Please note, all workshops are on hold during new development of Hidden Valley Farm, but stay tuned for more workshop announcements coming soon. In the meantime, check out our latest event – THE OFF-GRID LIVING FESTIVAL.
A Re-Wilding Camp for Adults !
20 days. 20 acres. 30 people.
In a secret natural location in North-East Victoria.
Daily challenges, activities and adventures.
Take a break from society and create your own world together.
LOCATION: A secret natural landscape in North-East Victoria. Just 3 hours from Melbourne & Canberra. Public transport pick up available at Wangaratta Train Station or Albury Airport. Exact location and directions sent once application is complete.
WHO: Wolf Pack is for anyone looking for a unique adventure, bush craft skill-building, nature time, camping and community. We have applicants coming in from all ages from 16 – 65 (or older). Spaces for kids under 16 may be accepted, but are limited, if you would like to bring your kids along please mention them in your description on your own application.
DEVELOP… a deeper understanding of nature by delving into its intrigues through observation and participations.
LEARN… new skills daily. With guest teachers in re-wilding, bush craft, shelter building, natural health, simple living, wild life, traditional crafts, ancient and recent local traditions, adventures, creativity, exploration, self-development and community living.
CONNECT… with yourself, nature and your new tribe through daily activities, games, challenges and freedoms unavailable in day-to-day life.
TAKE A BREAK… from reality to discover something new. This program will give you the time and space to break down the layers, melt into nature & community, and hone new skills.
Come together and enjoy life, living and learning on a secret clearing amidst a beautiful national park of North-East Victoria (3 hours from Melbourne).
This will be an amazing opportunity to experience something genuine, unique and possibly life changing. You will have a chance to slow down for 20 whole days, live in a magical location, breath deeply and enjoy the daily challenges, nature based workshops and your new tribe.
HAVING A PEOPLE EXPERIENCE: Special Guests & Your Tribe
Each day we will explore a new topic together with guest teachers who have incredible experience, knowledge and passion in their unique and interesting fields. You will meet people from all walks of life from survivalists, bush dwellers & story tellers to artists and craftsmen & wild women, soaking up inspiration and knowledge with each experience. And this will only be a small portion of your PEOPLE experience during the program, getting to know your tribe will be half the adventure and learning how you fit into a communal environment will be enlightening and often surprising. We’ve found that the new friendships and daily camaraderie is an unexpected highlight of this experience for many participants and something to really look forward to.
HAVING A NATURE EXPERIENCE: Location & Surrounding
This fantastic program could only take place in a fantastic location to match. We’re very excited to be offering up a stunning clearing set amidst a national park, an incredible natural location that you can call HOME for 20 magnificent days.
The space includes cleared paddocks where you will have the opportunity to build your own communal shelters, participate in workshops and soak up the surroundings. You will also be free to explore the lush valleys, grassy nooks, near-by watering holes and find your own secret spots to contemplate, observe and relax in between activities and conversation.
Learn new skills daily. This is a jammed pack program of guest teachers and activities.
Workshops vary for each Wolf Pack but will generally cover:
- Tipi living and culture
- Fire without matches (various techniques) with Claire Dunn
- Wild life awareness & nature connection
- Bird Language & Tracking
- Navigation, Orientation & Exploration
- Knot tying and lashings
- Shelter building
- Tool making – spoon carving
- Fish Skin Tanning (full process) & Leather Craft with The Bush Tannery
- Various Bush Arts & Traditional Crafts
- Natural Weaving
- Bush Tucker, Wild Weeds & Animal Preparation
- Knife Sharpening
- Local history & practices of early gold miners.
- Gold Fossicking for fun (in free time)
- Community Living skills & Story Telling
- Group Dynamics and facilitating community
- Yoga, Mediation & the importance of self-care
- Bread making, fermentation & preserves
- Camp style cooking techniques
….. more workshops to be announced as we get closer to the date. You will also receive a workshop timetable with your information pack closer to the program start date.
Visitors (family & friends) welcome to visit on weekends.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTION…
How rough / difficult will it be?
This isn’t a program for the ultra-survivalist gurus, it’s an opportunity to experience and practice methods of re-wilding and survivalism and to do it in a fun communal environment giving each task the time needed to really refine each skill (All people are very welcome here, from beginners up).
We hope that the participants will feel that they are living somewhere between a retreat and an adventure camp for adults.
As accommodation is BYO camping it will be up to you how luxurious or simplistic that will be – in the last group we had many people in tents, one guy who bought no tent and challenged himself in making a cool little shelter in the camping area, and a couple who bought their van for a bit more comfort.
