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As you can’t visit us during the current Covid-19 restrictions, you can now explore the Ecovillage from home. Take a stroll around Cloughjordan Ecovillage on a sunny afternoon in April 2020 during the lockdown. Meet some of our members, explore the land and hear about the many ideas and projects you’ll find here that make our Ecovillage unique. The tour is in 360-degrees, so take a moment to get used to it. You navigate the screen by using the arrows at the top left to move around the landscape as each presenter talks. We hope you enjoy the tour and we look forward to the time when you can visit the Ecovillage again.
“The Path of Ecovillages” documentary gives an opportunity to discover the worldview and the philosophy of life shared by inhabitants of ecovillages from 9 different countries: Ireland, Canada, USA, Bolivia, Chile, New Zealand, Australia, India, and France.
By Fanny Boegeat and Yoan Svejcar.
REGENERATIVE & COOPERATIVE APPROACHES TO FOOD
Saturday 7th March – with additional Friday evening and Sunday events.
WeCreate Workspace & Cloughjordan Community Farm, Cloughjordan Ecovillage, Tipperary, Ireland
COLLABORATIVE DISTRIBUTION I POLICY MATTERS I FOOD SOVEREIGNTY I BETTER FARMING
Full Schedule PDF
Everyone is encouraged to book through NOTS
Bookings will further enable NOTS to provide a wide variety of in-depth courses to farmers, growers, processors, food businesses, agricultural professionals, and consultants working throughout the organic, food, and agricultural sectors.
All-inclusive Conference + Meals option (includes Lunch and Evening Meal) – €75
Conference + Lunch option – €60
Conference-only Ticket (no meals) €50
Or book with Cultivate (not including NOTS discount) at the bottom of this page.
Conference Ticket with Lunch (purchase evening meal separately) €75
Conference Evening Meal (Saturday) €15
Seeking Hope in Dark Times – Being Present
EXPLORE THE CHALLENGES OF CLIMATE CHANGE – SOW THE SEEDS OF AN ACTIVE HOPE
Saturday 4th April 2020, Heritage Museum, Cloughjordan 11:00 to 4:30
Seeking Hope in Dark Times – Grounding Hope
Saturday 9th May 2020, WeCreate, Cloughjordan Ecovillage 11:00 to 4:30
Faced with the stark realities of climate change that are emerging with ever greater intensity, we explore how to nurture a spirituality in these dark times through facing our connectedness, our grief and our responsibility. These day-long explorations will complement one another so that people can attend both or either one. The focus will be on exploring together the challenges that climate change and biodiversity loss present to each of us personally while sowing the seeds of an active hope.
Price €25 lunch included | To book email firstname.lastname@example.org
Save the date for the next SpeakEATsy on April 18th in Cloughjordan Ecovillage.
Places strictly limited to 60. Event details to follow soon.
This convivial evening is hosted by Ollie Moore, Mel White, and Davie Philip with a sumptuous meal, led by Johanna Taferner of the Night Orchard, using spectacular, seasonal ingredients from Cloughjordan Community Farm, Riot Rye Bakery, the RED gardens and other local providers.
Guest speakers in recent years include Mark Boyle, Ella McSweeney, Paul Kingsnorth, Cara Augustenberg, Mary Reynolds, Lorna Gold and Rob Hopkins.
The elements that weave an evening SpeakEATsy together vary. Sometimes solo musicians, singer songwriters or full bands play. Sometimes traditional poets, performance poets or other performers take to the stage. Sometimes we hear from a panel, other times it’s an in-depth interview. And sometimes, your own dining table chews on rounds of questions and digests conversation starters.
Whatever happens, bring your dancing shoes too as our Pressure Drop and Anacalypsis DJs will get you out of your seat and onto your feet well into the wee small hours.
Expect a full mind and body workout.
Nourish yourself at SpeakEATsy.
Next iterations: April 18th 2020 and October 17th 2020
Walking a Sacred Path
WORLD LABYRINTH DAY
Saturday 2nd May 2020 WeCreate, Cloughjordan Ecovillage 12noon – 1:30pm
Join us for an introductory talk and presentation on Labyrinths, followed by an opportunity for a guided walk of our 7 Circuit Celtic Labyrinth. Labyrinths are part of our ancient yet living traditions.
In community with Labyrinth Walkers around the world let’s take steps for peace and ‘Walk as One at 1”
Be part of a rolling wave of peaceful energy as the earth turns. All welcome.
Michael Cronin (1776 Professor of French, TCD, Ollamh le Fraincis 1776, Coláiste na Tríonóide) April 2020
Michael Cronin will give a bilingual talk on the subject of his new book on Irish and ecology in which he argues that endangered languages like Irish ‘offer a way of engaging with the non-human world which can teach us invaluable skills for a future where the non-human is coming back to exact climate revenge on human hubris’.
