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Firemaking Session (2 1/2 hours)

June 23 @ 5:00 pm - 7:30 pm


Firemaking Session: 2 1/2 hours

Come and learn this most ancient of skills with us in Scotland in this two hour session, and you’ll leave with the surprisingly deep self-confidence firemaking brings.

Learn to make fire with a bow and drill, with natural materials foraged from the woods.

Why learn firemaking?

Making fire is what makes us human. All other animals forage, build shelters, reproduce and so on — but none others make fire.

When you make fire, you connect to your ancestors, to the hardwiring deep in your DNA.

You may think firemaking is just a bit of fun, but over and over again, we’ve seen how firemaking is the fast track to joy, awe and wonder. When the tinder bursts into flame, it’s a moment of magic that touches you deeply in your memory and soul.

What should I bring?

  • Comfortable, warm layers of clothing that you don’t mind getting muddy or wet
  • Waterproofs
  • Packed lunch
  • Sunscreen if needed

Footwear is up to you and optional. If you have a knife you like to use bring it but all tools and materials are provided.

If you have any mobility or health concerns, please talk with us – we have worked with people of varying abilities and mobility constraints.

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About your instructor Malcolm Handoll

Malcolm Handoll with tinder nestMalcolm comes from another age, having grown up cooking on an open fire, living at times in a farmhouse with no electricity or running water. He acquired his skills by walking the mountains of Snowdonia and orienteering. He studied Geography then a Masters in Environmental Technology before gaining his Mountain Leadership certificate and teaching navigation.

Malcolm helps people rewild themselves by connecting with nature, using all their senses.

He is passionate about the wonders of nature, often going barefoot to improve awareness and ground himself. He also enjoys not eating sugar, meditation and sometimes instigates power-off weekends (no electricity) for fun!

He specialises in teaching navigation, fire making and outdoor-living skills. He is happiest with his family, sat by a fire drinking green tea, or sat on a mountain top, waiting and watching.


June 23
5:00 pm - 7:30 pm
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Malcolm Handoll


Five Senses
Bamff House
Alyth, Perthshire PH11 8LF United Kingdom
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