Our Home School / Home education series is aimed at older young people aged 10+ and runs in blocks throughout term time. We run the group one day per week for a period of 6 – 10 weeks dependant on the length of the term.
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Each week we look at a different element of Survival, not only learning the practical skills and how to apply them but also the historical and traditional importance of their application. Throughout the series we will build upon the knowledge and understanding of the previous weeks and by the time we gather around the hearth for the final time participants will be wiser, more confident and they’ll know themselves a little better.
We offer a number of opportunities throughout the year for participants to take part in a ‘graduation’ of sorts where they can put their learning to the test and take part in a 24 hour survival challenge.
“Paul and Alex have given my kids a huge amount of knowledge in this 6 week course but the increase in their self confidence, social skills and enthusiasm for physical activities is most apparent. They encourage respect and awareness of their environment through storytelling and teaching practical skills. A rare resource for kids in modern times. It’s been a truly life changing experience for them and won’t hesitate to book more courses in the future. Thank you so much.”
SURVIVAL AND BUSHCRAFT SKILLS
There is a huge amount to learn and we will try to provide a good foundation in all of the disciplines outlined below. We might not be able to cover all of the subjects in each series as we are often led by the group but we will try our very best to provide as much in-depth knowledge and learning as we possibly can.
It’s not only about the practical though – during each session we weave together survival skills, grounding exercises, play, exploration, fire time, traditional storytelling and problem solving.
All participants will have the opportunity to make a Journey Stick, a functional and personal possession that will accompany them throughout the program.
The passage of time can be measured in a number of ways and it’s weight will leave its mark on things, place and people. Sometimes it is easy to track the route that these marks have made but particularly when focussing on self they can be impossible to see.
Functional objects are an extremely useful tool in measuring time and as a reminder of experience and distance travelled. Some bevelling here, a notch there, a graze to the bark or a flattened end from digging up a burdock root. Each mark, a sign and memory of adventures, hardship, success and time well spent in wild places.
Sticks become our journals and companions.
“Led by a team of professional, knowledgeable and friendly warriors. My daughter has loved every session. Worth every penny.”