About us

Back to Basics has a trusted reputation delivering Bushcraft, Outdoor Education & Common Sense.

We teach safe, fun & educational activities building on skills through activities including Firelighting, Foraging, Axe Throwing, Air Rifles, Shelter Building, Water, Knots, Tree Identification, First Aid and more!

The benefits of outdoor education and in particular Bushcraft are immense. It can help develop confidence, nurture new skills, assist with well-being and helps your mental health.

Director & lead Instructor is Jonathan Earle, ‘The Bushcraft Man‘. Jonathan has been an outdoor instructor for 8 years. Prior & during this time he worked as a Criminal Lawyer for 18 years with extensive knowledge of Health & Safety law enabling him to advise clients on risk assessments and best practice. He has written an Activity & Outdoor Learning & Achievement Progress Booklet that helps students, teachers, SMT & stakeholders track & cross reference academic progress.

We bring a real passion to share knowledge, understanding and enable everyone to achieve success.

Our Team

Jonathan Earle

Director & Lead Instructor

Jonathan has been an outdoor instructor for 8 years. Prior & during this time he worked as a Criminal Lawyer for 18 years with extensive knowledge of Health & Safety law enabling him to advise clients on risk assessments and best practice. He has written an Activity & Outdoor Learning & Achievement Progress Booklet that helps students, teachers, SMT & stakeholders track & cross reference academic progress.

Jonathan runs adults training courses including school activity leader training for teachers & teaching assistants. These courses are CPD accredited and with ongoing support allow the school staff to teaching outdoor learning with confidence.

Jonathan has a real passion to share knowledge, understanding and enable everyone to achieve success. 

Jonathan has undertaken training with Dave Watson, Ray Mears, Les Hiddins (Bushtucker Man) & Dave Canterbury which has helped him develop and hone skills.

Joanthan is an Accredited practitioner of the institute of outdoor learning and is the only accredited practitioner in the whole of Norfolk.

Academic, Professional Qualifications & Courses
  • Law Degree (LLB Hons)
  • Accredited Practitioner of the IOL (APIOL)
  • First aid instructor
  • Food Hygiene Trainer
  • Fire Safety & Marshalling Trainer
  • Health & Safety Trainer
  • Archery GB instructor
  • YPS diploma tutor NRSA
  • Axe throwing trainer & Instructor
  • Level 3 Award in Education & Training
  • Diploma in Psychotherapy
  • Theory & Practice of a Nurture Group
  • Certificate in Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT)
  • Diploma In Hypnotherapy
  • Herbalist Diploma
  • Certificate in Complete Mind Therapy (CMT)
  • Health Walks Leader
  • NLP Practitioner.
  • First Aid trained including outdoor adventure & pediatric
  • Safeguarding trained
  • Boxhall profile trained
  • Certificate in Understanding Autism – National Autistic Society
  • Certificate in Autism, sport and physical activity- National Autistic Society
  • Certificate in Prevent – Home Office

All Staff members are:

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Safeguarding trained

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Enhanced DBS

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Paediatric First Aid trained

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Outdoor Activity First Aid Trained

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Fire Safety Level 1

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Fire Marshal level 2

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Food Hygiene level 2

Mark Leggett

Director & Instructor

Mark runs group session as a leader and participates in ongoing training with Jonathan to enhance his abilities. Mark also runs soft arrow archery sessions. Mark has a keen eye for whittling and the kuksa’s and spoons he produces are superb.

Mark has undertaken training with Dave Watson & Dave Canterbury which has helped him develop and hone skills.

    Rachael Earle

    Director & Assistant Instructor

    Working as a qualified and practicing primary school teacher in the local area. Rachael has been with Bushcrafters CIC since the very first session and runs children’s sessions during the evening and holiday sessions. Rachael also delivers soft arrow archery and has run these as a club at her school. Rachael helps produce the outdoor education courses with the national curriculum range and content that is delivered by Back to Basics ensuring good quality and sound planning.

      Jeanette Groome

      Assistant Leader

      Youth development leader with a with background in childcare within play groups and school settings and has a level 3 early years qualification. Jeanette runs and develops the Little Bushcrafters. As a Bushcrafters Assistant Leader she assists with children’s sessions during the evening and holiday sessions. 

        Ben 
        Stillwell 

        Assistant Leader

        Ben is a volunteer assistant leader with Back to Basics. Ben is developing his Bushcraft skills and attends 4 evening sessions a week working with junior & senior groups. Ben assists with children’s sessions during holiday sessions & at schools. He also delivers soft arrow archery, is training to be an axe throwing instructor and is fast approaching becoming a Bushcraft leader.

          Join the team.

          Volunteer Leader positions are often available (training will be provided). If you would like to register your interest in any volunteer or paid post that may open please get in touch.

          Back to Basics Bushcrafters CIC is a registered Community Interest Company 10359329. This means we operate as a Community business and we are Not for Profit. We have 4 Directors, 3 of these positions are voluntary positions. Back to Basics Bushcraters CIC are very fortunate to have dedicated people whose aim is to put back to society and therefore underpinning our vision. Our Directors are Jonathan Earle – Managing Director, Rachael Earle – Bushcraft Leader & Primary school teacher , Mark Leggett – Bushcraft Leader & Hydraulic Engineer​ and Jason Plant – Graphic Designer.

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