Welcome to our Course Programme 2021. Gift vouchers available.

We will adjust our programme to suit the national guidelines.

The courses will be small in numbers and outside as much as possible.

If we have to cancel a course we will of course refund you in full.

To book a course online Click Here

January

Please book directly through www. humanature.ie

Email: niamh@humanature.ie

February

A series of events at The Hollies Centre for Sustainability to help you tune into the healing power of nature.

5th Feb (Saturday) 5:30-8 pm Imbolc
1st May (Saturday) 7:30-10 pm Bealtaine                         31st Oct (Sunday) 4-7 pm Samhain                                    21st Dec (Tuesday) 5-8 Winter Solstice

These days carry a particular energy in the natural rhythm of the year and offer specific opportunities for feeling connected.

Cost: voluntary donation

More opportunities for walking our labyrinth will be offered for special events that can be booked by e-mailing us
info (at) thehollies.ie
or by phone 023 8847001

14 February, 20 March, 9 October, 6 November
10 – 4 pm

Venue: The Hollies Centre

Tutor: Thomas Riedmuller

This full day course offers you practical exercises and time for
reflection to help you learn new ways of communicating, de-escalating conflicts and creating more harmonious relationships.

It will include skills such as Non-Violent Communication (Rosenberg) and family conference (Gordon). It is helpful for negotiating boundaries, organising home life, and increasing lightness and fun in spite of problems. You can attend on your own or bring your partner and/or teenagers along.

Thomas Riedmuller facilitates learning from the experiences of other course participants as well as from himself. 

Exclusive workshops for your family alone can be arranged outside of these dates.

Cost: € 70 pp (lunch, tea/coffee included) discounts available if you bring your family

To book a place click here

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In this workshop we will make two different types of coil basketry:
  • Plaited rush Basket
  • Grass coil basket
 
In this workshop we will look at identifying different rent types of grasses, rushes and sedges, How to harvest sustainably 
and use what we find locally. 
 
All materials provided
When: Early Spring (date to be confirmed)
1 day workshop
To book a place click here
Shoemaking Workshop with Verronica Pawlisova
Fee is €195 (including all material)
To book a place
Do not pay through The Hollies website please!
 

 

The two-day Shoemaking Workshop offers an unique experience to create your very own pair of shoes!

  • In this course you will learn to make a custom pattern for your foot and how to lay out the pattern on the leather.
  • Learn how to dye the leather and how to sew your shoe.
  • You will choose your colour (or combination of colours) and you can personalise your shoes with stamps and acrylic markers.
  • We will be using all hand tools and anyone can do it with a little strength (for cutting the leather/rubber and punching holes) and patience (sewing).
  • You will leave with a custom pair of your own handmade leather shoes, suggestions for sourcing tools and materials, and the skills to make your next pair of shoes! (And maybe some new friends!)
 
 

March

 Time: 10.30 to 4.30

This is a collaboration with Zaneta Wright from ‘Rerooting the Future’ and has to be booked through Rerooting the Future

This event will focus on making country wines – wines not made from grapes. We will make a fruit wine, mead and spruce tip ‘beer’ and sparkling wine. We will talk yeasts, yeast nutrient, pectinase, sterilisation, fining, finishing, deacidifying, necessary equipment and everything in between.

Tickets limited to 8. Covid compliant event.

Please bring your own lunch.

Fore more info and more events visit Rerooting the Future

March 7 and 21, April 11 and 25

For 8-13 year olds
10 am -12.30 pm
Price: 20 euro per session or 75 euro for all 4 sessions
Group of 6 children max

Join the Pony Tribe to learn about horses, yourself and other children and make friends with the Hollies Equine Team: Luna, Gary and Podge.
The Hollies Pony Tribe brings children together to promote acceptance of self and others, provide team-building experiences, and encourage self-expression while having fun learning to care for, and even ride the horses. Previous riding experience is not required.The activities will cover basic horsemanship skills such as leading, grooming, and tacking up, doing ground-work, playing games with the horses, following an adventure trail, stable management and understanding and observing horse behaviour.

