Haumea Ecoversity Courses Bursary

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Haumea Ecoversity Courses Bursary – Round 2


Kilkenny Arts Office is delighted to announce that we are offering Kilkenny based artists and cultural professionals a Bursary Award to study with the Haumea Ecoversity. There are two separate courses to avail of; Essential Ecoliteracy or the Earth Charter vision and values course. The courses are online over 7 weeks. Both courses are for mid-career creatives and cultural Professionals, are self-paced and for all art forms.


The bursary supports professionals to attend one of the online courses.


There are two separate courses to avail of:

  • Essential Ecoliteracy Course
  • Earth Charter – Vision and Values For A Better World Course


How the courses are delivered?

Each week participants will have access to video lessons in online modules that can be engaged independently. There will be weekly group meetings via Zoom for valuable peer learning and networking with other creative workers across the world.


Who are these courses for?

We can cater to committed self-taught creatives, recent graduates to established creatives and doctoral-level creative researchers, art educators, curators, art directors and cultural policymakers. Cathy Fitzgerald runs the course with Californian-based philosopher, mentor and podcaster, Dr Nikos Patedakis.


Please Note these courses are NOT for experienced ecological art practitioners who will already be familiar with introductory course material. These courses are also not about making an environmental-themed artwork, NOR do they review others’ ecoart work in depth. Instead, the primary focus is to offer you accessible context, knowledge, language, vision and values  resources to enable you to confidently frame and communicate your creative or education work in a ecological context that is relevant to your situation and place.


Course Details:

Essential Ecoliteracy Course
Meeting Weekly Tuesdays, course opens 24th October, meeting online weekly for 7 weeks from 24 Oct – 12 Dec 2023 | 7 pm Irish / UK time

Get The Big Picture Overview

Informed creativity has important social power to inspire others to embrace a more beautiful, just and sustainable culture. However ecoliteracy – ecological understanding – of the immense cultural shift we need to advance a better world, is a big topic! In this course, you will learn why ecoliteracy and philosophy can assist creative practitioners and professionals in developing impactful: creative practices, exhibitions, events, community art programmes, art courses, or help you develop insightful cultural leadership for these urgent times. Discover insights from leading voices in philosophy and ethics, ecopsychology, environmental science, economics and activism, ecological art practice, and from the world’s wisdom traditions. You will also be introduced to nourishing practices for personal and planetary wellbeing.

Position Your Work

Become fluent with an ecological worldview, language, concepts, frameworks and practices that are vital to communicate and advance a life-sustaining culture.  Such understanding will be valuable if you or your cultural institution wish to secure funding for creative aesthetic and community engagement opportunities. Some past learners have been successful in gaining funding for ecological creative endeavours.


Earth Charter – Vision and Values For A Better World Course
Meeting Weekly Wednesdays course opens 17 January, meeting online weekly for 7 weeks from 17 Jan – 6 March 2024 | 7 pm Irish / UK time

Join Cathy Fitzgerald with philosopher Nikos Patedakis to understand why the accessible and holistic values of the peoples and UNESCO-endorsed Earth Charter are crucial to help us begin conversations of what matters most for a more just, equitable and sustainable world.

Through exploring the Earth Charter and the Childrens’ Little Earth Charter, become fluent in more expansive values and the shift globally toward Education for Sustainable Development (ESD). Values education is now seen as fundamental to guide: individuals’ creative work, teaching, curating; cultural institutions’ sustainability communications, programming or education outreach; to foster inclusive community dialogue for ecosystem restoration endeavours; and to deepen sustainability and social justice understanding for those working in science, law, industry, politics, faith communities or business.

Building on the popular ‘Values module’ of the Ecoliteracy course, learn with Cathy Fitzgerald and Nikos Patedakis about why the holistic ecosocial values of the Earth Charter, advanced by peoples’ from diverse cultures from across Earth since 2000, is an inspiring ethical moral compass to guide and communicate our actions toward a thriving, more just and peaceful world.


For more information on the Haumea Ecoversity visit: www.haumea.ie



Join Cathy Fitzgerald from Haumea Ecoversity, online on Tuesday 26th September, 7pm, for an overview of the Haumea Ecoversity courses, eligibility and bursary application process. We strongly encourage anyone interested in applying for the Bursary to register for the webinar.

To register for the webinar, please email Diane Seale: diane.seale@kilkennycoco.ie


How to apply:

Send your C.V. (max 2 pages) & completed application form to: Diane Seale, Kilkenny Arts Office – diane.seale@kilkennycoco.ie


Application Form:

Further details and application form can be downloaded at this link:

Application Form and Guidelines – Haumea Ecoversity Course Bursary


Deadline for Applications:

Thursday 5th October 2023 at 4pm


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