The WildWise Team
The talented WildWise Core Team has over 20 years experience of environmental education, project and event management, and training in the public and private sectors. This ensures that our events are of the highest quality.
In addition to our own staff, we have a national network of consultants/instructors that have a wealth of expertise and knowledge of environmental education, event delivery and working with diverse groups of people.
All our leaders have the relevant experience, qualifications and are DBS/CRB checked.
Chris Salisbury: Director and Senior Instructor
Chris founded WildWise in 1999 after many years working as an education officer for Devon Wildlife Trust. With a background in the theatre, a training in therapy and a career in environmental education he uses every creative means at his disposal to encourage people to enjoy and value the natural world. He has worked with Ray Mears and John Rhyder, Joseph Cornell and Steve van Metre, amongst many others. He is a course facilitator at Schumacher College, where he also directs the Call of the Wild Foundation programme. He is also a professional storyteller aka 'Spindle Wayfarer', and is the founder and Artistic Director for the Westcountry Storytelling Festival. Chris is also trained as a Be the Change facilitator and offers symposiums for interested groups.
Joanna Gaddes: Office Manager & Events Co-ordinator
Joanna manages the WildWise office and is the friendly voice on the end of the phone. Despite a background in project management she loves nature and getting outdoors and has developed her skills and interest in outdoor conservation over the last 18 months by volunteering on a wide range of conservation projects across Devon, as well as enjoying professional training with WildWise in bushcraft & forest skills.
Jo McGain: Social Media
Jo manages WildWise's social media accounts. She has worked with WildWise in various capacities since 2007 and brings a deep love of nature and wild places to her work. Come say hello on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram!
Del Saunders: Camp Warden
With a long and distinguished career in the Royal Marines, Del has offered his wealth of experience and practical knowledge to WildWise's events in the field for the 16 years we have been operating. An old-fashioned sort of character, generous to a fault, of whom we are very fond.
Chris Packe: Instructor
Chris used to climb mountains and other big lumps of rock around the world until he had children, stopped travelling so far away and promptly fell in love with the woods and its associated crafts. As well as sharing the love of bushcraft and adventure in Devon and in his home village of Forest Row in Sussex, Chris also finds himself owning a piece of woodland, which is now a rather exciting biodiversity project for him. As there seems to be a forest garden sprouting in his back garden. Do you notice the theme yet…?
Neil Martin: Instructor
Neil has a thirst for adventure. He once attempted to row across the Channel in a Victorian roll top bath. He made it as far as his Aunt's house in Sandwich, where he fell in love with a girl and promptly abandoned his trip. The bath still sits in his Aunt's front garden which she plants with beautiful pansies every year in memory of her Nephew's visit. Neil is a fully qualified joker! He uses his humour and imagination, through storytelling, poetry and game playing. He was part of the first batch of students to complete the Wildwise Outdoor leadership course with Schumacher College in 2013 and is a fully qualified Forest School leader. He loves to work with children from aged 1 to 91. Time spent with Neil will put a smile on your face.
Sam Kouzarides: Instructor
Sam was home educated throughout his childhood and spent most of his time exploring and learning in nature. After studying Conservation Sam worked as a ranger for the National Trust where he developed his passion for outdoor education work. Supported and inspired by training in the Art Of Mentoring with the 8 Shields Institute, and WildWise ’s Outdoor Leadership Foundation (years 1 and 2), Sam’s work includes teaching at Acorns Learning, nature connection mentoring, running bushcraft and nature connection events; conservation work and tree surgery. Sam works with a healthy combination of playful energy and a relaxed and easy manner and likes nothing more than a good adventure.
Senior Lecturer in Environmental and Scientific Studies, Coordinator of environmental education at the University of Plymouth and is currently developing the new Centre for Sustainibility. This work has taken him to many parts of the world working with many diverse groups. He is also a director of 'Education Earthwise', a charity established to promote and network good practice in environmental education.
Training coordinator at the Bishopswood Environmental Education Centre. Jon has worked for over 20 years now with pupils, teachers, local education authorities and other organisations working with schools on environmental matters. He is also a Trainer for the Institute of Earth Education.
