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Based in Cloughjordan Ecovillage, Cultivate have run Permaculture Courses for over 10 years.
The Ecovillage is designed through permaculture - sculpting the physical setting and vibrant community! Taking a course here is an immersive experience, with both the learning environment and the living community reflecting the principles and practice of Permaculture Design.

We are currently in the process of updating older aspects of our website. Over the coming months there will be more resources added, but feel free to root around in the meantime - plenty from previous courses: The Permaculture Resource Website

Cultivate is also part of the Horizon 2020 project GROW Observatory. GROW is a European-wide project engaging thousands of growers, scientists and others passionate about the land. We will discover together, using simple tools to better manage soil and grow food, while contributing to vital scientific environmental monitoring.

POSTPONED The Growery, Birr: Permaculture Design Course

PERMACULTURE - Sensible Pathways Beyond Sustainability
Five Weekends at The Growery from March to June

Birr PDC

A series of learning opportunities that can be taken as individual days or weekends.
Participants of all five weekends will receive a full Permaculture Design Certificate.
The Growery, No.1 Oxmantown Mall I Birr I R42 V070

Davie Philip, Suzie Cahn, Ben Whelan, Hannah Mole, Andrew St Ledger, Kevin Dudley, Feidhlim Harty, and Ollie Moore

Individual Days I €60 (Each day can be taken as a stand alone module)
Individual Weekends I €110
Permaculture Design Certificate I €500 (all 5 weekend sessions)
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Jobseekers contact your local DSP case officer or local Intreo office to apply for training support.    

Delivery Coordinated by Cultivate: The Sustainable Ireland Cooperative
The PDC is certified by the Permaculture Association of Britain


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Permaculture Recovery Training (PDC) 31 Jul - 9 Aug, 2020 in Cloughjordan Ecovillage

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Permaculture Design Course

Pathways for a just recovery and transition.

The COVID-19 pandemic is revealing the need for our globalized industrial systems to adapt so that our values and quality of life are central to our way of life. We will be implementing recommended health measures to put safety first while sharing skills, that are all the more important in light of our rapidly changing world, to foster resilience in our local and global communities.

This current break with many of our old systems provides opportunities to reconsider our relationship with the natural world, reconnect to our local communities, re-localise economies and intensify efforts to strengthen our resilience. The principles and ethics of Permaculture provide us with the design system for the future.

UK Permaculture Association Accredited
Full Course Fee €550.00 / Early Bird price of €495 if paid in full before May 30th, deposit not refundable after 15th June 2020.
Some concessionary places are available for low or no wage participants | €100 deposit secures your place
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Download 2020 course PDF
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Albert Bates will be joining as a virtual guest tutor!

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Vegetable Gardening Tips

altMonth-by-month vegetable gardening tips from Kathleen!

Scroll down to discover tips for the entire year!

LEARN about applying Permaculture Design Principles in your garden. Join us for our 2017 Permaculture Design Certificate Course!

December / January Vegetable Garden

Things to do:

1. Get organised for the spring and start collecting plastic bottles for cloches.

2. Build a compost bin at the bottom of your garden.

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Become a Woodland Guardian

  • The perfect green gift
  • Nurture the natural world for our children & grandchildren
  • Foster a small parcel of wildlife in Tipperary
  • ‘One generation plants the trees, another gets the shade’

Cloughjordan Ecovillage - Our Community Woodlands

In 2011, we planted more than 17,000 native trees – alder, ash, oak, sweet chestnut, birch, wild cherry and rowan.  Our aim in planting the woodland was to provide a wilderness area to nurture biodiversity.  

In the permaculture design process, we also focused on providing paths for walking, a site for woodland skills workshops, a small Celtic 8-circle stone labyrinth, fruits from fruit bearing trees and from the sub-layers of the forest and, in time, wood for fuel and crafts.

This new woodland will provide much-needed habitats for invertebrates, animals, birds, fungi, mosses and other flora.  It’s our gift to the natural world and a legacy for future generations.

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Permaculture Design – the fusion of old skills and new technology

First published by the European Youth Portal 28/02/2014

What is permaculture design and what does it bring? Do we need to save the planet? Philippa Robinson from Cultivate tells us what we can learn from the nature and how.


How do we maintain our health, happiness and collective well-being when the world seems to be unravelling?  Permaculture is an approach that takes us beyond sustainability to a truly restorative design. Underpinning this is the simple idea of working with, rather than against, nature. ...

What do billions of years of resilience have to teach us?

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Herb Gardening Tips

Scroll down to discover herb gardening tips from Kathleen for the entire year!

December / January Herb Schedule

Things to do:

  • Protect planters, especially terracotta planters with bubble-wrap or hessian or even old jumpers. The cold temperatures and frost can easily penetrate containers, freezing the soil and plant roots and killing all but the most robust plants.

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Fruit Gardening Tips


Month-by-month fruit gardening tips from Kathleen!

December / January Fruit Garden

Things to do:

1. Complete picking very late-maturing apples, before the hard frosts come

2. Inspect your stored fruits, and remove any rotten ones.

Read more: Fruit Gardening Tips

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