Year course Living by Nature 2024 UK
Living by Nature prides itself on delivering courses our Instructors wished they could have done themselves….had they existed! But they didn’t, and so we pooled our expertise, international experience, passion, and specialists’ skills and created the Year Course. The Year Course has been, and remains, our most popular course. It consists of a whole year of immersing yourself in ancient knowledge, practical Nature skills, forgotten hand crafts, time-told legends, tried and tested survival skills, ancestral wisdom and in-depth Nature immersion. For 11 months you will be able to immerse yourself fully into the teachings of traditional wilderness living-skills and bushcraft. Every month you’ll receive three full-packed days of practical and mental tuition in one of our wilderness woodland locations. During the whole of the year, you’ll experience all the weather and seasons. This makes everything you learn ‘real’ and applicable. Imagine 33 days of complete immersion in everything you want to know about life in and with Nature! In addition, there is a focussed craft week where you can choose to master a specialist subject. And finally, to round off this amazing year, a two-week expedition into the wilderness! All together there are 51 days in Nature filled with lessons, new skills and discovery. Are you taking on our adventure?
You will receive a complete package of skills and knowledge which contains really everything! You’ll get to know Nature during all seasons and learn to work with different kinds of tools. You will learn about fire, pottery, tinder, wood, trees, glue, leather tanning, food, animal tracks and much more. Although learning the skills is one thing, you will also naturally grow to be part of a ‘tribe’ with your fellow students. In the evenings we often continue working on our projects while sitting around the campfire. This is the time your Instructor might tell a traditional story or discuss mental and philosophical aspects of survival and traditional life. This is wisdom and knowledge that is often overlooked and forgotten. And finally, when all is made, learned and done, you are invited to go on a two weeklong ‘back-in-time expedition’ in which all the skills and hand-made items are going to be used for real. This is the method we use. It is a combination of bushcraft, survival, primitive techniques and our own philosophy. It enables you to stay in Nature for longer periods of time.
Our instructors have years of experience of ‘living by nature’. 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. After completing your Year Course you will have so much knowledge and experience that “Living by Nature” will be in your blood also, and you will have surpassed the ‘basic skills’ by far.
For many of the subjects we are going to cover, more is needed than just hearing the theory and doing something once. Every month you will be asked to complete some homework, either to finish a project that we have started, or to prepare something for the following weekend. It takes a lot of training and practice to really master the skills. You have to invest time, and when you do, it infuses your life with self-confidence, and the freedom to call all of Nature your home. Life in Nature requires experience. Practice makes art. That is why this course takes a year; to deeply imbue and consolidate your skills and knowledge.
Are you now curious about what the training entails? Below is a list of skills and activities pertaining to specific weekends. The list is basic. You will be taught many additional aspects, particularly concerning ancestral knowledge, traditional ways of ‘being’, in-depth philosophies and ways of ‘connecting’ to Nature. We call these ‘the mental tools’. At Living by Nature, we believe that true Nature skills need to be embraced with your hands as well as in your mind.
Living by Nature basics weekend 1 & 2
the first two weekends we will discuss all basic elements of being in Nature.
Advanced skills, 3 & 4
With the basic skills now taught we will make a next step into living a natural way. The next 6 days, weekend 3 & 4 we will discuss more advanced subjects:
Edible nature and more, 5
This weekend is full of food preserving skills, finding food and how to cook it in a primitive way. Making cans and pots of clay and baking them in a fire.
Preserving, storage and carrying, 6
When going on a hike, you probably want to take stuff along. What if you don’t have a fancy backpack? You will make a travel basket of bended wood and rawhide. A can or pot of clay and felted shoes.
Flint napping, 7
Flint napping is an expertise that requires a lot of exercise. We spend a whole weekend in different techniques.
Animal behaviour and tracking, 8
This course we focus on animals and their natural behaviour. We will hike, looking for tracks and signs and learning how to ‘read’ them.
Buckskin tanning & fish tanning, 9
You will learn to make your own garment out of buckskin. Making buckskin is a wonderful and time consuming process that no modern technology can reproduce. You constantly work with a skin that in every step changes colour and structure. In the end when every step is done with attention you will have a soft piece of buckskin that is ideal for clothing and will feel as your natural 2nd skin.
Fish was a major part of the human diet. Most cities and civilization have been developed along rivers, lakes and at sea sides. You will learn all sort of fishing techniques.
We have 4 extra crafting days often before or after one of the weekends which turns this into a full week of courses you can practise all sorts of crafts and finish the tools and things you will need on the final expedition. There is room for extra instruction and practise. Everyone can work on creating his own equipment.
The final expedition we go abroad to a place where we can camp and maybe even hunt. We take very limited amount of food with us and no modern equipment. Together all the students will choose a spot for their camp. You will build a shelter or several smaller ones and make a plan to divide several tasks such as fishing, looking for edible plants, making and preserving fire etc. For two weeks you will be a clan that will live intensely together.
As for the people who already have done so, a very special experience. Tough but magical.
The Expedition is optional, but an integral, and much looked forward to, part of the Course. For the Expedition we will take you deep into the beauty and bounty of the Swedish Wilderness. The Expedition offers you a chance to travel back in time with your ‘Tribe’ and really experience what life was like as a Hunter/Gatherer. You will live as your ancestors did, hunting and gathering, fishing, making shelter, picking berries and mushrooms, making and keeping fire. You can only take, wear and use the things you have made yourself. In your beautiful handmade clothing, with your travel basket on your back, and your flint knife by your side, you will gather all you need from Nature during these next few weeks. It is an experience with depth and reality like no other. The whole Year Course leads in preparation towards this moment and you are well prepared for this totally unique and challenging opportunity to live as close to Nature as possible!
Note the Expedition is 2025 this is becouse of the prepping for the students
2023 brengt de jaaropleiding van Living by Nature naar de UK! 33 dagen complete onderdompeling in alles wat je wilt weten over het leven in en met de natuur! Samen met de 2weekse expeditie naar het buitenland zijn dat samen zo’n 51 dagen in de natuur met les, vaardigheden
20 op voorraad
October 14-20th ( with mid week)
End Expedition 2025 September
NEW FOR 2024
9am Fridays – 4.30pm Sundays
£3995 per person
A booking deposit of 10% is required to secure your place, use the code YEARCOURSE at checkout to apply this.
Your balance is due 10 weeks before the start of the course
Each years intake is capped at 20 guests to ensure we create a subtle atmosphere in the woods, and you get a very high interaction time with the instructors.
A full kit list is given out on booking, but you won’t need much more than a sleeping bag and warm clothing.
This course is fully catered starting with an evening meal on the Friday, and finishing with lunch on Sunday. Please inform us of any dietary requirements, we’re happy to cater to any needs.
Due the involved nature of this course, we don’t feel its suitable to under 18 year olds (please ask if you have any questions)
Run in several locations over the year to best suit the specific needs of the course, mostly from a beautiful Vast Woodland in north Sheffield and a quiet private woodland in outside Grantham. We’ll send you exact directions with the booking pack.
The Expedition to Sweden the following year is covered in the course price, you will however need to purchase your own flights and travel costs in addition to the course price.
Lead Instructor: Adam Logan Second Instructor: Jamie Dakota Guest Instructor for special weekends: Thijmen Apswoude