- Science, History, Geography
- Curriculum Strands:
- Local Studies (History), Life, society, work and culture in the past (History), Continuity and change over time (History), Human environments (Geography), Environmental awareness and care (Geography/Science), Materials (Science)
- Counties catered for:
- Donegal, Leitrim, Mayo, Roscommon, Sligo
- Classes catered for:
- All Classes
Féile Butler is an architect specialising in natural building and conservation. She is passionate about Ireland’s vernacular architecture and believes that our environment provides the materials we need to shelter ourselves from our climate. In fact, she designed her own earthen home to prove that we can use local, natural, climate-appropriate, environmentally-friendly materials to build comfortable, contemporary houses. The house was runner-up in RTE’s Home of the Year 2015.
Since 2012, she has been running natural building workshops with her husband, Colin, as Mud and Wood. She has been an executive member of Earth Building UK and Ireland since 2014 and is responsible for organising a number of national earth building events. Féile’s workshops are all tailor-made. The main element is hands-on, building or sculpting with earth. Projects can be small and individual to each student or can involve large-scale, collaborative work, depending on the length and number of workshops. A wide range of earth building techniques can be covered, such as mudwall (cob), earth mortars and stone, wattle and daub and mud sculpting. Ideally, the workshops have the most impact when the earth can be dug out on site by the students. Talk to Féile if this is not an option.
Féile can provide a background on our rich, but hidden, earth-built heritage through posters and slideshows. She also has an interactive kit of 10 scientific experiments that look at how earth works as a building material on a much more in-depth level. This can be geared towards all age groups. It takes about an hour to run through it and audience participation is encouraged.
Wellies and old clothes are advised for the hands-on workshops. Students will get mucky … very mucky!
"It was a fantastic day. We all thoroughly enjoyed the day. Féile put a huge amount of preparation, thought, planning and work into the day. It was so educational and enjoyable. The pupils were actively involved throughout the whole day- which they loved.They all said they had a great day. I will definitely recommend this to other teachers. Thank you so much for this great opportunity. Thanks Féile!"
- Provides practical/ hands-on activities
- Provides field trips
- Offers visits as Gaeilge