From apathy to empathy – reconnecting people and place, 22nd-24th August, Kinvara, Co.Galway

The Burrenbeo Trust is a small and perfectly formed NGO based in Kinvara and with a passion for putting place based learning at the heart of the Burren. They want people, local and visiting, to make deeper connections with the Burren, to understand their role in creating a positive future for this extraordinary place.

This inspirational event brought together leading national and international thinkers and practitioners specialising in place-based learning. Place-based learning places uses the local environment as a context for learning. Using local heritage, culture and landscape as a platform, and immersing people in the experiences of their local environment, it deepens the connection between people and place.

Sensory Trust director, Jane Stoneham, and Eden Project director, Tony Kendle, joined David Sobel, Gregory Traymer from the States, and from the UK Gordon MacLellan and Irish place based educators such as Michael Gibbons, Katy Egan, Sean McDonagh, John Feehan, Gordon D’Arcy, Cillian Roden, Nessa Cronin, Karen Till, Patrick McCormack, Eileen Hutton, Eugene Lambe, Pat Nagle and many more participating in workshops, on-site demonstrations as well as guided walks and cultural events. See Jane Stoneham and Tony Kendle talking at the event.

The event had a rich mix of keynote lectures at the Burren College of Art in Ballyvaughan, themed workshops in venues across the beautiful village of Kinvara and site based workshops in the stunning Burren landscape.

It explored questions like: what are the benefits, for people and places, of place-based learning? What is best practice worldwide in engaging and inspiring people with regard to their place? And how can the Burren, Ireland’s ultimate outdoor classroom, be better utilised and developed as a learning landscape?

For more details visit the Burrenbeo website.