Course Programme 2022

Gift vouchers available.

We will adjust our programme to suit the national guidelines.

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

To book a course online please  click here.

January

Bookings close on 17th January

Online course – 10 Mondays 7-10 pm with Thomas Riedmuller in collaboration with University College Cork. Cost: € 350

More details and bookings: https://ace.open.ucc.ie/courses/ace2248-design-for-sustainable-and-healthy-living

Bookings close on 17th Jan.

Online course – 10 Wednesdays 7-10 pm with Thomas Riedmuller in collaboration with University College Cork. Cost: € 350

Further details and bookings: https://ace.open.ucc.ie/courses/ace2264-stop-protesting-and-take-real-climate-action-well-show-you-how-to-make-a-difference

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

30 January (Saturday) 5:30-8 pm Imbolc
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

February

Time: 4 Saturday Mornings, 10 am-12 pm
Dates: 5, 12, 19 & 26.
Children, aged 9 -13 years
Groups of 4 children max.
Cost: 100 euro per child   
All 4 days must be booked together.
 

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 about and interacting with horses. The activities will cover basic horsemanship skills such as leading, grooming, tacking up, groundwork and stable management. There will be horse games, natural horsemanship, horse communication, mindfulness with Luna, horse cart driving, pony treasure hunt and much more…No previous horse experience required.

Facilitator: Selvi Iyilikci (Qualified Equine Assisted Learning Facilitator)

 

Please book directly through www. humanature.ie

Email: niamh@humanature.ie

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

March

Time: 4 Saturday Mornings, 10 am-12 pm
Dates: 5, 12, 19 & 26.
Children, aged 7-9 years
Groups of 4 children max.
Cost: 100 euro per child   
All 4 days must be booked together.
 
MORE INFO & BOOKING directly with Selvi , selvinina@gmail.com
 

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 about and interacting with horses. The activities will cover basic horsemanship skills such as leading, grooming, tacking up, groundwork and stable management. There will be horse games, natural horsemanship, horse communication, mindfulness with Luna, horse cart driving, pony treasure hunt and much more…No previous horse experience required.

Facilitator: Selvi Iyilikci (Qualified Equine Assisted Learning Facilitator)

 
Shoemaking Workshop with Veronika Pavlisova
To book a place
Fee: €215 including materials
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!)

Please book directly through www. humanature.ie

Email: niamh@humanature.ie

 

Hands-on ‘ know-how- to’ workshop to get started growing your own veg.

       Dates: Sunday, 13. March
       Time: 10 – 16.30
       Cost: 70 euro, lunch included
       Facilitators: Selvi Iyilikci & John Conway
       
This practical workshop will get you started on transforming some of your garden into a productive vegetable growing space. We start with exploring different methods of making beds, using mulching techniques or lazy beds with an emphasis on no-dig.
Permaculture perspectives and techniques will be demonstrated and discussed throughout the day with an emphasis on creating a wildlife friendly space. Skills such as growing plants from start to finish such as seed sowing in trays, transplanting, maintaining and harvesting a variety of easy to grow vegetables will be demonstrated. Other topics include garden design, soil fertility, planting times and pest & disease control.

10 – 4 pm

Venue: The Hollies Centre

Tutor: Thomas Riedmuller

with group-e

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

Cost: € 70, Lunch included

Going for a walk through the weeds we will identify and gather common, easy to find plants that are beneficial to our health and safe to use. We will then use what we’ve found for our medicine making.

In this spring course we focus on herbs and preparations that will help us to get going and renew our energy after the winter. We will make spring tonics and food medicines as well as preparing other medicines like teas, compresses, poultices and ointments.

 This will enable you to start filling your kitchen and home medicine cabinet with home made natural products to promote general health as well as remedies for coughs, colds, digestive problems, skin disorders, fatigue and first aid.

The workshops later in the year will focus on some different preparations.

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.

