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Rewild Weekend

Have you ever watched a survival programme and fancied giving it a go? Would you like to learn some new skills that you can use in the great outdoors? Want to learn how to identify trees, to build a shelter, to weave a basket or discover some new fire lighting methods? Why let the kids have all the fun? Learning new skills in the forest has no age limit!

This will be a rewilding weekend and will focus on getting back to basics with bushcraft and survival skills, as well as learning to reconnect with nature. There will be an opportunity for various bushcraft, forest wellbeing and survival skills as well as free time each day for self-exploration and discovery. We will cook over the campfire together for each meal before heading to our hammocks or shelters to sleep.

Join us at Exmouth Forest School, in East Devon for a weekend of fun, bushcraft and survival and outdoor wellbeing this summer. Run by two of our experienced members of staff, Bubs and Gary (who will be ably assisted by Sam), you’ll be able to tap into their wealth of knowledge throughout the weekend. The group size will be kept small so that we can build a connection between all those attending as we learn some new skills and reconnect with the natural world.

The Details

When: Dates TBC

Where: Exmouth Forest School, near Exmouth 

Cost: £300

(50% deposit to be paid at the time of booking, balance due three weeks before the weekend)

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Mike 'Bubs' Whale
Senior TLP Worker and Site Lead

Bubs has a solid knowledge and experience of bushcraft and surviving in the great outdoors, gained from 30 years in the army, during which time his work took him all over the world from the South Atlantic to West Africa and numerous places in the UK. Upon leaving, he moved into full time education and is particularly passionate about teaching and learning, having been responsible for numerous successful educational programmes and bushcraft courses over the years. His knowledge of surviving in the great outdoors, firelighting methods and shelter building is second to none in our company and he is perfectly placed to host a fantastic weekend of rewilding in the woods at Exmouth.

Gary Cargill
TLP Worker

Gary’s varied background in outdoor activities and outdoor pursuits has left him with an in-depth knowledge of ‘ancient’ skills such as basket weaving, flora and fauna ID and woodworking. He is passionate about sharing these skills with others and loves anything outdoors, having a particular interest in self sufficiency. He enjoys making things with his hands from carving to jam making and can often be found foraging in his local area. He is looking forward to sharing these skills with attendees at the Rewild Weekend in a fun and engaging way.

What to expect?

The Accommodation

This weekend is about being outdoors so we’ll fully embrace this by sleeping outside once the sun has set. Choose from stringing one of our hammocks between trees, building your own shelter to sleep in or embracing your inner child and sleeping in our tree house! 

Bushcraft and Wilderness Activities 

There will be some time each day to allow you to fully immerse yourself in nature but you will also have the opportunity to do some of the following activities

  • Fire Lighting Methods
  • Tree Identification
  • Campfire Cooking
  • Shelter Building
  • Forest Bathing
  • Whittling
  • Foraging
  • Basket Weaving

Food

We’ll be cooking every meal over a campfire together – the perfect opportunity to brush up on some of the skills we’ve just learnt whilst getting to know each other better. Whilst we might find it hard to forage all meals in these East Devon woods, we will try to find some edibles to add to our meals!Your package will include all meals. Tea/Coffee and snacks will be available throughout the day to complement. 

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