In Touch with Nature – Weeklong Course
This weeklong bushcraft course is designed to take you away from modern luxuries and help you to become less reliant on them.
The skills taught on this course, will enable you to go out into the countryside with minimal equipment and reside comfortably.
Throughout this weeklong course you will be taught different bushcraft skills, which you will have mastered by the end of the course. Being a weeklong bushcraft course you really do get to grips with the day to day running of the camp, there will be plenty of time to enjoy the natural surroundings in the downtime on most of the evenings.
This course gives you an in depth skill base (a sound foundation), to which you can build upon. Each day you will discover a new skill and will be given the time to really get to grips and master them. This really is a great course to attend and be part of. The only downside is you will eventually have to go home.
Over the week you will learn:
•How to light a fire (various methods) including making your own bow drill set
•Construct a weatherproof debris shelter (Group Shelter)
•Knots and lashing
•How to locate and make natural cordage
•How to identify various trees and plants
•Natural alternatives to modern equipment
•How to prepare various game
•Bushcraft cooking techniques
•Snares, traps and target shooting
•Wood carving and birch bark containers
•Knife and saw safety
•Knife and saw cutting techniques
When you arrive there will be an initial safety briefing. After which you will be given your tools for the week, which includes a knife which is yours to keep!
First task of the day is shelter building, we will give you a refresher on how to construct a waterproof debris shelter from what nature has to offer, and we will also cover hazards that could effect where you decide to erect your shelter. We’ll cover traps and snares after lunch and you will get the opportunity to construct your own traps (please note this is only for demonstration purposes). We will then move onto game preparation – you will be guided through various ways to prepare the game ready for the pot. We will also talk you through how to cook the meat using various methods.
The next morning we will go on a forage and see what wild edibles are around the woodland, across our pastures and down by our river. Then it’s back to basecamp for breakfast, where you will make bannock, a traditional Scottish bread. The rest of the morning we will look a natural awareness, and after lunch we will investigate trees and plants and how we can utilize them. In the late afternoon we will be getting to grips with target practice and in true hunter style, you will have to hit the target to obtain the meat for your evening meal.
This day is our craft day, we will start with tool maintenance and safe cutting techniques, before moving onto carving with green wood. You will learn to craft useful utensils such as spoons, ladles and spatulas. The afternoon will then be spent learning how to manipulate bark into useful pieces of material to make containers from. You will be guided through how to cut the bark to get the most out of the material, shape it to your desired size and sew it up using natural bindings.
After breakfast we will be looking at fire lighting using various methods, including friction, spark, chemicals and solar. The morning will be spent getting to grips with all the methods, before harvesting the materials for your very own bow drill set after lunch. You will be guided through how to make a working set and will be given time to practice with it ready for a competition on the final day. The evening will give you a chance to reflect on what you have learnt during the week whilst enjoying a hearty dinner of mixed game and wild foods.
The morning will be spent testing out the skills you have learn’t over the week. There will be some friendly competitions covering plant and tree identification, wild foods and you will also be challenged to light a fire with your own bow drill set and boil a pint of water. It will then be time to pack up camp and head off home.
Each evening will be spent around the central fire, where you can relax and reflect on what you achieved during the day. Roe deer and other wildlife roam through our woodland, so for the early birds there may be a chance for a gentle walk through the woods, seeing if we can spot any wildlife going about their daily business.
Fully catered course
Cost per person £395
Location: This course is held at our Wiltshire site close Swindon.
This course will be run over five days starting at 9:00 on the Wednesday and finishing at 12:00 on the Sunday.
9th – 13th August 2017
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6th-10th August 2017, 9th – 13th August 2017
All meals for this course will be provided, allowing each student the opportunity to do some bushcraft cooking over an open fire. We have a kettle always on the go so you can help yourself to tea, coffee, squash and biscuits. We also have fresh drinking water and a fruit bowl available.
This course starts at 7pm on the first day and finishes at 12noon on the final day
Joining instructions will be sent to participants once full payment has been made along with your receipt. This will include details of where to meet, when to meet, and what to bring with you.