Instructors & Schools

Will Lord

Beyond 2000BC

Will Lord excels in all aspects of primitive survival techniques including prehistoric cooking, preparing & using animal hides, butchery, cordage and shelters. An expert in the entire spectrum of skills needed to survive any time before the end of the Bronze Age. He spent many years perfecting the art of flint knapping and is expert at producing stone tools such as hand axes & arrowheads. Will Lord is an experienced bowyer, making both Medieval Longbows & primitive bow & arrow designs, based on archaeological evidence. He also works as instructor and has been hired by many of the UK's top Bushcraft companies to bring his unique expertise to their range of courses. You can find more information about his workshops and courses at www.will-lord.co.uk

Willow Lohr

Willow's Bushcraft

Dutch-born Willow has spent most of her life living in the rugged conditions and dramatic landscape of the Scottish Highlands where she feels most at home. An internationally qualified tracker of animal spoor and sign. She taught herself spinning, buckskin and fish skin tanning, leatherwork, felting, bone and wood carving, indigenous arts, plant crafts and tipi making. She served a 3 year apprenticeship with Juha Rankinen and went on to instruct bushcraft courses for both Ray Mears and Woodsmoke where she was awarded the Hazel-Handled Instructors' knife by Ben and Lisa McNutt of Woodsmoke. She now teaches all over Scotland as a freelance bushcraft instructor teaching bespoke courses to rangers, outdoor leaders, forest schools, survival enthusiasts and a variety of private outdoor schools.

Dave Watson

Woodland Survival Crafts

In  1995 Dave set up Woodland Survival Crafts Ltd making one of the very longest established schools of Bushcraft in the UK. Recognised by the Institute for Outdoor Learning (IOL) as an Approved Provider and assessor of Training for the Bushcraft Competency Certificate he regularly trains and Mentors other professionals in order to enhance their skills/understanding. In 2007 Dave instigated what is now the Bushcraft Professional Practice Group within the IOL and organises workshop events around the country with other fellow professionals. One of our main objectives is to build confidence and understanding to any and all our customers whether they are 5 or 75 years old. Bushcraft is a universal set of skills and we have and still do work with anyone from families, schools, outdoor professional s, businesses and increasingly individuals.

Edward O'Toole

Edward O'Toole

Edward O'Toole has spent the last 18 years living with his family among the Ruthenian people in a remote village in the Carpathian Mountains of Eastern Slovakia. Author of the Tao of Prepping, among other works, Edward was featured on National Geographic's Preppers UK. He spends his time learning and practicing the region's traditional skills, as well as tracking and photographing the incredibly diverse wildlife that lives around (and in) his home. Edward sees the forest as a truly spiritual place that the modern world has lost contact with, and wishes to help reintroduce such a necessary concept for both humanity's, and Nature's, well-being.

Tom Linden

Premier Preppers and Survivalist Radio

An N.C.O. instructor with the Royal Observer Corps for 12 years specialising in the Effects of Nuclear Weapons. He was a North Yorkshire County Council Community Defence Adviser for 4 years and helped to provide the countries first ever emergency survey of a town to provide an action plan for that community, that town was Harrogate. He also ran his own survival school in North Yorkshire in the 80’s as well as a survival club for local kids. He is now the station manager and UK host for UKPRN-UK the Premier Preppers and Survivalist Radio Show http://ukprn.blogspot.co.uk. He has been prepping since the late 70’s when he joined the R.O.C. and although most survivalists are not preppers he knows that most preppers are survivalists. This is why he combines prepping and survival information on his show and it works very well.

Ian Cresswell

Lonescout Bushcraft

Lonescout Bushcraft is born of a lifetime of working with people and a passion for the outdoors. As an Accredited Practitioner with the Institute for Outdoor Learning and a holder of their Foundational Bushcraft Competency Certificate, Ian Cresswell offers a flexible response to your Bushcraft and Survival educational needs. It has been said that we have become apart from nature rather than a part of nature. Lonescout believes this to be the case, evidenced in the way that we abuse our Earth, destroying it increasingly quickly with our consume all and hang the consequences attitude. Lonescout firmly believes that to begin to grasp the global issue then we must become aware of our own local picture and develop a respect for our garden, school ground, park, recreation ground, woodland etc.

