NEW !!!!!

We have adjusted our summer programme to suit the national guidelines. Please have a look at our new calendar for July and August. 

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

To book a course online, Click Here

February

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

1st February(Saturday) 5-8 pm Imbolc
2nd May(Saturday) 7:30-10 pm Bealtaine
1st August (Saturday) Lughnasa
1st November (Saturday) 4-7 pm Samhain

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

Cost: € 15 per event

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

15 February, 28 March, 10 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.

Family Systems Therapy with Lilian Moore

February 9th, March 15th, May 17th, June 28th, September 13th

Please book this course not through this website but by ringing Kathy Kennedy 083 3062654.

Cost €80. Concessions available.

‘Children seldom dare to live happier or more fulfilling lives than their parents. Unconsciously they remain loyal to unspoken family traditions that work invisibly.’

Family Constellations allow us to break these patterns so we can live healthier, happier, more fulfilled lives. It is a group process that has the power to shift generations of suffering and unhappiness. It can help to overcome stress anxiety and struggles with life, work and relationships by resolving difficult issues. Uncovering and changing the hidden dynamics of your family system can reveal the solutions to present day problems.

Our facilitator:

Lilian’s background is in childcare she is also a mother and grandmother.

Training in Hellinger Family Constellations 2005-2011, she holds a postgraduate in Integrative Psychotherapy and is a member of the ISCA. Her workshops run in Ireland, London and the U.S.

These workshops transform stuck energy so that love can flow through the family system.

March

March 7th, June 27th; 10am – 4pm
with Annie Hogg

Cost: €70



From the hedgerows, the gardens, the wayside ditches.

From the compost, the wine cup, the shed.

From all these likely or unlikely places we can forage and explore. Finding hidden in the roots and flowers and forgotten rusting nails a whole world to delve into that can easily yield up its colour.

In these workshops we will explore how to attain natural colour from some of these places, and how to open up the colour spectrum of the inks we make on the day in a whole variety of changing and exciting ways.

Whether you are a enquiring crafter, a daring DIYer or simply looking for a nice way to spend the day, come and join us on this adventure into colour.

Through the act of engaging with the plants and compost heap as a source of ink making, a look at the hedge will never be the same again.

All materials will be provided. But it is advisable to wear old cloths that you wouldn’t mind getting stained.

Family Systems Therapy with Lilian Moore

February 9th, March 15th, May 17th, June 28th, September 13th

Please book this course not through this website but by ringing Kathy Kennedy 083 3062654.

Cost €80. Concessions available.

‘Children seldom dare to live happier or more fulfilling lives than their parents. Unconsciously they remain loyal to unspoken family traditions that work invisibly.’

Family Constellations allow us to break these patterns so we can live healthier, happier, more fulfilled lives. It is a group process that has the power to shift generations of suffering and unhappiness. It can help to overcome stress anxiety and struggles with life, work and relationships by resolving difficult issues. Uncovering and changing the hidden dynamics of your family system can reveal the solutions to present day problems.

Our facilitator:

Lilian’s background is in childcare she is also a mother and grandmother.

Training in Hellinger Family Constellations 2005-2011, she holds a postgraduate in Integrative Psychotherapy and is a member of the ISCA. Her workshops run in Ireland, London and the U.S.

These workshops transform stuck energy so that love can flow through the family system.

Date: Sunday, 22/3/2020 and Sunday, 26/4/2020
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

15 February, 28 March, 10 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.

April

Description coming soon

April 18 ; Sept 13 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
Sun 19 April, Sun 13 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

Sat 25th April; 17th May

9.30 am- 5 pm

Cost: €70, includes a 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 house and arch A substantial gourmet lunch is included in the course fee. In fact, you’ll be part of preparing it by using the plants we collect.

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. If you bring children you are responsible for them. 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!

Date: Sunday, 22/3/2020 and Sunday, 26/4/2020
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

May

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

1st February(Saturday) 5-8 pm Imbolc
2nd May(Saturday) 7:30-10 pm Bealtaine
1st August (Saturday) Lughnasa
1st November (Saturday) 4-7 pm Samhain

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

Cost: € 15 per event

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

9th May; 7th June; 4th 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.

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..

Sat 25th April; 17th May

9.30 am- 5 pm 

Cost: €70, includes a 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 archhouse and archA substantial gourmet lunch is included in the course fee. In fact, you’ll be part of preparing it by using the plants we collect.

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. If you bring children you are responsible for them. 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!

Kate Ryan, Clonakilty

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Date: Saturday, 24th 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 30/31 May ; Sat/Sun 19/20 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

Date: Sunday, 31/5/2020

Time: 10 am – 1.30 pm

Cost: €30

Learn how to create plants for free by using methods such as taking stem cuttings, root cuttings, root division, bulb scaling, seed sowing and taking runners. You don’t need to spend lots of money to add new plants to your garden at home. This is a hands- on workshop. Topics also include: growing media, equipment and looking after the newly propagated plants.

June

postponed to July

postponed to July

 

9th May; 7th June; 4th 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.

