Meet the Team

Di Hammill

Raised on the North-East coast by her Grandfather, Di Hammill was taught the value of simplicity, make and mend and traditional remedies. Despite an unconventional upbringing Di went on to study at post-graduate level and has completed numerous courses in psychology, philosophy, adult education, Steiner and mainstream childcare, crafts and bio-dynamic farming. In 2006, under the instruction of Patrick Whitefield she completed the full Permaculture Design Certificate and also holds the Adult Ed. Lecturers Cert. and Youth and Community Worker Qualifications.

Being fully insured and C.R.B checked she has, through her business Wild Harvest undertaken walks and workshops for various organisations including the Forestry Commission, The Country Living Magazine, Yorkshire Out of Schools Service, the National Parks, Adult Education Services, York Food Festival, local museums and campsites and The Edible Garden Show’s Good Life Live in London.

She has raised her own children TV-free and off-grid in a remote North Yorks dale, collecting firewood, foraging and bathing in the river, even lining the children’s wellies with roadkill rabbit fur, she has lived the ultimate self-sufficient life. Di has been the subject of a handful of press articles
about her lifestyle and is passionate about raising awareness of the need to re-skill and become more self-reliant.

Reviews of her teaching talk of her as calm and patient yet enthusiastic and knowledgable. Wild Harvest recently beat York Racecourse to Highly Commended in the Visit York Visitor Experience of the Year Awards.

Ian Wilkinson

Ian has worked with timber since leaving school and is passionate about wood. A charcoal burner and keen green woodworker Ian single-handedly built his own timber framed, wood-clad house hewn from trees in his woodland. Having spent several years as an overland expedition leader in South America and Africa he is now settled in his woodland at Arglam, running Yorkshire Woodland Products and will be teaching green woodworking courses at Wild Harvest.

Claire Cutler-Casey

Claire came to traditional medicine after modern medical interventions were unable to resolve various personal health issues that impacted on her daily life. After her first Kinesiology session her mind was blown; with a renewed respect for the wisdom of her own body and a greater understanding of how to improve her own well-being, she chose to re-train as a professional Kinesiologist and massage therapist. As well as teaching Touch for Health Kinesiology, Claire offers group and individual Kinesiology and massage sessions. To find out more please visit or call 07541 320113.

Dawn Emmerson

Dawn Emmerson is a qualified holistic therapist based in Stamford Bridge near York.  She specialises in Clinical Reflexology and Indian Head Massage and is a member of the Association of Reflexologists.  Her business is The Treatment Room and Dawn can be found at Wild Harvest offering the above on our crafts retreats but is also available to book for your groups Tipi Site Stay.

Maya Hammill

Maya Hammill is a student who helps out part time at Wild Harvest, she  was raised with no T.V, lots of animals, making things and baking.  She enjoys horse riding, Young Farmers Club and ice skating, Having worked in a cafe before Maya can be found either behind the scenes in the kitchen at the weekend courses (she has GCSE Food Tech and Basic Food Hygiene Certificate plus First Aid at Work certificate) she also helps out at any shows or events we attend, plus occasionally runs hen party sessions.

Paul Dore

Paul was born in 1975 and currently lives in Kingston upon Hull. He has been interested in the outdoors since he was a very young child, spending a large amount of his childhood roaming around the flat lands of Holderness exploring and birdwatching

He first developed an interest in primitive living skills and survival techniques when he received a copy of Lofty Wisemans SAS Survival handbook for his 11th birthday and set about learning and practicing all the skills contained within it.

Paul has spent time in the Army Cadet Force, both as a Cadet and later as an adult instructor before joining the Territorial Army and serving with the Prince of Wales Own Regiment of Yorkshire.

A time served Cabinet Maker he has had a lifelong interest in Wood and Woodworking and enjoys carving spoons from green wood and making his own slingshots in his modest workshop.

Paul now runs a local Bushcraft Group with well over twenty members who meet throughout the year to share knowledge and practice skills. He often organises courses for the members with people who are experts in their field teaching niche subjects such as Flint Knapping and Friction Fire techniques.

Since Autumn 2014 Paul has been running his own business teaching Bushcraft and producing Handmade Leatherwork and Outdoor accessories for other bushcrafters and survival enthusiasts.

Sonia Perry

I started my journey in yoga at 14, thanks to my adventurous mother. Yoga became especially important to me in my 20′s when I worked in television, a fairly high pressured environment. When I retrained as a Holistic Therapist in my 30′s, yoga helped me ‘walk my talk’ and equipped me with tools to practice and share as a therapist and workshop leader. In my 40′s yoga helped me maintain sanity and health as a working single mama of two lively tykes. I studied the British Wheel of Yoga’s year long Foundation course as a treat for myself and fell in love and so undertook the rigorous 3 year BWY Diploma Teacher Training. Now in my fifties (what?) yoga nourishes, inspires and invigorates me. It is such rewarding work. Every week I witness people improve the quality of their lives.

Zita Fitness

Zita has taught in the fitness industry for many years in different areas, from high impact aerobic classes to relaxation yoga.
Her mission is to empower students through yoga. By sharing these practices we discover that anything is possible making a deep connection with our body, mind and spirit. Using the five main principles of yoga, Asanas, Pranayama, Savasana, Diet, Vedanta & Dhyana. These keep the physical and mental faculties strong. She has a passion to pass on the knowledge she has obtained over 35 years, This year she will become an Advanced Yoga Teacher.