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coming back to nature


PART 1 of The Old Way Immersion - THE WOODS CAMP

In this beautiful private woodland on the Northeastern flank of Dartmoor we'll meet and settle into life together as a band, sharpening our senses to reclaim a natural human awareness, re-attuning to the land around us and the other species in it. 

We'll begin exploring rewilding from both personal and interspecies perspectives.  We will be looking at ancestral human diet and health and Robin Bowman will bring his deep knowledge of ecology and passion for rewilding the land.

You'll learn tracking skills and tap into the universal language of birds and animals, remembering skills our ancestors used without thinking, and using this knowledge to help harvest some meat from the land.  We will be joined by Sharif Adams who has years of experience as a professional hunter in this part of Dartmoor and who understands intimately the subtle nuances of animal behaviour and changes in the landscape.  If luck is on our side we may cull a deer, or perhaps a brace of rabbits, you'll learn the art of skinning and butchery, honouring the animals in the ancient way .

You'll build your relationship with fire, attune to the ancient mode of being in the landscape of the hunter-gatherer with natural movement practitioner Charlie Loram,  gather early greens with forager Emily Fawcett and weave a basket for the coming months with renowned basketmaker Linda Lemieux.


We'll huddle in and sing around the lodge fire, and hear tales from Mac Macartney of our own indigenous British heritage.

Preparing a rabbit the old way
Old Way - River-19
White Deer Lodge
Fire by friction
Bending hazel rods
Bending hazel rods
Old Way - River-49_edited
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