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Exploring Resilience book downloadBased in Cloughjordan the Community Resilience programme develops resources and delivers training in community resilience - the capability of communities to hold together, learn, adapt and maintain their ability to function in response to change.

Where sustainability aimed to change the world, resilience looks for ways to manage change in an uncertain world.

Facilitating Flourishing Communities

new ways of learning22 April 2015 | Cost €70 for funded participants, €35 if un-funded or active in this area and €20 for Cultivate or Ecovillage members. There are two bursary placements available for low income or job seekers who would benefit from attending. Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

This is a one-day workshop in the art of facilitating transformative conversations. Conversations are the main medium by which people and communities change. The best conversations open us up, stimulate us, give us access to bigger views and new perspectives, make us feel part of a larger whole and lead to coherent actions. The worst conversations repeat pre-conceived views, involve no listening and change nothing. This workshop will introduce practices that support effective dialogue. The processes to be introduced in this session include the following:

  • Circle Work – asserting equality and inclusivity in place of hierarchy
  • Appreciative Inquiry – valuing what’s there, rather than starting with problems
  • Café Seminar – encouraging participation and cross-fertilisation
  • Open Space – enabling self-organising in line with where the energy is

New Ways of Teaching and Learning

Resilience and Capacity Building for Community Educators

IMG 776621 - 24 April 2015 | WeCreate Workspace, Cloughjordan Ecovillage | Course fee €500 | €300 if unfunded. There are two bursary placements available for low income or job seekers who would benefit from attending. The bursary includes all fees but not accommodation and food. | Contact Davie

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.

Read more: New Ways of Teaching and Learning

P2P Summer School

The Art of Commoning

“How can a commons-based collaborative economy strengthen the resilience of our communities?”


24 - 28 August 2015WeCreate, Cloughjordan Ecovillage, Tipperary, Ireland | €500 | Contact Form 

Michel Bauwens, 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.

The P2P sharing of knowledge and experiences offers many great benefits for individuals and communities. How can we adapt and take advantage of what this new paradigm has to offer in the transition to a sustainable economy? Can we create sustainable livelihoods while contributing to the commons?

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Surfing the Waves of Change

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13 - 15 October 2015WeCreate Workspace, Cloughjordan Ecovillage | Course fee €350 | Contact Davie


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.

Read more: Surfing the Waves of Change

How Does a Community Find and Tell Its Story?

Story ForumA friendly weekend at the WeCreate Workspace in the Cloughjordan Ecovillage, looking at how we can use stories to bring communities together and inspire others.

Postponed | Contact us if interested | Minimum Fee : €30 per day (includes lunch and refreshments) | More detail (PDF)

This background article, What’s so special about storytelling for social change?, will help give context to this event.

We are running this event at minimum cost and with flexibility so that people can attend either day or both (and with a late start too, to fit with trains coming from Dublin). We ask people to contribute what they reasonably can, over and above the minimum fee, in proportion to the event’s value to them.

To book accommodation, please contact Pa at Django’s Hostel in the Ecovillage on 087 256 9348

For further details, please contact Chris Chapman on 087 243 3691

To book a place, please click on this link.


3-Year Schools for Resilience Comenius Project

comeniusCultivate is looking forward to joining a European team for the Schools for Resilience programme.  The project kicks off in January 2014, and culminates in an event at the Cloughjordan ecovillage in the last year of the project.

This project aims mainly to respond to two needs: First, to introduce a new approach in environmental school education, based on community action and a socio-constructivist approach, in which students will define the most adequate solutions to their local community from a positive and creative way. It will also foster the sense of initiative, entrepreneurship and creativity; and second, to make a reality the 21st century school, being open to the outside world and problems that society faces, innovative in the use of new didactic methods and with a relevant learning and teaching regarding key social challenges.