Equine assisted learning is based on experiential interactions between horses and humans. All pony tribe activities take place in a safe space of learning and self discovery. The process can promote personal growth by providing insights and opportunities to develop social and life skills in a fun and supported environment. In each Pony Tribe session, the participants explore a new theme through the eyes of their horse.

To book a place click here

Please book directly through www. humanature.ie

Email: niamh@humanature.ie

 

15 February, 20 March, 10 October, 14 November
10 – 4 pm

Venue: The Hollies Centre

Tutor: Thomas Riedmuller

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This full day course offers you practical exercises and time for reflection to help you learn new ways of communicating, de-escalating conflicts and creating more harmonious relationships.

It will include skills such as Non-Violent Communication (Rosenberg) and family conference (Gordon). It is helpful for negotiating boundaries, organising home life, and increasing lightness and fun in spite of problems. You can attend on your own or bring your partner and/or teenagers along.

Thomas Riedmuller facilitates learning from the experiences of other course participants as well as from himself. 

Exclusive workshops for your family alone can be arranged outside of these dates.

Cost: € 70 pp (lunch, tea/coffee included) discounts available if you bring your family

April

April 11; July 24; Sept 25

Cost : € 70, including Lunch and Tea/Coffee

Composting toilet systems offer a valid alternative to septic tank systems by eliminating black water outflow without compromising comfort and hygiene.

This course will cover:

  • Technical / installation parameters
  • Dry toilet types
  • Service and maintenance costing
  • Environmental Legislation and planning
  • Global / European overview
  • Market product overview

There will be a real-life demonstration of installations and equipment.

Inquiries: Ron 087 7441920 or 023 8822798

To book a place click here

Date:  Sunday, 18/4/2021 postponed to May 1
Time: 10.00-16.30
Cost: € 70;  Lunch included
Tutors: Selvi Iyilikci and John Conway

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This hands-on workshop is aimed at those who want to create a productive vegetable garden at home. We will demonstrate methods of how to turn part of the lawn into a productive growing space, using raised beds, sheet mulching techniques or the lazy bed system. We will explore how to raise young plants from seeds, either in modular seed trays or by directly sowing into the ground. The emphasis of the day will be on easy-to- grow crops and low-input management techniques. Other topics include: Garden design, Soil Management and Fertility and Planting Times as well as Pest and Disease Control.

To book a place click here

Sat 10th April;house and arch

9.30 am- 5 pm

Cost: €80, includes an extensive wild food gourmet lunch

Wild food is the ultimate in local and seasonal produce. Food foraging is a powerful way to re-awaken your senses, to re-connect with nature in a powerful way, giving us a deep appreciation of the land and our place in the natural cycles and rhythms of life.

We will be picking prime ingredients full of interesting flavours, packed with goodness to prepare our feast on the day. From seaweeds and coastal plants to fields,hedgerow and gardens – you’ll be learning to recognise the right plants and experiencing tasty ways to prepare and eat them. Seaweed salads, wild garlic pesto, Alexanders fritters, wild herb soups and much more.house and arch

 This course is mainly outdoors. If the weather forecast is particularly wet for the day we’ll postpone it and arrange an alternative day. For collecting seaweed we’ll be walking between rocks at low tide. Booking is essential, as we need to give you directions.

We’ll also show you how to use specific plant identification books in order to deepen your learning and point out which plants are poisonous. You’ll also learn about some medicinal uses.

This course will inspire you to continue your path of food foraging.

The group will be limited to 12 participants to guarantee a high quality learning experience.

