With Tom Kaltenbach

Woodland Survival / Lakeside Survival / Bushcraft / Survival Courses.

Woodland Wilderness School is the first bushcraft / survival school in Southern Portugal. We teach outdoor skills in one of Europe’s most remote areas, the Baixo Alentejo. The survival training is generally held in English, however individual or small group courses can also be taught in German or Portuguese.

  • Our Vision is to provide people with a more refined understanding of their natural surroundings and enable them not only to be able to survive in the short term, but to step further and further out into the wild.


Our schedule though modified and adapted for Europe is based on the teachings of Tom Brown Jr. This  implies the maybe most important characteristics of Woodland Wilderness School. We do not teach survival as a struggle against nature – man against the elements – but as learning to become part of nature again in order to survive. 

This is achieved through a deep understanding of nature, based on observation, skills and awareness.

Prices, Schedule, Bookings

Apart from the scheduled dates it is always possible to book an extra course for a group or personal training.

Courses 2024

June 8+9 Survival Intro (125,- €) – BOOK HERE

July 11-14 Lakeside Survival (250,- €) – BOOK HERE

Please contact me for any further questions or special requirements.

I took a private 1-on-1 lesson with Tom where we covered all of the basic course and a bit of the advanced course. Wow, what an experience.

The course was stacked with everything you’d want from a wilderness survival course. You learn all the survival skills you’d want to know (like building a fire with nothing but a knife and a string). But further – you learn to appreciate nature and to become one with it. That’s a special element of the course that I did not expect to receive – a philosophy with which to think about our place amongst and a part of nature. We had many deep conversations on topics like this.

Tom was fantastic. He clearly loves the forest/wilderness and is such a fantastic guide to learn from. He made me feel as if I was camping with a friend, but learning from an expert.

I couldn’t recommend Tom and his course/school more. I’m happy I went with my gut and travelled to Portugal for Tom, rather than did some larger more commercialized course. What a life changing experience.