Fundamental Bushcraft Severnside with Ray Mears
The Initiation in Worcestershire
An inspirational journey through the fundamental skills of bushcraft, this course provides a broad and solid foundation of practical skill and knowledge upon which you can build and develop. It is an ideal place to begin your journey with Woodlore and is a challenging and immensely rewarding week regardless of previous experience.
Each skill has been hand picked and included in our syllabus based on its value and practicality for wilderness travel. Ray Mears will expertly explain, demonstrate and guide you through a week of intense learning designed to prepare, challenge and inspire in equal measure.
This special version of our keystone course takes us to the hills bordering the banks of the United Kingdom’s longest river, the mighty River Severn.
Your days will be filled with hard work, discovery and the satisfaction of achievement and learning. Each skill is carefully explained and expertly demonstrated before you practice the technique for yourself. As new skills are acquired, you will be encouraged to apply them as we build upon what you have learned, increasing both the pace and level of challenge. The end result is self- reliance, closeness to nature and improved self- confidence in the outdoors.
By the end of the week, a tight knit group will have been formed and lasting friendships forged by the warmth of the campfire. The final day provides a buzz of excitement as you are all given the opportunity to demonstrate your new skills and understanding in a test that is the gateway to the Journeyman course.
Challenging, thrilling and satisfying in equal measure, the Woodlore Fundamental Bushcraft Severnside course is conducted entirely outdoors in a friendly campfire atmosphere and will go ahead in all weather. No previous experience is necessary, but a reasonable level of fitness is required.
The skills that will be taught during this course include:
- Firelighting, including by friction
- Shelter Construction
- Water Collection & Purification
- Plants for food & medicine
- Natural Cordage
- Hunting & Trapping
- Wilderness Fishing Techniques
- Safe use of Cutting Tools
- Looking after the land and leaving no trace
- Backcountry Hygiene
- Outdoor Safety
- Natural Navigation
The Fundamental Bushcraft Severnside course will change the way that you look at the world forever and equip you with a firm foundation of practical skills to use in the farthest corners of the world or on your own front doorstep.
This course starts at 17:30 on Sunday and will finish at 16:00 on Saturday.
CateringAll meals for this course will be provided. You will not live from the land during this course although one meal will be of wild food. For the rest of the time normal meals 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.
We provide a kettle, tea, coffee, squash and biscuits in a brew box at the main camp fire of the course, under a large parachute. We also have fresh drinking water and a fruit bowl available.
Course SiteThe course will take place at an expedition style camp in Worcestershire. We do not have shower or 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.
If you decide to travel by car, we have an area close to our camp to park.
Other DetailsJoining 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.
Once you have completed the Fundamental Bushcraft Severnside course you are able to attend the Journeyman course.
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