Spring is a beautiful time to be in the Wild, though it has its own peculiar challenges.
Come with us for a weekend where we learn all about what Spring has to offer us, and how to prepare to get the most out of our time in it.
These advanced skills will help you to make the most of the changeable weather in Spring, identifying the various plant species: some to use as resources, other to forage for food.
The full weekend is only £195.
This includes everything you need that is not on the ‘what to bring’ tab.
To book onto this weekend:
Please click on your preferred date below (highlighted in green), and go through to the booking page.
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 in the Spring. It will extend your Bushcraft skills to provide you with the more advanced skills and tools that you need to be comfortable and safe in spring time.
The season tends to be very changeable, with sudden rain-showers interspersed with cold snaps and sudden hot-spells. This weekend will show you specifically what you need to pack to ensure you are prepared for the worst, and able to make an appropriate shelter for the various conditions. Once we’re set up, we’ll set off in search of food and resources to make our adventure more comfortable.
What we cover on the weekend is partly dictated by the weather, but will generally follow the format below:
We meet at the campsite, in the afternoon, do some introductions and have a look at the site. We will then set up our individual camps around our central camp, get settled and get a brew. 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 our traditional camp fire.
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 weather-proof shelter using ‘tarp-and-paracord’, along with natural resources, which blends into your surroundings, which provides you with better protection from the elements. We will also look at how to use natural resources to make shelter waterproof and keep you dry.
After Lunch we will look at the amazing bounty of edible spring foods are available, and the ones that are poisonous or toxic, along with a wide range of plant species that are medicinal, nutritional or simply useful in the camp. We will also spend some time looking for and harvesting plants that can be used to make ‘cordage’, an essential resource and skill for your time in the Wild.
We will then prepare and cook our evening meal, using much of what we have gathered that afternoon, and enjoy it around our camp-fire. Then, as is traditional, 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.
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 ‘Spring 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 extend what you have learned in the Escape and Alone weekends, and focus on the skills and techniques you will need to make the most of spring, providing you with everything you need to escape into the Wild in the Spring time. Though you have all the skills you need now to be alone in the Wild, and self-sufficient for a time, the Spring season has its own hazards and opportunities that can turn an Adventure into an ordeal. This weekend will show you how to avoid the bad and enhance the good, with a special focus on foraging.
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 have undertaken the ‘Escape into the Wild’ and ‘Alone in the Wild’ weekends, then this course is open to you, It is not a pre-requisite to attending any of the Adventure weekends, though if those weekends fall in the Spring Season, you will find this course will mean that you can attend those courses without worrying about what to bring or how to prepare, allowing you to get more out of them.
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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 ‘Seasons – Spring’ 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, along with any kit you were given as part of the Escape and Alone weekends. You can bring any other items you like for your comfort, but try to keep it to a minimum.
- 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 Spring: during Cold snaps are still a possibility, check the weather forecast, but prepare with layers and good rain-proof clothing.
- 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.
- Boots: walking boots are best as they will support your ankles on rough terrain, no ‘trainers’.
- Sleeping bag: a 3-season sleeping bag is ideal, though a blanket-and-groundsheet is fine.
- Ground mat or insulation mat: essential for a good nights sleep in all weathers.
- 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.
- 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.
- Rucksack. Please bring all of your kit in a single rucksack, as we will be moving around on the course and it will be easier to move around with all your kit.
Stone Circle will provide all other equipment, food and materials.