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By Diana Armstrong, Aug 8 2016 11:51AM

In our relatively short time on the planet, we have spent most of it in what might be called a tribal existence. In a sense, modern communities still have a tribal structure and our close social groups are estimated to still remain around the 40 mark. This said, the essence of any community is made from families, the basic building block of society. Our hunter gather ancestors would have started their apprenticeship young, learning the basic aspects of wilderness living, the foundation blocks to allow them to learn the advanced techniques of adulthood. Even today, children are taught a huge amount by their parents and immediate family, something that can often be underestimated.

Family Bushcraft is a chance for that most fundamental unit to come together and learn and practice new skills. It can be a great way for families to connect and share with each other.

We have lived in nature for millennia, only recently isolating ourselves from that most important wild space. Seeing children and adults re-connect and thrive in our once home is one of the most rewarding experiences as a bushcraft instructor. It is also a rewarding experience for the families, giving them at the least a great family memory and at the most a reconnection with each other and their founding environment.

By Diana Armstrong, Mar 31 2016 02:41PM

This weekend the wildcraft team will be looking at the classic bushcraft skill of creating and maintaining fire, known as Fire craft. Fire craft is arguably our oldest foray into “advanced technology”. Fire starts as a privilege and ends in a responsibility. In Fire Craft we start with modern, convenient techniques and then take a tour though the ages, stopping off at the Iron Age and ending at the Neolithic. The privilege is heat, light and entertainment. With heat we can cook food, purify water and modify the materials we find in our environment. With the light we can extend our day activities, carving and producing goods from the resources we have found. Not only is the fire your “bush TV” but also it’s a focal point for a group to gather and socialise. The responsibility is to make sure the fire is contained and when finished with, the remains are processed so as to leave no trace or lasting scar. A great and essential outdoors skill and one that is central to bushcraft practice.

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