Hawkwood College

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Summer Creativity in the Cotswolds

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Hawkwood offers a diverse programme of courses in arts and crafts, music, well-being, spirituality, nature and sustainability.

Situated in a Grade II listed Cotswold country house surrounded by 42 sustainably managed acres with far reaching views, it’s a welcoming, peaceful setting for learning a new skill, personal development, going on retreat, or holding a training event.

Centrally located just outside the lively market town of Stroud in Gloucestershire it’s been described as “like a hotel, only with more soul.”

Hawkwood was established in 1948 as an independent centre for learning and achieved charitable status in the 1970s. It welcomes visitors from all walks of life throughout the year.

The gently sloping grounds include an organic farm, pastures, a Victorian walled garden, 10 acres of mixed woodland, lovely gardens, a natural spring, a labyrinth and an award-winning ponds and wetlands water treatment system. The facilities include seven group rooms, 49 beds, an outdoor classroom and a woodland sanctuary.

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A vibrant season of residential summer schools showcases the diversity of Hawkwood. These include Creative Arts Summer School 19th-27th July; the Sustainability Summer School with Polly Higgins, Tim ‘Mac’ Macartney and Jamie Catto 11th-14th August; the new “Rest-ival” week of well-being 18th-21st August; and a week to create your own Tibetan-style singing bowl, work with Master craftsman Ton Akkermans from Holland.

Practical music making is on offer with renowned soprano Emma Kirkby, the Aurora Wind Ensemble and James Weeks, one of Britain’s most inventive young composers.

Throughout June 2014, the Stroud area is celebrating the centenary of Laurie Lee of Cider with Rosie fame. Lee knew Hawkwood well and his influence is honoured by Kevan Manwaring of the Cotswold Word Centre, a new initiative that offers a platform for all word-based culture in the region. “Gloucestershire has a fantastic literary heritage including Laurie Lee, the Dymock poets, George Orwell and others as well as a buzzing contemporary scene. There must be something in the water as there are so many writers, artists, musicians, therapists, actors, ecologists, publishers, and visionaries here. There could be no better home for this project than the stunning holistic education centre of Hawkwood,” he says.

Please visit the website for more information www.hawkwoodcollege.co.uk or phone for the current brochure Tel. 01453 759034

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