What’s it about?
Over the years our 2 day bushcraft course has proven to be our most popular bushcraft course by some way. We run the course throughout the year and it’s never quite the same from one to the next due the the changing seasons and variable weather conditions.
The course has been carefully designed to provide you with a solid grounding in the skills and knowledge of bushcraft, survival and woodland living and is suitable for anyone to attend, whether you have previous experience or not.
This 2 day 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’s around you.
Or it could be that you’re just curious about bushcraft and want to find out a bit more. If that’s you, then this is the right course.
Lots of the people who attend this course have no previous bushcraft experience, although we also have people with some prior experience along, and we can say with absolute honesty that everyone leaves knowing more than when they arrived! Many of the skills that you’ll be taught are easily transferable to other outdoor activities.
What will I do on this 2 day bushcraft course?
You won’t learn bushcraft by watching us so this course, along with all of our others, is entirely hands on. We’ll explain, then demonstrate and then it’s down to you. And we won’t move on until you’re ready to.
On our 2 day bushcraft course, based at our ancient woodland camp on the Kent Downs, we will introduce you to the foundations of bushcraft – food, fire, water and shelter, although we’ll start off with the safe use of bushcraft tools. Over the 2 days you will be shown, and get plenty of opportunity to practice:
- 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 and chemicals,
- 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,
- 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 our2 day 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.
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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If you have any doubts or trepidation about booking the 2 day bushcraft for beginners, please don’t.
I am a South Londoner who has never done anything like this before, and had a fantastic time doing this course... Even in November!
Gary, Pete and Nicola all make for a fantastic weekend, where you’ll learn so much!
They’re extremely knowledgeable, patient and are fantastic instructors. I’m so glad I went on this course and would recommend it to anyone.
Thank you again for an amazing time with a great group of people.
I had a wonderful experience on the 2-day bushcraft course on the 8/11/19.
The days were full of interesting activities guided by knowledgeable instructors Gary and Peter, I have gained fundamental skills I hope to carry with me and build upon for the rest of my life. The food was fantastic (thank you Nicola) and the experience overall was incredibly comfortable, despite the cold/wet weather thanks to the wonderful design of the JackRaven woodland camp. I will definitely be back for more!
If you love the outdoors and are looking for a special experience into the world of knowledge that bushcraft can offer, surrounded by those who love nature, then look no further.
Truly 5 star. Attended a 2 day bushcraft course end of Sept as part of my 50th celebrations with some equally old friends. Instructors Gary and Peter really know their stuff and the teaching pace was spot on, allowing enough time for practice. The food that Nicola served up was fantastic given the environment, with tea and biscuits on tap. Will be looking to book up another one of the courses in the future.
Absolutely superb course given by Gary and Peter, good pace and hopefully will retain much of the instruction given by Gary who certainly knows his stuff , Nicola`s food also worth a mention as was very tasty, and of course finally Willow. Intend to get back there for more courses in the future
Just returned from a weekend bushcraft course.... it was absolutely excellent and the 5 of us will be returning for more courses ! Many thanks to the Raven rangers, Gary, Nicola, Peter and Willow.... we learnt so much from you all 👍👍👍