ABOUT YOUR GUIDE

 

For nearly two decades, alongside my work as a performer, theatre-maker and teacher of Acting, I’ve been running workshops with children and adults sharing the joys of bushcraft, woodlands, nature and my life-long love of trees.

 

Clients have included many Primary and Secondary Schools, organisations as varied as The National Trust, Shakespeare's Globe, The City Of London, The Royal Parks, Farnborough Airport, Floral Guernsey, and a range of corporate and private groups. 

 

The abiding passion of my work is to inspire people young and old by exploring the skills and lore of forest dwellers through history, the wonders of the natural world, and traditional woodland crafts...and by sharing what these precious things can teach us about living sustainably alongside nature in the face of environmental destruction and climate change.

 

And being a performer I also like to blend these fun activities with lots of storytelling from around the world...

Brought up on a small farm in rural Warwickshire I have always had a deep love of the countryside. After reading English at Oxford University and training to be an actor at the Guildhall School Of Music And Drama I have enjoyed a long and varied career working in the Theatre that now finds me teaching Acting skills to Opera singers at the Royal Academy Of Music, and exploring Shakespeare with students at Shakespeare's Globe. 

 

But alongside this career in the Arts I have always kept alive my love of nature and the woods...indeed the two sides of my life seem to feed each other intimately. In the early days my passion for interacting closely with nature was especially inspired by the Bushcraft teaching of Ray Mears, the environmental education work of Jon Young, and the Green Woodworking knowledge of Mike Abbott. I have met some amazing teachers along the way, but have a special debt to John Ryder and his Woodcraft School where I was lucky enough to undertook the rigorous Instructor Course and gained my certificate in Bushcraft Leadership.

Since then I have followed my own path, blending the life of the theatre with the life of the woods, and seeing what both can teach about joy, craft and treading lightly in the world.

rt_once_bittenDavid Antrobusand Mia Aust
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