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What is Down to Earth bushcraft?

It's a bushcraft, wilderness survival and nature awareness venture based on the south coast of Dorset.

Where do you operate:

We have access to a variety of beautiful forests, heaths and cliff tops around the county and beyond.

Who runs it? It is run by Will Newitt, a professionally qualified Bushcraft instructor who has trained with some of the top figures in the British bushcraft industry

What's he got to say for himself then?

My name's Will Newitt and I run Down to Earth Bushcraft.

 

The urge 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 and taking off on long distance solo treks where I sometimes would not see a soul for days and even weeks 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 2010, I was accepted onto a year long NCFE level 3 Bushcraft leadership course with John Rhyder of Woodcraft School in Sussex. John is a widely respected figure in the industry and a past head instructor for Ray Mears' school.

 

Some of the memorable challenges of the year were: sleeping over 50 nights in the woods in all seasons- often in minus degree temperatures; numerous fire by friction tests including walking into the damp woodland with just a knife and some chord and creating flame within 1 hour; extensive identification of plants and trees, 2 days of finding, collecting and purifying enough water to wash, cook and drink; intensive navigation across the South Downs and creating a number of craft pieces- from a medieval longbow to baskets woven from inner bark.

In addition, I have trained with Shadowhawk’s Ian Maxwell, one of the best animal trackers in the world and Dr Oliver Rackham, Britain's leading expert on woodland ecology and history and am currently working towards full accreditation as a Forest School Instructor.

I am also fully qualified in Expedition first aid and NNAS navigation, am registered with the Institute of Outdoor Learning and the Association of Sustainable Practitioners and hold full public liability insurance and an enhanced DBS certificate.

When I'm not in the woods, I work with adults with learning difficulties, am a self-employed craniosacral therapist and a professional photographer and writer with work published across four continents. I am also working on a series of short, nature based, children's stories which I plan to publish. My 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.

 

For a sample of my photographic work please click here.

 

 

 Who has Will trained with?

Who are his other bushcraft influences?

Other qualifications?

When he's not in the woods

 

 

 

 

 

My name's Will Newitt and Down to Earth Bushcraft is my creation.will yurt

The urge to be out 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, immersing myself in native cultures and undertaking various long distance solo treks where I would hardly see a soul for days and sometimes weeks 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 2010, wanting to deepen my understanding of outdoors living, I enrolled on a year long NCFE level 3 Bushcraft leadership course with John Rhyder of Woodcraft School in Sussex. John is a widely respected figure in the British Bushcraft world and a past head instructor for Ray Mears' school.

Some of the memorable challenges of the year were: sleeping over 50 nights under a simple tarp in the woods in all seasons- often in minus degree temperatures; numerous fire by friction tests including walking into the damp woodland with just a knife and some chord and creating flame within 1 hour; extensive identification of plants and trees, 2 days of finding, collecting and purifying enough water to wash, cook and drink; intensive navigation across the South Downs and creating a number of craft pieces- from a medieval longbow to baskets woven from inner bark.

Since completing my Instructors course, I have trained with Shadowhawk’s Ian Maxwell- a world renowned tracker and broadened my understanding of the woodlands with Dr Oliver Rackham- Britain's leading expert on woodland ecology and history. I am also training to Forest School Instructor level.

In addition, I hold:

Various first aid qualifications including Expedition First Aid

Full public liability insurance

Registration with the Institute of Outdoor Learning

Membership of the Association of Sustainable Practioners

NNAS silver in Navigation

An enhanced CRB certificate

Various certificates in the field of both mental health and learning disabilities

 

When I'm not in the woods, I work with adults with learning difficulties, am a self-employed craniosacral therapist and a semi-professional photographer with work published worldwide. I am also working on a series of short, nature based, children's stories which I plan to publish. My previous livelihoods have nearly all involved working with people and being outdoors and include 6 years as an RNLI beach lifeguard and British Surfing Association surf coach on the Dorset, Devon and Cornish beaches, 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.

For a very small selection of my photographic work click here.