Discovery Adult Bushcraft Course

Adult Bushcraft & Nature Awareness 3-day camp

Mentored by

Hannah at Natural Pathways

Outdoor educator and bushcraft instructor

Organisation links
Location address: Canterbury, CT4 6NS
Chosen age group:

For ages: 18+ years

Available tickets:
Standard £222
Next date: None - message Mentor to express interest
A summary
Ever dreamt of having a close relationship with the natural environment. Sleeping out, hearing the sounds of the night, smelling the smoke of your fire and feeling safe and warm in your newly built shelter. Bushcraft is about knowing how to look after yourself in nature and in-turn taking care of nature. Nature Awareness is about increasing your awareness of nature beyond the physical; opening our eyes and senses to your surroundings. Our three day bushcraft and nature awareness camp will equip you with a wide variety of skills and experiences. And we look forward to welcoming you to our relaxed and friendly camp.
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 homoeopathic 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.
What we'll do
Ever dreamt of having a close relationship with the natural environment. Sleeping out, hearing the sounds of the night, smelling the smoke of your fire and feeling safe and warm in your newly built shelter. Bushcraft is about knowing how to look after yourself in nature and in-turn taking care of nature. Nature Awareness is about increasing your awareness of nature beyond the physical; opening our eyes and senses to your surroundings. During this three day Discovery course you will gain knowledge of: Four Priorities: Learn what they are and how important they are in any survival situation. Three ways to build a “debris” shelter that'll keep you warm…and dry: Once you know these 3 simple shelters - you'll be able to adapt them for use in many situations. The best place to build your shelter. Get this WRONG… and you could end up cold and wet. Let's face it: No one likes sitting anywhere that's damp or wet. You'll know how to find the BEST place to build your shelter - so you'll be warm, safe and dry. A quick and easy way to light a roaring fire… WITHOUT matches or a lighter: Just by using a special pocket size fire lighting “tool” - you'll never have to worry about losing a gas lighter - or trying to use damp soggy matches - EVER again. We'll show you what this tool is - and more importantly - HOW to use it. It's so simple to use - even when the tool is WET. And...How to make fire using some UNUSUAL everyday objects: Even if you haven't got matches or a lighter, you can STILL light a fire with things lying around the home, garage or car. You'll learn WHAT to look for - and HOW to use them. Plus...the ideal type of fire to build: We'll show you a quick and easy way to build a fire that's simple to light - easy to keep going - and burns nice and hot. Fire lays - when to change your fire-lay and for what purpose. Making Fire by Friction: WHAT to do… and what NOT to do. You'll learn how to make a simple “Bow Drill” set… make a “coal”… and then blow a “tinder bundle” into flames. Once you've done this - you'll get a real sense of achievement. Where to FIND water… even when the ground's as dry-as-a-bone You'll be shown how to gather water - even if you can't find any rivers, streams or pools nearby. The very best ways to make water DRINKABLE. You'll learn what to do… and more importantly… what NOT to do. Treating water BEFORE you drink it - is VERY important. We'll show you how to do it, so your water's safe to drink. Identify Plants and Trees: You'll learn about the various plants and trees around you - and how to use them. For instance: One common tree has leaves that contain a natural soap. Very handy for washing your hands after building your shelter! You'll discover what this tree is and learn about many other plant uses on a plant walk seeing the plants in their natural habitat. Cook On An Open Fire: Meals and hot water for drinks - will be cooked on an open fire in the centre of the camp. This is a great opportunity for to learn about - and become comfortable with - open fires. They'll learn how to tend the fire and respect what it can do if it's used properly. Prepare wild game or fish for your evening meal. Vegans and vegetarians are catered for too. How to make string and cords from the prickliest and stingiest plants in the forest. Using plant fibres - you can make good strong cords and string to tie things together. This'll come in very handy for all sorts of things around the camp. Woodland Wild food forage and feast - on a forage walk you will learn about and gather wild, seasonal, edible foods. Back at camp the wild food will be prepared and cooked on the camp-fire creating a wild feast. You will make utensils: Learn how to make valuable utensils to make your stay in the woods more comfortable. Knife and tool skills: Learn how to use a bushcraft knife and other tools safely. Knife sharpening: Important demonstration of how to take care of your tools. Nature Awareness & the Sit Spot: Using our innate senses to connect with the stillness of nature and let wildlife come close to you. Concentric Rings: Experience how all wildlife is connected. Animal Movements & Sign: Know how animals move and learn how to read the sign they leave behind. Drum Stalk: Using all your senses to move around the woods - blindfolded to the sound of a drum! Silent Movement & Peripheral Vision: Learn how the Apache Indians moved around - and how you can get closer to wild life. And you will use your newly learnt stalking skills in a exciting night activity. The great thing about a Bushcraft Camp is…you'll be learning skills for LIFE Not only that… you'll gain masses of SELF CONFIDENCE. Confidence that comes with knowing you've got the skills and expertise to venture out into wild places… can look after yourself… and those around you if needs be. Looking for a womens bushcraft course? Check out our Women's only Discovery course.
Learning aims
Aim 1
To understand what the four priorities of survival are.
Aim 3
Forage wild food and prepare a wild meal
Aim 5
To know how to collect and purify water for safe consumption
Aim 7
To learn about animal tracking
Aim 2
Make fire using various methods
Aim 4
To deepen nature connection and understand our relationship with it
Aim 6
To use bushcraft knifes and tools safely
Aim 8
Confidently build debris survival shelters
Food and Kit List
Please note: This is a part self -catered camp. FOOD TO BRING: * Breakfast Saturday and Sunday * Special dietary food * Snacks, drink, fruit Meals will be cooked on the fire and we ask that everyone takes part in preparing, cooking and washing up. (Please inform us if you require vegetarian food). KIT REQUIRED: Appropriate clothing for season (wet weather gear) Working gloves Dark clothes for night game Warm hat Plate, bowl, mug, knife, fork, spoon First aid kit Washing kit Camping chair Torch Insect repellent Tent or tarp/bivvy Sleeping bag/mat LOCATION Private woodland, Goodnestone Park, near Canterbury. Kent. Directions will be sent via email two weeks prior to course date We invite you to sleep in your shelters but suggest you also bring a tent for your convenience. We have a no alcohol policy for health & safety reasons. Please note that we do not have the use of showers (you are welcome to bring a solar shower bag) There is a bush toilet on site. If traveling by car we would appreciate if you can bring a large container of tap water with you. (There isn't a water supply on-site). We only accept the use of fixed blade knives. We erect a large parachute in the trees for shelter. We have a selection of equipment for sale on the course; Fixed blade knives, Fire steels, Kelly kettles & books, Field guides, Thermal mugs. TRANSPORT By train: Local Aylesham or Canterbury. We may be able to collect from the local train station which is Aylesham if arranged prior to the course or provide contact details of local taxis. By car: Directions to site will be sent via email prior to the course. Please do not use post-code from the website as this is our office address and not where the course is held. There is car-parking space close to the woodland.
Pricing information
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Where we'll be
Look for Natural Pathways banner at wood entrance, Walderchain Woods, Canterbury, Kent, CT4 6NS
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Risk Assessment
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Safeguarding Training
First Aid Training
First Aid Kit

Please note

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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.