Sustainable Education Community Project

Bright sun streaming through the light green leaves of the beech trees onto the golden red and brown carpet of leaves below.

Dear Friends,

Really Wild is looking to expand its operations to run a school and a small holding/farm that will be an example of sustainable development in accordance with the UN Development goals. In addition to that it will be a wonderfully positive change of life for investors who wish to participate in this programme. 

See the attached PDF and please pass it out to your friends and other people who might be interested in this endeavour.  
Feel free to email or call me to chat about it or ask any questions. 07818431902

We are going to have a Zoom meeting on Tuesday 5th May at 7:30pm for all those who wish to get involved or just get some more information. Please email info@reallywildeucation.com for more details and meeting link. 

Best regards 

Mat and the Team

Really Wild 2019 News Round Up

Arctic Winter Landscape. The pristine snow awaits the explorer learning to cross country ski. The sun is low in the sky brushing the top of the coniferous trees.

What a year the students have had with Really Wild!

Many of our students have become exceptional outdoor practitioners due to their hard work and enthusiasm in the highly successful Really Wild Survival Academy. One student of note is Art O’Hara from Lewes who, whilst still in 6th form, has been asked to work for Really Wild in his spare time on a paid basis. His skills and his teaching practice have come on leaps and bounds, giving him a huge head start in life. He now has a strong ability to teach both young people and adults to a very high standard. To date, we have had eight students go on to work as trainees and instructors with Really Wild. Having completed the Survival Academy they are now practising professionals in various fields in their own rights.

Really Wild Education has implemented two new and totally unique Expeditions this summer that went extremely well. One expedition took a group to Peru where the students walked one of the Inca Trails to Machu Picchu and witnessed some magical sites. The students also spent a record twelve days in the deep Amazon on a small island near the head of the Amazon River. Twelve days is a long time to spend in the jungle for anyone but with the right training they had a blast! They spent their time building a five thousand litre capacity water tower so that the village could have its first fresh water in four generations! The students described their experiences as world-class and truly life changing. They also changed the lives of the hundred people in that village for the better. Well done everyone! Next time this school’s Peru Expedition will include digging for fossils in the high Atacama Desert for the Natural History Museum and if they find anything of import, they will be published!

Another Expedition took a London school to the very north of Finland where they learnt how to find gold. The gold prospecting trip included two days of canoeing down a serene and peaceful river where students developed their skills in a calm and safe, but super interesting and exciting post-glacial environment. They also wild camped under the northern lights, went fishing, hiking in the endless countryside and FOUND GOLD which they were allowed to keep. This will be displayed on an expedition plaque in the school with great pride.

Our new expedition programme called the 7 Wonders of the World is now due for launch. This will enable students in earlier years of the school to plan for trips and expeditions way in advance of their later years at the school, encouraging them to stay on to 6th form. Some of the trips include:

  • Machu Picchu and Peru Amazonas 
  • The Great Wall of China
  • Kilimanjaro and Africa Safari
  • Grand Canyon Survival Adventure
  • Australia’s Twelve Apostles and Aborigine Walk About  
  • Pirates of the Caribbean Atlantic Sailing Expedition
  • Samurai and Self Control Training in Japan

2019 saw many Really Wild school activity days and UK-based school camps too. During these, students learned the importance of serving one another, of teamwork, the need to develop resilience and a host of other important values and life-skills in addition to developing a host of outdoor and survival skills. We were privileged to be invited to contribute to one school’s fourth centenary celebrations and to develop a whole school (pupil and staff) programme for another.

In addition to our work with students, we have led several successful CPD and coaching engagements for staff and senior management on areas such as wellbeing and change management.

The Really Wild Method®, which is our unique approach to personal and organisational development that we deploy on many of our activity days, camps and expeditions, has been featured in four #1 bestselling books this year. Two on leadership development, one on successful transition between life stages and another on developing competitive advantage. Our vision of improving the value added from extra and co-curricular activities right across the education sector is slowly becoming a reality.

Watch this space for exciting new personal development courses and resources coming over the next year and we look forward to seeing you on the adventure.

Arctic Expedition 2019 Its not what we do, it’s the way we do it!

Arctic Expedition 2019. Husky dogs great their driver in the knee deep snow. The Really Wild Education banner stands in the snow.

Really Wild Educations Arctic Survival Training Expedition is like no other out there. Its not a trip, it’s an experience that has more depth to it that one would think.

