Touching the Earth - Skulls and Tracks

A family tracking & nature awareness day

Mentored by

Hannah at Natural Pathways

Outdoor educator and bushcraft instructor

Organisation links
Location address: Canterbury, CT3 1PJ
Chosen age group:

Ages: children 4 - 18 · adults 18+ years

Available tickets:
Standard £28Concession £25.25
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What we'll do
On this day you will discover how to walk silently so you can get close to wildlife… which track belongs to what and how to move just like our native animals. Have you ever wanted to learn how to track animals,… creep up on them silently,… to observe their behaviour up close?… Then this is the course for you! Ever wondered as you are walking in the countryside…. what was it that left that track beside a muddy puddle? I’m sure you’ll agree that getting near to animals in the wild is very difficult… and seems almost impossible. Just when you think you’re getting close… off they go … and you’re left wondering how on earth to do it. On this Animal Wisdom Day, we’ll show you how to move as silently as a fox, just like the Apache Indians did when they wanted to get close to wildlife. We’ll play fun nature awareness games together, so you can discover many exciting facts about our native animals, their tracks and their behaviour. After this course, whenever you go out, you’ll look at your surroundings in a whole different light. You’ll feel as though a whole new world has been revealed to you.
About your mentor
Hannah at Natural Pathways
Outdoor educator and bushcraft instructor
Hannah has been teaching bushcraft skills and nature awareness to adults and children close to two decades. She also runs courses for schools and youth groups. She is well known for her ability to pass on her skills in a relaxed and engaging manner. Hannah was inspired by teachings of Tom Brown Jr, well-known author and founder of the Tracker School in America. Tom Brown grew up along side a native American from the Apache tribe learning many valuable Earth living skills that he continues to pass on to many people through his trainings. As well as attending courses in America with Tom Brown, Hannah has attended a year’s course on Primitive Survival Skills with Trackways here in the UK. She completed the course with a week's Survival Quest in Scotland. She has since gone on to further her training completing various survival courses, wild food courses and Forest School level 3. Having lived in the Daintree Rainforest in the Australian outback for a year, she gained much experience from practising a sustainable way of living. Hannah has practised Reflexology and Reiki for the past thirty years and has always had an interest in alternative medicine and the healing properties of plants, treating herself and her children with herbal and homeopathic remedies where possible. Hannah feels it is important to develop her personal awareness when relating to herself and others, as a parent and within a group. She has attended self-development courses such as Parent-Link, Non-violent Communication, the Sedona Method and Psychology of Vision. Hannah home educated her three children for over ten years providing for them a wide range of experiences as they grew up and prior to them moving on to further education. Keen to pass on her knowledge to others, in particular to children, it is her wish to bring them closer to Nature through Nature Awareness activities and hands on experience with survival/bushcraft skills. -
Activities
On this tracking and nature awareness course we will unfold, for you and your children: Animal Tracks: You’ll learn about the tracks of our wildlife so you will know how to tell if the track you've found is a badger, squirrel, deer or mouse. Animal Families: You will find out how the animals are related. Gaits: You’ll have great fun learning to move just like wild animals and this gives you a powerful insight into their behaviour. Fox Walk: Do you want to know how to move silently through any environment? We’ll show you how to do it -- and more importantly -- how not to do it! Learn this, and you’ll soon be sneaking up on your friends and family and, hopefully, some wild life-- and they won’t know you’re even there! Peripheral Vision: Discovering how to use wide-angle vision to observe wild life. Night Hunters: We will play this fun nature awareness game ‘Night Hunters’ so you and your child can picture yourselves being a wild animal stalking its prey. Fox the Fox: One of our favourites, this is a fun game for children (and adults!) to practice using all your senses. You’ll learn how to “tune in” to the area around you and hear the slightest movement and even catch the fox! Concentric Rings: Experience how wild life is connected and how animals know you’re coming even before you know that they are there. Observation: We’ll show you how to observe wildlife properly -- and notice a lot more detail of the environment around you. You’ll be amazed at what you can see when you know what to look for!
Learning aims
Aim 1
To be able to see your surroundings in a whole new light
Aim 2
To understand how animals are related
Aim 3
To learn how to distinguish many different animal tracks
Reviews
“Thankyou for the Animal Wisdom course last Sunday. Michael and I really enjoyed it... My favourite bits were the Fox walk and peripheral vision exercises and the Sit Spot... I found them quite spiritual and was left with an idea that normally our senses are shut down because they are so overloaded...” Graeme Booth
Pricing information
Ticket nameStandard
Price£28
InformationEach attendee including children purchases a ticket. Families of four or more each person may select a concession price of £25.25
Ticket nameConcession
Price£25.25
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Where we'll be
Bodgers Camp, Goodnestone Park, Goodnestone, Canterbury, Kent, CT3 1PJ
WHAT’S PROVIDED
Drinks
Equipment
Safety
Enhanced DBS
Risk Assessment
Public Liability Insurance
Safeguarding Training
First Aid Training
First Aid Kit

Please note

Please note, it is the responsibility of the booker to satisfy themselves about the adequacy of the safety measures. This platform is merely an introducer and does not verify the items listed here.

Cancellation Policy
None of the aboveCancel within 6 weeks prior to the course for refund less the deposit.

My experience consists of a leisure activity, on a specific date(s), and therefore the 14-day ‘cooling off period’ under the Consumer Contracts Regulations 2013 does not apply.