Bushcraft and Wild Camping

Forest School Training

Forest School Training Crann Og Eco Farm

There are still free places in the upcoming Forest School Training here at the Crann Og Eco Farm in July!
With the ever-increasing interest in place-based learning as part of the national curriculum in Ireland and the increased understanding of the benefits of nature connection it is the perfect time for training as a Forest School leader.  On successful completion of the course, students will be awarded an Open College Network, level 3, Forest School Programme Leadership Qualification with an established organisation.
You can contact Leanne on 0852710443 if you would like any further information.
Or check out this website: http://forestschoolsgalway.wix.com/forest-schools

 Forest School Training Crann Og EcoFarm

Congrats to Clifden Eco Beach Camping & Caravanning park

Clifden Eco Beach Camping & Caravanning park win Save Our Planet Award

http://www.saveourplanetawards.comClifden Eco Beach Camping & Caravanning park wins “Save Our Planet Award 2014”, ‘Environmentally Responsible Business’
Kris & Tatjana manage & operate the Clifden EcoBeach Campsite. The ecological Natura Camping is situated on the shores of the beautiful ‘Wild Atlantic Way’ at the estuary of Streamstown Bay. Unique to the park is an ecosystem called ‘Machair’, listed as a priority habitat in Ireland under the EU Habitats Directive.
Todate eight species of bumblebee occupy this Machair habitat, additionally the ecosystem borders the West Connacht SAC. These are marine habitats which are important for Bottlenose Dolphins that frequent these shores. Seven Natura 2000 sites are within a 5 km radius of our campsite with Natura 2000 being a European network of important ecological sites.
They are the first business in Ireland to ban single use plastic water bottles & the first campsite/Caravan park to ban formaldehyde based toilet additives all of which has been a great environmental success.
Kris is so passionate about the environment, banning plastic water bottles from his eco campsite and campaigning for same globally. His campsite is a lesson in natural balance.
Visit their profile here >>
Well Done to everyone involved and to all who voted for them! 

Sweden bushcraft courses

Sweden bushcraft courses with Coastal Survival

North Sweden – Arctic circle – Summer 2015.

Wilderness river canoe and coastal experience.
Canoe – forage – fish – prepare and cook – wild camp.
coastal-survival-swedenExperience Sweden and the Arctic Circle in the most perfect of settings, canoe remote wilds stretches of rivers before embarking on a trip along to the coast, foraging, fishing and cooking a long way in the land of the midnight sun.
Experience more than just a simple canoe trip!
On our expedition there will be plenty of time to forage and fish under the guidance of both our local Swedish resident guide and outdoor instructor Toby and Coastal Survivals chief instructor Fraser, both very practically experienced in wilderness living, fishing and foraging, together they will teach you the many ways of how to confidently canoe, find food, prepare and cook it in a variety of ways, in a truly wild environment, along with how to plan, pack and perform any wilderness canoeing and coastal experience.
Basic bushcraft skills such as fire lighting, shelter requirements, water and food will be covered as a matter of course.
This is an excellent course for anybody who wishes to experience the thrills and rewards of truly remote wilderness living canoeing along the river and then onto the beach, giving you the personal confidence and skills for any further planned expeditions or trips.
This wilderness canoeing and coastal experience is shared across two locations the first three days canoeing along remote wild stretches of the upper river before transferring (missing populated areas of the river) as we head straight to the coast for three days foraging, fishing and living wild on the beach!
Bushcraft skills taught and experienced on this course will include: fishing in both river and sea using different techniques including: Rod and line spinning, netting and trapping. Wild camp fire cookery and preserving food will be hands on, surrounded with how to camp safely in the wilderness including the tools and equipment used.
The course is fully catered. Food on the course is a mix of pantry stores and rations that we will supply along with any wild foraged or fished food that we may get along the way. Everything else is included from the moment we pick you up from the airport, including all transfers, canoe hire and safety equipment, fishing license along with any specialist equipment needed for the course duration.
All you need bring is your personal camping equipment, which will include a small tent, sleeping bag and mat, along with 2 easy to dry light weight changes of cloths in a waterproof bag and wet shoes.
If your unsure of what kit you will need or require hiring equipment please contact us.
Transfers will be from Lulea airport, both Scandinavian and Norwegian airlines have regular flights.
This course requires a minimum of 7 attending with a maximum of 10.
This course will be confirmed once 7 people have booked. Notification is given when the final remaining 3 places are available.
Confirmation of this course will be given by the end of February 2015 and all bookings should be made well in advance of that date.
Please book early to avoid disappointment on this of the first of our courses north of the Arctic Circle.
We are pleased to offer you this course and introduction rate of £685:00 per person. Deposit payment £175:00 available to secure your place/s. Full payment needed 2 months prior to course date.
We would advise you not to book any flights until the confirmation of this course is given.
This course does not include personal or possession travel insurance.
Please ensure you have fully read, understood and agreed to our standard terms and conditions before booking any course, if you’re unsure of the suitability or the requirements for this course please contact us personally.

