September 2016: Bushcraft & Wilderness Survival

Location: Northeast Nova Scotia, Twa Corbies Hollow, approx. 1 hr from New Glasgow and Antigonish

Date & Time: September 3and 4, beginning 0900 Saturday; ending 1900 Sunday.
Cost: $100 per person

Equipment Required: Warm to cold weather outdoors clothing for wet and dry conditions, and waterproof, insulated hiker boots.  Also mandatory: sleeping bag, sleeping pad or cot.  Also bring any other personal outdoor gear and toiletries you require. Recommended: knife, binoculars and camera.

Campfires: Campfires will be permitted in designated fire rings..

Level: basic to intermediate


Base Camp One: spending the night as we prepare the site.

This class is for those who want to develop the skills to live well in the woods.  It is for beginners seeking to develop initial skills, and for experienced persons who are finding gaps in their knowledge.  Bypassing some relatively useless fad stuff common to modern bushcrafting, such as batoning wood and carving spoons, we will cover navigation, judging terrain, staying warm and dry, setting up shelter, finding food and outdoor cooking and self care.  This profoundly informative class will cover a number of woodsmanship essentials:

  • Keeping warm–the number one priority.
  • Where to make your shelter.
  • Types of shelters, from lean-to to tipi.
  • Gathering useful firewood in wet or dry conditions.
  • Essential tools of the woodsman.
  • Plants, mushrooms and animals that can aid in getting by in the bush.
  • Basic tracking skills.
  • Purifying water.
  • Finding your way.  Navigating in back country by landmarks, compass and celestial bodies.
  • Campfire and trail stove cooking.

Dawn in the western woodlands during an autumn deer hunt.

This is the course!  A comprehensive introduction with advanced tips on all aspects of bushcraft.  If you only make it to one of our courses this year, make it this one.  Because of the immense amount of material to cover, we’ll be starting early Saturday, so students are advised to arrive during daylight Friday in order to get camped and be ready to start Saturday morning.


Students should arrive Friday afternoon to set camp.


0900  Making a fire anywhere, any time.
1000 Knives, axes and sharpening.
1130 Break for lunch and discussion
1300 Creating shelter
1500 Break
1530 Resume the shelter class.
1730 Staying warm
1830  Dinner


0900  Making traps to secure food
1100  Essential foraging
1300  Lunch
1330 Essential back country navigation
1530 Break
1600 Questions & Answer Period
1800 Conclusion

This intense course will take two days and take place at the Base Camp One of Twa Corbies Hollow School of Bushcraft & Homesteading.  This lovely wooded camp is a quarter mile in the woods behind the cottage yet easy to access, set off a seldom-used dirt road beside a brook and offers a beautiful natural setting in which to practice the skills covered.  Persons will leave this course with well-rounded basic knowledge of how to get by in the woods and wilds.

Camp food preparation over a wood stove (pictured above right) or over a fire is a rewarding skill to develop.

We will set up a couple lean-to’s or tipis, though it is suggested students pitch their own camps in designated areas.  Persons will be responsible for their own meals and beverages.  Persons must bring their own bedding.  Cool weather sleeping bags and pads or cots are recommended.  Usually the Hollow is pretty free of flying biting insects in August but that can vary, so bug repellent is recommended.

Your teacher: Author and naturalist, Cliff Seruntine, is a certified psychotherapist, shaman, horseman, and fiddler. He is also a veteran of some of the most rugged wilderness on Earth–the Alaskan bush–where he dwelt at a remote cabin for many years.  Cliff now resides on a homestead in the Nova Scotia highlands and brings a polymath, spiritual perspective to Nature experiences and decades of wilderness living know-how to his courses.

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