Embers Bushcraft is owned and run by Ian Gosling. As a fully qualified and experienced bushcraft instructor, Ian’s aim is to create a business that not only feeds his passion for the outdoors and the subject of bushcraft and what it has to offer but more importantly, to offer it as a means to engage, educate and inspire young people and adults alike.
With an incredibly diverse life experience that has taken him around the world through travel and working abroad, Ian has also been afforded a variety of working experiences and career opportunities from banking to agriculture and hospitality to charity work, with a great deal of these roles in a managerial capacity. Over the last 15 years year he has been heavily involved in working directly with vulnerable client groups and now wants to use the subject of bushcraft as a medium of engagement that can reach hard to reach groups and mainstream alike. Ian understands that through outdoor education, which involves stimulating, creative and inspiring topics we are able to re-connect with not only the natural world around us, but more importantly how we feel and perceive ourselves. ‘Working in this environment gives us the opportunity to separate ourselves from the daily grind and responsibilities that define our daily lives, therefore allowing us to reflect upon or lives, review our life choices and directions and redefine who we choose to be and what we wish to achieve.‘
‘Activity for activity’s sake is empty without, passionate, dedicated and focused engagement. Empowering engagement is key as it’s the catalyst for inspiring change. Accept nothing less!’
Ian continues to pursue his passion for the outdoors with further education and experiences that he hopes he can continue to share.
El is a qualified Youth Worker with 18+ years experience working with children, young people and adults at risk as both youth worker, teacher, and instructor. After graduating from Leeds Metropolitan University with a BA (Hons) in Education and Professional Development, El moved to Dorset working with an International Outdoor Education Company as an Activity Instructor and then Guest Care manager. During this time El developed her knowledge and experience of Professional Development qualifying as a First Aid trainer.
Following a move to Hampshire, El worked with many charities and organisations in the third sector as well as Local Authorities, providing care and respite activities to children and adults at risk whilst also taking on more responsibility for staff management, fund raising and business development. Throughout this time El has worked with both children and adults with disabilities, those under the care of social services and groups from both mainstream and private education.
In her current guise, El is working with a local charity to develop sports volunteering across the county. She also supports the business development team providing support and guidance on funding and bid writing to increase and develop sport and physical activity across Hampshire and IoW.
With her abundant experience and skill sets El is now able to assist with the development of a variety of programmes and courses the Embers Bushcraft provides.