About D2E

 About Down to Earth Bushcraft

Down to Earth is based in Dorset and South Devon with wild will by tessforests, heathland, moors and coast all nearby.

It is run by Will Newitt, a professional bushcraft instructor who has trained with some of the top figures in the industry.

Here's what Will has to say:

"An instinctual urge to be in the woods and hills has underpinned my life from childhood. While much of my late teens and twenties were spent exploring some of the great wildernesses of the world- heading out on long distance solo treks where I wouldn't see a soul for days on end.

These experiences taught me the importance of feeling comfortable and confident in any natural environment as well as a deep respect for the beauty and power of nature."

In 2011, Will completed a fully accredited, bushcraft leadership course with John Rhyder's renowned Woodcraft School in Sussex. Some of the memorable challenges of the year were spending over 50 nights in the woods in all seasons, in-depth identification of a diverse range of trees and plants, walking into the damp woodland with a knife and chord and creating flame within an hour, extensive navigation across the South Downs, finding and naturally purifying enough water to drink, cook and wash and the making of various craft pieces from nettle cordage to a medieval longbow.

Will is also a level 3 Forest School leader and has trained with Shadowhawk’s Ian Maxwell, one of the best animal trackers in the world and the late Dr Oliver Rackham, once Britain's leading expert on woodland ecology and history. Other potent influences include the Deep Nature Awareness work of Joseph Cornell and Tom Brown Jnr. 

Will is fully qualified in Outdoors first aid and NNAS navigation, registered with the Institute of Outdoor Learning and the Association of Sustainable Practitioners and holds full public liability insurance and an enhanced DBS (the new CRB) certificate.

When he's not studying some obscure plant or sitting in a tree for hours on end in order to watch badgers, Will works with adults with learning difficulties, is a self-employed craniosacral therapist and a photographer and writer with work published across four continents. He is also working on a series of short, nature based, children's stories for publication. His previous livelihoods include 6 years as an RNLI beach lifeguard and British Surfing Association surf coach, facilitating an education to employment scheme for disillusioned teenagers and working in a practical and PR role to promote permaculture and sustainable living to the public.