White Yoga Retreat

Rejuvenate into Autumn

Facilitator: Ruth White

Ruth White Yoga Retreat will allow you to work to your needs, inspire as well as relax and revitalise yourself. Preparing your body and mind to enter into Autumn with the glow of self-care. This lecture and workshop lifts the…

11 - 14 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 twenty years.  Using traditional methods and techniques you will produce truly stunning…

30 - 02 Sep

Soulful Singing & Mantra Retreat

A weekend of joyful singing and mantra

Facilitator: Mahasukha

Join us for a weekend of African, sacred, uplifting and fun singing and mantra chanting with the unique and inspiring Mahasukha. A joyful, tribal and meditative experience that is guaranteed to put a smile on your face and re-charge your…

06 - 10 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 twenty years.  Using traditional methods and techniques you will produce truly stunning…