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: Events and Courses 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.
Sebastian Kelly: Instructor
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
Robin Bowman: Instructor
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.
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.
Israh Goodall: Instructor
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 Afar region 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.
Janet Jenkins: Instructor
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.
Maren Freeland: Instructor
Maren Freeland’s care for the earth has led her on a life path of inquiry and action towards a sustainable culture. She’s a founder member, resident and educator at Landmatters Permaculture Co-operative (www.landmatters.org.uk), an off-grid community that aims to inspire positive change. Maren is actively involved in women’s work, following a year-long program exploring the cultivation of the authentic empowered feminine. As a mother of two, Maren’s parenting is informed by Parenting by Connection and the Art of Mentoring (nature connection). She completed the Outdoor Leadership course run by Schumacher College and WildWise, and has long-standing experience in facilitating educational events. Maren deeply cherishes the sense of belonging gained by re-connecting to the wild and each other and has a passion for facilitating such experiences.
Chris Packe: Instructor
It used to be the mountains, but now you’ll find Chris in the woods. He just really loves bushcraft, you see. Often it’s just for fun, but he also works with Wildwise in Devon as well as independently back home in Forest Row. He also loves rap, spoken word, story, whittling, cartooning and writing… he mixes them into strange shapes and shares them around. Other forms of healthy activism include running amen’s group, various forms of mentoring, the odd public engagement, and an increasing interest in forest gardening. For the last 4 years he has written a blog: www.chrispacke.com
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, very often in the company of his inspirational grandfather. He studied Countryside Management and Conservation and has worked on conservation projects in the UK and Madagascar. He developed his passion for outdoor education while working as a ranger for the National Trust and other organisations around the UK. Outside of WildWise Sam’s work includes leading regular groups at Acorns Learning, nature connection mentoring, and he still keeps his hand in with conservation contracting 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.
Alex Travers 'Feathers': Instructor
Alex has always been fascinated by the depth of knowledge of native peoples around the world and has spentmany years gathering information and taking it into the purity of wilderness. He has trained for ten years in the skills and philosophy of Tom Brown Jnr's Tracker School. With a degree in the creative arts Alex brings a lot of spontaneity to his teaching and shares his passion for the skills of living with the earth and the simple joys that they bring.
Hattie Duke: Instructor
Hattie has worked with children and young people in and out of the classroom for over 15 years. She is a trained Steiner Waldorf Teacher with extra training in practical skills. She has worked with children on camps, in orphanages, in woodlands, gardens and schools in South America, South Africa, New Zealand and the UK. She is currently working in rural Herefordshire finding ways to give more children more access to the outdoors and practical, experiential learning. She also runs regular girls' groups and camps to help and guide girls through puberty and into young womanhood. Visit firelight.org for more info.
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.
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.