Dates: 22nd – 29th August 2015.

  • Day 1 – Flight arrival, transfer to course start, briefing, food and camp fire.
  • Day 2/4 – Remote wilderness canoe and wild camping.
  • Day 5/7 – Transfer to coast wild camping.
  • Day 8 – Transfer to airport.

Please email  coastalsurvival@gmail.com for online booking links or to arrange payment.
Please call Fraser on 07702 104644 if you wish to discuss details or have any questions.
Web: coastalsurvival.com/bushcraft-courses/sweden-courses/
 

Cook a Turkey in the ground!

Into the Wild Survival & Canoe Trip’s have a large Xmas camp with tipi’s and canoeing end of November at riverhollow co Kilkenny:

“we’ll have a santa appearing, Turkey cooked in the ground and this should not be missed
Into the Wild Survival & Canoe Trip’s Also I’ll be in wicklow next weekend for a weekend camp with tipi adventures
And don’t forget to get your Christmas voucher for next years canoeing and wildcamping. ”
Holy Moly!!- See you there!
To book call Frank Deegan:  087 1355207
Email: intothewildsurvival@gmail.com or visit them on

Facebook: /Into-the-Wild-Survival-Canoe-Trips

Bushcraft Events in Dublin

Pioneer Bushcraft Events Enniskerry & Dublin

Sean has lot’s of regular events coming up for those interested in doing something different and learning something new this October.
Including:

10th Oct. (Fri)

  • Primitive & Modern Fire Skills Workshop – Enniskerry Village Square, 10am.

11th Oct. (Sat)

  • Native Woodland Masterclass – Enniskerry Village Square, 10am.

12th Oct. (Sun)

  • Basic Map & Compass Navigation Skills – Bray Train Station, 11am

13th Oct. (Mon)

  • Urban Botany of Dublin City – canal lock at LaTouche Bridge, Rathmines Road Lower, 11am.

14th Oct. (Tues)

  • Coastal Foraging & Rocky Shore Ecology – Balbriggan Train Station 10am.

20th Oct. (Mon)

  • Urban Botany of Dublin City – canal lock at LaTouche Bridge, Rathmines Road Lower, 10am.

23rd Oct. (Thurs)

  •  Urban Botany of Dublin City – canal lock at LaTouche Bridge, Rathmines Road Lower, 10am.

24th Oct. (Fri)

  •  Night Navigation – Balbriggan Train Station, 7pm.

25th Oct. (Sat)

  •  Native Woodland Masterclass – Enniskerry Village Square, 10am.

26th Oct. (Sun)

  • Outdoor Camping Skills Workshop – Enniskerry Village Square, 10am.

28th Oct. (Tue)

  • Urban Botany of Dublin City – canal lock at LaTouche Bridge, Rathmines Road Lower, 11am.

