Bedales, Dunhurst and Dunannie parents are invited to celebrate the start of Spring and shake off any lingering wintery hibernation feelings with our parents' events organised around the Spring Equinox week.

To book any of the events, please email


Monday 16 March – Sourdough and Bread Baking Workshop with Sarah Raisbeck (FULLY BOOKED)

Sarah Raisbeck is a professional baker whose bread-making is something of a local legend; the queues outside her monthly pop-up sales at her home near Bedales are testament to her popularity. Sarah trained at Tante Marie where she was 'Student of the Year'.  Sarah was awarded Gold in The World Bread Awards for her Country Sourdough and best in class for the Real Bread Campaign category (2016). She bakes twice a week, selling locally, as well as holding her monthly pop up bakery from her home.   

Join us for a day at Sarah’s home (ten minutes from Bedales) and learn how to manage your sourdough starter, make a basic sourdough loaf (baking one on the day, and taking a second home to bake the next morning), make focaccia, rye bread and ciabatta using your sourdough starter and learn how to get the best results from your home oven. You will take everything that you have baked home as well as some of Sarah’s own sourdough starter.

Lunch will be provided and will include a savoury flatbread, fermented krauts, sauces and salad. We will finish with a selection of Sarah’s patisserie and tea and coffee.

No prior baking experience is necessary, just a keenness to bake. All you need to bring is an apron, a bag to take your bread home in and to arrive promptly as there is lots to do! Coffee and tea on arrival.

Timing: 9.30am-4pm

Price:  £135

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Tuesday 17 March – Bedales Art Studio Creative Workshop

The Bedales Art Department is the envy of many schools and indeed art colleges. Come and join us in the art studios for a day with our talented art teachers who will be joined by artist Matthew Rice, Bedales' Chairman of Governors. Over three sessions you will learn a range of new printing, ceramic, sculpting, drawing and water colour skills. 

Session 1: Chemigrams, Cyanotypes and Direct Printing Workshop

Session 2: Choose either Raku Firing and Surface Designing using Slips or Creating Your Own 3D Portrait Masks

Session 3: Choose either Drawing from Observation Workshop or Strong Watercolour Workshop

Chemigrams, Cyanotypes and Direct Printing 

Explore ways of creating images made through exposure by ultra violet light or chemicals onto light sensitive photographic paper. This process fuses painting and photography through ‘chemistry’ without a camera and in full light. Blueprints of distinctively shaped objects are transferred to pre-prepared paper coated with a mix of iron compounds to create cyanotypes photograms. Create unique imagery using our iconic flatbed cylindrical etching press.  

Raku Firing and Surface Designing using Slips

Raku is a low-fire process which involves removing wares from the kiln while at heat and placing them into combustible materials. Once the materials ignite, the containers are closed and a reduction atmosphere is created. The drastic thermal shock produces a range of exciting surfaces.

In this session you will have the opportunity to explore a range of glaze application methods and experiment with surface design using slips. You will have the chance to observe the firing as work goes through the kiln and the combustion process during the session.  The decorated slabs can then be used to make tiles or slab-built pots.

Creating Your Own 3D Portrait Masks 

Use earthstone clay to create a sight-sized life mask of yourself or a member of your family. This technique draws on traditional practices that Bedales has been perfecting for several years. Please come with four pictures of the portrait of your choice: a direct passport style view, both sides of the profile and a three-quarters view, to provide information for a more accurate outcome. Once it dries fully (in approximately 3 weeks) the portrait mask will be fired and you will have the choice of finishing using a copper oxide or a glaze. If you can’t return to complete this part, we can do this for you, or you may take the mask on the day.

Drawing from Observation Workshop 

In this session we will consider different approaches to observational drawing with Bedales Head of Art, Daniel Preece. Daniel will take you through a variety of processes and media that will question your perceptual approach to understanding the world around you. The group will engage in exploring the formal element of visual language through line, shape, pattern, tone and composition. These exercises will be fun and challenging. By the end of the session you will have made a series of drawings using different approaches and media around the same theme.

Strong Watercolour Workshop

Matthew Rice is a designer, painter, illustrator and writer as well as an Old Bedalian and Bedales' Chairman of Governors. He has designed furniture, pottery, calendars and glass, illustrated for magazines and books and has worked in watercolour every day since he was in Block 4 at Bedales.  He will bring some pieces to look at and talk for twenty minutes about artists who break down the ‘old lady’ reputation of the technique and then will share, help, explain and teach you some tricks. Matthew says: “Watercolour is the easiest medium to work with but it’s worth learning some tricks. How to be bold and confident with a paint box small enough to be back in your bag in two hours."

Maximum numbers: 20 guests (please indicate your preferences for the two workshops when signing up; spaces will be filled up on a 'first come, first served' basis).

