Learn from landscapes in the Burren this March

Learn from landscapes in the Burren this March


Photo: © Pat Flynn 2018

The 8th year of the Burrenbeo Trust Learning Landscape Symposium which will be held in and around Kinvara, Co. Galway from the 8th-10th March is shaping up to be the best year yet.

With workshops, speakers and fieldtrips covering a broad range of backgrounds and interests, the event is sure to have something for anyone interested in place, education, conservation and community.

The Symposium is focused on place-based learning which is learning in, about and for place and is a key component of the work of event coordinators Burrenbeo Trust. Burrenbeo Trust work to connect everyone to their places and their role in caring for them. Over the weekend, more than 100 delegates and facilitators will gather to develop and share knowledge in this field of learning and growth.

The diverse programme encompasses themes such as storytelling, team building, play, deep ecology, climate change and communities. Confirmed speakers so far include place academic Mary Corcoran, journalist Paddy Woodworth and Tomás Ó Ruairc of the Teaching Council and Neil Jackman and Rόisín Burke of Abarta Heritage.

With over 20 talks and interactive workshop sessions, the Learning Landscape Symposium 2019 will have something for everyone involved or interested in environmental and community engagement, developing skills and providing tools for place-based learning in any locality.

The event comprises a combination of keynote lectures and themed workshops in venues around the lovely village of Kinvara, with site-based workshops out in the stunning Burren landscape. This inspiring event is open to everyone, but booking in advance is essential. Further details onwww.burrenbeo.com.

Chief Reporter Pat Flynn has worked as a journalist for almost 30 years. His career began during the late 1980s when, like many aspiring radio presenters of the time, he worked for local pirate radio stations in Clare and Limerick. Pat joined Clare FM in 1990 where he worked as researcher initially and later presented several different programmes including the station's flagship current affairs programme. He was also the station's News Editor and Deputy Controller of Programmes. Despite leaving in 2003 to pursue a career as a freelance journalist, he continues to work with the station to this day. As well as being the Clare Herald’s Chief Reporter Pat is also freelance journalist and broadcaster, contributing to Ireland’s national newspapers and is a regular contributor to national broadcasters.