Join us for our third annual collaboration with Hay Festival at Ruskin Mill College in Nailsworth, Gloucestershire for Neurodiversity - a living conference. This year our theme is Crafting Connections, where we will explore neurodiversity in an atmosphere of creativity, social inclusion, research and lively cultural exchange and experience the transformative potential of craft with Ruskin Mill Trust tutors and our students in a wide range of craft workshops.


Panel speakers from the 2019 neurodiversity conferenceThought provoking speakers

Join us on one or both days and hear from a line up of thought provoking speakers including the brilliant and charismatic Steve Silberman, award winning author of NeuroTribes, a book about the legacy of autism and the future of neurodiversity; Kate Fox, performer and poet in residence, well known and respected in the neurodiverse community; and Dara McAnulty, a 16-year old activist and the author of Diary of a Young Naturalist, recognised in 2019 as a Global Shaker.

Craft Workshops

Close up of wood working at the neurodiversity conference in 2019

Crafting Connections offers a choice of craft workshops to participants, working with hand, head and heart – transforming material, transforming self.

Workshops on offer:

  • green woodwork 
  • iron age forge 
  • textiles (weaving)
  • willow
  • felting
  • art
  • pottery 
  • leatherwork
  • fish farm
  • biodynamic farm 
  • market garden
  • setting the table - homemaking
  • nature walk

Tickets cost £35 per day and include all refreshments, lunch and the evening event, with an optional supplement of £12 for supper, payable on the day.


The programme begins each day at 09.15, with registration from 08.30. The day ends at 20.00.

Be sure to choose your craft workshop when booking your ticket using the form below. Early bookings get first choice!

For any questions or more information, please email our Events Manager at [email protected]

The full programme will be published nearer the date. Keep watching for updates and we look forward to seeing you in July.

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