Tabharfaidh Michael Cronin caint dátheangach ar ábhar a leabhair nua ar an Ghaeilge agus an éiceolaíocht. Leagfaidh sé béim ar thábhacht na Gaeilge ‘chun an nasc idir an chríoch dhaonna agua na críocha nádúrtha a athchruthú agus a shlánú’.
No charge but donations welcome to pay for room rental. Booking not needed.
Friday 22nd May | 8:00pm | The Heritage Museum, Cloughjordan
Elements of Change Festival
WE’RE GOING TO PARTY LIKE IT’S 2029!
Saturday 27th June and Sunday 28th June 2020 Cloughjordan Ecovillage
In 2029 we’ll be on the cusp of the 12 year deadline set by the IPCC.
What will the world look like?
We’ll need: collaboration, community resilience, arts & expression, music & dance, food sovereignty, renewable energy, climate action, traditional crafts & skills, open source design, circular economy, decentralised economies and governance, meaningful livelihoods…These are some of the Elements of Change. In the inspiring setting of Cloughjordan Ecovillage, the team behind Global Green at the Electric Picnic, Cloughjordan residents, and Extinction Rebellion have collaborated with the aim of creating an off-grid celebration of regenerative culture. 2020 will see the return of our solar-powered stage on the community amphitheatre, overlooking the community farm. The food will be locally sourced, organic and affordable while priced to support it’s producers. There will be an exciting programme for all ages, featuring workshops, talks, performances and opportunities to contribute.
Tickets (including optional camping) available on www.cultivate.ie. Early bird tickets are available until April 21st.
Circle Dance weekendon 15th and 16th February 2020
– Sunday workshop led by Tony Wrench & Faith –
St. Kieran’s Hall, Cloughjordan
Saturday : 7.30pm to 10.30pm – an evening of guided harmony singing and dancing -take part or sit back and enjoy! €10 Sunday afternoon : 2.30 to 5.30pm – Circle dance workshop €10 Bookings : phone Wendy : 087 7910149 (both days €15)
This family-friendly festival weaves a spectrum of elements together for a unique programme of events. From scheduled workshops to Open Space, from walks and talks to collaboratively walking our talk and from musical treats to revolutionary feats – counter the culture of passive audience and bring this community festival to life!
Come on the train (the programme matches the timetable) and bring the whole family for this inspiring event – there will be programmes for all ages! This festival focuses on communal collaboration and as a participant of the festival you are the community!
Be part of the discussions, offer a workshop in Open Space slots, let your children inspire you with their own programme, bring an instrument or talent, get involved in a meitheal, host your own conversation cafe, mingle in the diversity of the festival and then share your insights!
“If we wait for the governments, it’ll be too little, too late; if we act as individuals, it’ll be too little; but if we act as communities, it might just be enough, just in time.” -Rob Hopkins, Transition Towns Movement
“Change” in the context of our modern way of life is not a new conclusion, and sustainable living has long been the pursuit of individuals and communities in response to the challenges we face. Many movements are calling for rapid change to ensure a harmonius future… though what that future could look like needs to be as inspiring as the movements that take us there!
For a community to sustain itself in meaningful, nourishing ways – to foster wellbeing, collaboration and creativity while coming together as a force for positive change – calls for a broader understanding of what it means to be a ‘sustainable community’. It takes much more than a low-impact lifestyle (although low-impact living is still a core element), it takes a healthy culture, a sense of belonging, personal and communal wellbeing, play, shared work and celebration and more to actually create and sustain a community, a network or a movement of people.
To make the shift from ego-system thinking to eco-system living, we’re calling for us all to come together and to not just build collective resilience, regenerative cultures and purposeful livelihoods… but to celebrate what’s involved in creating that! We want to reimagine a world and culture that helps us respond creatively and appropriately to the threats of climate change, food insecurity, biodiversity and species extinction, mental and physical health epidemics, fossil fuel energy dependence, the housing crisis etc…
Not to lose sight of the dire situation or urgency of action that’s needed but this is a once-in-a-species opportunity for massive systems change – to reimagine a holistically sustainable future! Let’s not let a good crisis go to waste.
“Art is not a mirror held up to society, but a hammer with which to shape it.” -Bertolt Brecht.
PROGRAMME & SPECIAL EVENTS
Watch the programme : HERE
Rob Hopkins is an activist and writer on environmental issues, based in Totnes, England. He is best known as the founder and figurehead of the Transition movement, which he initiated in 2005. Rob will join us for a community conversation on the amphitheatre as we discuss the movements of our times and how we can collectively reimagine what we’re moving toward.
Lorna Gold is a Scottish-Irish academic, climate campaigner, author of Climate Generation and also a mother of two boys. Deeply concerned about our children’s future, Lorna has been heavily involved in the #SchoolStrike4Climate and #FridaysForFuture movement.