29th Oct. (Wed)

  • Night Navigation – Balbriggan Train Station, 6pm.

30th Oct (Thur)

  • Basic Map & Compass Navigation Skills – Bray Train Station, 11am.

31st Oct (Fri)

  • Bull Island Birdwatching Tour – Junction of Causeway Road and Jim Larkin Road, Clontarf, 10am

1st Nov (Sat)

  •  Coastal Foraging & Rocky Shore Ecology – Balbriggan Train Station, 10.30am.

To Book Visit www.pioneerbushcraft.org, Call 086-3704773 or Email: pioneerbushcraft@gmail.com

Pioneer Bushcraft Dublin

Pioneer Bushcraft Ireland

Pioneer Bushcraft is all about teaching informative, relevant and extremely practical courses. The courses are short to facilitate people who do not have the time or inclination to spend a lot of money on longer duration bushcraft or nature courses – but who still want a high quality outdoor experience.
Sean Fagan offers a variety of regular workshops including:

  • Urban Botany of Dublin City
  • Bull Island Birdwatching Tour
  • Coastal Foraging & Rocky Shore Ecology – Balbriggan
  • Native Woodland Masterclass – Enniskerry
  • Primitive & Modern Fire Skills Workshop – Enniskerry
  • Basic Map & Compass Navigation Skills – Bray

There are many interpretations of Bushcraft. So many, it’s impossible to give a definitive answer as to what Bushcraft is – partly because Bushcraft is very personal to the individual. For me, Bushcraft is a way of getting closer to nature…
Contact – meaningful contact, with nature allows empathy and sensitivity towards nature to flourish where it may have been absent – and Bushcraft is one of the best ways I know to facilitate a passion for the great outdoors.

For more information visit www.pioneerbushcraft.org
Mobile: 086-3704773 Email: pioneerbushcraft@gmail.com

Go wild – Survival Weekend

2 days wild camping

wild camping irelandCanoe trip lined up for next week, Friday 5th September – Only €90pp

Get back to basics with Frank and the team with our: “Into the wild” survival and canoeing trips

  • Survival in an unexpected emergency?
  • Caught out in a storm and in need of shelter?
  • Hot and dehydrated but can’t drink the river water?
  • Cold and wet and need to start a fire but don’t have any matches?
  • Identifying editable plants on the side of the road?
  • Can I eat that wild mushroom, plant, flower, tree and bush? Flora and fauna
  • How do I read an ordinance survey map and plan a route?

wild camping irelanThese are some of the questions we get asked at our survival camps and canoe trips. To be able to answer these kinds of questions is not good enough; we SHOW you how they are done in an enjoyable atmosphere that is what “Into the wild” is about!!

Starting with the basic boat handling skills allowing you to transverse water ways (and rapids for the braver of you), bring your entire trips supplies and go “Off the Grid” for days at a time and hopefully not meet another living person for the entire time. (Do-able, trust me)

“Knowledge weighs nothing, but lasts a lifetime”

wild camping irelanWe try to teach the ways of our fore fathers, they didn’t always have matches or fire lighter’s, they used flint & steel with fungus from fallen trees to start their fires. They didn’t have super markets in which to sustain themselves, they trapped their own food, caught their fish, killed their livestock and snared wild rabbits.

All of these things are missing in our daily lives and WE at “Into the wild” are trying to re-ignite the passion and the lost skills that we all take for granted.

Join us and change to way you look at life —- for the better.

  • 90 euro PP for 2 days canoe & equipment use..

There is no WiFi on the River’s and in the forest with “Into TheWild,” But I promise you a better connection

Email Frank to Book Here >>

Coming Up August + September

Lot’s of Cool Stuff Happening

Fun Foraging Day for Families.

family foraging irelandA relaxing day in the wilds looking for wild safe foods including fungi, fruits, nuts and berries. Suitable for all the family.
Learn how to make Beech Leaf liqueur, Sorrel Tabbouleh and find wild greens for salads. Turn your hand to making Wild Garlic Pesto and delicious salads from the wild. View details >> 


Find It Pick It Cook It Eat It

wild leavesA workshop where you will forage for wild safe foods, learn what is good to eat, know the trees and bushes, what to pick and what not to pick.
After a delicious organic lunch you will turn all these wild foods into delicious drinks, pestos, fritters and more.
You will also go home with delicious wild foods and treats.


