Events and Workshops
With the challenges facing us, many movements, organisations and individuals are calling for sustainable change. Alongside global movements what can we do to ensure our local areas are healthy, resilient and support our wellbeing? How can we connect to have meaningful work, local food and energy, and for our communities to be a positive force in these critical times?
Let’s come together to rethink what actually sustains our communities and what these diverse elements of change can look like.
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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
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.
“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.
Tickets and what to bring:
Children aged 6 and under are free and family tickets can accomodate two
adults and up to three children between 7-15yrs.
Sorry teenagers, we know you’re not ‘children’, it’s just a ticketing term!
Young Adult (16-23yrs) €20
Children (7-15yrs) €10
Family (2 Adults, up to 3 Children) €75
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
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:
- Rural revitalisation
- Community supported agriculture
- Regenerative soil practices
- Threats and opportunities of digitisation on agriculture and rural spaces
- Climate disruption
- The Common Agriculture Policy
- Meeting the Sustainable Development Goals.
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.
- €65 – Full day Sat & Sat Evening Event
- €50 – Saturday Day Ticket (including Lunch)
- €40 – Sat Day Ticket (excludes Lunch & Evening Event)
- €15 – Saturday Evening Event: “In Our Hands: Seeding Change”
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)
- €87 – Full day Sat & Sat Evening Event
- €67 – Saturday Day Ticket (including Lunch)
- €53 – Sat Day Ticket (excludes Lunch & Evening Event)
- €20 – Saturday Evening Event: “In Our Hands: Seeding Change”
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.
- 19:00-20.00 Film
- 20.00-21.00 Shared Meal
- 21.00-23.00 Conversation with Talamh Beo and Extinction Rebellion.
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
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
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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
FINDING SOLUTIONS INSPIRING PEOPLE
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
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 short introduction to the European Day for Sustainable Communities and our Féile na nÚll
On going throughout the day with delicious local food from local producers
Ongoing throughout the day. Bring your apples for mashing and pressing. Up to 15kg pressed for free.
Sustainable communities often have a different way of working with money, but how might the personal relationship we have with money now be getting in our way? In this interactive, engaging workshop, money coach, Karen McAllister, will introduce 8 money archetypes and with the help of facilitator, Chris Chapman, will explore their relevance to those of us working towards more sustainable communities and the potential for us to approach our relationship with money differently. We are inviting people to ‘pay from the heart’ for this workshop – come along and find out what that means! For more details on mindful money coaching, please see http://themindfulmoneycoach.com/
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)
This short physical theatre adaptation of the Irish classic story where four children are transformed into swans and cursed to roam the oceans for nine hundred years. This play explores separation and coming together, identity, exile, loss and transitioning.
15.45 – Cloughjordan Community Farm Walk (Leaving from the front of WeCreate)
A discussion on apples as a core element in a bioregional approach to resilient communities.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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
Saturday 1st April, 11am – 5pm
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.
- Places are limited to book or for further information contact email@example.com
- 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!
Explore the possibilities and issues involved in localising most of the food systems for individuals and communities in Cloughjordan Ecovillage, Ireland’s leading eco neighbourhood. Using a combination of presentations, tours, workshops and practical components – addressing food security issues, planning for a full diet, CSA and alternate market strategies, production of vegetable, meat, milk, dairy, grains – you may be surprised by the ways we can produce a whole diet locally and resiliently.
Date: 20th June | Level: Intermediate | Age: Adult | Duration: Day
Price: €50 if you book by July 1st / €70 thereafter.
Hosted by: The Ecovillage
EcoLearn: An Ecovillage Experience
11am – 5pm, €30 (with €5 reduction if you travel by train)
A taste of life in our community for those interested in building, living, and working in sustainable communities.
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This event includes:
- An overview of our history and vision,
- A guided tour highlighting the project’s community features,
- A visit inside high performance homes and a chance to meet some residents,
- A visit to the community farm and green enterprise centre,
- Practical advice about living in this multi-award winning community,
- Take away information about buying and building here.
Limited places. For further information or to book, contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Schedule allows people to travel by train from the Dublin area and return the same day if you like. The rail fare from Dublin is cheaper if booked 3 days in advance. We are a 15 minute walk from the Cloughjordan station.
Accommodation: Consider staying over in the very affordable Django’s Eco-Hostel.