John Lawry

John Lawry

Auckland, NZ, [Artisan, Bushcraft Teacher, Outdoor Classroom Educator]

Workshop title: "Come let us build a ship of the future, on ancient patterns, that journey far"

Why is it that Traditional Crafts, Gardening and Primitive Technology have an indispensably important role educationally, in composing a skills base for the future? Are they just vehicles of nostalgia or a dystopian sub-text? We need to understand their value and know how to employ them to grow and develop happy, healthy lives. I work with communities and individuals, developing curricula, running interactive workshops, advising as a consultant and have formally presented the findings of this work at conferences in NZ, Australia and the UK. Let us explore these findings together.

Personal Bios: In terms of my whakapapa, I am a fifth-generation South Pacific Celt (Cornish, Scottish and Irish). I have worked as an artisan and educator, equally: circa 20 years apiece. Five years ago, a confluence of my life-long interest and engagement in making and education occurred when, inspired by Bernard Graves, I began the process of establishing and developing the Outdoor Classroom program at Michael Park Steiner School: which included comprehensive curriculum gardens, developing and delivering craft / experiential skills based curriculum which integrate with High School Technology programs, an intensive week-long, end of year Master class Craft program for the junior high school, establishing O.C. and Bush Craft teacher training courses at Auckland University of Technology and Taruna (Anthroposophical Teacher Training), and consulting and developing programs with various interest groups and schools (including state schools) in NZ, Australia and Asia.

John Lawry