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Home Education Group

Following on from our fun sessions throughout the summer holidays, David has been running more Environmental Learning and Bushcraft sessions at Shortenills Environmental Centre in Chalfont St Giles. The morning sessions are with children aged up to 7 years and those in the afternoon for age 7 and above. They have proved to be very popular, with sessions regularly fully booked.

Making natures dream-catchers with home-education group

Making natures dream-catchers with home-education group

In this weeks session, the younger children made dream-catchers, with a little help from their parents who are actively involved throughout. We gathered pieces of green-hazel and bent them into hoops and then created a web of jute string and wool – the n fun began with weaving in things found in the woods: leaves, feathers, pieces of bark and more. It was lovely to seem them turning in the breeze.

We finished off with cups of nettle tea, with the kettle boiling over the campfire and nettles foraged from the edge of the woodland.

The older group were introduced to the safe use of knives. Each child was shown how to whittle a tent peg, with the younger ones receiving one-to-one instruction and supervision to ensure they had fun and successfully made their tent peg! More nettle tea followed!

Making fat lamps with home-education group

Making fat lamps with home-education group

Other weeks activities included making fat candles. We used a variety of fats, pork lard, beef dripping and vegetable. The children found interesting pieces of wood with shallow holes or crevices in which to place their candles. Then we filled them with fat and each child lit a match to light their candle.

Bread baking with home-educator group

Bread baking with home-educator group

And yes, we baked bread too. The children made the dough using string bread flour, milk powder and baking powder. With a little help, they wound the dough around the sticks and cooked them over the campfire.

David is looking forward to running more Environmental Learning and Bushcraft sessions – if you’d like to know more the by all means do get in contact – thanks!

The Wilderness Gathering

The Wilderness Gathering is a unique Bushcraft event; the longest running and still very much an original festival of Bushcraft, Survival and Primitive Living Skills in the UK. It’s also a social event and brings together families and friends, all those interested in Bushcraft and Wilderness living skills to enjoy a weekend of knowledge sharing in a relaxed and family friendly atmosphere.

In the past I’ve visited the gathering but this time I was teaching as part of the gatherings team of instructors. It was great to be part of such a special event, teaching bread baking, catching up with old friends and making many new ones too.

In the bread baking workshops we made yeasted / leavened bread and bannock and unleavened bread that used baking powder. One of the recipes was peppered cheddar bread baked in a Dutch oven – that’s the big cast iron pot in the corner of the fire!

Bread baking at the Wilderness Gathering

Bread baking at the Wilderness Gathering

Sharing freshly baked bread at the Gathering

Sharing freshly baked bread at the Gathering

Teaching bread baking at the Wilderness Gathering

Teaching bread baking at the Wilderness Gathering

Improvised bread baking at the Wilderness Gathering

Improvised bread baking at the Wilderness Gathering

Cooking bannock at the Wilderness Gathering

Cooking bannock at the Wilderness Gathering

Teaching bread  and bannock making at the Wilderness Gathering

Teaching bread and bannock making at the Gathering

Thank you Roger Harrington of Bison Bushcraft and founder of the Wilderness Gathering and Jason Sears for providing the opportunity and thanks to George Aitchison at Bushcraft Days for the photos, all much appreciated. I’m looking forward to next years gathering.