Woodlore — School of Wilderness Bushcraft  


Traditional Living Skills

Expanding on the Fundamentals of Bushcraft

Step deeper into the world of bushcraft and begin to live in the forest with minimal reliance on kit using new skills and your own determination to succeed. From the elegance of making fire with the hand drill to making nets and sharing your nights in a group shelter made from the materials that surround you, this course will arm you with a wealth of new experience and skill to be used on your adventures. It is also the perfect stepping stone to the Journeyman Course.

Further Information

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.


All 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 Site

The 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 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.

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Course Reviews

Traditional Living Skills is rated 5/5 based on 2 customer reviews.

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

Overall Rating:


  1 of 2

  Another experience never to be forgotten. From the elegance of making fire with the hand drill, to initiation to a host of new skills, along with immersing yourself in actually living within the woodland environment; a brilliant experience, one that most people won't get the chance to taste in modern life. The Woodlore team (Tom, David and Wayne), as ever excellent at their craft, and focused on passing on their experience and skills - thank you each. I'd highly recommend this course to anyone who wants to take the next step beyond the 'Fundamental'; and likely good preparation for the 'Journeyman'.  


Rated: 5/5

  2 of 2

  A fantastic week - full of new and valuable experiences and skills. Thank you to all at Woodlore, especially our instructors, Tom, David and Wayne. Their knowledge and skills shone through to make the week educational and enjoyable at the same time. The course has laid the foundations for me to progress to the Journeyman. Thanks again.  


Rated: 5/5

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