 

Day 1: Living Soil

4  Sunday mornings, once a month

  • Living Soil   20. March
  •  Seed Sowing and Plant Propagation  24. April
  • Plant Care & Garden Maintenance 15. May
  •  Plant Care, Wildlife and Biodiversity 5. June

Each course can be booked individually, however we recommend all four as part of gaining a deeper understanding of sustainable/regenerative gardening.

This series of workshops will offer you new perspectives on growing plants holistically. The focus of the workshops will be on top soil regeneration, increasing biodiversity and creating a resilient garden space and ecosystem.

  Time: 10 – 2
  Cost: 170 euro for all 4 workshops or 50 euro for individual workshops. Refreshments provided
   Facilitators: Selvi Iyilikci & John Conway
 
Day 1: Living Soil – Creating ,supporting and enhancing soil health and ecology. Exploring the soil food web, and learning about the magic of soil bacteria, mycorrhiza and their regenerative functions for the soil. This includes many practical examples of how we can feed and support the living soil long term.
Day 2 : Seed Sowing and Plant Propagation – Following on from soil care is plant propagation. We will look into different methods of starting vegetables, flowers and herbs from seeds, cuttings and other methods, including the use of composts and growing media as well as protected cropping. We will explore suitable and low maintenance plant groups, with a focus on creating habitat for a range of species.
Day 3: Plant Care and Garden Maintenance – In this workshop, we learn about plants in the context of where they grow, how they grow  and how best to support and maintain them. We investigate methods of succession planting, weed control, tool use and planting techniques and crop rotation.
Day 4: Plant Care, Wildlife & Biodiversity – The aim of this final day is to ensure and to develop beneficial relationships such as providing habitat and sustenance for species such as insects and birds. We will make safe insecticide out of natural ingredients, and we will explore species of flowers, shrubs and trees that are particularly beneficial to essential pollinators such as bees and butterflies.  This final day will include a tour around The Hollies looking at examples of regenerative  land management.

10 – 4 pm

Venue: Zoom

Tutor: Thomas Riedmuller

with group-e

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.

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: € 65 per person 

Family Discounts are available

April

Time: 4 Saturday Mornings, 10 am-12 pm
Dates: 2, 9, 23 & 30.
Children, aged 9 -13 years
Groups of 4 children max.
Cost: 100 euro per child   
all 4 days must be booked together.
MORE INFO & BOOKING directly with Selvi , selvinina@gmail.com
 

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 about and interacting with horses. The activities will cover basic horsemanship skills such as leading, grooming, tacking up, groundwork and stable management. There will be horse games, natural horsemanship, horse communication, mindfulness with Luna, horse cart driving, pony treasure hunt and much more…No previous horse experience required.

Facilitator: Selvi Iyilikci (Qualified Equine Assisted Learning Facilitator)

 

Cost: € 70, Lunch included

In this spring course we focus on herbs and preparations that will help us to get going and renew our energy after the winter. We will make spring tonics and food medicines as well as preparing other medicines like teas, compresses, poultices and ointments.

Going for a walk through the weeds we will identify and gather common, easy to find plants that are beneficial to our health and safe to use. We will then use what we’ve found for our medicine making.

 This will enable you to start filling your kitchen and home medicine cabinet with home made natural products to promote general health as well as remedies for coughs, colds, digestive problems, skin disorders, fatigue and first aid.

The workshops later in the year will focus on some different preparations.

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.

Please find more  info here: https://rerootingthefuture.clr.events and book directly through their website.

Please book directly through www. humanature.ie

Email: niamh@humanature.ie

Hands-on ‘ know-how- to’ workshop to get started growing your own veg.

       Dates: Sunday, 10. April
       Time: 10 – 16.30
       Cost: 70 euro, lunch included
       Facilitators: Selvi Iyilikci & John Conway
       
This practical workshop will get you started on transforming some of your garden into a productive vegetable growing space. We start with exploring different methods of making beds, using mulching techniques or lazy beds with an emphasis on no-dig.
Permaculture perspectives and techniques will be demonstrated and discussed throughout the day with an emphasis on creating a wildlife friendly space. Skills such as growing plants from start to finish such as seed sowing in trays, transplanting, maintaining and harvesting a variety of easy to grow vegetables will be demonstrated. Other topics include garden design, soil fertility, planting times and pest & disease control.
 

