Here’s an update on the Ray Mears course I mentioned in a post last fall. It was being organized by School in the Woods [ed. note: no affiliation with this site]. The course as described didn’t happen, unfortunately. The organizer informed me that the agent wanted a very hefty non-refundable deposit with still no contract and had still not outlined what would be covered, so he had to make the decision to not go further. He felt it would have been wrong to gamble with other people’s money.
A bit of a shame, since Ray is such a household name in bushcraft, but let’s be realistic, there are plenty of good bushcraft practitioners and teachers that aren’t as recognizable from TV that are still just as good.
Carl from School in the Woods has told me that Mors Kochanski will be coming back in 2013 to run a bushcraft course and a plant course, and they are working on bringing three other instructors from the UK that are each very capable in different fields.
He also had this to say:
“In 2013 I will hopefully be offering a UK Bushcraft Tour where we would take the group to the UK do two bushcraft courses, show them The Lake District, York & London. This is still in the early planning stage.
Next month I’m heading out to P.E.I. to meet up with some locals so we can bring a coastal foraging course to our program in 2013 too, this one I’m really excited about.”
This all sounds great, and I’m looking forward to seeing what the future holds for courses and meets.