What you might expect on your camp or course…
An enjoyable time in a beautiful location with a focus on traditional bush crafts and nature connection activities. You’ll be given the opportunity to work as group, in small teams and on your own. Be prepared for a bit of dirt, some water, maybe the odd scratch, and some laughs.
These are outdoors programs, so expect to feel the elements. The program will run regardless of the weather – so come prepared. There is a sheltered communal space available if required.
Overnight courses include night-time activities.
What we expect
We expect everyone to be there for the start and the finish of the program. Outside of that, if you need to take time out for yourself at any time, just let us know. Some of the things we do are challenging – this is why we foster a supportive and encouraging environment.
When you come, you can make the most out of your time in nature by leaving the outside world behind. Leave electronic devices, mobile phones, or any other screen-based distractions behind during activities – or leave them at home/in vehicles/tents if possible.
Anything that comes into the communal space is to be shared – so if you or your children have anything that is precious – leave them behind.
No Alcohol/Drugs – these are drug free programs.
Meeting time and place
Generally courses are held in the Gloucester and Dungog area.
OR we can come to you, if you have a group. We have traveled to Melbourne, Sunshine Coast, Sydney, Newcastle, Coffs Harbour and the Central Coast.
1253 Monkerai Road Monkerai.
251 Wangat Trig Road, Bandon Grove.
Wild By Nature Australia run by Mahli Hawke has started running village days closer to Newcastle to allow for regular catch ups and adventures for children during the school term. These are often a morning of adventures, followed by a shared lunch in some natural location near Newcastle. Details of these are found on the Wild By Nature Facebook page.
These generally run for about 3.5 hours, often starting around 9.30am and finishing at 1pm, though times can be flexible. We usually run the weaving workshop on a weekend, though it can be run any suitable day.
We often run programs in the school holidays. Family Camps aka the Wild By Nature Village Camp, Wildcraft Camps and recently we have combined forces with Wangat Lodge and run school holiday activity days with optional Lodge accommodation. We will be starting up a teen hiking program as part of this.
Weekend Camps – for adults/mature students
These include the WILD 101: Introductory Bush Skills, Knife Making weekend, Tie the Knot weekend, Weaving Retreats, Bow Making weekend. These usually involve a Friday night arrival and finish around 3pm Sunday.
What to Bring – most courses
- Day Pack (small backpack to carry your food, water and personal items)
- Water Bottle
- Healthy and nourishing food (eg low sugar/low additives)
- Clothes suitable for bush rambling
- Sensible walking shoes
- Additional Pair of shoes that can get wet (river shoes or thin soled shoes are ideal)
- Hat / long sleeve shirt / suncream / insect repellent (avoid aerosols)
- Small personal first aid kit – eg bandaids, bandages
- Rain jacket
- For the last day – a set of bush coloured clothes or swimmers that can get dirty
Extra items for overnight courses
- Camping gear – tent/swag, sleeping bag, sleeping mat, cooker, pots, plate, cup, utensils.
- Water container – 10L/20L – so you can have water right with you. Taps are often found away from camp spots. You can bring this full of water or fill it up at the campground when you arrive.
- Pocket knife or knife in sheath if you have one (adults/mature students only)