Mark Boyle is an Irish activist living without money in a cosy wood cabin on a smallholding in east Galway, completely off-grid, since 2008. Indeed there’s no running water, no electricity and no gas. He doesn’t have any internet, neither mobile phone. He has discovered “an elemental life”, governed by the rhythms of the sun and seasons. He says his decision to ditch technology “has not been about saving the world, but about savouring it”.
Earthman Bob is a communication designer, visual artist and spoken word poet. He works on awareness campaigns, political messaging, and branding exercises in order to help organizations that are engaged with environmental cause. He regularly performs spoken word pieces from the perspective of an astronaut, to engage with the environmental crisis from a literal and metaphorical higher perspective.
Extinction Rebellion is an international movement promoting civil disobedience in order to minimize the human extinction and ecological collapse. The Irish committee includes national and local affinity groups that are standing up peacefully for urgent action on climate and in order to avoid biodiversity loss. They act organizing walks, talks and meetings : anyone, from anywhere, at anytime can join the movement, as long as they are non-violent protesters and they cohere to Extinction Rebellion values.
Kiruu is a multi instrumentalist and singer who combines styles, languages, and influences from East Africa, Europe, and beyond, creating an eclectic sound with an interactive element. Currently his music career includes not only concerts and recording, but also workshops and educational activities, festivals and social projects in East Africa, Ireland, and Spain.
Branwen Kavanagh is a multidisciplinary artist who strives to realise her artistic visions through breaking apart the frameworks that limit, define and divide art forms. She employs the varied practices of performance art, composition/song writing/sound art, poetry, theatre making, object making and puppetry in a unified and atypical manner in order to create what she calls the ‘living whole’ which stems from Wagner’s idea of the Gesamkunstwerk or ‘complete work of art’.
Ita Didge is a didgeridoo and world instruments artist based in Ireland Co. Clare. He holds didgeridoo and beatbox workshops for all ages and groups and uses a live Drum & Didge set in order to offer exhilarating experience of sound and dance.
Nicantsaoi is a folk singer-songwriter from Cloughjordan. A staunch member of the Slow Music Movement for over 20 years, she had been slowly writing songs and playing guitar and dabbling with software like Reason, Cubase, and more recently Pro-tools making some cool electronic sounds over the many moons.
Tickets and what to bring:
Accelerating change : Imagining the Transition with Rob Hopkins : limited to 40 places. This will be a late-breakfast session, coffee and cakes provided, beginning at 10am for a meet and greet and keynote presentation. This also includes the regular festival ticket.
Under 16yrs – Free
Festival Ticket – €12
Family : two adults with children – €20
Accelerating change : Imagining the Transition with Rob Hopkins & festival ticket – €35
Zero waste, sustainable transport and a local economy are all core values so we strongly encourage you bring your own crockery and to come by train (or car-pool if you must drive – limited parking available) and enjoy the delicious food on offer from our ecosystem of growers, chefs and artisan bakers!
The programme allows for arrivals and departures on the train so please consider leaving the car at home.
If you have ideas of other ways (great or small) that you would like to get involved then get in touch with email@example.com
|Tickets Incl. 23% VAT (Under 16yrs free)|
|Festival Ticket €12.00 EUR
Family Ticket (2 Adults + Children) €20.00 EUR
‘Accelerating Change’ with Rob Hopkins €35.00 EUR
Buy your tickets : HERE
COMMUNITY REVITALISATION THROUGH COOPERATIVE APPROACHES TO FARMING AND FOOD.
WHEN: SATURDAY 23rd MARCH 2019
WHERE: WeCreate Workspace & Cloughjordan Community Farm, Cloughjordan Ecovillage, Tipperary, Ireland
Feeding Ourselves is the annual conference that brings together agro-ecological farmers, community food advocates and anyone with an interest in good food, good farming and community revitalisation.
The focus this year is on you! This year we want our annual gathering to be all about the participants and our collective contributions – WE are the people we need to hear from!
This is the event for you if you want to help with or are interested in:
Discover how a cooperative approach can strengthen and build more resilient and sustainable food systems, while at the same time supporting our communities and local economies.
Case Studies, presentations and breakout discussions will be held on topics such as, Community Supported Agriculture, Food Hubs and other local supply and distribution systems.
Make a weekend of it and stay over. There will be film screenings, a convivial community meal with compelling conversations, and music on the Saturday night. On the Sunday, there will be an open day with walks and activities on Cloughjordan Community Farm.
If you want to create and support jobs in your area, help secure your food supply, are part of a community that wants to strengthen its local economy, or are a grower looking for a rewarding and potentially profitable way of supplementing your income, come to Cloughjordan where we’ll plan it all together.