First the locations are beautiful and diverse. Where we go one could sleep in a bivy under the heavens by an open fire, or you could have a top corporate experience with all the whistles and bells.

Second the training is brilliant. Your leaders and guides will teach you how to have the confidence of all the great explorers in history; learning how to set up and operate a full arctic base camp, stay comfortable at extreme temperatures and manage yourself and others so that you can be happy in places that most other people would never dare to venture. I often say that knowledge is power, and wow do our students become powerful!

Thirdly the students are not just tested physically. They don’t just learn to manage themselves and their equipment, they learn a way of thinking that will change them forever, bold statement but it’s true. We call this the Really Wild Method™. The Really Wild Method helps students to face their fears, assess themselves from the inside out and the outside in. It helps students to grow in ways they never even thought of.

Before each student goes on one of our expeditions, they fill in a questionnaire. This questionnaire asks them about their strengths, their weaknesses, their hopes and dreams and their fears. Really Wild then uses this information and that collected from the entire team to put together a personal task for each student. Each task is related to them addressing, overcoming or facing their fears during the activities of the week, but also helps them to untangle their problems and make sense of why they are they way they are. At the same time most of the students are tasked to help one another overcome or achieve in some way, creating a brilliant spiderweb of tasks that all in all will pull the whole team up together and help them achieve really great things. During this journey they fill in a work book or personal development record that helps them to reflect and test themselves against a special set of skills and values that are part of the Really Wild Method. It’s an effective tool for self-development and it works.

For me, its my favourite part of the trip. One great example we had this year was a student who was afraid of the cold, as she had had previous experiences that were not pleasant. Another student was assigned to help motivate her (although she didn’t know that). The results were evident very quickly. With a little motivation from others in the team and some brilliant first aid and cold injury training she was ready to go. Within a day she forgot her fear and was able to step out and push herself at minus 22 degrees without any hesitation. The results of her overcoming that difficulty had ripple effects, she tried new activities in the cold; she became more organised with her kit because she knew how important it was to not lose a glove or keep her boots dry. She laughed more, she got to see the beauty of the northern parts of the world and her confidence soared in herself.

By the end of the trip every student in the group knew that they had done something to help themselves overcome and grow, and they knew that they had done something to help someone else, and that’s a great feeling.

Borneo Expedition 2018

Palm trees against a milky sky in Borneo

The Borneo Expedition 2018 was for me one of the best expeditions that Really Wild has ever done. The one and only reason I can say this is because of the students. This is no cliché. These were young men with whom I would trust my life, no exaggeration. But I certainly didn’t have those feelings to begin with.

Beach in Borneo

It all started 7 years ago. Our south London Boys school consisted of a chatty but well-behaved cohort of middle to upper class London lads, who for the most part had their adventures via the computer games they played at home and the package holidays that they went on with their parents. Their school education was fed to them and even though they were quite smart, they didn’t need to be to get better than average results. You can put that down to the teachers who were breaking themselves in half for those boys every day.

Campfire dinners

I did an assembly at the school for the year 8 students and talked about real adventure, and treasure; fire, weapons and some of the best survival training they will get to partake in. They all put their hands up with interest.

We had some really good times training those boys how to thrive in UK winter conditions and they learn quickly and well.

Skip forward a few years to Ross, a brilliantly talented young man, strong in character, sitting on a rock on a Cornwall shore on a beautiful sunny June day, as far away from civilisation as one can be in Cornwall; with me, explaining to him that the toothbrush with which I was about to scrub his bleeding and septic foot was going to hurt quite a lot. He nodded and braced himself for the consequences of his breaking of the rule “keep your shoes on”.

Now Ross was on a completely deserted tropical island in the South China Sea with his friends building one of the most incredible water crafts I had ever seen! built from the plastic and junk debris found on the coastline of that jungle island.

We raced the rafts on the open water then they foraged for dry wood and made a fire on the beach to cook dinner. We ate well thanks to the young men who learnt how to manage fire with great competence and worked efficiently as a team.

Fun on a raft

I had great pride for those young men at the end of that trip. When leaving our deserted island, I saw one of my lads looking out into the uncharted jungle with a fiery confidence in his eye. “I’d love to just go and trek that jungle, wouldn’t you sir?”. I grinned at him, knowing that he could do it and do it well. He grinned back with even more confidence. I hope that when these men make it big in life they remember these learning moments, the ones that help them replace fear with wisdom and knowledge.