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Based in Cloughjordan Ecovillage, Cultivate have run Permaculture Courses for over 10 years.
The Ecovillage is designed through permaculture - sculpting the physical setting and vibrant community! Taking a course here is an immersive experience, with both the learning environment and the living community reflecting the principles and practice of Permaculture Design.



We are currently in the process of updating older aspects of our website. Over the coming months there will be more resources added, but feel free to root around in the meantime - plenty from previous courses: The Permaculture Resource Website

Cultivate is also part of the Horizon 2020 project GROW Observatory. GROW is a European-wide project engaging thousands of growers, scientists and others passionate about the land. We will discover together, using simple tools to better manage soil and grow food, while contributing to vital scientific environmental monitoring.

Permaculture Design Course 28th July to 6th August 2023, in Cloughjordan Ecovillage

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Cultivate’s Permaculture Design Course provides a platform to learn &  share some of the practical skills that are becoming increasingly more important in light of our rapidly changing world, thus helping to foster resilience in our local and global communities.
The principles and ethics of Permaculture provide us with the design system for the future.

"Permaculture is a way of life that strives to create a sustainable, self-sufficient, and harmonious relationship between people and the earth."
- Rosemary Morrow, permaculture teacher and author

"Permaculture is not just about gardening, it's about designing sustainable human settlements and rethinking the way we live."
- David Blume, permaculture teacher and author

This course is UK Permaculture Association Accredited. Successful graduates of the course will be fully accredited by the U.K. Permaculture Association with a Permaculture Design Certificate. 
This course is designed, hosted & organised by Cultivate in association with Sustainable Projects Ireland and Cloughjordan Community Farm.

For more information or to apply for a place please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or contact Philippa on +353 (0)505 426

Course Fees start from €600 for the 10 days, and concessionary places are available. You can secure a place by paying a deposit of €200 either directly to Cultivate or via Paypal here:


Read more: Permaculture Design Course 28th July to 6th August 2023, in Cloughjordan Ecovillage

Permaculture Weekend Courses. Watch this space!

Permaculture Weekends 2021

Watch this space!  Cultivate are hoping in 2022 to run some Permaculture Weekend courses in Cloughjordan Ecovillage. 

These will be scheuded from a Friday evening to Sunday afternoon and will delve deeper into themes touched on in the 10-day Permaculture Design Course. These are intended to be suitable for past students as well as those that haven't completed a PDC yet, though some will require completion of an introduactory weekend.

If interested, then we'd like your input to help direct our offerings to best plan a very uncertain year ahead!
Please fill in this short survey on what content would most appeal to you.

Many thanks and we look forward to posting more details.
The Cultivate team

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 2017 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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