SurviVacation: Survival Vacation

 

Vacation Like Never Before…  Take a SurviVacation at Willow Haven Outdoor in Anderson, Indiana!

Are you interested in taking some real survival training but not so interested in stripping down to a leather thong and heading into the woods with just a knife for 3 days?  My name is Creek Stewart and I own Willow Haven Outdoor.  I started my survival training clinics over 12 years ago on my parent’s land in Southern Indiana.  I now own a 10,000 sq. ft. Survival Lodge and 21 acres in Central Indiana dedicated to Survival Training Clinics.  Over the past 15 years, I’ve learned a thing or two about how my students learn…

I can’t believe that this short weekend made this BIG of an impact in my life. I learned not just survival, but life skills while attending Creek’s SurviVacation. I now not only have the head knowledge, but also the hands-on training to apply it. Thanks Creek!  -J.Tilley, Michigan

People learn MORE when they are COMFORTABLE.  Whether it’s school work or survival training, you are less likely to soak up important information if you are cold, tired, hungry and thirsty.

Regardless of what some might say – YOU CAN LEARN CRITICAL SURVIVAL SKILLS WITHOUT SUFFERING.  Is it time for you and/or your family to take a SurviVacation?  Get ready for a weekend get-a-way unlike you’ve ever experienced.

So what is a SurviVacation?  Well, in short, it is a 3-Day Survival Vacation.  It’s a Weekend Get-A-Way at the Willow Haven Survival Training Facility PACKED with survival instruction – and some survival fun too.  Many attendees prefer to camp but we also have private bunk rooms available on a 1st come 1st serve basis and a community bunk room.  No ‘Going In The Woods’ at Willow Haven – our lodge has indoor restrooms and showers.  Our Lodge Great Room has one of the largest Bedford Limestone Fireplaces in the Midwest.

 

I have designed the SurviVacation Weekend to be a 3-Day Survival Experience.  I will cover the 5 main aspects of survival: Shelter, Fire, Water, Food and Signaling.  We will discuss survival priorities and work our way through specific skills related to securing these 5 survival needs.  I will cover several primitive and modern techniques related to each skill.  This will be a hands-on learning clinic – not a classroom lecture.  The ONLY way to learn survival skills is to practice them.  I invest 100′s of hours into the preparation of my courses to provide you with an amazing survival learning experience.

So what exactly can you expect from your SurviVacation?

Schedule

LOCATION: Anderson, IN – our 21 Acre Survival Training Property
Arrival & Set-up: Thursday 12 noon – Friday 10am
Survival Instruction: Friday 10am-7pm, Saturday 9am-7pm, Sunday 9am-12noon
Departure & Tear Down: Sunday 12 noon
  • Adult Price (18+ yrs old): $379 Each
  • Minor Price (10 yrs – 17 yrs): $179 Each
  • You can cancel for a FULL REFUND up until 14 days before the event.  There will be a $100 cancellation fee per person after that.

Survival Skill-Sets Taught: Pri-Modern (using both primitive and modern techniques)

  • Survival Water Collection & Purification
  • Survival Navigation
  • Survival Fire: Preparation & Starting using natural and modern methods
    • Everyone will make and keep a Bow Drill Fire Kit!
  • Survival Shelters: Natural & Modern Make-Shift
  • Survival Knots & Ropework
    • Make Rope from Plants!
  • Survival Food: Wild Edibles & Hunting Basics
    • Everyone will make and build a primitive snare trap and hunting tools!
  • Survival Containers
    • Make your own container using HOT COALS!
  • Urban Survival Basics in our Post-Disaster Abandoned Building Classroom
    • What if you had to scavenge an abandoned building for resources?
  • Over 30 Key Survival Skills…

SurviVacation Special Features:

  • Dinner provided Friday Night and Saturday Night
  • Saturday Night Survival Movie on Outdoor Stage
  • Evening Outdoor Campfires
  • Hiking Trails & Camping Areas
  • Lodge with TV, Fireplace, Kitchen, Private Bunkrooms, Restrooms & Showers
  • WillowHaven Survival Store
  • Knife Sharpening Station
  • Lounge area with tons of Survival Related Materials, games, books, magazines, etc…
  • Visiting with other attendees & learning from each other

 

I am limiting the number of attendees in each course for a more personalized experience.