Canoe and Wild Camping Family Trips, 

Family Fun with Eco Active Ireland members“Paddle your own Canoe” breaks on the beautiful, peaceful and
interesting Barrow river.
Enjoy a holiday with everything you need supplied both in the form of equipment and also local information and suggested stop offs from ‘Go with the Flow’. 5 days/4 nights high season only €150 pp


Tapas Trail Dublin: Daily

tapas trails for foodiesTapas Trail Dublin’ offer regular tapas tours of Dublin where you get to try a number of tasty dishes at different venues in the city whilst also being entertained by their experienced and knowledgeable guides.
SPECIAL OFFER FOR TODAYFM LISTENERS
10% discount off all Dublin Tapas Trail bookings using the code: TodayFM if booked before 25 August 2014


Eco Surf Camps, Fanore Co Clare 

surf campsKids Eco Surf Camp runs throughout the Summer holidays with Pete and the team from Aloha Surf School.
2 fun packed hours each day open to all kids from ages 8-16 years.
We provide all equipment, wetsuits, wetsuit boots and soft surfboards, so all they need to bring is their swimming gear, a towel and some warm clothes for afterwards. 1 day €30, 5 days €100


Bushcraft Canoe and Camp with Into The Wild

wild camping irelandGet back to basics with Frank and the team with our: “Into the wild” survival and canoeing trips.
We SHOW you how to survive in the wild in an enjoyable atmosphere that is what “Into the wild” is about!!
Price for 2 full days / 48 hours €115 per person
Into The Wild also Do Teen Tribal Treks Contact Us for details


Family Friendly Mushroom Hunt – Galway 4 Oct

slippery-jacksLearn all about wild mushrooms in the beautiful woods of Kylebrack.
During this one day workshop, qualified experts will show you where mushrooms grow, why they grow there and how to distinguish the edible from the inedible.
The Great Mushroom Forage with Robert & Mary White

  • Saturday 4th October 2014
  • 11am – 4:30pm
  • Adults: €65pp
  • €15 per child over 12 years

Why not make a weekend of it and book into one of our Eco Bedrooms or Eco Cabins…


Seaweed Safaris – Clare, Avail Daily

seaweed foraging irelandDuring the safari you will learn about the many seaweeds the Atlantic Coastline has to offer.
You will be shown how to identify and harvest the seaweeds by hand like our ancestors would have done. You will learn about the Nutritional Benefits of the edible seaweeds along the with the Cosmetic and Horticultural benefits.
You will also be treated to Sea Veg tasting at the Wild Irish Sea Veg Company!
€15 per adult – €5 Children
Group of 10 or more is €10pp and kids free.


Bundoran Surf Co

learn to surfSurfing is a great sport to be enjoyed by people of all ages and fitness levels. It is a great way to pick up a new sport or even just an excuse to get into the great outdoors.
Beginner lessons take place in waist deep water so don’t worry if you aren’t confident in the water. Our Surf School is approved by the Irish Surfing Association, all lessons are fully insured and all instructors are qualified beach lifeguards.


