Ben McNutt - Woodsmoke

As a wilderness skills instructor and expedition leader, he is recognised as one of the UK’s leading bushcraft and survival experts. He trained as one of Ray Mears’ original apprentices, receiving one of the first antler-handled instructor’s blades in 2000, and has been instructing professionally ever since. Ben holds a bachelor’s degree in Fine Art, and has employed his artistic talents to illustrated Ray Mears’ internationally bestselling books ‘Bushcraft’ and ‘Essential Bushcraft’. He co-founded his own company Woodsmoke in 2001 with his partner Lisa Fenton.

Ben has spoken at international seminars, addressing both academic and popular audiences, written for leading magazines, been featured in the national newspapers, guest presented on a number of TV shows, holds the UK’s only CyberTracker level 3 ‘Tracker’ certificate, is a qualified Mountain leader and has advanced first aid qualifications. Ben has helped create cutting edge leadership development training programs and exclusive wilderness retreats, for individual CEO’s and small group top-tier management, in Asia, Africa and Europe.

When he’s not teaching and inspiring others about wilderness living, you can find him practicing natural movement skills, swimming, Thai boxing and barefoot running. As a proud dad he enjoys nothing more than spending time with his little boy exploring the wild places of the Lake District.