From the mountains of Borneo to the frozen wastelands of the arctic circle, Jason’s extensive outdoor knowledge and expedition leadership has been honed over many years of applied practical experience across a multitude of wilderness environments.
Join Jason as he shares his wealth of knowledge on preparing for and executing expeditions around the world both leading groups and working as part of a team. Jason will entertain you with stories of powerful moments and hard hitting emotions from his travels including when things go disastrously wrong. As always Jason challenges you to listen to 360 degree influences that may challenge the social norm. Jason’s company, Woodland Ways, are a sponsor of The Bushcraft Show 2021.
Dr Sarita Robinson is one of the world’s leading academic researchers in survival psychology, and is often referred to as ‘Doctor Survival’! Survival psychology focuses on how people respond in disaster situations – everything from a terrorist attack to a ship sinking. Sarita will be offering two talks at The Bushcraft Show 2021:
When 12 young footballers and their coach entered the Tham Luang Nang Non cave in Thailand last June it should have been a fun outing. But when a torrent of flood water rushed in after heavy rain, the group became trapped on a small rock shelf deep inside the cave’s vast network of tunnels. The boys, and coach Ekkapol Chantawong, endured 17 days underground before they were brought to safely into the daylight. Join Dr Sarita Robinson as she explores the psychology behind this remarkable story of survival and discusses other cases where children have survived against the odds.
Bushcraft For Health & Wellbeing
In today’s world people seem to stressed and unhappy. One reason could be that we have become disconnected from nature as we live in an increasing urban environment. Join Dr Sarita Robinson has she explores how escaping to the countryside can be beneficial for your mental health. Sarita will examine how nature exposure can have a positive impact on our sleep patterns, our stress levels and our sense of wellbeing. She will also discuss how we can reconnect with nature even when we can’t get outdoors.
'Child Survivors! ' & 'Bushcraft for Health & Wellbeing'
James is a Ph.D. student at the University of Southampton, and one of the UK’s most well-known prehistoric craftspeople and reenactors. He founded AncientCraft in 2009, which is dedicated to the archaeology of primitive crafts and technologies during prehistory – mainly focused on the Stone Age and Bronze Age. His replica artifacts produced using authentic techniques and materials are on display at Stonehenge, The British Museum and many other heritage sites. He also frequently appears on TV displaying his ancient skills via the BBC, Channel 4, The Discovery Channel, National Geographic and The Smithsonian Channel. We are delighted that James has also agreed to talk on the main stage at The Bushcraft Show 2021.
Ötzi the iceman or the Hauslabjoch mummy was one of the most important archaeological discoveries of the 20th century. New archaeological discoveries about him and appearances in film and media keep Ötzi firmly in the public interest. Found in 1991 by German tourists, the remains of a man were seen emerging from the ice close to the Italian – Austrian border. Over the following decades, Ötzi has given archaeologists a unique view into the life of a person at the very end of the Stone Age. The Iceman was found with his clothes and equipment which have been studied and replicated to test their effectiveness. As an experimental archaeologist, James has himself made replicas of Ötzi’s equipment to understand more about life 5300 years ago.
This talk will cover the background story to the discovery of Ötzi as well as current archaeological knowledge.
JoJo Wood is a spoon carver, clog maker and a teacher. As the daughter of Robin Wood, who was awarded an MBE for his services to heritage crafts, JoJo has been making almost since she could walk. She’s one of the worlds leading spoon carvers and is training under the last of the English clog makers, Jeremy Atkinson.
She hopes to inspire more women and younger people to get into woodworking, teaching that technique wins over physical strength every time. Passionate about the benefits of craft for our mental wellbeing, JoJo founded Pathcarvers, a social enterprise based in Birmingham.
JoJo runs a tool making company with her father, Wood Tools, which aims to make high quality and affordable tools accessible to a wider audience. JoJo has appeared on national and international television and in the press, and travelled around the world teaching and speaking about her work.
JoJo will discuss her journey into woodworking, what it’s like being a woman in craft, and the benefits of craftwork for mental well-being. JoJo will also be giving an interactive demonstration of her carving skills!
Making Your Home in the Wild - Understanding the Human Animal
Richard Harpham is no stranger to adventure having completed over 10,000 miles of human-powered expeditions by canoe, kayak, bike and on ski. His adventures have including London to Marrakech by bike and kayak, sea kayaking 1000 miles from Vancouver to Alaska on the Inside Passage and canoeing the Yukon River on numerous occasions.
In 2014 Richard was introduced to Canadian wilderness icon Alex Van Bibber, who led the 520-mile Canoe expedition across the Mackensie Mountain range in 1943. Rich spent 4 years training, developing winter skills and preparing to follow in Alex’s footsteps retracing the route. In Jan 2018 Rich and the ski to the edge team arrived in Mayo to break trail in the harsh winter conditions. Temperatures dropped to minus 70 below as the team man-hauled their own body weight in pulks through the frozen wilderness.
Rich is a natural storyteller, and this promises to be an extraordinary tale of battling frostbite, temperatures of minus 70 below, wolverines, being tracked by wolves, and a skidoo micro adventure!
Ski to the Edge - a Wilderness Ski Expedition in the Yukon Surviving in minus 70 Below
Dave Watson has devoted his life to bushcraft skills, using these to help develop, train or mentor people from all walks of life. He spent ten years working for outdoor activity centres, before deciding to set up in business for himself in 1995. In 2007 Dave instigated the development with the IOL of the Bushcraft and Survival Special Interest Group. This has resulted in the development of training and assessment for outdoor practitioners in the key skills to promote safe practice and understanding.
Dave’s ability to light fire with both bow drill and hand drill has become something of his trademark. But perhaps more importantly is how he trains others to confidently do the same. We look forward to what will be an engaging talk at The Bushcraft Show 2021.
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