£575pp or book with a £115 Deposit
Course Timings: 10:00 on the first day through til 12:00 on the final Day
Group Size: 12 Maximum
Age Range: 18+
The Woodland Ways 5 day survival course is one of our more advanced Bushcraft courses and is designed for those who already have an understanding of Bushcraft skills and are starting to rely more on their skills rather than on modern day equipment. Previous Bushcraft knowledge and experience is desirable to attend this course but as a minimum you should be experienced in camping out away from creature comforts and be able to light a fire using a ferro rod. If you are in any doubt as to the suitability of this course please give us a call to discuss.
This course fulfils the requirement for the expedition section of the Gold Duke of Edinburgh award.
Food throughout the week will be provided in the form of wild game, depending on the time of year and seasonal changes this will differ from course to course. However, you are assured that there will be a wide range of game including; fish, fowl, small mammal, and deer. (Vegetarian and other dietary alternatives are available with prior notice).
£575pp or book with a £115 Deposit
Wake up in the mornings to the sights and sounds of the woods, as the woodpeckers feed and the blackbirds announce the commencement of the day. Feel fresh from a good wholesome nights sleep away from the undue stresses of the modern world, in a shelter that you've build, on a bed that you've made, kept warm by the fire, under a canopy of leaves and stars.
From camp kitchen utensils to elaborate cooking systems, to fish traps and Moccasins you will create an array of items to use and take home. The skills learned making these items will prove invaluable.
Our woodlands are host to a variety of fauna. You will be encouraged to undertake wildlife immersion exercises during your course, to allow you to experience the wildlife in our beautiful woodlands as they become accustomed to your presence.
We begin the course following your introduction to the woodland and the camp equipment; you are issued with your own Bushcraft Knife, Saw, Fire Steel, Dutch oven, Water, and a Basha. This equipment is your springboard for overcoming the four basic principles of Survival- that is; Fire, Food, Shelter, and Water.
Our first objective of the course is for you to establish your camp, and so issued with your kit you are guided to set up your own camp. Time is also spent gathering your firewood and getting your fire lit. Our instructors are on hand to provide assistance at all times.
Once your camp has been established we move on to prepare your food for the next few days. Our instructors will show you and guide you through the process of butchering a deer carcass, where we will utilise the meat, and also show you how to harvest the sinew, skin and bone. (Vegetarian and other dietary alternatives are available with prior notice)
The venison forms the basis for your evening meal and it will be a team effort to prepare the meal which will be cooked in a traditional ground oven using hot rocks from the fire to roast the venison.
After this delicious meal we undertake an awareness exercise to understand the rhythm of the woodland and the fauna within. This exercise is designed to encourage everyone to match the pace of the woodland and generally slow down making it much easier to observe the species that are sharing the woodland with you. Throughout this and subsequent nights, you are encouraged to experience the woodland without white light.
Following breakfast, it is time to construct your shelter. This shelter will be your home for the next four days and will hopefully be your pride and joy. Just because we are living in the woods doesn't mean that you will be living rough. Both the woodland and instructors will provide you with the resources to construct your own shelter and the rest of the morning is dedicated to you building your own shelter where you will sleep for the rest of the course.
In the afternoon our instructors will then take you out on a forage to introduce you to some of the plants and trees that you have access to in the woodland and how to go about identifying, collecting and processing these plants into both food and any other resources you may need, in a safe and sustainable manner. There is also the opportunity to continue working on your shelter.
Following the evening meal, we then introduce you to animal tracks and signs, where you will also set a track trap. Our instructors will also be on hand for some one-to-one instruction to improve your stalking techniques.
Following another night in your shelter, we start to encourage you to reduce the amount of kit you are relying on and so you have the option to relinquish your basha, and saw.
After breakfast, this morning is purely dedicated to lighting fire by friction. Our instructors will introduce you to using the hand drill. We spend the morning working with you initially in pairs and then on a one to one basis to enable you to master this very satisfying technique.
Throughout the following two days, you will also have the opportunity to make your own equipment using natural resources- such as wood, flint, fibres, and woven bramble to replace modern equipment. What you make is up to you but may include carving your own cooking utensils, making a bramble basket or strainer, creating flint blades and making cordage. Our instructors will be on hand to assist you with any of the projects you wish to choose.
The evening is spent going beyond the celestial navigation techniques you learnt on your weekend course as we spend the evening learning the constellations (subject to weather conditions).
For those that wish, we have an early start where we gather before sunrise and establish ourselves in our sit spot positions. As the light grows we will monitor the effect on the flora and fauna. Following the debriefing, it is back inside the sleeping bag to catch up on those couple of extra hours of sleep we missed before a full start to the day mid-morning.
We then spend the remainder of the morning foraging for suitable woodland material to make a bed for your shelter. At this point, you can further reduce your dependence on modern equipment and if you chose, say goodbye to the fire steel, knife, sleeping bag and roll mat.
Following lunch, the afternoon is spent looking at simple practical techniques for filtering and purifying your water. We also undertake a forage in order to have a completely "wild" evening meal.
On the last night, the group comes together around the communal campfire, and there is the opportunity if you wish to share what you have learned.
On our final morning to conclude the course we build a Woodland Sauna, in which you will be able to refresh your tired bodies in preparation for the long journey home. The course concludes at midday.
At the end of the course you have the equipment you have made yourself to take home, including your tracking stick, water filter, spoon, basket, traps etc.
Please note this course is not an "extreme survival" course, rather it is designed to increase your confidence in your Bushcraft abilities. If you wish to undertake an "extreme survival" course please contact us and we will be happy to make recommendations on quality survival schools that we have experience working with.
As with all of our courses, no one will be asked to do anything they are not comfortable with. Vegetarian options are always available and if you wish to retain your pieces of equipment through the week this is fine.
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