Instructors & Schools

Tony Deacon

RIP Tony Deacon

Very sad news, a long time Gathering supporter and friend to all of us has recently passed. We will be raising a glass to Tony on Saturday evening (21st Aug) before the music starts. Please do join us.

Theresa Kamper Emmerich

Theresa Emmerich Kamper

2021 also sees the return of one of our friends Dr Theresa Emmerich Kamper. She has already shown her skills to a worldwide audience in Channel four's "Surving the Stone Age" where her expertise shone through and by the start of The Wilderness Gathering you'll have seen her on History Channels "Alone" where she survives amongst the bears in the wilderness of British Columbia. Theresa will be giving workshops and talking about survival and television.

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.

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.

Lizzy Maskey

Pippin and Gile

Pippin & Gile founder, Lizzy Maskey, has vast knowledge of bushcraft and the outdoors. Lizzy and her enthusiastic team know how to deliver an experience that will stay with you for a lifetime. From paddling across Scotland in a packraft to leading expeditions in Costa Rica, Ecuador, Thailand and Peru, Lizzy has gathered a wealth of experience. She’s cycled from London to Kazakhstan, taken a cyber tracking trip to South Africa, and done the assessment in the UK too, gaining a high level 2 in both countries. She did a two year mentorship programme with Dave Watson of Woodland Survival Craft, cementing her knowledge of UK woodlands still further. She ran workshops at the inaugural gathering of The Wilderness Bushcraft Society, and for The Big Skill. The UK is her home turf and she’s explored extensively within in too, living from Abergavenny to Skye, and many places in between.

Ruth Weaver

Ruth Weaver - Apothecary Forager

Ruth Weaver is a Medical Herbalist living, teaching and practicing in the beautiful county of Cornwall, her place of birth and upbringing. The roots of Ruth's practice are in traditional western herbalism, she has sought diversity in her inspirations having worked with and learnt from herbalists from all around the UK.

Sharing the herbal wisdom is where Ruth's passion lies, she believes everyone should be empowered with the knowledge and skills to treat simple conditions at home with the powerful medicines growing so abundantly around us. She offers walks, talks, workshops and courses both in Cornwall and beyond.

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


More sad news, another long time Gathering supporter and a good friend to many has recently passed. We will be raising a glass to Tom as well as Tony on Saturday evening (21st Aug) before the music starts. Please do join us.

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.

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.

Rob Evans


Rob is an expert woodsman who has been to every Wilderness Gathering since it started in 2003. He has ventured out on many expeditions and his broad skill set comes from a wealth of outdoors experience. He has a youtube channel with a strong following and is an accomplished knife maker.

 "My channel is mainly set in woodland , I use and review knives and tools. I love to light fires and experiment in many different ways. I'm honest and I don't take myself too seriously. I occasionally show how to make and modify Bushcraft related items."


Wild Woodcraft

Wild Woodcraft

Based in the Lincolnshire area offering a wide variety of engaging bushcraft and outdoor experiences for all. Our permanent team are Matthew Chapman and Maria Charles who bring together a wide skill set to make your experience challenging, inspiring and fun whilst maintaining high levels of safety and well-being.

We provide a range of experiences that can be tailor made to your requirements. Our woodland settings create a fantastic learning environment, and our activities and courses allow real ‘hands on’ participation in both modern bushcraft and tasks that have taken place since the dawn of humanity.

Jack Hendry


Serious Outdoor Skills is an established company specialising in teaching survival, bushcraft and wilderness skills. The company was founded by Jack Hendry, Chief Instructor and Company Owner. 

Established in 2012, Jack’s main aim is to share his passion and knowledge of the outdoors and provide fun and informative courses for people of all ages and abilities. Serious Outdoor skills are proud to have taught thousands of clients over the years we have been running. Our large varied custom has come from schools, colleges, charities, business organisations, the MOD, members of the public and working with media production.

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.

Seasons of the Wild

Seasons of the Wild

Nature based living via online membership, craft workshops, retreats, wild food and feasts.

Celebrating the magic of the British Isles through seasonal crafts and workshops which have been inspired by our interaction with the wild.

Paul Bradley

Paul Bradley

Paul Bradley aka 'Bardster' of Bison Bushcraft is a consumate craftsmanwhose roots go back to the living history world where he learnt to recreate by hand the tools and artefacts of tiomes past. He has followed that path through green woodwork and pole-lathe turning but has truly found his home in leatherwork. Paul works for Bison Bushcraft but has his own crafts website at

Paul is a skilled craftsman who works in both leather and wood to create beautiful and functional items for everyday use. He counts leather working, woodturning and spoon carving amongst the many crafts he has explored and enjoyed.

Jackie Saul-Hunt

Jackie Saull-Hunt

Leading lecturer at The College of Naturopathic Medicine, Jackie is a career herbalist whose knowledge of healing flora is second to none. She offers plant walks, discussions on healing herbs and massage. She trades as Battle Clinic of Herbal Medicine