Ancestral Learning – 2 day course

On this 2 day course, you will delve deeper into the skills used.

Ancestral Learning - harvesting and preparing fresh food

What you will be doing

Day 1

Fire – Fire control changed the course of human evolution allowing our ancestors to stay warm, cook food, ward off predators and survive in harsh climates. Learn how to light a fire the way of our ancestors by using the bow drill method and become confident at lighting a fire in wet conditions using our pre-made bow drill kits.

Food – Our ancestors were keen hunters and trappers. Learn how to gut, skin and prepare rabbit for eating, using stone and bone tools. Well put together a delicious rabbit stew to cook on the fire.  

Our ancestors were creative with their foraged goods, not every meal included meat! Experiment with nut flours to make bread (and berry jam) without any modern equipment. Learn how to boil water with hot rocks and brew up a delicious foraged forest tea.

Shelters –From caves to stick shelters, both temporary and permanent, shelters were an integral part of Stone Age living. Work in small groups to make a basic shelter from natural materials focusing on insulation, creating a waterproof layer and sustainability. Sleep out in your shelters for the ultimate experience in connecting to the land.

Evening activity – Once our ancestors had harnessed the skills of controlling fire it would create an opportunity to extend the length of their day. Enjoy sitting around the fire, borrowing coals to create a burn bowl or spoon.


Day 2

CraftEarly humans trapped animals to survive, including fish. Learn how to craft a simple yet beautiful fish trap from willow.

Wild medicines and edibles – Our ancestors used the resources that the natural environment offered for food, crafts and medicine. Well go for a walkabout around the woodlands and see what can be used for food or medicine. Well practice some simple nature awareness skills looking for animal sign and perhaps take a moment to enjoy a sit spot, observing the woodlands in the best way.  

Craft – Not just a creative past time but a way of making essential tools as well. Make your own Atlatl throwing spear and have some fun with some target practice.

We will be using both primitive and modern methods and tools throughout.

Ancestral Learning - relaxing around the fire with the tribe

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July 16th – 17th 2022 – Oxfordshire

Please call us on 07527 265 330 or email: to book your place

Duration 2 Day
Cost £249.00
Course size 12 participants maximum
Course times Start Day 1 – 10.00am.  Finish Day 2 – 5.00pm
Suitability 18 years and above
Location Oxfordshire  & Shropshire.
Catering Self catering