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Aalto university, Helsinki. Research group on arts-based env. education
Jan van Boeckel is a Dutch anthropologist, visual artist, art teacher and filmmaker. One of Jan's areas of interest and concern are the worldviews and environmental philosophies of indigenous peoples. Together with filmmaking group ReRun Productions, he produced a series of documentaries on this subject, as well as films on philosophers such as Jacques Ellul and Arne Naess, who provide a critical analysis of the Western way of life. These films include, among others: The Earth is Crying (1987), It's Killing the Clouds (1992), The Betrayal by Technology (1992), and The Call of the Mountain (1997).
Jan has lived for several years in Hällefors, in the forests of central Sweden, where he was an art teacher to both children and adults, and consultant on international cultural projects. He established the Cloudberry Dreams network with partners in Latvia, England, Netherlands, Norway and Sweden. The mission of this partnership is to share ideas and to explore new ways to interpret landscapes through art and creativity. Another project he took part in conceptualizing is called Clearings in the Forest, which focuses on the cultural and mythical significance of open spaces in the woodlands.
Between 2004 and 2006 Jan has worked as Head of Communications at the Netherlands Centre for Indigenous Peoples in Amsterdam.
Currently Jan van Boeckel is research fellow at Aalto University in Helsinki, where he is focusing on the added value of art practice in the context of nature and environmental education. Inspired by indigenous peoples' cultures, his own engagement in art and art teaching practices, and his experiences of living close to wilderness areas of Sweden, Jan's interest has moved to art as a means to connect to what David Abram aptly called 'the more-than-human-world'.
Research supervisors are professor Juha Varto (TaiK, Helsinki), professor Timo Jokela (University of Lapland, Rovaniemi, Finland), and associate professor (første amanuensis) Edvin Østergaard (Norwegian University of Life Sciences, Ås).
One of Jan's research interests is the tension between trying to 'open the senses' whilst coping with the current ecological crisis. An issue all the more pressing when working with children.
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Jan van boeckel's Blog

Article in the The Guardian: " Why barefoot is best for children"

Most parents would balk at the idea of toddlers in high heels, but what

about sandals or trainers? Some experts now believe that all shoes are

best avoided in childhood, says Sam Murphy



Posted on August 21, 2010 at 3:51am

Living School: the farm as a pedagogical resource in Norway

Now finally the beautiful film on the Living School project in Norway is viewable online (in two parts). The project lasted from 1996 until 2000 and is currently continuing successfully under the name "Living Learning."


Living School: The Farm as a Pedagogical Resource (Part 1 & 2)

What connects us, as human beings, to a flower, a carrot, a cow or an earthworm? In… Continue

Posted on August 11, 2010 at 7:55am

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At 2:09pm on May 11, 2010, Juliet Robertson said…
Hello Jan

Thanks for your interest. Here's the link: http://childrenandnature.ning.com/group/internationalcnnconnect

To join, you click on the link and write me a vvv short note and that's it! See you there!
At 2:54pm on May 8, 2010, Juliet Robertson said…
Dear Jan

I've just been asked to create an "International C&NN Connect" group so please do stop by and say hello there. It will provide a place for people to share news, views, ideas and activities from all over the world.

Oh yes...and the Scotland group welcomes members from all over the world too.

Best wishes
At 9:30am on March 30, 2010, Suz Lipman said…
Hi Jan, Welcome to C&NN. I hope you’ll make yourself at home by joining discussions and groups and by posting, and that you find the forum a rich source of sharing and resources.
I look forward to learning more about you and what you do.

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