Bushcraft with Native Hands
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About the Course
A day in the woods foraging your materials and using stone-age tools to learn specific bushcraft skills. On offer is wild fire-making, wild cordage (string) and bone needle-making. Empowering, creative, skills for life... you'll find all the details on our website courses calendar page, via the button above.
We aim to give you a satisfying learning experience as well as an enjoyable time away from it all. To support you in getting the most from your time, some simple and enjoyable nature connection activities are an integral part of the course. There’s a camping option so that you can make a full weekend of it. And it’s great to do these courses with friends and loved ones.
Suitable for beginners as well as those with experience. Groups are kept small (max. 10 people) to support your learning. Mainly designed for adults but teens of 16+ are welcome if accompanied.
National Geographic & Toyota put us in their top 125 UK adventures. We’re featured in The Guardian, and also in the recently published 'Wild Times' guide by Bradt.
Tutor Ruby Taylor is a qualified teacher with over 15 years experience. She is appreciated for her ability to teach the techniques of wild crafts with clarity, patience and humour. Her courses are popular for their relaxed and inclusive atmosphere. From both formal training and her own experimentation, Ruby has a breadth and depth of knowledge of wild crafts.
"I enjoy providing a supportive space in which others can develop their creativity and technical knowledge as well as their connection with the natural world. It's great to witness the sense of achievement and satisfaction that comes from making cordage, fire etc this way. I'm also inspired by seeing how people can feel deeply nourished and inspired by the whole experience of taking time out of an often busy and stressful daily life to be creative in the woods round a fire, with birdsong, creatures, wild plants and like-minded people."
If booking with a CraftCourses voucher for part or all of the course fee, please fill in the contact form above or telephone us. Your voucher code must be provided at the point of booking.
What's included in the price?
All materials are provided and we always have a roaring camp fire, plenty of hot drinks, and home made cake to keep us well fueled. We also have shelter arrangements (a large tarp) in case we need it.
Participants bring a packed lunch to eat around the fire together.
It was a wonderful day. I am thrilled with with what I have learnt. Awesome! Magic! Wonderful! I felt so pleased with myself all kinda empowered and strong. Very content.
Well you know I'll be back for more, I have my sights on grass baskets, needles, pottery and bark containers. Thank you sooo much.
H.W. - - #9535
Loved the Wild Cordage day. Ruby makes ancient techniques simple and achievable, and imparted a vast amount of knowledge in bite-sized chunks. Totally inspired and can’t wait to make more!
Matthew & Julie Bruton-Seal - - #9318
Thank you for such a wonderful weekend of fire-making. We all had such a blast, and learned LOADS. Arthur practised his spark making all the way home in the car, and has continued this morning at the breakfast table… He’s going to have worn out his flint by the end of the week. We will be back again for more adventures.
Steve - - #9317
Thank you Ruby for a lovely day making bone needles. I surprised myself by managing to make not one but two. The site is perfect and sitting by a fire in those woods a joy in itself. I am also glad that you kept us aware of the source of our materials and that the deer which provided them was not forgotten in the process. Engaging with nature needs honesty. Thanks also to my course mates for their good and interesting company.
C.B. - - #9316
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Course Start DatesSaturday 21st April 2018
Saturday 5th May 2018
Sunday 6th May 2018
Saturday 16th June 2018
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