W.I.L.D. is based south of Cambridge (UK) and we run courses in bushcraft, survival and traditional woodland skills.
There are two ways to approach outdoor adventure: the Bear Grylls way of survival, pitting your wits against the wilds, high octane fun and adventure. Or the Ray Mears bushcraft way of listening and learning from nature, using your wisdom and skills to negotiate the wilds. Both ways work very well and we combine the best of both to give people a deeper understanding of the natural environment around them on courses that are accessible to all, young and old, men and women.
On this course we spend the day exploring our primitive fascination with fire. We teach you first how to prepare your fire so it will light first-time, then use fire by friction to get it going. Then we discover some of the best ways to manage and maintain a fire, and the best fire for warmth, cooking, or just a fire to sit around telling stories and whittling.
Our ancestors had three basic priorities: Shelter, Food and Water and they only had traditional skills and knowledge to rely on. On this course we take you back in time, so with only traditional skills you have to make a natural shelter good enough to spend the night in. Then make a simple fire to prepare your food and water.
On this course you are allowed to be a kid again, and hang out with your children. We make sure everyone is safe so you can relax and as a family share that innocent sense of excitement and adventure as you rediscover the woods.
A modern family rarely gets the time to be together without constant distractions pulling our attention; TV, internet, social media, work. In the woods, nature gently brings us back together as we learn ancient skills, make fire, and reignite our imaginations with hands on traditional skills.
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Being out in nature is a magical experience but modern living removes us from it more and more. So, our mission is to get people to reconnect with the fun and adventures they can have outdoors. With the hope that this might make people value and protect the natural world rather than just exploit it...