August Events

Foraging, Cookups and Family Fun

Eco Events Coming Up

Wild Food Summer School 2015

wildfood-summer-schoolThe second Wild Food Summer School will be held on September 11th,12 & 13th 2015 at the Old Rectory, Killedmond, Borris, Co. Carlow in the Blackstairs Ecotrails Eco Centre. Enjoy three days of foraging, debate, cook ups, great talks, demonstrations,Soap Box Talks,a selection of workshops and lots of stalls showcasing local artisan food.
Early booking advised – For more details click here >>

Guided heritage walk with a taste of shellfish along the Wild Atlantic Way at Strandhill in Sligo.

taste of sligo shellfish walkExperience a guided tour of an ancient shell midden site on stunning Culleenamore Strand with Auriel Robinson of Seatrails, where you will be greeted by Tra Ban Restaurant’s Head chef Mostafa Dadowah and proprietor Anthony Gray who will amaze you with an outdoor feast of fresh mussels cooked on an open fire.
July 26th – Pre booking essential!
For more details click here >>

Family Fun Eco Farm August Bank Holiday Weekend

family fun at crann og eco farm Enjoy a weekend of fun outdoor activities in the fabulous family friendly Crann Og Eco Farm – camp onsite or call for accommodation options.
Activities include Outdoor games in sand arena, Forest school & bushcraft, Nature arts, Campfire cooking , Slackline, Self defence, Sword fighting, Bellydancing ,Yoga for young and old, Farm yard activities, Pond dipping , Veg garden exploration, Face painting, Fancy dressing &  Campfire with storytelling, drumming, singing and much more! Booking essential – For more details click here >>

Weekend in the Hills Celt Workshop

celt workshopWeekend in the Hills is an exciting CELT (Centre for Environmental Learning and Teaching)2 day traditional skills workshop. Choose from basket weaving, long bow making, natural building, herbal remedies and lots more, including special workshops for children. September 26th and 27th 2015. For more details click here >>

KEEP UPDATED ON OUR EVENTS AT WWW.ECOACTIVETOURISM.COM

Seaweed Foraging Events 2015

The Sea Gardener Foraging Events & Workshops

Marie Power aka The Sea Gardener runs a number of seaweed foraging events throughout the year and is found at many of the food festivals nationwide. She also provides individual and customized events such as Seaweed Cookery Workshops, Picnics and Seaweed Sessions With Friends!
 2014 Events

  • April 12 & 13
    Forages & Cookery Demos, Dungarvan Food Festival
  • May 1
    Talk at Wexford Wildfowl Reserve. Wexford Field Naturalists Club
  • May 17
    Seaweed Forage, Baginbun Beach. WFNC
  • May 18
    Seaweed Forage, Bealtaine Festival, Kilfarassey, Co. Waterford
  • June 15
    Cookery Demo with Cycle Forage at The Tannery to celebrate Bike Week
  • June
    Cookery Demo, The Bay Cafe, Dunmore East Food Festival
  • July 27
    Beach Picnic & Forage, Kilfarassey
  • August 10
    Beach Walk & Forage, Rathmoylan & Ballymacaw, Co.Waterford
  • Sept 10
    Waterford Harvest Festival
    October
    Bia Bofinne, Inishbofin Food Festival
  • October
    Dingle Food Festival

 For more details Theseagardener.ie or Follow Marie on Twitter:@TheSeaGardener

Events At Crann Og Eco Farm

Crann Og Eco Friendly Accommodation

Crann Og Eco Farm are based in Gort, Co Galway. Last year we met up with Florian and Marion during our nationwide Ecotour and had a tour around the farm which offers a lesson in self sustainability and upcycling!
Crann Og offer eco friendly accommodation plus run a number of events and workshops throughout the year , some of which are listed below:

  • February 1: Imbolc
  • March 30 – April 2: Huath Forest School Education Part 1
  • May 1: Beltaine
  • June 25 – 28: Moonlodge Sister Meeting
  • July 9 – 12: Huath Forest School Education Part 2
  • August 2: Lughnasa
  • November 2: Samhain

Marion’s yoga classes are on every Monday and Tuesday (please call before coming)and we might be lucky enough to start a weekly belly dance class here in 2015.
Apart from the list above, we are also planning on the following events and workshops:

  • TeeNature,
  • Eco Family Days around the Celtic
    Year Celebrations,
  • Weekends designed by us with various activities
  • Irish Experience weeks, etc.

