Natural Pathways was set up in 2002 and in the seventeen years has successfully run courses and camps in Survival/Bushcraft and Nature Awareness for many organisations such as Kent County Council Key Training Services, Opportunities Plus, Motiv8, Kentish Stour Countryside Project and many schools throughout the county. Natural Pathways also provides courses for the general public including their well-known Wilderness Family Camps.
Natural Pathways uses a number of instructors whose skills will be applicable to the course being taught, we will provide you with details of the specific instructor(s) prior to your course.
The following shows details of our regular instructors, from time to time we will use others that may not be included here.
Natural Pathway’s Director and Leading Instructor
Hannah has been teaching bushcraft skills and nature awareness to adults and children for over a decade, she also runs courses for schools and youth groups. She is well known for her ability to pass on her skills in a relaxed and engaging manner.
Hannah was inspired by teachings of Tom Brown Jr, well-known author and founder of the Tracker School in America. Tom Brown grew up along side an Apache Indian learning many valuable Earth living skills that he continues to pass on to many people through his trainings. As well as attending courses in America with Tom Brown, Hannah has attended a year’s course on Primitive Survival Skills with Trackways here in the UK. She completed the course with a week's Survival Quest in Scotland.
Having lived in the Daintree Rainforest in the Australian outback for a year, she gained much experience from practising a sustainable way of living.
Hannah has practised Reflexology and Reiki for the past twenty one years and has always had an interest in alternative medicine and the healing properties of plants, treating herself and her children with herbal and homeopathic remedies where possible.
Hannah feels it is important to develop her personal awareness when relating to herself and others, as a parent and within a group. She has attended self-development courses such as Parent-Link, Non-violent Communication, the Sedona Method and Psychology of Vision. Hannah home educated her three children for over ten years providing for them a wide range of experiences as they grew up and prior to them moving on to further education.
Keen to pass on her knowledge to others, in particular to children, it is her wish to bring them closer to Nature through Nature Awareness activities and hands on experience with survival/bushcraft skills.
A free-roaming childhood wandering the fields and woodlands of Kent and devouring the writings of Euell Gibbons, Richard Mabey and Ernest Thompson Seton left Carol indelibly stamped with a life-long passion for foraging and bushcraft. Past jobs include professional photographer, commercial paste up artist and working with special needs children, vulnerable adults and the elderly providing diversional therapy and art based workshops. Carol now works as a freelance forager offering bespoke wild food walks and cookery demonstrations. She has written and photographed wild food cookery articles for The Bushcraft Magazine and Funky Raw. She trained to Instructor level with Marcus Harrison at the Wild Food School Cornwall. Member of IOL. Carol runs our Foraging and Wild Food Cookery courses through-out the year and also is part of instructing and cooking the meals on our adult and family camps.
Part Time Instructor
Sally has had a lifelong love of the outdoors and runs her own consulting business managing diverse habitats from farmland, heathland, wildflower meadows, to woodland and rivers and also a range of environmental projects to benefit both wildlife and people.
Along with her professional ecology training Sally has completed several training courses including the year course (along with Hannah and Lief) with Thomas Schorr-Konn of Trackways, who was taught by Tom Brown Jr of the Tracker School in America.
She has been teaching for over 20 years and believes that practising bushcraft and survival skills is one of the best ways to help people learn about sustainability and treading lightly on the earth. Skilled and capable, Sally brings enthusiasm and a sense of humour to the camps. When not in wellies or waders she will often be found journeying and wild camping in a canoe or seakayak.
Expert Flint Knapper And Traditional Bow Maker
William's passion for the prehistoric way of life was first found in his early years when he grew up living at the prehistoric flint mine in Norfolk, Grimes Graves where his father John Lord was custodian.
Working the stone, William is highly gifted - being blessed with the strength and creativity to turn lumps of flint into wonderfully intricate replications of prehistoric artefacts, knives and beautiful jewellery. He is also an expert traditional bow maker.
This is only one facet of William's main interest. Wills talent lies in taking his skills into the public domain, demonstrating his craft and offering people of all ages and abilities the opportunity to try flint knapping for themselves. Will has appeared on many television programmes; Channel 4 Jimmy's Forest, BBC A History of Ancient Britain and Discovery Channels Neandethal Man.
This is particularly popular with youngsters, which William finds encouraging - hoping that some may take their interest further as he has from his childhood.
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