Escape into the wild with us for a weekend, learn the basic skills of setting up a shelter, making a fire, and cooking a meal.

These basic skills will help you to escape into the wild whenever you need to take a break from the Modern World.

The full weekend is only £195.

 This includes everything you need that is not on the ‘what will I need’ tab.

To book onto this weekend:

Please click on your preferred date below (highlighted in green), and go through to the booking page. [events_list category=’Escape into the Wild’ limit=4 ][/events_list] Other dates may be available, look at the ‘Come with Us‘ page to see the extended list of course dates over the next 24 months.

This weekend will help you to get the most out of being in the Wild, so that you can escape to it whenever you feel the need to be away from the Modern World.  It will provide you with the simple skills and tools that you need to be comfortable and safe in nature, and is an ideal introduction to the wider world of outdoor skills known as ‘Bushcraft’.

The focus of the weekend is about learning these ancient skills in a relaxed environment, away from the distractions of Modern Life, so that you can return to the Modern World refreshed, recharged and equipped with the things you need to return to it, whenever you feel the desire.

What we cover on the weekend is partly dictated by the weather and the season, and will follow the format below:

Friday

We meet at the campsite, in the afternoon, do some introductions and have a look at the site.  The camp will already be set-up for your arrival, so all you have to do is find a space for your kit (see the ‘What will I need?’ tab) and grab a  hot drink.  We will then run through the full details of the weekend with you, including what tools we will be using, and how to use them safely.

We will then cook and share our evening meal (all food is provided as part of the course), and spend some time getting to know each other around a beautiful camp-fire.

Saturday

We will start the day with a good breakfast and a discussion of the first skill we will share.  We will then go off into the forest to learn how to build a basic shelter using ‘tarp-and-paracord’, along with natural resources, which blends into your surroundings, and gives you protection from the elements.  We will also look at how to use the same kit to make a shelter for a group of men.

After Lunch we will look at how to make a small fire, simply and safely, using natural materials and the minimum of fuss.  There is – in our opinion – nothing finer in life than sitting in-front of your campfire under the protection of your shelter and simply watching nature around you.

We will then prepare and cook our evening meal as a group of men, and enjoy it around our camp-fire. then as the evening closes around us, we will have the opportunity to share what’s going on for us as men, as generations of men have done before us.  No man will be forced to talk, but every man will be asked to listen.

Sunday

On Sunday we will again start the day with a fine breakfast, and then turn our attention to leaving no trace of our passing.  Conservation is a big part of Stone Circle, and we encourage every man to both enjoy every aspect of nature, and to leave it as we found it.  this means it will be there when we need again, and will be so for other men, for generations to come.

We will finally turn our attention to our ‘Wild Escape’ bag, ensuring it is properly packed and ready, for the next time we need to escape into the Wild.

We believe that the best way to combat the pressures of Modern Life is by getting time away, for a short while, to recharge and get back to who you are.

There are a number of scientific studies that show that being out in nature is a great antidote for stress and anxiety, and we believe that the practices associated with ‘Bushcraft’ are an excellent antidote for Modern Life, as they give you the tools and skills that you need to spend more time in the Wild, regardless of the weather or the season.

In an age where ‘masculinity’ has been badly re-written by Men’s Magazines, the basic skills of subsistence have been lost to Modern Man.  By subsistence we mean being comfortable, safe and secure in the Wild:

  • able to make a simple shelter to protect ourselves from the elements
  • to make a fire to lift our spirits, warm our hands and cook our meal
  • to take all we need in a simple pack, like adventurers and explorers before us have done for centuries.

This weekend course will introduce you to these simple and essential skills, providing you with everything you need to escape into the Wild, whenever you feel the need.  It is not a survival course as-such, there will be no zip-lines across raging rivers, or unarmed combat with Grizzly bears.  There are plenty of excellent organisations that do teach these skills, and we really value what they teach: but for us, our weekends are about relaxing and unwinding in the Wild, rather than trying to wrestle it to the ground with a sharpened stick.

