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Teaching Bushcraft Skills


Polaris Wilderness Adventure Ltd (Polaris Bushcraft) was established in 2012 by Graham Couling to share his knowledge and passion for the outdoors, nature and wildlife, and to increase understanding of the traditional skills of our ancestors, which have supported our race for millennia, yet are unknown to many people today. 

Offering bushcraft courses in modern survival and traditional living skills, we aim to provide a truly rewarding experience during day workshops and longer courses, to enrich our understanding and connection with the natural world and our own past.

An outdoor learning practitioner, planner and leader, Graham is committed to best practice standards and ethics in Outdoor Learning.

o    Accredited Practitioner of the Institute for Outdoor Learning (APIOL)
o    NCFE Level 4 Bushcraft Leadership Award
o    NCFE Practical Ethnobotany and Plant Identification
o    Archery GB Qualified Archery Instructor 
o    CRB Checked, First Aid qualified
o    Full Public Liability insurance


All courses are based around an expedition style camp with a covered communal area at the heart.  A kettle is constantly on the fire, biscuit tin, tea, coffee, water and squash are provided, so students can make drinks at any time.

The site has a cabin with a low environmental impact composting toilet.  Hand washing bowls, soap, hand sanitiser and antibacterial wipes are provided to ensure good camp hygiene.

Our maximum course and day workshop size is 14, and lessons are planned to give instruction and demonstrations of techniques followed by plenty of hands on practice. 

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Courses are self catering. Water, hot drinks and squash are provided free of charge. Some quick and easy camp meal ideas are here

For accommodation you are expected to bring your own tent or tarp, however, if you do not have access to one please let us know and we will arrange to lend you your choice of either a tent or a tarp on a first come first served basis.   If you would like to sleep in your natural shelter, we can lend you a bivi bag to keep you dry.
We believe that lack of equipment should not prevent people from experiencing the great outdoors. All knives, saws and tools required for our learning sessions are provided for all participants.   
Some camping equipment is available to loan such as 2 man tents, tarps, sleeping mats and bivi bags should you require them. Please enquire when booking, our equipment is loaned on a first come, first served basis.

We ask all guests to be mindful of the equipment and food they bring onto the site in order to keep wastage, rubbish and recycling to a minimum.

From our car park there is a short walk down to the base camp.  Whether you’re joining us for the day or a weekend, we will transport any bags and equipment you do not wish to carry down to the camp area in our vehicle.

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