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Cultivate is a practical sustainability organisation focused on active education - based in Cloughjordan Ecovillage, Co Tipperary.

Cultivate is a national NGO and Civil Society Organisation focused on education, communication and civil engagement. Based in WeCreate, the Green Enterprise Centre in Cloughjordan Ecovillage, Cultivate support a greater understanding of whole systems thinking as a key to sustainability and have embraced appropriate technology such as community energy, digital fabrication and open source hardware in our work.

We are interested in how new technologies can be harnessed appropriately to build resilience and help us monitor and protect our environment

Cultivate programmes include:

  • Green Building - Based in Dublin, we offer the Lecture Series, FETAC accredited courses, major conferences such as Better Building, training events and regular seminars with CPD accreditation from the RIAI;
  • Community Resilience - Based in Cloughjordan, this includes training courses and a comprehensive toolkit of resources;
  • Permaculture - Based in Cloughjordan at the Ecovillage, our Permaculture offerings include: Weekend FETAC L5 Course ; Full Permaculture Design Certificate Course ; The Permaculture Resource Website ; Dublin 1-day taster sessions
  • The Convergence Festival, Since 2000 we have hosted the annual Convergence Sustainable Living Festival, now a nationwide series of events focused on sustainable community. For nearly two decades this unique programme of events has celebrated community resilience and social inclusion while championing the changes needed to create a sustainable economy, society and built environment.

Cultivate in Cloughjordan

Contact | Cultivate's Cloughjordan branch reaches out to rural communities and runs courses and events working closely with The Ecovillage.

Cultivate in Dublin

For seven years we managed a Sustainable Living and Learning Centre in Dublin’s cultural quarter Temple Bar, before establishing ‘The Greenhouse’, a national centre of excellence in education, training and in the implementation of sustainability in the former Irish Government centre for information on the environment, ENFO. From 2010 Cultivate led a Labor Market Activation Programme in the Green Economy, supported by the European Social Fund, before relocating in 2012 to Cloughjordan, Co. Tipperary.

More about Cultivate

Established in 2000, Cultivate has played a key role in furthering the profile of sustainability in Ireland over the past decade through the research, development, sourcing and publishing of both online and printed informational resources, education programmes and networking events. With offices in Dublin and Cloughjordan, offering both urban and rural reach, the organisation has built an unrivalled nationwide network of partners working in the Green Economy. This network was strengthened and expanded most recently through the 2010-2011 Green Works programme which brought together industry experts, entrepreneurs and educators from across the country to provide Green Economy training to more than 1800 jobseekers.

The organisation also has significant experience (see also our Project Experience page) in organising networking events through its annual Convergence Festival and Global Green @ Electric Picnic. Other important events in our work programme include a 2-day green business showcase entitled Working the Green Economy, a one-day Green Building Forum and one-day conference Rethinking the City for design professionals. In addition, Cultivate operates a co-working space for green entrepreneurs in its Dublin centre, as well as hosting Éasca, Ireland's Ecological and Sustainable Construction Association, and PHAI, the Passive House Association Ireland.  The project experience page gives a short summary of above projects and more.

Cultivate has produced many information packages over the years from the original printed Source Book, a guide and directory of green businesses  and sustainability organisations operating in Ireland, to the Powerdown Show, a 10 part TV show exploring community responses to global energy and climate problems which has been broadcast in Ireland and internationally. A recent project has been to research and write a Green Strategy to assist Offaly Local Development Company in launching local enterprise and employment initiatives. Information on sustainability and the green economy has been disseminated on an ongoing basis through Cultivate’s family of websites:,,,

Cultivate maintains close links with

,,, many NGOs and sustainability organisations including The Village, ECO-UNESCO, Feasta and other members of the IEN network. We are a founding member of Stop Climate Chaos, The Regional Centre of Expertise on Sustainable Development and the focal point of Ireland's Transition Town Network. Cultivate also host Éasca, Ireland's ecological and sustainable construction association.

Cultivate's main target groups are

...the general public and those seeking to deepen their understanding of sustainability. We reach a large number of people through our festivals, courses and events, Convergence Festival and our outreach and consultancy work with other festivals such as the Electric Picnic.



Permaculture Class


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