With a skills base that has been called upon on many occasions to work with mainstream media; including the BBC, and many educational production companies. Plus regular invitations to undertake talks and demonstrations at leading establishments throughout the UK, including The Royal Geographical Society, Universities, the Eden Project and the National Forest, plus invites for main stage presentations at The Bushcraft Show and The Great Outdoors Show, you can be assured that with Jason and his team you are in the best hands.
Jason is also contracted to write for the Bushcraft & Survival Skills Magazine, and has been invited to comment on issues in Scouting Magazine and numerous other publications. Jason has also appeared in many mainstream red tops and broad sheets including The Times, The Daily Star, The Mail and more.
In 2015 Jason was honoured to have been nominated and awarded as a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society.Read more...
Due to his extensive outdoor knowledge and practical applied experience in a number of wilderness environments in 2016 Jason was appointed a Brand Ambassador for Keela International.
In 2016 Jason embarks on a number of Bushcraft & Outdoor film productions, aswell as his commitment of teaching on our overseas and UK courses, through Wild Earth Productions.
Looking back over Jasons recent career you will see in December 2011 out of 63 of his peers Jason was voted as the UK's Best Bushcraft Instructor by readers of Bushcraft & Survival Skills Magazine in the Best in Bushcraft Awards. He was very proud to be presented with his award in June 2012 by his life long inspiration and the author of the best selling book the SAS Survival Handbook, the survival legend that is Lofty Wiseman.
With a particular interest in both modern and ancient fire lighting techniques, including the impact that the control and production of fire had on the development of the human species, aswell as appalling campfire jokes, you will find his enthusiasm for his subject infectious!
Jason's interest in Survival was sparked as a child when he went on his first survival course, rushing straight out afterwards to buy Lofty Wiseman's SAS survival guide and all the kit he could purchase! However as he developed an understanding of what nature could provide he soon understood that it was the knowledge he held in his head and not the gear in his pack that was all the essential kit he needed.
As a teenager growing up deep in the heart of the Lincolnshire Fens, Jason spent every minute of his spare time on the banks of the River Welland and in the estuaries of the Wash, building shelters, learning the art of fire lighting and tracking the vast wildlife of the Marshes, and he has been learning ever since.
Over the years Jason developed a passion for the British Countryside, and so formalised his bushcraft skills by undertaking other courses and ultimatly passing his Survival Instructors training course and began teaching with other Bushcraft Schools.
From here Jason decided to set up Woodland Ways & Desert Ways to showcase the huge bredth and depth of skills that come under the term of "Bushcraft". A highly respected Instructor within the top tier of the Bushcraft Industry Jason was instrumental along with his other leading peers in setting up the Institute for Outdoor Learnings Foundational Bushcraft Competency Award, and sat on the Executive Committee for 3 years before standing down in 2011. He stills provides help and support to assist steering safety and quality standards within the industry and holds the award himself.
Jason is also Remote Emergency Care Expedition Level 4 first aid trained, and holds the DSC Level 1 certificate comprising assesments on Deer Biology and Ecology, the law relating to deer, stalking techniques, deer identification, safety and shooting aswell as trained hunter, enabling Jason to assess Deer Carcus for human consumption. He is also Landrover trained in 4x4 off road driving.
Jason also leads our Instructors Apprenticeship scheme, setting the highest possible standards of skills and safety to all our instructors to ensure that you have the most knowledgeable experience when you join us. Each member of the team goes through a minimum 2.5 year training programme, from the UK to overseas environments, before being awarded the Woodland Ways Instructors Shirt and running courses. From this point they are then continually assessed by Jason and his senior team.
Jason's knowledge of bushcraft skills is immense, and has been gleaned through extensive personal applied experience, practicing and developing these skills for real, in real circumstances. He is also a very very experienced expedition leader, have led groups regularly Canoeing in Sweden, Tracking in South Africa, and working with the Maasai in Kenya, plus many many more countries beside. These extensive overseas experiences all feed back into the skills that are taught in the UK.
Jason still teaches on many of the Woodland Ways bushcraft courses and here it is about you, and not him. It is not unkown for Jason to spend hours upon hours of extended 121 tuition with someone if they have the desire to learn, because he has a passion for passing on these skills. Everyone here at Woodland Ways wishes to show that learning the skills of our ancestors can not only be a wonderful and enlightening experience for the individual, but it can also be beneficial to the environment.