For the latest updates visit the events page on crann-og.net here >>
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Ballybunion Ecotreks with Danny

Ecotrek Ballybunion -Walking Holidays in Kerry

Ecotrek Ballybunion is a unique personal guided tour with local historian and pipe player Danny Houlihan. Danny has vast local knowledge of the area and is a pleasure to listen to as he tells tales of ancient chiefs, local heroes and you can even have a go at playing the uilleann pipes!
He offers tours to small groups and ( upon appointment) individuals taking them around the stunning coastal scenery of Ballybunion in gorgeous Co Kerry. The trails are part of The Wild Atlantic Way – Possibly the wildest parts!!
Open year round – booking essential.
Call Danny today on +353 (0)87 353613 – it’s best to call him than email 🙂
Read about our recent trip to Kerry where we met up with Danny for a few hours >>
Find more links to Dannys’ Facebook, Twitter etc here >>
ecotrek-ballybunion
 
 

Wild Food Summer School

Blackstairs EcoTrails Wild Food Summer School

eco barnAt last! I have a moment to myself to write up a blog about the recent Wild Food Summer School that was held in the fabulous new eco barn at Blackstairs EcoTrails in Carlow last weekend ( Fri, Sat, Sun 8,9,10 Aug).
I was able to make it on the Saturday only but many of the people there had been there the day before and planning to stay the following day too.
Reports of intense rain and anoraks spilled forth however no dampening of the spirits!
On Saturday the day began with meeting old friends and making new ones over coffee and Marys very own homemade oatcakes before the first speaker began.

Paddy Woodworth – Ecosystem Restoration

paddy wordworthPaddy Woodworth was first to speak telling us about his recently published book “Our Once and Future Planet” (Restoring the World in the Climate Change Centurywhich has been a 10 year project.
I found this talk to be really interesting as Paddy explained the many restoration projects currently being undertaken worldwide.
He questioned the view of restoring to a past idyll and wondered if instead we need to look to a future version of ‘paradise’ but still value the past and indeed learn from it.
paddys book is on sale nowHe specifically mentioned soil and the lack of knowledge that we have about all that lives within it and what those microbes etc could help us with in the future.
He spoke of monoculture and society and ways to try to find a place for humans – we are also part of nature after all.
His knowledge was obvious and I for one will definitely be buying this book asap! I liked his quote that we need “A self interest that doesn’t contradict the common good”
https://twitter.com/PaddyWoodworth

The Blackstairs Region – Helena Fitzgerald

mary-mulvey-helena-fitzgeraldAfter a short break (chat and more cookies!!) we met Helena Fitzgerald, a local (Blackstairs) rural architect who ran through the challenges that the Blackstairs region is currently facing.
Helen introduced us to the 103+ protected species that currently reside in this area including Osprey, Long eared owl, Pinemarten, Fresh water pearls and more.
Helena spoke of how the local business and farming community are working together to create a foodie hub mentioning Gaelic Escargot, Blackstairs Lamb, Honey, Brewing and Osbornes bar with a new bunkhouse for visitors to stay in.
She also mentioned an exciting October with film events and a walking festival! Keep updated by following her on Facebook or on Twitter.
lunchLunch was a splendid affair with healthy wild foods in the form of salads, goulash and local cheeses outdoors on the rather groovy stone bench.
https://twitter.com/theblackstairs

