The Four Elements Retreat: Pottery Experience

Wye Forest Retreats has collaborated with Hot Pot Pottery, The House of Bread and Way2Go Adventures to create two fantastic, creative learning and wellbeing retreats in the Dean Wye this year. The four elements of Earth, Air, Fire and Water have all been combined in perfect balance for a 7 day creative adventure and wellbeing experience.

Fun pottery, Eastnor Pottery, Forest of Dean
Fun pottery, Eastnor Pottery, Forest of Dean

The ‘Four Elements Retreat’ will include the creative and therapeutic effects of working with clay at Hot Pot Pottery. In a creative and contemplative manner, guests will be able to learn new skills in a relaxed environment by glazing and firing their own pottery pieces. Katie Winterborne at Hot Pot Pottery is keen to promote the therapeutic effects of pottery making. In the past Katie has run workshops for many groups including those living with dementia and their carers and has seen the therapeutic effects of working with clay.

The popular ‘Great Pottery Throw Down’ programme hosted by Sara Cox on the BBC which aired last Autumn, has resulted in an increase in general demand for classes and Hot Pot Pottery and interest in and admiration for the skills of potters which Katie is keen to bring into the Retreat programme.

pottery throwdown

The Retreats will begin with the popular pottery trial class format at Hot Pot Pottery but among other activities such as canoeing on the beautiful River Wye, natural mindfulness walks and special entry to some amazing local food and drink producers. Guests will also return to the studio a couple of times during the week to continue their clay work leading to glazing and firing.

The first 7 day long ‘Four Elements Retreat’ will be available from 24th June – 1st July 2016 followed by another from 7th October – 14th October 2016. For more information about the retreats or to book, click here.


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