Further background skills are provided by being an experienced hill walker and a qualified Walking Group Leader, recognised through the British Mountaineering Council and Mountain Leader Training UK. Jason is also a qualified instructor for delivery of the National Navigation Award Scheme and personally leads on all our Navigation Courses, passing on his skills to enable you to enjoy the hills in safety. In 2015 he has become a member of one of the UK's Mountain Rescue Teams.
He has spent a lot of time wild camping in the Scottish Highlands, the ranges of Snowdonia, the Black Mountains, and walking in the Peak District, although his favoured environment is our good old British Woodland. He has trekked widely throughout Europe learning from different cultures on the way, and also developed his desert survival skills in the Sahara and the deserts of the Middle East. Jason also considers himself to be most fortunate as having trekked in the very remote jungles of Borneo, aswell as climbing the three highest peaks on the island in just 9 days! Jason can also draw on his experience of being invited to live within a Massai Village Community, where upon on his visit in 2012 he was presented by the elders of the village with a very powerful symbol of leadership, and then repeated visits through the years to 2015 has led to him leading the charitable side of our work through the Woodland Ways Bushcraft Foundation.
Jason has now taught many hundreds of people from all walks of life the different skills it takes to survive in the wild and invites you to come and join us for an amazing adventure.
Kev is recognised within the industry as being one of the UK's leading Bushcraft Instructors. An Approved Assessor for the Institute for Outdoor Learning Foundational Bushcraft Competency Award, a leading expert in Flora incorporating Wild Foods and Medicinal Plants, a highly accomplished woodsman, craftsman and naturalist, you can rest assured you will be working in the woods with one of the most knowledgeable bushcraft instructors in the industry.Read more...
However, what is even more exceptionally surprising, is that Kevs' style is not one of about "this is how much I know", but more of how he can help you to glean the encyclopaedic knowledge he holds. A fantastic ability to adapt his own style to the needs and requirements of you, his customers, is rare in most people, for Kev it is second nature. A completely unflappable instructor, with such a sound knowledge base, who will put your desire to learn above anything else, will ensure that you leave the woodland at the end of your course completely at home with your new found skills.
Kevs' knowledge has developed since childhood where an interest in flora, fauna and the great outdoors began. Kev would spend his school holidays at his grandparents in Suffolk where he would disappear out of the door after breakfast and not return until evening having spent the day tracking the wildlife of the local woods and heaths.
Membership of the scouts and the Woodcraft folk gave him early experience of camping and bivouacking and it was at the tender age of 9 through the Woodcraft Folk where he was introduced to edible wild plants which kindled his lifelong passion for the subject.
Inspired by Eddie Magee's TV series "Staying Alive" this foundation of knowledge naturally extended into the realms of Bushcraft and Survival and was built upon by subsequent overseas travel in Europe, Africa, USA and the Middle East. Following completion of his Survival Instructors course, Kev has taught Bushcraft skills to thousands of people throughout the world, and has also provided specialist survival advice and support for numerous TV programmes from the BBC, ITV all the way through to Diverse TV's world famous Bear Grylls "Born Survivor" programme.
Kev worked as an independent freelance instructor through his company Barbary Bushcraft for many years, with Bushcraft companies throughout the UK contracting him in for his specialist skills. Kev joined Woodland Ways in 2006 as someone who had trained and worked alongside Jason for years previous. Kevs' skills are still called upon throughout the UK and overseas, and Kev also leads our sister company Desert Ways and is on every expedition.
Kev is Remote Emergency Care Expedition Level 4 First Aid Trained.
Over the years Adam has practiced and experimented relentlessly to gain what is today a huge collection of wilderness knowledge and skills.
Almost a decade spent living in the English Lakes provided Adam with a wild landscape to hone skills and acquire more conventional outdoor training in climbing, canoeing, kayaking, off road driving, first aid and mountaineering.Read more...
Ian has had a love of the woods since his early childhood. Spending many summers in the Lake District or Scotland, camping with his parents, Ian’s love of the outdoors sprouted and grew continuously. His father bought him his first knife at the age of 5 and taught him the importance of this vital tool. Ian was fortunate to have an upbringing that allowed him to follow this passion and he spent many hours lost in woodlands, building shelters, watching birds and animals. Camping trips with his father became more basic with a back to nature, foraging and fishing for food theme; Ian was "doing” bushcraft before it was called bushcraft.Read more...
Through school and college where evenings and weekends would be spend camping out or on trips with pals up in the Lakeland fells and forests. New books became his guide such as the SAS survival handbook and Raymond (as he was known then) Mears Outdoor Survival Handbook were always close to hand.
