Bushcraft is all about exploring and discovery, very addictive but great for the soul. Bushcraft takes you to another level when it comes to enjoying the outdoors - being able to build, light and maintain a fire with ease, improvise utensils that you may have left behind, read the woods, identify the plants and find something you want the answer for next time.
The Basic Bushcraft Course is not a survival course - roughing it through the night is something we don’t want to do. What we do want to do is, “know more and carry less”. Our courses are designed to be enjoyed, not endured.
Course Outline Saturday starts early at 08:00hrs. You will set up your tarp, tent, hammock. After that, we will issue you with the equipment you will be using for the course: Mora Clipper Knife, Laplander Saw, Crook knife and some cookware to make Bannock. We will then go for a walk and get an introduction to foraging and our ancestor’s hunter-gatherer lifestyle. Enroute, we will pick-up some items for projects that we will work on over the course of the weekend, identify some plants, trees and whatever other flora or fauna we may come across. Some of the projects we will work on may include but are not limited to: making cordage, carving a spoon or a bowl, fire by friction with the bow and drill, making a grass blanket/mat, making a sun compass, plus much more. In the evening we will talk about and demonstrate the history of fire, including types of fires and their uses, and which wood is good for burning. We will also show you how to sharpen your knife. Depending on the night sky we may learn night navigation and star gazing.
Sunday will start at 07:00hrs getting dressed and fed. At 08:00hrs we will review your projects and continue working on them through the rest of the day.
Bushcraft is such a diverse subject, no two courses would be the same - a lot largely depends on the time of year, and what materials we find to use. Many people have devoted a lifetime to learning bushcraft, and are still learning. It never gets boring! Some courses MAY include cooking which will be included at no additional cost, but do not rely on this as food for the course. The course usually finishes around 15:30hrs, largely depending on group size and not until we’ve had our group photo!
To keep costs low, food is not included on this course. The use of a Mora Clipper Knife, Laplander Saw, Crook Knife and Cookware for teaching purposes is included.
Cost: $225 (includes all applicable taxes). A 25% deposit is required to hold your place, with the balance payable 8 weeks before the course start. If the balance is not paid by this time, the reservation will be treated as cancelled by the client. Client cancellations earlier than 6 weeks before the start of the course will be refunded in full, subject to a $50 administration charge. For cancellations later than 6 weeks before the beginning of the course, no refund can be given. However, in the good spirit of bushcraft, if we can fill your place we will refund your payment (less the administration charge) at anytime. In the event of a School in the Woods cancellation, all fees paid will be fully refunded.
Duration: 2 days 1 night
Location: Bracebridge, Ontario
Timing: Please arrive between 30 and 60 minutes prior to the start of the program to complete administration requirements. Thank you.