I’m intrigued with many of the workshops that have been popping up everywhere lately. From floral design to pottery making, they are very specialized and cater to a growing market of people interested in tapping into their creative side with hands-on experiences. They’re sophisticated, too, taught by leaders in their respected fields and often in unique locations. Take a look at some of my favorites:
Floral workshops taught by family run Floret Flower, above, are incredibly popular and sell out quickly. In the three-day class, there’s access to the private Floret’s fields, greenhouses and cutting gardens with seasonal blooms to select from. Expect to learn cutting edge techniques for creating artistic arrangements, centerpieces, and bouquets.
For the more ambitious and perhaps aspiring floral designer, there’s a three-day event from Sentient that looks incredible, but will set you back $2850. However, that includes lodging and meals. You’ll receive one-on-one mentoring, three styled shoots for a portfolio and a wealth of professional design knowledge. At the very least, peruse their beautiful and inspiring site.
Then, there’s an incredible workshop in England by Sarah Winward “where you will forage for dramatic branches, work with flowers grown on the farm and design your own giant urn after a light lunch under the apple trees in the orchard”. Yes, please.
If I lived on the East Coast, I’d be all over Farmhouse Pottery‘s wheel workshop. They offer both an intimate Clay Date with “wine, cheese & mud” for couples and a Barn Event for larger groups. How fun would that be?
There’s a Modern Calligraphy class taught by Laura Hooper whose work has been published in numerous magazines, including Martha Stewart Weddings, Town & Country Weddings and The Knot, among others. These classes are taught all over the U.S. and Canada with a schedule here.
I’ll end with the appropriately titled Summer Splendor class from Little Flower School, a day long floral arranging and painting course taking place on Martha’s Vineyard at the 250-year-old Tea Lane Farm. The morning starts in the property’s stone barn for the painting session followed by an afternoon in Tea Lane’s open air studio with views of surrounding pastures and grazing sheep. There’s a catered lunch in between prepared by James Beard award-winning cookbook author and chef Christopher Fischer. It sounds heavenly.
There are more, too, such as the following workshops in various cities. They all look like they would be a day well spent. If you’d like to suggest any others, please let me know in the comments.
Source: top photo: Floret Flowers