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Based in Cloughjordan at the Ecovillage, our Permaculture offerings include:

Over the years, Cultivate have run numerous gardening and permaculture courses, from short talks and workshops in our roof-top garden at the old location in Temple Bar to fully-fledged and accredited 72 hour Permaculture Design courses in Cloughjordan. 

Photo at right by Goska Smierzchalska at the August 2012 PDC in Cloughjordan

NATURE & COMMUNITY - FREE EVENT

Cloughjordan Ecovillage and Cultivate present….

NATURE & COMMUNITY - FREE EVENT
13.30 - 15.00 - SUNDAY 21st MAY 2017
Starting at the Community Amphitheatre

A walk and walk with ecologist and RTE’s “EcoEye” presenter Anja Murray

Anja Murray will begin this session with a talk held in the stunning new outdoor Community Amphitheatre in Cloughjordan ecovillage. This will be followed by a guided tour of the biodiversity and tourism elements of the project. Participants should be prepared for an outdoor event, waterproofs and sturdy shoes are recommended. Cloughjordan Ecovillage has been recognised as one of Europe’s most successful projects modelling the transition to a low-carbon society. It features a biodiversity trail, allotments for growing food, a community farm and apiary, research gardens and a community woodlands. Also the new Brefne-Beara Walkway (BBW), Ireland’s first Heritage National Waymarked Trail linking the Beara peninsula with Leitrim, comes through the Ecovillage.

This event is organised by the Education Group at Cloughjordan Ecovillage

REWILDING, RURAL REGENERATION & ECO-TOURISM - FREE EVENT
15.00 - 16.30 - SUNDAY 21st MAY 2017 - WeCreate Enterprise Centre, Cloughjordan Ecovillage

Presentation by writer & journalist Lenny Antonelli followed by a panel discussion and reflections with broadcaster Duncan Stewart.

‘Rewildling’ aims to end intensive human management of habitats and allow them to re-generate naturally. This could mean the creation of large new areas of native woodland and forest, and new wetlands on cutaway bog, offering significant economic opportunities in marginalised rural areas. In this TED style talk writer and journalist Lenny Antonelli will look at what rewilding is and how it differs from traditional habitat conservation. He will explore its potential to create new eco-tourism enterprises in rewilded areas, based around walking, hiking, mountain biking, nature-watching and other adventure activities, as well as local craft and food industries centred around local nature and wildlife.

The panel discussion will explore the opportunities of developing sustainable eco-tourism enterprises centred on ‘rewilding' project areas, with a particular focus on the midlands.
Facilitated by Davie Philip the panel includes Lenny, Anja, Ricky Whelan, a director of the Abbeyleix Bog Project and others to be announced.

Broadcaster Duncan Stewart will close the session with his reflections on ‘rewilding’.

This event is organised by Cultivate Living and Learning

For further details, directions or to book a place at these events contact Davie at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or on 0505 56061
 (Booking is not essential)

These are free events are supported by Notice Nature and the Irish Environmental Network, and held in association with the Cloughjordan Community Development Committee's 2017 National Biodiversity Week Programme. For more details contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or see www.thevillage.ie. For the full programme of this year’s Cloughjordan Biodiversity Week see www.cloughjordan.ie

Permaculture Design Certificate 2017, Cloughjordan Ecovillage

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PDC 2017

Learn how we can live more sustainably using ecological design
Practical skills for horticulture, farming, enterprise, green building, perma-facture, collaboration, social innovation and community resilience.

11-20 August 2017 | Cloughjordan Ecovillage, Co Tipperary, Ireland |Contact Us | Fees €550 / €495 Members | some concessions are available, €100 deposit secures your place (how to apply - PDF). Course Poster PDF

This 10-day Permaculture Design Certificate Course is organised by Cultivate and hosted in association with Cloughjordan Community Farm and the Ecovillage Education Group and is accredited by the Permaculture Association

Each year we invite special guest tutors to share their expertise, and 2017 sees the return of Albert Bates, the founder of the Ecovillage Training Center at The Farm in Tennessee, past president of Global Ecovillage Network and author of 16 books on ecology and the future and Aranya, leading UK Permaculture teacher and designer and author of Permaculture Design: A Step-by-Step Guide. Aranya will be coming to us online; he hosted one of last years most popular, inspiring and interactive sessions on design.

The setting for this immersive course is Cloughjordan Ecovillage, one of Ireland’s leading examples of an ecosystem of innovation. it includes over 50 eco-homes, community woodlands, renewable energy production, a wood-fired bakery, research gardens and a community farm.

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 WeCreate Workspace and Fab Lab an innovation hub within the Ecovillage. 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.

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QQI (FETAC) L5 Permaculture Design Course

Learn Permaculture design, how we can live more sustainably, grow food intensively and create livelihoods within our own communities

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Three Weekends: 7-8 and 21-22 October and 4-5 November | Cloughjordan Ecovillage, Co Tipperary | €350 (Secure place with €75 deposit)

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This QQI L5 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.

Read more: QQI (FETAC) L5 Permaculture Design Course

Vegetable Gardening Tips

altMonth-by-month vegetable gardening tips from Kathleen!

Scroll down to discover tips for the entire year!

LEARN about applying Permaculture Design Principles in your garden. Join us for our 2015 Permaculture Design Certificate Course!

December / January Vegetable Garden

Things to do:

1. Get organised for the spring and start collecting plastic bottles for cloches.

2. Build a compost bin at the bottom of your garden.

Read more: Vegetable Gardening Tips

Become a Woodland Guardian

  • 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.

Read more: Become a Woodland Guardian

Permaculture Design – the fusion of old skills and new technology

First published by the European Youth Portal 28/02/2014

What is permaculture design and what does it bring? Do we need to save the planet? Philippa Robinson from Cultivate tells us what we can learn from the nature and how.

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How do we maintain our health, happiness and collective well-being when the world seems to be unravelling?  Permaculture is an approach that takes us beyond sustainability to a truly restorative design. Underpinning this is the simple idea of working with, rather than against, nature. ...

What do billions of years of resilience have to teach us?

Read more: Permaculture Design – the fusion of old skills and new technology

Herb Gardening Tips

Scroll down to discover herb gardening tips from Kathleen for the entire year!

December / January Herb Schedule

Things to do:

  • Protect planters, especially terracotta planters with bubble-wrap or hessian or even old jumpers. The cold temperatures and frost can easily penetrate containers, freezing the soil and plant roots and killing all but the most robust plants.

Read more: Herb Gardening Tips

Fruit Gardening Tips

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Month-by-month fruit gardening tips from Kathleen!

December / January Fruit Garden

Things to do:

1. Complete picking very late-maturing apples, before the hard frosts come

2. Inspect your stored fruits, and remove any rotten ones.

Read more: Fruit Gardening Tips

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