If you've ever wanted to try your hand at learning some basic bushcraft and woodland camping skills, this course over two days and two nights, will give you the essential skills, knowledge and confidence required to live in comfort outdoors. Held in our beautiful, private 45 acre woodland near Bayford, Hertfordshire, you will learn how to thrive, not just survive, existing in harmony with your surroundings.
Bushcraft & Survival Weekend Overview
You will master that most fundamental skill for self-reliance, making fire, in any conditions. From this point you then have warmth, light, the ability to cook, and to purify water.
You will learn how to find water, make it safe and ensure that all of your activities leave no lasting trace on the environment.
You will have the opportunity to try out modern tarp and hammock sleep systems or you can choose to stay in your own tent. If you do not have a tent or tarp of your own let us know in advance and we can arrange to lend you one for the course.
You will be shown how to create your own natural shelter and should you choose, can experience sleeping as our ancestors did, with the added luxury of a sleeping bag of course!
As we move through the woodland you will be taught how to identify the plant and tree species we encounter and how to harness their natural gifts, be that food, medicine or materials such as cordage, tinders and more.
You will be given expert instruction and demonstrations and there will be plenty of time dedicated for you to apply and develop your skills throughout the course under the friendly guidance of our instructors.
"Really enjoyed the course, was an excellent experience with a super-knowledgeable instructor and covered loads of content. Appreciated the flexible and relaxed nature of the weekend. Thank you Graham!"
"Good coverage of a multi-subject hobby. delivered in a digestible way."
"Informative, awe-inspiring, knackering, rewarding, satisfying. Graham has done a truly amazing weekend experience."
Course content can vary depending on the season, and natural resources available but includes: • Selecting a Bushcraft knife
• Safe knife use
• Knife maintenance
• Siting your fire
• Tinder choice and preparation
• Kindling and main fuel selection
• 3 techniques for fire lighting including fire from spark.
• Fire from one match, every time.
• Fire lays and fire management
• Leaving no trace
• Finding water & water purification
• Natural and man-made shelters
• Camp craft
• Cooking on an open fire
• Plant and Tree Identification
• Wild Food
Conducted from an expedition-style teaching environment in a beautiful mixed broadleaf and coniferous woodland with an eco-friendly composting toilet. The camp fire is under cover, and acts as a communal area with a hot kettle constantly on the fire, coffee, tea, biscuit tin and squash available all day.
Our Woodland camp is based in beautiful ancient broadleaf woodland of 45 acres and is the venue for our weekend courses and many of our day workshops. Part of the Broxbourne Woods complex, the Bayford location is close to rail and road connections, (only half an hour from the M25, and near the A10) but entirely secluded, uninterrupted by public footpaths and secure with no public access.
Rich in traditional timber species such as Oak, Ash and Hornbeam, there is also a significant understorey of Birch, Hazel coppice, and plenty of wildlife who share the site including Badger and Deer.
Arrival is 1900 on Friday evening giving you time to settle in, set up camp and meet your fellow students. There will also be a briefing from your instructor/s. On Saturday and Sunday your instruction will start at 9am learning and practicing a range of skills all day Saturday, and until 1600 on Sunday.
Booking your place
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