The Courses

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A Beginner's Guide to Natural Navigation

This one day course provides a general introduction to natural navigation. It is ideal for those who enjoy the outdoors, including: walkers, sailors, pilots, explorers, travellers, map-lovers, expedition members, adventurers and those curious about the world around us.

At the end of the course participants will have a good understanding of the principles behind natural navigation and should be able to orientate themselves at a basic level on land, sea or in the air, by day or night. The course takes place in a classroom as this allows us to cover the world by day or night. Participants are guaranteed a unique insight into the subject with the help of unusual models and Tristan’s unique collection of natural navigation photographs and video. No previous experience is necessary.

This course has been honed over 5 years to be as thorough an introduction to the subject possible in one day.

Read the Daily Telegraph review of this course.

Read some of the feedback from those that have been on the course.

This course takes place several times each year, usually in The Royal Geographical Society, London or West Dean College, near Chichester. To be kept informed about upcoming dates for this course please enter your email address at the bottom of this page. It is also worth checking the Talks & Events page, as some courses are also listed there.

The Country Navigator

If you are looking for a leg-stretch and a thorough taster of the subject then this is the course to go for. It can be booked on any available weekday afternoon (usually 2pm-5pm) and consists of a three hour walk in one of the most beautiful areas of the South Downs in West Sussex. It includes practical instruction and some basic celestial theory as well. This course can be booked in other locations, please enquire for details.

The Pathfinder

This is a one day executive development course. The course can be tailored to be as ‘challenging and demanding’ or ‘relaxing and fun’ as required. It includes the basic elements of natural navigation. This course is usually takes place in both a classroom and outdoors. No previous experience is necessary.

What people have said

“I will whole heartedly recommend your course to colleagues and friends, and I hope we will be able to secure your time to speak at our next seminar.”

“I thought the day was great, very enjoyable and a fascinating subject which you get across very well. I feel that I now have a lot more tools that I can use to find my way around which I would not have thought about using before. It is amazing what is around you every day if you only know where to look.”

Bespoke Training

Bespoke and private training for groups or individuals can be arranged, from one afternoon to extensive programs.

Instructor's Course

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Other schools offering natural navigation training:


Survival Wisdom, Cornwall

Original Outdoors, North Wales

Wild in the City, London, UK

Woodland Ways, Bedfordshire

Woodcraft School, West Sussex

Intrepid Scotland, Scotland


Natural Awareness Tracking School, Virginia, USA

If you offer natural navigation training in the UK or internationally and would like to be listed here for free, please get in touch.

What sort of person comes on the courses?

All sorts! Those who enjoy fresh air and have an open mind. So far there have been artists, soldiers, writers, navy officers, drainage engineers, lawyers, accountants, RAF navigators, police officers, marketing people, IT people, farmers, foresters, actors, sailors, builders, midwives… No astronauts... yet.

To reserve a place or for more information, please contact the school today