Foraging with Biddy White Lennon

I was super excited to see Biddy White Lennon speak after lunch especially when she gave us a few top tips of places to go looking for rock samphire, meadowsweet, and peppery Alexander to name a few plus she explained what to look for each season and what one can do with your foraged finds – preserves, drying, freezing, cordials, baking, etc.
biddy white lennonI was intrigued to see many items mentioned that we enjoyed last winter at the Wild food dinner at Brooklodge last November.
I’d like to take a moment here to stress the importance of the ‘Rule of thirds’ when foraging. Popularity of foraging is a two way thing – There is no reason why everyone cannot enjoy wild foods as long as they stick to the ‘rule of thirds’ which basically is:

  • Take one third for your own use
  • Leave one third for other people
  • Leave one third for the future

Learning how to correctly pick and harvest wild food will ensure that you are encouraging future growth so that the cycle can continue for future generations.
https://twitter.com/BiddyWL

Time to go Into the Wild Ourselves!

off we goOff we went – Carpooling- to the nearby Barrow river, a really gorgeous walk with ample space for cyclists, walkers and buggys. Mary and Robert pointed out all the hidden treasures in the hedgerows and I had a go of Paddys’ seriously high quality binoculars!
I have so much more knowledge about foraging and wild foods and lovely new people to share it with!
Check out Mary & Roberts  Wild Mushroom Hunt in Galway this October >>
https://twitter.com/whiteecotrails
P.S. It seems both Biddy White Lennon and Myself may have Opium Poppies growing in our gardens!! #WhoKnew
Follow me on Twitter too: Let’s connect 🙂
https://twitter.com/EcoActiveIrl
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Coming Up August + September

Lot’s of Cool Stuff Happening

Fun Foraging Day for Families.

family foraging irelandA relaxing day in the wilds looking for wild safe foods including fungi, fruits, nuts and berries. Suitable for all the family.
Learn how to make Beech Leaf liqueur, Sorrel Tabbouleh and find wild greens for salads. Turn your hand to making Wild Garlic Pesto and delicious salads from the wild. View details >> 


Find It Pick It Cook It Eat It

wild leavesA workshop where you will forage for wild safe foods, learn what is good to eat, know the trees and bushes, what to pick and what not to pick.
After a delicious organic lunch you will turn all these wild foods into delicious drinks, pestos, fritters and more.
You will also go home with delicious wild foods and treats.


Canoe and Wild Camping Family Trips, 

Family Fun with Eco Active Ireland members“Paddle your own Canoe” breaks on the beautiful, peaceful and
interesting Barrow river.
Enjoy a holiday with everything you need supplied both in the form of equipment and also local information and suggested stop offs from ‘Go with the Flow’. 5 days/4 nights high season only €150 pp


Tapas Trail Dublin: Daily

tapas trails for foodiesTapas Trail Dublin’ offer regular tapas tours of Dublin where you get to try a number of tasty dishes at different venues in the city whilst also being entertained by their experienced and knowledgeable guides.
SPECIAL OFFER FOR TODAYFM LISTENERS
10% discount off all Dublin Tapas Trail bookings using the code: TodayFM if booked before 25 August 2014


Eco Surf Camps, Fanore Co Clare 

surf campsKids Eco Surf Camp runs throughout the Summer holidays with Pete and the team from Aloha Surf School.
2 fun packed hours each day open to all kids from ages 8-16 years.
We provide all equipment, wetsuits, wetsuit boots and soft surfboards, so all they need to bring is their swimming gear, a towel and some warm clothes for afterwards. 1 day €30, 5 days €100


Bushcraft Canoe and Camp with Into The Wild

wild camping irelandGet back to basics with Frank and the team with our: “Into the wild” survival and canoeing trips.
We SHOW you how to survive in the wild in an enjoyable atmosphere that is what “Into the wild” is about!!
Price for 2 full days / 48 hours €115 per person
Into The Wild also Do Teen Tribal Treks Contact Us for details


Family Friendly Mushroom Hunt – Galway 4 Oct

slippery-jacksLearn all about wild mushrooms in the beautiful woods of Kylebrack.
During this one day workshop, qualified experts will show you where mushrooms grow, why they grow there and how to distinguish the edible from the inedible.
The Great Mushroom Forage with Robert & Mary White

