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Participate in a creative weekend that ignites your curiosity and opens new perspectives.

If you’re feeling that you’d like a fresh, creative alternative for a weekend away, we provide an experience that will be developmental, unusual and interesting. The weekend will be rooted in nature and will cover exploration of place and landscape utilising the outdoors, photography and literature.

At the southern end of the beautiful Llanthony Valley in the Black Mountains stands Llwyn Celyn, a Grade 1 listed building and historically an exceptionally important house. Recently restored by The landmark Trust at a cost of £4.2m it is a very special building. It was built in 1420 on the lands of the Llanthony Priory and is a very rare survival. The site also houses a small museum and has hosted artists in residence during its restoration.

Element’s Sense of Place weekend uses this ancient homestead as an inspiring base to explore the physical and cultural landscape through a blend of creativity, adventure and curiosity. You should leave stimulated, enthused and enriched with new connections and we hope ‘buzzing from it all’! Read more here:

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A Sense of Place: A Creative Weekend Workshop in a Stunning Location

October 12 & 13This is a creative weekend workshop at a beautiful Landmark Trust house in the Black Mountains near Abergavenny . It's a wonderful weekend of connection and creativity. It will stimulate your curiosity and open new perspectives. Please read the full details here where you can see more photos and where you can also book: https://element-active.co.uk/a-sense-of-place/ This was what the last group said: “Sensational – exceeded all my expectations. Open, warm and welcoming … challenging, encouraging and joyous results” Glyn “Excellent presenters, both very present … Ruth tunes into people very well and gives thoughtful feedback” “Intriguing, enlightening, empowering” “Delicious food, home cooked, nutritious, fresh sourdough bread and wine for those staying on … Thoughtful.” “I felt immediately at ease and comfortable.” “Course content well thought out – balanced well – not too prescriptive, educational with room for sharing.” “I felt very grateful to have been part of it all – I really liked the things that happened around the edges” “These workshops pushed me to think in different ways. Both facilitators were excellent and innovative.” Louise If you have any questions please email: [masked]

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