Testimonials

“You more than exceed what most people would readily expect.”

I found it a very inspiring experience to spend time with a person of your knowledge, philosophy and wisdom, who gained those lessons out in the real playing fields of life and not from just reading books and advising people from the side lines. I held a very neutral expectation of the course and your persona before coming along and personally think you more than exceed what most people would readily expect. Your teaching in theory and practice I found simplistic, empowering, enlightening and also very humbling. Any person who wishes to take those lessons on board would most certainly benefit in their day to day living and wellbeing after listening to some of your experiences.

Johnny Wells

“The instructors are highly experienced and knowledgeable SASR patrol commanders with strong fieldcraft, visual tracking and survival backgrounds.”

The Scouting & Patrolling Course is much more than the title describes. The course is a holistic approach to living in the bush, instilling a broad base of fieldcraft skills, knowledge and attributes adopted from aspects of special operations. The instructors have extracted the most valuable and relevant teaching points from their years of soldiering and translated this content to specifically tailor it to civilian audiences of varying experiences and backgrounds. The course teaches you to open up your senses and become hyper-observant of the wildlife and vegetation in your immediate vicinity. Once you harness this heightened situational awareness, you instinctively move, observe and live “quietly”, so the bush talks to you and rewards you with moments like intimate wildlife encounters.

The instructors are highly experienced and knowledgable SASR patrol commanders with strong fieldcraft, visual tracking and survival backgrounds. They approach each course with passion, enthusiasm and professionalism, while importantly delivering lessons and practical exercises in such a way as civilian students from all walks of life understand and benefit from it. The ideally situated training area is a combination of hilly eucalypt forest and rainforest on the banks of the upper reaches of the Mary River, while theory lessons and practical exercises are delivered in Rich’s trackers’ hut and in the field respectively. I found the Scouting & Patrolling Course thoroughly rewarding and recommend it to everyone from experienced bushmen to first timers. Because once you learn to look in to the bush and not at it, the bush truly rewards you.

Geoff Lillistone

“The honest way you deliver the training.”

It was such a great privilege to spend time with you (and the great group of blokes) and learn and practice these wonderful survival skills and listen to the stories – as father and son.
I cannot speak highly enough of you, your program and the honest way you deliver the training. You know, I have alway held you guys (SASR) in very high esteem and with the utmost respect – and after meeting you and spending time learning/listening – this estimation has only increased 100 fold! Again a great privilege – thank you!

Rob & Charlie McLeod

“Being in the now, while considered in some sense to a modern term, has been with us for a long time and any course that brings you back to that in such a practical and usable fashion is to be attended.”

I have attended two courses at Bushlore now and I can happily say I would like to continue to learn new skills as well as hone those I thought I had. The latest course was the Patrolling and Scouting Course (moving in the bush). It is a hard to describe but I would really pin the outcomes to what was described in the first hour as ‘situational awareness’. As an older person I was wondering how I would fit in – the instruction and demonstration of fieldcraft was excellent and all the folk really got into the swing of it with Rich and Mick’s leadership.

We set up and took down camp in quiet fashion and learned to move around the bush in that same quiet way. Since then I can see the parallels of that ‘bubble’ we create for ourselves, knowingly or unknowingly and am much more conscious moving around – urban and bush situations. Being in the now, while considered in some sense to a modern term, has been with us for a long time and any course that brings you back to that in such a practical and useable fashion is to be attended. Its the beginning of a daily practice and much more mindfulness for myself. It was an exciting experience and one I heartily recommend to all folk of all ages.

John OBrien

“The course taught me how to move silently and truly observe my surroundings, and in doing this I have also naturally come to a deeper appreciation of nature and the environment.”

The Patrolling and Scouting course delivered an experience that far exceeded my expectations. I’ve been a police officer for over thirteen years, and in my profession you learn to appreciate the practical and the no-nonsense. Rich Hungerford embodies both those qualities, and his Patrolling and Scouting course is one of the best courses I have undertaken. I have learned skills that I have already used numerous times since completing his course last year, and I expect to carry these skills with me throughout the rest of my life.

