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Visit Ireland's Only Ecovillage - Learn about Living and Working Sustainably

Cultivate designs and delivers one to five day programmes for groups around a particular topic or topics of interest related to the transition to a low carbon and resilient society. These can include Green Building and Sustainable Energy, Local Food, Food Security, Community Energy Transition, Local Enterprise, Digital Manufacturing, Community Resilience and Sustainable Living.

We tailor the tours for each group and work with them to devise a personalised itinerary on their specific area of interest.  These study tours can range from one to several days, depending on the itinerary developed, though we recommend at least two days to allow for a more immersive experience.

Cloughjordan is a traditional Irish village which is now also home to the Cloughjordan Ecovillage. This is where we share our experience and knowledge with groups of all ages, sizes and interests.

Activities are based in the Ecovillage and can include tours, talks, practical workshops and social events in Cloughjordan and the surrounding area. We can also work with groups on transport, accommodation and meals. Groups interested in continuing professional development can participate in industry specific workshops and talks.

For more info, options or booking: email devyn [at] cultivate [dot] ie.

 

Sample Topics and Itineraries

Local Food and Sustainability - Groups interested in the local food movement will find many activities of interest in the Ecovillage and the Cloughjordan area. One third of the Ecovillage site is set aside for food production, which includes a Community Supported Farm, research gardens, allotments, apiaries, as well as an edible landscape, a community woodland and orchards containing native Irish apple trees and nut trees. The environs around Cloughjordan is rich with food producers and food businesses from small scale and community level to those who supply nationally.

A sample itinerary might include

  • Tour of the Ecovillage, focusing on the Community Supported Farm and allotments
  • Tour of local smallholdings
  • Discussions with community farmers and food producers
  • Hands-on field work on the community farm
  • Tastings and cooking demonstrations, locally produced meals

Green Building and Sustainable Energy - This study visit allows participants to gain insight into the development of the Cloughjordan Ecovillage as well as related community and regional projects. The Cloughjordan Ecovillage currently has 55 houses comprising a variety of building methods and materials as well as two commercial buildings - an eco-hostel and community enterprise building. There is a district heating system that serves all buildings in the Ecovillage.

The Ecovillage is a setting unique in Ireland, with 6.25% of the A-rated houses and 2.5% of B1 (while having only .015%  of the energy rated housing stock in Ireland). There are a number of nearby sustainable energy projects including the Templederry Energy Resources community wind farm and Ireland’s largest photovoltaic solar panel project, which includes 9 public buildings throughout County Tipperary.

Itinerary for a tour in Green Building and Sustainable Energy could include:

  • Technical tour of the Ecovillage, including tours of selected homes and buildings
  • Presentation and tour of the district heating system
  • Discussion and tour of the village infrastructure including the SUDS system
  • Talks on green building materials and methods used in Ireland
  • Hands-on workshop with natural building materials
  • Networking with Irish builders, designers and property owners
  • Case studies of local and community energy projects

Sustainable Tourism and Green Business - This study tour can focus on sustainable tourism, green business or both topics. Cloughjordan is a destination not only for the Ecovillage but also for those interested in heritage, outdoor recreation, crafts to name just a few. There are many businesses that have developed in the area that are directly impacted by local, national and international tourism. This year especially Cloughjordan will be host to many events because of the 1916 Centenary commemoration, so there is a great opportunity for groups who would like to experience rural tourism.

During this study visit, the itinerary might include:

  • Tour of the ecovillage and local area
  • Presentations from local tourism operators and entrepreneurs
  • Discussion of the opportunities and approaches for small, rural and community-based businesses
  • Visits to tourism sites and business premises
  • Specific interest visits such as Cloughjordan heritage sites, natural environment, cycling and outdoor pursuits, local artist studios, etc.

Contact us to discuss your groups interest and start planning a trip to the Ecovillage!

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