Bushcraft and wild camping

Touching the Earth - The kids'll love it!

A great way to start the Christmas holidays and get out in the woods.

Touching the Earth – Fire and Shelter day

13th December

Two of the most important priorities when living outdoors to ensure you are warm and comfortable are shelter and fire.

On the Natural Pathways Fire and Shelter day, the whole family will build your very own shelter using just what the woodland provides. A great way to get the kids outdoors and a bit of nature under the fingernails. You’ll also learn how to light a roaring fire and keep it going – without matches!

If you fancy going down to the woods – you can find more details here.

Oh, and watch out for the bears!!!

[Teddy bears that is :)]

Parachute TipiSo it rained. A torrential downpour from mid-afternoon till around 11pm. Embers hissed before dying in the main fire pit – but we were prepared. A parachute became our tipi; another fire pit was dug and before long dinner was bubbling away in the potje. (more…)

Direct experience of nature promotes sustainable lifestyles

Direct experience of nature promotes sustainable lifestyles

“…empowering individuals to restore and maintain the Earth’s natural systems, it also supports the well-being of future generations by promoting sustainable lifestyles.” John Aquilina

The most sustainable lifestyle is to live completely with the land, an integrated part of this wild system we call nature. But we can’t all run off and live in the woods (as much as I’d like to!). To save the world, we need to save ourselves first. And to save ourselves – we need to get outside and play. (more…)

Yukon Wilderness

Did anyone watch Alone in the Wild? Ed Wardle dropped off in the Yukon’s “unforgiving wilderness” with the aim of surviving alone, with basic provisions, until winter. He lasted 50 days. (more…)

Water Droplets

Essential for life on Earth

Apache Indians and many other indigenous cultures around the world regarded water as the Earth Mother’s blood. They afforded it great respect and prevented polluting the lakes and rivers. During modern times this respect has all but disappeared.

Many of our rivers and lakes are polluted through the works of industry, agriculture and many other “benefits” of modern living. (more…)

Night Fire SparksAwakening the senses to feel the energy and power of nature is not a prerequisite of the Natural Pathways Bushcraft courses, but quite often it’s an inevitable result. (more…)

Bushcraft for BusinessOur ancestors had to work in strong teams to ensure the survival of individuals and the community. Without this abiding sense of teamwork, early modern humans may not have survived. Wilderness and survival situations provide a perfect opportunity to nurture a team’s spirit. (more…)

Natural Pathways WoodsThe Family Bushcraft Weekend at Natural Pathways has been designed to give a taste of survival living while increasing your connection to nature. And that’s exactly what it did for 15 Bushcrafters in July. It seems every part of the weekend was enjoyed by the six adults and nine children – everything that is except the toilet! (more…)

Log FireOut in the wilderness it may seem that a map and compass are essential items to get back to the comfort of civilisation. And they probably are if you don’t have the bushcraft knowledge to read the landscape around you. But if it was going to take you some time to get to a populated area, what will keep you alive in the meantime? (more…)

Woodland SunbeamLocked into our work and family routines can take up so much time that little is left for connecting with nature. Living in the frenzy of the modern world means it’s often easy to forget our natural connection. When was the last time you went leaf catching? Or cloud watching? Or walked barefoot in dew-soaked grass? (more…)