New Ways of Teaching and Learning: Facilitating Flourishing Communities
"Resilience and Capacity Building for Community Educators"
April 21st to 24th 2015, WeCreate Workspace, Cloughjordan Ecovillage
Venue WeCreate Workspace, Cloughjordan Ecovillage, Cloughjordan, Tipperary, Ireland
Develop your skills in facilitating learning and using new tools to host conversations in your community. This four day training is hosted by Davie Philip, Cultivate Living and Learning and Chris Chapman, the Change Exploratory, in association with WeCreate Green Enterprise Centre.
Who is this course for? This course is for adult and community educators, hosts and facilitators with some experience who want to refresh and develop their skills and ways of working to enable them to have impact and flourish, as we seek to transition to more values-based and collaborative communities.
What will it include? The course will provide an introduction to inviting, active, experiential and place-based learning methods. It will look particularly at the changing role of the trainer / facilitator, as we become more of a catalyst, rather than just a transmitter of knowledge. The course will provide an opportunity to look at yourself and how your strengths and vulnerabilities can best serve you.
The course is founded on whole systems (ecological and evolutionary) thinking and pulls on fields such as Community Development, 'The Art of Hosting', Sustainability, Community Resilience, and Permaculture. This course has proved to be extremely popular and inspiring for a wide range of participants from education, community and diverse professional backgrounds.
Learn Permaculture design, how we can live more sustainably, grow food intensively and create livelihoods within our own communities
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This FETAC L5 accredited Permaculture Design Course* provides participants with a balanced combination of theory and outdoor practical place-based learning. The course emphasises both ecological and social permaculture covering topics such as perennial plants, agro-forestry, soil health and new ways of thinking about land management. A lively, participatory and thought-provoking experience is guaranteed.
Learn how we can live more sustainably, grow food intensively and strengthen the resilience of our communities using Permaculture Design
Saturday 21 March 2015 | 09:00 - 17:00 | Venue TBA, Dublin (map) | €55 Pay Now / €49.50 Members | Those who book the taster may enjoy equivalent discount on any of our permaculture design courses | Contact Us
A one day introductory workshop hosted by Davie Philip of Cultivate and Bruce Darrell of Feasta, both based at Cloughjordan Ecovillage.
Using an active learning approach this workshop will give an introduction to permaculture design principles and outline how they can be applied to your own life and work.
Who should come to this workshop?
This course is for anyone curious to find out more about Permaculture and trying to decide whether to take a more extensive course. The one day session is also a 'stand alone' introduction to Permaculture ethics, principles and design, and can act as a perfect lead-in to the more in-depth Permaculture Design Course (FETAC L5) run in Cloughjordan over 3 weekends or the 10-day intensive, residential Permaculture Design Certificate Course (accredited by the UK Permaculture Association)
Open to anyone aged 16 or over. No prior knowledge of permaculture is needed.
This is a great introduction to the subject if you are involved in GIY, Community Gardens, Transition or just looking for tools to empower yourself.
The Art of Commoning “How can a commons-based collaborative economy strengthen the resilience of our communities?”
Where?: WeCreate, Cloughjordan Ecovillage, Tipperary, Ireland
When?: 5 days from August 24th - 28th, 2015.
Course Director: The course will be led by Michel Bauwens, the founder and director of the P2P Foundation and works in collaboration with a global group of researchers in the exploration of peer production, governance, and property. He writes editorials for Al Jazeera and is a founding member of the Commons Strategies Group, with Silke Helfrich and David Bollier, who have organised major global conferences on Commons and Economics.
The Sharing Economy, Crowdfunding, Maker Spaces, Coworking, FabLabs, Creative Commons and using social media to organise are all examples of new ways of working enabled by Peer to Peer (P2P) or people to people practices.
The ability to connect and communicate with people globally, empowers communities to self-organise around their interests, to share experiences and produce valuable knowledge resources and commons at scales previously only possible through hierarchical and capital intensive, command and control economies.
P2P can be characterised as a new mode of production that harnesses the creative and collaborative power of voluntary peer to peer networks. In this sense P2P offers a vision for the future that extends and deepens democratic participation.
When?: 13th to 15th October 2015,
Where?: WeCreate Workspace, Cloughjordan Ecovillage
Develop your competencies in facilitating learning, navigating change, developing local resilience and using new tools to host transformational conversations in your community or organisation.
Who is this course for? This course is for adult and community educators, trainers, hosts and facilitators who want to develop their skills and ways of working to enable them to have impact and flourish, as we seek to transition to a more values-based and collaborative economy. This course has proved to be extremely popular and inspiring for a wide range of participants from diverse professional backgrounds including local development agencies and community organisations.
What will the course include? The course will provide an introduction to active, experiential and place-based learning methods. It will look particularly at the changing role of the trainer / facilitator, as we become more of a catalyst, rather than just a transmitter of knowledge. Topics include:
Process and Programme Design
Appreciative Inquiry and Working with Assets
Values and Frames
Community Resilience and the Collaborative Economy
Whole Systems Thinking and Working with Complexity
Collective Story Harvesting
The Art of Making Change Happen
Convening and Hosting
Join the ecovillage's resident experts of permaculture, gardening, farming, perma-facture and green building for this unique, yearly opportunity to learn invaluable design and practical skills. This is Cultivate's 7th consecutive year holding the UK Permaculture Association accredited Permaculture Design Certificate ("PDC") Course at Cloughjordan Ecovillage.
This PDC is organised by Cultivate in association with Cloughjordan Community Farm and Village Education Research and Training (VERT) at The Cloughjordan Ecovillage. The venue for indoor sessions is the enterprise centre a.k.a. FabLab, WeCreate. See photos of previous courses here.
This course is full-time (and "full-on") from Friday evening (starting with dinner around 6pm) until the following Sunday afternoon (around 4pm) | Find presentations, links and other resources on Our Permaculture Resource Site.
- Category: Learning
Limerick Institute of Technology and the WeCreate Enterprise Centre have created this programme to provide students with the opportunity to gain technical skills in electronics and embedded systems and combine these with business, innovation and digital manufacturing knowledge.
These new skills and understanding are then combined to develop a prototype product which will be produced using the digital fabrication equipment located at the WeCreate Workspace and Fab lab in Cloughjordan.
Digital manufacturing systems allow manufacturing engineers and product designers to define the complete fabrication process in a ‘virtual environment’. Many companies are pursuing an aggressive digital manufacturing strategy as it allows them to achieve their time-to-market and volume goals. Other advantages include more sustainable use of resources, energy and cost savings by reducing expensive downstream changes.
- The perfect green gift
- Nurture the natural world for our children & grandchildren
- Foster a small parcel of wildlife in Tipperary
- ‘One generation plants the trees, another gets the shade’
Cloughjordan Ecovillage - Our Community Woodlands
In 2011, we planted more than 17,000 native trees – alder, ash, oak, sweet chestnut, birch, wild cherry and rowan. Our aim in planting the woodland was to provide a wilderness area to nurture biodiversity.
In the permaculture design process, we also focused on providing paths for walking, a site for woodland skills workshops, a small Celtic 8-circle stone labyrinth, fruits from fruit bearing trees and from the sub-layers of the forest and, in time, wood for fuel and crafts.
This new woodland will provide much-needed habitats for invertebrates, animals, birds, fungi, mosses and other flora. It’s our gift to the natural world and a legacy for future generations.