Winter has to be the most challenging time to be in the Wild, with very low temperatures and short days.

Come with us for a weekend where we learn all about what Winter has to offer us, and how we can get the most out of it.

These advanced skills will help you to make the most of the cold and changeable season, where we will focus on making robust shelters and staying warm.

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.

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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 Winter, the most challenging season to be out in the Wild. 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 cold and stormy weather.

The season can very changeable, with storm-like condition,s very low overnight temperatures, snow and ice.  This weekend will show you specifically what you need to pack to ensure you are prepared for sub-zero temperatures, how to get warm, stay warm and sleep warm.  We will also look at the more challenging aspects of making and maintaining a fire in low temperatures.  The main focus of the weekend will be making a more substantial shelter using the available natural resources, along with whatever equipment you have to hand.

What we cover on the weekend will make the most of the weather, 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.  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.

Saturday

We will start the day with a good breakfast and a discussion of the day ahead.  We will then go off into the forest to explore where to make an advanced shelter, focusing on making it wind and rain proof, identifying natural resources which blends us into our surroundings.  We will then turn our attention to making fires in wet, windy and cold conditions, and the tools and techniques that work best in bad weather.

After Lunch we will spend time individually and in pairs making our shelters, and using the skills we have learned to make the structure as robust and weatherproof as possible.  The objective will be to spend a night in the shelter.  We will also spend time discussing the various ways of keeping warm, especially when sleeping, and why a good nights sleep is so important.

We will then prepare and cook our evening meal, and enjoy it around our central 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.

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 ‘Winter Escape’ bag, ensuring it is properly packed and ready for the next time we want 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 into the Wild’ and ‘Alone in the Wild’ weekends, and focus on the skills and techniques you will need to make the most of the Winter months, providing you with everything you need to escape into the Wild in the Winter-time.  Though you have all the skills you need now to be alone in the Wild, and self-sufficient for a time, the Winter 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 getting, staying and sleeping warm, and advanced shelters.

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 Summer 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 ‘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 Winter: multiple thin layers, avoiding cotton where possible, fleece, windproof jacket and fleeced trousers.
  • You should bring a complete change of clothing.
  • Waterproof jacket: a thin ‘shell’ layer with a good hood is ideal.
  • Waterproof trousers: definitely no Jeans in winter, opt for all-in one waterproofs, or a waterproof shell over insulated trousers.
  • Full finger gloves: ideally thin enough so that you can still feel what you’re doing and handle tools, with more insulated gloves for when you are not working with your hands.
  • A woolly hat and neck scarf.
  • Boots: four season walking boots, please don’t wear ‘trainers’.

Sleeping

  • Sleeping bag: a 4 season sleeping bag is essential with a ‘bivvy bag’.
  • Good quality insulation mat.

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.