About Andy Lewis

Hi, I'm Andy Lewis, a passionate Bushcraft & Survival skills instructor.

As a highly experienced educator & practitioner of outdoor activities I've spent time in some of the most remote, beautiful and extreme environments in the world. Including the Nepalese Himalayas and Norway's Mountainous Hardangervidda wilderness. I cut my teeth in the hills and mountains of the UK and consider myself very lucky to have been indoctrinated into mountaineering as a child by my father. I wasn't even a teenager when I was referred to as "a mountain goat". 


I've been an educator for over twenty years, having starting instructing and teaching others when I was still a teenager. I consider it my vocation, and I love sharing knowledge and helping other people to grow, learn and develop. As a fully qualified secondary school teacher I taught outdoor education to teenager, between the ages of 14 to 19, for over a decade. Delivering; Bushcraft, Forest School, trekking, the Duke of Edinburgh's award, indoor climbing, orienteering and more, on a daily basis.

 
Andy teaching basic axe skills

My qualifications include; NCFE level 4 Survival Instructor, MTA summer Mountain Leader, Bushcraft Instructor, Level 3 Forest School leader, MTA indoor climbing instructor, FAIB accredited Outdoor First Aid trainer and more. I've taught a wide variety of skills to people from the ages of 6 to 60 and I love it, I can't imagine doing anything else.


As an outdoor professional and former expedition co-ordinator, I'm happiest when I'm encouraging people of all ages to explore and engage in the great outdoors. I'm determined to repair the fractured connection between people and nature, whether through teaching Bushcraft skills, leading expeditions or developing the skills of other outdoor professionals.


I'm a full-time professional instructor, delivering IOL accredited instructor training, regular Bushcraft courses, one-to-one skills training and bespoke events year round. I travel nation wide, from the Cairngorms to Devon, to instruct & deliver training.

 

Recently I've been filmed for a BBC television production, which aimed to introduce a group of young people to the outdoors and mend the damage done by social media and a lack of connection to nature. It was a fantastic experience and will hopefully encourage more people to enjoy our remaining wild places, for the physical mental and spiritual benefits.


My mission is to teach people the rewarding, fascinating and diverse skills of Bushcraft, as it's my wholehearted belief that practising these activities allows people interact with the outdoors at a depth that can't be matched by any other outdoor activity. In this way people will learn to see the natural world as a valuable and renewable resource which should be enjoyed, respected and protected. And in my experience, practising Bushcraft benefits the physical, social, mental health & wellbeing of people in ways which you wouldn't believe possible.

"Be prepared and learn skills for life" is the ethos I live, work and inspire others by. I am passionate about delivering the skills needed to explore the outdoors safely, comfortably and responsibly. I want the people I teach to carry more than just kit. I want them to carry knowledge, skills and confidence... they weight far less!

Andy teaching wood carving skills
 

Don't just take my word for it...

Please check out the testimonials page and see what other people say about me, and the quality of my instruction.

I hope you will join me on one of my courses and I'll get to meet you out in the woods soon.

Thank you for visiting my website!

Andy Lewis Winter Bushcraft