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Earth Hour

Saturday 25th March, 8:30pm

Django’s EcoHostel

Coordinated by WWF, the event is held worldwide annually to encourage individuals, communities, households and businesses to turn off their non-essential lights for one hour as a symbol for their commitment to tackling climate change. At Cloughjordan Ecovillage we will be observing Earth Hour at Django’s. In the candlelight we will be playing music, sharing stories, poems and reflections.

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EcoLearn: An EcoVillage Experience

Saturday 1st April, 11am – 5pm

WeCreate Centre.

A taste of life in our community for those interested in building, living, and working in sustainable communities. This ECOLearn Experience Event Includes:

  • An overview of the history and vision of the Ecovillage
  • A guided tour highlighting the project’s community features
  • A visit inside high performance homes and a chance to meet some of the residents
  • A visit to the community farm, and green enterprise centre
  • Practical advice about living in this multi-award winning community
  • Useful information to take away about buying and building in the Ecovillage 

Consider staying over as very affordable accommodation in Cloughjordan Ecovillage, Django’s Eco-Hostel. Book online or call +353 87 256 9348.

Booking info

  • Places are limited to book or for further information contact learning@thevillage.ie
  • Cost: €30 with €5 reduction if you travel by train!

Schedule allows travel by train from the Dublin area and return on the same day. The rail fare from Dublin is cheaper if booked 3 days in advance and the venue is 15 minutes walk from the station!

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Feeding Ourselves: Soil, Community Farming, Regeneration & Diversification

Saturday 8th & Sunday 9th April

WeCreate Centre

Celebrate the soil beneath our feet, the food it provides for our communities, and the agroecological farmers and growers who work the land.

Featuring a soil symposium – including an introduction to a fascinating new citizen science project called GROW Observatory – with dedicated sessions on community gardens, sustainable farm diversification, community supported agriculture and the land workers alliance. We’ll highlight inspiring examples of regenerative (agri)-culture activism – from farm hack to food policy councils.

Speakers and contributors include Naomi van der Velden (British Permaculture Association), Kate Carmody (Organic Hemp Farmer Kerry) and David Beecher (Citizen Soil Scientist) plus many more.

If you are a grower, see food as a commons, interested in Permaculture or land-based livelihoods, this event is for you.

For full details and booking see Cultivate.

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The Little Food Fair

Saturday 8th & Sunday 9th April

WeCreate Centre

An outdoor food market at the WeCreate Centre in the Ecovillage with produce and information from local producers: Wildfire Pizza, The Night Orchard, Riot Rye, Cloughjordan Community farm, Middle Country Cafe Co-op, Crawford’s Farm, and Harmony Gardens (NextGen Cloughjordan).  This is part of the Feeding Ourselves conference but open to everyone.

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SpeakEATsy

Saturday 8th April

7:30pm till late. WeCreate Centre

A convivial evening of food, art, music, poetry and dancing. Experience a tasty and thoughtful meander into a world where music and poetry, farming and food, arts and nourishment weave together seamlessly. This unique event includes a meal, music, spoken word and a public conversation in a convivial community setting.

For full details and booking see Cultivate.

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Creative Rebellion: Artistic Consciousness at the time of MacDonagh

Sunday 30th April

3pm. Heritage Centre.

Explore the power of the arts and creativity to challenge injustice and transform society. Introduced by Peadar Kirby, this presentation by Dr. Caoilfhionn Ní Bheacháin and Dr. Angus Mitchell from the University of Limerick will reflect on the role of the artist and on the importance of culture in the Rising of 1916.

Followed by a tour through Cloughjordan Ecovillage to the new Community Amphitheatre, which will offer the opportunity to link the arts with the great challenges of our times, for social justice and environmental sustainability.

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Biodiversity Weeks Events

Sunday 21st May

In the middle of May as part of the national Biodiversity Week there will be a programme of events in Cloughjordan. On Sunday 21st there will be a tour of the biodiversity aspects of Cloughjordan Ecovillage and a presentation on Rewilding, the mass restoration of ecosystems and an opportunity to reverse the destruction of the natural world.

