Instructors & Schools

Jon McArthur

Jon McArthur

Jon McArthur C.D, is a member of the Cold Lake SAR, he has held numerous positions within SAR Alberta, currently the Northeast Region Director. Jon is very passionate about his secondary duty with 4 Wg GSAR team, as the Deputy Officer Commanding. Jon has led and organized many Survival Training Exercises most notably Ex Frosted Flier for the RCAF Pilots, Aircrew and Technicians. He is reintroducing “Northern Bushcraft” into many facets of GSAR Survival Training, teaches all over the province both in Wilderness Living Skills, Boreal Operations, Basic SAR Skills and SAR Leadership. He has combined his enthusiasm for both SAR and outdoor living skills to create a unique learning environment for all skill levels. Jon also teaches with many companies which provides outdoor education including Karamat Wilderness Ways.

Phil Brooke

Chosen Paths Bushcraft

Phil is a Woodsman, Educator, traditional Bowyer & keen Naturalist. He founded Chosen Paths Bushcraft in 2011. Chosen Paths provides specialist courses & workshops in Bushcraft, Bow Making and Woodland crafts. Phil is also connected to the Woodcraft School in Midhurst where he’s been John Rhyder’s Head Instructor for the past 5 years. Phil leads the Bushcraft courses and works on most of woodcraft schools array of programmes. He is especially interested in traditional archery and is a very competent Bowyer sending Bows worldwide. In addition to a recent trailing evaluation, attaining a level three (97%) coupled with his existing track and sign score (96%) means Phil is now one of three people who are a level three tracker through CyberTracker conservation in the U.K. Phil is also a first rate plantsman particularly interested in herbal medicines.

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.

Chris Pryke

Down In the Woods

Christopher’s outdoor training and interest started with the Air Cadets and the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award. He obtained Bronze, Silver and Gold awards by the age of 17. Christopher believes that Bushcraft is the practical process of learning from the environment you find yourself in, adapting the knowledge and training you have to it and living comfortably in it by becoming part of that environment. Christopher was an Assistant Ranger on Frensham Common working on conservation projects. He continued his training with a “Forest School Level 3 Qualification from Bridgwater college ”and the “Level 4 Certificate in Bushcraft Leadership” with John Rhyder’s “Woodcraft School”.

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 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.

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.

Ian Bonthrone

Ian Bonthrone

Survival & Medical Services provides training and equipment to equip you for real world survival situations. Drawing on nearly 30 years experience as a Search & Rescue Winchman, Adventurer & HEMT Ian Bonthrone and his wife Julie, a former HM Coastguard, have a vast experience of what works and what does not when faced with a true survival situation.

Our aims are to provide the best possible advice on Survival & Medical Equipment to suit the environment, based on experience and practicality, and to provide training that stimulates thinking and simulates the ‘real’ world environment that you may face now or in the future

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.

Thijmen Apswoude

Thijmen Apswoude

Our instructors have years of experience and each their own field of expertise. In everything we do we give you the experience of 'Living by Nature'. Nature offers everything we need as a person. We teach you to see what you can use and when, which wood species you use for an arc, which bark for a 'basket', how you can edit a skin to 'raw hide' and to 'buckskin' and so much more. You will immediately put the knowledge you acquire into practice. You are going to make your own things such as a carrying system or natural glue.

Sarah Smith-Lord

Sarah Smith-Lord

One of Sarah's main passions is archaeology and when pressed about which period she prefers, she always returns to prehistoric art as the main area she loves the most. "The skills our ancestors had to make animals appear alive on the cave walls is just fantastic so in my own unique way I share this with children and adults alike to show them how wonderful this part of history is which so many people are unaware of." Sarah has a BSc 1st in Archaeology and has taught her cave art classes in schools and on adult courses over the last few years and is bringing her Prehistoric Arts and Crafts to the Wilderness Gathering for the first time.

