Friday 12 - Sunday 21 August 2016 | Cloughjordan Ecovillage, Co Tipperary, Ireland |Contact Us | Fees €550 / €495 Members | some concessions are available, €100 deposit secures your place (how to apply - PDF)
Join the ecovillage's resident experts of permaculture, gardening, farming, perma-facture and green building for this unique, yearly opportunity to learn invaluable design and practical skills. This is Cultivate's 8th year holding the UK Permaculture Association accredited Permaculture Design Certificate ("PDC") Course at Cloughjordan Ecovillage.
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 the enterprise centre a.k.a. FabLab, WeCreate. See photos of previous courses here.
This course is full-time (and "full-on") from Friday evening (starting with dinner around 6pm) until the following Sunday afternoon (around 4pm) | Find presentations, links and other resources on Our Permaculture Resource Site.
Ecological design for living and working - run over 2 weekends
Apply your permaculture design skills to an advanced, practical, applicable or otherwise 'useful' design.
This course is a follow-on for learners who have completed the Permaculture Design module, to deepen their knowledge and experience of permaculture. Taking Action Learning and David Holmgrem's Permaculture - Principles as core elements, the module provides the opportunity to develop an awareness of a deeper understanding of permaculture principles and their application to wider areas. Including site visits and practical sessions which merge theory with practice to bring permaculture in to your own life.
Taken in combination with the the QQI (formally FETAC) L5 accredited Permaculture Design Course, these two courses can lead to a full UK Permaculture Design Certificate. The Weekend Permaculture and Applied Permaculture Courses are supported by NICER Training, who deliver validated programmes leading to QQI awards, in partnership with Cultivate.
- Category: Convergence
Could the co-operative model play a greater role in our economic recovery?
Does a more collaborative approach to social enterprise foster greater innovation?
Can community co-operatives provide sustainable livelihoods?
How can local co-operatives strengthen the resilience of our communities?
The events will build on Ireland’s rich tradition of co-operatives and the current interest in; community ownership; co-housing; social enterprise; renewable energy co-operatives; co-working; community owned pubs and shops; buyers clubs; artist and food co-ops; and the emerging collaborative economy.
Convergence is a sustainable living festival that the Sustainable Ireland Co-operative, who trade as Cultivate Living and Learning, have curated since 2000. For this, the 20th Convergence, a number of workshops, facilitated conversations, field trips and conferences organized by different co-operatives, or organisations promoting co-ops, are being offered across the island.
For further information contact…
Davie Philip - Convergence Co-Curator
Office: 0505 56061
Mobile: +353 (0) 87 6340697
Posters and Schedules (PDF links):
Community Energy Coops Event Poster
A Co-operative Fair Poster
Better Business, Better Living. Community Enterprise and the Co-operative Approach
Co-Housing Event Schedule
Student Coops Event Schedule
Learn Permaculture design, how we can live more sustainably, grow food intensively and create livelihoods within our own communities
This QQI L5 registered Permaculture Design Course* provides participants with a balanced combination of theory and outdoor practical place-based learning. The course emphasises both ecological and social permaculture covering topics such as perennial plants, agro-forestry, soil health and new ways of thinking about land management. A lively, participatory and thought-provoking experience is guaranteed.
- Category: Global Green
GLOBAL GREEN ECOVILLAGE, Sept. 4th-6th
THE CONSCIOUS HEARTBEAT OF THE ELECTRIC PICNIC
Illuminating a collaborative way forward
Our pop-up ecovillage is a diverse community of cultural creatives, activists, artists, musicians, foodies, hackers, social entrepreneurs and slam poets, brought together by Cultivate, the sustainability collective now based in Cloughjordan Ecovillage.
This dynamic green edge of the festival showcases new musical acts, offers the most authentic food on site and hosts discussions on radical ideas for a community-led future that works.
We keep a finger on Ireland’s musical pulse with atmospheric, electro, acoustic and folk music by day and dance and hip-hop beats by night in our Voices Rising tent. This year's highlights include Saint Sister, Elephant, Hauer, Replete, The Expert and Deetrich to name but a few. This year sees the introduction of a performance poetry showcase featuring Julie Goo, Temper-Mental MissElayneous, Fergus Costello and Cormac Lally
The Outsiders have your food covered with the Global Green Food Project, which received the Bridgestone Award for best food at the festival last year. It's local, it’s yummy and it’s sourced from within a 50-mile radius of Cloughjordan.
On hand to tell our amazing story of local food will be the farmers that nurtured the soil and cultivated the vegetables, the seed-savers, the craft baker, the cooks and young food entrepreneurs, the campaigners fighting for food sovereignty and solidarity globally, the local food activists helping us appreciate what Ireland has to offer and at the end of the line, closing the loop, the composters turning what we waste back to soil.
The (h)Edge School will host conversations and talks on global and local themes, asking how to make critical sustainability issues accessible and hearing from the activists planning for the climate summit in Paris later this year.
So shake off that fuzzy head and get your festival day underway with our popular morning mindfulness and yoga sessions and then hang out on the green for the best coffee and breakfast on site. Visit the ecovillage throughout the day for the music, ideas, food and atmosphere, and at night to find out why we’re the best kept secret of the Electric Picnic.
- Category: Community Resilience
25 - 27 August 2015 | WeCreate, Cloughjordan Ecovillage, Tipperary, Ireland
Standard Fee: €380
Concession Fee: €340
Half/ Full Bursary: A number of lower rate options are now available. Please contact us for details
Lower rates are now available for this event for those on a low wage or no wage. We also have a number of full and half bursaries to ensure that this very timely and unique event is attended by the widest possible audience.
For all bookings contact Philippa or Davie @cultivate.ie or call Cultivate on +353(0)505 56060
The Art of Commoning
"What becomes possible when we harness our collective capacity in service of the commons?"
- Category: Community Resilience
Develop your competencies in facilitating learning, navigating change, developing local resilience and using new tools to host transformational conversations in your community or organisation.
Who is this course for?
This course is for adult and community educators, trainers, hosts and facilitators who want to develop their skills and ways of working to enable them to have impact and flourish, as we seek to transition to a more values-based and collaborative economy. This course has proved to be extremely popular and inspiring for a wide range of participants from diverse professional backgrounds including local development agencies and community organisations.