The Wilderness Survival Skills team of experienced, enthusiastic and friendly instructors teach a wide variety of fun and informative courses combining up to date training and knowledge with traditional skills and crafts. This mix of outdoors know how provides a total package for anyone wishing to increase their confidence on the trail or just learn more about the natural resources which surround us.
Our courses run for most of the year and include one day courses, bushcraft weekends, five day bushcraft foundation courses, wild food foraging weekends, primitive skills and traditional crafts courses, mountain navigation weekends and for the serious wilderness living enthusiast, a Hunter Gatherer challenge. We also offer a 12 month training program, the most intensive and comprehensive of it's kind in the UK.
All courses are held in a woodland setting of hazel coppice, twisted moss covered oaks and silver birch and are spent entirely outdoors however there are plenty of covered areas within the woods to enable lessons to carry on regardless of weather conditions. You will spend your nights under canvas or in a shelter you have made from the woodlands around you. Close neighbours will be Roe and Muntjac deer, foxes, badgers and buzzards.
Sessions will start with a general overview of the subject followed by a demonstration culminating with plenty of ‘hands on’ time to put the new skills into practice. Questions are welcome at any point and we strive to provide a ratio of one instructor to five students on all courses. You do not have to turn up looking as if you have coated yourselves with glue and run through Millets and we won’t expect anyone to wear animal skins either. The kit you need to bring is minimal.
All cooking takes place over open fires with us providing the ingredients for all your meals along with a multitude of useful tips for cooking them over a campfire. Following the theme on all of our courses of ‘any fool can be uncomfortable’ we positively discourage the eating of bland food and make use of seasonal wild herbs and campfire cooking techniques (any fool can eat boring meals). Wild game choices will include rabbit, pheasant, pigeon, trout, salmon and on certain courses, wild venison. Also, vegetarian and most other food preferences can be catered for if we know well in advance.
We welcome all ages and abilities (people under 16 must be accompanied by an adult). You will be thoroughly briefed on safety, wilderness hygiene, protection of the local woodland environment and there will always be a wilderness remote response first aider on hand.