About Us

We create memories through multi-sensory experiences

Wild Thyme & Embers is a small business born from the recognition that we could all benefit from spending more time outdoors reconnecting with nature. Ruth and Mark (Founding Directors) both trained as teachers at the University of Cambridge and between them have over 25 years experience working with children. They are passionate about spending time outdoors with their three young children and love watching their instinctive play and holistic development in natural environments.

Ruth’s most memorable childhood experiences were those immersed in nature. Every summer her family spent several weeks on Osea Island, (only accessible by a tidal causeway) swimming in the sea, sailing and sleeping under the stars. Days were spent exploring the beaches, crabbing, foraging for salty samphire and observing earwigs in the grain barns. Ruth enjoyed all the challenges of the Duke of Edinburgh Awards, especially the expeditions. Navigating and camping wild in the heat of the summer on Dartmoor was demanding and the sense of achievement at the end was tremendous.

It was during a very special project at sixth form, culminating in a four week trip travelling through Kenya to Lushoto in Tanzania, that Ruth experienced a culture deeply connected to the land. What was striking was the generosity and vibrancy of the people and their love of community life. Children exuded energy and intrinsic motivation for learning and acquiring new skills, supported unconditionally by the wider community.

Incredible viewing

Family time is important and we all enjoy bushcraft

Mark has always loved being outdoors. Some of his fondest childhood memories include enjoying the freedom of playing on the beach and body boarding in the waves when his family lived in Barbados as well as hiking in the Langdale region of the Lake District.

As an adult he has travelled extensively; he has fabulous memories of trekking in the foothills of the Himalayas and exploring coral walls for hours whilst snorkeling off the coast of Bunaken Island in Indonesia.

“I played this for my year 6 class in the lead up to our “shelters day” at Milton Country Park and they were amazed” – Ruth

Qualifications

Ruth

  • B.Ed. (Hons)., Education with Music with QTS (Specialising in KS2/3) Homerton College, University of Cambridge
  • Grade 8 Singing and Clarinet- Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music
  • The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award- Bronze, Silver & Gold
  • Winter Bushcraft Course- Woodland Survival Crafts 
  • Outdoor First Aid (2 day)- Cambridgeshire County Council (02/17)
  • Emergency First Aid at Work- Cambridgeshire County Council (02/17)
  • The Forest School Conference- Early Years & Childcare Workforce Development Team (03/17)

Mark

  • BSc Hospitality Management with tourism and French
  • PGCE KS2/3 (Specialising in Maths)- Homerton College, University of Cambridge 
  • Wood Carving Course- With Simon Lamb
  • Bushcraft for Practitioners- Woodland Survival Crafts ​
  • Outdoor First Aid (2 day)- Cambridgeshire County Council (02/17)
  • Emergency First Aid at Work- Cambridgeshire County Council (02/17)
  • The Forest School Conference- Early Years & Childcare Workforce Development Team (03/17)

Ruth and Mark both have a current Criminal Record Check at Enhanced Disclosure level, often referred to as an Enhanced DBS. It is the highest level required for positions that can involve caring for, training, supervising or being in sole charge of children or vulnerable adults. 

Both children and adults are designed to be connected to nature- its positive effects are vital to our sense of self and well-being

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