Simon Barnard

Simon Barnard

Simon has a lifelong passion for archaeology and studied at the University of Sheffield as a mature student, obtaining a BSc (hons) degree in Archaeological sciences which included archaeometallurgy and experimental archaeology. Over the years Simon has developed a deep appreciation for the skills and craftsmanship of our ancestors. He is devoted to learning/re-discovering these ancient skills, to keep them alive and pass them on to future generations. One of his favourite quotes is “A nation that forgets its past has no future” (Winston Churchill). His current personal focus is researching and experimenting with prehistoric bronze casting techniques and developing well structured, informative, safe and enjoyable hands on workshops

J P Lamoureux

J P Lamoureux

JP is a life long lover of Natural History and the Great Outdoors and has taught all aspects of bushcraft for nearly 2 decades, including running courses with Roger Harrington’s Bison Bushcraft. JP has always had a passion for wildlife photography and has traveled around the globe studying and tracking wildlife and has been part of a team photographing and recording Tarantula documentaries in Borneo and Sri Lanka, spiders being another of JP’s passions particularly Tarantulas which he has kept and studied for 35 years. Please check out his Facebook page Discover Nature Naturally and his Instagram account @discovernaturenaturally which he has just started to chronicle his new Wildlife and Bushcraft adventures!

Martin Burkinshaw

Martin Burkinshaw

Martin Burkinshaw has been to every single Wilderness Gathering. He is a remarkable photographer with an eye for the perfect picture captured in nature.

His work is published and quite a few of the photos seen on The Wilderness Gathering website are Martins.





Axe & Paddle

Axe and Paddle

Axe & Paddle was founded by Steve Le Say and his wife, Kirsty, in 2012. Steve teaches primitive skills and crafts such as Fur and Buckskin Tanning, Friction Fire Lighting and Moccasin Making and many other crafts.

He also makes and replicates many primitive tools and artefacts, from bone tools to birch bark pots and rabbit fur gloves to sinew backed short bows. He's very good at making practically anything from just a picture and really loves to share his knowledge and teach others.

Backwoods Survival

Backwoods Survival

Patrick McGlinchey has taught bushcraft & survival skills professionally for over 20 years. Always seeking solutions to problems in the wilderness, he has dedicated years to re-learning ancestral skills and studying with indigenous peoples around the world who still live with these skills in their hands & minds. Patrick is a pioneer, constantly experimenting to rediscover the technologies & skills of the past. He has travelled to many wild places including the jungles of Borneo, Brunei & the Amazon; the US deserts; Norway, Sweden & Canada's Arboreal wilderness to name a few. He recently built a 18ft skin boat that crossed the UK’s wildest waters, the Pentland Firth, carrying 9 people, to assist the BBC prove that Neolithic man was capable of travelling great distances.

Steve Sutherland

Hidden Woods

For the 2019 Wilderness Gathering there is an exciting range of activities for 5 to 10 year olds, as well as drop-in craft sessions for children of all ages. The Coyote Kids programme has been carefully designed to ensure that everyone can engage and achieve at a level appropriate to their age and ability and will be overseen by Steve Sutherland from Hidden Woods. With a background in event management and outdoor pursuits, in 2012 Steve founded Hidden Woods, a forest school and woodland activity centre located just 30 mins from the Wilderness Gathering, between Bath and Warminster. A father of two young children himself, Steve is passionate about creating magical opportunities for children to play, learn and develop in the outdoors.

Di Wood

Di Wood

Di Wood was raised by her Grandfather and Father in an unconventional upbringing for a little girl in the seventies. A childhood that necessitated teaching herself self-reliance skills led to a university post-graduate education in Criminal Psychology and teaching at college. Di had given up academia to raise her children alone and off-grid in a remote North Yorks Dale, they had no heating, loo, or running hot water, living in a green painted caravan in a five acre field, they lived very simply using what was around them. Wild Harvest began fourteen years ago with the making and selling of beeswax candles, hedgerow teas and cordials through local tourist shops then evolved into running wild food walks privately and for the Forestry Commission. Basket weaving, candle making and rag-rugging days were later added, usually taught from the kitchen table!