  • Saturday 4th October 2014
  • 11am – 4:30pm
  • Adults: €65pp
  • €15 per child over 12 years

Why not make a weekend of it and book into one of our Eco Bedrooms or Eco Cabins…


Seaweed Safaris – Clare, Avail Daily

seaweed foraging irelandDuring the safari you will learn about the many seaweeds the Atlantic Coastline has to offer.
You will be shown how to identify and harvest the seaweeds by hand like our ancestors would have done. You will learn about the Nutritional Benefits of the edible seaweeds along the with the Cosmetic and Horticultural benefits.
You will also be treated to Sea Veg tasting at the Wild Irish Sea Veg Company!
€15 per adult – €5 Children
Group of 10 or more is €10pp and kids free.


Bundoran Surf Co

learn to surfSurfing is a great sport to be enjoyed by people of all ages and fitness levels. It is a great way to pick up a new sport or even just an excuse to get into the great outdoors.
Beginner lessons take place in waist deep water so don’t worry if you aren’t confident in the water. Our Surf School is approved by the Irish Surfing Association, all lessons are fully insured and all instructors are qualified beach lifeguards.


For more activities and events check out our Blog 

Seaweed Forage Waterford

Seaweed Forage / Beach Walk

Seaweed Forage / Beach Walk with Marie Power, author of The Sea Garden – a guide to seaweed cookery & foraging.
We will forage for edible seaweeds, learning how to distinguish them from inedibles and talk about how to use sea vegetables in everyday cooking.
Bring a scissors and pick some to bring home for lunch!
Wear slip-proof , and ideally waterproof footwear as we’ll be scrambling over rocks/wading in pools. Old runners are good, Reef sandals, even some crocs.
When: Sunday 10th August 2014
Where: Rathmoylan Cove (between Dunmore East & Tramore)
Meeting at the cove.
Allow 25 mins travel time from Waterford City, 10 mins from Dunmore East, 15 mins from Tramore.
Limited parking at the cove, so if you can, think about car share / pool.

  • Start Time – 11 am
  • Finish Time 12.15
  • Max group size = 20 people.
  • Cost. €15 per person. Children under 12 free.

www.theseagardener.ie

Trip To BallyBunion

BallyBunion Eco Tourism Trails

Last week I had the opportunity to go to Tralee in Co Kerry for a business Conference with my sister TweetingGoddess. I decided to make the most of my trip by also visiting Ballybunion during my stay so I called ahead and arranged to meet local historian and ecotrek founder Danny Houlihan of ecotrekballybunion.com.
Danny met me at the beach and we headed around his trail whilst he shared local information and vivid historic tales that would not be unusual in a Game of Thrones episode!
From a Chiefs sacrifice of his nine beautiful daughters to Fionn Mac Chumhaills epic battles Danny made the trip so interesting we even had passers by stopping to listen in and hear him play the pipes!
After my time with Danny we headed out of Ballybunion for a mile to visit Mike of Bromore Cliffs – This spectacular piece of scenery took our breath away and Mike was such a lovely friendly guy telling us about a local picnic that had been held in the field there the week before. It all sounded very famous five!
Mike also has a gorgeous self catering cottage available for rent and the best thing about all this is that it’s open in the winter months too! I’ll be heading down that way again soon to include a local cheesmaker and more so do check back as we will adding these trails to our website in the coming months. Meantime Here are some photos of the spectacular scenery available in Beautiful Ballybunion!

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Learn all about Foraging and Wild Foods

Blackstairs Eco Trails are holding a Wild Food Summer School in August Friday 8th, Saturday 9th & Sunday 10th.

Where:
The Barn, Old Rectory, Killedmond, Borris, Co. Carlow

View – The Old Recory, Killedmond on Map Here >>

When: August 8,9 & 10th

How Much:

  • Friday 8th €70
  • Saturday 9th €90
  • Sunday 10th €70
  • Booking in for all three days Friday 8th, Saturday 9th & Sunday 10th €210.

