Haumea Ecoversity Spring 2023 – Ecoliteracy and Earth Charter courses

Early bird discount for these popular courses until 31 March 2023.

Cathy Fitzgerald and Nikos Patedakis - cohosts of the Haumea podcast on ecoliteracy and culture

Led by ecological (ecosocial) artist Dr. Cathy Fitzgerald (Ireland) along with eco philosopher Dr. Nikos Patedakis (California), you will learn why ecoliteracy and ecophilosophy can assist arts practitioners and professionals in developing impactful: creative practices, exhibitions, events, community art programs, art courses, or help you develop insightful cultural leadership for these urgent times.

Each week participants will have access to video lessons for engaged self-paced learning. There will be weekly group meetings via Zoom for valuable peer learning and networking with other creative workers across the world.

The state of the planet is a challenging and confronting area where I can often feel overwhelmed. With the Haumea Ecoversity courses, Cathy and Nikos provided a balance of information, care and inspiration to those who are finding ways to move their work into this area. The breadth of the course was truly stimulating; science, philosophy, art and spirituality all played a part in the multidimensional approach. This made it much easier to find places where I can use my skills.
There is a lot to absorb and I will be following up with generous suggestions for reading, films and sites to explore. I know this is going to have a long-lasting effect on my practice in the future.

Mary Webster, educator and maker, compassion curricula, Netherlands 5 Dec 2022.


Ecoliteracy is a big topic! It encompasses ecologically expansive understanding and integrated environmental and social values, not currently prioritised in the creative sector, but which are needed to help modern society shift toward sustainable and equitable living. Informed creativity has immense social power to inspire others to embrace a more beautiful, just and sustainable culture.

Position your work at the forefront of this crucial, urgent cultural shift.

The benefits of joining the Haumea Ecoversity courses:

  • will help you become fluent with the ecological mind-shift, language, concepts, frameworks and practices–vital to communicate and advancing a life-sustaining culture. Ecofluency is increasingly important if you or your cultural institution wish to secure funding for creative aesthetic and community engagement opportunities.
  • will help you understand clearly how the dominant culture has historically misperceived our place on Earth and contributed to this unprecedented cultural crisis–and correspondingly, we learn why informed ecocultural activity is crucial for global sustainable cultural renewal.
  • you will know why modern society’s future lies in an expansive, inclusive planetary worldview, where all understand Earth’s inhabitants flourishing is ultimately connected with healthy environments and intergenerational social justice
  • you will more skillfully collaborate and co-create with others not in the art world (scientists, environmental experts, teachers and local knowledge holders) in the shift to collective transformative learning, and most importantly, you
  • know how Earth-aligned creative activity can help us live well with the wider community of life.
  • join a supportive community of creatives and other cultural workers engaging in this new area

We offer a fee scale to accommodate people’s situations.

The sustaining rate for our business is €279,

and a reduced rate of €189 is available for unwaged – low waged learners.

An Early Bird discount is available until 31 March 2023.

If you are being sponsored for this course for Continuing Professional Development (CPD), the rate is our sustaining rate at €279. (You may wish to follow other learners who included this course fee in their funding applications to County Arts Offices or national arts organisations).

Please email Cathy if you require advice on which of the two courses is best for you

Hello! Kia Ora! My name
is Cathy Fitzgerald.
I’m a New
Zealander, living in rural
Ireland, the home of my ancestors, these past 25 years. Since 2019, I have offered ecoliteracy training to 250+ creative professionals in Ireland and internationally.

“In these urgent times, I’m passionate
about bringing ecoliteracy including
new ecological thinking, values,
language and head-heart-body
practices in empowering
transformative learning
to the creative and wider cultural
sector. Creative and cultural sector
professionals have a crucial
leadership role if informed and
supported. They can employ their
social inclusivity and creativity skills
to inspire diverse communities to
envision and embrace new
understandings, values and actions
for a more beautiful and just world.

Dr Cathy Fitzgerald, PhD:  ecological artist for the ongoing Hollywood Forest Story (begun 2008), | Accredited 
ESD Earth Charter educator | researcher | advisor & mentor. In 2022, Cathy was nominated as Earth Charter Focal Point Communicator by Earth Charter International.

Dr Cathy Fitzgerald

Ecological artist for the ongoing Hollywood Forest Story (begun 2008), Advisor for Creative Drummin Carlow Bog project, Accredited ESD* Earth Charter educator | researcher | advisor & mentor.

In 2022, Cathy was nominated by Earth Charter International, UNESCO Chair for ESD as Earth Charter Focal Point Communicator for Ireland.

*ESD is the UN-mandated shift in global formal and lifelong learning toward Education for Sustainable Development

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