The Whale of a Time Workshop is a fun and hands-on activity where young and old are able to model whales and other endangered species out of clay and at the same time learn about the environment, biodiversity and sustainability whilst having a whale of a time!
Please view the Whale of a Time Gallery or read more about the Whale of a Time Workshop, read Whale Comments and our Whale Reviews. Keep up-to-date with the Whale Diary! - Workshops for 2012 annouced soon! We are taking bookings now. Please send an email to get a quote.
Participants can not only explore their knowledge about endangered species but also have the opportunity to investigate ways we can actively change our behaviours towards a sustainable society with less impact on the environment and to take steps to preserve endangered species whilst learning in a positive and fun atmosphere. The Whale of a Time website has links to everything you need to know on endangered species and sustainable living on our planet.
Whale of a Time Workshops - November Review
Whale of a Time at WhaleFest 2011
Brighton & Hove
Whale of a Time was delighted to have been been part of the first ever WhaleFest held on Saturday, 5th and Sunday, 6th November 2011 at the Hove Centre.
The Whale of a Time Workshop provided a unique opportunity for the local community of Brighton & Hove to join together for a unique celebration of whales whilst learning about marine species and environmental issues we’re facing today.
Irene Schleining, Founder Whale of a Time commented, "Everybody was having a whale of a time at WhaleFest! What a great way to celebrate these magnificent beings of the oceans. Hundreds of children and adults participated in the Whale of a Time Workshop - one of our busiest workshops ever! We met inspiring guest speakers. There was so much to learn and share with everyone. The whale spirit was certainly present and WhaleFest set a milestone in whale history!"
Ian Rowlands, Co-Founder Planet Whale, WhaleFest commented, "A big part of what's made this event so cool is having Whale of a Time here. The kids have loved it. It's been a huge buzz all around the stand all day. The best thing we ever did was have these guys come here. ...WhaleFest exceeded our imagination. There's something about whales that even inspires people with even no interest in the natural world. It's great having Whale of a Time here to add to that success."
Special Whale of a Time Guests
Special WhaleFest guests included Anne Meadows, Mayor of Brighton & Hove, Mark Brownlow, BBC Producer "Ocean Giants", David Rothenberg, Professor of Philosophy and Music at New Jersey Institute of Technology, author of "Thousand Mile Song".
Anne Meadows, Mayor of Brighton & Hove commented, "It's great fun. Children are exploring clay and the idea of expressing themselves with the whales and dolphins. It's wonderful."
Mark Brownlow, BBC Producer of Ocean Giants commented, "Watching people of all ages enjoying making their favourite whale species.. It's things like this, which will really inspire people to get aware of the plight of whales and dolphins and do something about it so it's a fun way of engaging people and i think I'll have a go at it myself."
David Rothenberg, Professor of Philosophy and Music at New Jersey Institute of Technology, author of "Thousand Mile Song" commented, "The Whale of a Time Workshop is so fun... - It's so great you're bringing these workshops all over the place where people are inspired thinking about whales and get the next generation excited about these important beautiful animals, that are suffering there as we're hunting them and polluting their habitat. Whale of a Time is right in the middle of that battle and struggle and it's doing a wonderful thing in a wonderful way to get kids to care about whales and spread the word..."
Andy Starbuck from the Whale Workshop filled the Great Hall with awe by displaying a 15m Juvenile Blue Whale, a 6m Killer Whale, a leather back turtle and many more.
Paulina Dixon, WhaleFest Crew commented, "The Whale of a Time stand was amazing, it touched many hearts with the love and joy that you gave to all.... It's very impressive, I can't believe what the children created. Amazing!"
Amanda, Dolphin Connection commented, "The children absolutely loved your stand and I heard from one parent that
their child was drawing whales all the next day! ...I love it. The children are so engaged and they are learning so much. It really is the most amazing inspiration. Thank you very much for coming to WhaleFest!"
Mags Sorrell, WhaleFest Crew commented, "Looking at this amazing model of this whale. It's just a wonderful thing for children to be interacting like this."
A WhaleFest Volunteer commented, "There have been lots of children in the Whale of a Time stall all day. They had a lot of fun making clay whales. It's been absolutely packed and they really enjoyed it."
Participants' comments included the following:
Gino, Hove Park Cafe commented, "This is a brilliant workshop, which you must all come to. It's inspiring for children, it makes them happy, it makes them create things about the environment, particularily use their knowledge around issues that will effect us for the rest of our lives. This is one way of raising their awareness, engaging young people and engaging the whole community."
"The children had a fantastic time making clay whales and sharks. Very much hope you are back here again next year!"
"Favourite activity of the day! - Loved it!" Hamish & Allan
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Stay tuned! - Video coming soon - including interview with Ian Rowlands, Co-Founder Planet Whale and WhaleFest, BBC Producer Ocean Giants, Mark Brownlow, Mayor of Brighton & Hove, Anne Meadows, David Rothenberg, Professor of Philosophy and Music at New Jersey Institute of Technology, author of "Thousand Mile Song" and many more.
Whale of a Time Workshops - October Review
Whale of a Time at WhaleFest 2011, Hove Centre
In October we had a Whale of a Time at the Explorers Club organised by the National Association of Gifted Children - NAGC, and Beam Parklands Community Events organised by Barking & Dagenham Council.
View photos in the Whale of a Time Gallery
View October Whale Review
We also took photos and filmed these events. Whale of a Time Workshop videos coming soon in the Whale of a Time Gallery! - Stay tuned and get updates when videos are uploaded by subscribing to the Whale Mail!
Whale News! Richard O'Barry is joining the Whale of a Time Community. - Watch this space.
In the meantime watch this full-length documentary - A Fall From Freedom with Richard O'Barry. -
The Untold Story Behind The Captive Whale and Dolphin Industry - Find out ways to get involved...
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