Who’s it for?
Your bushcraft experience is focused on 4 key skills of bushcraft and woodland living – fire, shelter, food and water. But as with all of our bushcraft courses, the skills you’ll learn are transferable and are useful to campers, canoeists, hikers, those that enjoy wild camping and many other outdoor activities.
This 5 day bushcraft course is our most exhaustive course in terms of both breadth and depth of learning. However, you don’t need any previous experience to attend as we start from the basics and progress throughout the 5 days.
This is definitely one of our favourite bushcraft courses as it allows you to immerse yourself fully in the woodland and really become a part of it. The emphasis is on ensuring that you have plenty of opportunity to practice the skills that we show you so that as you progress through the 5 days you become more proficient and independent. It also gives you time to really get to know us and your fellow students.
What will I do?
You’ll be shown a wide range of skills followed by ample opportunity to practice them. You will:
- Use a knife, folding saw and bow saw to make a wedge, cut a log from standing dead wood, split the log and make feather sticks,
- Spend plenty of time creating a flame using chemical, solar, compression and electrical means,
- Work as part of a team to create fire by friction,
- Make char cloth, create an ember with it and blow the ember into flame,
- Identify, gather and prepare tinders from outer barks, inner barks, fungi and downy flower heads,
- Make your own fire from materials sourced locally using a fire steel,
- Understand various fire lays and their uses,
- Prune trees so as they can ‘heal’ afterwards,
- Carve simple implements such as a spatula and honey spreader,
- Put up a hammock and tarp using 3 simple knots that can be tied and untied wearing gloves (if you’d like to sleep in a hammock, you can),
- Adapt a tarp to different configurations to meet different conditions and environments,
- Know when, where and how to build a debris shelter (feel free to sleep in it after you’ve built it; you’ll also need to take it down again before leaving),
- Identify and locate water supplies,
- Make your own improvised water filter,
- Make a pot hanger to boil water and cook over,
- Make a simple bow from hazel,
- Use bark to make a container,
- Sharpen your knife so that it will easily slice through a sheet of paper,
- Make cordage from nettles, clematis and chestnut bark, depending on the time of year,
- Forage for wild foods and make wild herb bannock,
- Learn a variety of back country cooking techniques,
- Try various woodland teas from plants and herbs you collect,
- Finish it all off by collecting materials to light a fire without using matches, lighters or a fire steel and boil water over your pot hanger.
We also include a session on kit selection so that you can learn from our mistakes.
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You can see our complete course schedule here.
Location: Westwell, Kent
Duration: 5 days
Start: 9am Wednesday
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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Gary and TeamA belated thanks on behalf of Tom and me for an excellent few days in the woods!!!It's amazing what's out there if you open your eyes!The mix of "bushcraftees" and the home team worked really well and I'm sure everyone else (including Mike) had a great time too.
My 2 daughters (13 & 16) have just completed the 5 day Bushcraft Course and in their words it was AWESOME. Willow, Gary, Bob, Peter and Nicola are amazing and yes so is the food. The girls learnt so much and had fun whilst doing so. Have booked the November course already and will be booking more for 2018. If you want to learn Bushcraft or about nature this is the place to go.
This is much more than just a learning experience, the 5 days spent there really put you back in touch with nature and you leave feeling that little bit lighter (not lighter in a physical sense I might add, the food it seriously good!)The staff are fantastic and unbelievably knowledgable but still manage the lessons in a light informal manner which was a relief as I was concerned this sort of thing might be quite a 'macho' type experience which seems laughable now as it was so far from the truth.I genuinely had the the time of my life there and am hoping I can get the time this November to do their new 5day survival course.Thanks Jack!
Just got back from the 5 day course and couldn't have loved it more! I have come away with so much knowledge in such a relaxed and welcoming environment. Gary, Bob and Nicola were a perfect team. I would recommend anyone thinking "maybe" to go for it and not look back!
Thank you to Gary, Nicola and Bob for Such a great five day bushcraft course. Beautiful location, Gary & Bob are full of knowledge and patience. Nicola's food is absolutely outstanding and last but not least , the lovely Willow, the very friendly and playful resident dog. See you at the May day meet and I will be back again for another course in July/August.