To book a place click here

Testimonial:

Had a really lovely day today on a wild food foraging course at @The Hollies! Started with foraging for seaweed at low tide at Simon’s Cove stopping off at Ring, Gaggin and Enniskeane foraging for wild garlic, ground elder, three corner leek, sorrel and other wild delights before heading back to The Hollies centre for lunch prepared with these and other lovely things foraged – soups, quiches, fritters and salads and then heading out for a final walk through the lands of The Hollies digging for Pig Nuts and generally eating our way around the woods and gardens! Learned loads – there really is a world of free food out there! Thanks for a great day!

Sun 25 April (fully booked), Sat 22 May, Sat 18 September 

9.30am – 5pm

Cost: €70 (Lunch included)

This course is a hands-on introduction to cob-building. If you’ve heard about cob and want to find out whether cob is something you’d like to build your house (or other structures) with, this course will give you a clear idea of what’s involved, an enjoyable first experience and loads of valuable information.

You will learn about the specific properties of cob, how to find suitable materials, mix cob and build walls and sculptural details with the material you’ve produced. You will also be able to see and experience the wide range of cob structures here at the Hollies.

To book a place click here

May

Date:  Saturday May 1
Time: 10.00-16.30
Cost: € 70;  Lunch included
Tutors: Selvi Iyilikci and John Conway

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This hands-on workshop is aimed at those who want to create a productive vegetable garden at home. We will demonstrate methods of how to turn part of the lawn into a productive growing space, using raised beds, sheet mulching techniques or the lazy bed system. We will explore how to raise young plants from seeds, either in modular seed trays or by directly sowing into the ground. The emphasis of the day will be on easy-to- grow crops and low-input management techniques. Other topics include: Garden design, Soil Management and Fertility and Planting Times as well as Pest and Disease Control.

To book a place click here

A series of events at The Hollies Centre for Sustainability to help you tune into the healing power of nature.

5th Feb (Saturday) 5:30-8 pm Imbolc
1st May (Saturday) 7:30-10 pm Bealtaine                                                31st Oct (Sunday) 4-7 pm Samhain                                                     21st Dec (Tuesday) 5-8 Winter Solstice

These days carry a particular energy in the natural rhythm of the year and offer specific opportunities for feeling connected.

Cost: voluntary donation

More opportunities for walking our labyrinth will be offered for special events that can be booked by e-mailing us
info (at) thehollies.ie
or by phone 023 8847001

5. May, 19.May, 2. June, 16.June

Wednesday mornings
8-13 years
10 am – 12.30 pm
Price: 20 euro per session or 75 euro for all 4 sessions
6 children maximum
 
Join the Pony Tribe to learn about horses, yourself and other children and make friends with the Hollies Equine Team: Luna, Gary and Podge.
The Hollies Pony Tribe brings children together to promote acceptance of self and others, provide team-building experiences, and encourage self-expression while having fun learning to care for ,and even ride the horses. Previous riding experience is not required.The activities  will cover basic horsemanship skills such as leading, grooming, and tacking up, doing ground-work, playing games with the horses, following an adventure trail, stable management and understanding and observing horse behaviour.
 
Equine assisted learning is based on experiental interactions between horses and humans. All pony tribe activities
take place in a safe space of learning and self discovery. The process can promote personal growth by providing
insights and opportunities to develop social and life skills in a fun and supported environment. In each Pony Tribe session, the participants explore a new theme through the eyes of their horse.

May 8 and 25,  June 19 and 26

For 8-13 year olds
10 am -12.30 pm
Price: 20 euro per session or 75 euro for all 4 sessions
Group of 6 children max

Join the Pony Tribe to learn about horses, yourself and other children and make friends with the Hollies Equine Team: Luna, Gary and Podge.
The Hollies Pony Tribe brings children together to promote acceptance of self and others, provide team-building experiences, and encourage self-expression while having fun learning to care for, and even ride the horses. Previous riding experience is not required.The activities will cover basic horsemanship skills such as leading, grooming, and tacking up, doing ground-work, playing games with the horses, following an adventure trail, stable management and understanding and observing horse behaviour.