Organised by Cultivate and Cloughjordan Community farm, with funding support from NOTS, UCC’s Centre for Co-operative Studies, ARC2020, GROW Observatory, Night Orchard, Food Sovereignty Ireland, and CSA Ireland.
National Organic Training Skillnet is co-funded by Skillnet Ireland and member companies. Skillnet Ireland is funded from the National Training Fund through the Department of Education & Skills. Therefore, the fees for this event have been reduced.
Please note when you register your booking through NOTS, there is a drop down menu for you to select your ticket type.
The above are the NOTS funded rates and are only available through PAID advance bookings.
Please note, if you do not wish to recieve the NOTS funding rates, full prices will apply on the day at Cloughjordan. ( See below)
IN OUR HANDS: SEEDING CHANGE
Farm Meal, Film and Conversation. Saturday 23rd March 19.00 – 22.00
Join us for a convivial evening celebration of small scale farming and community food production in the context of climate disruption.
We stand on the brink, the future is uncertain, but the seeds of a better food system are quite simply … In Our Hands!
All change begins with a story and In Our Hands is the story of the farmers who, through hope, and hard-graft are refusing to be victims of history.
This evening get together after the Feeding Ourselves conference will include a screening of a documentary by the UK Landworkers’ Alliance and Black Bark Films, telling the inspiring story of real life farmers taking on the might of the industrial food system and taking back control of their lives, the land and their communities. This will be followed by a Community Farm meal, singing and poetry, and a compelling conversation with farmers and activists from the Extinction Rebellion movement.
We stand on a brink, but the future is still In Our Hands
PLEASE INDICATE IN THE SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS FIELD IF YOU HAVE ANY SPECIAL DIETARY REQUIREMENTS SUCH AS VEGETARIAN OR VEGAN.
Very affordable accommodation is available in Cloughjordan Ecovillage.
To book Django’s Eco-Hostel see www.djangoshostel.com or call +353 87 256 9348.
FARM FLICKS. SYMPHONY FOR THE SOIL – Friday 23rd MARCH – 20.10 – Please note, this event is not supported through NOTS. Please book directly with Cultivate. For further information see www.cultivate.ie or contact firstname.lastname@example.org
The visitors were shown how building within town boundaries supports a low-carbon society. “Our kids walk to school, we walk to the pub,” said Iva. “By building close to the shops and amenities we are encouraged and able to walk or cycle.” The strong culture of sharing, including lifts, was highlighted and the politicians’ attention drawn to the blocks placed on car-sharing by the insurance industry. “There are many creative car-sharing clubs across the continent of Europe but they seem to be hindered here in Ireland due to a conservative, restrictive industry,” said Iva, who encouraged the Committee to quiz the insurance industry as to what it is doing to facilitate low-carbon living.
The Joint Oireachtas Committee members who visited were Sean Sherlock (Lab), Tom Neville (FG), Brian Stanley (SF), Thomas Pringle (Independent), John Lahart (FF) and Senator Ian Marshall, plus a number of researchers for other Committee members.
Read the latest Media coverage on our Media Page
The 3rd annual Apple Festival and Community Fair takes place in the ecovillage at Cloughjordan. This festival, which coincides with the European Day of Sustainable Communities, celebrates the yield of apples, those that tend to the trees, who work the land and those who create delicious food.
The day features a number of talks, workshops and activities that are open to the public.
Highlights include delicious local food stalls, an apple baking contest, tours around the ecovillage, its orchards of heritage apples and a Heritage Day highlighting working animals and seed saving on the community farm.
It has been a great year for apples and at Féile na nÚll there will be a chance to get them juiced. Bring your apples for mashing and pressing and, if you have an apple pie or tart recipe you are proud of, consider entering the Apple Bake contest.
In the evening there will be a celebratory shared meal and open mic night for the Cloughjordan Community Farm 10th Anniversary Birthday! Bring a dish to share and an instrument to play!
This exciting programme of special events kicks off at 11am in and around the WeCreate enterprise centre, which is located off the Shinrone Road entrance to ecovillage.
Lessons from the Amazon – A Talk with Nicola Peel followed by conversation with Iva Pocock
Nicola Peel has worked in the Ecuadorian Amazon for 18 years. She has helped find solutions to oil spills and turning waste into a useful resource.
Iva Pocock is a journalist living in Cloughjordan who works with community led initiatives in response to climate change.
Free admission (donations welcome)
Thurs 16th August, 7.30pm – 9.00pm, WeCreate, Cloughjordan Ecovillage
An EcoLearn Event at Cloughjordan Ecovillage
Read more here..
Join us for an inspiring conversation with Sinéad Cullen : artist and environmental architect and John Shiel : Narara Ecovillage, Australia. Followed by a conversation led by Davie Philip.
