Bush craft is the study of wilderness survival. We have it today largely because of the early Christian Missionaries and their anthropological studies of ancient Pagan tribal peoples from around the world, as they tried to convert them to Christianity. Whilst doing this they made many documentaries about how their bush craft was not just about how to live with the land but was also their religion.

Although bush craft exists today with all the shamanistic rituals removed my aspiration is to give back bush craft to pagan peoples of today, and hopefully rediscover some of the shamanistic rituals that our ancestors would have used.

My workshops mostly orientate around making fire – the method I demonstrate will enable anybody to make fire with wet wood, with no matches and no accelerants; just using natural materials from the wilderness. The methods I will be demonstrating go back in history more than 8000 Years but yet as I say with all rituals removed. Maybe together we can rediscover the rituals that our ancestors may have used whilst making their campfires, hunting, gathering etc.

Published by mark rosher