For more activities and events check out our Blog 

Coming Up as heard on TodayFM

As Heard on TodayFM Saturday 26 July

Listeners to this mornings Alison Curtis show on Today FM will hear me talking with Alison about a number of offers and events coming up with our Eco Active Members – This blog is to reference the items mentioned. If there is something you cannot find just give me a call on 0873205680 or email play@ecoactiveireland.com  ~ Roz
Thanks to the lovely Alison Curtis for the chance to share our events 🙂
Canoe and Wild Camping Family Trips, Kilkenny Summer
Family Fun with Eco Active Ireland members“Paddle your own Canoe” breaks on the beautiful, peaceful and
interesting Barrow river.
Enjoy a holiday with everything you need supplied both in the form of equipment and also local information and suggested stop offs from ‘Go with the Flow’. 5 days / 4 nights high season only €150 pp
www.gowiththeflow.ie


Tapas Trail Dublin: Daily
tapas trails for foodiesTapas Trail Dublin’ offer regular tapas tours of Dublin where you get to try a number of tasty dishes at different venues in the city whilst also being entertained by their experienced and knowledgeable guides.
SPECIAL OFFER FOR TODAYFM LISTENERS
10% discount off all Dublin Tapas Trail bookings using the code: TodayFM if booked before 25 August 2014
www.tapastrail.com


Full Moon Walk Aug 9
full moon walks
Next full moon walk with the wonderful Terry of Hilltop Treks is on August 9th- meeting at the clock tower in Enniskerry Village (44 bus from Dublin city centre)
We’ll be there – Always a fun night out and a great way to meet new people! Only €25 pp. Transport avail from Dublin.
www.hilltoptreks.com


Family Foraging Day Carlow Aug 16th
family foraging irelandThis family foraging day with Blackstairs EcoTrails will show children and adults the incredible edibles to find, pick, cook and eat. Children will be able to cook-up, under supervision, lots of treats from the wild and take them home with them after the day.
Delicious refreshments, a three course organic lunch and lots of fun will make this a fun filled summer’s day.
www.blackstairsecotrails.ie


Eco Surf Camps, Fanore Co Clare Summer
surf camps
Kids Eco Surf Camp runs throughout the Summer holidays with Pete and the team from Aloha Surf School.
2 fun packed hours each day open to all kids from ages 8-16 years.
We provide all equipment, wetsuits, wetsuit boots and soft surfboards, so all they need to bring is their swimming gear, a towel and some warm clothes for afterwards. 1 day €30, 5 days €100
www.surfschool.tv


Gold Panning in Avoca Wicklow Saturdays
gold-panning-avocasmallTry your luck at finding gold in the gorgeous hills of Avoca with Avoca Tours. We can promise lots of fun, beautiful landscapes, a great guide, lots of camaraderie and, maybe, a little bit of gold….
All you need is your enthusiasm! Every Saturday at 10am.  Approximately 2-3 hours. Family Ticket (2 adults 2 children) €60
www.avocatours.com


 Boyne Valley Food Series Foraging Walk & Picnic 2 August
family forage and picnic
Join Kate of Meath EcoTours on a foraging foray at Girley Bog Natural Heritage Area and learn about edible plants & flowers. Discover what plant families are safe to eat and which to avoid, and get recipes and resources for further foraging. Includes a tasty picnic with samples of foraged foods.
www.meathecotours.com


Wild Food Summer School Aug 8,9,10
wild food summer school irelandThis three day Summer School with Mary White of Blackstairs EcoTrails will appeal to foodies,foragers, food bloggers, chefs and all those interested in our natural environment.
Speakers include Biddy White Lennon, Author & Forager; Paddy Woodworth Irish Times columnist & Author;Philip McCabe on Bees; Mary Mulvey – Eco Tourism; John Gibbons on Climate Change & Georgina Campbell


Whiskey Tour and Glamping- Slane Bank Holiday Mon Aug 4
rock-farm-slaneThis is the first season of walking tours on the Slane Castle estate and in celebration this tour will be given by Alexander Mount Charles focussing on the production of whiskey from the barley trials at Rock Farm to the distillery project at Slane Castle for a tasting of Irish whiskeys.
The tour includes:

  • A tour of the castle, the Slane Castle Distillery project and a professional whiskey tasting.
  • An introduction to whiskey production, barley growing and organic farming.

