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Trailbreaker Bushcraft & Survival Course


This two-day introduction to bushcraft and wilderness survival skills provides the perfect entry for developing your wilderness proficiency and knowledge of nature. Discover the necessary bush skills that enable you to strip down your kit to simple, rugged backwoods tools and equipment that, with knowledge and technique, can reveal the otherwise hidden possibilities in the landscape – for food, fire, shelter, and water. Develop the ‘tricks’ and and master the secrets that open a doorway to nature’s larder, medicine cabinet, first aid kit, tool shed, and hearth. These skills begin an external journey in the self-sufficient style of rough-country travel and wild camping, and an inner journey of greater connection, awareness and understanding of the natural world.   solo_ant-fire.jpg-2
This very full course goes along at good pace as we will cover a range of fundamental bushcraft and survival skills that focus on introducing the principles and practices of natural/ survival shelter construction; rigging modern and ‘classic style’ sleeping systems; choosing, handling, maintaining and using cutting tools; foraging for wild foods and medicines; tree, plant and fungi identification, uses and folklore; landscape literacy and traditional ecological knowledge; traditional and emergency fire-lighting techniques; wilderness cookery and the backwoods kitchen; mammal tracks, trails and signs; wood-carving, star lore and way finding. So, be ready for 2-days of crammed skills and information about the natural world, accompanied by good campfire fun in a stunning wild location.
“Following the recent Trailbreaker course, I thought I’d offer some feedback…The course has fundamentally changed my engagement with the natural world. I’ve made full use of your reading list to further my knowledge. On walks round my home I’ve been identifying trees, tracks and fox kills. My eyes have been opened to a world I didn’t previously see.” – Tim Olsen, 2013
‘A really compact course, with not enough hours in the weekend to ask all the questions and soak up all the expertise on offer from the instructors. All instructors were passionate, well informed and experienced in the subjects they presented to the group, whilst remaining impartial on subjects as when necessary. They were also accessible and approachable, and did well to accommodate us all picking their brains for information. I am passing these skills on to school children I work with.’ , Susan Cammish, TB, 2014
“All the team working on the course were very friendly, welcoming and very giving of their skills and experience. I learnt a huge amount, had great fun and met nice people both students and instructors alike. The big questions is always will you go back? Definitely going back for the 6 day next year and no doubt I will do many more. Ben is obviously hugely experienced and knowledgeable with a calm and understated delivery which is very effective” – Sohrab, 2013
‘I wanted to thank you for the course. Your knowledge, enthusiasm and passion for bushcraft is infectious and I have found myself spending too much time staring at mushrooms since I’ve been back to normality!My slightly obscure butter knife and rush spoon have taken pride of place on the side (even if I haven’t admitted to myself and others that I had to learn how to plait to make it!).’ John Walsh, 2014 TB
You will Learn:

  •     Safety & basic camp-craft
  •     How to use a bushcraft knife
  •     Making water safe to drink
  •     Safe use of cutting tools
  •     Fire lighting methods
  •     Lightweight camping systems
  •     Shelter Building
  •     Plant & tree uses
  •     Backwoods cookery
“Thank you all for laying on and running such a great courses this weekend. It was SO instructive and inspiring, and one couldn’t ask for better weather in a better location.”  – Andy, 2013
‘The lovely weather helped, but being somewhere so quiet and learning all those new things was really exciting. I know making fire by friction isn’t exactly ideal in bushcraft terms but it was totally brilliant. I liked that both Steven and Lisa obviously had a depth of knowledge and experience but wore it lightly – they explained things really clearly, looked out for those of us who were struggling with a task and were willing to help at all times. I loved that we could camp anywhere, and that provision was made for the ‘non-party’ people to hide away if we wanted to (and I did). I liked that you kept to time but were flexible about what you covered to allow for the group’s interests.’ – Jackie Stanly 2014
“Excellent. Lived up to my hopes and expectations. I have been interested for a long while in increasing and developing my experience, skills and understanding in relation to the natural world, and the weekend felt like the beginning of an exciting new chapter for me!” – Diane Griffiths, 2012
 2018 DATES:  

PRICE: £245.00 per person (inc. All food, beverages, courses equipment, camping fees & VAT.)