Course Details

Thurs. 18 May - Wed. 1 July 2020

The 6-week Haumea Online 'Essential Ecoliteracy' Course begins with 

An Orientation Week starting Mon. 18 May 2020: 

At 1pm Irish Time (12 am UTC) on Mon. 18 May, you will be alerted by email that you can log in and access the  Welcome Module (this module will have all the details on how to progress through the course and also how to join the Wed. Zoom Live Group Meetings). 

The orientation 'Getting to know you' first online Live Group Meeting is Wed. 20 May 2020 at 7 pm Irish/UK time (please note, this is optional but it is where the heart of the course is –where we learn from one another by sharing reflections on the course material). 

All Live Group Meetings will be recorded and uploaded to the course platform the next day in case you miss a meeting or would rather learn without attending the group meeting.

Live Group Meetings will continue every following Wednesday to discuss the previously released Module 

You, therefore, have from Thursday afternoon (when each weekly module is released) to Wednesday afternoon - 6 days - to go through each Module.

In the final Live Group Meeting on Wed. 1 July, there is an invitation to share a work-in-progress in any media with the group. This is a surprisingly fun meeting and a time to say farewell.

The Modules will be available to you until September.

Weekly Course Modules will be released at 1 pm Irish Time (12 am UTC) every THURSDAY. 

Module 1 will be released on Thursday 21 May, and each subsequent weekly Module will be released each Thursday; 28 May, 4, 11, 18, 25 June.

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THE KEY OUTCOME OF THE COURSE WILL BE TO HELP YOU IDENTIFY VALUES, PRACTICES AND AIMS SO YOU CAN CONFIDENTLY WRITE A CREATIVE STATEMENT FOR YOUR WORK THAT EMBODIES ECOLOGICAL INSIGHT AND KNOWLEDGE

In the final Module 6, there is an option to upload 600 words of your creative statement or other text for your work embodying some of the ideas, terms or words from this course. 

Cathy will be delighted to give written feedback.

In 6 modules, I will help you increase your ecoliteracy by exploring the following areas:

  • WEEK 1. UNDERSTANDING 'THE BIG PICTURE' - WHY EVERYTHING HAS TO CHANGE AND WHY CREATIVITY CAN HELP

  • WEEK 2. PSYCHO-SOCIAL-PHYSICAL SUPPORTS & PRACTICES (UNDERSTANDING WHY MAINTAINING A SENSE OF HUMOUR IS VITAL AND LEARN WAYS TO AVOID BURNOUT)

  • WEEK 3. NAVIGATING ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE WITH EASE and UNDERSTANDING THE UN SDGs

  • MODULE 4. EXPANDED EARTH ETHICS – DEVELOP MORAL REASONING TO GUIDE YOUR WORK; UNDERSTAND THE EARTH CHARTER, & DEVELOPING ECOCIDE LAW

  • WEEK 5. EXPLORING HOW OTHERS’ DEVELOP EXPANDED ECOLOGICAL ART PRACTISES

  • WEEK 6. BRINGING IT ALL TOGETHER. APPLYING YOUR ECOLITERACY LEARNING TO TELL YOUR STORY

The Haumea Essential Ecoliteracy course can position your work at the forefront of exciting and important developments in the creative sector

Ecoliteracy can help align your work within expanded values for Earthly wellbeing for present and future generations. Opportunities in this field will only continue to grow...

Here's what an ecoliteracy course can do for you

Gaining ecoliteracy (ecological knowledge–of how living systems actually thrive) helps us with two main things

First, ecoliteracy helps reposition our ways of PERCEIVING OUR PLACE on Planet Earth – we learn that humanity exists in a vast web of interdependencies with other nonhuman realms and this must be factored into everything we do. Second, ecoliteracy invites us to consider creativity anew as an expanded, social, co-authored adventure with human and nonhuman others. Quite often, with ecological learning, you will find yourself collaborating and co-creating with others, not in the art-world (scientists, environmental experts, teachers and local knowledge holders), and thinking about how to give voice to nonhuman others. These considerations require social skills and new ways of thinking. Using ecoliteracy as a necessary foundation for creativity helps us question, translate and make tangible, how we can live well with all the inhabitants (human and nonhuman) in our different places.
Please note, this is not a workshop to make an environmental-themed artwork, nor is it a course that primarily reviews other's eco-art works in depth...

