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The Tribe

Find out who is looking after you...

Thom Hunt - Founder

Thom is the UK’s leading wild food expert, and at the forefront of wild adventure experiences. He runs foraging courses, bushcraft workshops, fishing expeditions, and wild game butchery sessions.

He fishes for England and is a qualified Marine Biologist, Master Scuba Diving Instructor, keen hunter, and all-round international adventurer whose skills and experience have led to a career in TV presenting – fronting six series across forty countries.

Thom now leads the development of our ever-evolving home here in the wild.

Izzie MacQueen - The Manager

With a passion for travelling to remote places, such as Scandinavia and Patagonia, Izzie is always looking for new adventures in the wild outdoors; her passions lie in river and sea swimming, forest hikes and roaming the coast with her dog. She'll also be on site to introduce you to the 7th Rise lifestyle and is your go to for all booking enquiries. Contact her on 07432186035 or [email protected]

Andy Blackwell - The Artist

Andy has been with us since the beginning. He has shaped 7th Rise in so many forms - from the hazel archways, the countless 7th Rise-inspired poems and performances, youth and adult mentoring, to the natural sculpture trail in the woods he created during the Covid-19 pandemic. It would not be the 7th Rise you see today without him and when you meet him you will certainly be entertained. He will welcome you to the wild, share stories around the campfire and show you green woodworking skills you will keep forever. 

Jay and Canoe Cornwall - The Survivalists

Jay and his team cover most of our adventure activities, leading you through canoeing, bushcraft, archery, axe and spear throwing. They’re all incredibly experienced at thriving in varied outdoor habitats, and between them they boast credentials such as teaching Ray Mears specialist canoeing techniques, and running Bear Grylls’ survival camps.

Stuart Woodman - Head Food Instructor/Master Wild Brewer

Stuart is the epitome of the 7th Rise ethos, if he didn't work for us he'd be out doing it anyway! His love for Wild environments is both inspiring and calming, and his knowledge of edible plants is superb.  In particular Stuart has spent the last 15 years in the kitchen perfecting his brewing techniques, and in 2016 Stuart opened an award-winning micro-brewery Woodman's Wild Ale, specialising in beers brewed using wild ingredients and ancient techniques.

Matt Vernon - The Foraging Chef

Matt has been based in Cornwall and around the River Fal for the last 10 years and is the previous owner of the Cornish Mussel Shack. Matt is our resident wild food chef extraordinare, with a flair in the kitchen and a keen forager and outdoorsman. When Matt isn't spending time with his young family he is out making the most of the Cornish wilderness, finding his next meal and inspiration for a new dish! Due to his diverse skills and enthusiastic nature, Matt has made numerous guest appearences on TV and created multiple wild recipes for books and magazines.