If you are looking for a survival course that is stimulating, informative, with lots of hands on experience and within a relaxed friendly atmosphere, we have the course for you!
Natural Pathways, established in 2002, provides Bushcraft training for both adults and children, corporate businesses, schools and youth groups. Nature Awareness is taught along side the Survival skills training to provide a new perspective and awareness of our natural environment.
Hannah Nicholls and her experienced instructors will guide you through each skill and give your the knowledge to master these essential wilderness skills for yourself. We pride ourselves on delivering a course where you will go home feeling more at home in nature, feel well informed, have a wealth of new skills and hopefully with contentment and satisfaction. Natural Pathways events are held in beautiful Kent woodlands.
Natural Pathway’s Director and Leading Instructor
Hannah Nicholls grew up on a small holding in Suffolk with parents that wanted to be as self sufficient as they could, which was the beginning of her relationship and passion for nature and wild life. During 1999, Hannah spent a year in the Daintree Rainforest in Far North Queensland with her three young children. It was a rewarding and challenging time living with nature up-close and very personal in the Australian bush.
Soon after her return to the UK she read ‘Grandfather’ by Tom Brown Jr.; he tells of his story growing up along side an Apache Indian learning valuable Earth living skills. It raised every emotion in Hannah with its strong message that we as humans have a responsibility to care for our Earth. Inspired by Tom Brown's words she sought out Trackways, a company in the U.K. that was passing on Tom Brown’s teachings and she attended a number of the courses and then went onto do a year’s course which concluded with a Survival Quest in Scotland. She has since attended training with The Tracker School in America.
Hannah has a keen interest in alternative medicine and has practised Reflexology and Reiki for the past twenty eight years and treated herself and her children with herbal and homeopathic remedies where possible.
Hannah has enjoyed sharing her enthusiasm for nature and is known for her ability to pass on her knowledge of bushcraft skills and nature awareness in a relaxed and engaging manner, helping participants of all abilities to feel supported and at ease.
Lief Bruylant was born in Africa and has travelled widely. She is a talented artist and is well known for her beautiful large mural paintings. She is also a horticulture support worker. She studied Art in Leige, Belgium and achieved an M.A in photography at the Royal College of Art, London.
Lief completed a year Survival course with Thomas Schorr-kon of Trackways, who was taught by Tom Brown Jr. of the American Tracker School. She continued her training with a Shamanism course with Yvan Macbeth. She has a keen interest in wild plants and cooking wild food and has many years experience cooking delicious meals for large groups of people on both Trackways and Natural Pathways camps. She shares her knowledge with passion and enthusiasm.
Sal Wallington has had many years working in the natural environment and has extensive knowledge of the countryside. She works professionally on many environmental projects to assist both people and wildlife.
She has attended many Bushcraft and Survival courses over the years including a years course with Trackways. As an experienced instructor, her passion and enthusiasm are always present when teaching and she brings lightness and humour to the group.
Flint Knapping Instructor
Will Lord grew up living at the prehistoric flint mine in Norfolk, Grimes Graves where his father John Lord was custodian. It was here that Will's passion for the prehistoric way of life was inspired from a young age.
Will is a highly gifted and skilled instructor and with ease can turn lumps of flint into intricate replications of prehistoric artifacts knives, spears, arrow heads and beautiful jewellery. Will is also an expert traditional bow maker.