TIMETABLE FOR WILD FOOD SUMMER SCHOOL

Friday August 8th

10.30 AM   Registration Tea & Coffee

11.15           Welcome and overview of Wild Food Summer School

                    Talk on Foraging, ethics and sustainability

11.45           Foraging locally

1.15             Lunch   – all organic produce

2.15            Cook Up of Wild Foraged Food

4     PM         Tea & Coffee

4.30 PM     The Big Debate with Georgina Campbell – John Gibbons-Philip McCabe-   Mary Mulvey  –  Chair Manchán Magan

                  

6   PM        End of Debate .

8.30            Live Music in the  Barn at the Old Rectory

SATURDAY AUGUST 9TH

10.30 AM       Registration  Tea & Coffee

11       AM      Talk with Paddy Woodworth Author & Journalist

12      PM       Question and Answer session

12.45            Lunch    All Organic produce.

1.45    PM    Talk with Biddy White Lennon Author & Forager

2.45   PM     Questions and Answers

3.30   PM     Tea & Coffee

4       PM      Foraging on the River Barrow.

6        PM      Free

9        PM      Live Music and Chat in O’Sheas pub, Borris

SUNDAY AUGUST 10TH

11     AM        Registration Tea & Coffee

11.30 AM      Short Film on Foraging

12      PM      Foraging in the foothills of the Blackstairs

2       PM       Tapas Style Lunch cooked up by Celebrity Chef Rosanne Stevens

4        PM     Tea & Coffee Closing remarks and end of Wild Food Summer School

Further  changes and additions will be added in the coming weeks.

Great Accommodation for our Visitors in the Local Area

Coming Up as heard on TodayFM

As Heard on TodayFM Saturday 26 July

Listeners to this mornings Alison Curtis show on Today FM will hear me talking with Alison about a number of offers and events coming up with our Eco Active Members – This blog is to reference the items mentioned. If there is something you cannot find just give me a call on 0873205680 or email play@ecoactiveireland.com  ~ Roz
Thanks to the lovely Alison Curtis for the chance to share our events 🙂
Canoe and Wild Camping Family Trips, Kilkenny Summer
Family Fun with Eco Active Ireland members“Paddle your own Canoe” breaks on the beautiful, peaceful and
interesting Barrow river.
Enjoy a holiday with everything you need supplied both in the form of equipment and also local information and suggested stop offs from ‘Go with the Flow’. 5 days / 4 nights high season only €150 pp
www.gowiththeflow.ie


Tapas Trail Dublin: Daily
tapas trails for foodiesTapas Trail Dublin’ offer regular tapas tours of Dublin where you get to try a number of tasty dishes at different venues in the city whilst also being entertained by their experienced and knowledgeable guides.
SPECIAL OFFER FOR TODAYFM LISTENERS
10% discount off all Dublin Tapas Trail bookings using the code: TodayFM if booked before 25 August 2014
www.tapastrail.com


Full Moon Walk Aug 9
full moon walks
Next full moon walk with the wonderful Terry of Hilltop Treks is on August 9th- meeting at the clock tower in Enniskerry Village (44 bus from Dublin city centre)
We’ll be there – Always a fun night out and a great way to meet new people! Only €25 pp. Transport avail from Dublin.
www.hilltoptreks.com


Family Foraging Day Carlow Aug 16th
family foraging irelandThis family foraging day with Blackstairs EcoTrails will show children and adults the incredible edibles to find, pick, cook and eat. Children will be able to cook-up, under supervision, lots of treats from the wild and take them home with them after the day.
Delicious refreshments, a three course organic lunch and lots of fun will make this a fun filled summer’s day.
www.blackstairsecotrails.ie


Eco Surf Camps, Fanore Co Clare Summer
surf camps
Kids Eco Surf Camp runs throughout the Summer holidays with Pete and the team from Aloha Surf School.
2 fun packed hours each day open to all kids from ages 8-16 years.
We provide all equipment, wetsuits, wetsuit boots and soft surfboards, so all they need to bring is their swimming gear, a towel and some warm clothes for afterwards. 1 day €30, 5 days €100
www.surfschool.tv


