Chosen Paths Bushcraft is based in a beautiful woodlands in the heart of 1066 country near Herstmonceux, East Sussex. We offer Courses, Workshops and Qualifications in Bushcraft, Traditional Bow making, Viking era Shield Making and Wild food. We also make Traditional bows and shields which are popular with our clients and the re-enactment scene.  Our courses are Suitable for people of all ages and experience. Phil is a Woodsman, Bowyer, Shield Maker and keen Naturalist. He Founded Chosen Paths Bushcraft in 2011 and is the head instructor. Phil has also been connected to the Woodcraft School in Midhurst for a number of years initially as a student and now as Woodcraft schools Chief Instructor. He successfully completed The ten month Certificate in Bushcraft Leadership in 2011 and almost immediately began to work for the company and has proved to be an excellent teacher of the subject.


Below is a short programme we made with CBBC wild

Phil is the Chief instructor on John Rhyder’s courses at the woodcraft school.

The Forest Garden Project in Brighton is a inspiring community project that we provide points bearing accredited qualifications and training in Bushcraft to young people and adult’s.

Phil now works on most of the woodcraft schools programmes. He is especially interested in traditional archery and is a very competent bowyer and Viking age Shield maker. In addition to a recent Trailing evaluation attaining a level three (97%)  coupled with his existing track and sign score (96%) means Phil is now a level three tracker through CyberTracker conservation. Phil is also a first rate plantsman particularly interested in herbal medicines. We strive to un-cover and maintain our ancestor’s skills and knowledge, so we can pass on our heritage for generations to come and not lose our roots forever. With a range of courses and qualifications in Bushcraft and natural history. Run from a comfortable expedition-style camp in the Sussex Weald, and run throughout the year – whatever the weather.



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Bushcraft is about the skills and knowledge that allow you to thrive in a raw natural environment. Time tested techniques, often passed down by aboriginal peoples, and simple yet robust tools that strive towards self-sufficiency. Bushcraft is about being resourceful and engaging in the natural world