The very first time I did a bushwalk after undertaking the Patrolling and Scouting course, my two sons and I came across a goanna that I doubt we would have seen had it not been for the lessons I learned on the course. The course taught me how to move silently and truly observe my surroundings, and in doing this I have also naturally come to a deeper appreciation of nature and the environment. Rich was extremely generous with his time and his knowledge, and the course was always run in a safe and professional manner. I unreservedly recommend the Patrolling and Scouting course to anyone with an interest in the natural environment.

Durand Welsh

“So I could be proactive and in control of any situation should it arise and be able to protect my family.”

I recently completed a personally tailored Hostile Environment Survival Course with Rich before heading overseas to work as a manager in a third world country where random acts of mugging and violence were certain. I wanted to make sure I had the basic skills and knowledge to give me confidence in this environment so I could be proactive and in control of any situation should it arise and be able to protect my family. I was so impressed with how maverick Rich had planned the course. He didn’t pull out a text book and go through the motions the way 99% of most other courses are run. He got to know me, assessed where I was at and my current capabilities then built on top of what I already knew.

I spent two days with Rich and came away with a lifetime of experiences he shared with me that have been learnt at a personal price. Not only did Rich teach me how to manage hostile situations he also taught me the basics of the culture of the people I would be working with and how to recognise in advance any possible threats. There is too much to say in a short reference but I cannot recommend it enough. I have now been living in this environment for about nine months and I have had NO incidences and could have been involved in a few already but due to the mindset that Rich assisted me to develop all has been plain sailing. This kind of training was invaluable! Thanks Rich good job mate.

Derek Woods

“Having read many survival books and watched endless videos on Youtube, for me personally nothing has been as good as actually doing it hands on with the watchful eyes of Rich over my shoulder.”

Having just completed my three-day survival course over the long weekend I would just like to express my deepest thanks towards Rich and Rebel for such a comprehensive, detailed and utterly engaging and fun course. It has exceeded my expectations. I was not only amazed at Rich’s vast and seemingly endless knowledge about survival and bush craft, but also his ability to cater to the different levels of already established experience within the group with ease. There was never a point over the three days where I felt I was being rushed or getting lost or disoriented with too much information.

Having read many survival books and watched endless videos on Youtube, for me personally nothing has been as good as actually doing it hands on with the watchful eyes of Rich over my shoulder. It was utterly invaluable. If anyone has any interest in survival, camping, or just looking for a general adventure in life I urge you to try one of the many courses that Bushlore has to offer. I myself will without a doubt be back again sometime in the future.

Jesse Masa

“What you called ‘mindset’, has already started little changes in my life.”

Thanks Bush Lore for a great course last weekend! Well organised and delivered. Even though I have been hiking/camping for a few years now, there was always a great fear because of my lack of knowledge. I usually carry a heap of gear with me that says ‘life-saving’ or ‘emergency’ on it, but that I didn’t quite know how to use. While I still have a lot of respect for ‘the wild’ (maybe even more), I feel it is much less of an enemy now, which will make my future endeavours more enjoyable. I definitely feel that I can build on the knowledge (and some long-lost common sense) I acquired.What you called ‘mindset’, has already started little changes in my life. – Taking next week off to go practise some of it outdoors! Thanks Rich and Rebel for a great experience!

Anicia Henne

“Recommend it for families to learn new perspectives on daily living, and some skills about survival in the wild.”

We had a great weekend – the boys said the best things about it were fire starting, shelter building, playing with knives and how kind Rich was to let them have many goes at everything (and they didn’t mind the marshmallows either). Thanks for a great time and really recommend it for families to learn new perspectives on daily living, and some skills about survival in the wild.

Phillip Good

“Rich provides a no nonsense course of how survival can be done working with nature not against it.”

Having attended Bush Lore Australia’s Basic Wilderness Survival course, I would like to thank Rich along with his team for providing an enjoyable, very professional, and friendly course. With a philosophy of Environmental Awareness Rich provides a no nonsense course of how survival can be done working with nature not against it. The mixture of both theory and practical learning makes it very easy to understand and apply the different dimensions of wilderness survival ranging from the physiology to the processes of surviving as well as the practical skills and preparations. Another great opportunity of this course is its flexibility, with Rich being extremely knowledgeable and experienced in Survival, he is able to tailor the course to suit the knowledge and skill base of the individual.

