Instructor(s)

dr cathy fitzgerald

ecological artist | educator | researcher

is an ecosocial (ecological) artist-researcher and former scientist. Born in Aotearoa New Zealand she has lived since the mid-90s 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 communities–for the better world we know is possible. She founded Haumea Ecoliteracy Services for the Arts in January 2019. ______ 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. _________________ Cathy has received international recognition for her ecological art practice – 'The Hollywood Forest Story' (since 2008): In the 2019 (Fall) US 'Minding Nature' journal, the 2020 Routledge Handbook of Placemaking: research, theory and practice, (ed. Cara Courage); in the 2020 Routledge 'Creative Engagement in Ecologies of Place: Geopoetics, Deep Mapping and Slow Residencies' (Modeen and Biggs) and in the forthcoming January 2021 New Village Press book produced by members of the longest running international ecoart network since 1999 –'Ecoart in Action: Activities, Case Studies and Provocations for Classrooms and Communities'.

dr nikos patedakis

US philosopher, mentor, artist and student of horses

For the Essential Ecoliteracy Course, philosopher Dr Nikos Patedakis (based in California) joins Cathy Fitzgerald to co-host the weekly LIVE online Group Meetings. ___________ Nikos Patedakis is a philosopher whose work arises at the intersection of Nature and Culture—the sciences, the arts, and the wisdom traditions (particularly the traditions of the Ancient Greek, Roman, and Hellenic periods, Eastern philosophy, and indigenous traditions). _____________ His research encompasses the traditional areas of ethics, epistemology, aesthetics, ontology, and metaphysics, but remains rooted in the ancient Western orientation of philosophy as a way of life, in which philosophy is seen as fundamental to the healthy transformation of self and society. This is the tradition of Western philosophy that influenced Gandhi and Martin Luther King, Jr. Patedakis sees art as having a special relationship with philosophy. Both philosophy and art seek to see the world with fresh eyes and an awakened heart, and they seek to offer this insight and inspiration to the culture at large, for the benefit of all citizens and the broader community of life. We all seek to direct our lives and our culture on the basis of wisdom, rather than ignorance. Art allows us access to wisdom—but only when art is itself informed with skillful philosophical vision. ________________ Learn more about Nikos and his work at www.wisdomloveandbeauty.org