Thursday August 23rd 2018 I 7.30pm – 9.00pm
WeCreate Workspace I Cloughjordan Ecovillage
Sinéad Cullen has a passion to learn how we build and sustain resilient creative communities. This inspired her to start a journey in October 2016 that led her through Europe and to Colombia where she spent time in 19 communities. Her experience has given her an insight into how communities are answering the call for us all to bring more of our creativity into the world, and are creating and inspiring ! better ways of living. letscreate.sineadcullen.com, www.gofundme.com
John Sheil is an ecovillage pioneer from Australia who has visited many sustainable communities and is currently based in Narara Ecovillage located north of Sydney. John is the Chairman of Permaculture Hunter and the co-leader of Beyond Zero Emission (Newcastle), an award-winning climate change solutions think tank. He is the founder of EnviroSustain, a Building Ecology business that minimises energy, water and waste in buildings. neln.org.au, www.envirosustain.com.au
Davie Philip has been active promoting sustainable community in Ireland since 1996. He is based in Cloughjordan Ecovillage and facilitates groups working on collaborative approaches to help their localities flourish through the Community Resilience Programme at Cultivate! Living and Learning.
Free admission (donations welcome)
Join us for the Feeding Ourselves gathering! See Full Schedule
This is the annual coming together of small farmers, community food advocates and anyone with an interest in good food, good farming and rural revitalisation.
This year’s focus is on community supported agriculture, cooperation, regenerative agriculture, citizen science, better agri-food policies and other people and planet friendly practices such as social farming and high nature value farming.
Saturday 26th: Feeding Ourselves Conference (Venue: WeCreate Workspace, Cloughjordan Ecovillage)
Farm Flicks in the evening: Farming on Crisis
Sunday 27th: Events include: Community Gardens Ireland Gathering | Briefing on the new EU Organic Regulation | Restoring Biological Diversity, Strengthening our Resilience (see pdf for full details)
Book here: Through NOTS (National Organic Training Skillnet)
With Ella McSweeney (RTE, BBC) Hannes Lorenzen (European Parliament, ARC2020) Pavlos Georgiadis (GROW Observatory Greece, Kannabio Hemp Co-operative), Helen Doherty (Social Farming Ireland), Clifford Guest (LIT), Aideen McGloin (Social Farming Researcher), Davie Philip (Cultivate), Fergal Anderson (Leaf and Root), Devyn Olson-Sawyer (Cultivate), Seamus Boland (National Rural Network), Oliver Moore (ARC2020, UCC Centre for Co-operative Studies) Noreen Byrne (UCC Centre for Co-operative Studies), Bruce Darrell (RED Gardens) Pippa Hackett (Green Party), Thomas O’Connor (Mana Organic), Róisín Nic Cóil (CSA Ireland), Pat Malone (Cloughjordan CSA), Tamara MacGinty (Cloughjordan CSA), Mimi Pierson (Crawford’s Farm), Julie Lockett (Riot Rye Bakehouse & Breadschool), Joanne Butler (CG Ireland), Kevin Dudley (Cloughjordan CSA), Judith Hitchman (URGENCY), Ben Whelan (GROW, Cultivate), Wendy Bailey (Cluckjordan Eggs / Cloughjordan CSA), Nathalie Markiefka & Sinead Moran (Foodture) and hopefully you!!! Organised by Cultivate and Cloughjordan Community farm, with support from NOTS, UCC’s Centre for Co-operative Studies, ARC2020, GROW Observatory, Social Farming Ireland, Night Orchard, Food Sovereignty Ireland, and CSA Ireland.
A talk and conversation with Pádraic Fogarty, author of ‘Whittled Away’, on the Cloughjordan Community Amphitheatre.
15.00: Tour of Ecovillage leaving from Sheelagh na Gig bookshop on Main Street
16.00: Talk in the Cloughjordan Community Amphitheatre
A tour of the ecovillage followed by a talk in the new Cloughjordan Community Amphitheatre with Pádraic Fogarty, author of ‘Whittled Away: Ireland’s Vanishing Nature’.
A public conversation with Pádraic on how communities can play a part in restoring biological diversity and strengthening resilience will follow the talk.
This event, organised by Sustainable Projects Ireland and Cloughjordan Arts, will explore the Convention on Biological Diversity and encourage actions by communities which lead to the regeneration of nature.
Gather at Sheelagh na Gig Bookshop for the tour or at the Cloughjordan Community Amphitheatre at 4pm. In the case of adverse weather this event will take place in WeCreate Workspace.
