Pablo and Hannah run Forest Life and RiverLife Retreats
Pablo served in the British Army for 12 years. There he picked up the rudiments of living off the land, field craft skills and a few survival and tracking skills.
For most of his service he was a Physical Training Instructor and specialised in expedition leading and adventure training. After leaving the forces, he carried on these survival and wilderness skills as a pastime but related them more to watching wildlife. He uses bushcraft, tracking and field craft skills to get as close as he can to wildlife.
Wildlife and Tracking:
Pablo is a life-long wildlife and tracking enthusiast. He was an instructor with Shadowhawk Tracking School and has travelled to Southern Africa to learn tracking from the Ju’/Hoansi, Southern Africa’s indigenous Hunter Gatherer people and expert trackers. He has been to South Africa on two further occasions to study wildlife conservation with South Africa’s foremost anti-poaching instructor Les Brett from Dung Beetle Bush School.
Pablo’s second career was in law enforcement and culminated in him being a senior detective in a UK law enforcement agency. This has given him the background to pursue tracking not just as a past-time but as a professional forensic tracker.
Bushcraft is utilising natural resources where appropriate to make life easier more comfortable in the outdoors. The Bushcraft ethos of working closer to nature suits Pablo’s easy going attitude to the outdoors. It also helps him get closer to nature.
Teaching Training and Instructing:
Pablo has a Master’s degree in Learning and Development and a Cert Ed. He is a qualified NVQ assessor and is qualified to teach and assess the National Teaching standard Training and Education (QCF) Levels 3, 4 & 5.
This experience enables Pablo to lead Corporate and other Educational groups on developmental and educational programmes.
Bushcraft and Survival Skills Magazine is available at all good newsagents including WH Smiths.
Pablo has had an article on “Ticks” published in “Traditional Naturopathic Remedies and Tips”by Roderick Lane , M.D and has contributed to the current version of the Scouting Manual published by Haynes.
Pablo is an enthusiastic and motivational speaker especially regarding nature awareness, wilderness living, and tracking.
He has been keynote speaker at many events as well as speaking at various outdoor shows including the Wilderness Gathering and Bushcraft show.
Hannah has experience and product knowledge of training, events, hospitality and tourism.
She also has an excellent operational knowledge of business development management and venue management.
Previous roles have included Business Development Manager for the Scouts Association, Guest Services Coordinator Gilwell Park and Visitor Experience Team Leader National Trust.
She previously ran a tree-surgery business. She has a BA (Hons) in Travel and Tourism Management.
Hannah is a qualified massage therapist (ITec Level 3 Diploma and BTec Level 5 Diploma in Anatomy, Physiology, Pathology and Massage) and runs RiverLife Therapy as a business in the UK. She also works part-time as an attested Forest Keeper in Epping Forest, UK.
She is also a qualified yoga instructor having studied under Yogrishi Vishvketu in the Himalayas.
Hannah has also studied nutrition and is qualified to provide nutrition and dietry advice.
Hannah’s industry specific qualifications:
ITEC Level 3 Swedish Massage (London School of Massage)
BTEC Level 5 Deep Tissue Massage (London School of Massage)
Warm Bamboo Massage (London School of Complimentary Health)
Hot and Cold Stone Therapies (London School of Complimentary Health)
Yoga Alliance Yoga Teacher Training 200YTT (Akhanda Yoga Anand Prakash Yoga Ashram, India)
Nutrition and Weight Management Level 4 Diploma (Future Fit Training, Afn, Royal Society of Public Health)
Professional Body Memberships and Insurance
FHT Federation of Holistic Therapists
Yoga Alliance Professional Yoga Teachers
RSPH Royal Society of Public Health
Hannah loves the outdoors and is a keen wild-camper, bushcrafter and tracker. She is an instructor for Woodlife and is currently completing her Level 4 Diploma in Bushcraft, Tracking and Natural History with Woodlife.
She is a also a keen sports-woman and lists mountain climbing, ice-climbing, hockey and canoeing amongst her outdoor activities.