The tour will be hosted by Alexander Mount Charles organic farmer and distillery owner. €55 pp
Glamping available on-site


Bushcraft Canoe and Camp with Into The Wild
wild camping irelandGet back to basics with Frank and the team with our: “Into the wild” survival and canoeing trips.
We SHOW you how to survive in the wild in an enjoyable atmosphere that is what “Into the wild” is about!!
Price for 2 full days / 48 hours €115 per person
Into The Wild also Do Teen Tribal Treks – Contact Us for details
Email Frank for details here >>


Family Friendly Mushroom Hunt – Galway 4 Oct
slippery-jacksLearn all about wild mushrooms in the beautiful woods of Kylebrack.
During this one day workshop, qualified experts will show you where mushrooms grow, why they grow there and how to distinguish the edible from the inedible.
The Great Mushroom Forage with Robert & Mary White

  • Saturday 4th October 2014
  • 11am – 4:30pm
  • Adults: €65pp
  • €15 per child over 12 years

Why not make a weekend of it and book into one of our Eco Bedrooms or Eco Cabins…
www.thethreetowers.com


Seaweed Safaris – Clare, Avail Daily
seaweed foraging irelandDuring the safari you will learn about the many seaweeds the Atlantic Coastline has to offer.
You will be shown how to identify and harvest the seaweeds by hand like our ancestors would have done. You will learn about the Nutritional Benefits of the edible seaweeds along the with the Cosmetic and Horticultural benefits.
You will also be treated to Sea Veg tasting at the Wild Irish Sea Veg Company!
€15 per adult – €5 Children
Group of 10 or more is €10pp and kids free.
www.wildirishseaveg.com


Bundoran Surf Co
learn to surfSurfing is a great sport to be enjoyed by people of all ages and fitness levels. It is a great way to pick up a new sport or even just an excuse to get into the great outdoors.
Beginner lessons take place in waist deep water so don’t worry if you aren’t confident in the water. Our Surf School is approved by the Irish Surfing Association, all lessons are fully insured and all instructors are qualified beach lifeguards.
www.bundoransurfco.com


For more activities and events check out our Blog 

Wild Camping

2 days wild camping

Get back to basics with Frank and the team with our: “Into the wild” survival and canoeing trips

  • wild camping irelandSurvival in an unexpected emergency?
  • Caught out in a storm and in need of shelter?
  • Hot and dehydrated but can’t drink the river water?
  • Cold and wet and need to start a fire but don’t have any matches?
  • Identifying editable plants on the side of the road?
  • Can I eat that wild mushroom, plant, flower, tree and bush? Flora and fauna
  • How do I read an ordinance survey map and plan a route?

wild camping irelanThese are some of the questions we get asked at our survival camps and canoe trips. To be able to answer these kinds of questions is not good enough; we SHOW you how they are done in an enjoyable atmosphere that is what “Into the wild” is about!!
Starting with the basic boat handling skills allowing you to transverse water ways (and rapids for the braver of you), bring your entire trips supplies and go “Off the Grid” for days at a time and hopefully not meet another living person for the entire time. (Do-able, trust me)
“Knowledge weighs nothing, but lasts a lifetime”
wild camping irelanWe try to teach the ways of our fore fathers, they didn’t always have matches or fire lighter’s, they used flint & steel with fungus from fallen trees to start their fires. They didn’t have super markets in which to sustain themselves, they trapped their own food, caught their fish, killed their livestock and snared wild rabbits.
All of these things are missing in our daily lives and WE at “Into the wild” are trying to re-ignite the passion and the lost skills that we all take for granted.
Join us and change to way you look at life —- for the better.
Canoe and camp -various dates available Canoe and safety equipment included, everything else needs to be brought, i.e. food, tents, sleeping bags, kit bags.. Price for 2 full days / 48 hours €115 per person
There is no WiFi on the River’s and in the forest with “Into TheWild,” But I promise you a better connection
Email Frank to Book Here >>