An intimate, creative getaway for aspiring female letterers

4-6 October 2019

Haworth, West Yorkshire

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A perfectly planned weekend to escape to the beautiful Yorkshire moors giving you the headspace to learn and create, enjoy lovely company and feast on delicious food.

Leave behind the to-do lists and busyness of life and join me for two days planned around my beginners calligraphy and lettering workshops. You’ll be joined by a small group of like-minded women to take the time to slow down, recharge and learn something new. We’ll be warmly hosted by Weavers Guesthouse, a 4* bed and breakfast of which we’ll have exclusive use for the weekend- positioned right on Haworth’s famous cobbled street and literally steps from the Brontë Parsonage. Myself along with the owners of Weavers Guesthouse, Brendan and Josie, have designed a perfectly balanced itinerary. Every detail has been thought of, so just pack a bag, bring a friend and we’ll take care of the rest.

Brontë Country | Moors

what to expect

A lovely and unique two days in the heart of Brontë Country designed to give you the creative headspace you need to learn and create and just go slow.

We’ll begin each day with delicious cooked breakfast followed by a three-hour workshop.

After Saturday’s workshop, we’ll have lunch and then you can choose how to spend your afternoon. Have a wander down Haworth’s cobbled street, or take a walk on the moors or visit the Brontë Parsonage (tickets provided!). I’ll also be holding one-to-one sessions that you can book for feedback and guidance.

We’ll come together again in the evening to wine and dine and enjoy each other’s company. Weavers’ owner, Brendan, is a very talented trained chef and his food is delish! Late night wine chats are absolutely welcome.

Following Sunday’s workshop and lunch, you are free to continue exploring Haworth, peruse my calligraphy supplies shop, or use the space and time to continue practicing.



create space to create

Practicing calligraphy and lettering is such a wonderful way to clear your mind, calm any anxieties and focus on one thing at a time. Take this chance to really take yourself away, enjoy the workshops and also enjoy the added bonus of not having to rush off after a workshop is finished.

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The Plan

Friday 4th October

Check-in Friday afternoon from 3:30pm.

At 7pm, we will be enjoying welcome drinks and an informal light supper, which is optional. Here you’ll receive your welcome bags full of goodies. Enjoy a glass of wine and meet some of your fellow attendees before heading to bed ready for a full day ahead. 

Saturday 5th October

Start the day with a home-cooked breakfast, made from delicious, locally-sourced fare. 

After breakfast, I will teach my first workshop, Introduction to Modern Calligraphy. This workshop will introduce you to the basics of modern calligraphy, how to use your tools and we’ll go through the entire alphabet. Then we’ll move onto creating words, sentences and learn tips to create your own modern calligraphy style.

We will have lunch together and you will have the afternoon to spend how you wish. Explore the Brontë Parsonage, wander through Haworth’s famous cobbled streets or take your self off for a walk on the local moors. Feel free to take the time and space to continue practicing your calligraphy or have a nap- whatever you need! I’ll also be holding one-to-one sessions which you can book to ask any calligraphy questions, seek guidance or see more demonstrations.

We’ll come back together in the evening for a relaxing sit-down meal, family style, to talk about the day, have a laugh and continue building friendships we’ve made so far.

Sunday 6th October

We’ll start the day again with another yummy breakfast, followed by my Watercolour Brush Lettering Workshop. Add another skill and style to your creative tool belt. This workshop teaches you how to use a round brush to create calligraphy and lettering styles and we’ll be playing in colourful watercolours. I’ll go through ways to change up the style of your lettering and show you step-by-step how to create your own watercolour artwork.

After the workshop, we will have lunch together. If you need to head off, not to worry, you can take a pack lunch to go.

You will need to check out of your room by 2:30pm, but Brendan and Josie are happy to keep your bags safe if you’d like to continue exploring Haworth or use the time to practice your new lettering skills.


what’s included

This is an all-inclusive two day retreat for aspiring female letterers and we’ve designed it to give you a perfect balance of time to create, explore and recharge. We have taken care of almost everything so you can just pack a bag and come meet us!

what’s included in your ticket

  • Accommodation | Two nights stay in the welcoming Weavers Guesthouse. Choose from standard or deluxe single or you can share a room with a classmate. Book with a friend or we can match you up with another guest.

  • Meals and Drinks | Welcome drinks and light supper on Friday night, continental and cooked breakfast both mornings, tea, coffee, refreshments available throughout the day, lunch on Saturday and Sunday and Saturday evening meal with 2 glasses of wine (enough to relax but keep your mind fresh).

