Nature-based mentoring programme (boys 12-16 years)
April 9-11 | June 8-9 | July 26-28 | Sept 14-15 | Oct 25-27 2019
£950 pp or £900 pp (for discounted advance ticket)
The ‘Wolf Pack’ programme recognises that boys of a certain age need challenges, adventures, risks and role-models. Our programme facilitates a group of young men on a journey of discovery. Our aim is to make the most of what the natural world can offer with an exciting programme of meaningful activity that will develop skills, confidence and leadership potential.
The adventure begins in the woods, travels the river by Canadian canoe, a walkabout on Dartmoor and visits the wild coastline. Our syllabus will include bushcraft, foraging, fishing, campcraft, nature awareness skills, hunting skills and a final Quest. There will be traditional stories told around the campfire, stargazing, games and focused dialogue, as well as just hanging out together in the peace and beauty of the wildwood, moor, beach and river valley.
We invite you to come and learn some new skills, expand your awareness, develop yourself, make new friends, tackle challenges, have some great fun, be surrounded by the power of nature, and maybe take an important step or two on the road towards manhood.
Participants will have the opportunity to get close to nature, to relax, grow up a bit, discover more about themselves, and be energised and inspired by some quality time out in the wilds of the Westcountry!
All food and equipment is provided on these events.
2019 - 5 journeys: April 9-11 / June 8-9 / July 26-28 / Sep 14-15 / Oct 25-27
April – The Woods: Skills taught - woodcraft, bushcraft, firecraft, first aid
June - The River: Canoe journey – river fishing, foraging, nightpaddle
July – The Moor: An expedition into Dartmoor – navigation, campcraft
September – The Coast: Activities – seashore edibles, sea fishing, snorkelling
October – The Woods: A culmination event including a traditional sweathouse and medicine walk
Course Leader - Chris Packe:
It used to be the mountains, but now you’ll find Chris in the woods. He just really loves bushcraft. Often it’s just for fun, but he 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. Other forms of activism include running a men’s group, various forms of mentoring, the odd public engagement, and an increasing interest in forest gardening.
Testamonials from previous WildWise Wolf Pack programmes:
"It has positively affected his self-esteem; he’s faced some challenges and become acquainted with his internal fire. When we picked him up he was literally radiant... I can still see that change in him... He already has a calmer, more centred and purposeful air about him... Chris has inspired [my son] and made a deep impression on him... The programme was pitched perfectly."
Sarah, Wildwise Wolf Pack 2018
"The course has taught him new learning points in his self both in terms of his own body image and in terms of learning what he is physically capable of. He has flourished as a young man under the wing of Chris. Feeling that he could share his innermost thoughts with the leaders and safely within the group is a new experience."
Shelley, Wildwise Wolf Pack 2018
"The exceptional holding and challenge created by Chris and the team will get your son through stronger and more balanced... The exceptionally high skill base and depth of experience was breathtaking and highly valuable to both me and [my son]."
Cat, Wildwise Wolf Pack 2018
"The whole experience has been brilliant. [My son] has certainly been challenged and faced his fears. He’s learned skills, had adventures and been wonderfully supported through the whole thing. He’s grown in many ways... This is one of the few opportunities for boys to experience real challenge and adventure."
Janet, Wildwise Wolf Pack 2018
"A challenging and uplifting journey into the natural world that triggers significant inner growth in a young person, resulting in a noticeable step up in self-awareness, self-confidence and a tremendous feeling of well-being after each event. I am hugely grateful for the mentoring and support my son received during these events, a special rapport that encouraged the best from the boys. They all have some very special experiences and memories to carry with them."
Tania, Wildwise Wolf Pack 2017
Wolf Pack has been "the pinnacle of my life up to this moment." JoJo Oakes-Monger, Wolf Pack 2016
"Thank you so much for the last four days…he came back with such an amazing broad smile and he was full of positivity, bounce and gratitude. He thanked me for all these courses and said how much he is loving the Wolf Pack."
Karen, Wolf Pack 2013