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To book a place click here

house and arch

10.00 am- 4.30 pm

Cost: €70, includes a wild food lunch.

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.

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.
We will be picking prime ingredients full of interesting flavours, packed with natural goodness.

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.

house and arch 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. To collect seaweed we’ll be walking between rocks at low tide.

Booking is essential, as we need to give you directions.

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

To book a place click here

Day 2 : Seed sowing and Plant Propagation

4  Sunday mornings, once a month

  • – Living Soil   20. March
  • – Seed Sowing and Plant Propagation  24. April
  • – Plant Care & Garden Maintenance 15. May
  • – Plant Care, Wildlife and Biodiversity 5. June

Each course can be booked individually, however we recommend all four as part of gaining a deeper understanding of sustainable/regenerative gardening.

This series of workshops will offer you new perspectives on growing plants holistically. The focus of the workshops will be on top soil regeneration, increasing biodiversity and creating a resilient garden space and ecosystem.

  Time: 10 – 2
  Cost: 170 euro for all 4 workshops or 50 euro for individual workshops. Refreshments provided
   Facilitators: Selvi Iyilikci & John Conway
 
Day 1: Living Soil – Creating ,supporting and enhancing soil health and ecology. Exploring the soil food web, and learning about the magic of soil bacteria, mycorrhiza and their regenerative functions for the soil. This includes many practical examples of how we can feed and support the living soil long term.
Day 2 : Seed Sowing and Plant Propagation – Following on from soil care is plant propagation. We will look into different methods of starting vegetables, flowers and herbs from seeds, cuttings and other methods, including the use of composts and growing media as well as protected cropping. We will explore suitable and low maintenance plant groups, with a focus on creating habitat for a range of species.
Day 3: Plant Care and Garden Maintenance – In this workshop, we learn about plants in the context of where they grow, how they grow  and how best to support and maintain them. We investigate methods of succession planting, weed control, tool use and planting techniques and crop rotation.
Day 4: Plant Care, Wildlife & Biodiversity – The aim of this final day is to ensure and to develop beneficial relationships such as providing habitat and sustenance for species such as insects and birds. We will make safe insecticide out of natural ingredients, and we will explore species of flowers, shrubs and trees that are particularly beneficial to essential pollinators such as bees and butterflies.  This final day will include a tour around The Hollies looking at examples of regenerative  land management.

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

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

Time: Saturday mornings, 10 am-12 pm
Dates:  7, 14, 21 & 28.
Children aged 7-9 years
Groups of 4 children max.
All 4 days must be booked together. Cost: 100 euro per child
 
MORE INFO & BOOKING directly with Selvi , selvinina@gmail.com
 

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 about and interacting with horses. The activities will cover basic horsemanship skills such as leading, grooming, tacking up, groundwork and stable management. There will be horse games, natural horsemanship, horse communication, mindfulness with Luna, horse cart driving, pony treasure hunt and much more…No previous horse experience required.

Facilitator: Selvi Iyilikci (Qualified Equine Assisted Learning Facilitator)

 

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

1st May (Sunday) 7:30-10 pm Bealtaine                                                                                

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

Connecting with Nature, Yourself and Others
Date: Sunday, 8. May
Time: 10 – 4pm
Cost: 70 euro, lunch included
Facilitator: Selvi Iyilikci

Please book directly through www. humanature.ie

Email: niamh@humanature.ie

 

Day 3: Plant Care & Garden Maintenance

4  Sunday mornings, once a month

  • – Living Soil   20. March
  • – Seed Sowing and Plant Propagation  24. April
  • – Plant Care & Garden Maintenance 15. May
  • – Plant Care, Wildlife and Biodiversity 5. June

Each course can be booked individually, however we recommend all four as part of gaining a deeper understanding of sustainable/regenerative gardening.