Ian attended survival courses and bushcraft skill courses with companies throughout the UK, when one year he was taught by Kevan Palmer and this really fuelled Ian’s need to learn more. Marvelling at the amount of information Kevan was able to retain and recite to students was amazing.
Whilst working at an outdoor show for Bushcraft & Survival Skills Magazine Ian was introduced to Jason Ingamells. Ian again saw in Jason the same depth of knowledge and skill he had seen in Kevan and that he wanted to attain. Jason saw the passion Ian had for the subject and his want to learn, a bond was formed that later enabled Ian to join the Woodland Ways team, that Kevan Palmer was now a senior instructor at. Ian joined on the apprentice scheme and learned from the team and worked alongside the people he had come to admire so much.
Sacrificing time off work and holidays to attend as many courses as possible Ian began to learn many of the skills that had eluded him in his previous trials. Absorbing the information being taught and getting hands on dirt time made a massive improvement to Ian’s skill set. Not only learning in UK woodlands, but traveling on the Sahara desert expedition broadened Ian’s skills and knowledge. Whilst in the Sahara Ian achieved a goal of fire using a hand drill made with local resources under the excellent tuition of Adam Logan. Since this time he has also travelled to the stunning wilderness of croatia’s Forest with the team, tracking European Brown Bear and Wolf
In 2015, following years of training Ian was finally awarded the Woodland Ways Instructors shirt, meaning that aswell as continuing on his own learning journey he now passes on his highly regarded skills to our clients.
Among Ian’s passions are wood carving and he is able to produce some beautiful items. He is a very hands on person and will turn his hand to many craft based items be these from wood, bark, natural cordage, leather or buckskin. He is quite a tailor too, making many of his own items of clothing and footwear.
Jay first came to Woodland Ways as a customer on one of our Woodland Ways Bushcraft Weekends and has never looked back. His enthusiasm is endless and he throws himself into everything with boundless energy. He has a real talent for carving and can see things in a lump of wood which are invisible to anyone else.Read more...
He joined us as an apprentice instructor, developing his bushcraft skills and honing his delivery of instruction with lots of dirt time. It wasn’t long before he joined the team as a permanent staff member, instructing on courses and working in the World of Bushcraft.
He expanded his desert training, firstly in Kenya embarking on his own personally moving journey with the Maasai. He continued by joining us on the Desert Survival Course in the Sahara where his team navigation skills shone through. Captivated by Africa he soon embarked on our Bushveld Game Ranger Experience in South Africa, Patrolling with a rhino anti-poaching program.
He will take you on a journey as he teaches the skills he has learnt over the years. Always enquiring and always trying new things his enthusiasm is contagious, he acknowledges that he is a student of the subject and will be for the rest of his life... and that makes him an excellent instructor. He has a very calm, collective way about him and will inspire you to achieve.
As the youngest member of the team, Joe came to us at the age of 16 years old already immensely passionate and full of energetic enthusiasm for Bushcraft. He knew that his future lay in teaching these skills. Always striving to learn more he dropped out of college at the age of 16 in Leeds, abandoning a government approved education for an education in Bushcraft and Survival Skills with Woodland Ways. In 2012 he joined our two year Woodland Wayer Bushcraft course, and upon successful completion of the course it was with no hesitation that we offered Joseph a job. Now 21, Joe is almost upon completion of his instructor apprenticeship as a full time permanent member of the instructional team.Read more...
It was apparent early on that Joe had a spark that needed to be nurtured, he willingly threw himself into all the challenges we face as an instructing team, his energy and enthusiasm is his most prominent feature. Don’t be put off by his age, this guy knows a lot about Bushcraft, in particular his foraging skills and bone working skills. As a keen musician, Joe also loves making prehistoric and early instruments and is often found fiddling or playing with a new musical instrument he has rediscovered. It is this knowledge that gained an invite for Joseph to work alongside the academics at the Pitt Rivers Museum in Oxford to deliver an ancient Bone Flute making course.