Equine assisted learning is based on experiential interactions between horses and humans. All pony tribe activities take place in a safe space of learning and self discovery. The process can promote personal growth by providing insights and opportunities to develop social and life skills in a fun and supported environment. In each Pony Tribe session, the participants explore a new theme through the eyes of their horse.

To book a place click here

9 May (Sun); 20 June (Sun); 2 October (Sat)

Cost: € 70, Lunch included

Herbs have been used for promoting health since the dawn of humanity. Our modern society seems to have lost much of the knowledge about those remedies and is pushing us to hand over  the responsibility for our health to the professionals. This course could be a beginning for you in taking care of your and your family’s’ health – while still getting professional help for more serious issues.

Going for a walk through the weeds we will identify common, easy to find plants that are beneficial to our health and safe to use.

On our return we will make simple preparations from infusions, decoctions to creams, medicated oils, tonics and tinctures for your home use. This will enable you to start filling your home medicine cabinet with home made natural products for coughs, colds, digestive problems, skin disorders, fatigue, first aid or simply promoting general health.

To book a place click here

Please book directly through www. humanature.ie

Email: niamh@humanature.ie

 

Introduction to equine assisted experiential learning

Sunday,16 May
Time: 10.00-16.30


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Have you heard of Equine Assisted Learning?
It is a recognized and innovative approach that promotes the development of life skills for educational, professional and personal goals through equine-assisted activities. Through interactions with the horses, participants learn a heightened self-awareness. It is a process where people work with horses to develop their emotional growth, personal awareness, relationships, and trust, e.g. boundary setting, team work, communication and problem solving.
This is an introduction/taster workshop in which participants will experience first hand the positive effects of Equine Assisted Learning (EAL). We will cover areas such as:
• Principles and theoretical foundations of
• Who can benefit and how?
• The horse as co facilitator: Horse behavior, horse handling and Horse Use ethics
• What activities can we engage in?
• The importance of observation and feed back
This method does NOT involve horse riding and does not require any experience in horsemanship.

To book a place click here

Sun 25 April, Sat 22 May, Sat 18 September 

9.30am – 5pm

Cost: €70 (Lunch included)

This course is a hands-on introduction to cob-building. If you’ve heard about cob and want to find out whether cob is something you’d like to build your house (or other structures) with, this course will give you a clear idea of what’s involved, an enjoyable first experience and loads of valuable information.

You will learn about the specific properties of cob, how to find suitable materials, mix cob and build walls and sculptural details with the material you’ve produced. You will also be able to see and experience the wide range of cob structures here at the Hollies.

To book a place click here

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Date: Sunday, 23th May
Time: 10.00am 4.30pm
Cost: €70,  Lunch included

Tutors: Selvi Iyilikci and John Conway

Adding a poly tunnel to your garden extends the growing season and enables a year- round harvest as well as giving a dry space to do potting up and seed sowing. We will

cover topics such as site selection, soil preparation for spring planting and advice on how to erect a tunnel. We will learn using the indoor space to grow spring crops such as early potatoes and carrots as well as summer crops such as tomatoes, basil and peppers. We will have a look at sowing times, choosing suitable vegetable varieties, the plant’s growing needs and tunnel maintenance. Another focus will be on creating fertile soil with the help of composting and using green manures and pest and disease management.

To book a place click here

A 2 day course

Sat/Sun 29/30 May ; Sat/Sun 4/5 Sept

Time: 9:30am- 5pm

Cost: € 130

cob oven

For great outdoor fun and the real Italian taste these wood fired Bread and Pizza Ovens built with Cob are hard to beat. Learn how to build your own in just 2 days from firebricks, clay, sand, earth and straw. After this course you’ll be equipped with enough skill to go home and build your own in the garden and cook in it.

