Bushcraft and Mental Health
Updated: Jan 9
Bushcraft is a traditional outdoor skill-set that involves a deep understanding and application of various natural resources in order to survive and thrive in the wilderness.
It includes activities such as building shelters, making fires, finding and purifying water, and foraging for food.
While bushcraft may seem like a practical set of skills to have in case of emergency, it can also be a deeply rewarding and therapeutic activity.
Here are some ways in which bushcraft can benefit mental health and well-being:
Spending time in nature has been shown to have a positive effect on mental health.
Bushcraft allows individuals to fully immerse themselves in the natural world, creating a strong connection to the environment.
This connection can help reduce stress and improve overall well-being.
Bushcraft requires a high level of focus and attention to detail.
By being fully present in the moment and engaging in tasks that require concentration, individuals can practice mindfulness.
This can help reduce anxiety and improve mental clarity.
Confidence and self-reliance:
Bushcraft requires problem-solving and resourcefulness, which can boost self-confidence and feelings of self-reliance.
These skills can transfer to other areas of life, improving overall well-being and resilience.
Bushcraft can be a social activity, as it often involves working with others to achieve a common goal.
This can foster a sense of community and improve social connections, which are important for mental health.
In conclusion, bushcraft is not just a set of practical skills to have in case of emergency, but it can also be a deeply rewarding and therapeutic activity.
It allows individuals to connect with nature, practice mindfulness, boost self-confidence, and foster social connections, all of which contribute to mental health and well-being.
We provide Bushcraft sessions as part of the Therasea retreat package.
Therasea offer off-grid rewilding retreats in rural Cornwall where you can learn the fundamentals of lifestyle medicine and master the art of managing stress whilst enjoying ocean sports, bushcraft and delicious food cooked over an open fire.
By day, you will find yourself wild swimming, kayaking, paddleboarding, foraging, learning bushcraft and survival skills in a beautiful off-grid location.
By night, enjoy torch-lit walks through the forest, huddle around the campfire, stargaze and watch Thera-Sea’s resident chef cook up a feast on the open fire.
What truly sets Thera-Sea apart from other adventures is the educational twist and practical advice shared by company founder Katy Griffin.
Take a seat at our table overlooking the river and enjoy a series of thought-provoking workshops.
Who is Thera-Sea suited to?
For the outdoorsy type with adventurous spirits.
The escapes are suitable for both men and women, of any age, and a moderate level of fitness is recommended.
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