The Woodsman School was founded in 2007 by Derek Faria, and has held dozens of courses ranging from
Survival, Land Navigation, Bushcraft and Long Term Wilderness Living Skills. The school is located in Wakefield,
New Hampshire which is right at the cusp of the “Lake/Mountain” region. We incorporate new and old ways of
doing things to make our training more relevant and realistic. This includes using modern gear as well as
traditional, old-time gear that has been time-tested for thousands of years. Though we strive to teach a more
traditional based philosophy along with traditional gear, we encourage students to use any modern equipment
they already possess. This allows them to do a comparison and decipher for themselves what works best for the
individual. It usually doesn’t take a whole lot of time to make this decision.
We offer three different levels of Survival courses that range from beginner level, to intermediate, to advanced.
The experience level of the student is not the deciding factor here, it’s the degree of difficulty and advanced skills
at hand. As you progress through the levels, the skills become a bit harder to master, and incorporate primitive
teachings that are considered time-honored skills.
We also offer three Self-Development Ledger courses to accompany these hands on trainging courses. Ledgers 1-3
were designed to be taken anywhere in the world by folks who, for whatever reason, cannot make it to our facility.
The great thing about these “at home courses” is that you can apply all the same teachings to suit YOUR particular
environment and work well in conjunction with our onsite Woodsman School courses.
A Traditional Woodsman Course is offered two times a year (Spring and Fall). This is a seasonal course where we
fabricate items from nature, and the items and their needs are a direct reflection of the season. We make things
from baskets, mats and bush cookery items, to clothing, snow shoes, sleds and other items.
Come join us in exploring the local flora and fauna of the Northeast and put your skills and gear to the test!
Whether you are a seasoned outdoors person, or entirely new to the woods, our courses will bring a lasting
impression on some of the oldest traditions of our culture (as humans). It’s time to stop being a stranger to the
woods and reconnect with the ways in which brought us all here!