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Natural Navigation

June 22 @ 9:30 am - 4:00 pm

Trees casting shadows by which to navigate

This is a magical day of learning to navigate by nature’s clues – vegetation, colours, the Sun, wind and stars. Natural navigation is an essential and ancient skill set that considerably improves mountain navigation and leads to far more enjoyable days out.

You will be shown many examples of how nature holds directional clues and how to apply this art in very real situations. Natural navigation enables you to back up your way finding adventures and make instinctive route finding decisions so you don’t get lost and always know direction and are able to return to safety.

You will be taught about the Earth’s rotation, sunlight, Moon phases, star constellations and sky maps.

You will see the clues held in the landscape caused by wind, moisture and sunshine.

You will learn about body geometry, measuring distance and time. You will learn how to use shadows, patterns and asymmetry to read the environment and build jigsaws of clues.

You will also learn which clues to rely upon and which can me misleading!

Discover the power of using all your senses and understand how touch, hearing and smell profoundly guide us when we are alert and engaged with our world.

As you might guess, these skills have significant benefits in all walks of life, not merely walking outdoors and can be the key that unlocks your freedom and connection with nature.

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.

BOOK tickets by emailing Malcolm at malcolm@allfivesenses.com, calling 01828633098 or texting 07921383503.

What to bring

Equipment: As you would for a gentle day walk, rucksack, waterproofs and warm clothing to be comfortable sat outdoors in all weather.

  • Note book and pencil.
  • Walking footwear, boots or your preference. Barefoot is also possible (and very helpful!)
  • Lunch, snacks and water
  • Medication, as needed
  • Sun protection, insect repellent and simple first aid.

I suggest you have spare clothes to change into afterwards so you are comfortable and not worrying during the day.

Covid-19 restrictions mean face masks and hand sanitizer should be carried. Social distancing will still be adhered to and we will remain outdoors throughout.

Note: there are no easily available toilet facilities but we can make arrangements if necessary. Otherwise we will try to go al fresco.

BOOK and pay for tickets below or by emailing Malcolm at malcolm@allfivesenses.com or calling 01828633098 or texting 07921383503.


June 22
9:30 am - 4:00 pm
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Malcolm Handoll


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