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I run Five Senses Orkney Tours and Primitive Skills courses - something very special, with my wife Rachel. We live in Stromness in the Orkney Islands, off the northern tip of Scotland, surrounded by the remains of a Stone Age village and standing stones - the World Heritage Sites Skara Brae, Ring of Brodgar and Maeshowe, plus many lesser known sites.
I also teach "Five Senses Eco-Survival". That means how to live happily, with your family and friends, making the world a better place, safer and free of the pollutions and stresses of modern life. We are inspired by the ways people lived here, 5,000 years ago, coping with strong winds, rain and a lack of trees or obvious shelter. Yet, what at first seems a wild and tough place to live - by our pampered western ways - soon becomes rich, beautiful and life giving, when seen through pre-industrial smart thinking!
On a practical level, one of the main skills we teach is survival fire making, without any modern technology. Making fire by fri