Jason Ingamells

Woodland Ways

Jason Ingamells, owner of the highly regarded Bushcraft Course and Expedition provider, Woodland Ways, which operates throughout the globe with instructors delivering expeditions to Kenya, South Africa, Croatia, Bulgaria, Cambodia, Sweden and much more. UK based, their large team of full time instructors also deliver courses from ½ day workshops to the well renowned 2 year Bushcraft course, The Woodland Wayer. All the instructors have years of experience teaching traditional wilderness living skills. A Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, in his spare time Jason is also a Director for the Woodland Ways Bushcraft Foundation, a UK based charity supporting tribal peoples, co owner of Wild Earth Productions and can often be found testing his skills out across a variety of terrains, including his home zone of the Peak District.

Jonny Crockett

Survival School

Survival School believes that wilderness bushcraft is about - Learning to live with nature, Enjoying yourself, Respecting the environment, Pushing back the boundaries of what you are capable of, Learning new skills and meeting new people, Trying new ideas. Survival School courses are designed to be fun and safe, whilst passing on the knowledge you need to be able to live comfortably in the wilderness. Our instructors will spend time with each participant, ensuring that they get enough knowledge and practice on each skill to be able to master it before leaving the course. All courses are practical, hands on experiences. You will get the chance to try new skills and techniques, see the edible plants in their natural habitat, build your own shelters and have all the fun and laughs that go with wilderness bushcraft.

Tony Deacon

Tony Deacon

Tony Deacon has been an angler and interested in the outdoors since he can remember. He has fished for a variety of fresh and salt water species in Europe, North America and Southern Africa.

Tony has held the prestigious Advanced Professional Game Angling Instructor (APGAI) qualification since 1989, was sometime Director of the Game Angling Instructors' Association, Editor of the Flydresser magazine and tackle and equipment reviewer for Britain 's oldest game angling monthly magazine. Tony has a B.Sc Hons degree in metallurgy.

Fraser Christian

Coastal Survival School

Coastal Survival School run Bushcraft Survival courses to help you experience, practice and understand Bushcraft Survival skills and resources in a coastal location. Coastal survival school use many different and diverse coastal locations. We are based near the Devon/Dorset boarders and currently run courses along the Jurassic Coast and the Llyn peninsula in North West Wales. Coastal survival school courses are suitable for all skill levels, individuals and groups of up to 12 can enjoy having fun learning valuable skills. The UK Coast line is a beautiful and sometimes wild environment, with an abundance of wild food, fish and shellfish. Learn how to collect, catch and cook them, along with the other essential skills needed to both Survive and enjoy the great outdoors.

Pablo and JP

Woodlife Trails

Woodlife Trails was established to provide unique nature-based courses and sessions introducing and immersing participants into Britain’s woodlands and forests. Our aim is to guide you on a journey of self-discovery through the woodland, heightening your awareness and enabling you to appreciate and get closer to its inhabitants by using a combination of field craft, bushcraft and tracking techniques. On your journey we will provide you with the skills to enable you to be more comfortable and confident in the wilderness. We conduct Woodland Craft and Wilderness Camp Courses. Visit us at the show for impromptu bushcraft related sessions (like spoon carving), field craft demonstrations and how to get close to wildlife and, of course, the Extreme Cake Baking Competition for charity. Pablo will be speaking about Bushcraft and the Law.

Roger Harrington

Bison Bushcraft

Roger Harrington is the man behind Bison Bushcraft, one of the long established Bushcraft schools in The UK. Whilst known to many as a custom knife maker and co-organiser of The Wilderness Gathering, Roger is also passionate about crafts associated with wilderness living and has a knowledge of Bushcraft and related skills accumulated over several years experience in the outdoors. Roger employs a friendly, confident and hands on approach to Bushcraft training and you’ll often find Bison Bushcraft expeditions to remote wilderness areas such as Northern Canada or The Rocky Mountains, where everybody involved truly lives off the land. Bison will make sure you have the full training to undertake such journeys with a comprehensive set of realistic courses born from experience to equip you for your travels.

