Nature Skills & Bushcraft Practices
For hundreds of thousands of years human beings have been in a deep visceral feeling relationship with nature. We were born into nature, lived with nature and died in nature. And over hundreds of thousands of years, practices of living with nature were passed down from generation to generation.
However, around 10,000 years ago a split with the natural world started to develop with the advent of agriculture. That’s when as a species we started to control and manipulate nature to fulfill our needs. The chasm of separation from nature started to develop.
Over the last 100 years especially, this chasm has deepened to a level where the majority of people have lost their in-built connection with nature.
In short, as a species we have become ‘aliens’ to our own planet. Without a fully-loaded backpack most people would not be able to survive if re-immersed in nature.
However, on a deeper level this lack of knowing how to survive from what nature provides is having a deeper impact on the psyche of almost every single person on the planet. I remember once speaking to an indigenous elder here in Australia about this and he said that most of us in the Western World are scared and filled with a sense of fear because we don’t know how to feed ourselves from the land.
If you dig a little deeper, what that means is that most people if they were re-immersed in the natural world then they wouldn’t be able to survive. They wouldn’t know how to find their own food. They wouldn’t know how to purify their own water. And they wouldn’t know how to connect with nature in a way that they could build their own shelter.
However, practicing these skills of living with nature works on a much, much deeper level. A level that is hard-wired into the DNA of every single person that walks on the face of the Earth.
For example, I absolutely love creating Primitive Fire with my bare hands from rubbing two sticks together. Whenever I do it my sense of awe and wonder always returns. I feel humbled whenever I see the smoke start to rise and a bright orange coal drop out into the wood dust. The smell of the spark of creation permeating through the air. And blowing that coal into a flame through the inspiration of my own breath re-ignites a sense of appreciation and gratitude for the natural world and the passing down of this skill from long-lost ancestors from time immortal.
Practicing these skills of living with nature has further deepened my sense of connection with both myself and nature. Internally I feel an even deeper sense of peace and calm within because I know that no matter what happens in the future that I would be able to connect in a way with nature that I could survive.
I’ve also found that people who learn these skills feel a lot more comfortable connecting at a deeper level with nature. The deep nature practices and nature skills go hand-in-hand. There’s nothing quite like walking out into nature for 3-4 days with nothing but the clothes on your back and immersing into the oneness.
So to get this work further out into the world I have created the ‘Nature Skills Program’. This is an online training program that teaches you in depth the top six nature skills that you can practice to be able to live off the land with your bare hands.
It is through practicing these skills and techniques that people often report a sense of ‘oneness’ with all things and a deep sense of peace and calm in how they operate in the world.
You can also find out more about this work on reconnecting at a very deep and very real way with nature by joining the Deep Nature Mentoring Newsletter below…