These ovens weigh several tons and can usually not be moved. It is, however, possible to build similar ovens on car trailers and make them movable. Generally, an oven like this needs a stone plinth (to keep the clay off the splash water) and a roof. During the 2-day workshop we’ll concentrate on the oven itself. The plinth is built before the workshop. The roof can be built before or after it.

To book a place click here

frog clay oven

June

5. May, 19.May, 2. June, 16. June 

Wednesday mornings

8-13 years
10 am – 12.30 pm
Price: 20 euro per session or 75 euro for all 4 sessions
6 children maximum
 
Join the Pony Tribe to learn about horses, yourself and other children and make friends with the Hollies Equine Team: Luna, Gary and Podge.
The Hollies Pony Tribe brings children together to promote acceptance of self and others, provide team-building experiences, and encourage self-expression while having fun learning to care for ,and even ride the horses. Previous riding experience is not required.The activities  will cover basic horsemanship skills such as leading, grooming, and tacking up, doing ground-work, playing games with the horses, following an adventure trail, stable management and understanding and observing horse behaviour.
 
Equine assisted learning is based on experiential interactions between horses and humans. All pony tribe activities
take place in a safe space of learning and self discovery. The process can promote personal growth by providing
insights and opportunities to develop social and life skills in a fun and supported environment. In each Pony Tribe session, the participants explore a new theme through the eyes of their horse.
To book a place click here

Please book directly through www. humanature.ie

Email: niamh@humanature.ie

 

Time: 10.00 – 16.30

Cost € 60, Lunch included

Tutor: Selvi Iyilikci and John Conway

On this day, we will look at how to grow and maintain the summer crops which can be found in a variety of tunnels in The Hollies. Vegetables such as tomatoes, cucumbers, sweetcorn and basil have special growing requirements.

Topics covered will be watering techniques, pruning, ventilation, soil fertility and making liquid feeds. We will also look at getting the tunnels ready for the autumn/winter season. We will demonstrate what types of vegetables and varieties are suitable for growing over the winter period. Ongoing maintenance on some of the summer crops will be discussed and investigated.
We will also cover other methods of protected cropping such as cold frames and cloche.

To book a place click here

May 8 and 25,  June 19 and 26

For 8-13 year olds
10 am -12.30 pm
Price: 20 euro per session or 75 euro for all 4 sessions
Group of 6 children max

Join the Pony Tribe to learn about horses, yourself and other children and make friends with the Hollies Equine Team: Luna, Gary and Podge.
The Hollies Pony Tribe brings children together to promote acceptance of self and others, provide team-building experiences, and encourage self-expression while having fun learning to care for, and even ride the horses. Previous riding experience is not required.The activities will cover basic horsemanship skills such as leading, grooming, and tacking up, doing ground-work, playing games with the horses, following an adventure trail, stable management and understanding and observing horse behaviour.

Equine assisted learning is based on experiential interactions between horses and humans. All pony tribe activities take place in a safe space of learning and self discovery. The process can promote personal growth by providing insights and opportunities to develop social and life skills in a fun and supported environment. In each Pony Tribe session, the participants explore a new theme through the eyes of their horse.

To book a place click here

9 May (Sun); 20 June (Sun); 2 October (Sat)

Cost: € 70, Lunch included

Herbs have been used for promoting health since the dawn of humanity. Our modern society seems to have lost much of the knowledge about those remedies and is pushing us to hand over  the responsibility for our health to the professionals. This course could be a beginning for you in taking care of your and your family’s’ health – while still getting professional help for more serious issues.

Going for a walk through the weeds we will identify common, easy to find plants that are beneficial to our health and safe to use.

On our return we will make simple preparations from infusions, decoctions to creams, medicated oils, tonics and tinctures for your home use. This will enable you to start filling your home medicine cabinet with home made natural products for coughs, colds, digestive problems, skin disorders, fatigue, first aid or simply promoting general health.

