August 16-21 2017
a beautiful woodland site on Dartmoor
£260 1st adult, £195 2nd adult; £110 kids (5-16 yrs)
arrival 3pm wednesday - departure 2pm monday
A truly wild and wonderful blend of nature awareness, bushcraft and storytelling in a friendly camp setting. The inspirational activities going on during the week offer something for everyone. The whole community/outdoor living experience is guaranteed to deepen the relationship you and your family have to the natural world, forever.
The programme will be diverse and flexible, to accommodate the wide-ranging needs of family groups. The kinds of things we might expect to get up to include wildlife watching, bat-detecting and bug hunting at night, wild-fire making and wild food gathering, silent movement, scavenger hunts, woodcraft, listening to great stories/music around the campfire and of course, to satisfy the most primitive home-makers in us all, den-making!
This week is primarily a holiday for most people and so we aim to strike a balance between doing and being, structure and openness. The day will usually start with a circle-time followed by a group activity session that lasts most of the morning. The afternoon is for play, to join in on a more low-key or craft activity or simply to spend time with your family/friends. There will be time set aside for adult activities, particularly for those interested in acquainting themselves with the bushcraft syllabus and traditional crafts. At night we will go for nocturnal walks, enjoy stories and play games that help you feel at home in the dark.
All food and materials are included in the cost of the camp. Tents are available for hire, if required, at £5-£10 per tent per night.
Chris Salisbury: Chris founded WildWise in 1999 after many years working as an education officer for Devon Wildlife Trust. With a background in the theatre, a training in therapy and a career in environmental education he uses every creative means at his disposal to encourage people to enjoy and value the natural world. He has worked with Ray Mears and John Rhyder, Joseph Cornell and Steve van Metre, amongst many others. He is also a professional storyteller aka 'Spindle Wayfarer'.
Chris Packe: It used to be the mountains, but now you’ll find Chris in the woods. He just really loves bushcraft, you see. Often it’s just for fun, but he also works with Wildwise in Devon as well as independently back home in Forest Row. He also loves rap, spoken word, story, whittling, cartooning and writing… he mixes them into strange shapes and shares them around.
Traditional Craft Workshop Leaders to be confirmed....
Linda Lemieux: Linda, a skilled basketmaker, has been working with children and schools in the outdoors since 1993. She runs a craft business and Chagford shop, "Wood & Rush". In 2006 she worked with Ray Mears on his Wild Food BBC TV series.
Dave Hart: leads sessions in traditional green working & pole lathing and brings his own musical mischief!
Bernard Graves, Blacksmith, has been teaching crafts for over 20 years, in a variety of community and educational settings. Most recently he was a founding member of the Hiram Trust and has been influential in the development of Ruskin Mill in Gloucestershire. Bernard is one of the most exceptional teachers you are ever likely to encounter, and here at WildWise, we reckon the nearest you’ll get to meeting Gandalf, such is his capacity for wizardry!
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