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Dr. Lisa Fenton

Dr. Lisa Fenton

Dr. Lisa Fenton is both an academic and practitioner of wilderness survival and bushcraft skills. She combines her academic role in ethnobiology and anthropology with her long-standing field experience in bushcraft and wilderness survival skills.

Initially serving her apprenticeship with Ray Mears, Lisa then co-created her own bushcraft organisation, in the Lake District National Park for 17 years. During that period she took an MSc in Ethnobotany from the University of Kent and in conjunction with Kew Gardens, where she was invited to continue to study for her doctorate in Bushcraft & Indigenous Knowledge. She is a university lecturer across Outdoor Studies degree programs, and has recently developed the first Master degree pathway in Bushcraft Studies.

Through both her academic research, and through a myriad of local and global experiences that ranges across a variety of remote environments, Lisa feels sure that bushcraft engenders a way of being in landscape ecologies that knits us closely into the very fabric of materials and conditions of our natural environment. Learning from Indigenous peoples, who have retained the skills to live in and utilise the vast possibilities a landscape can afford us, for clothes, tools, food, medicines, and shelter, Lisa advocates an approach to bushcraft skill and study that respectfully moves towards these traditional ecological knowledges – known as the ethnosphere.


Sessions by Lisa Fenton

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