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POSTPONED: Autumn Gathering

21/22 April 2018,
Brigit’s Garden, Galway

Dear members,
We are delighted to let you know that we have set the weekend of  21/22 April 2018 in Brigit’s Garden, Galway for the postponed IFSA Gathering.
So put it in your diaries!
We will run the postponed programme on Saturday 21st, along with some additional workshops and on  Sunday 22nd  we will have our AGM and more workshops!
For those of you who paid and signed up for the Autumn Gathering, you are fully registered and paid for the forthcoming event.
Bookings will open in the New Year for everyone else.
The ACORN plan to issue a newsletter for members before Christmas to update you on our activities since we last met. This will include an update on Garda vetting, charitable status for the IFSA, updates on training, insurance and on our vision statement. We are also in the early stages of putting together a map of active Forest Schools practitioners in Ireland.
We would encourage all members to become part of our Facebook group and to keep an eye on the website and the Facebook page for news!

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Membership of the IFSA

Membership of the IFSA is open to everyone interested in developing quality Forest School in Ireland. Membership is renewed annually in May as a part of the annual conference subscription.


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Supporting the development of forest school learning across Ireland 

The Irish Forest School Association was founded in 2016 to support the development of Forest School learning in Ireland. Our members comprise practitioners (that is trained Forest School leaders), researchers, teachers, early years’ practitioners, and organisations and individuals interested in innovation, creativity, education, play, science, environmental awareness and care, and the outdoors. Our mission is to support the development of quality Forest Schools in a diverse range of settings in Ireland. Our current model of practice draws much from the UK Forest School Association (FSA) model.