Maura Brennan

Maura Brennan Profile
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Subject(s):
Science, History, Geography
Curriculum Strands:
Story (History), Local Studies (History), Early people and ancient societies (History), Life, society, work and culture in the past (History), Eras of change and conflict (History), Politics, conflict and society (History), Continuity and change over time (History), Human environments (Geography), Natural environments (Geography), Environmental awareness and care (Geography/Science), Living things (Science), Materials (Science), Energy and forces (Science)
Counties catered for:
Carlow, Dublin, Kildare, Kilkenny, Laois, Tipperary, Waterford, Wexford, Wicklow
Classes catered for:
All Classes

Remembering our Wild Ways!

Maura Brennan is a forest school practitioner with a background in traditional craft ,environmental art and plant medicine. She has ten years experience within primary education and runs Slí na Coille Forest School since 2015, delivering environmental educational experiences to communities in the Southeast. She offers a range of very hands-on workshops that link many areas of the curriculum while discovering the natural heritage of the area and it's biodiversity.

Turning with the cycles, workshops are inspired by nature’s changing seasons. All workshops can take place outside. I believe that a sense of place and connection to our local landscapes is not just important as an educational tool but part of our individual and collective wellbeing. Whether choosing from biodiversity and gardens, willow sculptures, forest school, bushcraft, foraging or weaving all activities will be framed by nature stories, nature connection activities and connected largely to our natural and cultural heritage

I believe that learning in nature brings a playful and effective enrichment to the curriculum. I believe that learning should be active, embodied and child-led . I am passionate about building connection to ourselves and each other and I believe that we do this through building connection with nature and place. I am also passionate about learning and teaching ancient skills, remembering ancient traditions, stories and rituals to enliven our living cultures.

All visits will be inspired by the local heritage and interests of the school and adapted to meet the age, needs and interests of any class group.

Possible Activities :

  • Traditional Crafts:Weaving and Spinning and natural dyes : Create ancient looms, drop spindles spin wool and dye with plants from the school garden.
  • Creating biodiversity and play areas: willow sculptures, tree nurseries, seed saving, school gardens.
  • Forest School: Exploring the biodiversity of local natural heritage sites woodlands through active learning, nature games, woodland craft, bushcraft.
  • Traditional Ethnobotany skills and Story: Learn a range of seasonal ethnobotany skills for example fish skin tanning, nettle cordage making, foraging and plant Identification. Learn to identify and survey plants in the school/local environment or explore the food and medicine uses of plants and learn about traditional ‘cures’.

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Additional Information

  • Caters for Special Needs
  • Provides practical/ hands-on activities
  • Provides field trips
  • Offers visits as Gaeilge

Contact Details

Phone (Work):
0863104008
Mobile:
0863104008
Email:
kilkennyforestschool@gmail.com