To book a place click here

postponed

 

Dates: Sunday, 14th June and Sunday, 13th 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.

postponed   

March 7th, June 27th; 10am – 4pm
with Annie Hogg

Cost: €70

From the hedgerows, the gardens, the wayside ditches.

From the compost, the wine cup, the shed.

From all these likely or unlikely places we can forage and explore. Finding hidden in the roots and flowers and forgotten rusting nails a whole world to delve into that can easily yield up its colour.

In these workshops we will explore how to attain natural colour from some of these places, and how to open up the colour spectrum of the inks we make on the day in a whole variety of changing and exciting ways.

Whether you are a enquiring crafter, a daring DIYer or simply looking for a nice way to spend the day, come and join us on this adventure into colour.

Through the act of engaging with the plants and compost heap as a source of ink making, a look at the hedge will never be the same again.

All materials will be provided. But it is advisable to wear old cloths that you wouldn’t mind getting stained.

Family Systems Therapy with Lilian Moore

February 9th, March 15th, May 17th, June 28th, September 13th

Please book this course not through this website but by ringing Kathy Kennedy 083 3062654.

Cost €80. Concessions available.

‘Children seldom dare to live happier or more fulfilling lives than their parents. Unconsciously they remain loyal to unspoken family traditions that work invisibly.’

Family Constellations allow us to break these patterns so we can live healthier, happier, more fulfilled lives. It is a group process that has the power to shift generations of suffering and unhappiness. It can help to overcome stress anxiety and struggles with life, work and relationships by resolving difficult issues. Uncovering and changing the hidden dynamics of your family system can reveal the solutions to present day problems.

Our facilitator:

Lilian’s background is in childcare she is also a mother and grandmother.

Training in Hellinger Family Constellations 2005-2011, she holds a postgraduate in Integrative Psychotherapy and is a member of the ISCA. Her workshops run in Ireland, London and the U.S.

These workshops transform stuck energy so that love can flow through the family system.

July

FULLY BOOKED.

9.30 am- 5 pm 

Cost: €70, 

house and arch

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 natural goodness.

From seaweeds and coastal plants to fields,hedgerow and gardens -you’ll be learning to recognise the right plants and learn tasty ways to prepare and eat them. Seaweed salads, wild garlic pesto, Alexanders fritters, wild herb soups and much more.

house and archThis 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.

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 –  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!

Kate Ryan, Clonakilty

Date: Sunday, 22/3/2020 and Sunday, 5/7/2020 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

Content

FULLY BOOKED

11 July; 4th 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.

To book a place click here

FULLY BOOKED

Sun 12 July, Sun 13 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

Sat/Sun 18/19 ; Sat/Sun 15/16 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

July 25; Sept 13

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

August

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

1st February(Saturday) 5-8 pm Imbolc
2nd May(Saturday) 7:30-10 pm Bealtaine
1st August (Saturday) Lughnasa
1st November (Saturday) 4-7 pm Samhain

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

Cost: € 15 per event

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

A 2 day course Sat/Sun 1/2 August ; 19/20 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

More infos on the Humanature website here

Sat/Sun 18/19 ; Sat/Sun 15/16 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

Date: Saturday, 26th August
Time: 10.00am 4.30pm
Cost: €70,  Lunch included

Tutors: Selvi Iyilikci and John Conway

Adding a polytunnel 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

September

Sun 19 April, Sat 5th September  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

Family Systems Therapy with Lilian Moore

February 9th, March 15th, May 17th, June 28th, September 13th

Please book this course not through this website but by ringing Kathy Kennedy 083 3062654.

Cost €80. Concessions available.

‘Children seldom dare to live happier or more fulfilling lives than their parents. Unconsciously they remain loyal to unspoken family traditions that work invisibly.’

Family Constellations allow us to break these patterns so we can live healthier, happier, more fulfilled lives. It is a group process that has the power to shift generations of suffering and unhappiness. It can help to overcome stress anxiety and struggles with life, work and relationships by resolving difficult issues. Uncovering and changing the hidden dynamics of your family system can reveal the solutions to present day problems.

Our facilitator:

Lilian’s background is in childcare she is also a mother and grandmother.

Training in Hellinger Family Constellations 2005-2011, she holds a postgraduate in Integrative Psychotherapy and is a member of the ISCA. Her workshops run in Ireland, London and the U.S.

These workshops transform stuck energy so that love can flow through the family system.

Dates: Sunday, 14th June and Sunday, 13th September
Time: 10.00-16.30

Cost €70, Lunch included

Tutor: Selvi Iyilikci
IMAG0101

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.

April 18 ; Sept 13

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

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A 2 day course Sat/Sun 30/31 May ; Sat/Sun 19/20 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.

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frog clay oven

October

9th May; 7th June; 4th 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.

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15 February, 28 March, 10 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

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

1st February(Saturday) 5-8 pm Imbolc
2nd May(Saturday) 7:30-10 pm Bealtaine
1st August (Saturday) Lughnasa
1st November (Saturday) 4-7 pm Samhain

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

Cost: € 15 per event

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

15 February, 28 March, 10 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.