Date(s) - 16 Jul 2022 until 17 Jul 2022
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Bushcraft is not just about survival, its about everyday life skills and the understanding of the natural world. From fire lighting and tool use to foraging, herbal medicine and cooking in nature.
So if you would like to spend more time outdoors, getting closer to nature, learning new skills and discovering what plants you can eat, then Bushcraft is for you!
On the 2 day and 1 night course we will cover everything on a deeper level and have the chance to explore more aspects of Bushcraft, as well as look at more ways of utilising and reconnecting with the natural environment.
What we plan to cover:
Shelters: You will learn to build various woodland shelters, from a lean-to shelter to a tarp shelter for a hammock or bivy bag. We will also show you various knots.
Tool Use: You will be learning how to use a knife, folding saw and axe safely. Learning various knife grips. You will then have the opportunity to make a spatula, feather sticks, a pot hanger and learn to split wood safely. You will also be shown how to sharpen your knife using an oil stone.
Fire: Learn about fires, from safety to finding wood to fire lays to lighting a fire with a fire striker and flint & steel. Discover various natural tinders, make feather sticks, discover the wonders of the king Alfred cake, make charcloth, how to find dry wood and have a go at lighting a fire using a tinder bundle. We will also have an introduction to the bow & drill method.
Cordage: We will be learning about various plants and trees that we can use to make cordage. The types that we make will depend on what we can find on the day.
Cooking: As a group we will be cooking dinner on the first day, breakfast the following morning and then lunch (please bring a packed lunch for the first day). Learn which woods are best for different types of cooking. We will be adding foraged ingredients to each meal. The food for the meals will depend on peoples allergies and diet, etc.
Ethnobotany: You will learn to ID a variety of trees and plants which you can use for fire lighting, herbal first aid or that you can eat.
Camping is included in the price, whether you would like to spend the night in the woods in your newly constructed shelter, in a hammock around the woodland base camp or in a tent in the camping field.
Equipment you need to bring for this course: bowl and cutlery, mug, sleeping equipment (sleeping bag, hammock/bivy bag & tarp or tent). A spare set of practical clothing. Please bring lunch for the first day.
NB. COVID-19: This workshop will take place with social distancing and enhanced hygiene measures in place.
- This workshop will take place according to COVID safety regulations at the time of running.
- Please do not attend if you should be self-isolating for any reason.
- If you are able to, please do a lateral flow test just before leaving home.
- There will be a smaller number of participants to allow for good social distancing.
- Please come prepared to be outdoors, with plenty of warm & waterproof clothing.
Ryan is also teaching a one day Introduction to Bushcraft course on Friday 27th May 2022.
You may also be interested in other courses and workshops at Denmark Farm. Please see our events calendar for our full list.
All proceeds from our events and holidays are ploughed directly back into managing our 40 acre nature reserve. Thank you for your support and please do come to visit soon.