  • Workshop Materials | You will be provided with all the materials you need for both workshops and you’ll be able to take it all home with you.

  • Welcome Bag | including local goodies

  • One ticket to The Brontë Parsonage Museum

What’s NOT included in your ticket:

  • Travel and transport to and from Haworth

    • Keighley Train Station is 10 minutes away by taxi (£6-£7)

  • Parking | Costs £4 for 24 hours

  • Any extras | There are nibbles and drinks available for purchase should you wish. Additional wine is also available to purchase, but to get the most out of the weekend, we recommend keeping a clear head. ;)

  • Extra supplies | There will be a small shop of calligraphy supplies if you’d like to make any purchases.


Room Options

Weavers Guesthouse has been booked out for the weekend for our exclusive use. The retreat is limited to 8-11 attendees, depending on which accommodation options are booked first. Booking is first come first served. All rooms have ensuite bathrooms and the options are as follows:

  1. Standard Single Occupancy | £300 per person

    For one person in a double bed.

  2. Deluxe Single Occupancy | £350 per person

    For one person in a double bed, this is a large suite-style room.

  3. Double Occupancy | £250 per person

    For two people sharing a double bed, this is a large suite-style room. Book with a friend.

  4. Shared Occupancy | £275 per person

    This is for two people in two separate twin beds. Book with a friend or we can pair you up with a fellow guest.


weavers guesthouse haworth

Weavers Guesthouse, located in Haworth, is in the heart of beautiful Brontë Country. With the Pennine Way on their doorstep and a charming village steeped in Victorian history to explore; Haworth is the perfect spot to spend a relaxing and reflective weekend. 

In peaceful surroundings, they are located within sight of the Brontë Parsonage Museum and the historic cobbled Haworth Main Street is just a minute's walk away. Equally, walk just few minutes in the opposite direction and you can be on the moors, away from everything and everyone.

Their love of food, hospitality and design is making Weavers what it is today. Although constantly evolving, they have refurbished the house with a creative nod to the building's past and have been sympathetic to the influence of historic Haworth, all the while keeping in mind modern comforts and amenities.


It’s important to note that this retreat has its own terms and conditions. Weavers Guesthouse normal terms and conditions do not apply, so please make sure you read and understand these before you book.

Cancellation Policy

The cancellation policy applies regardless of circumstances, so please make sure you read, understand and agree before booking. No full refunds will be given. Refunds for the retreat in the event of a cancellation on your part will be as follows:

5 weeks or less before the retreat: no refund

8 weeks or less before the retreat: 50% refund

More than 8 weeks before the retreat: 80% refund

Cancellation on our part

Due to the nature of this event, there is a minimum number of bookings required. Should the event fail to book the required amount and we have to cancel or we have to cancel for any other reason, you will be issued a full refund. However, we cannot be held responsible for other travel costs, such a train tickets, so please make sure you have travel insurance or have made provisions to cover for this. If there is a cancellation due to insufficient bookings this will be announced around the beginning of September 2019.


All of the retreat content, workshop material and other literature is protected copyright. Workshop materials are for personal use only. In other words, you may not copy or distribute it, that is stealing.


frequently asked questions

How many people will be attending?

We have exclusive use of Weavers Guesthouse for the weekend which have 6 rooms. The maximum  number of attendees will be 8-11 depending on which accommodation options are booked first as they are first come, first served.

Is this retreat for women only?

Yes. My workshops and classes are open to both men and women, but this retreat has been designed for women creatives only.

If I book a single occupancy room, can I bring someone along that doesn’t attend the workshops?

No. This is to insure we maintain the integrity and atmosphere we have designed for this event. We want to make sure you get the best time away to focus and recharge and build good relationships and much of this happens during the time outside of the workshops.

Can I join, but stay somewhere else?

No. A integral part of this retreat is the community and relationships built during the times outside of workshops and that is really special. All guests will be staying at Weavers Guesthouse.

What’s the closest train station?

Keighley Train Station is about a 10 minutes drive away. 

I’ve never done any calligraphy or lettering before, will that be ok?

Absolutely, both of my workshops are designed to introduce you to the art of calligraphy and brush lettering.

I feel I’m beyond the beginners stage of my lettering journey, is this retreat beneficial for me?

The workshops planned for this retreat are designed for beginners. That being said, if you’ve never had any formal teaching in either one or both, then it may still be beneficial. It would be hard for me to say not seeing your work and the decision would be yours. In future, there may be other retreats aimed at intermediate lettering, watch this space.