This series of workshops will offer you new perspectives on growing plants holistically. The focus of the workshops will be on top soil regeneration, increasing biodiversity and creating a resilient garden space and ecosystem.

  Time: 10 – 2
  Cost: 170 euro for all 4 workshops or 50 euro for individual workshops. Refreshments provided
   Facilitators: Selvi Iyilikci & John Conway
 
Day 1: Living Soil – Creating ,supporting and enhancing soil health and ecology. Exploring the soil food web, and learning about the magic of soil bacteria, mycorrhiza and their regenerative functions for the soil. This includes many practical examples of how we can feed and support the living soil long term.
Day 2 : Seed Sowing and Plant Propagation – Following on from soil care is plant propagation. We will look into different methods of starting vegetables, flowers and herbs from seeds, cuttings and other methods, including the use of composts and growing media as well as protected cropping. We will explore suitable and low maintenance plant groups, with a focus on creating habitat for a range of species.
Day 3: Plant Care and Garden Maintenance – In this workshop, we learn about plants in the context of where they grow, how they grow  and how best to support and maintain them. We investigate methods of succession planting, weed control, tool use and planting techniques and crop rotation.
Day 4: Plant Care, Wildlife & Biodiversity – The aim of this final day is to ensure and to develop beneficial relationships such as providing habitat and sustenance for species such as insects and birds. We will make safe insecticide out of natural ingredients, and we will explore species of flowers, shrubs and trees that are particularly beneficial to essential pollinators such as bees and butterflies.  This final day will include a tour around The Hollies looking at examples of regenerative  land management.

10.00 am- 4.30 pm

Cost: €70, includes a wild food lunch.

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.

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.
We will be picking prime ingredients full of interesting flavours, packed with natural goodness.

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.

house and arch 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. To collect seaweed we’ll be walking between rocks at low tide.

Booking is essential, as we need to give you directions.

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 – 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

Time: 10- 4 pm

Cost: 70 euro, lunch included

Facilitator: Selvi Iyilikci (Equine Assisted Learning Facilitator)

Have you heard of Equine Assisted Learning?
It is a recognised 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:
• Some of the principles and theoretical foundations of EAL as an evidence based practice
• 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 feedback


This method does NOT involve horse riding and does not require any experience in horsemanship.

 

A 2 day course

Sat/Sun 28/29 May ;

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

10.00 am- 4.30 pm

Cost: €70, includes a wild food lunch.

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.

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.
We will be picking prime ingredients full of interesting flavours, packed with natural goodness.

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.

house and arch 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. To collect seaweed we’ll be walking between rocks at low tide.

Booking is essential, as we need to give you directions.

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 – 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

Day 4: Plant Care, Wildlife and Biodiversity

4  Sunday mornings, once a month

  • – Living Soil   20. March
  • – Seed Sowing and Plant Propagation  24. April
  • – Plant Care & Garden Maintenance 15. May
  • – Plant Care, Wildlife and Biodiversity 5. June

Each course can be booked individually, however we recommend all four as part of gaining a deeper understanding of sustainable/regenerative gardening.

This series of workshops will offer you new perspectives on growing plants holistically. The focus of the workshops will be on top soil regeneration, increasing biodiversity and creating a resilient garden space and ecosystem.

  Time: 10 – 2
  Cost: 170 euro for all 4 workshops or 50 euro for individual workshops. Refreshments provided
   Facilitators: Selvi Iyilikci & John Conway
 
Day 1: Living Soil – Creating ,supporting and enhancing soil health and ecology. Exploring the soil food web, and learning about the magic of soil bacteria, mycorrhiza and their regenerative functions for the soil. This includes many practical examples of how we can feed and support the living soil long term.
Day 2 : Seed Sowing and Plant Propagation – Following on from soil care is plant propagation. We will look into different methods of starting vegetables, flowers and herbs from seeds, cuttings and other methods, including the use of composts and growing media as well as protected cropping. We will explore suitable and low maintenance plant groups, with a focus on creating habitat for a range of species.
Day 3: Plant Care and Garden Maintenance – In this workshop, we learn about plants in the context of where they grow, how they grow  and how best to support and maintain them. We investigate methods of succession planting, weed control, tool use and planting techniques and crop rotation.
Day 4: Plant Care, Wildlife & Biodiversity – The aim of this final day is to ensure and to develop beneficial relationships such as providing habitat and sustenance for species such as insects and birds. We will make safe insecticide out of natural ingredients, and we will explore species of flowers, shrubs and trees that are particularly beneficial to essential pollinators such as bees and butterflies.  This final day will include a tour around The Hollies looking at examples of regenerative  land management.

