Biodiversity Events

NATURE & COMMUNITY | REWILDING (free events) Sunday 21st May 2017

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NATURE & COMMUNITY

13.30 – 15.00 – Starting at the Community Amphitheatre – FREE EVENT

A talk with ecologist and RTE’s “EcoEye” presenter Anja Murray will be held in the stunning location of the 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


RURAL REGENERATION & ECO-TOURISM TALK & PANEL DISCUSSION

15.00 – 16.30 – WeCreate Enterprise Centre – FREE EVENT

‘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. The panel will include Lenny, Anja, Ricky Whelan, a director of the Abbeyleix Bog Project and others. Broadcaster Duncan Stewart will close the session with his reflections on ‘rewilding’.

For further details or to book a place contact Davie at learning@thevillage.ie or on 0505 56061

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 see www.thevillage.ie For the full programme of this year’s Cloughjordan Biodiversity Week see www.cloughjordan.ie

This event is organised by Cultivate Living and Learning.

Both events are FREE events!

Download PDF file: ECOLearn-Biodiversity2017

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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.

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Creative Arts

Voices Rising: An incendiary evening of stories, songs, poems and conversation.

Saturday 28th May at 8pm

This is a Cloughjordan Arts event in Birr Theatre & Arts Centre.

€10/15

Notorious troubadour Fergus Costello, champion spoken-word poet Cormac Lally (Scene of the Rhyme), and activist-rapper Temper-Mental MissElayneous (Connected, RTE 2) share the stage in a show that mixes poetry, storytelling, humour and music with revolutionary passion! Music and additional stories will also be included by Cloughjordan based performers.

A fundraiser for the Community amphitheater project in Cloughjordan Ecovillage. Box office hours: Monday – Friday – 1pm-5.30pm – 057 9122911

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Biodiversity and Livelihoods in Cloughjordan Ecovillage

Sunday 22nd May

12.30pm – 2.30pm, Cloughjordan Ecovillage

Starting from WeCreate Workspace, Cloughjordan Ecovillage, Cloughjordan, County Tipperary

RTE’s “EcoEye” presenter Anja Murray will give a presentation and lead a tour of the biodiversity elements of Cloughjordan Ecovillage. The focus of this session will be Biodiversity and Livelihoods, the theme of the national Biodiversity Week. Anja Murray is an environmental policy analyst and ecologist. She has long been an environmental advocate and has been active in highlighting the importance of protecting our natural environment, wildlife and ecosystems. This is a free event held in association with the Cloughjordan Community Development Committee’s 2016 National Biodiversity Week Programme, Supported by Notice Nature and the Irish Environmental Network.  

For more details contact learning@thevillage.ie or see www.thevillage.ie

For the full programme of this year’s Cloughjordan Biodiversity Week see www.cloughjordan.ie

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Housing Ourselves Co-operatively

11 May 2016

Cloughjordan CoHousing in association with Cultivate
10am – 5pm – WeCreate Workspace

New models of housing will be  needed in order to ensure homes for people on  lower incomes and to contribute to mitigating the effects of climate change. Following on from last year’s ‘Housing Ourselves Co-operatively’ held in October 2015, this event will comprise of a series of discussions with keynote presentations from people involved in the various aspects of developing Co-Housing schemes. Cloughjordan Co-Housing has been working on designing and financing a Co-Housing scheme in Cloughjordan Ecovillage. We would like to share our progress as well as progress being achieved by other groups in Ireland on the various aspects and elements entailed in making Co-Housing a reality. The event aims to bring together those interested in setting up a co-housing project, community development and housing agencies, planners, architects and social finance organisations to look at making Co-Housing a reality in Ireland.
For full details and booking see www.cultivate.ie or contact Davie at davie@cultivate.ie

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Revolutionary Vision 1916 and 2016: Thomas MacDonagh’s Legacy

