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THRIVE PROFESSIONAL COURSES for florists, students and the more adventurous flower lover!

... SUSPENDED DESIGNS ...                11 October 2017  £175.00                                               Full day workshop

Suspended designs look really awe-inspiring.  They are a stylish way to decorate venues – from tipis to barns and marquees.  We’ll look at several basic structures, discuss various fixing options and create a gorgeous array of designs, ready to wow your brides.  Whilst the demos will be on a larger scale, you’ll be able to make smaller versions of these, just perfect to take home and install them in your shop or studio area!

... IT'S ALL IN THE DETAIL ...              1 November 2017
£150.00                                                Full Day Workshop

Do you love creating intricate, detailed bridal work??  Then this workshop is just perfect for you.  We'll start by looking at a mix of really cool & versatile techniques and use these to form base frames.  Then we'll have fun decorating them to create truly stunning and unique bridal bouquets and accessories.

SYMPATHY DESIGNS                       23 November 2017
£175.00                                               Full Day Workshop 

I love creating natural, delicate, bespoke funeral designs that are free flowing, inspired by nature and personal to those who loved their garden or the natural world… so on this workshop, we’ll focus on just that – truly stunning spray designs, organically styled wreaths and posy designs.  Just beautiful.

WINTER WONDERS                          28 November 2017
£150.00                                                 Full Day Workshop

Do you just LOVE Christmas?… we do too, and want to share some fabulous festive designs to wow your customers – a frosty, luxuriant hand tied bouquet; lush table design packed full of seasonal treasures and a cute pick-up design, just perfect to get you inspired for the festive season.


TIEDS OF THE SEASON                   30 November 2017
£150.00                                                 Full Day Workshop

Hand-tieds should be fun, full of passion, style and interest.  On this workshop you’ll master the perfect technique, learn the importance of colour and texture within your work, incorporating some scrummy winter treasures, suculent berries, foliages and accessories.  We will encourage you to think outside the box and make your bouquets stand out from the crowd!  We’ll look at the mechanics of a delicious all-round bouquet design and get creative: designing frames and structures for more contemporary bouquets - we’ll look at some swish wrappings, too!

DECK THE HALLS                                5 December 2017
£150.00                                                Full Day Workshop

I love creating scrumptious table designs, door wreaths and bouquets for the festive season – full of winter delights – cinnamon sticks, cones, baubles, lush winter foliages, full of panache and elegance.  With a plethora of natural goodies, ribbons and sundries at your fingertips, festive treats, and some friends, come and enjoy some pre-Christmas cheer and create something amazing!

FASCINATING!                                         10 January 2018
£135.00                                                Full Day Workshop

Creating fun, stylish and totally wearable designs is something I love doing – come and learn how on this fab workshop.  We’ll look at some brilliant techniques for making gorgeous hair pieces, fascinators, necklaces and bracelets, using a beautiful medley of spring flowers.  A class for all levels and abilities… perfect for weddings, parties, proms and... just because!

SPRING BRIDAL                                    17 January 2018
£150.00                                                Full Day Workshop

Bring your bridal work bang up to date for 2018 with this fabulous workshop on which we’ll cover the latest techiques and trends in wedding work.  We’ll show you frameworks to make the most pretty bridal designs, plus deliciously delicate hairpieces, buttonholes and bridesmaid’s accessories. All materials are included.

SPRING SYMPATHY                               24 January 2018
£150.00                                                 Full Day Workshop

If you’re looking to develop your sympathy portfolio then this workshop is perfect for you.  We’ll create organically styled letters, a natural casket spray and shaped-based designs. We’ll look at the best materials for the job; the various bases available and the all-important construction methods involved.  We will use a variety of base types – natural, moss and foam so you can experiment as you wish!

 

THRIVE TESTIMONIALS:

Claire, Just a quick line to say a huge thank you for yesterday's workshop!  I've learnt some fab new skills and ideas, really looking forward to having a practice and being able to offer some really inspired designs to my customers.  Emma

"A truly knowledgeable person, I have done a couple of workshops and I have enjoyed each one very much thank you Claire for sharing your passion of flowers with me" Cheryl

Thank you so so much Claire for a wonderful workshop day - I enjoyed every minute of it!  Jennifer

Just a quick message to say that I really enjoyed the class yesterday and have learnt so many new ideas and techniques on the two workshops.  I have found them really inspiring and am certain to be back before too long. Claire

 I just wanted to let you know how much I enjoyed the workshop day and learning all the different designs and techniques.  It was also good to meet up with other florists and share their ideas. Lynn

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get creative with thrive!

Group workshop info:
We carefully select a plethora of beautiful flower and foliages for you to work with on our workshops - only top notch, best grade materials!! We're proud to be working closely with British growers too and have a gorgeous selection coming in throughout the year.

Our workshop fees include:

  • All flower materials, sundries and containers (as necessary) to complete the demonstrated designs.
  • Refreshments through the day and a lovely slice of cake.
  • A fantastic 10% off gifts, books and sundries from our shop on the workshop day itself.

