The Christmas Retreat

Beacons Creative Retreats invites you to Christmas at Gliffaes…

We are thrilled to announce a mini-retreat, providing you with an opportunity to immerse yourself in creative gift making for Christmas – it’s up to you whether or not you keep your creations, or, if you can bear to part with them, give them as presents!

Wreaths, Robins and Botanical Gin:

Join us on December 2nd and 3rd at a unique event, designed to get you into the Christmas spirit in the best possible way – by making things!
You will learn:

How to make your own beautiful Christmas wreath, using natural materials, with expert florist Fran Phillips of La-Di-Dardy Flowers.
Fran specialises in using flowers and foliage that she has either grown in her own garden or foraged from the lanes and hedgerows around her home in Llangattock.
The resulting wreaths are works of art, as well as heirloom pieces, which you will be able to use again and again, adding fresh ingredients each year.

How to make your own botanical gin blend with author and forager Adele Nozedar.
First, learn how tinctures are made, and then play with a large selection of ingredients, some local, some exotic, to make your own unique gin or vodka blend – including a 300ml bottle to take home.

How to make a characterful Christmas Robin, with textile artist, Emma Bevan, of FfolkyFfelt.
Emma will guide you in making a lovely needle-felted Christmas robin to grace your Christmas tree for years to come!
Using needle felt techniques, and ethically sourced wool, it is likely your robin may well end up as a permanent fixture – not just for Christmas! All materials will be supplied.

You will be warmly welcomed, given wonderful food, fabulous workshops, and enjoy meeting fellow guests and tutors.

What to expect:

Arrive at 3.30pm on December 2nd , enjoy an afternoon coffee, then settle in with a cocktail as you take part in the Botanical Gin workshop (which will take 1.5 hours), followed by a three-course dinner at 7.15pm.

On Thursday, enjoy breakfast between 8:00am – 9:30am, check out and leave your luggage at Reception, before heading off to your first workshop of the day at 10:00am. Lunch is at 1:00pm, with the final workshop starting at 2:00pm.
You will each participate in two workshops; in one session you will make a natural festive wreath. In the second session, you will create a needle-felted robin.
All workshops are suitable for all skill levels.

The day finishes at 5:00pm, and as an added bonus, it just happens to be late Christmas shopping in the gorgeous town of Crickhowell, less than a mile away, a perfect opportunity to find some handmade gifts following your Creative Retreat.

Choose the room you’d like via the Gliffaes website and book directly.

Cost of workshops is £150, for which we need a £75 deposit; details of how to book the workshops and pay your deposit, can be found by clicking here.

You are very welcome to book a longer stay, leading up to, or either side of, the Retreat… simply call the hotel, who will be able to help you.

Directions and Map can be found by clicking here

Any questions? Please Email Us


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