Traditional Living Skills
Expanding on the Fundamentals of Bushcraft
Strip away your dependence on equipment by learning to improvise as much from nature as possible. Spend the week learning such things as cooking your food without metal pots and pans, making fire by friction in the simplest way and crafting nets, snares and fishing lines from materials found in the forest.
A fun course that will promote your ability to improvise from what nature provides and give an insight into our own ancient British past.
Are you living or existing? A question often asked of students on our Journeyman course, it is intended to challenge the mentality and achievements of those attending. The Traditional Living Skills course takes you to a higher understanding of what is required to confidently answer: living!
Building and expanding on the skills of the Fundamental Bushcraft course, you will take the next steps into a deeper relationship with the natural world. By stripping away your dependence on kit, you will begin to develop your ability to take advantage of the resources offered by nature and gain an understanding the freedoms and limitations of such a life. Above all, you will learn the importance of knowledge, skill and a positive mental attitude - attributes you can take with you wherever you go.
This course is designed for those who wish to gain a deeper understanding of Bushcraft and ideal for those preparing for our Journeyman course. You will construct and live in a shelter for the whole week.
Subjects covered on this course:
- Advanced fire techniques, including hand-drill
- Containers from natural materials
- Advanced cordage-making
- Net making
- Native fishing techniques
- Advanced trapping techniques
- Edible plants
- Aboriginal cooking techniques
- Group shelters
- Mats and duvets
- Camp Hygiene
This course starts at 17:30 on Sunday and will finish at 16:00 on Saturday.
CateringAll 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.
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 Traditional Living Skills course will take place at an expedition style camp in East Sussex, close to Uckfield. 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.
Dates, Costs and BookingsPlease select a course date Please ensure that you read our Terms & Conditions prior to booking your place.
2017 Dates - Traditional Living Skills
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Frequently Asked Questions
Answers to frequently asked questions about this course can be found here. If you have a question about this course, please contact us.
Yes, the course is fully catered and we will happily cater for various dietary requirements, which we ask to be notified of in advance.
We do not have toilet and shower blocks at our course sites, preferring to use more simple and natural facilities. The toilet is simply a trench dug into the ground in a secluded spot, just like you would use when on a trip in the wilderness. We provide a container with toilet paper, hand gel and matches. This is a hygienic, easy and practical method. If you would like to have a shower, we have a canvas bag shower in a private area and a bucket for heating water over the fire. You may find it useful to bring some flip flops or similar to avoid getting your feet dirty while showering.
Yes, we carry on whatever the weather. We will obviously try to keep everyone as sheltered as possible when it is raining and some of the schedule may be altered but the course in its entirety will take place.