This is a free event held as part of the National Biodiversity Week supported by IEN and the National Parks and Wildlife Service. Included Convergence 2018 www.cultivate.ie and in the 2018 Cloughjordan Biodiversity Week Festival https://www.facebook.com/wildcloughjordan/
The Ecovillage is located in the heart of Cloughjordan, a small rural town in Co. Tipperary. It is a vibrant, sustainable neighbourhood currently home to 100 adults and 35 children living in 55 low-energy homes with a renewable energy heating system, edible landscapes, community gardens, and allotments.
Among the ecosystem of organisations based in Cloughjordan Ecovillage are Cloughjordan Community Farm, one of Ireland’s most developed Community-Supported Agriculture (CSA) projects, and Cloughjordan Community Arts, which operates an amphitheatre within the ecovillage. Cloughjordan Co-Housing is planning a co-housing development within the ecovillage offering low-cost and low-energy homes with shared services and Django’s Ecohostel provides accomodation. The WeCreate green enterprise centre which incorporates a fab lab and co-working space is home to Cultivate. Riot Rye Bakehouse and Bread School offers delicious wood fired, sourdough bread and very popular courses on real bread. The RED Gardens are researching the most effective way to grow food. These enterprises cooperate to enhance their businesses and model a form of resilient economic and social regeneration.
While the ecovillage has faced many major challenges, both internal and external, it has been able to use these to learn the skills of building resilience. As we face the uncertain years and decades ahead, the lessons offered by the ecovillage are going to become ever more significant throughout the wider society.
Places are limited to book or for further information contact email@example.com
Cost: €35 with €5 reduction if you travel by train.
Saturday 2nd June – 11.00 – 16.30
WeCreate Workspace in Cloughjordan Ecovillage
ECOlearn – An Ecovillage Experience
Exploring new models of housing, smaller homes and more liveable neighbourhoods for healthier and more sustainable local communities.
In an era of housing crises, ecological deterioration and social fragmentation, the need for more sociable, affordable and sustainable housing is vital. Co-housing has become mainstream in many European countries but is relatively new to Ireland. Groups across the country are coming together around a shared desire for a deeper sense of belonging, neighbourliness and mutual support that contemporary housing options lack.
Housing Ourselves is an annual event bringing together those interested in co-housing, sustainable community advocates, housing agencies, planners, architects and social finance organisations to progress making co-housing a reality in Ireland. Housing Ourselves 18 will explore the cultural barriers, discuss options for financing and introduce new approaches to constructing co-housing neighbourhoods. It will also facilitate the sharing of knowledge and skills amongst emerging projects with the aim of creating genuinely affordable homes and strong communities.
Speakers Include – Fiona Dunkin (Co-operative Housing Ireland) Hugh Brennan (Ó Cualann Cohousing Alliance) Peadar Kirby (Cloughjordan Ecovillage) Ruari-Santiago McBride (Cloughjordan Co-Housing) Caelan Bristow (De Wett Studio) Mike Haslam (Haslam & Co Architects) Ebanie Powell (e.powell design) Tim Crowley (Ó Cualann Cohousing Alliance) Donal Traynor (Community Finance Ireland) Kim O’Shea (Limerick University) Fox Keohane and Eldon Hillard (Irish Community Living Network) Davie Philip and Aaron Bailey (Cultivate).
This event is part of Convergence, Cultivate’s annual sustainable living festival; a fortnight of events, inspiring stories and compelling conversations for a healthy, low-carbon society. See the full Converegence schedule for more events across Ireland.
For more info or to discuss ideas for collaborating please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Complementary beer from the award winning White Gypsy Brewery.
A delicious shared Community Farm meal by Night Orchard
Spoken word poetry from Mel White and Dave Rock
Live music from Nicantsaoi(aka Maggie McEntee) and Roj Light Conversation with US community activist Brittney Johnson
Pressure Drop DJs to finish
Saturday 7th April | 19.00 till late | €25 seated meal and evening entertainment (booking essential) | €15 evening entertainment from 20.30 (with food available to purchase)
‘SpeakEATsy’ is a unique evening of music, poetry, food and conversation that is so much more than the sum of its parts. Book in for a delicious shared meal with Community Farm and local produce by Night Orchard. At this SpeakEATsy there will be complimentary beer from the award winning White Gypsy Brewery. Resident poet Mel White, winner of the Cuirt Literary Festival Poetry Slam, will share some of her new work and dynamic spoken word artist and creativity facilitator Dave Rock will enthral and entertain us. There will be music from singer songwriter Maggie McEntee and some new tracks from the frontman Roger Whelan from the Dublin based band The RoJ LiGht. A public conversation will also take place with US community activist Brittney Johnson and Pressure Drop DJs to finish.
SpeakEATsy is an experience – a happening – the core components are food; art; spoken word poetry; live musicians; a facilitated conversation with notable thinkers, writers or activists; and leading edge DJs to finish. Food, conversation and music are great ways to bring people together – SpeakEATsy emerged from a novel take on these simple ingredients and the desire to cultivate community.
