Mikaela Toczek is passionate about outdoor education and visual communication. She is a freelance outdoor instructor and media-maker based in South Wales. Mikaela is also an experienced overseas expedition leader, and believes that enabling young people to take ownership of real challenges empowers them to become independent, confident, brave individuals and global citizens.
A wide range of publications including TGO, The Outdoor Adventure Guide and Intrepid magazine have featured Mikaela’s photography and writing. On her blog she writes about her own stories of adventure, learning in the outdoors and reviewing the gear she uses. In 2018 Mikaela was shortlisted for Outdoor Photographer of the Year and in spring 2019 she was featured on BBC Wales as part of the Weatherman Walking series.
Mikaela is also a fully qualified teacher and sees the outdoors as her classroom. She has worked with young people and adults from all walks of life and has considerable experience facilitating workshops for groups with additional and complex learning needs.
If you would like to arrange a workshop, adventurous activity or talk then visit my contact page to get in touch.
2018 - Rock Climbing Instructor
2018 - Mental Health First Aid, MHFA England
2017 - Level 2 Expedition Immediate Care Certificate, WERS
2017 - Conville Trust Grant recipient, 3 day Alpinism course, Chamonix
2015 - DofE Expedition Superviser and Assessor
2015 - Summer Mountain Leader, MTE
2012 - PGCE Secondary Education, Swansea Met University (With QTS)
2011 - MA Photography, Swansea Met University, Distinction
Selected Exhibitions, publications & collaborations
2019 - Weatherman Walking, BBC Wales
2018 - Outdoor Photographer of the Year, shortlist.
2018 - Adventure Blog Award, Shextreme
2018 - Long-Distance Collie, Outdoor Adventure Guide
2018 - Backcountry Snowshoeing, Intrepid Magazine
2017 - Offseason on the GR11, TGO Magazine
2017 - Girls Discover Talk, Ignite Swansea
2017 - NC500 Feature, She Went Wild
2017 - Sherpa Brand Ambassador
2016 - GR11 Talk, Cinema&Co
2016 - Shortlist Outdoor Photographer of the Year
2015 - Diaspora and Identity in Art, Publication
2015 - ML Profile and Kit review, Summit Magazine
2015 - Interview with This Girl Can, BMC website
2014 - Doh Mix Meh Up, The Old Fire Station, Oxford
2012 - Welsh Artist of the Year Exhibition, Cardiff