In 2014 Joe accompanied the team to Morocco on the desert survival course to further his education in desert survival, in the same year, Joe also accompanied the team on the canoeing and camp craft trip to Sweden where he spent every moment hunched around the fire making various projects. Joe now works in the World of Bushcraft centre in Bedford as well as delivering courses nationally, learning all the behind the scene skills and knowledge that goes into running the busiest Bushcraft company in the UK
Davie heads up on our Scotland Courses and is our in country apprentice instructor. Before joining Woodland Ways Davie was operating his own Bushcraft company, and then using Woodland Ways for his ongoing CPD (Continual Proffesional Development). Working his way through a number of our courses, including the Primitive Skills Year and our Swedish Canoeing Expedition, Davie could see the value of being part of a larger dedicated team of full time instructors that is Woodland Ways. A big decision to take, but Davie didn’t hesitate when we approached him to consider merging into the Woodland Ways Team.Read more...
Davie closed his existing business and threw himself into the Woodland Ways Apprenticeship to train up further in order to run courses for us in Scotland, supported by our team. The Woodland Ways Apprenticeship is the hardest scheme to get through in the UK, most do not make it. Davie’s skill set and communication skills in delivering high quality Bushcraft instruction means that he will have no problem in gaining that instructors shirt. Davie has now been training with us for well over 2 years and in 2017 is being assessed to become a full Instructor Shirt owner, but in the meantime don’t be put off by the term Apprentice… our apprenticeship starts at a way higher level than a lot of instructors end their learning.
As well as the basics of fire, food, shelter and water…. Davie has a passion for wild foods, a talent for craft work, and an indepth knowledge of hide working skills. His higher level of training and delivery means that you are getting an instructor who really walks the walk, for him Bushcraft is a way of life, one that he wants to share with as wide an audience as possible
Nathan has felt at home outdoors since he was knee high to a badger. As a boy, access to the farm woods managed by his Grandpa, and inspiration from ‘The SAS Survival Handbook’, enabled him to begin practising the skills needed to explore wild places with confidence. Since then, the joy of making things from wood, creating fire, using a blade, campfire cooking, and observing wild animals and plants has become an enduring passion.Read more...
With a varied background including countryside management and international disaster relief, Nathan has enjoyed working in many countries, and now delivers freelance training in logistics and security for humanitarians. A fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, Nathan also enjoys supporting expeditions, and is motivated by the practicalities of getting vehicles, electrical supplies and communications equipment working effectively in remote locations.
Nathan engaged fully in the 2yr Woodland Wayer course, and is eager to continue learning through sharing bushcraft with others as an apprentice.
As a child, I spent every hour I could up trees and crawling through hedges, and this hasn't particularly changed! Having spent many long Summers travelling with my caravanning parents around the south-west, I spent my days exploring woods and fields and my nights sleeping outside.Read more...
I taught myself tree lore, plant identification and foraging and have been apprenticing with excellent foraging and herbal medicine teachers. My bushcraft skills have been honed over many years through attending numerous courses, as I work towards a vision of spending a year living solely off the land using traditional technology.
Having completed a BSc in Geology with the Open University, I am currently studying for a Masters in experimental archaeology at Exeter University. I am particularly interested in Mesolithic development within Britain, as well as the evolution of our woodlands and hedges. These aspects of my research are influenced by and in turn impact upon my bushcraft.
I love sharing what I have learnt with students, so am very excited to join as an apprentice instructor with the fantastic team at Woodland Ways.
Jo joined the Woodland Ways Instructors Apprenticeship after attending the Woodland Ways Weekend and then the Woodland Ways Week.
Being a keen angler Jo was used to Bivvying up under the stars and loved nothing more than being outside. Jo has also worked with the Princes Trust Volunteers to undertake conservation tasks and is a keen outdoor pursuits enthusiast, with canoeing, caving and being an award winning climber under her belt!Read more...
Being a keen angler Jo was used to Bivvying up under the stars and loved nothing more than being outside. Jo has also worked with the Princes Trust Volunteers to undertake conservation tasks and is a keen outdoor pursuits enthusiast, with canoeing, caving and being an award winning climber under her belt!
It was this keen interest in the outdoors that led Jo to join us on the Apprenticeship Scheme and develop her Bushcraft Knowledge, and the skills required to teach this knowledge.
With a keen interest in tracking you will often find Jo on her belly on the woodland floor watching deer. Her second favourite experience being the time she got to within 15 metres of a Red Deer Stag during the rutting season in the Outer Hebridies. Her absolute favourite experience was in September 2010, when she took the dedication to her job that one step further and married the chief instructor!
In 2009 Jo was lucky enough to assist us with an expedition to the Sahara Desert and the Atlas Mountains, where she stayed with the Berbers and began her desert survival training. Jo also manages the retail aspect of our business.
Jo is Remote Emergency Care First Aid Trained (Level 2).