Catherine Barron: visual artist, creativity researcher, educator, Co. Waterford, Ireland

I did not know exactly what I was looking for when I signed on to Cathy Fitzgerald’s ecoliteracy for the arts course. I was stalled in my own project, and felt that what I was missing might be found here. You don’t know what you don’t know, and the scope and depth of this course for me had profound effect and consequence. I got what I was after and some more besides. This course encompasses many complex concepts. You will be challenged and invited to go deep with your own understanding and your own feelings. Cathy has a wealth of expertise that spans ecology, science, art and along with philosopher Dr. Nikos Patedakis, I was afforded one on one attention to deal with interests particular to me and my practice.

It was a great privilege also, to share this journey with a stimulating group of people who contributed uniquely to this learning experience, as we were all tasked to apply the course material specifically to our own work.

Six months later, I am still wading through fascinating suggested reading materials. That’s the important thing for me, nothing ended. This course is about access, about opening a door, about enabling and awakening, about the sharing of knowledge and a passion for life and for the living, about care, compassion and willingness to engage, about carrying something of vital importance forward into the work and into the world.

I am very grateful to Cathy and to Nikos, for their passion, generosity and skill, for all I have learned and continue to learn. For anyone reading this and thinking about doing this course…book it now.