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Survival Wisdom equips you with the flexibility to deal with challenging and unpredictable environments, giving individuals and teams a crucial edge in any situation across the globe.

Survival Wisdom was established in 2008 following a merging of talents and experience from founders Richard Pyshorn, John Hudson, Chris Smart, Alf Evans and Robin Christian. Each member had unique wilderness experiences and a combined 60 years of training people for, and leading them in, expeditions and operations worldwide.

Our instructors are specialists who came together in Cornwall at the UK Defence Survival School; their varied backgrounds include helicopter pilot, RAF navigator, parachute jumping instructor, force protection specialist and infantry soldier. Each of us has real experience of survival in extreme hostile environments, each of us has a story to tell.

These stories are what drive us to pass on our collective experience and knowledge to others. There are many “survival experts” in the UK; Survival Wisdom’s unique and decisive advantage is that we have done this for real and have, over many years, prepared thousands of people to confront and deal with danger.

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Richard Pyshorn is the Managing Director of Survival Wisdom, a Cornish based Survival and Resilience training organisation.


He spent 30 years as a Force Protection specialist in the UK Armed Forces; specialising in protection of high value assets in threat environments around the world. Having experience of 10 operational tours of duty, he has survived in environments from the Middle East to Central American jungles; having completed some of the most arduous and toughest courses within the British military.


Richard has been a trainer for 30 years and is qualified in numerous areas such as NEBOSH General Tech, IOSH Managing Safely, Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM) Level 7, ILM Level 5 in Coaching for Management.


Along with many operational awards and citations and in recognition of a very full and rewarding career, he was asked to become a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society in 2013.  A privilege that goes beyond words and is shared with Fellows such as Michael Palin and numerous incredible adventurers throughout history. It was a true honour  to become a qualified and appointed trainer for this historical and inspirational institution.


This organisation has inspired the Survival Wisdom team to pass on our unique expertise and knowledge of this incredible world.


From our base on the beautiful Mount Edgcumbe Estate in Cornwall, we organise a diverse range of courses here in the South West and across the globe. Our experience includes Belize, Borneo, Malaysia, Chile, Venezuela, Costa Rica, Finland, Norway, Sweden, Iceland, Kenya, Namibia, Tanzania, Nicaragua, Mexico, North America, Canada and the Middle East.

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