Education Team Profile: Laura Kennedy
What does your job at Brigit's Garden entail?
I facilitate environmental and development education workshops with primary and secondary school students. I could be hunting for bugs or planting seeds with primary school students or helping 'refugees' cross a river on their journey as part of a development education workshop with secondary students, all of which takes place outdoors in the wonderful grounds of Brigit's Garden.
Describe a typical day on the survival skills camp?
A typical day on the survival skills camp would involve setting up base camp each morning, camouflaging ourselves and searching for signs of wildlife by tracking animals through the woodlands, building shelters and lighting a fire, with lots of nature-based games and challenges to help us build relationships with each other and with the natural environment.
What is your favourite thing about your job?
My favourite thing is getting to be outdoors exploring all that Brigit's Garden has to offer, from meadow to woodland, Celtic garden to fairy village, and most importantly that I get to share it all with so many children who open my eyes to new wonders each day.
Can you name 5 uses for a stick?
1) Make a journey stick.
2) Place a stick in a tin with some holes and put on the campfire to make charcoal.
3) Whittle a stick into a butter knife.
4) Use a stick to paint with mud.
5) Attach a stick to the end of a rope swing to create a seat.
How lucky are you and why?
I am incredibly lucky because I make my living out of how I love to live my life: outdoors, immersed in nature and in the good company of children who are eager to explore it all with me.
Laura will be running the Survival Skills Summer Camp at Brigit's Garden. To book please phone 091 550905 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Accommodation Close by
(for Friday and/or Saturday night)
In Roscahill Co. Galway- 5 mins drive from Brigit's Garden
Rockfield House B&B, www.connemara-galway.net 091 555586
In Oughterard, Co. Galway: 10 mins drive from Brigit's Garden
Camillaun Lodge, www.camillaun.com 091 552678
The Boat Inn, www.theboatinn.ie 091 552196 (family rooms from €78)
Ross Lake House Hotel, www.rosslakehotel.com, 091 550109
The Connemara Lake Hotel, www.theconnemaralakehotel.com 091 866016
Oughterard Hostel, www.oughterardhostel.com 091 552388
There is plenty of other accommodation listed at www.discoverireland.ie Follow links for accommodation and search for Moycullen or Oughterard.
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Slán go fóill :)*
Driving along the N59 from Galway city you will pass through a small town called Moycullen. Follow the festival traffic signs.
A few kilometres after this you will reach the small village of Roscahill. You will then see a brown heritage signpost on the left hand side of the road with Brigit's Garden name on it pointing to Turn Right. Take this right and the entrance to Brigit's Garden is on the left approximately 2km from this turn (after the community centre and church on the left hand-side).
For those using GPS or Google Maps, they may direct you turn right at Connemara Motors but it is more efficient if you continue onwards with the festival traffic signs.
GPS Coordinates for Brigit's Garden:N: 53.38558 W: 9.2131
Please pay attention to the signs for the overnight carpark and day carpark during this event.