Book tickets online here..http://www.cultivate.ie
This training is for people working with established or emerging community groups, organisations and co-operative initiatives and for anyone interested in convening better meetings, working with groups, hosting events and designing and delivering courses in a more participative way. Adult and community educators, trainers, hosts and facilitators who want to develop their skills and ways of working to enable them to have impact as we transition to a more values-based and collaborative economy, will benefit from attending this course.
10am – 5pm, Tuesday 27th February 2018
(note: 10am start, though learning material will not be covered until 11am to accommodate those arriving by train)
Course fee €50 (€40 Concession) Includes a delicious local lunch.
To book see www.cultivate.ie
On Saturday 4th November 2017 a FULL MOON story telling event was held by the ‘Dark Sky Group’ in the new Skybowl Garden in the Ecovillage. We would like to thank the performers on the night: Bee Leitner, Mel White, Andrew Lummis and Nigel Quinlan who ended the story telling with a rollicking tale. Many thanks to John Flannery, our guest Astronomer, who travelled from Dublin for the event and was a font of information, technical and legendary, on our skies.. as well as donating two lovely astronomy books to the Raffle.
Special kudos to the children and young people who also read their own stories or found legends to read.. your courage and inventiveness were much appreciated and ye well deserved your prizes!! Thanks too to all the willing helpers on the night!
We look forward to the next Dark Sky gathering – to be announced here soon!
Dark Sky Group
View a selection of pictures by Eoin Campbell below;
Features citizen soil scientist, David Beacher and the Cloughjordan community farm’s own Kevin Dudley.
This afternoon event is aimed at food growers, farmers and other people interested in soil and agroecology. It will introduce the GROW Observatory is an EU-wide project supporting the emergence of a citizens’ movement to share knowledge and help monitor our European soils. The salon will develop the capacity of Irish citizens to understand soil and to better steward land and includes presentations by Devyn Olson-Sawyer and Ben Whelan of the GROW Observatory and representatives of the People4Soil campaign.
Saturday 30 September 2017, 14.00 – 16.30
WeCreate, Cloughjordan Community Farm
A convivial evening meal with spoken word, music and compelling conversations, this happening is far more than the sum of its parts: it’s a confluence of influences and inspirations delivering a full sensory and intellectual workout!
A deep discussion will be held with Easkey Britton, a big-wave surfer who is using her passion for the ocean to create social change and connection across cultures, and Fergal Smith (pictured), a professional surfer who has returned to the land to start a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) farm near Lahinch. Live acoustic music, slam poetry and global beats from DJs complete the aesthetic. Book early as this one books out!
See this one minute snippet for more: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nTg4DBJoGkk
An evening with food at it’s core – bring a dish to share and tickets are €15. For an evening feast and a night out from cooking then come along for only €25.
For booking see Cultivate.ie – http://www.cultivate.ie/convergence-festival
Consider coming earlier for a full day out and enjoy the Sustainable Community Fair & Apple Festival in Cloughjordan Ecovillage! –https://www.facebook.com/events/1464660213611098
This event is part of Convergence, Cultivate’s sustainable living festival (see cultivate.ie for full programme), and is a fundraiser for Cloughjordan Community Farm.
SpeakEATsy – 23rd September 2017, Cloughjordan Ecovillage, 7.30pm
Ongoing throughout the day. Bring your apples for mashing and pressing. Up to 15kg pressed for free.
12.30 – Pony Rides (ongoing)
12.30 – Apple Identification – A tour of the orchard of heritage apples.
13.00 – Real Bread – Riot Rye Bakehouse & Bread School (WeCreate – 20mins)
13.30 – ECOLEARN – Ecovillage Presentation and Tour (WeCreate Main Space followed by a walk around the project – 1.5 hours)
15.45 – Cloughjordan Community Farm Walk (Leaving from the front of WeCreate)
17.00 – Apple Bake Off – announcing the winners (WeCreate)
That evening from 7.30 there will also be a SpeakEATsy. This is a shared meal, music, spoken word and a public conversation with professional surfer turned organic farmer Fergal Smith. Booking can be made here
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
NATURE & COMMUNITY
13.30 – 15.00 – Starting at the Community Amphitheatre
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 email@example.com 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
Cloughjordan Community Amphitheatre was officially opened by President Michael D Higgins on the eve of Earth Day 2017.
In a rousing speech to the gathered crowd of 350 people the President praised the latest development in the Cloughjordan ecovillage as “a work of vision, of reimaging.”
With seating capacity for 250 people, the amphitheatre is a new multi-purpose performance space designed to stage a diverse range of cultural events, from youth, amateur and professional drama to music concerts, educational talks, screenings and recitals.
President Higgins said it is an “important space of artistic learning and sharing” in the vision of the Cloughjordan native, Thomas MacDonagh, the teacher, revolutionary and poet who was one of the signatories of the 1916 Proclamation.
The amphitheatre is built into a mound at the northern end of the Cloughjordan ecovillage, and is sculpted from the Tipperary landscape using permaculture design principles.
It incorporates a commemorative inscription, from Francis Ledwidge’s poem Lament for Thomas MacDonagh, crafted by local artists Lian Callaghan and Thomas Wollen.
The President and his wife Sabine were welcomed to the amphitheatre by ecovillage resident Prof Peadar Kirby and a guard of honour by the local Scout group. The opening included performances by local musicians – Rigs and Jeels; Weave; and Angela De Burca and Deirdre O’Leary – and a reading of Ledwidge’s lament by local resident Patrick Bergin.
Michelle Drysdale, a descendent of MacDonagh’s, also addressed the crowd. She described the amphitheatre as “stunning” and a truly fitting tribute to her great-grandfather.
“I know that he would have been proud of it and the community effort that made it happen,” she said.
President Higgins said he was honoured to hear MacDonagh’s relative speak and that MacDonagh understood that “you must be able to have a kind of integrity of imagination such as will allow . . . all of the passions of the heart.”
He lauded the founders of the ecovillage who came together some 20 years ago in the Central Hotel in Dublin “to share their dreams of what might be – a more ethical and sustainable life, lived in a community which isn’t easy and can have difficulties.”
“It’s the first anniversary of the Paris Agreement, and one of the things that strikes one, and particularly at my stage of life, is that very often you can look back at whole reams of words that really are quite distracting unless they are turned into reality.
“But here in the ecovillage so much is being turned into practical achievements,” he said.
He noted that the ecovillage is not alone, that it has a wonderful and important relationship with its surrounding communities and that there is an international ecovillage movement.
He quoted the mission of the Global Ecovillage Network: “A world of empowered people and communities designing pathways to a sustainable future while building bridges of hope and international solidarity.”
“These are inspiring words translated into new ways of living here in Cloughjordan . . . about how we might live together not continually recoiling from one level of anxiety or another, but living with joy,” he said.
“As I formally open this amphitheatre I want to say, may its example flow out, may people discover the courage and the joy of being able to live together and be able to do so.”
The main designer and driver of the amphitheatre project, Mick Canny, concluded the speeches. He expressed his delight at the launch, said he hoped the amphitheatre would live up to the challenge of “reimagining” and thanked all those involved, in particular the philanthropic JVM Trench Trust, which has committed to supporting the project for the first three years of operation.
The amphitheatre is not yet finished, said Canny, and donations are always welcome.
View or download a PDF transcript of the presidents speech – click here
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A taste of life in our community for those interested in building, living, and working in sustainable communities. This ECOLearn Experience Event Includes:
Consider staying over as very affordable accommodation in Cloughjordan Ecovillage, Django’s Eco-Hostel. Book online or call +353 87 256 9348.
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!
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.
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
In this Irish Times article, founding member and current resident Iva Pocock, offers an insider’s view of life in Cloughjordan Ecovillage.
As the year draws to an end, we’re reflecting on all our activities and the visitors we’ve welcomed to the Ecovillage during 2015. Here are some of the highlights.
Wishing all our friends a very happy Christmas and New Year.
Irish Independent reporter, Rachel Lavin, talks to some of the Ecovillage residents.
MILESECURE-2050 project aims at understanding and overcoming the political, economical and behavioural traits and trends that led Europe to its difficulties in reducing fossil fuel consumption, and in diversifying its energy balance at rates which guarantee European energy security at the horizon 2050, reduce the threat of climate change, and diminish the risk of an energy gap in the coming decades The EU-funded academic consortium examined over 1,700 European low-energy projects. A total of 90 were identified in 19 countries, two of which were located in Ireland. Sustainable Clonakilty and Sustainable Projects Ireland’s Cloughjordan Ecovillage.
Of the 90 ‘anticipatory experiences’ initially identified, 23 were selected for a more detailed examination on the basis of criteria including the success of the project, ‘in terms of social recognition and excellent results from an energy and environmental point of view’. Among those selected was Cloughjordan Ecovillage, the only Irish project selected. One way of selecting the 23 most successful projects was through analysing tweeting about the 90 projects. These were analysed both quantitatively and qualitatively. This shows Cloughjordan ecovillage to be in the top ten of the 90 European projects for the total number of tweets about it, the followers of those tweeting, the original content of the tweets, how positive they are, and the global reach of those tweeting and reading the tweets (see full details in documents 2.1 and 2.2 on www.milesecure2050.eu). Milesecure’s research identifies Cloughjordan Ecovillage as one of Europe’s leading ‘anticipatory experiences’ of the transition towards a low-carbon society with important lessons for EU policy.