10 Reasons to Take a Survival Course at Willow Haven


Reason # 10:  Because it’s not just about you anymore

That’s right.  Whether you realize it or not, someone looks up to you.  Someone depends on you and will seek your help in a time of crisis.  Someone needs you.  It may be your wife, your children, your parents, your friend or your siblings.  You are someone’s super hero.  You may be the only one in your circle of influence who takes the initiative to learn some basic life saving survival skills.  If the time ever comes when you are tested, don’t fail them.  Learning survival skills isn’t just about you.  It’s about using those skills to help other people when the time comes.  Don’t wait until it’s too late.  Act now.  You have an obligation to protect and provide for those who need you.

Reason # 9:  To connect with nature

Everything we see, own, use and buy is somehow derived from nature – EVERYTHING!  Mother Nature is freaking AMAZING.  Learning primitive survival skills will connect you to nature unlike anything else I know of.  Working with nature to meet our basic human survival needs is an awesome experience and one that comes with a sense of peace, accomplishment and confidence.

Reason # 8:  Take an adventure!

When’s the last time you did something “Out of the Box”?  Taking a survival skills class is an ADVENTURE!  Step out of your normal routine and spend some time at Willow Haven learning life saving survival skills.  Whether by yourself, with a friend or with family members, a Willow Haven Survival Class is not your average weekend.  In addition to learning survival skills you will also meet some other GREAT PEOPLE from who knows where.  It’s not all serious business at our courses – we have some fun too!  You only live once!

Reason # 7: Our unstable world economy

Let’s face it – we live in an increasingly unstable world economy.  Countries are going bankrupt, terrorism is at an all-time high and you can cut the political tension with a knife.  There also seems to be very thin lines of order between many other categories of people – race, religion and class warfare make national headlines almost every night on the news.  It is undeniable that something unhealthy is brewing.  Our world is in a pressure cooker and at some point a seal on the lid is going to blow.  It certainly isn’t a bad idea to have some basic survival skills under your belt just in case the steam reaches your doorstep.

Reason # 6: Become more independent

Learning survival skills is an expression and act of independence – taking your destiny into your own hands.  There may come a time in your life when the only person to depend on is yourself.  Others may also depend on you.  Institutions will fail you.  Governments will fail you.  No matter how well intended, first responders are overwhelmed in times of large scale disaster and can’t help everyone at the same time.  Rescue teams may take 2-3 days to reach you.  Or, you may have to self-rescue.  At the end of the day, you are the only one responsible for you.

Reason # 5: Personal challenge

Learning survival skills is a CHALLENGE.  No one ever said this is easy.  Survival skills take practice and determination.  Mastering skills such as FIRE can be frustrating and take hours of practice.  However, the reward of learning survival skills is knowing that one day they could save your life.  This personal challenge not only results in an overwhelming sense of accomplishment but also a deep sense of peace and confidence.

Reason # 4: Mother Nature is like the Honey Badger

Just like the Honey Badger, Mother Nature doesn’t care!  She’s a ruthless killer and will show no mercy on you or your possessions when she decides to unleash her fury.  She is in control – ALWAYS.  The best we can do is prepare to deal with the aftermath – which is oftentimes horrific.  Surviving one of her tantrums is just the first step – mitigating the ensuing chaos afterwards is when your survival skills will truly be tested.  Shelter, water, fire and food will all be difficult to secure.

Reason # 3: Everything man-made can and will fail you

Planes crash, dams burst, nuclear power plants melt down, gas pipe-lines blow, power grids fail… the list goes on and on.  Survival skills prepare us for the inevitable times when the man-made luxuries and utilities we depend on fail us.  It happens every day.  Knowledge is always with you no matter where you are or where you go.  Knowledge doesn’t require a power source or telephone service.  It isn’t dependent on fuel or batteries.  It’s there when you need it – regardless of the circumstances.

Reason # 2: Invest in yourself

Taking a survival skills course is an investment of TIME and MONEY.  But more importantly, it’s an investment in YOURSELF.  YOU are your most VALUABLE RESOURCE!  Don’t underestimate the power of YOU.  You are unique and amazing.  Take the plunge and invest a little time and a little money in learning some survival skills that can truly change your life.  Knowledge is power.

Reason # 1: Because it’s not IF, but WHEN

FEMA starting declaring large scale disasters in 1953.  That 1st year they declared 13.  In 2011 they declared 99.  It is a statistical truth that large disasters are increasing in frequency and violence with each passing year.  Bad things happen to good people.  Every day unsuspecting people are thrust into sudden and chaotic survival scenarios where they must rely on their knowledge and resources to survive.  Planes crash, cars run out of gas, fires ravage, hurricanes strike, bridges collapse and innocent people are forced to navigate the aftermath.  We live in a crazy world.  You must prepare for and expect the craziness.  Thinking “it will never happen to me” is nothing short of insane.

If those 10 Reasons aren’t convincing enough – I’ve got one more to seal the deal:


Making fire with sticks, carving spears, eating wild plants, building primitive shelters… who doesn’t like that stuff!  Get away from your J.O.B. for a few days and explore the woods a little bit.  You may even surprise yourself!

So what are you waiting for – check out our course schedule today!

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Remember, it’s not IF but WHEN,


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