Geoff Caine

“Some of the tricks Rich taught us could potentially save a life if you ever end up lost.”

Hi, I attended a survival course with a group of friends facilitated by Rich Hungerford. We weren’t sure what to expect… Were we going to be eating witchetty grubs and sleeping in trees? But now that I have been on the course I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys being out doors. Some of the tricks Rich taught us could potentially save a life if you ever end up lost, somewhere in out great Aussie back yard. Thanks Rich, I thoroughly enjoyed our time with you. P.S. we didn’t eat have to eat any grubs!

Will Gretton

“Content easy to digest and remember.”

The course was very pragmatic in that you were encouraged to do everything yourself rather than just watching the expert perform the task. Also the course content was built on short, manageable pieces of information which was then continually reinforced over the weekend. This made the content easy to digest and remember as opposed to be overloaded with too much information all at once.

Stephen Kearns

“This course was remarkable and aided in shifting my awareness of my surroundings.”

To Rich and all at Bush Lore, thankyou all for an incredible experience while on the tracking course. I think in this day and age, where we succumb to fast food, quick service and everything is organised, categorized, risk mitigated and saline around us, we begin to lose a certain affinity with our environment, and hence lose important elements of our humanity. This course was remarkable and aided in shifting my awareness of my surroundings from simply being separate and largely unaware to being able to integrate with my surrounding environment. Like you said, I’ve been able to use this skill at home also and have already noticed some significant changes so the benefits are far reaching. The course encourages a paradigm shift that I noticed in other participants also. I cannot recommend the course highly enough to all those wishing to learn the technical aspects of tracking – one of mankind’s oldest skills and one which will certainly become an invaluable tool in my profession – and those who wish to delve beyond the purely physical and engage in some of the more esoteric aspects of re-connecting with the natural environment which is so much a part of our evolution as human beings. Under your tutelage, we were engaged and captivated, and the results on the final track were I think above anything we could have imagined when we began only a day earlier. Again, thank you for such an amazing weekend and I look forward to attending more of your courses in the very near future

Dylan Smith

“I will never look at the bush in the same way again.”

I would like to say that the experience (Tracking and Observation course) was extremely worthwhile, informative, and enjoyable. I will never look at the bush in the same way again, it has come alive with so many different things going on to take in, big thanks to Rich for a great day. Your courses and experience / training are a massive asset and it is such a great thing that you are able to run these courses and pass them onto the domesticated public like myself, thanks again.

Scott Smallwood aka Barefoot Doctor

“I can pick out the edible plants, see the path that animals have taken and understand what is and isn’t a danger.”

Thanks again for a phenomenal weekend, some great memories and invaluable information gained. Getting closer and becoming more comfortable with our natural environment is not only a valuable survival trait to have but made the weekend feel like more of a relaxing retreat than a hardcore survival exercise. The survival and bushcraft courses which I did are a must for all Australian men or women with any interest in the outdoors, not just to be able to survive in desperate situations but it gave me a better understanding and appreciation of the natural environment, and was a great bonding experience with my friend who I went with. Now when I look at the forest I dont just see green, I can pick out the edible plants, see the path that animals have taken and understand what is and isnt a danger. These little things make hiking much more stimulating than just a walk in the bush. I guess the biggest thing I learnt from my time with Rich at Bushlore was to understand and respect your surroundings and it will reward you tenfold. Rich, you’re a wealth of knowledge, top bloke, and were a calming presence throughout our time with you, cant wait to come back and do the tracking course to open my eyes up to the wildlife that can see me, but is hidden from my experience.

Con Georgiou

One Comment

  1. Ken Cooper
    Oct 30, 2017 @ 22:32:27

    I just completed ” Rich’s ” , 3 day Bush Survival course, if anyone is thinking of doing this I highly recommend you do, Rich’s experience and knowledge is so helpful and inspiring, it gives you confidence to face any wild situation , with ” quiet confidence “, I learnt may new techniques, on a variety of ” outback requirements ” , Rich’s easy communication skills , really helps understand what he is teaching you, plus his demo’s are outstanding, I am already doing 2 more of his courses, and really looking forward to advancing … ” my Bush Skllls Knowledge .

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