Who’s it for?
Our 2 day bushcraft course has been carefully designed to initiate you into the joys of outdoor living, although many of the skills that you will be taught are easily transferable to other outdoor activities.
This 2 day bushcraft course is intended for people who would like to understand what bushcraft is all about and to learn simple, repeatable bushcraft and survival skills, including campers, backpackers, hikers and other outdoors people who wish to learn some of the skills required to be comfortable in the outdoors, so that you have the time to really enjoy what is around you.
What will I do?
During your time spent with us on this bushcraft course, you will:
- Learn how to safely use essential bushcraft tools including knife, folding saw and bow saw,
- Have plenty of practise creating a flame using matches, fire steels, fire pistons, wire wool & a battery, solar mirrors, flint & steel, chemicals and fire by friction,
- Carve your own honey spreader or spatula from materials you gather in our ancient woodland,
- Understand the pros and cons of debris shelters, where & how to build one, and sleep in one if you wish,
- Put up a tarp and hammock using only 3 simple knots that can be tied and untied wearing gloves (you can sleep in a hammock if you like),
- Find, filter and purify your own water,
- Go for a woodland walk to gain an insight into some of the trees and plants around us and what they can be used for,
- Learn how to sharpen a knife so that it will slice through a sheet of paper,
- Locate and identify different natural tinders easily found in the woods,
- Gather your own materials and light a fire following a method that will work in all weather conditions.
At the end of this bushcraft course you will have a good working knowledge of the skills needed to enjoy your time in the woods or enhance your camping or outdoor activities.
By making a booking you confirm that you have read and agree to our Terms & Conditions.
You can see our complete course schedule here.
Location: Westwell, Kent
Duration: 2 days
Start: 6pm Friday
End: 4pm Sunday
Course size: Maximum of 8
Catering: Fully catered
Note: There is a short walk from the meeting point to the camp. We’ll transport your bags in our 4×4
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I thoroughly enjoyed the two-day bushcraft course. The conditions were sub-zero but the warm hut, hot meals, and regular cups of tea got us through. It was great to spend time in the beautiful woodland surroundings and engage in a varied programme of activities. The firelighting with a range of methods and fuels was a particular highlight. Gary, Nicola, Pete and Ho Kyung were all very welcoming, knowledgable and encouraging and created a great group atmosphere. Highly recommended and i hope to be going back.
A thoroughly enjoyable 2 days! A great introduction to anyone wanting to pick up the basics of bush craft. Gary is extremely knowledgeable and has a very relaxed and easy going teaching style. My personal favourite was the fire lighting using the different methods of creating embers. Food was great too and dispite the cold weather our our group was in good spirits.Lovely people and would 100% recommend to friends & family.
The Jack Raven team were all excellent teachers and I learnt loads. They were extremely professional but also friendly and welcoming. I would highly recommend this course for bushcraft beginners and will be looking to book more courses in the future. Great food and the kettle was always on, just what was needed in sub zero snowy conditions.
Just returned from a 2 day course is sub zero conditions. Gary, Nicola and the team made a great time of it and the teaching was brilliant. As a team they are very adaptable and make the best of all situations. Great fun and look forward to doing it all again.
Just home from the 2 day bushcraft course. Wish I had signed myself up for the 5 day course, although the 2 days covered a broad range of skills for the available time, including fire-lighting, foraging, plant identification, knife sharpening, knots and setting up tarp and hammock. We had all the facilities we required on site (*ahem* a compost loo with a lockable door) and catering was spot on. I was never hungry. Camping in November with the metabolism of a chipmunk, I expected to be famished the whole time. We were well looked after, and there was never an issue of discomfort distracting from the learning.I was a slow learner with the knots, but they didn't give up on me, and I had them down by the time I went home.Thanks guys, I am really pleased with the knowledge I went home with, and look forward to trying it all out on my future solo camping adventures.For all the thrill I had with the fire-starting, my favourite bit was the plant identification, and I'm really tempted by both the 'foraging' and 'herbal rememdies' workshops. Have you guys ever considered putting those 2 together as a 2 day workshop also? That would be a fascinating weekend!Thank you so much for this weekends experience. I am thrilled to know how to get consistent results from a ferrocerium rod now 🙂