Permaculture Design – introductory weekend

This participatory, thought-provoking and lively course in Cloughjordan Ecovillage is suitable for anyone who wants to understand the basics of Permaculture, learn regenerative design skills and share knowledge.

Permaculture design course:

This introductory 2-day course ‘taster’ will provide an opportunity to actively learn about the principles and see examples of permaculture design in Cloughjordan Ecovillage. 

The course offers an opportunity to discuss vitally important issues in a positive, creative and supportive space. Whether your interest is in building community, organic horticulture or engineering, designing a homestead or how to best navigate the transition to a resilient and more self-reliant society, studying the principles of permaculture and regenerative design will be invaluable. 

Course Information:

  • Dates: Saturday September 14th & Sunday September 15th, 2024
  • Time: 10.00am to 5.00pm each day
  • Venue: Community Enterprise Centre, Cloughjordan Ecovillage
  • Trainers: Davie Phillip and Philippa Robinson
  • Cost:  €180 when you sign up through NOTS. You can also contact for more information about the course.


Davie Philp, a registered permaculture tutor with Permaculture Association he has over 25 years of experience in promoting sustainable living through Cultivate, an NGO and Civil Society Organisation focused on education, communication and citizen engagement.


Refreshments and cakes will be provided during both the morning and afternoon sessions. You are invited to bring a packed lunch. If you prefer, you can also purchase lunch at Cloughjordan’s local shops, the Café, or Sheelagh na Gig Bookshop.

Cloughjordan Ecovillage:

This training offers a unique opportunity to learn in Cloughjordan Ecovillage, a model of how communities can respond to the many challenges of our times. The Ecovillage layout is based on a permaculture design, and the location allows students to see some of the main principles in action within an alternative and robust community. The Village comprises over 55 eco-homes, a renewable energy heating system, wood-fired bakery, a community farm, food hub, and our course centre – Cloughjordan Entreprise Centre and FabLab.

This course offers a guided tour around the ecovillage.

Course Elements / Breakdown:

During the two days, you will learn about:

  • The history of permaculture
  • Ethics & principles of Permaculture 
  • Closed loop and whole systems thinking
  • Patterns in nature
  • Regenerative design 

Cultivate is delighted to receive support from NOTS.

To secure a spot:

Terms and conditions: 

Participants must be: 
a) Resident in Ireland 
b) Employed or self employed in any sector (this includes farmers, growers, part time workers etc).
c) Over 16 years old