Public talk | 27.04.2017 | 16:00 - 17:30 | Uni Freiburg | Tennenbacher Str. 4, 79106 Freiburg, Germany | Herderbau | Room 400
About: Noema Suchant studied international cultural administration (http://www.isw-freiburg.de), after which she received a three-year education as a trainer in wilderness-pedagogy (www.wildniswissen.de). Amongst others, Noema has been working with WWF in nature and wilderness pedagogy, where she organizes and conducts holiday camps. Besides, she leads school trips and pedagogical forest excursions. Currently, Noema supervises also minor refugees in Freiburg, Germany. Noema spend a major part of her childhood ‘out in the woods’.
Talk: During this talk, Noema will introduce the principle views and approaches of wilderness-pedagogy, which aims to establish a deeper communion
between humans and nature. Also, Noema will share her experiences gained during extended and wakeful stays in and with nature. That is: Only a few hundred years ago, the so-called wilderness has
been our common home. Like ‘primitive people’, hunters and gatherer, we were deeply connected with nature in all aspects of our life and beyond our modern imagination. This intimate connection
with nature was an essential foundation for our human success in survival and livelihood. However, along with the successive evolution of our civilization and cultivation we have lost a large
proportion of our original, fundamental and intuitive connection with nature. Today, many people still have a positive feeling towards nature. Many, however, use nature exclusively as scenery or
playground for leisure and fun activities, while missing the plentiful lessons one can learn from it. If we are wakeful in and connect with nature, this can help us to pass beyond our
preconceptions and better understand what plants and animals really are - and how they are. Eventually, this will help us to understand our own lives better, and it will make us aware of our
intimate connection with and dependency of nature. This in turn will change our outlook in live towards more respect and care for the natural environment.Overall, the understanding gained from
insights into wilderness pedagogy and its environmentally relevant psychological effects can help to inform education, science and politics on their way to achieve the international sustainable
Thus, friends of nature, lectures and educators, multipliers of environmental education and all other people interested to reconnect with nature are all
This 'mind-and-environment' project is organized by scientific staff and former graduate school members of the University of Freiburg
in Germany at a voluntary basis, inviting doctoral students and any other interested people from science and practice to exchange and reflect upon the link between mind and environmental
sustainability. The seminar is supported by the Graduate School 'Environment Society
and Global Change' of the University of Freiburg.