Burrenbeo Trust will be hosting the 11th annual Learning Landscape Symposium that will bring together leading change-makers and educators on the theme of From Learning to Action from the 17th to the 19th June 2022 at the community centre in Kinvara (KCC) , Co.Galway and outdoors in the Burren. The symposium will comprise of a mixture of indoor workshops, outdoor fieldtrips, discussions, and networking events, and is open to anyone with an interest in communicating natural, built, or cultural heritage and sustainability to their audiences and inspiring action.
The workshop leaders for this year’s symposium include Catherine Cleary and Ashe Conrad-Jones, founders of the social enterprise Pocket Forests; Kate Egan, a regenerative farmer and Farming for Nature Ambassador; Ray O’Foghlú, a woodland conservationist and member of Hometree charity; Kathy Kirwan, an innovative eco-artist; Sarah-Anne Buckley, internationally recognised Irish social historian and co-author of Old Ireland in Colour; Michael Gibbons, one of Ireland’s leading field archaeologists; Paula Carroll a cultural heritage consultant and producer of Clare Oral History podcast and Dr. Shana Cohen, director of Think-tank Action on Social Change.
The symposium will also host an online talk on the evening of Wednesday 15th of June on the topic of “Our connection to nature and ways to improve it” with Miles Richardson, professor of Human Factors and Nature Connectedness at the University of Derby, UK.
While registration for the online talk is free, tickets need to be booked in advance for the in-person symposium at the weekend (General Ticket: €85, Discounted Ticket for Heritage in School specialists and Burrenbeo members: €65). See burrenbeo.com for booking links and further information.
The symposium begins with an Opening and Welcome session at 8pm on Friday 17th of June at Tully’s Bar in Kinvara with a series of short presentations on the theme of ‘Pathways for turning aspiration into action’. This session will be hosted by Brendan Dunford, secretary of Burrenbeo Trust and will feature representatives of initiatives such as Pocket Forests, Heritage Keepers, The Hare’s Corner, ChangeX and Grow It Yourself.
“As a landscape charity with a strong focus on community stewardship as a means to sustainable conservation, this event goes to the very heart of what Burrenbeo Trust does. The opportunity to learn from and share ideas with other practitioners in this field makes this an enriching experience for everyone. It is a great networking event and the learning is as much from each other as from the workshop leaders” says Kate Lavender, Education and Conservation Officer for the Burrenbeo Trust.
The events of LLS will culminate for all participants with a walk in the Burren on the afternoon of Sunday 19th June.
Places are limited and tickets need to be booked in advance through the link above.
Learning Landscape Symposium is supported by The Heritage Council under the Heritage Capacity Funding 2022. Burrenbeo Trust is an independent, registered charity (CHY 16834) dedicated to connecting all of us to our places and our role in caring for them.
For queries or comments on the Learning Landscape Symposium please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Who should attend the event?
The event is open to anyone with an interest in place-based learning and/or learning more in the Burren. Previous participants have included teachers, parents, heritage specialists, outdoor educators, environmental educators, ecotourism operators etc. The variety of attendees makes this an enriching experience where the learning is as much from each other as from the workshop leaders. This event is for anyone that is interested in bringing heritage (natural, built or cultural) into the hearts and minds of their audiences, or for anyone that is just interested in learning how to connect more to their surroundings.
- Learn new and exciting ways to educate others on their place
- Gain a wider perspective on why bringing place to your audience is important
- Exchange ideas and network with like-minded individuals
- Hear and learn from some leading practitioners in place-based learning and community-focused learning
- Explore Ireland’s ultimate learning landscape, the Burren
The event has been supported by