Fís Réabhlóide 1916 agus 2016: Oidhreacht Thomás MhicDhonnacha

Sunday 1st May

15.30  Bilingual Tour of the Ecovillage leaving from Sheelagh na Gig on Cloughjordan Main Street
16.30  Presentation in the Thomas MacDonagh Heritage Centre

The weekend is  a celebration of the heritage and culture of Cloughjordan and legacy of Thomas MacDonagh. In this bilingual talk, Professor Peadar Kirby will compare the vision that motivated Thomas MacDonagh and his comrades with the vision that motivates the promoters of the ecovillage today. He will examine the lessons we can learn from the life and work of Thomas MacDonagh.

Sa chaint dátheangach seo, déanfaidh an tOllamh Peadar Kirby comparáid idir an fhís a spreag Tomás MacDonnacha agus a chomrádaithe céad bliain ó sin agus an fhís a spreagann lucht an éiceaphobail sa lá atá inniu ann. Scrúdóidh sé na ceachtanna is féidir linn a fhoghlaim óna shaol agus a shaothair.

For more information on the full weekend programmel please contact the Thomas MacDonagh Heritage Centre http://www.macdonaghheritage.ie

Film

An Enquiry into A New Story for Humanity

Saturday 30th April

Cloughjordan Ecovillage – 19.00-22.00 – Venue TBA

This feature length film offers a gateway into the evolutionary consciousness that will propel us as a species to recognise and embody our interdependence in harmony with the planet and in partnership with all life. Featuring Satish Kumar, Elisabet Sahtouris, Charles Eisenstein and many more.

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Learning Journey To Cloughjordan Ecovillage for Community Groups Based in County Tipperary

Thursday 28th April

Cultivate in association with Tipperary County Council


A unique experience for PPN members, who will visit Cloughjordan Ecovillage to see the many environmental features, and explore how we improve participation in the development of sustainable communities and the local economy.

To book a free place contact Corena Ward, Tipperary PPN Coordinator, ppntipperary@gmail.com

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Learning Journey To Cloughjordan Ecovillage
For Community Groups Based in County Limerick

Wednesday  27th April


Cultivate in association with Limerick County Council


This unique experience for PPN members will visit Cloughjordan Ecovillage to see the many environmental features, and to explore

how we improve participation in the development of sustainable communities and the local economy.

To book a free place contact Sinead McDonnell – Environmental Awareness Officer, Limerick County Council

sinead.mcdonnell@limerick.ie   

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Learning Journey To Cloughjordan Ecovillage
For Community Groups Based in Clare

Tuesday 26th April

Cultivate in association with Clare County Council

This unique experience for PPN members will visit Cloughjordan Ecovillage to see the many environmental features, and to explore how we improve participation in the development of sustainable communities and the local economy.

To book a free place contact Cepta McDonagh – Environment Section, Clare County Council, envawareness@clarecoco.ie

Meeting

Farm Members Meeting followed by Food Sovereignty Lunch

Sunday 24th April
Midday at Django’s Hostel in the Ecovillage

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Food Sovereignty Proclamation Meal (#FoodSov)

Sunday 24th April

Time and venue TBC

Meet, eat and tweet: “a fair, eco friendly, local meal” hosted as part of the #FoodSov social media movement in support of The Irish Food Sovereignty Proclamation; how we value our local food, our agriculture systems and our communities and how we want to change them for the better.

For more information:

http://www.foodsovereigntyireland.org/proclamation.html

http://olivermoore.blogspot.ie/2016/03/april-24th-irelands-food-sovereignty.html

Workshop

Measuring our Ecological Footprint: Planning to reduce our impact

Thursday 21st April

7.30 WeCreate Workspace

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This session will discuss ways we can together reduce our EF, drawing on the lessons of the previous session. Vincent will offer some ideas as to what we could do. The objective is to elaborate a plan to reduce our EF and to decide on when we are going to measure it again with a view to finding evidence of our success.