Mentoring – Coaching
Please note with my increased teaching work, I suggest people interested in being mentored by me either do my Essential Ecoliteracy Workshop or Online 6-Week Essential Ecoliteracy Course first.
One-to-one ecoliteracy learning
Develop your creative practice with access to my knowledge and expertise in ecoliteracy. Mentoring or coaching, is an effective way of customising professional development to accelerate your creative practice needs. It has been defined “a partnership between a more experienced and less experienced practitioner” and it can mean that you advance more quickly with this topic.
A mentor focusses on an individual’s (mentee’s) work to assist their career progress and confidence. Through dialogue, a mentor can assess conceptual aspects, new knowledge from other fields to advance your creative practice or creative research.
How does it work?
Unless you live close to where I live, I offer bespoke remote mentoring online. When its convenient for you, I will host a series of hour-long, one-to-one sessions on Zoom (these sessions can be recorded for you) or Skype.
Who is mentoring for?
Mentoring is most useful for emergent and mid-career creative workers, art managers or art researchers who have developed a body of creative work and are self-motivated and keen to new absorb new ideas, concepts and practices.
Who have I helped?
I have helped creative workers (artists, musicians, art researchers, curators and others) who are developing projects with ecological themes or concerns. I have a broad and deep knowledge of the art and ecology field from my ongoing ecological art practice (as I shared in the US Minding Nature journal, 2019) and doctoral eco-social art practice research. See my testimonials here.
What can I cover?
I can tailor specific art and ecology knowledge, knowledge about the challenges and rewards of ecological art practice, introduce you to environmental philosophy, help you navigate environmental science with ease (I worked in research science for a decade), and help connect you to other resources to enhance the effectiveness and credibility of your creative activities, curating, research or cultural policy work aims. If you live in Ireland, I can alert you to possible funding opportunities.
Why is mentoring – coaching costly?
Before mentoring individuals, and to save you money, I advise people to either do my online essential ecoliteracy course or live workshop first.
One-to-one mentoring is more costly than doing a workshop or online course as in a group situation.
Mentoring is also time-consuming for me, as I spend effort to engage deeply with someone else’s creative practice.
When I look at your creative practice, its not just about the hour(s) I spend talking with you to get to know your practice and your key concerns. My brain gets hooked on thinking about your practice for you, and bringing the most relevant ecoliteracy knowledge to you to consider and explore. So I spend more time than you would imagine when I mentor someone.
My mentoring you, which I really enjoy, also means I have less time for my own creative practice and other teaching work. So the higher price reflects these aspects of having individual access to my expertise and time.
Example of my mentoring: with composer/musician Carole Nelson
Informal video interview with composer, musician Carole Nelson who was mentored recently by Cathy Fitzgerald
Recorded February 2020
Cathy Fitzgerald and composer, jazz musician Carole Nelson reflect on Cathy’s ecoliteracy mentoring and how it helped Carole in the development of her new jazz trio album ‘Arboreal‘ (2020).
More information on Carole’s stunning work here
‘Arboreal is music to immerse oneself in – lyrical, open-hearted and grounded in a spirit that refuses to give up hope. ‘
Arboreal is now available as hard copy CD from Tower Records, Dublin and CDBaby.com.
Downloads and streaming from Spotify, iTtunes and Amazon.
An earlier post about the initial time, when I first started working with Carole in late 2018, can be read and listened to here