Monday 9 July 2012

‘From Apathy to Empathy – Reconnecting People and Place’

‘From Apathy to Empathy – Reconnecting People and Place’
featuring leading international and national experts in place-based education
22nd-24th August 2012, The Burren
Burrenbeo Trust are delighted to announce that we are now accepting bookings for our inaugural Learning Landscape Symposium titled ‘From Apathy to Empathy – Reconnecting People and Place’. This unique event will bring together leading local, national and international thinkers and practitioners who specialise in the theme of place-based learning.  Place-based learning encourages the use of the local environment as a learning resource. It immerses individuals in local heritage, culture and landscape, encouraging them to become more aware of and engaged with their place.
With 20 talks and interactive sessions, this workshop will have something for everyone.  Leading experts from the US - David Sobel and David Orr- and the UK - Gordon MacLellan and Tony Kendle - will be joined by our own place based educators including Michael Gibbons, Katy Egan, Sean McDonagh, John Feehan, Gordon D’Arcy, Nessa Cronin, Karen Till, Patrick McCormack, Eugene Lambe and many, many more . Participants will be immersed in one of the nation’s most inspiring places and challenged to engage fully with this place and the issues that impact on it, learning lessons and techniques which can be adapted to their own place and its needs.
The Learning Landscape Workshop will feature a combination 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.  Areas that will be explored during the event include: 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? 
This event is open to everyone.  The workshop price is €150 (€125 for Trust members).  Day rates may be offered on request, however these are subject to availability.  
THERE ARE ONLY 100 PLACES AVAILABLE for this event.  Those that book first will be given priority when choosing workshops so get booking if you don’t want to be disappointed.
To book your place please fill in the attached booking form and pop it in the post or send us the necessary details by email or phone to or 091-638096.  To view the evolving programme, go to  A final programme will be circulated well in advance of the event.
Burrenbeo will be offering two full scholarships to attend this workshop (worth €150 each).  To be considered for these please send us 250 words on why you would benefit from attending this workshop, including information on your background on place based learning.  The deadline for such proposals is the 1st August.  
This workshop has been part-supported by The Heritage Council.

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