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Check out these Sussex workshops that might just help you tackle those new year resolutions.

A new year is a time to reset and resolve. Many of us will be pledging to take better care of our wellbeing this year, or to learn a new skill. Here are some Sussex workshops and other opportunities that might just help you tackle those resolutions, from now right into 2020.

Arts and craft workshops 

Among the many arts and craft courses from short to full-time at West Dean College, near Chichester, are numerous one day workshops for beginners and improvers. Consider the likes of screen printing on fabric (23 Jan); making a felted ‘cobweb’ scarf (24 Jan); stone carving (25 Jan); introduction to Life Drawing (26 Jan) and jewellery making (29 Jan). Most cost under £150 and there are many more throughout spring. As a bonus, the college is set within the lovely West Dean Gardens.

Wellbeing workshops

Happy new you! There are numerous wellness retreats of a day or more coming up at characterful Brooklands Barn at Arundel, including Depression recovery (27 – 29 Jan), Mayura Detox and Cleanse (24 – 26 Jan), Pilates (31 Jan – 2 Feb) and Yoga and Meditation (7 – 9 Feb). There’s a Vegan Feast Cookery Workshop coming up in Feb when Toni, creator of will show you how to make family vegan staples including nut roast with homemade gravy, easy lasagne and scrummy chocolate brownies. There are plenty more courses too throughout spring and onwards.

Chocolate making

Learning how to create indulgent chocolates sounds like skills and wellbeing rolled into one! The next Noble and Stace chocolate-making workshops with availability are coming up at the The Artisan Bakehouse, Ashurst on Tues 28 Jan (and same venue Fri 13 March) – £115 per person, including tea, coffee, cake and a two-course lunch with wine. There a special Valentine’s masterclass too on Tues 11 Feb. There’s also a workshop at South Downs Centre, Midhurst on Wed 5 Feb £99 including tea or coffee. Have a fun experience and produce plenty of your own handcrafted chocs, truffles and bars to take home. Check out the Muddy review here.

Prints in the pub  

Kick off your creativity down the pub in 2020. Yes, we mean it, because The Globe Inn Marsh at Rye has one day art classes with expert tuition for groups of up to six coming up in January and February with local landscape artist Georgie Watson in the pub’s ’Hobbyist Room’. Draft designs from nature in the morning, then explore print techniques to turn them into finished art in the afternoon. From £95 per person including lunch, refreshments and all materials.

Time travel skills

Get back in time on a day school or longer course in traditional rural trades and crafts or historic building conservation at the Weald and Downland Living Museum at Singleton near Chichester.

Café chat

Live in Brighton? On Thurs 16 Jan get down to Kemptown’s Redroaster 14.30 to 16.30 and learn about Nutrition and Wellness from specialists as part of the cafe’s wellness week.

Flower power

Here’s a skill that could come in handy come Valentine’s Day. Rustle up your own flowers out of paper! Muddy award finalist petal and Bird specialises in clever paper bouquets. You can get along to a workshop yourself to learn how to make a paper peony (23 Jan or 29 March), paper roses (26 Feb), paper daffodils (25 March) and more into the summer. Or, with a minimum of four people, book a private workshop. Prices from £30.

Leonardslee Gardens has a Mothers’ Day-timed couple of floral workshops coming up in March – learn how to make a hand tied bouquet on Sat 21 March or a floral hat box on 22 March – or get Mum to have fun making her own!

Baking workshops

Tasty small group workshops coming up at The Artisan Bakehouse include introductions to sourdough (Feb); breadmaking (March); Irish baking (March); Easter baking, pastry making and chocolate making (April).

Crafty clutches

A chance to craft your own clutch from leather is among workshops coming up from the experts at Wolfram Lohr in Hove. It’s all proper stuff, with some of the day-long lessons involving hand sewing and riveting. The next are on 24, 25 and 31 Jan.

Wellness Trail

Not a course, but a chance for some time out. In our increasingly busy and connected lives, it’s more important than ever to take time out to just be in the moment with nature. From the first day of February into spring National Trust site Nymans, near Haywards Heath, will have signposts around the garden with inspiring words in suitable places for reflection. It’s part of a focus on wellbeing this year to tie in with the ongoing exhibition of Quentin Blake drawings as the artist also works with hospitals.

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