Timing: 9.45am-5.30pm

Price:  £85 (to include all materials, lunch and refreshments).

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Wednesday 18 March – Block Printing Workshop with Yateley Papers, South West London

Bedales parent Victoria Bonham Carter is kindly hosting a Block Printing Workshop with Yateley Papers at her home in South West London. Yateley Papers was born out of a shared passion for both traditional block-printing techniques and a love for utterly gorgeous home accessories. Their collections are made using a careful balance of traditional techniques, creating designs that are timeless and classic, celebrating the union of colour and pattern.

Under the expert tutelage of Yateley Papers' Director, Trudi Savin, you will be guided through the fascinating process of hand block printing and then go on to create your own set of four linen napkins. There will be the opportunity to make and buy more if you have time.

The workshop will start with an informal introduction, quick demonstration and Q&A session with tea and coffee. Once you have chosen your blocks and colours you can plan your design and perfect your printing technique before printing your masterpiece.  

Lunch and tea will be provided; this will be a lovely opportunity to learn a new skill, exchange ideas and possibly make new friends! 

Numbers are limited to eight guests maximum.

Timing: 9.30am-4pm

Price:  £120

Victoria is generously donating all proceeds from the workshop to the John Badley Foundation.

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Thursday 19 March – Sauerkraut and Fermentation Workshop, South West London

Bedales parent Lucy Ogilvie-Grant studied at The London Fermentary where she learned to make delicious, healthy and nutritious fermented foods and sauces, and has since started her own company, Meon Kraut. Her produce is sold at local pop-ups, and can be delivered locally. 

Preserving food by fermentation is nothing new: cheese, sauerkraut, kimchi, sourdough bread and kombucha have been prepared this way for thousands of years.  Research into the health benefits is ongoing but what is known is that diet is one of the main influences on the human gut microbiota and that good food-ingested bacteria can be found in large numbers in fermented foods.  It’s generally agreed that consuming a wide-range of naturally produced cultured foods is beneficial for health and wellbeing.

Join us for a morning of krauting and fermenting.   Lucy will show us how to make a traditional sauerkraut and a hot fermented sauce/salsa to take away and give you the skills to make your own original fermented food at home.   We will end with a simple lunch which will include some fermented treats for you to try.   Do come along, fermenting is accessible, entertaining and delicious and your gut will thank you for taking the time to learn these new skills!

Numbers are limited to 10 guests.

Timing: 10.30am-2pm

Price:  £55

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Friday 20 March – Meditation Workshop with Laura Coleman

Bedales parent Laura Coleman is the founder of Be.Modern Meditation. She delivers talks, workshops and coaching, busting through the usual meditation myths with a science-based approach that works, no matter what your life looks like or what it throws at you. 

Her mission is to make meditation attainable, accessible and rewarding for everyone. She says: “I know from my own experience and from that of hundreds of clients I’ve worked with that meditation is a game changer.  This workshop is about more than learning to meditate, it’s about guiding you to a richer, more meaningful and engaged life that you can live wholeheartedly.” 

This will be an interactive and engaging day, numbers will be kept small so you can come away with a toolkit that suits you.  

  • How to meditate for fidgety sceptics: a modern practice that will work no matter what your life looks like (busy minds welcome)
  • How to make it happen in your actual life
  • How meditation can transform how you experience your life

To help you develop a meditation practice that works for you, participants will receive:

  • Downloadable recordings of the meditations used – so that you can listen to them at home or whenever, wherever you choose to meditate in future (also on a free app)
  • A free 30-minute coaching call to answer any questions and help you address any issues you experience in your meditation practice
  • Printable handouts of all the materials used in the workshop to refer to in the future

Timing: 9.30am-3.45pm

Venue: Local to Bedales

Price:  £75 (to include lunch).

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Saturday 21 March – Spring Equinox Pagan Stories Walk and Lunch with Hector and the Fox

Finish the Spring Equinox week by channelling your inner pagan with a guided Pagan Landscape Walk and lunch.

Step out into the ancient landscape surrounding Hector’s stunning Woolhouse Farm to discover hidden springs, ponds, Neolithic earthworks and the atmospheric Stedham Marsh.

Along the way, we will hear tales of the pagan nature deities once worshipped and venerated in the British Isles. 

After our exploration enjoy a hearty soup lunch along with Paulo’s cake in the kitchen at Woolhouse.  Waterproof footwear essential! 

Timing: 10am-1pm

Price:  £20 (to include soup, homemade bread, cake and drinks).

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Please book early to avoid disappointment. Confirmation of your booking will be sent on receipt of payment in full for the event. Should you need to cancel, we will refund your booking as long as we can find someone to take your place.

All bookings can be made by emailing