33 days of complete immersion in everything you want to know about life in and with nature! Together with the 2-week expedition abroad, makes 51 days in nature with lessons, skills to learn and discover. Of these, the craft week and the expedition are completely optional. Are you going on our adventure?
You get a complete package of courses with really everything, but also everything! This way you get to know nature in all seasons, you learn to work with various types of tools. You will learn about fire, tinder, woods, trees, leather tanning, food, animal tracks and much more. On top of that, you get a full week in which you will fully immerse yourself in all kinds of crafts and native skills, such as working with bone, antlers, tendon, flint etc. Because of the design of this annual training, you form a ‘tribe’ with your fellow students. In the evening you can continue working on your projects by the campfire. As a highlight, we organize an expedition abroad in which all the skills and items made come in handy.
have years of experience with ‘living by nature’. After our annual training you have so much knowledge and experience that “Living by Nature” gets in your blood.
- 11 weekends of 3 days
- 1 craft week
- Closure with your ‘tribe’ and your homemade stuff we go ‘Living by Nature’ (abroad) for 2 weeks
After this training you have a wealth of knowledge and experience about ‘Living by Nature’. This is the method we use. It is a combination of bushcraft, survival, primitive techniques and our own philosophy. This allows you to stay in nature for a longer period of time. And you’re so trained that you’re able to teach others the basics. Just the basics? We are convinced that in order to teach other people something, your own knowledge and skills must be much higher than the level at which you teach. In the course itself you get learned much more than the basics.
Many of the topics we are going to cover require more than theory and have done it once. You’d think that after making fire with a bowdrill 10 times, you could explain it the 11th time. But what do you know about the influence of: woods, trees, the materials for the firebow, types of tendon and how to make them natural? What do you know about humidity, temperature, wind and air currents? Or finding dry wood and the right materials? Then there are all the different postures and techniques you can use. Tinder, where do you find it, and how to prepare them by species? Then you still don’t have a fire. How are you going to get everything ready before you start and how do you build it up? These are all factors that influence the process. Are you prepared for maybe the psychological consequences if it doesn’t work out? This is only the enumeration of the basis in bushcraft on 1 topic.
It takes a lot of training and practice to really master skills. By keeping track of your knowledge and experience and further developing it, you can grow into an instructor. Life in nature requires experience. And you have to put time into that. That can be frustrating, but don’t worry! You’ll get there in the end. We believe in trial and error. Before you can walk, you just go down a few times. But again, no worries. Surrender to the experience. After this training you can run the proverbial marathon!
Living by Nature
Is like a book of difficult words. If you understand the words, the story becomes clear.
Imagine you want to learn how to ‘trail’. Follow a deer by looking at his tracks. You can look in a tracking book at what his paw prints look like normally. But what if it deviates from the norm? You can look up how far his prints are from each other when he runs. What if, for example, he just had to dodge a tree? We’ll get to know the animal first. How it moves, what he eats, what he’s afraid of, what area he’s in at home in. If you learn this, you’re going to experience how he lives, how he thinks. Then, when you are ‘trailing’, you can visualize how he would logically walk. After that, you can always open the tracking book. You will notice that the book is easier to understand now that you can visualize what is in it. It’s made sense.
Around the year
Are you curious about what the programme entails? Because a whole list of all the things we want to teach you would be way too long, we took a selection from our offer. This gives you an idea, in reality you learn a lot and much more.
We’ll start with a day of getting to know each other. This day is meant to get to know each other. The students among themselves and also the instructors. We’re talking about running the camp. Of course, we immediately do all kinds of fun things such as: frying fish in loam, cooking in a fire pit.
In two blocks of 3 days we lay the foundation. A few parts: tool maintenance, tool safety (think knife, axe, saw), cutting exercises, fire and fire pit, the bowdril theory and practice, tinderes and where to find them, wood and where to find it, walks in which we get to know species and materials, wildlife observation, shelters building, making beds, skinning and boning, making jerky, what can you do with tendons, bones, skins, nails, what are useful knots and how do I make them , how do we find and filter water, and I apply natural first aid.
