Wilderness Living Skills, Connection with Nature and Woodland Crafts
David provides wilderness living skills, nature connection and woodland crafts. He runs scheduled courses throughout the year, with activities to suit all ages, abilities and needs!
COVID-19 Update: Bushcraft with David Willis will be OPEN with courses and events starting again in April 2021! Please see below for details of what’s on offer and changes that make for a stress free, fun, informative and educational woodland experience!
Why David? He has been teaching Bushcraft since 2010. He trained with some of the most knowledgeable and experienced in Bushcraft, spent a year studying many aspects of this craft, and continues to engage in on-going professional development. Above all he loves his job, being out doors close to nature, sharing and teaching his skills. Find out more – read David’s about page.
David was recently on BBC 2 Stories of Us inspiring stories of how people are leading more spiritually and emotionally fulfilled lives. The BBC joined David for a day in the woods; baking fresh bread on the campfire, and then joining Nishkam SWAT, a charity that helps disadvantaged communities (David’s contribution starts at 35:30).
COVID-19 Update: Bushcraft with David Willis will be OPEN with courses and events starting again in April 2021!
Following government rules and guidance, courses and events will resume from April 2021 with appropriate changes to how they are provided, but the aim will still be for an enjoyable and stress free woodland experience for all. The COVID situation has and will continue to effect people in different ways, so whilst keeping in mind the safety of everyone, and with super flexible options for those who want and need them, courses and events have been scheduled for 2021.
Reduced course sizes to ease the ability to socially distance, aiming to keep this as flexible as possible and offer one-to-one and one-to-household courses and events
Hand washing facilities have been updated and obviously you’ll be encouraged to use them frequently, and shared equipment will also be cleaned more regularly
Participants will be asked about their personal health just prior to the course commencement, anyone unable to participate will be offered an alternative date when safe to do so
Courses and events:
New offering of Bushcraft one-to-one personal tuition – just you, the campfire and me teaching you the skills you’d like in a peaceful woodland. And if you’d like this to be a one-to-two, with you bringing a friend, partner, spouse, then that’s a yes, just get in contact
For families, there is Family Bushcraft, but rather than a small number of families, now this will be run for just a single household; your family, a campfire and me teaching you fun skills you can learn together in the woods, all safe and stress free
Obviously COVID-19 rules and guidance provided by government will be followed and therefore courses and events may be subject to restrictions and consequently postponed, but rest assured the aim is to be flexible so you don’t miss out; offer of new dates, provision of a voucher so you can re-book when convenient or your money back! If you have any worries, concerns or questions, please do just ask!
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Thank you for your support and I wish you well. David
Bushcraft 101 – Woodland Weekend
Have you got an adventure planned and want to learn a few skills or just want to be confident when out in the wilds. These wilderness living skills will provide confidence and the inspiration to spend more time outdoors, expect to be learning tool use; knives and saws, creating a successful campfire, building cosy shelters and finding water and making it safe to drink – find out more about the Bushcraft 101 – Woodland Weekend course.
Bread baking as it’s meant to be, in the outdoors, baked on a campfire! The fresh air scented with aromas of freshly baked bread, smell of the campfire and the taste of warm bread – find out more about the Campfire Bread Baking course.
Learn different methods to create fire, modern and primitive, fire-steels through to fire-by-friction and make your own bow-drill kit to practice with and take home – find out more about the Art of Fire – Fire by Friction course.
Another favourite, learning about the trees and the properties of their wood, before harvesting some and then carving beautiful and functional utensils such as spoons and other woodland crafts – learn more about Whittling and Woodcraft – Spoon Carving course.
This Bushcraft experience is aimed at families with young children (there is no minimum age). It is all about having fun in the woods; learning about campfires, and keeping safe, baking bread, foraging in the woods, crafts and games that will help connect your family more closely with nature.
A favourite with families, David’s guided woodland walks take you on a journey through the Chilterns, learning about the trees and plants of the woodlands – find out more about these Woodland Walks and book places.