Wilderness/ Bushkraft/ Survival School
Woodland Wilderness School is the first bushcraft/ survival school in Southern Portugal. We teach outdoor- skills in one of Europe’s most remote areas, the Baixo Alentejo.
– Basic Survival (Survival I) courses take place the first week of the following months:
January, March, May, July, September and November.
– The dates for Advanced Survival courses (Survival lI) are communicated on request according to the actual booking situation, but will usually take place in the second week of the months above.
– For Individual training courses or individual classes for small groups/ families dates can be combined deliberately.
All courses are usually held in English, however individual/ small group classes can also be taught in German or Portuguese.
Our schedule though slightly modified and adapted for Europe is based on the teachings of Tom Brown Jr, and therefore stands in the tradition of the Apache scouts. This directly implies the maybe most important characteristics of this school. We do not teach survival as a struggle against nature- man against the elements- but as learning to become part of nature again in order to survive.
This is achieved through a deep understanding of Nature, based on observation, tracking and stalking, and finally leads to finding man’ s role in the big circle of life.
The Basic Survival course is designed to provide all participants with the basic knowledge to be able to cope with a survival situation. This course is designed to enable the participants to survive long enough till they found their way back to civilisation or rescue teams have found them.
Shelter and Insulation
Finding and cleaning water
Finding and preparing food
Basic wildlife and tracking
Camouflage and stalking
Primitive hunting (introduction)
The Advanced Survival is more practical, applying and refining skills from the survival I class and learning new techniques. This course is designed to enable the participants not only to survive in the short term, but establish a living base out in the wilderness and therefore goes deeper into bushcraft and primitive skills . It is for extended survival situations or those, who don’t want to get rescued…
Advanced Shelter building
Crafting tools, bowls and vessels
Primitive hunting and trapping (advanced)
Tanning and smoking
Courses onto special themes:
Survival in and at the water
– Rescue and salvage
– Construction of a float/ bark- canoe
– Suspension- bridges
– Primitive fishing techniques
Clay- Building Workshop
– Construction of a Clay- hut (Hogan)
– Construction of and baking in a clay oven
Family- Survival Class
We designed a special program, which suits all family- members. Tasks will be mastered as a team and individual strengths are promoted. This way the course becomes a common nature- experience, sustainably invigorating the family bonds.