What people say

about learning with Cathy

“The Haumea online ecoliteracy course provides participants with an essential toolkit to help them assemble a framework, within which to situate and develop their own eco-creative practices. Students are introduced to a wonderfully diverse range of perspectives, ranging from the philosophical to the psychological, from the sociological to the scientific, and how these distinct fields all intersect, impact and impinge upon current ecological concerns as well as exploring the ways in which they can help inform art practices. All this material, which may seem daunting at first, is presented in an easy-to-follow format, making it both accessible and engaging. Cathy is a compassionate and accomplished guide, leading her students through eco-literary forests of thought with both clarity and deftness. The weekly online discussions were also something to look forward to. They were hugely helpful and cordial, fostering a warm and intimate sense of community among the participants. It made the course much more participatory, engaging, and, most importantly, enjoyable. I have really missed these group discussions since completing the course. I heartily recommend this course to anyone interested in learning more about the relationships between art and ecology.”

Fearghal Duffy, writer, Ireland

“It is easy to recommend Cathy’s own work, and her education. Her knowledge on disparate topics, and her willingness to share this knowledge, are tremendous. Every participant brought something different: writers, artists, philosophers all shared their perspectives as part of the course. Cathy’s way is to connect the people and the ideas. Just as in her own art, where she is growing a forest, in her teaching she draws together the disparate roots, branches, leaves, seeds and flowers, leaving a healthy forest to flourish for itself. I am very grateful.”

Shane Finan - Visual Artist, Ireland

“In these crucial times in history, this innovative and artistic community is of profound importance. I experience the course to provide both scientific knowledge on the current shape and state of things, and creative inspiration, on how artistry can be used as a strong environmental voice. The course presents a very holistic approach to the processing and set of actions one can take, to help reshape the correlation between us and the natural world. So if you ever get the opportunity to participate in one of her courses, workshops or any kind of collaboration, simply soak up her passion and competence, and know, that you will be enriched!”

Katinka Igelberg - photographer, poet, writer, Sweden

“I had the pleasure and honour of participating in Cathy’s first 6-week Online Ecoliteracy course. I felt immersed in a process that was deeply informed and considered with a group that had a wealth of different experiences. I felt the learning environment was clearly held by Cathy’s inclusive, knowledgable and articulate approach alongside her collaborators. As a dance artist, I feel the course gives me clear guidance as to other areas, for example, science and ethics, that can inform how I articulate my work and its value. I now feel that I will be able to take informed action on climate and biodiversity issues in a way that relates to my values and creative practice. Thanks, Cathy!”

Siobhán Ní Dhuinnín - dance artist, Ireland

“Cathy is committed to environmental ideals and combines (unusually) a deep feeling for nature with a skilful ability to navigate contemporary digital platforms. Having viewed Cathy’s presentations on various occasions and in different forums, I have no hesitation in recommending her as an inspired and inspiring instructor. Particularly in these times when everything seems (by necessity) to be going digital, Cathy’s input is extremely important – given that, in the long term, environmental degradation is at least as concerning as the present pandemic, and may be intimately connected to it as a causal factor as well, due to (e.g.) agribusiness, factory farming, animal exploitation and, of course, deforestation. Cathy’s work offers a practical antidote to the threat posed by global warming, species extinction and the myriad other examples of humanity’s depredations on nature. I am delighted to see her work flourishing at this time when it is so greatly needed.”

Dr Paul O'Brien, Visual Culture, PhD Supervisor, NCAD, Ireland

Listen to interview with Cathy Fitzgerald about her ecoliteracy course

with writer and radio journalist Rachel Andrews, RTE Lyric FM

“Do artists have the right kinds of tools to imagine new ways of living for the earth and its inhabitants?” 

Luke Clancy, RTE Lyric FM Culture File, 11 November 2019

Rachel Andrews Lyric FM

 




PLEASE NOTE this is a pilot online course for a small group of participants. THERE WILL BE 17 PARTICIPANTS ONLY!

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