Metanoia: The Hard Work of Changing our Minds

Metanoia: The Hard Work of Changing our Minds
Presentation for the Australian Association for Environmental Education Conference

Sarah Hopkinson attended the AAEE Conference in September 2023, in Wollongong, on Dharawal Country, New South Wales. She has recorded a shortened version of her presentation to share with educators in Aotearoa.

'Metanoia: the hard work of changing our minds’, discusses some of the dominant values that underpin curriculum in Aotearoa New Zealand, and the ways in which indigenous knowledge systems provide portals to other ways of knowing and being.

This presentation considers the importance of moving emphasis in education to something far more expansive, cosmic and embodied.

Click on the link above to watch the recording (30 minutes).

About the Speaker

Sarah Alice Hopkinson is a passionate education consultant helping to shape thriving social and environmental futures for Aotearoa New Zealand. A curriculum designer, urban farmer, earth dreamer and regeneration advocate, Sarah has committed the last twenty years to addressing social and environmental justice issues in Aotearoa through enacting Te Tiriti o Waitangi in NZ schools.

Sarah was a secondary teacher before completing a Masters of Education (Distinction) under Emeritus Professor Wally Penetito. Alongside her education work, she farms regeneratively at The Green Garden, a suburban farm on Te Atiawa ki Kāpiti land, growing nutrient dense food for her family and community. She is part way through her Hua Parakore certification, an Eat New Zealand Kaitaki for 2023/2024 and on the Advisory of For the Love of Bees Charitable Trust.

You can see her portfolio and workshops on or follow her on Instagram @thegreengardennz