ABOUT SEA SCHOOL
What can the stories of yesterday's shorelines teach us about the present?
What can we learn from people and places today that will influence our futures?
SEA School studios & labs is a mobile learning centre to explore Science, Ecology and the Arts in the field.
We're returning the word school to its original meaning:
To reconnect communities to the many layers of diversity and knowledge in their local landscapes.
To create a living archive and exploration hub for people to engage with coastal ecology and the rich maritime histories of Ireland.
Facilitate collaborative knowledge building from place.
Focus on how we learn before what we learn.
Re-assign value to different kinds of knowledge.
Explore through varied lenses and tools.
Promote community engagement on citizen science projects.
Diver. Sailor. Photographer. Adventurer-Tas is happiest underwater, knee-deep in the mangroves or working under the hull of a boat.
Tas has been designing and teaching immersive, experiential learning adventures for the past 15 years. As a dedicated teacher and learner, she is most often so immersed with a group of students in watery spaces.
Tasneem's formal training is in marine zoology with extensive research and field-work experience in the areas of intertidal & mangrove ecosystems. Tas views her own process of experiential learning as an evolving journey and works with a wide range of field experts in indigenous knowledge, wildlife biology, oceanography and education design.
The currents of her work have taken her from the equator to the artic circle: the Andaman Sea (India, Thailand, Burma) the Maldives, SriLanka, Puget Sound, fresh water swamplands in Sweden, the Norwegian Sea and now immersed in the wild coastal seascape off Ireland.
No matter the location, she is most interested in understanding how people relate to, engage with and learn from place.
Tas has curated her practice to facilitate interdisciplinary initiatives in the fields of ecology, conservation, education, and art-science communication.
Currently living in Dunmore East, she is in the process of creating a juxtaposition of coastal knowledge systems between the Indian Ocean and the Atlantic.
"We are all shaped by the sound of the wind, the slant of sunlight, by streams of scent afloat in the larger ocean of air. We are porous to the world around us"
- Barry Lopez, paraphrased by Robert Macfarlane