About Us

“You haven’t yet opened your heart fully, to life, to each moment. The peaceful warrior’s way is not about invulnerability, but absolute vulnerability-to the world, to life, and to the Presence you felt. All along I’ve shown you by example that a warrior’s life is not about imagined perfection or victory; it is about love. Love is a warrior’s sword; wherever it cuts, it gives life, not death.”         ~        Dan Millman

What’s Special About Us?

At Bush Lore we believe there is more to things than just what you can see. There’s a mindset and a philosophy evident in the practice of good survival, tracking and bushcraft. We are walking a warrior’s path and live what we teach. We are constantly seeking out new knowledge from every possible source. That seeking is part of the journey we are all on and should never cease while there is breath in the body. When you come on a Bush Lore course you are being exposed to people who are ‘awake’, you are being taught by warriors. We are proud of that calling and know how unique it is in today’s world. Our instructors preach nothing, they just ‘do’.

Bush ‘Lore’ (derived from the terms ‘folk lore’ & ‘tribal lore’) is all about drawing lessons and wisdom from those who walked the path before us and seeks to bring that  knowledge into the modern day. Not by just merely preserving it, rather by clearly demonstrating the relevance of that ancient wisdom to the modern world. Bush Lore as a school embodies a ‘purist’ survival philosophy. By that I mean ‘wholistic’ survival. I grew up on a diet of  ‘Bush Tuckerman’, wildlife and exploration type documentaries and individuals like Les Hiddins, Malcolm Douglas, Harry Butler and other early pioneers certainly influenced me a great deal. But at Bush Lore we teach a very diversified curriculum. We do that deliberately as to be a ‘survivor’ one must by default be a generalist. Too much attention in one particular area of knowledge detracts from the ability to diversify. It pushes you into the niche’ category and this is a distinct step away from wholistic survival. It creates a vulnerability, in that you are only comfortable in certain circumstances and your knowledge is limited to set environments. Homo sapiens as a species are gifted with the ability to modify the environment around them and problem solve the difficulties and obstacles they face with considerable ease. That makes us specialist generalists. Accordingly we are not tied to any one set of environmental conditions or resources. Therefore I believe that as an instructor it is very important for me to impart in my students a ‘survive anywhere’ mindset and with it the determination, grit and never quit attitude to ensure that this is possible. Perhaps my career as an SAS soldier shaped this outlook but it none the less remains a central tenet of what I now teach and why I teach certain things as opposed to others. As an SAS soldier you need to understand the principles and concepts associated with survival and be able to apply them in any situation and environment. SAS soldiers are not trained to survive just in Australia using traditional Australian Aborigine techniques. Far from it, we draw on northern and southern hemisphere knowledge platforms and use whatever works reliably. This is very evident in the way we teach and is why the courses we offer at Bush Lore can be so diverse yet remain true to our underpinning philosophy.

Rich Hungerford – Senior Survival & Bushcraft Instructor

Rich_BushLore_About_UsRich has always possessed a strong connection with the natural world having grown up in predominantly rural settings including, Papua New Guinea where a fascination for being able to live off the land developed. After completing schooling Rich embarked on a dynamic career in the Australian Army, the majority of which was spent serving with the Australian Special Air Service Regiment (SASR).

During his Army service Rich was qualified as both an Army Survival Instructor by the Army Survival Wing and a Combat Survival Instructor (COMSURV) within Special Operations. In addition to these skills he was trained as a visual tracker and was fortunate enough to hone this skill to a high level on active duty. The rigors of operational service fostered a deep understanding of the impact of fear, duress and hardship on human performance even among highly trained personnel and this continues to shape the programs presented by Bush Lore Australia.

With twenty years of survival and tracking training and experience Rich has accumulated a wealth of knowledge and been exposed to many different perspectives relating to the subjects. This has included having spent time with military units from various countries, being involved with non-military survival instructors and undertaking regular volunteer work in the area of wildlife conservation.

Through Bush Lore, Rich has been able to continue to explore a deep-seated passion for the natural environment and be in a position to pass a portion of his experience on to others. He has sought to successfully blend both the military and the naturalist perspectives in a way that offers course participants access to a unique depth of knowledge in bushcraft, tracking and survival.

Dr Rebel Hungerford– Survival & Bushcraft School Program Coordinator

Reb_Profile_ShotAs well as acting as the Program Coordinator for Bush Lore Australia, Rebel (Reb) is a Doctor of Chiropractic. Reb possesses a great passion for nature and for helping people to achieve better health and quality of life, a passion that has endured since childhood. This interest has led her in the past to pursue roles as a personal trainer and medic, the latter seeing her serve in the Army Reserve with SASR in a full time capacity for a number of years.

The importance of nutritional health remains a significant area of special interest to Reb in her Chiropractic practice and she contributes in a major way to Bush Lore Australia’s programs by both instructing and providing technical advice relating to health, safety and survival nutrition. Reb has developed a particular interest in bush food plants and plants possessing medicinal properties. Additionally Reb practices a range of traditional food preservation techniques such as Kefir and Kombucha making, fermentation and dehydration. She also makes natural cheeses, yogurts and medicinal creams and lotions.

Reb is a qualified reptile remover (rescue & release) and undertakes this role in a volunteer capacity. Her great love of animals continues to spur her interest in the natural environment and she is an avid bushwalker and nature photographer.

11 Comments

  1. Mick Frewen
    Nov 13, 2013 @ 14:05:41

    Rich, looks a great business. When my boys are a bit older will bring them down to do a course!

    Cheers

    Mick

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  2. Marc Hollyer
    Apr 30, 2014 @ 12:55:37

    Hi, I am planning a trip to Australalia in 2016 with a UK based Bushcraft School called Wildcrafts. We will be doing a week in the bush and will need some (if not plenty) of local knowledge. Students from the UK, will have have passed our basics course, so will be competent with Knife Safety, Fire making, shelter building, water purification, My first question (before we get in to the nuts and bolts) would you be prepared to work along side our UK instructors in planning this trip and instructing while the course is going on?

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    • Rich Hungerford Rich Hungerford
      May 28, 2014 @ 13:36:41

      Hi Marc, we’ll send you a detailed email response. Thanks for contacting us and looking forward to potentially working with you in the future.

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  3. Sean McBride
    Jun 05, 2014 @ 09:52:47

    Good luck with it Rich. there is a need for this type of course in Australia

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    • Rich Hungerford Rich Hungerford
      Jun 05, 2014 @ 12:08:05

      Thanks Sean, agree totally … we are losing more and more old wisdom each day and becoming further disconnected from reality. Our aim is to just be the pebble that is tossed into the centre of a still pool that generates ripples. Stay strong & happy wandering.

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      • Ian Starling
        Jun 09, 2014 @ 11:41:50

        I’m feeling those ripples, Rich.

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  5. Ian Young
    Sep 14, 2015 @ 15:05:40

    G’day Rich,
    My Mum gave me your webpage after you gave a presentation to her Probus group … small world!
    Great to see you’re doing well – keep up the good work mate 🙂
    Cheers,
    Youngy

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  6. Bruce Harkness
    Nov 18, 2015 @ 11:51:05

    Hi Rich,

    Just wanted to say what an outstanding experience the Basic Wilderness Survival Course was. I have participated in a range of outdoor courses over the years and this was one of the best. Looking forward to doing the Advanced Program in 2016.

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  7. Harrison
    May 04, 2016 @ 21:55:28

    Rich, many thanks to Graham, Dave and yourself on behalf of III Class RMC-D for taking time to come out and instruct us and share your knowledge. It was an amazing experience and provided us with a varying skill set that we can carry on and apply throughout our careers. Many thanks!

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    • Rich Hungerford Rich Hungerford
      May 11, 2016 @ 14:23:43

      Harrison, thanks for being involved and open to the unconventional warrior approach to things. I know Graham and dave loved being able to pass on some of what they have learned over the years as did I. You guys have a dynamic career ahead of you so ‘Stay strong and be fearless.’ Rich

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