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Bushcraft Courses

At Woodland Classroom, we lead a wide range of inspirational and engaging bushcraft and woodland skills courses.

These courses cater for all interests and abilities giving you the opportunity to connect with and gain a deeper understanding of the natural world through learning these traditional skills.

Bushcraft is a set of skills that’s as old as humans themselves. Making fire, building shelter, foraging for food, using sharp tools and reading the landscape are all activities which we’ve been practising since prehistory. Bushcraft brings us closer to nature and to understanding ourselves.

Meet James Kendall

With over 10 years experience working in the outdoors, James is our Head Bushcraft Instructor, certified through the Institute for Outdoor Learning. Following 2 years of mentoring from Dave Watson, Founder & Lead Instructor at the renowned Woodland Survival Crafts school.

“My approach to teaching bushcraft has always been with an emphasis on steering my students toward fostering a deeper connection with nature through understanding the landscape around us. Bushcraft skills are an effective way to do this as we learn about using natural materials and how we can live with the land, whilst also connecting with our own ancient past by seeing the land through the eyes of our ancestors.” –  James Kendall

James

Skills you will learn

James teaches bushcraft skills both as part of his own programme of courses and for group bookings. Skills covered include:

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Fire by Friction

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Shelter building

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Sharp tool use

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Tree & Plant Identification

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Natural Cordage

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Fire lighting Skills

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Hedgerow Foraging

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Bushcraft for families

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Natural Navigation

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Traditional Leathercraft

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Dutch oven

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Campfire Cooking

Our programme of adult courses is designed for:

Newcomers to the world of bushcraft skills.
Outdoor enthusiasts who want to bring bushcraft into their hobbies.
Anyone with a basic understanding of bushcraft looking to enhance their skills.
Outdoor Activity Leaders & Forest School Practitioners who want to improve their bushcraft skillset for teaching others.

BUSHCRAFT, RATHER THAN SURVIVAL

Although our courses include a lot of what are often labelled as ‘survival skills’ we don’t consider ourselves as teachers in survival. Rather, our aim is to give learners a deeper appreciation and understanding of the natural world through practising both ancient and modern bushcraft skills not so that we can learn to simply survive in the wild, but so that we can thrive, learning new skills and improving our mental health and wellbeing by spending quality time building our connection with nature.

Woven throughout all our courses is the over-arching theme of Leave No Trace, which asks those of us who enjoy bushcraft to consider the short and long term impacts of our activities on the wildlife and habitats that we love, looking at ways we can reduce our footprint and tread more lightly on the land.

Remember this old Aboriginal saying, “The more you know, the less you need.”

Bushcraft is a way of reconnecting with our inner hunter-gatherers, slowing down, using our hands and senses to notice and deepen our understanding of the natural world around us. Bushcraft is a perfect vehicle into mindful activity and connection to nature as it awakens a very deep part of ourselves that still exists within our brain and its wiring. Practising bushcraft requires you to really notice your surroundings, be aware of the details and consider your place, story and impact in the wider landscape.

Thank you James for the brilliant Trees In Winter walk you did with the mindfulness in nature group on Saturday.

I found zoning in on the trees to work out what they are (even if i am still rubbish at it) really helpful in terms of getting into a mindful state of mind as it gives a focus that then can be expanded.

I suffer from GAD and although my meds make a huge difference (and i would never advocate people coming off anything, any more than i would advocate an insulin dependent person come of insulin), in terms of dealing with anxiety attacks and feeling generally better, It helps me get off the “thought carousel “. If only for a while. It seems to work better than some other techniques i stuggled with, due to difficulty in maintaining concentration, although lots of Lea’s visualisations work well too.

Plus it is awesome to investigate and know what is around you!

The Mindfulness in Nature Course has been superb and i have already learnt so much. For anyone who wants to explore this or just curious about the natural world, this couple offer the perfect balance of skills to give the best experience possible!

I an currently in a Park in Amsterdam before an important meeting and what am i doing? Identifying trees!

Thanks both , see you soon!

Maria Wiblin-Moreno

mindfulness in nature
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