Skills Development Weekend
An opportunity to practice bushcraft and wilderness skills on private land in North Wales
£65.00 per person (limited spaces)
This is a new type of course for Original Outdoors – one without any training delivery or instruction included!
The purpose of these Skills Development Weekends is to provide customers of Original Outdoors with an opportunity and environment to practice and develop their own skills, to work in a ‘real’ environment and to meet other bushcraft and wilderness skills practitioners.
This is an ideal follow-on event from The Woodcrafter Course or another basic bushcraft course, or just for the more experienced practitioner who wants to develop their skills in a different environment.
There will be at least one experienced Original Outdoors instructor on site during the course, but you will have room to spread out and find a location within the site that works for you. Most of the sites we use are greater than 50 acres in size and all feature mature woodland and running streams or rivers.
There is no specific course content or instruction offered but if you have a problem or would like some advice then you can come and ask one of the on-site instructors for help. Impromptu sessions can sometimes develop, for example a wood-carving session on the afternoon of Day 2 or maybe a foraging walk on one of the evenings.
You are expected to provide your own equipment and food for the weekend, and can arrive at any time from 5 p.m. on the Friday night. The site must be vacated, with all reasonable trace of your campfire and other activities removed, by 6p.m. on the Sunday afternoon.
You will be left alone for the bulk of the weekend if you wish, but there will be an evening and morning briefing on each day that you are expected to attend to ensure that everybody is safe and healthy.
The spaces on the Skills Development Weekend is limited to 10 places per event, on a first-come, first-served basis.
- Arrive any time from 5 p.m. at pre-arranged parking near site
- Walk in to site with any equipment needed for weekend (must be carried)
- Choose bivvy site and identify key resources (water, firewood)
- Evening 30 minute briefing (central location within site)
- Morning 30 minute briefing
- Day 1
- Evening 30 minute briefing
- Morning 30 minute briefing
- Day 2
- Depart site by 6 p.m.
Full joining information will be sent out for the individual dates after your place has been booked, but if you have a specific question about where a weekend will be held then you can get in touch with us directly.
Do I need to bring my own equipment?
We do not supply any food or equipment for these weekends and you are expected to bring your own equipment and food for the duration of your stay. The sites are suitable for tent, hammock or other bivvy options and sleep systems and you may light a small fire.
Do I need to bring my own food?
Yes, you will need to feed yourself. There is always a river or other water source on site but it may need filtration or sterilisation to make it safe.
Responsible foraging is allowed.
Can I use an axe/knife/saw on site?
You can use cutting tools safely and responsibly whilst on site during these weekends.
Can I bring a dog?
Not for these weekends we’re afraid.
Can I purchase a gift voucher for this weekend?
Yes, you can purchase a gift voucher for somebody else by selecting the relevant option from the dropdown menu above. We can also create a custom PDF voucher that you can print off and give to the course recipient.
Terms and conditions for our Gift Vouchers can be found here.