To book a place click here

Connecting with Nature, Yourself and others through equine assisted experiential learning

Time: 10.00-16.30

Cost €70, Lunch included

Tutor: Selvi Iyilikci, qualified Equine Assisted Learning Facilitator and Animal Assisted Therapy Facilitator

Have you heard of Equine Assisted Learning?
It is a recognized and innovative approach that promotes the development of life skills for educational, professional and personal goals through equine-assisted activities.  It is a process where people work with horses to develop their emotional growth, personal awareness, relationships, and trust, e.g. boundary setting, team work, communication and problem solving.

During this workshop, participants have the opportunity to experience the deepening of their relationship with their natural environment with the help of our equine team. 

Horses can help us greatly to slow down, clear our minds, be in the moment and ground ourselves. By working together in a  group setting or alone with their equine partners, participants will gain personal insights while receiving feedback from the horses in a non verbal, authentic and non judgemental manner. This process creates a safe setting for touching base with yourself, your feelings and needs. The human horse connection has the potential to release empowering, healing and inspirational energies. We will also explore aspects of creative expression and we will be using grounding methods such as body scans and basic breathing techniques. 

No previous horsemanship experience  required.

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July

Full week programme

Cost: € 750

At the end of the 7 days you will know all you need to be able to go off and build a cob cottage. This intensive course will be hands-on, and you will learn every aspect of the construction of a cob building. From locating and testing the right kinds of soils for cob, to different ways of mixing it, wall building techniques and all the sculptural details. Get practical experience with windows, doors, arches, niches and roofs. Lectures and practical exercises will cover siting, passive solar design, drainage, heating, plumbing and wiring, basic carpentry, natural roofing, and flooring.

Through the length and intensity of this course it tends to create a real sense of community between the participants and team, so if you are interested in building a house, and want a life-changing inspirational immersion into the world of natural building this really is a course not to be missed.

Concessions for group bookings are possible.

The Hollies team have built several family homes and other buildings with Cob and have been teaching Natural Building with The Cob Cottage Company for many years.

To book a place click here

Date: Sunday, 10th May

Time: 10 am – 4.30 pm

Cost: € 70

Wildlife gardening is a holistic approach to enhancing nature in your surroundings. The idea is to help your garden to attract a range of wildlife including birds, insects, frogs, hedgehogs, butterflies, native wild flowers, plants and trees. We will introduce features such as butterfly plants, wildlife hedging, bug hotels and a small basic pond. We will examine the importance of planting native Irish trees and look at examples of food sources and habitat for a wide range of species. Other topics include how to prepare soil for planting and sowing wild flowers, and the use of natural and safe insecticides and companion planting.

To book a place click here

Sat/Sun 17/18 ;

Cost: €130

Stick-frame or stud-frame is one of the cheapest and fastest ways of constructing buildings and requires only basic carpentry skills. This is a 2 day hands-on introductory course for anyone interested in building an extension, shed, home-office etc. We will construct a small building and cover the subjects of: design, material calculations, basic carpentry techniques, insulation, cladding, wiring/plumbing,roofing and windows/doors. Please bring (if you have): steel-toecap boots, earmuffs, hi-vis vest, reasonable working clothes.

To book a place click here

July 24; Cost: € 70, including Lunch and Tea/Coffee

Composting toilet systems offer a valid alternative to septic tank systems by eliminating black water outflow without compromising comfort and hygiene.

This course will cover:

  • Technical / installation parameters

  • Dry toilet types

  • Service and maintenance costing

  • Environmental Legislation and planning

  • Global / European overview

  • Market product overview

There will be a real – life demonstration of installations and equipment.

Inquiries: Ron 087 7441920 or 023 8822798

To book a place click here

25/7/21

Teambuilding, Leadership and Building Trust through Equine Assisted Experiential Learning

Time: 10.00-16.30

Cost €70, Lunch included

Tutor: Selvi Iyilikci, qualified Equine Assisted Learning Facilitator and Animal Assisted Therapy Facilitator

Have you heard of Equine Assisted Learning?
It is a recognized and innovative approach that promotes the development of life skills for educational, professional and personal goals through equine-assisted activities. g It is a process where people work with horses to develop their emotional growth, personal awareness, relationships, and trust, e.g. boundary setting, team work, communication and problem solving.

