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Introduction to Bushcraft with Ray Mears

Is Bushcraft for me?

Immerse yourself in the world of bushcraft and experience the wonders of nature through the eyes of Woodlore. If you’re wondering if bushcraft is for you or if you already have experience but can’t commit to a full week, this course is the perfect introduction to the breadth of experience and quality of training that we offer.

Ray will introduce you to the limitless subject of bushcraft by expertly demonstrating and explaining each skill before you have the chance to have a go. A hands on experience that leaves students thoroughly inspired to continue their journey into "the art of the possible".

Further Information

Discover nature and the possibilities of our beautiful woodlands during this short but comprehensive adventure. We invite you to join us around our campfire, taste some backcountry cooking and experience the pleasures of living in our beautiful countryside. During the course, Ray will lead you into the world of bushcraft, teaching you some of the core skills essential to living comfortably in the outdoors and opening up the many doors of this fascinating subject. As part of this course you will be taught how to light a fire using a Ray Mears Fire Stick which will be yours to take home at the end of the course.

The Introduction to Bushcraft course is aimed at those who have never carried out any bushcraft before or more experienced people who would prefer a shorter course. The teaching pace gives everyone a chance to learn the skills and practice them while taking in the wonderful woodland they are surrounded by. This is fully immersive training from which everyone can learn.

The skills that will be taught during this course include:

  • Making shelters using both man-made and natural materials
  • Discovering various methods of fire-making
  • Management of fire
  • Cooking over a fire
  • Putting out a fire and leaving no trace
  • Learning about many useful trees and plants around us
  • An introduction to navigation and tracking
  • How and what to pack for a week of bushcraft in the UK

If you would prefer to attend a more in depth week-long course to take your skill set further please take a look at the Woodlore Fundamental Bushcraft course.

Students attending this course often surprise themselves with their own achievements!

This course starts at 16:00 on day 1 and will finish at 16:00 on day 3.


All meals for this course will be provided, allowing each student the opportunity to do some backcountry cooking, therefore if you have special dietary requirements please let us know on your consent form or contact the office.

Course Site

The Introduction to Bushcraft course will take place at an expedition style camp in East Sussex, close to Tunbridge Wells. The camp is situated in beautiful private woodland with no public access with lots of wildlife including deer, owls, badgers, fox and butterflies. We do not have shower/toilet blocks at our sites, therefore all aspects of the course will have a fantastic wilderness feel, using a screened camp shower and a screened latrine in the woods.

We have a car park at the course site where you your car will be kept during the course (if you bring one).

Other Details

Joining instructions will be sent to participants of the course 9 weeks before it is due to start, giving details of where to meet, at what time, and what to bring with you.

Dates, Costs and Bookings

Please select a course date Please ensure that you read our Terms & Conditions prior to booking your place.

  2024 Dates - Introduction to Bushcraft with Ray Mears

- (8 places) • £795.00

Course Reviews

Introduction to Bushcraft with Ray Mears is rated 5/5 based on 5 customer reviews.

All of our reviews are from people who have attended our courses.

Overall Rating:


  1 of 5

  Really impressed with this course. Was worth traveling from Canada to attend. Big thanks to Ray, James and Wayne for not only their expertise in the subjects taught but in their ability to teach so well. Feel like I learnt a lot and left feeling very inspired. Was great to meet like minded people. Can’t recommend this course highly enough. Already looking forward to attending the fundamental course asap next time I visit from Canada  


Rated: 5/5

  2 of 5

  Interesting and useful. Very positive, and so confidence-building. You do work hard, and find afterwards that you have learnt more than you think. Thank you.  


Rated: 5/5

  3 of 5

  I bought a place on this course for my partner as a gift. He thoroughly enjoyed all elements of the course especially navigating through thick vegetation in the English countryside. Ray and his instructors were friendly, helpful and informative. My partner learn't some new cooking skills which I am now reaping the benefits of. Thank you Ray and team. Next time I will book 2 places.  


Rated: 5/5

  4 of 5

  What a wonderfully enriching and insightful course. Ray and his team — both on-site and behind the scenes — are all extremely knowledgeable and always, always willing to help and share their skills. Every single detail of the course was carefully considered to equip us for unexpected difficulties in remote areas, but also to use natural resources responsibly under normal circumstances too. Highlights were the iconic ponassed whole salmon over the campfire (absolutely delicious), stories of saltwater crocodiles and grizzly bears, and a whistle carved from a maple branch. 11/10 for a truly special course. I hope to see you all for some canoeing in the coming years. Many thanks!  


Rated: 5/5

  5 of 5

  I attended while 6.5 months pregnant and felt thoroughly at ease (despite having no bed!). I had a fantastic time at this course, acquired so much valuable knowledge and experience, and have truly left with lots of inspiration. Many thanks to the team from start to finish for the unforgettable opportunity of a very special bonding time with nature.  


Rated: 5/5

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