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This workshop is running as part of our new ActiveDays Nature Connection series which offers tools and experiences to help people deepen their relationship to nature. These tools can be practiced on your next group hike, camping trip or even right in your own backyard! Nature is all around us and it just it doesn’t take much to tap in.
55 km From toronto
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Intro to Survival Skills Workshop
This workshop is running as part of our new ActiveDays Nature Connection series which offers tools and experiences to help people deepen their relationship to nature. These tools can be practiced on your next group hike, camping trip or even right in your own backyard! Nature is all around us and it doesn’t take much to tap into.
Survival Skills are becoming very popular these days, with seemingly endless TV programs about surviving in the woods, to apocalyptic zombie narratives everywhere you turn. This workshop is not about surviving the apocalypse but about sharing some tools that not only help us stay alive and thrive in the woods, but also connect us to the wild. Participants will be working with the big 4 of survival - fire, shelter, food and water as well as building the number one survival skill (Awareness!). This is a HANDS ON workshop, prepare to smell like campfire and get a few sticks in your hair by the end of the day.
Special thanks to the p.i.n.e. project for joining us in this survival skills collaboration!
9:00am: Pick up at 34 Asquith Ave (near Yonge and Bloor)
10:00am: Arrive at Claremont Field Centre
10:15am - 11:00 Experiential hike into camp
11:00- 12:00: Demo
12:00pm-12:30: Lunch (Lunch is not provided please bring something delicious for yourself)
12:39-3:30pm: Working skills (Fire, Shelter, Water, Wildfood)
3:30- 4:00pm: Hike back out to trail head
4:15pm: departure to Toronto
WHAT TO BRING
Lunch (nut free please!)
Good shoes to walk in or keep you warm
Water (at least 1.5L)
Weather appropriate clothing- Layer up!
You will be near a fire- have at least one layer that won't melt if a spark gets on it (i.e. Wool)
Whatever else you need to have fun on the trail :)
WHAT TO EXPECT WITH ACTIVEDAYS
To us, facilitating this event is about creating an environment that you can engage with in your own way. This is your experience and everyone has their own relationship with the outdoors and their bodies. We want to meet you where you are at — you can take part in the workshop as casually or focused as you would like.
Active Days is also a community. This is an inclusive space to meet new people, share stories and have fun! To us, there is no better place to get to know someone than the outdoors. We all share a desire to get out, explore and move.
We will also be providing everyone a map and some information on some of the geology of the region.
All ActiveDays participants are required to sign a waiver. We will bring printed copies of the waiver to sign on the bus. You can find a digital copy of a sample waiver HERE
YOUR TRIP LEADER: CARLY JOYNT
Carly Joynt is the Toronto Coordinator of Active Days Program. She is a passionate mentor who loves connecting with nature through the senses. Carly's favourite Parkbus route is to see the waterfalls of the Dundas Valley and her most memorable nature moment was tracking a Great Horned owl through a cedar forest!
Lucas is a guest facilitator from the p.i.n.e. project who spends most of his time leading hands-on skill building experiences in nature. He is a keen observer of the natural world and practiced in the ways of bushcraft. His most memorable outdoor experience was soloing in the mountains of Massachusetts as a teenager.