Woodland Immersion

This course covers the basic skills and knowledge required to begin to fully immerse your self in nature, and interact as a ‘participant’ rather than an ‘observer’ when spending time in the natural environment.

The course equips participants to spend extended periods in the outdoors with reduced reliance on expensive technical equipment that really only serves as a barrier between you and nature in order to keep you comfortable.

With knowledge and experience, the natural world can provide everything we need to live comfortably in the outdoors, allowing you to really absorb and become one with the ‘real’ physical world around you.

We cover practical skills such as:

  • Observation techniques: how to tune your senses to pick up on the subtleties of the natural world around you
  • Animal tracking & the language of birds
  • How to move in the woods without scattering the wildlife
  • ‘Reliable’ fire lighting methods (without matches, & even in a rain-storm)
  • Fire by friction
  • Wild camping (in a self-built a weather proof insulated natural shelter made from the offerings of the forest floor)
  • Natural navigation
  • Wild foods
  • Campfire cooking
  • How to use a knife safely & effectively

and much more…

From beginning to end we will adhere to good “leave no trace” practices so that you can always leave a site undamaged and looking almost as though no one has been there. Yet, you will take away with you a set of real and transferable life skills, a deepened appreciation for nature, and the confidence to spend more time immersed in the outdoors learning nature’s secrets.

This course differs from ‘bushcraft‘ courses in that we focus on how to slow down and take lessons from the natural word around us through observation and natural history knowledge. We will learn to adapt and align our selves with the environment so that our actions are in time with the rhythm of nature rather than independent of, and superimposed upon it.


Pictures from the Woodland Immersion Course for the Rusland Horizons Project 6th – 8th July 2018, near Ulverston, Cumbria.