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Meet our team:

Our team of dedicated instructors have the skills it takes to teach and have gone through many challenges to gain the experience necessary to be able to instruct the many students who pass through our classes here at Raven Wilderness School. 

Jeff Hatch

Owner / Founder / Lead Instructor

Jeff grew up Massachusetts where he spent his younger years fishing, hunting, camping, building forts and shelters. His first introduction​ to the outdoors was with the Boy Scouts, were he gained a strong foundation in basic wilderness skills. As he got older he studied primitive skills and wilderness survival. Focusing on the indigenous people of Scandinavia, the Sami people. His mentor for many years has been wilderness bushcraft and survival instructors, Lars Falt of Sweden and Ray Mears of the United Kingdom.  Jeff holds certificates in Outdoor Leadership / Land Survival and is also a Wilderness First Responder.  Jeff’s travels have taken him on many wilderness adventures around the world including Vancouver Island BC, Canadian Rockies and Alaska. Jeff founded Raven Wilderness School in 2015 where he teaches traditional Scandinavian bushcraft and survival skills.

Jacks Genega

Guest Instructor

Jacks Genega is an avid adventurer and full-time vanlifer whose journey into exploring wilderness skills began when she encountered an earthquake, witnessed an avalanche, and fell into a crevasse on just day one of her solo hike across Iceland’s Landmannalauger region. It was then that she thought to herself, “I really need to amplify my survival skills.” She didn’t shy away from other solo travels across the UK and Europe having traversed some of the Alps’ highest peaks, glaciers and rivers while also studying bushcraft with Woodland Ways (UK) leading up to the completion of their Northern Forest Year, a year-long intensive in Scotland’s East Lothian region, home to the famous mountaineer, John Muir. She then carried her love for the craft back to the U.S. training under various experts in the fields of emergency and wilderness survival. She hopes to share her love of all things bushcraft and survival in hopes to not only help others develop a shared skill set, but to aid in a sense of resilience through self-reliance by inspiring others to participate in the field. When she is not working or playing in the woods she works with ad agencies and brands video editing content. Jacks can be reached via her social media pages, Wildcard Wilderness.

Tony Powers

Guest Instructor

Tony was raised in Terre Haute, In where he spent his childhood hunting, fishing and trapping with his grandpa, uncles, and cousins. Born in a family of woodsmen (and woodswomen) he learned many valuable wilderness skills at a young age.

When not teaching Modern and Primitive wilderness skills across the Country, Tony can be found at the nearest stream with a fly rod in hand or in his garage making knives. 

"In the wilderness you are always a student never a master"