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.
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.
CateringMeals 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 SiteThe 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 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.
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Fungi sourced on the Journeyman course
Fishing techniques used on the loch in Scotland
A view across the loch at dusk
Lighting the fire using the bow drill technique
Making a tarpaulin dinghy to use for fishing on the loch
Home for the week
Clients crossing the loch using floatation aids
A group taking their supplies back to their camp
The Journeyman Course with Ray Mears