The next two 3 days we will go deeper into the topics of the basics, and we will cover more advanced topics. Some examples: walks where you learn to look at a forest in a ‘bushcraft way’, how to live animals, observe animals, make your own penitent needle, how resin, fatwood and birch bark work and how do I find them, make pine sticks, tar, make ropes in many ways and with different materials, bone and antlers and that work, collect and work wood and roots, make a leister pear , making traps, making bark containers, processing willow, trapping (the theory), making traps, trigger mechanisms, placements, baits.
Edible nature, medicine and more
We continue with a 3 day about food, medicine and how to store them. After the usual breakfast on a natural fire, for example, we go: take walks to learn to recognize edible plants, dry plants, obtain fat, brine, individually free collection of edible plants (we also go from dinner), treat clay, and make and bake pots.
Storage, transport and applications
There will also be a 3 day for wool, felts, travelbaskets and pots. We learn how to work with wool: how to card, lay, how to felt it and how to make a blanket out of it. We will also learn more about rawhide and how to use it that weekend. We learn to bend wood through steam, and how to make your travel basketball with curved wood and rawhide. On the last day we continue to work with clay: we learn more about its theory and then start making and baking pots.
Flint & Applications
The craft of cracking flint, or working flint. We learn different techniques, such as pressure flakes and percussion flakes. We cover various tools and stones, such as basalt, obsidian and flint. We deal with theory of all kinds of different periods, and then make our own tools. We’re going to make arrowheads, scrapers and knives!
Animals, behavior, tracking
These days we’re going to focus on animals. We’re going to the maybe to the deer bronze! That means getting up early, going into the woods and observing animals. We’re going to make you more aware of the animals, and the world, around you. We also go hiking again with a bushcraft perspective, to get more attentive to the practical ways to use nature around you. We will also cover tracking: looking at animal tracks, learning to read the differences between different animal tracks, and how to read a trail to learn about the animal you are following.
We’re going to tan buckskin and fish skins. Here you will learn the theory about skins and how to make them ready for use. Of course we’re going to do it, everyone’s going to make their own buckskin and fish skin.
This week is all about completing everything you need for the two-week expedition. In addition, fishing is covered. Natural fishing line making, learning to further process bone and antlers and then making hooks and spearheads, and treating traps and other fishtraps. There is room for repetition and practice and again receives a short instruction from an instructor.
The closure, in this you’re going to show what you control. These days you could see as an exam and completion of the learning phase. After that, many students continue with their expedition supplies.
Finally, we go abroad for two weeks together to actually use everything we have learned. We then take things that we made ourselves, and start living ”like our ancestors”. In our homemade clothes, with our travelbaskets on our backs, drinking from gourds and with self-struck flint knife, we are going to take all our primary necessities of life out of nature for two weeks. More about the expedition will be discussed in the programme.
The expedition takes place in September after completing the training. This will give everyone time to finish their supplies.
Especially for parents with children we have the parent-child yearly education. If you still want to follow the regular education, a child is allowed to come occasionally. Of these, the minimum age is 5 years. This is always in consultation with the chief instructor. For children who structurally join the programme every weekend, we charge € 1500.
We ask you to find as much shelter for your dog as possible. Also for dogs, this can only be done in consultation, that there can not be too many in 1 group and they must be absolutely obedient.
We ask you not to bring alcohol to the courses.
Missed a weekend
If you have to miss a moment, you can join another group. Our field is also open to all participants (in consultation) for further practice. And if we are busy, we can of course advise you and help you further.
The price includes the statutory VAT, the meals during the course days and the materials during the course.
Not included: extra material for home, for example extra skins for tanning or other types of materials.
Travel costs to and from the expedition
It is possible to pay in instalments, we have the possibility to pay in 1 x, in 4 installments or in 10 installments.
We will ask you to make a deposit around November to reserve your participant spot. If you’re not sure yet, don’t pay for this one. Deposits are not returned. With a deposit, your place is definitely yours.
We are happy to talk to you about the questions you have. Or come and have a look to taste the atmosphere.