Willow Haven Outdoor is part school, part community and part resource center. Our mission is to promote, teach, share and preserve outdoor living and survival skills – encompassing topics from primitive skills to urban preparedness.
The WHO School
With a focus on wilderness survival and self-reliance, areas of instruction through scheduled courses at Willow Haven encompass a huge gamut of skill-sets including but not limited to: primitive shelter building, fire building, hunting, trapping, wild edibles, basketry, weaving, cordage, hide tanning, survival mentality, lashing & knots, and primitive tools. We also have coursework that covers more modern survival topics such as Bugging Out and Urban Preparedness.
Creek Stewart is the lead instructor and guide at WHO. However, other experts in specific skill-sets serve as guest instructors for certain courses to supplement the experience. All course descriptions and instructor bios can be found under the WHO COURSES tab.
Our 10,000 Square Foot Willow Haven Lodge is located on 21 of Indiana’s finest acres. Our land has a unique mix of meadows, forest, ravines and low-land swamps that collectively provide a variety of survival training environments. Killbuck Creek (named after Chief Killbuck of the Delaware Indian Tribe) also flanks our property.
A unique feature of Willow Haven is an abandoned home on premises which serves as our “Post Disaster Urban Classroom”. It is the perfect training ground for how to find and use resources from buildings in a post-disaster scenario.
Tho WHO Community
Besides wilderness education, Willow Haven Outdoor is also a community of individuals passionate about and interested in outdoor living and survival skills. Willowhavenoutdoor.com not only serves as a sharing and communication hub for course participants and guests, but is also an on-line community for anyone who has an interest in learning, sharing, posting, viewing or reading about primitive wilderness skills. On-line video tutorials and instructional blog entries provide free education to all visitors.
The WHO Store
In addition to the School & Community, the WHO Store offers quality outdoor products that are favorites of WHO instructors and participants alike. From survival gear to custom made WHO goods, quality, craftsmanship and value are the staple values behind each product in our line-up.