WHO WE ARE
The Woodsrunner School is a leading wilderness survival and self-reliance educational establishment located in South Carolina offering the most comprehensive range of outdoor skills, specializing in wilderness survival, bushcraft, traditional skills, and wilderness medicine. We aspire to provide the very best self-reliance training available.
Since our inception, we have had the privilege to train many individuals in the art of self-reliance. We have become recognized for the diversity in the courses we offer, and for the amount of detail and professionalism within our teaching methods.
Safety, enjoyment, and learning are at the forefront of everything we do, and by using explanation, demonstration, and direct hands-on application our students leave with a desire to gain as much experience as possible.
Our courses and workshops are designed to guide our students on a path to understanding modern gear is not always a necessity; however, we teach the art of using skills, knowledge, and improvisation techniques, so one can begin to utilize natural resources to address their needs within a wilderness environment.
WHAT WE DO
We provide a safe, quality educational experience to anyone interested in learning how to be prepared to enter the wilderness and understand their surroundings. It is through our teaching methods that individuals can begin their journey off the beaten path with confidence and the ability to understand nature in a connected way.
To help as many people as we can to acquire the self-reliance skills and knowledge necessary BEFORE they ever need them.
Many schools lure students in by offering lessons on the ‘COOL’ or ‘POP’ survival skills that are often seen on TV and in social media. We feel it is our ethical obligation to focus on the skills that are proven to work and will keep one alive in a crisis situation and thrive in others.
WHAT MAKES US DIFFERENT
There are many different philosophies used to teach self-reliance skills. Some utilize an extreme approach while others focus on a totally opposite spectrum by focusing on a spiritual connection with nature.
Many of the skills and knowledge that are utilized in one approach are also used by other approaches...meaning that they overlap, but are used in different ways. No one approach is necessarily "better" than another.
The Woodsrunner School, LLC incorporates an eclectic approach, meaning that we utilize many different methods and areas of focus, to better meet the needs and interests of our students. What makes us different is the fact that we offer our students a choice.
Choose your focus (or take advantage of them all!):
Wilderness Survival Courses - A wilderness immersion experience that teaches students how to handle the immediate need in a crisis situation by introducing stress-induced physical and mental challenges. You can learn more about our wilderness survival courses here.
Wilderness Survival Pathway - A process of the skills and knowledge taught in our wilderness survival courses but in a base camp setting without the stress of physical and mental challenges. You can learn more about our wilderness survival pathway here.
Self-Reliance Workshops - Self-Reliance is the ability to depend on yourself to meet your needs. It is the ability to do things and make decisions by yourself, without needing other people to help you. Developing self-reliance means that you are building confidence, independence, and inner strength. You can learn more about our self-reliance workshops here.
Wilderness Medicine Courses - Wilderness medicine is the know-how and skills needed to provide "crucial emergency care in resource-constrained environments" where definitive care is delayed by difficult patient access, minimal equipment, and various environmental extremities. You can learn more about our wilderness medicine courses here.
Yet another thing that sets us apart is our focus on the Woodsrunner “Family”. It is a well-known idea that family does not always mean those connected by flesh & blood. Being part of the community allows our students to grow and connect with others who have similar interests and ideals. Our students feel a sense of belonging and acceptance that is not always easily found in today’s society. It is in this environment that many students report feeling safe, cared for, and open to share their experiences.
YOUR PEACE OF MIND
Our experienced instructors come from a variety of backgrounds including education, law enforcement, first responders, and military, as well as, being trained and certified in Wilderness First-Aid and Emergency Medical Responders. They each draw on many years of experience both in and out of the US.
All of our courses and events are fully risk assessed and frequently examined and amended when necessary to better protect our students.
Whether you’re making plans for your next hiking, hunting, or wilderness excursion and need self-reliance training, then you’ve found the right place.
We are professional, experienced, dedicated and we care.
WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING ABOUT US
If you've been considering this school long enough to make it to reading these reviews, stop hesitating and just do it. Joshua, Janna, and the rest of the team there are some of the nicest people out there, and they do a wonderful job with hands-on teaching and making sure you understand each skill before moving on. I learned more in my two days there than I ever would have thought. This was a fantastic experience for me, and I can't wait to go back.
— Taylor E.