Week 1: Cork City, Ireland
I’ve come to Cork, Ireland for 6 weeks to work with the Crawford School of Art and Design, the MTU academics and a variety of Master’s students to learn and discuss how self care can be a creative practice. Teaching Well-being pedagogy, resilience theory and meditation and mindfulness practices we are exploring the art of being whole, and present. And, investigating rejuvenation, relaxation and replenishing teaching practices and self care commitments. What a beautiful community and city! So peaceful here ( and I love the rain). Everyone I’ve met is friendly and grateful for the “art of the pause” that can allow learning and unlearning. I am working with 30 faculty members and staff, and have 4 small groups that meet weekly, a weekly open meditation practice and a variety of class lectures across the schools and programs. I’m even going to give a careers talk for graduating MA students. Feeling very at home.
Each morning I walk the labyrinth at Saint Fin Barre’s Cathedral
Feeling honored to be here on a Fulbright, to offer these ideas and practices that I’ve been learning and sharing, absorbing and being changed by.. for almost 40 years. Am so grateful to Louise Foott, Head of department of Arts and Health Education at MTU Cork. Between us we came up with this project, and she has worked tirelessly to bring me here. And in-between the coffees, visits to the English Market, the teaching and meetings this first week of the project, I walk along the river feeling “grand”.
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