Joe OLeary

Wilderness Survival Skills

Joe and his instructors run contemporary informative courses combining training and knowledge with traditional skills and crafts. Wilderness Survival Skills main Wiltshire site boasts 2,500 acres of mixed woodland and downland, the perfect environment to live in and learn from. Experienced and friendly instructors teach a variety of courses, wild food foraging, primitive skills and traditional crafts, mountain navigation and for the serious enthusiast, a week long Hunter Gatherer challenge. Joe and his instructors constantly strive for self sufficiency in the great outdoors, this liberating mind set is central to all Wilderness Survival Skills courses and is born of a lifelong interest in outdoor life both past and present. It promotes confidence in one’s own abilities and encourages a ‘can do’ attitude which is invaluable in any potentially sticky situations.

Jason Sears

Jason Sears

Jason has a lifelong passion for the outdoors life with a particular fascination for the forests and the skills of the people who have lived and worked in them. This led to Jasons enthusiasm for the bowdrill and his desire to help others master this skill. He has explored the forests of Norway in winter and the lakes of Sweden in summer where the need to keep warm, dry and fed depends very much on an ability to process wood and make fire. Keen to develop his knowledge of bushcraft and the natural world, Jason was fortunate to participate in a 4-day course in the UK with Mors Kochanski and since that time, has been committed to develop his teaching skills and share his knowledge with others. Jason intends to continue his own learning journey and also to help others to improve their own understanding of nature and outdoor skills.

Dr Theresa Kamper

Dr Theresa Kamper

Theresa is an avid practitioner of traditional living skills and primitive technology and has followed this interest into the academic field of Experimental Archaeology, in which she holds a Master’s degree from the University of Exeter. Recently graduated with a PhD from the same institution, on the microscopic analysis of prehistoric tanning technologies. Theresa was lucky enough to grow up in a family of outdoor enthusiasts in Wyoming, US. Her enthusiasm extends to hunting, fishing and tracking in the vast wilderness surrounding her home. Theresa has taught various tannage types such as fat tan, vegetable tan, alum taw and rawhide production to groups ranging from avid bush crafters to University students for the past 5 years, drawing on her extensive experience to provide an understanding of the tanning process.

Craig Grant

Craig Grant

Craig Grant was born in Devon where he grew up by the coast, in forests, and visiting Dartmoor National Park. Craig’s skills are entirely self-taught, beginning from early childhood. Craig is an accredited practitioner with the Children’s University. Craig runs a variety of courses, demonstrations, events and lectures in areas including plant technology, primitive skills and traditional crafts, together with fundamental Bushcraft skills. As well as his own practice in Devon, Craig works as a freelance bush craft instructor teaching across the UK. Craig brings Bushcraft to all ages, abilities and backgrounds using a practical and more indigenous approach.

Bob Podesta

Bob Podesta

Bob Podesta (MID) served a total of 27 years in the Army, 25 of which were with the SAS. Aged just 21, his first operational tour of duty with the Regiment was in Oman. He completed a further seven tours in Oman where he received a nomination for braver. Come and shoot on the A Squadron airsoft battle range, where you’ll be put through your paces by ex SAS hero Bob Podesta MID - star of BBC’s special forces Ultimate Hell Week. Plus learn essential survival skills from the military perspective.

Jack Hendry

jack Hendry

Jack’s passion for the outdoors started from an early age. He spent every spare moment exploring Dartmoor and the nearby forests in which he would practice shelter building, learning how to make traps and experimenting with fire. Jack began to attend several bushcraft and survival courses, being taught by some of the most respected figures in the industry. Jack realised he had more to offer and felt that becoming an instructor himself was the next route to take. Jack has gained his Level 4 NCFE Bushcraft, Survival and Wilderness Living Skills Instructor and Mentor Certificate as well as an essential Outdoor First Aid Qualification and Food Hygiene Certificate – Level 2.