Campsite at Night
A Sanctuary Project to offer respite and a chance chill out . . .


The main goal at DeWolfBushcraft is to offer sanctuary and support for Emergency Services workers, NHS staff, veterans, and similar people, dealing with burn-out, moral injuries, or PTSD.   By using proven benefits of natural woodland and tranquil outdoor settings we aim to improve mental health,  physical health and well-being.

In order to achieve this I have set up the Sanctuary Project, and wish to offer the great outdoors - both access to the mountains, and woodlands where you can have quality time in nature.  The idea will be enjoy the outdoors by sleeping in hammocks or tents, cooking on open fires, indulging in foraging, bushcraft and primitive skills, fell walking and navigating, and offering the chance in personal discovery activities, such as ecotherapy, mindfulness, open water swimming, star gazing, and forest bathing,

Currently, I will be using land negotiated near Windermere that will be based in deep ancient woodland with excellent access to the lakeshore and local fells.

The proven benefits of being in the mountains and woodlands are plentiful. 


Below are some links to articles and studies:

Two hour 'dose' of  nature significantly boosts health - Study

Natural Health Service: wildlife volunteers get mental health boost - Article

UK green spaces worth at least £30 billion a year in health welfare - Article

Wildlife Trust: Nature and Mental Health - Poster

For Veterans, outdoor therapy could become law - Article

The project has had its first "pilot" weekend that ran 30th July to 1st August and was organised at the last minute.  There are set to be two other "pilot" weekends coming up and hopefully will still be running - even though there has been a huge move around of processes.  We hope to welcome people to the woodland retreat where we will talk and eat by a camp fire, sleep in hammocks or tents, engage in woodland well being, walk up hills and mountains, learn primitive skills and forage. 

The weekends and dates were originally intended to be fully funded, and the ultimate goal will still be this.  However, due to breaking away and re-starting the vision, almost from scratch again, I will probably be asking for a small fee that will cover land use and food - nothing more.  The exact costs will be sorted later.  But please feel free to ask and I can give details. 

As I have the "pilots" coming up I will be concentrating on filling these spaces.  However, we would never wantonly turn away those who wish to seek sanctuary.  Therefore, if you are in need of support, please contact us.