Gold Panning in Avoca Wicklow Saturdays
gold-panning-avocasmallTry your luck at finding gold in the gorgeous hills of Avoca with Avoca Tours. We can promise lots of fun, beautiful landscapes, a great guide, lots of camaraderie and, maybe, a little bit of gold….
All you need is your enthusiasm! Every Saturday at 10am.  Approximately 2-3 hours. Family Ticket (2 adults 2 children) €60
www.avocatours.com


 Boyne Valley Food Series Foraging Walk & Picnic 2 August
family forage and picnic
Join Kate of Meath EcoTours on a foraging foray at Girley Bog Natural Heritage Area and learn about edible plants & flowers. Discover what plant families are safe to eat and which to avoid, and get recipes and resources for further foraging. Includes a tasty picnic with samples of foraged foods.
www.meathecotours.com


Wild Food Summer School Aug 8,9,10
wild food summer school irelandThis three day Summer School with Mary White of Blackstairs EcoTrails will appeal to foodies,foragers, food bloggers, chefs and all those interested in our natural environment.
Speakers include Biddy White Lennon, Author & Forager; Paddy Woodworth Irish Times columnist & Author;Philip McCabe on Bees; Mary Mulvey – Eco Tourism; John Gibbons on Climate Change & Georgina Campbell


Whiskey Tour and Glamping- Slane Bank Holiday Mon Aug 4
rock-farm-slaneThis is the first season of walking tours on the Slane Castle estate and in celebration this tour will be given by Alexander Mount Charles focussing on the production of whiskey from the barley trials at Rock Farm to the distillery project at Slane Castle for a tasting of Irish whiskeys.
The tour includes:

  • A tour of the castle, the Slane Castle Distillery project and a professional whiskey tasting.
  • An introduction to whiskey production, barley growing and organic farming.

The tour will be hosted by Alexander Mount Charles organic farmer and distillery owner. €55 pp
Glamping available on-site


Bushcraft Canoe and Camp with Into The Wild
wild camping irelandGet back to basics with Frank and the team with our: “Into the wild” survival and canoeing trips.
We SHOW you how to survive in the wild in an enjoyable atmosphere that is what “Into the wild” is about!!
Price for 2 full days / 48 hours €115 per person
Into The Wild also Do Teen Tribal Treks – Contact Us for details
Email Frank for details here >>


Family Friendly Mushroom Hunt – Galway 4 Oct
slippery-jacksLearn all about wild mushrooms in the beautiful woods of Kylebrack.
During this one day workshop, qualified experts will show you where mushrooms grow, why they grow there and how to distinguish the edible from the inedible.
The Great Mushroom Forage with Robert & Mary White

  • Saturday 4th October 2014
  • 11am – 4:30pm
  • Adults: €65pp
  • €15 per child over 12 years

Why not make a weekend of it and book into one of our Eco Bedrooms or Eco Cabins…
www.thethreetowers.com


Seaweed Safaris – Clare, Avail Daily
seaweed foraging irelandDuring the safari you will learn about the many seaweeds the Atlantic Coastline has to offer.
You will be shown how to identify and harvest the seaweeds by hand like our ancestors would have done. You will learn about the Nutritional Benefits of the edible seaweeds along the with the Cosmetic and Horticultural benefits.
You will also be treated to Sea Veg tasting at the Wild Irish Sea Veg Company!
€15 per adult – €5 Children
Group of 10 or more is €10pp and kids free.
www.wildirishseaveg.com


Bundoran Surf Co
learn to surfSurfing is a great sport to be enjoyed by people of all ages and fitness levels. It is a great way to pick up a new sport or even just an excuse to get into the great outdoors.
Beginner lessons take place in waist deep water so don’t worry if you aren’t confident in the water. Our Surf School is approved by the Irish Surfing Association, all lessons are fully insured and all instructors are qualified beach lifeguards.
www.bundoransurfco.com


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