While we are in the wild, we also get the chance to:

  • Get some good exercise: nothing too strenuous for those who don’t want it, but plenty of opportunity to walk, stretch, run, and even climb a tree if the desire so takes you.
  • Get some good wholesome food: the key to all our work is the food we eat to fuel our adventures.  Working together, whatever our skills, to make a communal meal is the perfect end to a hard day’s work.
  • Learn new skills and work with our hands: so much of Modern Life involves a keyboard and mouse, our hands can barely remember how to tie a knot, much less carve a spoon.  Thousands of years of evolution provided us with ‘opposable thumbs’ to do these things, not solely for updating Social Media.

Talking and listening: camp-fires in the early evening were made for talking and listening.  traditionally it is when fables and learning stories were shared, history passed on and problems discussed. It’s about being honest and having the courage to say what’s keeping you awake at night, and hearing from other Men on what’s challenging them.

If you are a Man over the age of 25, then this weekend is for you.

If you feel overwhelmed by the pressure of Modern Life, and are struggling to find the simple pleasures in life, then this weekend is definitely for you.

If you are short-tempered with your loved ones, disconnected at work, or disillusioned with your life, then this weekend will help you get some perspective.

If you don’t want to be the way the media says you have to be, if you are fed-up with trying to be the ‘perfect man’ then come and join some Men who feel the same.

If you want to challenge at the negative influences in your life, if you want to find new and positive influences, then a weekend with us may provide some ideas.

If you know that being a Modern Man isn’t enough, that you want to be a Better Man, but don’t yet know what that looks like, then come and join us in the Wild, and lets see if we can work it out.

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We use a number of locations around the UK, chosen for their wildness and their privacy.  For the Escape into the Wild weekends, we rotate around a number of different sites across the UK, so that we are never too far to travel.

The specific location of an event will depend on the event itself, please click on the ‘When is it?’ tab to see which location is on which date.

If our weekends are a long way away from you, please get in contact, and we’ll endeavour to find a suitable location closer to your home.  Assuming we can get enough Men to make the weekend viable, we’ll be there.

The ‘Escape into the Wild’ weekend is designed to get Men out into the Wild with the minimum of fuss, and that reflects in the amount of kit you will need to bring with you.

In order to take part you will not need to purchase expensive kit.  If you do need to buy anything to take part, then please look at our kit list for some suggestions of low cost / good quality stuff.

Below is a list of all the items that must be bought with you.  You can bring any other items you like for your comfort, but try to keep it to a minimum.

Clothing

  • Natural colours will improve your chances of spotting wildlife, try to go for greens, browns and blacks, if you can.
  • Your clothing should be suitable for the season: during cold months multiple thin layers are better than one thick layer.
  • You should bring a complete change of clothing.
  • Waterproof jacket: a thin ‘shell’ layer with a good hood is ideal.
  • Waterproof trousers: try to steer clear of jeans if you can: if they get wet, they can take ages to dry.
  • Full finger gloves: ideally thin enough so that you can still feel what you’re doing and handle tools.
  • A woolly hat in the winter, a sun hat or cap in the summer.
  • Boots: walking boots are best as they will support your ankles on rough terrain, Wellies at a push, please don’t wear ‘trainers’.

Sleeping

  • Sleeping bag: a 3-season sleeping bag throughout the spring, summer and autumn, and a 4-season sleeping bag during the winter.
  • Ground mat or insulation mat: essential for a good nights sleep in all weathers.

Eating

  • Drinking water bottle: A minimum 1 litre.
  • Knife, fork, spoon, bowl & mug: ideally metal, but plastic works.  avoid ceramic as it will break and it’s heavy.

Essentials

  • Torch & spare batteries: a head torch is a great tool to have, but not essential, any form of torch will suffice.
  • Personal hygiene kit: this should include as minimum toothpaste, toothbrush and anti-bacterial wipes, and any personal medication you need.
  • Notepad and pen.
  • Carrier Bags: for putting dirty / wet clothing in, and collecting any rubbish.
  • Bag or rucksack. Please bring all of your kit in a single bag, ideally a rucksack as it’s easier to move around with your kit.

Stone Circle will provide all other equipment, food and materials.