In this workshop, participants will explore what it takes to become a more engaged, productive and cohesive team member-  in a family, professional or community context.

Together with The Hollies Equine team, you will engage in an objective based, experiential learning experience where your horse will  provide you with a live performance review and immediate feedback.This is helpful to connect your experience with your equine partner to the challenges and opportunities you face every day. You will be encouraged to unify your efforts in the team by joining together, by sharing your individual resources and by communicating effectively. The process will help you to understand your personal leadership style and to reflect on what it takes to be a mindful team member by showing empathy and appreciation of the work of others.

No previous horsemanship experience required.

more info following

To book a place click here

August

 Sat/Sun 14/15 August

Cost: €130

Stick-frame or stud-frame is one of the cheapest and fastest ways of constructing buildings and requires only basic carpentry skills. This is a 2 day hands-on introductory course for anyone interested in building an extension, shed, home-office etc. We will construct a small building and cover the subjects of: design, material calculations, basic carpentry techniques, insulation, cladding, wiring/plumbing,roofing and windows/doors. Please bring (if you have): steel-toecap boots, earmuffs, hi-vis vest, reasonable working clothes.

To book a place click here

A series of events at The Hollies Centre for Sustainability to help you tune into the healing power of nature.

5th Feb (Saturday) 5:30-8 pm Imbolc
1st May (Saturday) 7:30-10 pm Bealtaine                                                31st Oct (Sunday) 4-7 pm Samhain                                                     21st Dec (Tuesday) 5-8 Winter Solstice

These days carry a particular energy in the natural rhythm of the year and offer specific opportunities for feeling connected.

Cost: voluntary donation

More opportunities for walking our labyrinth will be offered for special events that can be booked by e-mailing us
info (at) thehollies.ie
or by phone 023 8847001

September

A 2 day course

Sat/Sun 29/30 May ; Sat/Sun 4/5 Sept

Time: 9:30am- 5pm

Cost: € 130

cob oven

For great outdoor fun and the real Italian taste these wood fired Bread and Pizza Ovens built with Cob are hard to beat. Learn how to build your own in just 2 days from firebricks, clay, sand, earth and straw. After this course you’ll be equipped with enough skill to go home and build your own in the garden and cook in it.

These ovens weigh several tons and can usually not be moved. It is, however, possible to build similar ovens on car trailers and make them movable. Generally, an oven like this needs a stone plinth (to keep the clay off the splash water) and a roof. During the 2-day workshop we’ll concentrate on the oven itself. The plinth is built before the workshop. The roof can be built before or after it.

To book a place click here

frog clay oven

Time: 9.30am – 5pm

Cost: €70 (Lunch included)

This course is a hands-on introduction to cob-building. If you’ve heard about cob and want to find out whether cob is something you’d like to build your house (or other structures) with, this course will give you a clear idea of what’s involved, an enjoyable first experience and loads of valuable information.

You will learn about the specific properties of cob, how to find suitable materials, mix cob and build walls and sculptural details with the material you’ve produced. You will also be able to see and experience the wide range of cob structures here at the Hollies.

To book a place click here

Introduction to equine assisted experiential learning

12th September
Time: 10.00-16.30

Cost €70, Lunch included

Tutor: Selvi Iyilikci
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Have you heard of Equine Assisted Learning?
It is a recognized and innovative approach that promotes the development of life skills for educational, professional and personal goals through equine-assisted activities. Through interactions with the horses, participants learn a heightened self-awareness. It is a process where people work with horses to develop their emotional growth, personal awareness, relationships, and trust, e.g. boundary setting, team work, communication and problem solving.
This is an introduction/taster workshop in which participants will experience first hand the positive effects of Equine Assisted Learning (EAL). We will cover areas such as:
• Principles and theoretical foundations of
• Who can benefit and how?
• The horse as co facilitator: Horse behavior, horse handling and Horse Use ethics
• What activities can we engage in?
• The importance of observation and feed back
This method does NOT involve horse riding and does not require any experience in horsemanship.

