“The more you know, the less you carry”.

Bushcraft is another term for wilderness skills.  It is all about gaining the knowledge you need to survive and thrive in the natural environment.

The idea was popularised in the 1960s by Mors Kochanski – a Canadian bushcraft and wilderness survival instructor, naturalist and author. He is famous for saying “The more you know, the less you carry”.

More recently, interest in bushcraft has led it to become the fastest growing outdoor activity in the UK, mainly thanks to the popularity of Ray Mears, and his TV programmes and books.

Bushcraft skills include; fire lighting, tracking, hunting, fishing, shelter building, finding and purifying water, the use of tools such as knives and axes, foraging, hand-carving wood, container construction from natural materials, rope and twine-making, and many others. These are the kinds of skills well known to our ancestors, many of which are still practiced today as an everyday skill among aboriginal and native peoples around the world.

Kōmaru teaches bushcraft skills in venues across the North West and North Wales, and runs a range of courses at our dedicated Bushcraft School in Knowsley Safari Park.

Re-connecting with nature

For many people, bushcraft simply gives them a much-needed opportunity to experience the calm and beauty of the outdoors, and get back in tune with the pace of nature.

Alongside this there is also a growing public and professional interest in helping children and adults to benefit from being in the outdoors and from re-connecting with nature. As well as relaxing and having fun, learning vital new skills helps people develop self- confidence and provides a strong sense of achievement and self-reliance.

Young people benefit from being in the outdoors in many ways; sometimes just the experience of being outside and learning new things leaves them with more confidence.  Families and other groups can benefit from the social bonding and team building aspect of the experience. Wilderness and survival situations provide a perfect opportunity to nurture a team’s spirit.

At Kōmaru we also believe that helping people reconnect with nature has benefits for the planet. It helps people work together, be more patient, more creative and more thoughtful about their impact on the world.