Metropolis first for the master pioneers


Internationally renowned bushcraft expert Dr Lisa Fenton joins the University of Cumbria in London

An internationally renowned bushcraft expert returns to her London roots to help deliver our outdoor Masters and Experiential Learning course, the first of its kind in the heart of the city.

Protected from self-reliance guru Ray Mears, University of Cumbria’s Dr Lisa Fenton will galvanize MA Outdoors students into new sources of inspiration External and experiential learning studies in what she says is the world’s cradle of bushcraft.

Usually, Lake District based in Ambleside CampusDr. Fenton has put his skills to good use around the world, lecturing and speaking at international gatherings, as well as living among people in some of the most remote parts of the world.

A doctor of ethnobiology trained at Kew, studying the relationship of people with the natural word from the past to the present, television series producers used her acclaimed survival skills when making the American sci-fi series SEE, with Jason Momoa.

She says it’s a perfectly logical step to bring the great outdoors to the metropolis and is thrilled to teach in an environment that captured her imagination growing up in North London.

Starting in October on the university’s London campus, the new MA Outdoor and Experiential Learning is the only outdoor studies degree of its kind to be offered in a large city with such a large population.

Dr Fenton explained, “Along with easy access for students, this is absolutely where we can break the idea that outdoor learning is only for the unmaintained landscapes that people call ‘wilderness’. “.

“My part of the course is about the history and principles of bushcraft, going far beyond the usual perceptions of lighting fires and foraging for wild food. Questions around survivalism, post-colonialism, radical education, feminism and social media will be explored.

“London was the center of Imperial exploration, which in turn led to the early development of bushcraft.

“If we look at the replica of Drake’s Golden Hind in Southwark, or the Mayflower pub in Rotherhithe, near where his famous namesake ship was fitted out for the long transatlantic voyage, we will see the machines that gave birth to bushcraft. .

“We can trace cracks in sidewalks to patches of wasteland, plants that have been used for centuries in medicines and remedies. They are the starting point for a fruitful life and fundamental for existence.

“The legacies of survival and prosperity in the natural environment are omnipresent in this city.

Ironically, the Imperial School of Colonial Craft, the first bushcraft learning center, was established in my hometown of Enfield in 1908. All of this makes London the perfect place to explore the decolonization project that is so important to our modern life. practice.”

Masters in Outdoor Education in London

Outdoor and experiential learning saw research nationally acclaimed by academics at the university and Dr Fenton said it was a privilege and honor to open up a new field as well. innovative in the capital.

The course is designed to attract teachers, youth and social workers, as well as specialist outdoor providers and those interested in the therapeutic opportunities that outdoor spaces can offer. It aims to strengthen the experiences of young people.

Westmorland and Lonsdale MP Tim Farron said, “Outdoor learning is a catalyst for health and well-being.

“It is wonderful to see fine work in the Lake District being rolled out to London, where we hope it will ultimately inspire and benefit many people. We are very grateful for the vision of the University of Cumbria in making this exciting premiere.

The new Masters course starts in October and anyone interested in knowing more about entry requirements or how to apply should visit: -outdoor-and-experiential -learning-london /

Also, a open event is staged on September 1st, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on the London campus. Book Place now

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