Please book directly through www. humanature.ie

Email: niamh@humanature.ie

 

To be confirmed

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

Cost: € 70, Lunch included

Going for a walk through the weeds we will identify and gather common, easy to find plants that are beneficial to our health and safe to use. We will then use what we’ve found for our medicine making.

In this summer course we will focus on herbs and preparations using the abundance of summer flowers and some other plants. We will make creams and tinctures as well as teas, compresses, poultices and ointments.

 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.

The workshops later in the year will focus on some different preparations.

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.

 

 

 

 

How to use your tunnel as a productive, year round growing space
        Time: 10 – 4pm,
        Cost: 70 euro, lunch included
        Facilitators: Selvi Iyilikci and John Conway
 
Vegetables, such as tomatoes, cucumbers, sweetcorn and basil plus a range of other plants can be grown indoors and require special growing conditions. We will explore topics such as planting techniques, watering methods,the training of climbing plants and ventilation. Maintaining long term soil fertility and making liquid feeds will be demonstrated; pest and disease control in the tunnel will be discussed. We will also look forward to getting the tunnels ready for the autumn/winter season and what varieties of vegetables are suited for that period. Advice will be given on polytunnel construction and location.

July

 more info on humanature.ie

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.

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August

 Sat/Sun 13/14 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

The Hollies Horse Sense Summer/Autumn – Connecting with Nature, Yourself and Others

Time: 10 – 4pm

Cost: 70 euro, lunch included

Facilitator: Selvi Iyilikci ( Equine Assisted Learning Facilitator)

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. Exploring our sensory connections to nature, we will explore the deeper meanings of summer coming to an end, by reflection on maturity, growth, abundance and idleness.

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.

Have you heard of Equine Assisted Learning?
It is a recognised 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.

This method does NOT involve horse riding and does not require any experience in horsemanship.

September

A 2 day course

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

Please book directly through www. humanature.ie

Email: niamh@humanature.ie

Time: 10am – 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

Time: 10am – 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

Cost: € 70, Lunch included

In this autumn course we will focus on herbs and preparations that will help to get us prepare for the winter by boosting our immune function and filling our store cupboard with preparations that will help us get through the winter colds. We will make fermented foods, oximels and syrups, as well as tinctures and teas.

Going for a walk through the weeds we will identify and gather common, easy to find plants that are beneficial to our health and safe to use. We will then use what we’ve found for our medicine making.

 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.

The workshops later in the year will focus on some different preparations.

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.

 

October

Please book directly through www. humanature.ie

Email: niamh@humanature.ie

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.

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

Please book directly through www. humanature.ie

Email: niamh@humanature.ie

Household remedies for common ailments.

Cost: € 70, Lunch included

In this winter course we will focus on  preparations made from herbs, spices and foods that are commonly found in a household .

We will explore how they can help us to get through winter colds, digestive upsets, cystitis, aches and pains, minor injuries and more.

We will also head out for a foraging walk to see what medicinal plants are available even in winter.

From cold- bannishing teas to  flu-fighting soup, spice-infused oils and ointments for chilblains, sore muscles and joints, honey preparations for sore throats and other infections, remedies for indigestion and  more.

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.

10 – 4 pm

Venue: The Hollies Centre

Tutor: Thomas Riedmuller

with group-e

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.

Interested teenagers can come along on the adult workshops. For families with younger children we recommend to plan this ahead of time for a fine tuned workshop design.

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