Co-founded in 2016 by Elle Adams & Rupert Hutchinson, Living Alive was conceived whilst on an 18-month journey in Benoît, their self-built (micro)campervan. Now based in Edinburgh, they bring their individual skills and experience together with a love of spending time in wild places and a passion for purpose-driven business, to create unique and meaningful events, adventures & experiences.
Elle is a versatile designer and innovator, with a passion for purpose-led business and collaboration. Her experience, creativity & visionary approach are what bring Living Alive to life.
Inspired by her own personal experience of the healing potential that time spent in nature can bring, Elle is committed to creating opportunities for adventure in more peoples’ lives. She has a deep love for the outdoors and is a particularly keen wild swimmer. She is a mindfulness practitioner & holds the RLSS National Water Safety Management Programme certificate.
Elle is a talented and crafty cook, forager and fermentation enthusiast. She loves making things and finding the possibility for wonder everyday.
Rupert’s main aim in his work is to share his passion for the natural world, and the wonder and sense of perspective that comes from spending time outdoors, in an inspiring and accessible way.
He is a professional UIMLA International Mountain Leader and outdoor educator with over 10 years experience leading groups into some of the most remote places on Earth. He’s a trained Forest Schools and Bushcraft practitioner, an Astronomy & Stargazing specialist, and an associate facilitator of Natural Change leadership programmes.
Rupert’s a climber, trail runner, backcountry skier and lover of woodsmoke, dark starry skies, whittling spoons and pickled onions.
Elle & Rupert are proud to support the amazing work of the John Muir Trust – the leading wild land conservation charity in the UK, which was founded in 1983. The John Muir Trusts believes wild places are essential for the wellbeing of people and wildlife; and so do we. They work to conserve and protect wild places with their indigenous animals, plants and soils for the benefit of present and future generations, and believe in a world where wild places are protected, enhanced and valued by and for everyone.