Student Testimonials

What are students saying about their experience at Willow Haven?

I was a little worried because I'm not really an "outdoorsman"--not only in mastering the survival skills but also in fitting in. People in the SurviVacation class came from completely different backgrounds and skill sets and I never felt out of place. Creek helped everyone, no matter how long it took to do so. He made me feel confident that I can do what I need to, should the situation arise. I also loved that he made everyone feel comfortable, like a member of the family.

J. Walts, Ohio
I will say I am very happy with what I learned, that my expectations were met and exceeded in experience. I think Creek is a really patient and effective teacher, I totally appreciate that he wants to share his experiences and knowledge in this manner. I think that Clint is a great assistant in this endeavor. I look forward to going back and learning more!

Jane Oberbeck, KY
As survival beginners, this was a great course for my ten-year-old son and me. It was geared to extremely basic and practical topics, which I appreciated. Creek is a very gifted teacher who obviously knows alot about the subjects presented. My son hasn't stopped talking about his experience at Willow Haven!

A. Goodwin, Indiana
Attending to WillowHaven Outdoor was one of the best times of my life! I met great people and I recommend other people to attend to WillowHaven Outdoor for survival training!

Nick Patterson
I called Creek in August and he agreed to do a shortened version of the program at our library. He did a two hour program here and my teens LOVED it!  I cannot say enough great things about Creek. I personally find it very difficult to find a great presenter for teens, but Creek is a hidden gem.

Zionsville Library
Marvelous experience full of real practice, clear, easy to follow, very good and personal attention from Creek and Clint, good stuff, excellent tips for real scenarios. You will get the necessary information to apply in different survival adventures or emergencies. Just waiting for the opportunity to get back to Willow Haven and participate in other trainings or courses. Creek and Clint, Thanks a lot and Best Regards from your new friend from Cancun, Mexico!!!!

Diego Romero, Mexico
Confidence. You can read about survival skills in a book and you can watch countless videos online. But it wasn't until I saw the lifesaving skills preformed successfully at Willow Haven outdoor that the things I've seen on my computer monitor and in all those books that I felt knowing them would make a difference.
The SurviVaction was one of the best weekends of my life. Creek is a very patient and passionate instructor who makes sure you understand the concepts behind each skill, successfully demonstrates each technique and spends time with you so that you too will make it work. Creek showed us so many lifesaving things, it was like the entire Boy Scouts journey in one weekend. His outlook on short-term survival really hits home and the stories shared with other vacationers showed how important that WHEN something happens you have the knowledge and confidence to survive.
You don't need to be an expert woodsman for Willow Haven Outdoor, but you'll feel like you're on your way by the time you arrive at the gate. Creek and Clint showed us the basics needed so we could take home and practice the skills learned that one day could save a life. The confidence from one weekend has made a big impact on my life and I am very grateful to Creek and everyone that made our time at Willow Haven Outdoor one of the best and most insightful weekends ever.

Kevin and Ashley Madis, Michigan
I had an amazing time at the 3-day SurviVacation and learned an incredible amount. It was definitely money well-spent and I'm glad I went for the 3-day class. Creek and Clint are terrific instructors with a lot of patience and experience. They did a great job of answering any and all questions both during and between the scheduling training sections.  Already planning my trip back next year! WOLVERINES!

Brett Graffis, Carmel, IN
I attended the Survivacation and loved it. Creek and staff do a great job creating a very welcome communal environment the was perfect for learning and sharing. The result was a great intro to the world of survival basics. I look forward to building on those skills in Survivacation II.

Jim Hoselton, Chicago IL
After 3 days learning survival skills at the Willow Haven Outdoor facility, I feel different inside. I see random materials both in nature and man-made as resources now and I don't pass them by without thinking to myself, "I could use that to start a fire, create a shelter or ..." I feel both prepared and more confident, which has also made my family feel safer as well.

M. Wilson, Indiana

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