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The Journeyman Course with Ray Mears

Taking your Skills Further

The Journeyman course is best described as an inoculation against adversity. This challenging and life affirming experience prepares you for serious wilderness travel by arming you with the knowledge to make the correct decisions when it counts.

As previous graduates can attest however, the Journeyman course is far more than this; it is a journey on the internal scale which will temper both your skills and your spirit and leave you with a greater understanding of both yourself and your potential.

Further Information

The Woodlore Journeyman course is an extraordinary opportunity to further your knowledge of bushcraft and put your skills to the test in a challenging environment. A progression from the Fundamental Bushcraft course, it prepares you to journey with a deeper understanding of the natural, its opportunities, its trials and how you respond to them. This is not a test of toughness or resilience to hardship, but an opportunity to banish any hardship and thrive by combining the gifts of Mother Nature with your own ability.

The Fundamental Bushcraft course will have given you a solid grounding in essential skills and a taste of the possibilities open to you. The Journeyman will now take you deeper into your understanding of both yourself and the natural world. No longer one of the uninitiated, you will be treated as skilled and competent as more specialist knowledge is imparted and techniques demonstrated.

You will spend the first two days learning more advanced techniques from the Woodlore team and are very privileged to be able to welcome various specialists to teach during this phase. Learn how to identify, collect tasty wild mushrooms from a mycologist with over fifty years of experience. Watch and listen to the estate’s Ghillie, a skilled hunter and trapper, as he demonstrates how to trap, and shows you the fascinating process of making a freshly killed large mammal ready for the table. These unique lessons will prepare you for the next stage of the course.

For the following three days, you will move to a new location as a small group with the aim of putting all that you've learnt into practice. Imagine pushing through the physical effects of food deprivation and walking into the forest equipped only with the most basic equipment essential for survival. Imagine then, using nothing but your skill, knowledge and determination to make fire, build a shelter, forage for wild mushrooms and plants and hunt or fish for game. Imagine being successful in all of these things and feeling the exhilaration of becoming a journeyman.

This course starts at 18:00 on Sunday and will finish at 14:30 on Saturday.


Meals will be provided for the first two days, after which you will forage for food and live off the land, therefore if you have special dietary requirements please let us know on your consent form or contact the office.

Course Site

The Journeyman course will take place at an expedition style camp in Scotland. 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.

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 - The Journeyman Course with Ray Mears

- (7 places) • £1795.00

Course Reviews

The Journeyman Course with Ray Mears is rated 5/5 based on 3 customer reviews.

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

Overall Rating:


  1 of 3

  The Journeyman course was an intense experience. Although I was irritated by the background story in the beginning, the course changed my point of view on some aspects of life which I really start to like. Not only do I plan a little longer ahead, but I am more aware about how necessary it is to really care for your 'team' be it family, friends, colleagues... And, for sure I do now really appreciate the availability of food:-) I am really thankful to have taken away plenty of experience and met a bunch of great people at the course. Thanks to all of you, instructors, team and participants.  


Rated: 5/5

  2 of 3

  This course exceeded all my expectations! From the first moment that we started to the very last minute at which we ended, the course was designed spectacularly well! This has been a life changing experience for me, I learnt a lot about myself during this week. Ray is the real deal, he has invested so much time and knowledge into this course and his level of skill and professionalism can be seen throughout. The lessons are intense and there is a lot of information and knowledge transferred across the whole week. This course is not for the feint hearted, be ready to throw aside all thoughts and expectations and jump straight into the deep end, you will need to use all your skills and have your awareness and wits about you from the get go. This is a doing course rather than an attending course in that you must apply yourself every minute of every day, it is not like any of the other course delivered by Woodlore. It was worth every penny and the lessons I have learnt, the friends I have made and the experiences I went through will stick with me for life. Looking forward to continuing my journey with Ray and the Woodlore team, couldn't recommend this course highly enough to anyone serious about bushcraft and braving the wilderness. 5 Stars!  


Rated: 5/5

  3 of 3

  The Journeyman is a great course that I'd highly recommend.  


Rated: 5/5

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