We’ve been as busy as a flock of fieldfares putting the finishing touches to our 2012 Bushcraft Courses, and we are already taking bookings for next Summer!

 We split our courses into three distinct types:

An introduction to Bushcraft Skills in North Wales

This course is a one-day ‘taster session’, held at our bushcraft school site. It’s aimed at people who have little or no experience of this activity and who want to learn the basics. Previous customers have been individuals and families, stag and hen parties and even companies looking for an alternative staff party!

The course takes place in the Ruthin/Denbigh area, but we meet you at an easy-to-find location and take you up to our site, so there is no driving around back lanes frantically looking for us!

We provide equipment for the course (some of which you get to take home and keep, age limits applying on knives of course), expert instruction and even photos from your day on a DVD (posted to you afterwards). All you need to bring is warm, waterproof clothes and footwear you don’t mind getting a bit muddy, some lunch and sense of humour!

The course covers some of the fundamental basics of Bushcraft, such as firelighting, shelter building, finding safe drinking water and even some campfire cookery.

Prices are £85 per person, and available 2012 dates can be found HERE.

A Two-Day Bushcraft Course held at our school in North Wales

This course is a little more intensive, and includes an overnight stay in a shelter you have built yourself! It is equally suitable for more adventurous beginners and those with a little experience. We teach you sustainable ways to live with nature, not working against it.

The skills covered are done in a very hands-on way. You don’t just sit back and watch an instructor demonstrate the skill without getting your hands dirty, you get to try everything for yourself and receive coaching from our experienced staff. You will learn to safely light and manage a campfire, because you’ll need to cook on it for the weekend! You will learn to build a strong and weatherproof shelter, because how well you sleep depends on it! You get to repeat the key skills throughout the weekend, as well as learning navigation, water purification and craft techniques.

As with the Taster course, most equipment is provided and the kit-list you need to bring with you is short, and can be found on the course page.

The price of the course is £210 per person, which includes all food and drink for the weekend. Dates can be foundHERE.

The Woodland Living Course for private woodland owners

This is something slightly different, and is available in the whole of the U.K., not just North Wales. We were approached by several local woodland owners to come along and participate in one of our courses because they wanted to learn skills that they could use on their own patches of woodland.This discussion led to Original Outdoors delivering private courses in their woodlands to show them what natural resources they had available to create a camp and to be able to better appreciate their own woods.

We now offer this course as standard. It covers a lot of the same topics as in our Bushcraft Discovery course but is tailored to fit the area we are working in and what the customer requires. We travel to you, bringing equipment to show various levels of ‘luxury’ available, we show you how to safely light, manage and cook over an open fire, how to build temporary and semi-permanent shelters and how to source safe drinking water if it is available. This is NOT an arboreal or woodland management course, it is to show you the skills and techniques you can use to spend many enjoyable days and nights in your  patch of woodland.

Please enquire for prices as they vary depending on what you want and your location, dates are to suit availability. More information can be found HERE.

We will also be releasing details of courses that are new for 2012 from Original Outdoors, such as Bushcraft Navigationand Bushcraft Refresher courses – watch out for them in early January!

What does a bushcraft instructor do out of season?
Review of the 2011 Summer

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