About Wilderness Survival Skills courses, location and instructors

Joe O'Leary is the author of The Wilderness Survival Guide. He is supported by a team of experienced, enthusiastic and friendly instructors teaching a wide variety of fun and informative courses combining up to date training and knowledge with traditional skills and crafts.instruction-during-an-autumn-wild-food-walk.jpg

This mix of outdoors know how provides a total package for anyone wishing to increase their confidence on the trail or learn more about natural history and traditional crafts.

Our base camp is set in the heart of a 2,500 acre woodland surrounded by rolling hills and downland, near the village of Tisbury in Wiltshire.The Great Ridge, Tisbury

These ancient woodlands are inspiring; a mix of old hazel coppice, twisted moss covered oaks and silver birch with never ending views across the Wylye valley and beyond.Base camp in the woods

Courses run for most of the year and include introductory Wilderness Survival & Bushcraft weekends, winter courses, various survival challenges, longer Living Wild experiences, Wild Food Foraging & Cooking weekends and woodland crafts including wood carving, basket weaving, traditional hide working and more.Picture: /images/w288/a-selection-of-wood-crafts-made-by-joe.jpg

Traditional crafts tie in perfectly with bushcraft and survival training and should be viewed as a valuable extension to your knowledge; the next level of an existing foundation of skills. Following the same principles as bushcraft, many traditional crafts utilise natural and renewable resources as their raw materials and can be achieved using simple hand tools, helping to complete the jigsaw and develop a genuine depth to your knowledge of bushcraft.

All courses are spent entirely outdoors however there are plenty of covered areas within the woods to enable lessons to carry on regardless of weather conditions.On our Survival and Bushcraft courses you will spend your nights in the woods, under canvas or in a shelter you have made from the woodlands around you, warmed by a crackling campfire.Picture: /images/w288/bark-shelter-in-the-woods.jpg Close neighbours will be Roe and Muntjac deer, foxes, hare, badgers and buzzards. The traditional craft workshops generally run between 9am and 5pm, ideal if you prefer the comfort of a local B&B or hotel, however, those who prefer to camp over in the woods will be most welcome!

Food on courses

Our Wilderness Survival & Bushcraft winter and summer courses, along with The Living Wild 5 Day Course and our Wild Food & Foraging courses are fully catered, making use of seasonal wild foods and employing ambitious campfire cooking techniques.

Wild game choices will include rabbit, pheasant, pigeon, partridge, trout, salmon and on certain courses, wild venison. Also, vegetarian and most other food preferences may be catered for if we know well in advance.

All of our traditional craft workshops are self-catered, although hot drinks are available all day. Our woodland kitchen has plenty of robust pots and pans for cooking over the campfire, as well as cool boxes and secure containers to store your food. Small, personal camp fires are absolutely fine and fire wood is plentiful and free.

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