Haumea makes 🌍ecoliteracy accessible and transformative for all creative professionals

In its second year, Haumea Online offers comprehensive ecoliteracy and ecophilosophy courses.

Creative professionals from Ireland, England, Scotland, Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Germany, Aotearoa New Zealand, the US, United Arab Emirates and China have taken our courses, see our testimonials below. Ecoliteracy is important for all creative fields: we have had visual artists, poets, writers, storytellers, body/dance artists, musicians, community artists, festival organisers, curators, art educators, MA and doctoral creative practice and humanities' researchers join us. As you can imagine this diverse creative community, makes our courses very supportive and inspiring.

as featured on Lyric FM
Cathy's ecological art forest practice was featured in Irish Times in 2020
Cathy was interviewed about 'Why Ecoliteracy Matters for the Creative sector', with Megan Best, Green Room Dublin City FM

Creating for a better, more just and beautiful world is urgent and rewarding

Ecological artist Dr Cathy Fitzgerald's innovative and popular 'Essential Ecoliteracy course for Creatives and Art Professionals' is being offered again in 2021. Ecoliteracy and ecophilosphy can help you or your organisation develop impactful creative practices, exhibitions, events, community art programmes, insightful cultural leadership policy for these urgent times. Ecoliteracy is increasingly valuable for communicating ecosocial values fluently and clearly: As a Creative, working in any creative field, you can more confidently present your work and secure funding for ecosocial opportunities that are becoming central to the creative sector and broader society. As an Arts Professional, you can best design policy, strategy and programmes to align and assist others in the creative sector towards care, compassion and life-sustaining activities imperative of a necessary ecological era.

  • COMPLETED: HAUMEA NEW PILOT COURSE - EMBRACING ECOSOCIAL VALUES WITH THE EARTH CHARTER, begins APRIL 21 until JUN. 11, 2021

    with ecological artist, ecoliteracy educator cathy fitzgerald, phd., and co-hostphilosopher nikos patedakis, phd

    Guided, self-paced learning for Creatives, Educators, Scientists, Faith and Cultural participants. More details below. MAX. 20 participants. FULLY BOOKED

  • COMPLETED: HAUMEA ONLINE ECOLITERACY 7-WEEK COURSE, begins APRIL 21 until JUNE 16, 2021

    with ecological artist cathy fitzgerald, phd and co-host nikos patedakis, phd.

    Guided, self-paced learning for Creatives and Art Professionals. WEEKLY CLASS MEETINGS WEDNESDAYS 7 PM IRISH /UK time. More details below. Max. 20 participants. FULLY BOOKED

  • COMPLETED: HAUMEA ONLINE ECOLITERACY 7-WEEK COURSE, began 10 Mar. until 4 May 2021, FULLY BOOKED

    with ecological artist cathy fitzgerald, phd and co-host nikos patedakis, phd.

    Guided, self-paced learning for Creatives and Art Professionals. More details below. Max. 20 participants.

Coming Autumn 2021 - Creativity as an Act of Love: Cultivating the Mind of Beauty

Art as a path to eco-sensual awareness, spiritual insight, and the mutual healing of self and world–with philosopher Nikos Patedakis, Ph.D

Nikos talks about this course here:

"The 'Creativity as an Act of Love' course with Nikos shares similar challenges, joy, intimacy and honesty to the Haumea Ecoliteracy course. It also helped me reframe my own philosophy, not only in facing the Ecologic and biodiversity challenges ahead but with deeper explorations into compassion, dangerous philosophies and a range of practical tools. Nikos' depth of knowledge, patience and humour has created another valuable path for exploration. Its a path that offers a lifetime of discovery yet with immediate and measurable benefits.'

Tom Duffy, sculptor, musician and educator - Ireland

What people are saying about Haumea OnLine courses

“I am quite amazed at how much I loved the Haumea course. I didn’t believe that an online course could have such an impact on my life and art. I felt like I landed in ‘my tribe’…ecosocial artists engaging with creativity and climate action with compassion, kindness and commitment. I loved the weekly sessions and looked forward to going through the amazing material Cathy sent us every week. I was so impressed at how she and Nikos engaged and gave feedback. I am so impressed with Cathy’s integrity, focus and commitment to this amazing planet, with which we live. I walk the land where we live with a renewed sense of purpose. I have just finished the course and miss it. I feel that Cathy and Nikos walk the talk and have so much to share. I am very grateful for the experience.”

Lisa Fingleton: artist, filmmaker, grower, Co. Kerry, Ireland

“Cathy Fitzgerald's Ecoliteracy Course far surpassed my expectations in materials and discussions. It is a valuable course at so many levels. I’ve been a practising ecoartist for 12 years and educator for 25; despite my background, Cathy’s course was rich in knowledge that will continue to aid me in my teaching, personal studio practice, and ever-expanding community-based art & ecology stewardship. Even in grad school, I never came across eco information or had discussions this rich in content and heart.”

Krisanne Baker, water-centric ecosocial artist | educator, Maine, USA

“I found Cathy's Haumea Online Ecoliteracy course and mentoring inspiring on a number of levels. Educationally I found Cathy to be a teacher who communicates with gentleness and conviction and the topics covered are varied and interesting with access to the work of many outstanding thinkers and artists. I learnt much and became a lot more ecoliterate ( although I still have a way to go). As a visual artist, I felt I had joined a community of people, a network of artists, both in Ireland and around the world who have a common understanding, who share information and have the potential to act as a support to one another. Personally, the course led me to begin meditating on a regular basis after trying unsuccessfully for many years. One of the artists/philosophers referred to on the Ecoliteracy course wrote: “When the student is ready the teacher will appear”. I am glad that Cathy and her course appeared when they did. Thank you Cathy!”

Gillian Cussen, Visual Artist, Co. Cork, Ireland

“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, Wicklow, Ireland, 2020

“This course has brought clarity and motivation to my artistic and anthropological practice. With scientific rigour, spiritual richness, creative sparkle and sensitivity it offers a deeper appreciation of the world and all we share it with. ”

Liz Hingley – socially engaged photographer, anthropologist, curator, Newcastle, UK

“I urgently recommend the Haumea Essential Ecoliteracy course. Seven weeks of delving into current thinking and practices are held together by Cathy’s gentle committed presence with Nikos’ philosophical support. What is terrifying about the way the world is now, becomes manageable as we discover there are ways through, and this course is one of them.”

Julie Forrester, visual artist, educator Cork

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Haumea is Earth Goddess of fire and creation in the Pacific, who across voyaging and time, became the male God of harvest, in Aotearoa New Zealand. Haumea is also the first Indigenous name given to a dwarf planet discovered in our solar system in 2004. Some say the discovery of Haumea corresponds to awakening planetary ecological consciousness and a renewed interest in other non-Western cultures’ more life-sustaining world views.