What do I need to bring?
You will require your bas
ic workbox with tools, wires and tapes, but don't worry, we will forward you an "essentials" list on booking a course.  We also stock a fabulous range of tools and sundries, so you can borrow and / or buy them while you're at the workshop, too!

table arrangements from Thrive

Why choose Thrive floristry?! 
At Thrive floristry, we love to nuture your creativity.  You will be taught by Claire Cowling, RHS Chelsea Gold Medallist, author of five floristry books (and featured in lots more!) - who has over 20 years of experience in floristry and is passionate about sharing her skills and knowledge.  Claire is renowned in the floral world for her fine and intricate work, and will be sure to enthuse you!

Our stunning barn premises is a perfect, peaceful place to learn, situated in the beautiful rural Suffolk countryside, it is packed with gorgeous things to inspire you and get your creative juices flowing.

Unlike many flower schools, our classes are kept small (maximum of six students) so that you can gain as much as you can from your day and allowing Claire time to personally assist and advise you - it's almost like having a one to one!!

Our workshop area has plenty of natural light making it perfect for those intricate bits of wiring and getting your designs just right!

Refreshments are provided throughout the workshop, plus a slice of yummy cake.

We look forward to welcoming you soon.

Thrive workshop area

To Thrive and Flourish...
We love encouraging our students to thrive and flourish, so to help you on your way... book 5 full day workshops, get your 6th half price, book 10 full day workshops, get your 11th totally free!! Xx

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Timings:
Our full day floristry worksh
ops run from 9.30am until 4.30pm, with a break for lunch.
Half day workshops (marked HD) - am sessions run from 9.30am until 12.30pm and pm sessions from 1.30pm until 4.30pm.

all wired up bouquet

We aim to please...so if you'd love to attend a workshop day, but can't do the date shown, please get in touch - we may be able to add a date that you can make!

If you're interested in covering a specific area of floristry - please get in touch - we may be able to add a date to include it, or teach you privately in a one to one workshop day us.

 

 

Advanced Mechanics Workshop Leopoldo Gomez

At Thrive, we’re so excited to announce the full details of our two day International Designer Workshop with the totally awesome floral designer Leopoldo Gomez, all the way from Mexico.  Here goes!!

What are we covering?
Well, we just love the techniques, structures and frames that’s featured in Leopoldo’s work and wanted to see first hand just how these are made.  So we will be covering just that: Advanced Mechanics - for arrangements, bridal bouquets, hand-tieds and wall art.  There will be in depth demonstrations of the designs, then chance to make the pieces of your choice.  Perfect for extending your skill base, design portfolio and cpd.

How many people?
At Thrive, we love to keep it small and personal – that way you can see everything that’s going on – every little twist and turn of the structures and designs being made and chance to get plenty of personal advice and assistance from both Leopoldo and myself (Claire!).  We are limiting places to a very exclusive 15 students, so please be quick to book your place.

Where will it take place?
The workshop will take place at our stunning barn studio in Pakenham, Suffolk, where you can relax and enjoy your time with us away from the hustle and bustle of your busy working life!  It’s quiet and peaceful – so you’ll have chance to take everything in, with the added advantage of checking out our fabulous range of floristry books, tools and more while you’re here!!  We have a list of local accommodation we can recommend upon booking your place.

What's the cost?
We've now added a workshop on the Monday too, so you have a choice of booking one, two or all three days.  The cost is:
One day: £350 - choice of Saturday, Sunday or Monday.
Two days: £650 or if paid in full by bacs £625. choice of Sat and Sunday, or Sunday and Monday.
Three days: £975 or in paying bacs £950.

What's included?
All tuition by Leopoldo, plus extra assistance as necessary from myself (Claire and the Thrive Team!); lunch (please let us know if you have any dietary requirements) and refreshments; flower materials, containers and bases as required... and a thoroughly good time.

How do I book:
BE QUICK - as places are limited, we’d advise to call 01359 231009 or email info@thrivefloristry.com to check availability first.  Booking is by BACS - if you get in touch we can forward you an invoice and our bank details.  If you’d like to pay by card you can do so online or over the phone, however there is a small fee.  Please ask for more details.

For more info or to book your place: Please contact us.

THRIVE LEISURE COURSES for flower lovers, arrangers and florists wanting to take it at a more relaxed pace!

Delicious Doors!!                                             2 December 2017
£45.00                                                                  Morning session

Come and create the most scrumptious, deliciously festive door wreath on our workshop session. You will be shown all the basics on just how to construct your wreath, with an array of winter foliages, then various inspirational ways to decorate it - natural and organics, bauble bling or just down right gorgeous!!  Then it's over to you to create your design.  All materials are included in the price - you'll have a fabulous choice of cones, cinnamon sticks, baubles, branches, feathers, and festive accessories... along with a glass of yummy mulled wine and slice of stollen.

Delicious Doors!!                                             2 December 2017
£45.00                                                               Afternoon session

Come and create the most scrumptious, deliciously festive door wreath on our workshop session. You will be shown all the basics on just how to construct your wreath, with an array of winter foliages, then various inspirational ways to decorate it - natural and organics, bauble bling or just down right gorgeous!!  Then it's over to you to create your design.  All materials are included in the price - you'll have a fabulous choice of cones, cinnamon sticks, baubles, branches, feathers, and festive accessories... along with a glass of yummy mulled wine and slice of stollen.


Delicious Doors!!                                             6 December 2017
£45.00                                                                  Morning session

Come and create the most scrumptious, deliciously festive door wreath on our workshop session. You will be shown all the basics on just how to construct your wreath, with an array of winter foliages, then various inspirational ways to decorate it - natural and organics, bauble bling or just down right gorgeous!!  Then it's over to you to create your design.  All materials are included in the price - you'll have a fabulous choice of cones, cinnamon sticks, baubles, branches, feathers, and festive accessories... along with a glass of yummy mulled wine and slice of stollen.

Tasty Tables                                                 6 December 2017
£60.00                                                              Afternoon session

Come and create a stunning festive arrangement to adorn your Christmas table. You will be shown all the basics on just how to construct your design, then adding a choice of cones, cinnamon sticks, baubles and berries they will be ready to take home and enjoy.  You'll get a glass of yummy mulled wine and slice of stollen.


MORE DATES COMING SOON  - KEEP A LOOK OUT!

The garden and hedgerows are bursting with colour of stunning blooms, berries and branches, so why not treat yourself to this fabulous day workshop where you’ll learn just how to create the most gorgeous seasonal floral designs with them.  We’ll cover all of the basics – how to care and condition your materials, basic preparation and equipment, plus create totally gorgeous designs to take home and enjoy, to include a beautiful hand-tied bouquet, a pretty container arrangement and a contemporary design as well! 

Spring Wedding                                                Date tbc
£85.00 or £150 for two!                             Half day workshop

Fancy trying your hand at wedding work or perhaps you’ve volunteered yourself to do a friend’s or family member’s wedding and don’t know where to start!  This course is the one for you.  We will make a pretty hand-tied bridal posy, plus a fun buttonhole design… and look at ordering, preparing your flowers, presentation, plus lots of hints and tips for the day.

Pots!                                                                         date tbc
£50.00 or two for £90.00                                    AM Session

We’re potty about pots at Thrive!! You can take the most simple, basic pot and create a totally stunning arrangement!  On this workshop you will be shown a couple of gorgeous designs, then it’s over to you to have a go.  They are perfect to decorate your dining the table, something pretty for the bedroom and great to give away as a little pressie too!

Mum and Me Workshop! Date tbc
HALF DAY         LEVEL: ALL       RRP £80 (for two ppl)   

A perfect birthday or thank you pressie... or any other day in fact!!  Book on our fun-packed workshop with your mum to create a gorgeous seasonal basket arrangement.  Don’t just tell mum you love her with a box of chocolates…invite her to spend time with you at the ‘Thrive Hive’, learning and creating under Claire Cowling’s expert tuition.
First you will watch Claire demonstration a few different examples - a country, rustic styled arrangement and a clean, contemporary design, with lots of handy tips and hints on the way, before turning your hand to have a go at your chosen design.  Absolute beginners and flower lovers welcome. The price is for two people and includes all of your materials/sundries for the design.  Suitable for all ages!!

Mum and Me Tieds Workshop!  Date tbc
HALF DAY         LEVEL: ALL       RRP £100 (for two ppl)   

A perfect birthday or thank you pressie... or any other day in fact!!  Book on this fun-packed workshop with your mum to create a gorgeous seasonal tied bouquet.
First, you will watch Claire demonstrate just where to start, tips and techniques and just how to put together a stunning hand tied bouquets... then over to you.  Absolute beginners and flower lovers welcome. The price is for two people and includes all of your materials/sundries for the design and you'll be able to take it home to enjoy and admire your handiwork.  Suitable for all ages!!

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Bridal bouquet

College & Flower Club Workshop Days
Are you from a College or a member of a Flower Club and looking for a fun creative day?!  We can help.  Claire regulary travels the country to teach her workshops - please get in touch.

If you have a group of friends who'd love to have a creative day, then please get in touch - we can design a full or half day workshop exclusively for you!

back to basics handtied

Private tuition...

Booking private tuition with Thrive is the perfect way to learn - with expert floristry tuition by Claire Cowling, in a relaxed and informal way. 

Just tell us a bit about your requirements, i.e., what experience you have (and therefore what level of skill we should base the course around), which area(s) of floristry you wish to cover and would like to achieve, and leave the rest to us!

We will devise a suitable work plan, supply a list of materials (and provide the floral materials for you), in readiness for your workshop, so you can concentrate on getting as much as possible out off your time with us.

Private tuition is perfect for groups as well as individuals.   Please get in touch for our costs and to book on 01359 231009, or email us.

WORKSHOP DAYS

 
Let your creativity flourish and blossom at Thrive...Love Claire Xx