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.

22 - 24 Nov

Before I Go

Creative Approaches to End-of-Life Planning

Facilitator: Jane Diamond

While it may be an uncomfortable topic, end-of-life planning is something we all must face at some point, whether for ourselves or for family and friends. It makes sense to think about and practically by preparing our last wishes, as…

22 - 24 Nov
Event Cancelled

Crossing the Bridge

Rites of passage for men

Facilitator: Nicholas Clements

This retreat uses creativity, mindfulness and physical activities to enable 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 see…

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…

19 - 22 Dec
Lifelines workshop
Fully Booked

Lifelines: Drawing from Life Retreat

A Midwinter Drawing Retreat

Facilitator: Morag Donnelly

Lifelines is a sacred, sensitive art practice that weaves together movement and drawing, providing a space for opening our senses and becoming more present with ourselves, our materials and each other. This drawing retreat is a pause offered at the…

03 - 05 Jan

Rest & Restore New Year Retreat

Relax Your Way Into 2020 With Deeply Restful Yoga

Facilitator: Mel Skinner

Unwind from the chaos of the holiday season and start the new year feeling deeply rested. Rather than pushing ourselves into postures, this retreat will encourage you to let go of tension and worries. With twice daily yoga sessions designed…

03 - 05 Jan

Mindful New Year

A Weekend Meditation Retreat

Facilitator: Sam May

Kick-off the New Year with a clear and calm mind. Immerse yourself in a weekend of meditation and mindfulness with an experienced teacher and practitioner. For beginners and more experienced practitioners alike.

27 - 31 Jan

Advanced Gong Training 2020

Facilitator: Aidan McIntyre & Tim Byford

This short course will be a step on the 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 instruments; to learn how…

03 - 06 Feb

Inspirational Leadership

Leadership Lessons from Shakespeare’s Henry V

Facilitator: Michael Boyle & Jane Jones

The story of Shakespeare’s most purpose-led and inspiring leader, Henry V, provides a metaphor for leaders of all kinds to evaluate themselves and review their projects, both large and small. Henry must step into a new role, gather a diverse…

03 - 05 Feb

Flourish: Beyond Wellbeing

Radical Self-Responsibility

Facilitator: Karen Downes

A two-day workshop on how we can take radical self-responsibility for flourishing in all areas of life. It will be informative and experiential, to bring about real change in mindset and behaviour, both personally and professionally, to elevate and optimise…

07 - 09 Feb

I Fagiolini – Au Naturel

Friends of I Fagiolini Weekend

Facilitator: Robert Hollingworth

Join Robert Hollingworth to experience a wildly eclectic mix of music – from Renaissance Germany to Britten in playful mood, Rheinberger’s serene choral hit Abendlied,  some French jazz and a song about the Inuit winter. *This weekend is primarily for…

10 - 21 Feb

Outdoor Classroom Build Week

Outdoor Community Classroom Taskforce

Facilitator: Adrian Leaman

Volunteers are invited to work with wood and stone to complete a camp kitchen, flexible work surfaces and seating, a sheltered fire pit and twin compost loos. Warm, cosy accommodation and delicious food is provided. We are looking for people…

14 - 16 Feb

Viol Consorts

Facilitator: Jane Francis and David Hatcher

This weekend will fill Hawkwood with beautiful music, with expert coaching throughout.  Primarily for pre-formed consorts, individuals will be accepted on condition that a compatible group can be formed. There will be the opportunity to work from facsimile music on renaissance…

23 - 26 Feb

Japanese Embroidery February

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 - 06 Mar

Climate Change Action Lab

Practical Steps to Support a Thriving Planet

Facilitator: Hawkwood College Team with Mike Berners-Lee

In this two-day residential workshop, we will look at practical tips on what we as individuals can do within our homes and work to limit our impact on our planetary resources. This action lab will offer keynote talks on understanding…

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…

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…

27 - 01 Apr

Archetypes at Work

Coaching Training - Level 1

Facilitators: Richard Olivier, Laurence Hillman & Lesley Quilty

Archetypes at Work ™ is a new experiential learning methodology to help individuals, teams and organisations become future-fit. Archetypes are the underlying patterns of human nature and experience. As such they are – often invisibly – ‘running the show’. The…

04 - 07 May

Gong Consciousness 2020 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…