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Art of Facilitation: Effective Tools for Cultivating Collaboration and Engagement in Groups, Communities, and Co-operative Initiatives.

Tuesday 23rd May

10am – 5pm. WeCreate Workspace

Develop your competencies in facilitating groups and using new tools to host transformational conversations in your community or organisation. This full-day course will provide participants with processes to better host meetings, enable dialogue, facilitate participative events, and cultivate flourishing communities. This event will examine the changing role of the facilitator as a catalyst for change, and is aimed at those that have no background in facilitation as well as those who are experienced seeking to enrich their skill-set. Hosted by Chris Chapman, Davie Philip and Aaron Bailey.

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A Day of Peace: A World Beyond War (TBC)

Saturday 8th July

WeCreate Centre

If we abolish war, humanity can not only survive and better address the climate crisis and other dangers, but will be able to create a better life for everyone. The reallocation of resources away from war promises a world whose advantages are beyond easy imagination. Some $2 trillion a year, roughly half from the United States and half from the rest of the world, is devoted to war and war preparation. Those funds could transform global efforts to create sustainable energy, agricultural, economic, health, and education systems. Redirection of war funding could save many times the lives that are taken by spending it on war.
Talks, workshops, screenings will take place in the WeCreate Centre, organised by World Beyond War with Shannonwatch, The Galway Alliance Against War & Cloughjordan to Palestine.
Full schedule and further details to be confirmed.

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Permaculture Design Certificate Course

Friday 11th – Sunday 20th August

Organised by Cultivate, hosted in association with Cloughjordan Community Farm and the Ecovillage Education Group at the WeCreate Centre.

This 10-day Permaculture Design Certificate Course 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.

For more information, see www.cultivate.ie

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Global Green at the Electric Picnic

Friday 2nd – Sunday 4th September

Stradbally Hall, Co. Laois, Ireland.

This pop-up ecovillage is a diverse community of cultural creatives, activists, artists, musicians, foodies, hackers, social entrepreneurs and slam poets, brought together by Cultivate, supported by an alliance of learning providers from Cloughjordan Ecovillage and across Ireland. This dynamic and green edge of the Electric Picnic showcases new musical acts, offers the most authentic food on site and hosts discussions on radical ideas for a community-led future that works.  The theme of Global Green in 2017 is ‘Making the transition to a resilient and low carbon society’ and will be highlighting the work of Cloughjordan Ecovillage. For more information see www.electricpicnic.ie

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Sustainable Earth Fair

Saturday 23rd September

As part of a new European Day of Sustainable Communities and the national Convergence festival, this fair will highlight the sustainability features of this award winning ‘ecosystem of innovation’. It will feature talks, discussions, stalls, a farm and enterprise centre open day and tours of the project.

Cloughjordan Community Amphitheatre

The New Cloughjordan Amphitheatre

The Cloughjordan Amphitheatre is a new multi-purpose performance space designed to stage a diverse range of cultural events from professional and community theatre and music to performance poetry, film screenings and educational workshops. The amphitheatre will be formally opened on June 21st by President Michael D Higgins.

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The amphitheatre is being developed by Cloughjordan Arts and was conceived as a 1916 Centenary project.  The poet, dramatist and signatory to the Proclamation of Independence, Thomas MacDonagh (a native of Cloughjordan) will be honoured in an artwork to be installed at the site.  This space will allow us to carry on the work of cultural engagement and social empowerment that MacDonagh and his colleagues were engaged in – the reimagining of Ireland.

The facility itself is located within a large subsoil mound created during the excavation and construction phase of the Cloughjordan Ecovillage. Utilising this otherwise problematic mound of earth allows us to deliver a first-class venue for a modest investment and with minimal environmental impact. This ‘permaculture’ design methodology focuses on re-use and repurposing, on using local materials, and the skills of local craftspeople. Construction is well advanced. The major earth shaping and the installation of stage and seating tiers is now complete.

Initial funding was received from the 2016 Special Projects Office of the Department of Arts Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Tipperary County Council, the JVM Trench Trust, and through local fundraising. Cloughjordan Arts are continuing to fundraise and need your help. Every donation, no matter how small, will help us to complete and fit-out the facility.

For full details see Cloughjordan Arts