thrive in the wild
a stunning 6 day journey FROM THE FOREST TO THE SEA
AUTUMN THRIVE IN THE WILD | 7TH - 12TH SEPTEMBER
(6 DAYS, 5 NIGHTS, £795 PP)
Our journey starts in the beautiful wild woods of Dartmoor, where we'll be learning to thrive in the wild through foraging, learning how to create and nurture fire and wild-cooking. From here our journey takes us on foot from the high tors of Dartmoor to the sea, camping along the way. We journey by foot, steam train and finally by canoe along the river. This is a 6 day adventure of moving slowly and purposefully through the stunning wild and varied landscapes of Dartmoor, and the river Dart.
This is a journey of learning how to thrive in the wild.
"A life affirming, soul feeding, supported journey of an adventure. Challenge yourself to new experiences and experience the beauty of our glorious countryside."
(Shelly, guest Thrive in the wild Spring 2023)
A TASTE OF WHAT'S IN STORE...
part one: LIVE WILD- 3 nights
A wilderness living experience in a special woodland in Dartmoor National Park. We'll be based in a magical forest, sleeping in comfy bell tents among the trees. We'll cook together over fire, and spend time learning skills such as foraging and fire craft, as well as building our connection with our environment to help us not only survive, but to thrive in the wild. While at our base we'll spend some time contributing to the conservation of a local woodland and wildflower meadow, and we will of course get involved in some wild swimming and mindfulness to foster a deeper connection with ourselves, with each other, and with the wild.
Accommodation: Comfy bell tents in the woods
Food: All meals are local seasonal produce, cooked on the fire
(including whatever we have foraged that day)
- Sustainability talk from local expert
- Night walk and star gazing
Part Two: A journey to the sea - 2 nights
Departing our woodland home we begin on foot, mindfully hiking across Dartmoor, wild-swimming and playing along the way before we take a steam-train from Buckfastleigh to Totnes. At Totnes we grab our canoes and paddle our way down to Dartmouth, and the sea. Our exact itinerary will be based around the tides, and weather, and will finish with a special ceremony of thanks. This journey is a magical immersion in the variety of environments at play in this remarkable part of the world.
Accommodation: campsites, camping barns or wild camping (all tents and cooking kit provided by The Living Project)
Food: Simple hiking food, locally sourced, cooked by us for you, (although you're welcome to get involved!)
2 Qualified and Experienced The Living Project Leaders
Local experts and support team as required
All accommodation - shared bell-tents/ camping barns/ shared 2 person tent (provided by The Living Project)
All meals from dinner on day 1 to lunch on day 6
Your own personal 'Wilder' journal + pencil
Endless coffee & yogi tea
Collection from and return to Exeter St Davids Train Station at the beginning and end (if required)
All local transport as required during adventure (steam train, canoes etc)
Water purification stuff so we can collect water on the go
Required group safety kit
The Living Project comprehensive Insurance
Your personal transport to and from home to Dartmoor/Exeter St Davids train station
Personal kit (list provided on booking)
Any other food or drinks not mentioned in inclusions
Personal spending money
some answers to some questions so far...
If you have any others please give us a shout or check our general FAQs
How do I get there?
We reckon all adventures begin when we step outside our front door (thanks Bilbo). You can drive and leave your car at the woodland where we're based for part one (we'll drop you back there when we finish our adventure to the sea). Or you can get the train to Exeter St Davids train station (only 2.5hrs from London) and we'll pick you up from there and drop you back at the end.
How fit / crazy / wild do I need to be to do it?
We don’t tend to go for epic feats of endurance, that’s not really us. We’re all about moving slow, noticing and exploring a landscape through all our senses. While we’re on part two you will need to carry your gear in a ruck-sack and we do wild camp for a night or two, so we recommend a healthy level of fitness for your own enjoyment and safety. It will no doubt be a challenge being out in the Wild, but whether you're a first-timer or a seasoned wild camper, it's a magical experience to share with others. We've designed the adventure to suit all-comers and our main priority is supporting guests on their journey. We adapt our plans to meet the needs of the team, and in-line with the weather doing it's thing too. If required we can transport luggage throughout part two to lighten the load.
What kit will I need?
We provide all group kit, including food, cooking gear, safety kit and tents. To highlight a few basics - you will need a good pair of worn-in walking boots, a decent sleeping bag and mat, a 55-65l ruck-sack, and some waterproofs. Once you're signed up we'll send you a little kit-list.
If you have a question that hasn't been answered here, or you'd prefer to talk to one of us - we'd love to here from you!