Woodland Wilderness & Survival school

Bushcraft & Survival Courses

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. Courses are generally held in English, however individual or 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. This  implies the maybe most important characteristics of Woodland Wilderness 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, skills and awareness, and finally leads to finding man’ s role in the big circle of life. 

Class Contents

Survival I

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.

Some skills to be acquired in this course:

  • Shelter and Insulation
  • Finding and cleaning water
  • Fire making
  • Finding and preparing food
  • Basic wildlife and tracking
  • Orientation
  • Camouflage and stalking
  • Primitive hunting (introduction)

Duration 5 days

Survival II – Bushwalker

The advanced survival course 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 to thrive 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…

Some skills to be acquired in this course:

  • Advanced Shelter building
  • Crafting tools, bowls and vessels
  • Primitive hunting and trapping (advanced)
  • Tanning and smoking
  • Primitive skills
  • Survival cooking
  • Bark-craft
  • Survival bow and arrow

Duration: 5 days

Courses about special topics:

Guided plant tours

  • Edible plants
  • Medicinal plants
  • Poisonous plants
  • other uses of plants

Duration: half day/ day


Survival in and at the water

  • Rescue and salvage
  • Construction of a float / primitive canoe
  • Suspension bridges
  • Primitive fishing techniques

Duration: 4 days

Clay Building Workshop

  • Construction of a clay hut (Hogan)
  • Construction of and baking in a clay oven

Duration: 4 days

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.

Duration: 5 days


At Woodland Wilderness School we teach intuitive archery.

This is the way our ancestors were hunting and especially suitable for hunting small game like birds and hares, because it is probably the fastest of all bow and arrow techniques. Apart from this it is fairly easy to learn and a good way to reconnect mind and body. And besides it is good fun.

The archery class can be booked individually, for example as a one day introduction before or after a survival class.

Duration: half day

Prices, Schedule, Bookings

The Woodland School is an exclusive but simple offering. Please send us a mail or contact to speak about your interests, preferences, number of people, timeline and our recommendations. Based on this information we will prepare a very competitive offer.