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Autumn Bushcraft Course

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This course focuses on bushcraft survival skills required during the Autumn in lowland Britain. As the leaves change colour and begin to fall, and nuts and late fruits mature, there is a last harvest to be gathered before winter. It is also the best time to collect edible fungi. On this course you will look at ways of collecting/preparing nuts such as acorns and their winter storage. You will also forage for fungi and fruits and look at their preservation too.

The weather is generally cooler and wetter and this provides a good opportunity to test wet weather firelighting techniques and shelter building. You will also look at ways of making cord in the autumn with different kinds of fibres. One of the challenges of the weekend is to transport fire from one location to another!

Learning outcomes

By the end of the weekend you will have learnt about the following subjects:

  • Collection and preservation of seasonal foods (nuts, fungi and fruit, depending on availability)
  • Wet weather fire lighting
  • Shelter building
  • Transporting fire between locations
  • Autumn cordage options

Client quote:

"Leon was clear, organised and systematic in his teaching, while also being creative, flexible and accommodating in dealing with questions. We covered an enormous amount during a short space of time, yet things never felt rushed. We had great success and gained much new knowledge foraging for, preparing and cooking, wild foods; sourcing and purifying water; shelter building; and making and transporting fire. I entered the woods with a degree of trepidation and low confidence in my ability to adapt to, and live in, a natural environment. I left feeling elated and with a strong core belief that I can thrive in, and fully experience, wild places. I also enjoyed the quiet comradeship, trust and good humour that Leon fostered during the course. An unexpected pleasure was the discovery of the delicious flavours and interesting textures of the wild foods we found and learning preparation and camp fire cooking techniques. The weekend was suffused with a sense of well-being and I felt a deep sense of connecting with the inherent spirituality of nature, and feeling comfortable and competent. The sunny and mild autumnal weather and colourful beauty of the woods helped!" - P. Law


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