Based in Cloughjordan at the Ecovillage, our Permaculture offerings include:
- Full Permaculture Design Certificate Course
(U.K. Permaculture Association certified - next offering August 2017)
- Weekend FETAC L5 Courses
- Dublin 1-day taster sessions
- The Permaculture Resource Website
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
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.
Learn Permaculture design, how we can live more sustainably, grow food intensively and create livelihoods within our own communities
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.
Month-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.
- 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.
Learn how we can live more sustainably, grow food intensively and strengthen the resilience of our communities using Permaculture Design
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.
First published by the European Youth Portal 28/02/2014
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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.
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.