Fundamental Bushcraft with Ray Mears
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.
Open your eyes and step into the incredible possibilities of the natural world through the art of Bushcraft: your key to experiencing your time in the outdoors in a more fulfilling and practical way. The Fundamental Bushcraft 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.
Our syllabus has been honed over many years to introduce the widest range of skills and 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. If you are interested in attending a shorter 2-day course please take a look at the Introduction to Bushcraft courses.
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 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
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 Fundamental 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 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 passed the Fundamental Bushcraft course you are able to attend the Journeyman course.
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Building a two-man leaf litter shelter
The bow drill technique
Blowing an ember into flame
Explore the wonderful countryside of East Sussex
A group enjoying a relaxing evening around the campfire
Ponassed salmon cooking over the fire
Students on route to the bivvy phase of the course
A group of Japanese Sika, grazing and alert, on a beautiful summer's evening during our Fundamental Bushcraft course
A client blowing his ember in to flames after a successful bow drill
Fundamental Bushcraft with Ray Mears