To Reserve Your Spot, please fill out our ON-LINE REGISTRATION FORM.

 

SurviVacation FAQs:

Do I need to have any Survival Experience to attend a SurviVacation Clinic?
No, you do not.  Whether you are new to the concept of survival training or have years of experience – everyone will learn survival skills.  There are also no special physical requirements.
 
Do I need to bring my own food for the meals not provided?
You can either bring your own meals or you can go pick something up in town.  While you will feel completely secluded at our retreat, we are conveniently located only 5 miles from many restaurants and convenience stores in Anderson, IN.  You are more than welcome to bring camp meals and a cooler to prepare your own meals at your camp-site.  You can also use our kitchen as well which has a range, fridge w/ freezer and microwave.  We also have prepackaged snacks & drinks available at a nominal fee.
 
Can kids come?
Yes, this is a family friendly clinic.  We do ask that children be at least 10 years of age, however.  All minors must be accompanied by an adult.
 
 
Can I camp?
Yes, we have 21 acres.  Just find a spot.  Most course attendees camp.  We have several designated camping areas or you can make your own ‘back-country’ style.  We do have an indoor bunk house as well and several private bunk rooms.  You will need to bring your own pillow, linens and blankets.  ‘Loaner’ wool blankets are provided.
 
 
 
Do you have shower and restroom facilities?
Yes.  We have all of the modern amenities.  Both the Men and Ladies restrooms are equipped with a shower and, of course, hot water.
 
 
Do you provide any evening entertainment or activities?
Each Saturday night we show an outdoor Survival Movie (weather permitting).  We also have an awesome lodge with fireplace, seating area, television and all of the survival materials you could possibly want.  You can read our books and magazines, practice knot-tying, use our knife sharpening station or just hang out by the fire place and chat with other like-minded preppers.  You can also shop the WHO Survival Store.  We also have a large outdoor campfire ring.  This is certainly an evening ‘watering-hole’ for many.
 
 
 
 
What’s the difference between the SurviVacation & BOBMMXII?
The BOB MMXII skills are primarily gear related.  This course is specifically about preparing and using a Bug Out Bag to meet basic survival needs in a disaster scenario.  Thus, most of the survival skills taught are related to using the gear in a BOB.  Primitive survival skills will be discussed but they will not be the focus.  The SurviVacation is not so gear based.  It is more principle based and the focus will be how to meet basic shelter, water, fire and food needs using primitive methods primarily.  However, this is also infused with some modern techniques for meeting these needs as well.  If you are looking for a more authentic “survival” experience then you will want to attend the SurviVacation.  If you are really into prepping a BOB for a large scale disaster then the BOBMMXII is the one you should choose.
 
Do I need to bring and gear or items with me?
Yes, we will provide you the materials list in your Course Information packet (mailed 1 month prior to your course date).  It is not an extensive list at all.  We provide most everything you will need.  Your “bring with you list” is comprised mainly of your own personal items such as sleeping bag, shower items, clothing, etc…
 
Do I need to sign a waiver to take the course?
Yes, we do require that all students sign a Waiver of Liability.  It is a very basic standard form that you would expect to see with any adventure themed course or event.  It will be included with a self addressed stamped envelope in your Course Information Packet after final payment and registration.  Because we will be working outside with primitive tools we take every measure to ensure a safe and responsible training environment.  Each course begins with a Risks and Tool Safety Discussion.
 
Are there any items I cannot bring to the course?
Yes, we do not allow alcohol, illegal drugs, or pets at any of our training clinics.  Smoking is allowed but not inside of the lodge.  

Any questions?  E-mail creek@willowhavenoutdoor.com