Throughout the 20 days we will be practising making shelters from the natural materials that surround us and participants will have the option to test out sleeping in them. The weather in Autumn and Spring is generally gorgeous so sleeping under the stars or by the fire some nights will also be recommended as an experience.
Diversity is the key to any great tribe and we want to make sure this temporary community is made up of people from all walks of life. If you would like to participate please fill in the application form (applications closed).
Once your application has been received you will be contacted within 15 days letting you know if your adventure awaits you.
- Adults – $1250
- Concession & Teenagers (13-17 years) – $1000
- Under 12’s – by special request only, please mention on your application form if you would like to bring kids.
- 20 day camp
- Daily workshops
- Activities, challenges and off-site excursions
- Most materials & tools that are required (we may ask that you bring one or two things along)
- All Meals – breakfast, lunch and dinner each day (all diets catered for). All food is provided and cooked by the tribe on a rotating roster. If you require daily meat, dairy, eggs, snacks or special nutritional items we ask that you please bring those along.
This program will leave you feeling spoilt, nourished, enriched, energised and highly inspired. We look forward to seeing you grow, learn, laugh and smile together.
A 40% deposit will be requested to finalise your booking, this can be paid any time within 2 weeks of your application approval. The final amount will be due 1 month before the event and a request for final payment will be emailed to all participants. A payment plan can be arranged if this is too much for you in 2 payments, just send us an email request and will set something up that suits.
Cancellations – Cancellations requested less than 1 month in advance: No refund, but ticket name can be changed. Cancellation requests with more than 1 month in advance: Refunds will be granted with a 12% fee of total ticket price.
WHAT TO BRING
This is just the basics, a more thorough list will be sent out with the info pack.
Camping Gear: Any camping gear that you need to be comfortable for 20 days. The weather is generally beautiful in Autumn & Spring, but if you get particularly cold at night a really good sleeping bag and/or hot water bottle might be good.
Average Autumn Weather: Days 15 – 25*C. Nights 4 – 10*C
Average Spring Weather: Days 20 – 35*C. Nights 5 – 14*C
Your own knife/s – A good knife or two will be needed and used most days for many purposes (carving, whittling, cutting rope, building, weaving etc.). There is a huge array of knives to choose from, I recommend one that is large enough for cutting down small trees (small machete or hunting knife) and a smaller one for whittling (something very small and sharp).
Other fun stuff: Musical instruments, any tools you’d like to use or practice using, games, creative stuff, hand crafts, books and anything you’d like to share with the tribe.
For more information feel free to contact me: EMAIL KATE
FEEDBACK FROM THE 2015 WOLF PACK
L.Tharby – “Wolfpack was as much a chance to learn about community, family and ourselves; as it was about physical survival skills and bush-craft. A perfect balance!”
Rebekah.M – “Wolf pack was an experience in close community living, learning, playing and truly living together. Learning new skills and bonding over shared tasks and experiences in the beautiful hidden valley.”
A rare opportunity to reconnect with yourself , slow down, reveal your gifts & work on your challenges. An emporium of surprises, fascinating folks, generosity and plenty of laughter.
Wolf Pack is fun, amazing, encouraging and life changing.
Wolf Pack was a place where I arrived expecting to learn new and useful skills. What I found was so much more…The beautiful family we became, the challenges overcome and the profound self-discovery are all things that combined with the awesome practical skills leave one with an all-round confidence that could not be achieved by focusing on just practical or spiritual workshops.
Mother Earth is calling you! Challenge yourself to live in the world you want.
Wolf Pack is a nurturing space for a bunch of people to learn new skills, reflect on who they are and experience living in community. It involves a series of workshops that explore survival , place and tribal living but it is so much more when you open your heart.
Wolf Pack 2015 was an adventure. It was an enriching, challenging and beautifully rewarding immersion in slowing down in nature. Come to wolf pack with a clear intention to enrich your life. Come to Wolf Pack if you want to connect with an ancient truth. That is, people are the great riches of life. It is with them, alongside them, and through their wonderfulness and courage that you will grow and become your wonderful self.
A reality check for the civilised mind. A heart-opener for the under-expressed. Wolf Pack has the potential to transform lives.
For more experienced Re-Wilders………….
APPLY TO BE A TEACHER:
If you have knowledge, skills or a passion that you would like to share at Wolf Pack, please send through an application form – CLICK HERE TO APPLY. We’re open to all types of rewilding and nature based workshops and look forward to hearing what you’re all about. Workshops can be hands-on, demonstration or lecture style. Teachers are paid and also invited to stay for the whole event as a participant in other workshops and join in all the communal fun.
or CHECK OUT The Primitive Skills Gathering for more Re-Wilding Fun: