"Today I have grown taller from walking with the trees." Karle Wilson Baker

Bushcraft & Survival Courses

Introduction to Survival Skills - Winter Session
March 11 – 12, 2017
Fort Assiniboine, AB (1.5 hrs Northwest of the West end of Edmonton)
$195 + GST (minimum 4 – max 8 participants)
Course Description: 
Whether you are venturing into the untamed wilderness for the first time or you are a seasoned outdoorsman, learning survival and bushcraft skills will help you to be more confident and prepared to pull from the landscape everything you need to endure a sudden and unexpected survival event.  This 2 day course will provide you with a solid foundation of proven survival skills in a comfortable setting, with highly trained instructors. 
What to Expect:  
• Hands on, experiential learning.
• Instruction on the use of essential tools such as knives, axes, saws, and rope.
• Defining Survival, Bushcraft, and Outdoor Education
• Locating great camps and building and staying overnight in wilderness shelters
• An incredible array of fire lighting techniques and fire arrangements
• Campfire cooking, survival kit items, and plant identification
• The activities in this course can be quite rigorous, and require all participants to be in reasonably good physical shape.  Expect cold temperatures, uneven terrain, and coping with many changing environmental conditions. 
• We will be close to vehicles and all participants have the option to retreat to our heated group shelters at any time.
• Strong emphasis on safety at all times.  Comfortable and casual teaching philosophy. Not a high-pressure survival experience
What to Bring:
• 1 supper and 1 breakfast is provided.  Bring your own snacks and 2 lunches.
• Warm clothing, footwear, headgear, and gloves.
• Upon registration, you will be sent an equipment list indicating additional equipment items.



Athabasca River Paddle and Wilderness Adventure 2017

July 30 to August 5, 2017

($150.00 Deposit. $950 due upon attending course)


We will stay at our base camp located on top of the spectacular sand hill cliffs overlooking the Athabasca River for the duration of the course.  Stunning scenery, and an amazing mixed wood forest is our backdrop and also the home of numerous animal species including Black Bear, Deer, Moose, Wolf, Lynx, and a host of small mammals.  

Course Overview:

Two and half days will focus on learning river paddling skills and four days will be focussed on bushcraft/survival skills with an opportunity for  an overnight survival campout deep in the nearby forest.

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2017 Fall Bushcraft River Expedition Course - Hunting/Fishing/Paddling

Oct 2 – 7, 2017    $1050 CDN (includes tax) approximately $800 USD
Bushcraft Skills, River Paddling, Hunting, Fishing, Traditional Camping
Inspired by the Fur Traders and Voyageurs of Canada’s wild rivers, and paired with wilderness living skills passed down by legendary survival instructor - Mors Kochanski
Description:  Join our certified instructors for a week-long bushcraft and paddling skills course on the Athabasca River.  Combine essential river canoeing skills with traditional bushcraft skills to elevate your outdoor knowledge and experience to an exciting new level.  Experience Canada’s wilderness the way it was meant to be experienced – in a loaded canoe, hunting, fishing, and camping as we travel downriver learning and practising timeless woodsman skills.
Back to Back course option:  We have partnered with Randy, Lori, and Mors Kochanski (www.karamat.com)  to be able to offer students a great opportunity to combine two courses back to back and save on travel costs.  The Bushcraft River Expedition course is designed to run immediately after the Karamat 2017 Fall Wilderness Living Skills/Survival Course. 
Past graduates of the Karamat winter or summer course are encouraged to join us on the river expedition as we will be utilizing many of the skills learned at Karamat.
Learning Outcomes: 
• Paddle a traditional fur trade river while learning numerous paddling strokes and maneuvers that increase your river paddling competency and skill.  Become knowledgeable on loading and outfitting a canoe for river tripping and increase your awareness of river hazards and potential problems you may experience on paddling trips.
• Utilize bushcraft skills and equipment such as Roycraft pack frames, wool blankets, canvas and modern tarp shelters, knifes, axes, saws, and ropework.  Experiment with various ways to pitch camp along the riverbank and at our backwoods camp on Cartright Sny.
• Being that its hunting season, students will be able to be part of the harvesting of waterfowl, gamebirds, and some small animals. Fishing for pike, walleye, and whitefish will also be part of our activities and students with appropriate hunting and fishing licenses will be able to help provide food for the group. Non-residents will be able to assist in field dressing and preparing harvested animals and cooking meals over the fire.
Course Schedule:
Day One – We will meet up and immediately begin planning, organizing equipment and going over the week.  From there, we will move to local lake for the flat water component of the course. Here, we will ensure that all participants are up to speed on necessary paddling strokes and maneuvers that will be required on.....