Cloughjordan Ecovillage is a Learning Community

The Ecovillage was envisioned as a destination for learning-by-doing and action research into sustainability, resilience, community living and rural regeneration.

Courses and Workshops

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Download a pdf of the full programme here: EcovillageProgramme2017

March 2017

Saturday 25th March, 8:30pm

Earth Hour.

Django’s EcoHostel in Cloughjordan Ecovillage

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.


April 2017

Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th April

Feeding Ourselves: Soil, Community Farming, Regeneration & Diversification

WeCreate Centre. Organised by Cultivate in association with Cloughjordan Community Farm.

Join us for the annual Feeding Ourselves gathering! We will celebrate the soil beneath our feet, the food it provides for our communities, and the agroecological farmers and growers who work the land.

Feeding Ourselves 2017 will feature 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.

Saturday April 8th & Sunday 9th

The Little Food Fair

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.

Saturday April 8th


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.

Sunday 30th April

Creative Rebellion: Artistic Consciousness at the time of MacDonagh

3pm. Heritage Centre.

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. Specifically, this event will explore the power of the arts and creativity to challenge injustice and transform society. The opening of the Community Amphitheatre in Cloughjordan Ecovillage, now offers the opportunity to link the arts with the great challenges of our times, for social justice and environmental sustainability.

Followed by a tour through Cloughjordan Ecovillage to the new Community Amphitheatre.

This tour through the ecovillage will point out many of the ecological features and end at the Cloughjordan Community Amphitheatre, a new multi-purpose performance space in the Ecovillage designed to stage a diverse range of cultural events – from youth and amateur drama, to music concerts, educational talks, screenings and recitals. The 200 seat venue will be a significant addition to the cultural and artistic infrastructure of the whole Mid-West Region. The amphitheatre which will be formally opened on June 21st by President Michael D Higgins was conceived as a 1916 Centenary project. The poet, dramatist and signatory to the Proclamation Thomas MacDonagh will be honoured in an artwork to be installed at the site.

May 2017

Sunday 21st May

Biodiversity Week Events

In 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 the topic of ‘Rewilding,’ the mass restoration of ecosystems and an opportunity to reverse the destruction of the natural world.

*More information soon.*

Tuesday 23rd May

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.

Tuesday 23rd May

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

Tuesday 6th June

Sourdough Course

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

See above description (23rd May) or visit RiotRye Bakehouse for more info and to book.

Tuesday 13th June

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

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.

August 2017

Friday 11th – Sunday 20th August

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

Tuesday 22nd August

Serious Sourdough Course

See above description (13th June) or visit RiotRye Bakehouse for more info and to book.

Saturday 26th and Tuesday 29th August

Sourdough Course

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

See above description (23rd May) or visit RiotRye Bakehouse for more info and to book.


Friday 2nd – Sunday 4th September

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

Saturday 23rd September

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.*



Saturday 28th October.

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


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:


RED Gardens

Cultivate Living and Learning

Cloughjordan Community Farm

Cloughjordan Arts


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


Renewable Energy Experience