Read more: 3-Year Schools for Resilience Comenius Project

The Rise of the Sharing Economy in my Community

by Davie Philip, originally published by Reconomy Project  | Oct 24, 2013

“Our well-being will depend more and more on what we share with others and create together”. - Charles Leadbeater, author of We-Think

As I live and work in rural Ireland, it is the local application of the sharing economy that most interests me.  Cloughjordan is a small heritage village located less than two hours from Dublin and is reachable by train. In the past the village had suffered from population decline and some of its key services were under threat before the ecovillage project first arrived in 2003. The term ecovillage is actually a little misleading, as we are very much a neighbourhood of Cloughjordan that is experimenting with good practice in community regeneration.

The ecovillage project has now attracted over 65 families to move to Cloughjordan contributing to the flourishing of the whole village and is now seen as one of the healthiest communities in Ireland. In the last two years, it has won the National Green Community Award, in 2012 was voted runner up in an ‘Irish Times’ contest looking for the ‘Best Place to Live in Ireland’ and this year has been nominated for an Irish Pride of Place award and a UN award for liveable communities.

Read more: The Rise of the Sharing Economy in my Community

Cultivating Liveable Communities In Tipperary

This week a full day workshop was held in Ennis that explored how we might nurture our communities to be healthier and more sustainable. Over 30 people from different community initiatives from across the county attended the session, which was organised by Clare County Council and held at the Áras Contae an Chláir.
The day focused on how people and groups can work with and learn from each other to sustain the economic, environmental and social well being of our local areas.  Davie Philip and Chris Chapman from Cultivate Living and Learning, a community training organisation based in Cloughjordan, Tipperary, facilitated the workshop.  “This was a great opportunity to engage with other people and groups working for the betterment of our communities and to share knowledge and learn new skills.”  said Joan Tarmey the Environmental Awareness Officer.

Read more: Cultivating Liveable Communities In Tipperary

Community Resilience - What is It?

"Resiliency is like a muscle … that must be developed in advance and consistently exercised to be both strong enough to withstand severe challenges and flexible enough to handle a wide range of unpredictable forces." - Global Resilience Network

“Next generation resilience relies on citizens and communities, not the institutions of state...” - DEMOS - RESILIENT NATION

“Resilience can be defined as the ability of people, communities, and systems to maintain their core purpose and integrity amid unforeseen shocks and surprises.” Andrew Zolli

We are truly living in interesting times. Our economic system is broken, jobs are being lost with many more threatened and levels of anxiety are high. No one can predict the future but what is certain is that we are in the middle of a storm that shows no sign of ending any time soon. To ensure a good quality of life in this context we will need to adopt new ways of living and working and build our ability to cope in these times of rapid change. With a little ingenuity and collaboration we could design community systems that will allow us to not only survive but thrive in this changing world.

The term ‘resilience’ is widely used by ecologists and is defined as the ability of ecosystems to maintain themselves in the face of disturbance. Resilience from a community point of view refers to the capacity of a community to cope with stress, overcome adversity and adapt to change positively.

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2014 Courses at Cloughjordan Ecovillage


VERT (Village Education, Research & Training) at Cloughjordan Ecovillage invites you to attend a course.  See 2014 Calendar.

Courses include those hosted by Cloughjordan Ecovillage, Cultivate (You Are Here), Red Gardens, WeCreate, Cloughjordan Community Farm, Cloughjordan Heritage Group, Cloughjordan Festival and Cloughtoberfest, among others.

Surfing The Waves of Change Short Film

View Cultivate’s animated film, Surfing the Waves of Change... a brief introduction to community resilience through the eyes of a surfer.

This video and the entire Powerdown Show are available as well on our Community Resilience website.

The Powerdown Show DVD

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the powering up of community, creativity and culture

"Bursting with insightful analysis and creative solutions to the twin challenges of climate change and peak oil, The Powerdown Show is an inspirational pointer to life beyond fossil fuels. Essential viewing – a flash of light in the darkness."
- Rob Hopkins, Founder of the Transition Movement

Read more: The Powerdown Show DVD

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