Creative Workshops

Inspired by Nature

Our creative collaborations guarantee a warm welcome, a gentle dose of mindful creativity, unlimited cuppas and delicious food inspired by seasonal and local ingredients.

Mindful Creativity Beneath The Trees

Our experiences begins with a gentle meander up to our woodland glen, where we’ll be spending the day beneath the trees.


After a restorative brew, Surrey Art School founder Ellie Green will guide you through a creative session inspired by the seasons.


Our creative collaborations include either :

  • a delicious seasonal and locally inspired two-course meal
  • a selection of wildly inspired baked treats


.. and of course, copious pots of tea and coffee, freshly brewed over our open fires. 

in collaboration with

Our creative sessions are led by Surrey Art School founder, Ellie Green, who runs a Seasonal Art School inspired by Nature and rooted in Mindfulness.

Ellie’s teaching is beginner friendly, using materials that are eco-kind and with a mission to help you re-kindle your creative spark, no matter how long it’s been since you picked up a pencil or held a paintbrush.


Classes are meditative in nature and packed with tips and techniques that will make you feel calmer and more confident in your creative abilities.

Find out more about Surrey Art School.

Woodland Setting

Our experiences take place beneath the trees in a beautiful woodland glen.

Small Groups

Keeping it intimate, with a maximum of 16 guests per course.

Experienced Tutors

Led by our Surrey Art School founder, Ellie Green, and a selection of talented local creatives.

Seasonally Inspired

We offer a range of themes inspired by the seasons and the natural world around us.

Join us in the woods

- 2024 Dates Coming Soon -

Foraged Basket Weaving & Woodland Lunch

Friday 20th October 2023
10:00am - 3:00pm

Join us in the woods this Autumn for a wildly and creatively inspired day celebrating the wonders of the great outdoors.


We will be welcoming local artist Emily Chilvers, who will introduce you to the world of coiled basketry, a technique typically known as the ‘foragers’ style, an ancient and versatile technique that is used worldwide.


Combined with wooden bases and a range of natural and coloured raffia, Emily will then show you how to produce different textures and patterns into your weaving to create a small mat or basket.


As part of the day, you’ll enjoy a seasonal lunch, an autumn foraging walk and freshly brewed hot drinks and sweet treats. You’ll also receive a starter kit containing enough material to continue weaving at home as the addictive rhythm of the weave draws you in!

£85 per person

Customer Testimonials

“A friend and I were lucky enough to go to one of the Salt Box's outdoor art and lunch events when it was open a few weeks ago. We really enjoyed the day, great tutoring and a delicious lunch cooked over an open fire. The team were oozing with enthusiasm and passion for what they do - it's catching!"
Jane S.
“"I had a fabulous morning, we enjoyed a walk through the sunlit woods to participate in a fun, creative drawing and painting workshop led by the talented Ellie - founder of Surrey Art School. This culminated in a delicious Salt Box lunch and and scrumptious pudding. Thank you for hosting a truly magical experience - we look forward to visiting again."
Natalie J.
“Attended a lunch and botanical painting morning in collaboration with Surrey Art School. Really fabulous event, delicious food. Amazing setting! Thoroughly recommend - what a treat!"
Naomi F.

Further Details

Our Woodland Classroom

You’ll find us on the Priory Farm Estate in the village of South Nutfield in Surrey. Our woodland classroom is a 5 minute walk (uphill) from our barn, where we gather before our day in the woods begins.

Beneath the trees, you’ll find our tipi and wooden shelter to keep us dry in the event of wet weather.

Who is it suitable for?

Our creative courses are suitable for all. Surrey Art School's teaching methods are beginner friendly, their materials are eco-kind and their mission is to help you re-kindle your creative spark, no matter how long it’s been since you picked up a pencil or held a paintbrush.

This course is suitable for guests aged 14+.

For experiences including a meal, please note our menus are Vegetarian. Gluten free options available upon request.