A few years back your only option to take a creative course outside of formal education would have been taking a night class at your local college. (I remember taking one myself in Quark Express many moons ago!) These days, the opportunities to feed your creative soul alongside like-minded people are abundant, with all crafts and skills being catered for. Some are much more comprehensive than just a few hours after work, and in fact whisk you away for a few days in a beautiful location, to fully immerse yourself in the lifestyle and connect more deeply with your 'tribe'. We've rounded up a few workshops and retreats that we think you should definitely consider for this summer....
SISTERHOOD - Thursday 22nd June – Sunday 25th June 2017 / Fforest Camp, Cardigan, Wales
Hosted by Lou Archell of Little Green Shed, Sisterhood is a biannual retreat for women, allowing you to disconnect from the digital world and connect with your creativity, experience a slice of 'slow living', while spending time with other women you are guaranteed to gel with over delicious suppers and candlelight.
This year's event, held in a beautiful setting on the Welsh coast, will allow you to truly escape the rat race, while simultaeously inspiring you for when you do return to daily life. Sessions include: Morning Yoga with Melanie Barnes, Wild Swimming with Flora Jamieson, Kokedama with Emma Rice and Fire side book club with 91's very own deputy editor Laura Pashby.
Pricing starts at £560, and includes 3 nights accommodation, all meals plus tea and coffee on tap, all workshops & sessions. To book visit: Sisterhood Camp
MODERN CRAFT / BOTANICAL WORKSHOPS FROM KIN - Sunday 16th July 2017 - 11:00am-5:00pm / The Forge, Bristol
Kin Workshops were conceived by two creatives from different vocations - Grace May, a florist and Rosie Harbottle, an illustrator - whose talents and skills compliment and combine perfectly to host workshops which explore more than one creative pursuit. The day, split into two halves focuses firstly on floral techniques, where Grace teaches how to construct a beautiful crown of flowers. In the afternoon, Rosie leads a painting workshop inspired by your botanical creation.
Grace and Rosie also hosted a retreat in Marrakesh just last week, so this workshop is a chance to get a taster of what you might find at future retreats they might have in the pipeline. We imagine it will be a day full of Instagram photo ops!
The day workshop costs £145 and includes a seasonal lunch served by The Forge, and all materials are included. To book visit: Kin Workshops
WOMEN WHO CREATE - CREATIVE BUSINESS WEEKEND - Friday 9th June 2017 at 6:30pm - Sunday 11th June 2017 at 10:00pm / The Forge, Bristol
It appears fab Bristol venue The Forge has all the best events this summer! In June they will host a full weekend, run by Women Who Create - a community and platform for creative women. The two days will be packed with creative inspiration, relaxation, confidence building, slow crafting and business/career motivation, and is aimed at women at any stage in their creative career.
Covering a range of aspects involved in running a creative business, sessions include: stress and anxiety management, business clarity and creative visioning and even plant propagation and garden crafts - for when you just need to unwind.
The ticket price includes a welcome drink and welcome pack, all sessions, lunch, snacks and tea and coffee. Full price is £260 but 91 readers can take advantage of a special discount to receive £30 off - Simply book here and use code 91VIP.
THE MAKELIGHT RETREAT - Friday 23rd June - Sunday 25th June 2017 / Talton Lodge, Warwickshire
Makelight duo, Emily Quinton and Stef Lewandowski extend their creative and business offering to a weekend spent in the English countryside near Stratford-upon-Avon. Focusing on three key areas, Creativity - Growth - Balance, attendees will learn and gather inspiration through workshops, talks and mentoring sessions.
You'll get to enjoy the great outdoors in the comfort of some cool teepees, yurts and a cosy barn, along with lots of country walks, chat, tasty food and relaxation. The cost for the weekend is £695 but 91 readers can get 20% off with the code 91magazine. Book your place here.
We'd love to hear if you attend any of these events! If you do and would like to write about your experience on the 91 blog, please get in touch!