Hawkwood’s Seed Festival
celebrates courageous climate leadership,
creative expression and innovation
in partnership with our natural world

∇ Climate Leaders Change-Makers 

Speakers Activists Artists Films

Musicians ∇  Poets  Connectors

Facilitators  ∇  Family Fun ∇  More

Hawkwood’s Seed Festival – Charity no. 311767

Action is the theme of the 2019 Hawkwood’s Seed Festival as we ride the wave of change!

We are at a crossroads, and with growing environmental and political challenges around the world there has perhaps never been a more crucial time to come together and act with our future, and the planet in mind.


We hope you enjoyed Hawkwood’s Seed Festival as much as we did! 
We would love to hear your feedback on the whole festival what you enjoyed and how we can improve!
Here is the link : http://bit.ly/seedfeedback19 
By filling out the feedback form you will be entered into a draw to win a weekend course at Hawkwood.

Thank you for joining in on Zero Waste experiment
By bring your own plates and cups or hiring them from LOOP it reaped simply remarkable results!!!!
800+ people onsite over the weekend waste:

  • We recycled 12 glass bottles which were brought onto site,  2 bins of cans, 2 bin bags of recyclable plastics and 1 large bin of cardboard waste, mostly packaging for our supplies….
  • Food waste was minimal and composted on site
  • We only had 2 small bin bags of non recyclables 
  • On our bar, we provided kegs of beer and cider and wine was served from a box (which is being recycled)
  • Our brand new compost loos did the rest….

We feel that everyone who came to Hawkwood’s Seed Festival are Change Makers
whether you came as an attendee, to offer your gifts as a contributor, stall holder or volunteer
you were a part of a BIG and crucial conversation at a time when the tide is turning
and YOU as a change maker are very much a part of that wave of change
so thank you and lets keep up the good work!

With over 100 contributors, workshops, activities and exhibitions over the weekend, Hawkwood’s Seed Festival (Charity no. 311767) provides a fertile ground for festival-goers to explore their own personal connection to the earth and the challenges of environmental change through music, poetry, debate, nature and community connection.

Celebrating and protecting our environment is central to the ethos of Hawkwood and our grounds with onsite biodynamic farm, woodland, natural spring and gardens provide an ideal setting for planting big ideas. We are proud to organise and host this weekend in partnership with Seed Idea that acts as a catalyst for action, activism and creative expression.


2017’s huge line-up, included BBC’s Bruce Parry, Caroline Lucas, Tim Smit and Rob Hopkins, plus world-class music from Rising Appalachia, Ganda Boys, Seize the Day’s Shannon Smy, and BBC and Radio 4 Poet Matt Harvey, Chris Paradox and more.

In 2013 and 2017 Hawkwood’s Seed Festival featured Charles Eisenstein, Mac Macartney, Satish Kumar, Scilla Elsworthy, Polly Higgins, Juliet Davenport, Nigel Shaw & Caroline Hillyer, Sika, Seize the Day and much more.

Hawkwood - Centre for Future Thinking

Our vision is about creating the world we want for now and our future. We are a place that convenes people and organisations from many disciplines in support of creative endeavour, a flourishing society and a sustainable environment.

Planting Big Ideas

 Hawkwood’s beautiful setting with its biodynamic farm, country house, natural spring, gorgeous grounds and woodlands allow people to relax and be nourished in nature. 

Inspiring Speakers

Charles Eisenstein – Sacred Economics • Caroline Lucas & Natalie Bennett – Green Party Leader • Jonathon Porritt – Forum for the Future • Scilla Elworthy – Rising Women, Rising World • Satish Kumar – Resurgence • Polly Higgins – Ecocide •  Mac Macartney – Embercombe and so many more

Hawkwood Programme

Hawkwood is an ethical centre providing courses, facilitating training and offering venue hire, set in a beautiful location in the Cotswolds.

Hawkwood - Home away from Home

Whether your visting for a conference, enjoying a course, hiring it as a venue or simply chilling out at Rest-ival, Hawkwood is an inspiring and warm hearted home away from home.


Our vision is to create a better world for now and for the future. We bring together people and organisations from many backgrounds in support of creative endeavour, a flourishing community and a sustainable environment.

We deliver three exceptional programmes:

A Place to Grow – a rich and varied educational programme that welcomes high profile, exceptional leaders and tutors to run courses in the areas of arts, well-being leadership and sustainability.

A Place to Create – we provide a cultural hub in the heart of the Cotswolds supporting artistic professionals and social entrepreneurs of all ages working with local, regional and national organisations.

A Place for Conversation – we provide  a space for people to explore pressing issues for society and our environment. In collaboration with world leaders in social change, we are working to create a valuable community resource that supports bold ideas for a creative and flourishing society. 

We are committed to caring for the environment and strive to be ethical and thoughtful in all aspects of our work.

Seed Festival – Planting Big Ideas is one of our inspirational events programmed in collaboration with Seed Idea encouraging ethical living and inspiring action in support of climate justice.

Come and join us at Hawkwood!

Finding and be Fuelled by your Deep WHY

When my clients connect passionately to their deepest WHY they tap into a vast and rich vein of energy and enthusiasm. Arriving with their initial idea I take them on an unorthodox journey through my creative toolkit to make this fledging idea more rich and robust, so it has a chance to thrive amidst the external pressures of life.

It doesn’t matter what their project is, they’re encourage to explore it as a painting, an opera, a stand-up, a cause and more – all unearth different treasures. It’s the opera though, that connects them to their WHY as they allow the emotion to move unedited and the more total the expression, the deeper dive into their WHY.

For me my WHY is simple. I Ignite Change-Makers, not just for them or me, but for the sake of us all. It lites me up when they connect with their passion project, embody their brilliance, transform their calling into a business and have the impact they long for. If everyone in the world were doing what they LOVE 24/7 the world would change. I’m not talking about a fluffy love but Love as a muscle. For me the Seed Festival is about Loves’ role in the Eco-Movement, as fear simply doesn’t work. So lets take action to protect what we Love, fuelled by a deep passionate WHY!

Victoria Whelan – Seed Idea


We are working towards being a ‘zero waste’ event, walking our talk and becoming more ‘eco’. This year we have invested in compost loos, hybrid renewable energy, water bottle refill points and wash stations. The goal is to get everyone involved and taking action together to make the festival the most environmentally friendly it can be. So bring your favourite mug, a bowl or plate, cutlery and we will serve your food to your plate, then make new friends at the washing up stations. 

Dont worry if you forget use LOOP who are a conscious start-up bringing real plates, cutlery and mugs to festivals and events with the aim of offsetting single-use alternatives. For only £2.50 you can hire an enamelware deep plate, enamelware mug, knife, fork & spoon for the entire weekend. Book now!

Embercombe is wilding!

Not the big-acre rewilding, but wilding for people, wilding on a human scale. What happens when we lift the fences in our valley, allow animals to roam free, bring back one or two of the ancient species that once lived here?
And what happens when we spend time around the fire, when we watch the sunset together and wake up to birdsong? How does this inform our place in the world?
Come to learn and to debate, to camp and recharge yourself, or come to hire our venue.
We have exciting new course and events – See you beyond the fence!

“Nature shrinks as capital grows. The growth of the market cannot solve the very crisis it creates.”
Vandana Shiva

“It is difficult to get a man to understand something, when his salary depends upon his not understanding it!” 
Naomi Klein 

“This is probably the most difficult task we have ever given ourselves, which is to intentionally transform the economic development model, for the first time in human history.”
Christiana Figueres

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