Noema Suchant | 27.04.2017

„WILDERNESS – Pedagogy: How to CONNECT WITH the (own) NATURE”

N. Suchant | Photo: N. Suchant
N. Suchant | Photo: N. Suchant

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 (, after which she received a three-year education as a trainer in wilderness-pedagogy ( 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 development goals.


Thus, friends of nature, lectures and educators, multipliers of environmental education and all other people interested to reconnect with nature are all welcome.