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IFSA Conference & AGM 2019 – Bookings Closed

Dear friends,

Bookings are closed for  the 3rd Annual Conference and AGM of the Irish Forest School Association with the theme ‘Forest School: Rooted in Sustainability’. This will be held on the 25th & 26th of May in Fota Education Centre, Carrigtwohill, Co. Cork. We are very excited to host Keynote Speaker Sara Knight who will give an address on the topic of ‘Sustainability: Discovering the world and your strong, positive place in it through immersive experiences’, alongside a vibrant array of workshop speakers, skillshare leaders and panel contributors detailed in the Conference  Programme – 
*** Please Note ***
Sign-up for conference workshops and skillshare sessions will be done in advance this year as part of the online booking system.
Preference is allocated to attendees on a first come first served basis, so we recommend early booking to ensure you can access your first choices. We invite you to choose 2 of the 4 workshops/skillshares offerings via this process. Details of workshops and skillshares are at this link: Final Workshops and Skillshare Outlines – IFSA Conference 2019.
 

IFSA Autumn Gathering – getting closer!

Bookings are open for the  IFSA & NIFSA Joint Autumn Gathering, at Clandeboye Estate, near Bangor, Co Down,  on Saturday 6th October!

IFSA Members  €45, including lunch.
Non-Members  €70, which includes lunch and membership up to May 2019

Information about the programme and workshops can be found here. Further details will issue once you have booked.

In a slight change this year, you can book and pay directly through this link: https://irishforestschoolassociation.clr.events/

Thanks so much!

 

Thanks to everyone who came along to our Autumn Gathering on Saturday 6th October in Clandeboye.   I hope everyone got home safely and was not too tired!  We feel it was a  really  important collaboration for us to share a gathering with our  fellow movement in the North, NIFSA, and key to our development on the island of Ireland  going forward.  We look forward to continued sharing and collaboration together over the next 10 years!
Thanks to everyone for your  energetic and whole hearted participation on the day and for all the sharing we did together. We hope that you feel renewed and supported by IFSA as you develop your thinking and practice around  Forest School over the coming year.
We shall post some images of the day shortly!

Autumn Gathering 2018

Just a few days left to make your booking for the  IFSA & NIFSA Joint Autumn Gathering, at Clandeboye Estate, near Bangor, Co Down,  on Saturday 6th October!

IFSA Members is €45, including lunch.
Non-Members is €70, which includes lunch and membership up to May 2019

Information about the programme and workshops can be found here. Further details will issue once you have booked.

In a slight change this year, you can book and pay directly through this link: https://irishforestschoolassociation.clr.events/

Any queries regarding membership can be directed to Mirjam at membership@irishforestschoolassociation.ie . Remember if you did not attend our AGM in May in Brigit’s Garden, your membership may have lapsed.

 

Tenders invited to assist us in a review process

The main objective of the work is to facilitate a review process that will support the Irish Forest School Association (IFSA) committee to draw together an agreed vision and mission statement.

It is envisaged that this process will provide the committee with a supported reflective space to facilitate these practical outcomes as the organisation moves into the next important phase of its development. This will also include a final agreed report including clear agreed decisions and any actions/tasks that emerge.

Timescale, budget and reporting requirements:

Date:

August 7th Time: 10.30 – 2.30pm.

Venue:

Kilkenny County Childcare Committee, Kilkenny Education Centre, Kilkenny.

Reporting:

The successful applicant will need to produce a report to be completed and submitted to the chairperson by 24th Aug. The budget for this will be no more than €300 inclusive of Vat. Experience of facilitating similar processes is required and an affinity with IFSA’s principles would be advantageous.

See the Irish Forest School Association Website:

www.irishforestschoolassociation.ie

Proposals by email to Joan Whelan, Chairperson by Fri July 13th. Email: irishforestschoolassociation@gmail.com

Download as a PDF. Irish Forest School Association July 2018

What an amazing weekend!

 

Thanks to everyone who came along to our conference and AGM on 21/22 April 2018.

It seems like the occasion was very fruitful and much enjoyed by everyone who was there.  We will consider all of the feedback and the outcome from the conversation cafe at our meeting in June and post the outcome on the website for you all, along with the minutes of the AGM, insurance updates, photos  and resources.

Keep an eye on the Facebook page and the website and do get in touch if we can be of any help; We also we encourage you all to join our closed Facebook forum page.

And remember to save the date:  IFSA Autumn Gathering: A Joint Gathering with NIFSA , in Clandyboye Estate, outside  Belfast, Saturday 6th  October 2018.

IFSA 2018 Opening Circle

 

 

IFSA Conference 2018 Update

Thanks to all of you who have booked to  come along to our conference on 21/22 April in Brigit’s Garden, Galway – booking is now closed as we have sold out! Please email Mirjam at membership@irishforestschoolassociation.ie if you have any questions.
 Download a  draft programme here
Bookings are not confirmed until payment is made to the following account:
BIC: BOFIIE2D IBAN – IE10BOFI90671867489058
Account name: Irish Forest School Association
Sort code:Bank of Ireland 90-67-18
 
NB: Reference your name/membership number (if known) and organisation  with your bank transfer. 
We look forward to meeting you in April  as we continue the Irish Forest School journey.

 

Forest School Map

We are in the early stages of putting together a map of active Forest Schools practitioners in Ireland. We are keen to put together a comprehensive listing of active Forest Schools in Ireland. We plan to display this information on our website and social media for members, which will be a resource for anyone who is searching for a forest school to become involved with, or to send their children to.

Over time we hope to have this represented visually as a map on our website. Click on this link to complete the form. Completing this form implies consent for your details to be considered for inclusion in this listing. Only current Irish Forest School Association Members will be included. If you have any queries on this matter please contact info@irishforestschoolassociation.ie.