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...

Introducing the pilot Essential Ecoliteracy online course with Cathy Fitzgerald PhD

In this supportive, SELF-PACED in-depth online course – you can learn from home in your own time, over a 6-week period.

Each week you will have access to video lessons, resources and opportunities to connect with fellow participants and cover the essential aspects of ecological knowledge – ecoliteracy. You can also connect with myself and others in a small weekly online Live Group Meeting or take advantage of mentoring/coaching during the course. From this course, you will gain confidence and competence for this urgent new topic that is rarely available in contemporary art education, art teacher or curator training or in art administration courses.

Instructor(s)

dr cathy fitzgerald

ecological artist | educator | researcher

is an eco-social artist-researcher and former scientist. Born in Aotearoa New Zealand she has lived since the mid90s in Ireland, the home of her ancestors. Her experience makes her uniquely placed to guide other creative people toward the most urgent topic in contemporary art today–how can we effectively employ creativity–to inspire societal change in our audiences for the better world we know is possible. She founded Haumea Ecoliteracy Services for the Arts in January 2019. See more at www.haumea.ie --- Learn with Cathy to understand why ecoliteracy can help you navigate confusing environmental philosophy, science and ethics, so you too can employ creativity confidently to respond to the eco-social issues that matter to you. With such a passionate guide, you will gain deep insight as to what knowledge, supports, skills and aptitude are needed to develop inclusive ecological art practices that can inspire lasting healing change for you, your place and community.

dr nikos patedakis

US philosopher, mentor, artist and student of horses

For the Essential Ecoliteracy Course, philosopher Dr Nikos Patedakis joins Cathy Fitzgerald to co-host the weekly LIVE online Group Meetings. Nikos also shares his extensive knowledge of the world's wisdom traditions, recent neurological research and advances in compassion practices that can enable us to face these urgent times without despair. In July 2020, Nikos is offering a new in-depth 7-week Haumea Online Course with mentoring/coaching.

 “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.

Listen to interview with Cathy Fitzgerald about her ecoliteracy course with writer and radio journalist Rachel Andrews, RTE Lyric FM.  


Read more about Cathy's ongoing eco-social art practice, The Hollywood Forest story here

 

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...

In 6 modules, Cathy Fitzgerald Ph.D., 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

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

Cathy's eco-social art practice, teaching, research and values are inspired by: