Cloughjordan Ecovillage is a learning community, a destination for learning-by-doing and action research into sustainability, resilience, community living and rural regeneration. We have many workshops, courses and events taking place throughout the year. Download a pdf of the full programme here: EcovillageProgramme 2017 – New events are also added to this page regularly so please check back or follow us on facebook.

 


MAY 2017

 

SUNDAY 21st MAY 2017

NATURE & COMMUNITY

13.30 – 15.00 – Starting at the Community Amphitheatre

ECOLearn-Biodiversity2017A 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 – this is a free event!

 

 

SUNDAY 21st MAY 2017

REWILDING – RURAL REGENERATION & ECO-TOURISM TALK & PANEL DISCUSSION

15.00 – 16.30 – WeCreate Enterprise Centre 

‘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 – this is a free event!

Download PDF file: ECOLearn-Biodiversity2017

 

 

 

TUESDAY 23rd MAY 2017

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

10am – 5pm. WeCreate Workspace, Cloughjordan Ecovillage.

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.

For further details or to book a place contact  learning@thevillage.ie or tel; 0505 56061

 

 

TUESDAY 23rd MAY 2017

Sourdough Course.

11am – 5pm. RiotRye Bakehouse, Cloughjordan Ecovillage.

8 places, €110 per person, including lunch.

Gain an understanding of how to blend flours and flavours and refresh your sourdough starters. Using temperature and various fermentation techniques, you will work with the subtle and complex textures, flavours and forms of your breads. You will learn:

  • how to make flavoursome and highly nutritious sourdough breads
  • how to start and maintain a sourdough starter
  • how to manage the fermentation and flavour of your doughs
  • about the nutritional benefits and digestability of sourdough breads

You will bring home with you a selection of breads, fresh sourdough starter and the confidence to bake real bread at home!

Visit RiotRye Bakehouse for more info and to book.

 

 


June 2017

 

 

FRIDAY 2nd JUNE, 1pm

Nordberg String Orchestra

The Cloughjordan Amphitheatre  (Free event)

Norberg-String-OrchestraThe first concert in the Amphitheatre will be given by the Nordberg String Orchestra, a children’s orchestra from a neighbourhood in Oslo, founded in 2011. The players are aged 9 to 14 are passionate about playing their instruments. In this picture they are performing on the roof of the Oslo Opera House. They can’t wait for their first trip abroad, to Ireland this June.

The orchestra is lead by Juliet Jopling, Arvid Engegård, Mari Lerseth and Vivian Sunnarvik, all of whom are leading figures in Norwegian professional music life.

Programme:

Edvard Grieg: Holberg Suite

V Monti: Czardas

Norwegian folk music and Finnish tangos

In the event of rain, the concert will be in St. Kieran’s Hall.

Find out more about the Orchestra and it’s leaders here: http://engegardquartet.com/biography/

 

 

 

 

 

 

TUESDAY 6th JUNE 2017

Sourdough Course

11am – 5pm. RiotRye Bakehouse, Cloughjordan Ecovillage.

8 places, €110 per person, including lunch.

Gain an understanding of how to blend flours and flavours and refresh your sourdough starters. Using temperature and various fermentation techniques, you will work with the subtle and complex textures, flavours and forms of your breads. You will learn:

  • how to make flavoursome and highly nutritious sourdough breads
  • how to start and maintain a sourdough starter
  • how to manage the fermentation and flavour of your doughs
  • about the nutritional benefits and digestability of sourdough breads

You will bring home with you a selection of breads, fresh sourdough starter and the confidence to bake real bread at home!

Visit RiotRye Bakehouse for more info and to book.

 

 

TUESDAY 13th JUNE 2017

Serious Sourdough Course

11am – 5pm. RiotRye Bakehouse, Cloughjordan Ecovillage.

8 places, €125 per person, including lunch.

This course builds on our Sourdough Course. It will expand on those techniques already learned and introduce you to a new range of possibilities for working with natural fermentation.

It is suitable for home and professional bakers alike who already have some experience baking sourdough breads, as well as professional pastry chefs who wish to broaden their repertoire.

You will learn how to

  • make our multi award-winning Country White Sourdough Boule, sourdough crumpets, and wheat and rye sourdough crispbreads
  • use couching techniques to produce other breads
  • how to use baker percentages to create and regulate your own recipes

This course will focus on making you a better baker! Bring a loaf of your own bread on the day and Joe will give you specific feedback on what you need to work on. This opportunity to immerse yourself in a variety of techniques will give you the skills and confidence to be a more instinctive baker.

You will bring home with you a selection of breads, fresh sourdough starter and a deeper understanding of the world of natural fermentation.

Visit RiotRye Bakehouse for more info and to book.

 

 

 


July 2017

 

SATURDAY 8th JULY 2017

A Day of Peace: A World Beyond War *TBC*

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.

For further details or to book a place contact  learning@thevillage.ie or tel; 0505 56061

 

 


August 2017 

 

 

FRIDAY 11th – SUNDAY 20th AUGUST 2017

Permaculture Design Certificate Course

Learn how we can live more sustainably using ecological design
Practical skills for horticulture, farming, enterprise, green building, perma-facture, collaboration, social innovation and community resilience.

Fees €550 / €495 Members | some concessions are available

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 www.cultivate.ie

 

 

TUESDAY 22nd AUGUST 2017

Serious Sourdough Course

11am – 5pm. RiotRye Bakehouse, Cloughjordan Ecovillage.

8 places, €125 per person, including lunch.

This course builds on our Sourdough Course. It will expand on those techniques already learned and introduce you to a new range of possibilities for working with natural fermentation.

It is suitable for home and professional bakers alike who already have some experience baking sourdough breads, as well as professional pastry chefs who wish to broaden their repertoire.

You will learn how to

  • make our multi award-winning Country White Sourdough Boule, sourdough crumpets, and wheat and rye sourdough crispbreads
  • use couching techniques to produce other breads
  • how to use baker percentages to create and regulate your own recipes

This course will focus on making you a better baker! Bring a loaf of your own bread on the day and Joe will give you specific feedback on what you need to work on. This opportunity to immerse yourself in a variety of techniques will give you the skills and confidence to be a more instinctive baker.

You will bring home with you a selection of breads, fresh sourdough starter and a deeper understanding of the world of natural fermentation.

Visit RiotRye Bakehouse for more info and to book.

 

 

 

SATURDAY 26th and TUESDAY 29th AUGUST 2017

Sourdough Course

11am – 5pm. RiotRye Bakehouse, Cloughjordan Ecovillage.

8 places, €110 per person, including lunch.

Gain an understanding of how to blend flours and flavours and refresh your sourdough starters. Using temperature and various fermentation techniques, you will work with the subtle and complex textures, flavours and forms of your breads. You will learn:

  • how to make flavoursome and highly nutritious sourdough breads
  • how to start and maintain a sourdough starter
  • how to manage the fermentation and flavour of your doughs
  • about the nutritional benefits and digestability of sourdough breads

You will bring home with you a selection of breads, fresh sourdough starter and the confidence to bake real bread at home!

Visit RiotRye Bakehouse for more info and to book.

 

 

 


September 2017

 

FRIDAY 2nd – SUNDAY 4th SEPTEMBER 2017

Global Green at the Electric Picnic

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

For further details contact  info@thevillage.ie or tel; 0505 56061

 

 

SATURDAY 23rd SEPTEMBER 2017

Sustainable Earth Fair

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.

*More information soon.*

For further details contact  info@thevillage.ie or tel; 0505 56061

 

 


October 2017

 

SATURDAY 28th OCTOBER 2017

Féile na nÚll – The Harvest Apple Festival

Stalls & Workshops

Talks & Discussions

Kids Workshops

Apple Pressing

Farm Open Day

WeCreate Open Day

Apple Pie Contest

Games & Activities

Guided Tours
Plus a convivial evening SpeakEATsy

For further details contact  info@thevillage.ie or tel; 0505 56061

 

 


Learning Alliance

The Learning Alliance is a network of learning providers based in or around Cloughjordan Ecovillage, coordinated by the Ecovillage Education, Research and Training group. The aim is to develop Cloughjordan as a learning campus and build a coherent identity that helps reinforce and strengthen each of the individual offerings.

The Alliance which is made up of ecovillage members or residents with an education offering include:

WeCreate

RED Gardens

Cultivate Living and Learning

Cloughjordan Community Farm

Cloughjordan Arts

FEASTA

Riot Rye (Wood fired Bakery)

Smallholding Ireland

Voluntary Services International

The Makery

The School of Natural Building

Master Composter

Finding Hope in Dark Times – Ecology

Justice and Spirituality Workshops

NICER Training

Community Conscious

Cloughjordan CoHousing

EcoSource

Renewable Energy Experience