To book a place click here

Cost : € 70, including Lunch and Tea/Coffee

Composting toilet systems offer a valid alternative to septic tank systems by eliminating black water outflow without compromising comfort and hygiene.

This course will cover:

  • Technical / installation parameters

  • Dry toilet types

  • Service and maintenance costing

  • Environmental Legislation and planning

  • Global / European overview

  • Market product overview

There will be a real – life demonstration of installations and equipment.

Inquiries: Ron 087 7441920 or 023 8822798

To book a place click here

2pm to 5pm

Informative gardening talks, cob building demonstrations and tours of buildings.

All welcome. No Booking required. Free entry.

Shoemaking Workshop with Verronica Pawlisova
Fee is €195 (including all material)
To book a place
Do not pay through The Hollies website please!
 

The two-day Shoemaking Workshop offers an unique experience to create your very own pair of shoes!

  • In this course you will learn to make a custom pattern for your foot and how to lay out the pattern on the leather.
  • Learn how to dye the leather and how to sew your shoe.
  • You will choose your colour (or combination of colours) and you can personalise your shoes with stamps and acrylic markers.
  • We will be using all hand tools and anyone can do it with a little strength (for cutting the leather/rubber and punching holes) and patience (sewing).
  • You will leave with a custom pair of your own handmade leather shoes, suggestions for sourcing tools and materials, and the skills to make your next pair of shoes! (And maybe some new friends!)

October

 2 October

Cost: € 70, Lunch included

Herbs have been used for promoting health since the dawn of humanity. Our modern society seems to have lost much of the knowledge about those remedies and is pushing us to hand over  the responsibility for our health to the professionals. This course could be a beginning for you in taking care of your and your family’s’ health – while still getting professional help for more serious issues.

Going for a walk through the weeds we will identify common, easy to find plants that are beneficial to our health and safe to use.

On our return we will make simple preparations from infusions, decoctions to creams, medicated oils, tonics and tinctures for your home use. This will enable you to start filling your home medicine cabinet with home made natural products for coughs, colds, digestive problems, skin disorders, fatigue, first aid or simply promoting general health.

 

9 October, 14 November
10 – 4 pm

Cost: € 70 Venue: The Hollies Centre

Tutor: Thomas Riedmuller

with group-e

Learn how to create and maintain harmony in your family and other close relationships. This course will include skills such as Non-Violent Communication and Non-Defensive Communication. It is helpful for negotiating boundaries, organising home life, and increasing lightness and fun in spite of perceived problems.

This full day course offers you practical exercises and time for reflection to help you learn new ways of communicating, de-escalating conflicts and creating more harmonious relationships.

Thomas will facilitate learning from the experiences of other course participants as well as from himself. There will be also be opportunities for deepening the learning through role play as a way of practising these skills in every day life.

November

9 October, 14 November
10 – 4 pm

Cost: € 70 Venue: The Hollies Centre

Tutor: Thomas Riedmuller

with group-e

Learn how to create and maintain harmony in your family and other close relationships. This course will include skills such as Non-Violent Communication and Non-Defensive Communication. It is helpful for negotiating boundaries, organising home life, and increasing lightness and fun in spite of perceived problems.

This full day course offers you practical exercises and time for reflection to help you learn new ways of communicating, de-escalating conflicts and creating more harmonious relationships.

Thomas will facilitate learning from the experiences of other course participants as well as from himself. There will be also be opportunities for deepening the learning through role play as a way of practising these skills in every day life.