David Key
BA (Hons.), MSc (Dist.), FCHE.
UKMT Summer & Winter Mountain Leader, NZOIA Alpine and Rock Instructor.

At heart, I am an outdoor educator. I’m happiest outdoors working with groups to facilitate personal and social change. I hold international qualifications in mountaineering and rock climbing and have nearly twenty years experience leading groups in wild places.

I also teach Ecopsychology at Schumacher College, am a Fellow of the Centre for Human Ecology and maintain various independent research interests to support my professional practice.

My special interest is in the transformative power of wild places. I have worked internationally and published peer-reviewed papers, book chapters and articles on this subject.

Raised in the heart of the Derbyshire Peak District in the UK, I started out as a marketing consultant in London. Luckily, in 1994, I ‘escaped’ to a career in outdoor education and management training in New Zealand. Close call.

After winning a bursary, I came back to the UK in 1998 to attend a course at Schumacher College with the late Arne Naess before returning to New Zealand to train outdoor leaders in eco-education at the National Outdoor Training Centre (“OPC“) and Outward Bound NZ.

In 2000 I moved to Scotland and graduated from the Centre for Human Ecology (CHE) ( in Edinburgh in 2003, with an MSc (with distinction) in Human Ecology. I went on to become a Director and Teaching Fellow of the CHE and to co-lead the post-graduate course in Ecopsychology that the CHE ran collaboratively with University of Strathclyde until 2010.

I’ve been a rock climber since I was 11 years old, although I’ve now semi-retired to easy climbs with good views! I am a passionate Telemark skier and I love running in wild places. I’m also a keen sailor, cook, sometime poet, and guitarist.

I currently live in Cornwall with my partner Libby, ten year-old daughter Maia and lab-collie cross dog Ruby.

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