Has been teaching crafts for over 20 years, in a variety of community and educational settings. Most recently he was a founding member of the Hiram Trust and has been influential in the development of Ruskin Mill in Gloucestershire. Bernard is one of the most exceptional teachers you are ever likely to encounter, and here at WildWise, we reckon the nearest you’ll get to meeting Gandalf, such is his capacity for wizardry!
Trained and worked extensively with Joanna Macy over 25 years and helped develop the Council of All Beings as a workshop ritual form along with John Seed and Joanna Macy in Australia. Pat now lives on Dartmoor where she works as a writer, researcher, business advisor and also an organic grower specialising in medicinal plants.
Mark Jefferys is one of only three accredited Earth Education trainers in the UK. He has over 30 years experience in environmental and earth education, teaching adults and children of all ages in the UK, Finland, Australia and America. He is passionate about bringing the natural world to life and reconnecting people with nature in creative ways. A keen songwriter and guitarist, Mark often uses his music in environmental programmes.
Avid birdwatcher, mountain walker, canoeist and wild swimmer, Robin spends extended periods of time alone in wilderness areas. He has worked with a large variety of schools and organisations, and currently runs the WildWise Hunger Games programme as well as working with young prisoners for the charity Write to Freedom. In his spare time he runs a smallholding with his young family on Dartmoor, making sausages and milking goats. Robin shares his skills, knowledge and experience with passion and humour.
Sebastian’s profound affinity with the wild began in his childhood home of the Lake District. Formerly an education ranger with Exmoor National Park, he has worked on the staff of the ecological studies centre Schumacher College. Sebastian was founder-director of the eco-performance company Restless Natives, and has worked as a conservation warden, walks guide writer, freelance environmental educator,and theatre-in-education practitioner. See more of Sebastian’s work on his website www.sebastiankelly.com
Motivated by a desire to explore and connect with people and wild places, Israh has travelled extensively. Her journeys have included travelling the Silk Road, trekking in New Zealand, the Middle East, Central America and Europe, and recently she completed the Pacific Crest Trial, a six month trek through wilderness from Mexico to Canada. She is a qualified Mountain Leader and trained in Outdoor Environmental Education, and has lead expeditions in the UK and Africa. As a trained midwife she has worked with remote tribes in the Afarregion of Ethiopia and in Zanzibar’s government and bush hospitals. Her passion for the world outdoors began as a child living in Arabia, India, Turkey and Spain and now at every available moment, walks, climbs, canoes and kayaks.
Hattie is the creator of 'Firelight: Adventures for Children in Nature'. She has worked with children and young people in and out of the classroom for 20 years. She is a trained Steiner Waldorf Teacher, finishing the Pyrites Course in practical skills for teachers too, as well as atrained Forest School Leader. Last year she completed a course with Jon Young (8shields) and Looby MacNamara (peopleandpermaculture) and went on a bushcraft trip to the indigenous people of the Kalahari desert. She has worked with children on camps, in orphanages, in woodlands, gardens and schools in South America, South Africa, New Zealand, the USA and the UK.
Janet started sharing her lifelong love of nature by leading young people with special educational needs on residential trips camping in the woods, walking sea shores and gorges , sailing and night walks. A qualified teacher and counsellor with a Jungian orientation she has more recently worked with women’s groups engaging with the sacred landscape, visiting The Hebrides, Ireland, Transylvania and the Arctic. Janet is a drum maker, is passionate about social justice, having run a fair trade shop for 20 years and now lives in Devon keeping fjord horses and working with her herd to offer equine assisted therapy.
Stefan Batorijs: Instructor
Stefan started his ‘apprenticeship’ to Nature growing up on a country estate in the Lake District. He trained as a Countryside Manager and Environmental Educator, and has worked in various land related Industries. He also trained as a Community Drama practitioner, Outdoor Activity Instructor, Healer and Psychotherapist. Stefan ran the Ecotherapy Project with Plymouth NHS, lectures in Ecotherapy at Exeter and Plymouth Universities, and runs 1 to 1 and group sessions exploring spiritual connection to Nature.