Feedback from a recent home education day

March 29, 2017
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“We had a great time, the kids did not want to leave. Next time we will do both the morning and afternoon program”

“My child loved it, We have been to this place many times and also on bush tucker walks but this was perfectly paced and entertaining for the kids. No pressure on the parents. We will do another course/camp again. Thanks”

“Beautifully held, lovely communication with the children, nice mix of games, stories and activities”

“Really enjoyable, informative and very friendly”


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Traditional Longbow Making Sat/Sun 2-3 December 2017

February 10, 2016
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We are thrilled to host Lars Richter to run a two-day longbow making course.

ON: 10am Saturday  – til 5pm Sunday
AT: Monkerai NSW Google map directions
FOR: All ages (adult supervision required for under 12)
TYPE: Two-day workshop camp
SKILLS COVERED:: Making longbow, string, tillering, shooting.
COST: $300 – Tuition, materials, arrow and one night camping included in price.
ACCOMMODATION DETAILS: Free camping on-site available before or after.
BRING:Bring your own food and camping equipment.

Price: $300 (includes all materials and one arrow)

What you’ll get out of it:
-knowledge and skills to make your own longbow

-the longbow that you make

-learn how to make a bowstring that perfectly complements your own bow

-understand the art of tillering, the process of carefully removing wood to cause the bows to bend in optimal arcs

-creating an aesthetically pleasing product through sanding and oiling

-how to shoot including the instinctive shooting method. A powerful tool you can also utilize in many daily life situations.

Your Teacher:
Facilitator Lars Richter has been teaching longbow making and other traditional skills (arrow and quiver making, knife and shoe making) to both children and adults in Victoria, Australia for more than 2 years.

Further Information can also be found on Lars’ website:



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Bush Food Weekend:

August 25, 2015
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This course is for anyone who has an interest in learning about our native plants, cooking, and tasting new flavors!
You will learn how to identify native edible and medicinal plants.
We will collect and prepare several local plants
You will learn how to cook new recipes by integrating indigenous foods into your “normal” cooking.

ON: Next date yet to be decided: contact us if you would like to propose a weekend!
AT: Any location or Ferndale Camp Ground (see Course Locations page for details)
FOR: All ages
TYPE: Weekend camp (sat-sun)
SKILLS COVERED: Identification of plants, tasting native foods, cooking with native foods.
COST: $200 – Tuition, materials and one night camping fee included in price.
ACCOMMODATION DETAILS: Bring your own food and camping equipment.

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Knife Making Weekend Workshops

July 6, 2015
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knife detailWORKSHOP: Learn to make a bush knife just like these yourself, making a blade out of scrap metal and a handle from native timber (all materials provided).

The final knife that you take home will be a bushcraft knife, the kind you can make out of materials and equipment found in the shed.
The blade will be strong, won’t snap and is easy to sharpen in the field.
The shape and styling is good for bush crafts, wood carving, skinning and general outdoor adventure.

LOCATION: The weekend course will be held at “cootaame” a private bushland  property  on Trevor Top Rd, in Monkerai, NSW .

You will need to bring your own camping equipment and food for main meals, and are welcome to arrive on Friday afternoon / evening.

Our next scheduled knife making course will be in 2016.

If you and up to three others would like to book a private knife making weekend workshop,
please contact us to book  an available weekend

COST: $1000 for a group workshop
(eg. $250/person for 4 people) All materials included. Each participant will take the home a knife they made!

Click the image below for more information and/or to book.

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Wild 101: Introductory Bush Skills 20-22 October via Dungog 2017

March 18, 2015
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This is a great overview course for anyone interesting in wilderness survival skills, bush crafts, nature and developing your bush confidence.

FOR: Adults (10-105 years old)
TYPE: Weekend Camp: 6pm Friday to 3pm Sunday
SKILLS COVERED: Detailed introduction to fire by friction, shelter, rope making, weaving, bush food, barefoot walking, nature immersion, bird language.

LOCATION: Monkerai, via Dungog, NSW
COST: $230/person :  includes tuition, materials and camping fees.
SPECIAL OFFERS :  $210 per person if book for 2 people (if paid in full).
WHAT TO BRING: All food and camping equipment for the weekend.


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Spear Making Workshop

February 1, 2015
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This course is for anyone who has an interest in making and using traditional hunting tools.  
You will learn how to make and use a metal-tipped Yolngu – style fishing and/or hunting spear.
Your instructor has been taught by traditional Yolngu men of Arnhem land.

ON: to AT: "Cootaame" a 100 acre private property Monkerai (near Dungog, NSW)
FOR: Adults (15+)
TYPE: Weekend camp (sat-sun)
SKILLS COVERED: Basic metal work: making your own spear points, shaft shaping, natural cord making, completing a metal-tipped Yolngu – style fishing and/or hunting spear, spear throwing.
COST: $200  - Tuition, materials and one night camping fee included in price.
ACCOMMODATION DETAILS: Bring your own food and camping equipment.

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Weaving workshop November 19: Dungog

February 1, 2015
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IMG_4073In this one day workshop, you will be weaving in an outdoor setting with all natural materials.
Learn the basics of weaving in the traditional style of North-east Australia,  and weave your own basket out of locally harvested plants.
Your instructors have been taught traditional weaving by indigenous women of Arnhem land.

No previous experience required.

Materials and bush food inspired morning tea supplied.
Bring your own lunch.

FOR: Adults (15 -105)
TYPE: One day course
COST: $70
SKILLS COVERED: Natural material collection, an introduction to different basket types, weaving a basket or mat.
NO PREVIOUS EXPERIENCE REQUIRED:  Experienced weavers also welcome.

To book click "add to cart" here :

If you cannot make this workshop, but would like to do a weaving workshop: if you have a group of 5 or so people, we can run a weaving workshop for you.
If you live in the Newcastle/Dungog area, or if further afield and are prepared to cover our travel costs, we can come to you.




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Nikki Brown

January 31, 2015
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in team

Bushwalking with her Grandfather sparked Nikki’s interest in the nature.  Later, after scouting and mountaineering, Nikki discovered bush survival skills. She has since studied with Jon Young, Nature Philosophy Australia, and those who learnt from Tom Brown’s Tracker School, Wilderness Awareness School and Joanna Macey’s Deep Ecology. Nikki spent 2010 living in the bush, employing all of her bush survival skills. Passionate about keeping these ancient bush skills alive, she continues to learn and loves passing on any knowledge to those who are interested.

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Sam New

January 31, 2015
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in team

Passionate about living simply, Sam has learnt and researched bush skills since he was a lad. A perfectionist and a bush scientist, Sam researches, tests and experiments to find the best ways of doing things. Sam’s knowledge is deep and combined with his  humor and fantastic storytelling ability, there’s never a dull moment.

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