bgen Conference 2017 Proceedings – Day 3

Friday 10th November 2017

Workshop Session 3

Muck and Magic: learning through natural science

Dale Treadwell, Naturally Wild

The science of Flow Learning, interactive workshop examining the natural flow of learning from one of Ireland’s most enthusiastic environmental facilitators.

Dale Treadwell is an Australian expat who has been living in Ireland for nearly 20 years, after a career in Australia developing education projects for the Australian Trust for Conservation Volunteers and the Ku-ring-gai Wildflower Gardens. Dale has worked at Dublin Zoo, for RTE Television, the BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition, RDS Primary Science Fair, DCU Centre for Gifted Youth, CRANN (People for Trees), and at Bloom Garden Show. His latest science adventure is ‘Dino’s Down Under’.

www.naturallywild.ie

Using creative writing to reach new audiences

Caoimhe Creed, Dublin Castle

Caoimhe Creed will demonstrate how you can introduce creative writing workshops inspired by your site. In this practical and fun session, Caoimhe will lead us through the process of crafting a story inspired by the National Botanic Gardens of Ireland. Caoimhe is a Guide and Information Officer at Dublin Castle, a historical property managed by the Office of Public Works. She has been organising writing workshops at the Castle for the past two years. Through this programme, Dublin Castle has added a very successful literary element to its education programme.

The Castle has become the regular meeting place for a group of young writers as well as a platform for them to present their work, giving public readings and sharing them across the site’s social media. The students that participated in the initial Dublin Castle workshop returned and eventually developed into a regular writing group. The writers meet on a regular basis and a key element is sharing and critique. This writing project can be applied to a variety of sites, each with their own unique stories and focal points. Nature and plants are evocative and have inspired much literature. In this session Caoimhe will show you how to introduce similar programmes to your site.

Caoimhe Creed is a tour guide and information officer in Dublin Castle, where she runs a young writers group and creative writing workshops. She also volunteers with Fighting Words, an organisation that runs creative writing workshops year-round. The Dublin Castle writing group was organised in association with Fighting Words.

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Growing for good: reaching new audiences at RHS Garden Wisley

Ian Thomson and Kate Orchard, Royal Horticultural Society

(As workshop session 2, Day 2)

Place based learning

Áine Bird, Burrenbeo Trust

The Burrenbeo Trust is a charity founded in 2008, dedicated to connecting all of us to our places and our role in caring for them. Through education, information provision, active conservation, research and advocacy, Burrenbeo engage with local communities to generate a sense of informed pride in heritage and landscape. This presentation will give an overview of Burrenbeo’s community stewardship, place-based and community-based approach and outline how participants can apply this approach in their own setting.

Áine Bird is Education and Communications Officer for Burrenbeo Trust, responsible for coordinating 10-week heritage programmes for primary schools and secondary schools in the Burren. She recently completed a Masters in Education focused on the potential for place-based learning in Irish formal education. Prior to Burrenbeo, she was an Education Officer in Glenveagh National Park. She is a member of the national Heritage in Schools panel.

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Burrenbeo website: www.burrenbeo.com

Workshop Session 4

How musical play enhances learning and wellbeing

Stuart Wood MBE, Guildhall School of Music and Drama / Wellcome Trust

This session works from the natural organic materials that make up world percussion instruments. Using a variety of hand instruments, we will explore the histories and journeys both botanical and musical that these objects inspire. The session will offer audio resources on musical approaches and perspectives from Arts & Health that illuminate the relationship between the natural world and musical play, and opportunities will be made for delegates to design site specific experiences for new audiences.

Stuart Wood is a Wellcome funded researcher in medical humanities, hosted by the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. He has over 18 years’ experience as a music therapist in a wide variety of settings, and a growing track record of doctoral supervision, research methods teaching and music therapy theory input. Stuart presents frequently in national and international contexts, on music therapy and aspects of medical humanities, including the healthy environment and community engagement. His research interests focus on aesthetics of care, using innovative methods from musicology and drama to explore everyday life situations in care homes. He has a creative and innovative approach to providing music therapy within healthcare, education and social care, and provides a wide range of music therapy and Arts in Health services, including music therapy, consultancy, expert reports, supervision and corporate masterclasses / workshops. Previously this has included using gardening as a therapy intervention (Winner of the Barchester In Bloom Resident Project Category) and judging care home sensory gardens for the Barchester In Bloom awards. In 2017 he was awarded an MBE for his services to music therapy and care.

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Muck and Magic: learning through natural science

Dale Treadwell, Naturally Wild
As above (workshop session 3)

Using creative writing to reach new audiences

Caoimhe Creed, Dublin Castle
As above (workshop session 3)