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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Wild-by-Nature Adventure Camp, 25-27 Sept 2017 near Dungog

December 6, 2016
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Wild by Nature Adventure Camp

Ready to be immersed in the wonder and wisdom of the wild, both inside and out?
Here is a chance for families of all forms to create a shared adventure.

This is a new style of Wildcraft Camp, where wild adventures are skillfully encouraged by Wild Guides that cater to the age, interests and abilities of each age group…

4-8 year olds: Mindfully supported Wild play and exploration of their natural world; an immersion in story, song, magic and wonder with an introduction to basic wild skills.
9-12 year olds: The freedom to play and explore, but also the invitation to participate in games and activities that develop key wild skills, awareness and movement.
13-16 year olds: A chance to grow through guided games and skill development (fire, shelter, tools and crafts, stalking, ‘hunting’ and ecological knowledge) that prepare them for challenges set at the right level of risk-taking to build confidence, team work and a sense of accomplishment.

For the adults…
Opportunities to interact with each other and their children in a way that promotes mutual respect, understanding and joyful connection. As well as optional sharing and learning of a few wild skills…

The whole experience will be contained within a natural and human community where sharing of stories, song, play and responsibility create a village feel.

DATES: 25-29 September 2017

LOCATION: Private property on beautiful Jerusalem Creek, Bandon Grove (near Dungog)

PRICE:  All children must be accompanied by an adult. Adults can come without children.

Price includes camping, dinners, night activities/storytelling, activities for teens and children each day (3-4 hours), bush skills and mentoring workshops for parents.

Prices: $/first child, $ second child, $/third child, $180/first adult, $/two adults.

$490 for family of 4 – two adults, 2 children. Special rate if booking in a 4 year old with older sibling/s.

Under 4 years free of charge.



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School Holiday fun – Wildcraft Camp Dungog 10-11-12 April 2017, Melbourne September 2017

March 18, 2016
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Upcoming Wildcraft School Holiday Camps :

About Wildcraft Kids Camps:

Children (4-14 years old) are immersed in the wild from 9am-3pm in the care of our guides who provide a different set of nature-based activities each day.
The children can come for  one, two or all days.
We provide activities and care for the children during the day. As the Wildcraft Camps are held at beautiful riverside campgrounds (click for course location details), it is a great opportunity for families to have a camping holiday or stay in nearby accommodation, allowing for a wonderful wild time for the whole family. Both locations have cabins also.

Each day is filled with fun, games, walks, bush skills and hands-on outdoor activities. Parents/Guardians may join in as they wish. Besides being an enjoyable day out, our programs give children an opportunity to connect to their environment and build self-reliance, confidence, teamwork skills, physical abilities and learn some new and interesting skills. Safety is our focus and we aim to provide all those who attend with a worthwhile experience.

Children do need to bring morning tea and lunch. If you would like this to be provided, please ask about our options.

Suggested age group 4 – 14 years old:

We usually suggest age 4 at the youngest, this can depend on the child. The groups usually are mixed ages, some little ones may have shorter attention spans or limited dexterity so it is good for them to have the option to do their own thing with their parent. Sometimes we have a 2 or 3 yr old child who have an older sibling participating, and with their parent on hand, they join in with some of the activities and then take a break and play in the bush until something else seems good for them to join in again. Under 4’s definitely need a parent/carer with them.

We have also had 17 year olds joining in after they saw how much fun their younger siblings were having. It’s really up to the kids.

Under 4 or over 14?
Apart from the above comments, we usually suggest 15+ come to an adults course such as Wild 101 .
Another option for toddlers is organising a group: for eg.  we will visit preschools, playgroups or your organised group and do some suitable activities there.

We have our own group, can we organise a Wildcraft camp for another time?

Yes, absolutely! We run courses for home schools, extended family groups and anyone who can get minimum of ten children together. Please contact us for details.

Comments from previous camps :

Awesome” 7 year old girl.

Loved every bit of the 3 days and will take home some valuable skills. (My son) was already teaching his dad how to respect nature at the end of the day. He can’t wait to come back!” Father of a 6 year old.

My son came home and took us on a bush walk to find bush food – so excellent!” Mother of a 6 year old.


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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 Tuesday  – til 5pm Wednesday
AT: Monkerai NSW Google map directions
FOR: All ages (adult supervision required for under 12)
TYPE: Two-day workshop camp (tue-wed)
SKILLS COVERED:: Making longbow, string, tillering, shooting.
COST: $265 – 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: $275 (includes all materials and one arrow)

EARLYBIRD PRICE  $265 if book before 1 October

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 15-17 September 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. From this course you can find what you are especially interested in learning about in more detail.

FOR: Adults (15-105 years old)
TYPE: Weekend Camp: 6pm Friday to 4pm Sunday
SKILLS COVERED: Detailed introduction to fire by friction, shelter, rope making, weaving, bush food, barefoot walking, nature immersion, bird language.

LOCATION: Ferndale Campground near Dungog or Tree Tops Scout Camp, Riddells Creek (near Melbourne)
COST: NSW: $230/person , VIC: $245 /pp :  includes tuition, materials and camping fees.
SPECIAL OFFERS : NSW $210/ VIC $220 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.

click to book




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Weaving workshop

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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