Kiln Building

Kiln Building

The staff at Cardamom House, in Tamil Nadu, have many skills. These skills include construction work and pottery. The approval of the temple potter had to be sought, because it is through his hands that he communicates with the Gods. It was important that the team would recognise this spiritual connection. They were wary of constructing … Continue reading

On Becoming Outdoors  … and the implications for working with young people:  A Journey of Reflection

On Becoming Outdoors … and the implications for working with young people: A Journey of Reflection

Paper presented at the EOE Conference, Stockholm, June 2013 How do people come to define themselves as outdoor people? How can I support colleagues so that they can become outdoor people? Is it important for the future that we nurture outdoor people?  My starting supposition is that when people identity themselves as ‘outdoor’, they will … Continue reading

Developing Open Spaces: Using a Community Development Approach

Paper presented at the EOE Conference at Derwent Water, Cumbria October, 2012 “When the best leader’s work is done the people say, ‘We did it ourselves.’ ” (Lao Tzu) The role of the outdoor educator is multifaceted. As a freelance consultant and researcher, with experience in play and youth work as well as community development, … Continue reading

Leading Practitioner of the Institute for Outdoor Learning Profile

Leading Practitioner of the Institute for Outdoor Learning Profile

This appears on The Institute for Outdoor Learning’s website (www.outdoor-learning.org). Who are you?
 Di Collins, Outdoor and Community Education Facilitator and Consultant, who dreams of becoming famous for just one photograph. I’m  sometimes ‘retired’, sometimes deliver training, sometimes  a DofE  expedition assessor, and sometimes a consultant. Tell us about your most rewarding experience of outdoor … Continue reading

Connecting Through Creativity: A Reflective Account

Paper presented at the EOE Conference in Metsakartano, Finland, October, 2011 I imagine I share with everyone here an enthusiasm for being outdoors in nature. The opportunity for an adrenaline rush or the unexpected peak or frontier experience seals my passion. As I reflect on my many experiences in the outdoors, I am aware of … Continue reading