Heart Connections and Traditional Wisdom

Educators, learn how CERES approaches learning through HEAD, HEART and HANDS, and how traditional wisdom and nature connection can engage learners of all ages.


Workshop details

This one-day workshop is part of our Environmental Education – Inspire Change series.

The workshop will run on the following date in 2023:

Fri 14th Jul
10am – 4pm

Concession available

Through a mix of theory, demonstrations, hands-on and design activities teachers and educators attending the workshop will learn how to engage learners and the community and inspire change.

This session delves into how we at CERES approach learning programs and behaviour change, and explores our programs in traditional and Indigenous wisdom.

Topics covered on the day include:

Part A – Connecting, sharing knowledge and building skills

  • CERES School of Nature and Climate approach to learning
  • HEAD – Sharing knowledge
  • HEART – Connecting to the learner’s passion, drive, and values
  • HAND – Linking learning to impactful actions and skills
  • Our learning innovation strategy
  • Designing with intent and for impact
  • Strategic narratives and evaluating for success

Part B – Learning from traditional knowledge

  • How we teach Indigenous perspectives at CERES
  • Respecting and acknowledging Country
  • Getting permission and how to use Indigenous content
  • Nature connection and Indigenous values
Lorna Pettifer – Learning Innovation Director (CERES School of Nature and Climate)

Lorna Pettifer has been working in environmental education and presenting to community groups on sustainability for many years. At CERES Lorna passionately directs CERES School of Nature and Climate. She is dedicated deepening our response to the ecological and climate crisis through CERES learning experiences. Her background in sustainability stems from ecology and zoology and has broadened to community engagement, environmental management, behaviour change and farm and food programs. Lorna has worked with community groups, schools, organisations, households and individuals. As an environmental advocate she has worked in National Parks, Environmental Consultancies, Universities, NGOs and Wildlife reserves as a conservationist, educator, tour guide, bush regenerator, GIS Consultant, environmental modeler and researcher. Lorna proudly received the Environmental Educator of the Year for Victoria in 2018 and the Australian Environmental Educator of the Year in 2019.

Subki Baso – Cultural Education Coordinator and Educator

Subik graduated with a Bachelor of Agriculture where he learned about the application of Green Revolution methods on farming practices in Indonesia. Soon after graduation, Subik was asked to be involved in a composting project funded by the Canadian Government. It was a program that looked into a potential natural fertiliser in the farming industry, as well as the production and the trial of the product in several areas in Makassar, South Sulawesi. This involvement led Subik to a very different path from what he learned in university. Subik then worked for a research company Operation Wallacea (Opwall) based in the UK before moving to Australia. Living in Australia enhanced Subik’s passion for the environment by working in a native nursery, as well as helping several friends to re-vegetate a depleted property into a beautiful native garden. Working at CERES gives Subik a great chance to learn in the broader context of the environment and social justice whilst continuing his passion, which is gardening.

What will I learn?

  • How to share knowledge, skills, and actions
  • How to connect to learner’s hearts and create change
  • How to respectfully use Indigenous wisdom in program development
  • How CERES approaches teaching Indigenous perspectives

What will I take away?

  • Access to online resources and program strategy ideas
  • Inspiration to teach others
  • Confidence in how to engage audiences

What should I bring?

  • Notepad and writing materials

What should I wear?

  • Dress for the weather, sturdy shoes for exploring the outdoors

Is this workshop appropriate for me?

  • Suits beginners through to those with advanced levels of understanding in education and environmental studies

Anything else I should know?

  • This workshop is part of the CERES Environmental Education Course. It is designed for participants to enrol in one-day workshops (professional learning days) or the full eight-week course. It allows us to cater for and share the content with people that are interested in specific topics.

Terms and Conditions

Our booking and refund policies, concession pricing information, FAQs, as well as other general terms and conditions can be viewed here.

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