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Hawkwood College, near Stroud, is a registered charity and an independent centre for adult education. Its founding anthroposophical ethos provides a welcoming context for short courses on the theme of creative exploration.

These include arts & crafts as well as personal and spiritual development, music, health & well-being, nature and sustainability. There is a friendly, informal atmosphere and no formal qualifications are needed to participate. Hawkwood offers short courses in a wide variety of subjects.


Our courses are in a wide variety of formats, typically from one day to over a week, or longer modular courses extending over a year. If you live locally you are welcome to attend on a non-residential basis. Our course participants come from throughout the United Kingdom as well as abroad, enjoying the comfortable, homestyle residential opportunities. You are advised to book your courses early to ensure yourself a place on the course as well as accommodation on-site, if needed.


Courses 2018
(In alphabetical order)


Beginners Monoprinting
with Cathy Mills
Saturday 23 June
Full details at Hawkwood College website


Children's Book Illustration
Friday 25 - Sunday 27 May
The art of children's book illustration is not merely about illustrating for children, it also offers an opportunity to paint in a fun and whimsical way with watercolour. In her warm, approachable way, Julia Cairns teaches you a variety of techniques and encourages you to tap into your own unique style. Open to all levels. With Julia Cairns.
Non-res only £190 course fee, includes all meals except breakfast
Full details at Hawkwood College website


Create a Singing Bowl A meditative process with a master craftsman
Tuesday 10 - Friday 13 July
The rhythm of metal work, the heat of the forge and the alchemical process of shaping your own instrument in an outdoor studio offers a unique combination of physical and spiritual engagement. This summer school offers daily sessions of sound healing meditation alongside practical skills in metalsmithing. You will choose the metal alloy that you want to work with and craft a singing bowl to take home. With Ton Akkermans and Carolina Schomper. Full details at Hawkwood College website
single £485; shared £425; non-res £365 materials extra £25 - £50


Drawing in Charcoal
with Nigel Westaway
Friday 13 July
Full details at Hawkwood College website


Exquisite Japanese Embroidery
Sunday 25 - Wednesday 28th February
13-17 May
11-15 November
Using traditional methods and techniques you will produce truly stunning works of art and learn about Japanese culture.
Various Prices
Full details at Hawkwood College website


Handbuilt Pottery
The bowl: exploration of form and surface
Friday 27 - Sunday 29 July
We will explore the many possibilities and aesthetics of this most quintessential of forms to create a unique and functional vessel, employing the techniques of pinching, coiling and slabs and the decorative techniques of impressing, incising and brushwork with slips.
The work will be fired and glazed after the course for collection or posting. All abilities are welcome.
With Sue Harker and Sam Mukumba
Full details at Hawkwood College website
single £300; shared £260; non-res £220 including materials and firing


Introduction to Blacksmithing
with Arian Leljak
Saturday 7 or Sunday 8 July
Full details at Hawkwood College website
£90 per day


Introduction to Woodcarving Friday 24 - Sunday 26 August
Enjoy a weekend learning woodcarving skills in the beautiful grounds of Hawkwood. You will be introduced to the techniques of relief carving and three-dimensional sculpture in a well-equipped workshop.
Tools will be provided for the course and you may also bring your own. Tutor David Lovemore will also advise you on what tools to buy and how to maintain and sharpen them.
Full details at Hawkwood College website
single £275; shared £235; non-res £195 materials extra £5 - £20


May Day Festival
Monday 7th May
An enjoyable day for the whole family!
Hawkwood's annual May Day Festival is a fun day out for all the family and a place to meet old and new friends in beautiful surroundings.

  • Free Entry
  • Maypole dancing and children's activities
  • Live bands, music and singing
  • Organic BBQ, bar, buffet and cafés
  • Local dairy ice cream
  • Free taster workskhops and talks by tutors
  • Hawkwood's history
  • Tours of grounds and farmland
The gates open at 10am and the day runs until 5pm.
Entry is free There is a charge of £3 per car in the car park.
May Day Festival


Mindful Drawing
Friday 21st - Sunday 23rd April
Mindful Drawing is an exploration of drawing as meditation. Inspired by the work of Frederick Franck, author of The Zen of Seeing, the emphasis is on process rather than outcome. This fascinating method stimulates us to observe the beauty of everyday life and capture its essence in simple drawings with Anna Black.
Full details at Hawkwood College website
Single £275; shared £235; non-res £195. Materials list provided on booking.



Presence and Absence
Drawing with paper, cloth and thread
Friday 6 - Sunday 8 July
In this creative textiles weekend we will explore materials, consider surface and space within composition and different ways of introducing content and detail. Through mark-making, collage, layering and stitching processes, we will develop ideas leading towards a new piece of work. With mentoring and shared inspiration, everyone can develop the confidence to take risks with their ideas and nurture their creativity.
With Gizella Warburton.
Full details at Hawkwood College website
single £315; shared £275; non-res £235


Sketching in Ink & Watercolour
with Alison Vickery
Thusrday 12 & Friday 13 July
Full details at Hawkwood College website


Soulscapes Painting Day with Herewood Gabriel
Sunday 24 June
Full details at Hawkwood College website


Summer Oil Painting with Nature and Imagination
with Liri Filippini
Saturday 23 June
Full details at Hawkwood College website


The Art of Woodblock Printmaking
Friday 16th - Sunday 18th March
This short course with master printmaker Rod Nelson will equip you with the tools, techniques and material needed to produce your own beautiful images
Various Prices
Full details at Hawkwood College website


The Photographer's Eye
with Kel Portman
Sunday 8 July
Full details at Hawkwood College website


Whittling in Wood
with David Lovemore
Friday 13 July
Full details at Hawkwood College website




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Courses for 2018 include

  • Whittling in Wood
  • Introduction to Blacksmithing
  • Beginners Monoprinting




Pricing guide:
Weekend workshops:
  • Residential - around £250
  • Sharing - around £220
  • Non-residential (but including meals) - around £170

One day workshops £75 per day