Heritage Council


From Apathy to Empathy: Reconnecting People & Place - Audio Available

'From Apathy to Empathy — Reconnecting People & Place’, a symposium with leading international and national experts in place-based education took place on 22nd-24th August, Kinvara, Co. Galway.

With support from the Heritage Council, Burrenbeo Trust was delighted to present its inaugural Learning Landscape Symposium. This unique event brought together leading 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 their place.

With 20 talks and interactive sessions, this symposium had something for everyone. Leading experts from the States, David Sobel, Gregory Traymer, and from the UK Gordon MacLellan, Jane Stoneham, and Tony Kendle were joined by Irish place based educators such as Michael Gibbons, Katy Egan,Sean McDonagh, John Feehan, Gordon D’Arcy, Cillian Roden, Nessa Cronin, Karen Till, Patrick McCormack, Eileen Hutton, Eugene Lambe, Pat Nagle and many, many more as they participated in workshops, on-site demonstrations as well as guided walks and cultural events. Participants were challenged to engage fully with place and the issues that impact on them, learning lessons and techniques which can be adapted to their own place and its needs.

Areas 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?

Feedback from organisers, speakers and attendees is now available on Sound Cloud: soundcloud.com/burrenbeotrust