Bushcraft Essentials is an intensive weekend course designed to give you a solid foundation on which to build your bushcraft knowledge and experience. It will encompass the fundamentals of bushcraft covering the 5 core elements of, fire, water, shelter, food, and craft. Whether you are seriously interested in learning/developing these skills or just want to ‘have a go’ this is the place to start.
In this course we go in dept into a wide variety of skills and techniques. We get stuck in the first night with fire, learning the various ways we can light fire with modern and primitive techniques and how it can be used as a tool for various purposes. Most importantly we look at how fire works as with out this knowledge correcting mistakes is just guess work. This is followed up by a good hearty stew to set us up for the weekend ahead.
On Saturday we start with an introduction to tool use and selection and look closely at their make up, steels, design features and suitability for various jobs and more. You are given a Mora companion knife and a Bacho Laplander folding saw and thought how to use them safely. Over the weekend we develop your skills through various craft project help build confidence and proper technique with your cutting tools.
We go out of camp and spend time learning about the various habitats in and around the forest, learning how to identify harvest sustainably and prepare the resources they hold such as materials for craft work, wild foods and medicinal's. We give you an introduction to tracks and sign and how to read them to tell you what animals or birds have been moving through the area to how to build up a picture of what surrounds us in the wilds.
Shelter is an important consideration particularly here in Ireland. We break this down to help you truly understand what this is and how to provide it looking at all its elements, modern and primitive shelters, their pro's, cons and how to provide it for yourself in any given situation. The evening is finished off with our back country cooking lesson where you get to cook your dinner over a campfire using some simple a primitive techniques and enjoy the forest, good food and good company for the evening.
Sunday starts with water, being one of our most important priorities when we are out and about, we learn all about how to provide this basic requirement for ourselves. We look at water strategy and sources, filtration and purification once again from a modern and a primitive view point making and using improvised filters and comparing them to their modern counterparts.
Fire by friction is a skill that connects us with something primitive with in ourselves and we will learn how to do this using the bow drill technique. We will prepare our sets and go through the full process of burning it in, cutting in the notch, producing an ember and bringing it to flame so you have instruction and experience in every part of the process. Making fire from scratch is an incredibly rewarding part of the weekend.
We will also be looking at knots cordage and rope work too, learning a series of knots that will get you through the situations you will come across most regularly and how to make cordage from natural materials found around you in the woods. There are also many other things covered over the weekend too.
This course is unique in its perspective, looking at the core of each of the skills and techniques and isolating what is the essential elements so you can apply these to what every you have at hand and not an 'experience' course where you are given a go at a few bushcraft skills. We aim to give you a proper understanding of how each of these skills and techniques work and the elements that make them up so you can learn to work with whats around you in what every location you find yourself.
People are asked to arrive for 5pm on Friday evening and we finish up Sunday around 6pm. The course is for persons of 18+ years, but for those a bit younger if you wish to attend with a guardian please contact us to arrange this. This also is not an endurance experience, reasonable fitness/mobility is required due to the nature of the environment we are in. We aim to accommodate everyone at their level of ability and do not ask anyone to anything they are not comfortable with. If you have any concerns or questions please feel free to call we are happy to discuss this with you.
To book one of our courses please see our Course Bookings, or, for further details contact us on (+353) 086 392 5958 or email
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