thrive in the wild
Dartmoor | 3-8 september 2022
Learn to live wild and journey from land to sea...
We're so excited to host this entirely unique two-part adventure. Part one sees us immerse ourselves in the woods, living in comfy bell tents among the trees while learning to live with the wild through foraging, cooking with fire, and contributing to a local woodland initiative. Part two sees us take our new connection with this wild environment on a self-sufficient journey by land and river, from the high tors of Dartmoor, to the sea.
3rd - 8TH September 2022 (5 NIGHTS)
Led by our founder Josh, in collaboration with Alex, a Dartmoor native, and passionate expert. Alex grew up in Chagford, and has been engrossed in his local wilds ever since. He’s been teaching bushcraft professionally since 2015. He leads treks worldwide and has walked the length of New Zealand. For Alex, spending time in the woods, living off the land, is what matters the most.
This adventure is open to everyone! Whether you're a solo adventurer, a couple, friends or family, everyone is welcome. And while we'll be getting pretty remote and wild, there is no experience required, we'll look after you.
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 woodland, 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 this wild 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 and re-wilding of a local woodland and wildflower meadow, and we will of course get involved in some wild yoga, wild swimming and mindfulness to foster a deeper connection with ourselves, with each other, and with the wild.
Accommodation: bell tents in the woods.
Food: fire-cooked food for the whole stay - all local and seasonal produce.
- 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. This journey is a magical immersion in the variety of environments at play in the remarkable Dartmoor National Park
Accommodation: 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 - Josh Bulpin + Alex Latham
Local experts and support staff as required
Required group safety kit
The Living Project Comprehensive Insurance
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 etc)
All accommodation - shared bell-tents/ camping barns/ shared 2 Person Tent (provided by The Living Project)
All meals from Dinner on Day 1 to Breakfast on Day 6
Magic re-cycled journal + pencil
Endless Coffee & Yogi Tea
Water Purification stuff so we can collect water on the go
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 make it easier.
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.