July Events

Seaweed Forage Waterford This Saturday

Seaweed Forage with The Sea Gardener

We are DELIGHTED  to welcome our newest member, The Sea Gardener aka Marie Power to Eco Active! 
Come along this Saturday 18th July to experience her unique foraging event on the beautiful Copper Coast in Waterford.

Seaweed Forage Saturday July 18th on The Copper Coast, Waterford
We’ll meet on Saturday at Mother McHugh’s pub in Fenor village at 1pm on Saturday and travel to beach from there – 5 mins away.
(Fenor is about 6 km west of Tramore on the Coast Rd.).
We will identify the edible seaweeds, talk about the nutrients in the different species, along with cooking tips and using it in the garden.
And we’ll have a small picnic of seaweed-based foods to taste after the forage.
We should finish around 3.30 pm.
You’ll be on the rocks, so wear comfortable, waterproof shoes – wellies are OK, as are Reef sandals, Crocs or old runners you don’t mind getting wet..
And wear a few warm layers as it might be cooler on the shore.
It’s €25 and I will have copies of The Sea Garden too if you want to purchase.

To Book Email: info@theseagardener.ie or Tel: +353(0)86 8124275

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 >>

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Woodland Conservation Walk at Crann Og Eco Farm

A guided walk in the woods with ecological experts.

Woodland Conservation Walk“….A guided walk in the woods with ecological experts.

Learn the methodology and intricacies of developing an interpretive trail in an ecologically sensitive area.
Dr Cilian Roden, Gordon D’Arcy, Jack Roberts and Andrew St Ledger .
Venue:  Crann Og Eco Farm.
A guided walk in the woods with ecological experts.
 

Forest School Training

Forest School Training Crann Og Eco Farm

There are still free places in the upcoming Forest School Training here at the Crann Og Eco Farm in July!
With the ever-increasing interest in place-based learning as part of the national curriculum in Ireland and the increased understanding of the benefits of nature connection it is the perfect time for training as a Forest School leader.  On successful completion of the course, students will be awarded an Open College Network, level 3, Forest School Programme Leadership Qualification with an established organisation.
You can contact Leanne on 0852710443 if you would like any further information.
Or check out this website: http://forestschoolsgalway.wix.com/forest-schools

 Forest School Training Crann Og EcoFarm

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

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
 
 

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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Wild Flowers Workshop Wexford

Wildflowers, by Zoe Devlin.

wild flowersHad hoped to get along to this upcoming wildflowers workshop with Zoe Devlin that’s taking place in the Jamestown Nature Reserve, near Oilgate, Enniscorthy on Saturday 19th July. Due to it’s popularity however it is now fullybooked. Will of Jamestown Nature Reserve assures me that they will make sure to hold two next year! If your interested in wildflowers you may enjoy visiting Zoes website www.wildflowersofireland.net We will be keeping an eye on upcoming events at Jamestown nature Reserve and sharing with our readers. About Jamestown Nature Reserve: Jamestown Nature Reserve is a farm with nature conservation at the top of the agenda. It is privately owned and funded, at times with some help from The Heritage Council and Birdwatch Ireland.It has been a REPS (Rural Environment Protection Scheme) demonstration farm, and we are now in the AEOS (Agri-Environmental Options Scheme). Jamestown offers tours, walks, workshops and more to groups interested in learning more about nature first hand. Jamestown Nature Reserve is unique in the fact that not only are we a working farm, but we also have access to a river and all the birdlife that goes along with it. For more info visit jamestownnaturereserve.com

Summer Walking Festival 27 July

St James’s day celebration – 27th July 2014

ireland-waysTo celebrate St James’s Day CaminoWays.com are organising a summer walking festival for individuals and families as part of their new IrelandWays.com division
The event will take place on July 27th in Lough Dan scout centre Roundwood Co. Wicklow.
Price:

  • Ticket price is €10 per adult or €20 for a family 2 adults 2 children (under 16 yrs) Extra child €5 (ref Triple)
  • Ticket price includes the cost of the walks, food, entertainment and competition entry.

How to Buy Tickets:Trip Way Walk

They will have three different levels of guided walks;

  • ‘Challenging 15Km’,
  • ‘Moderate 10km’ and
  • ‘Family treasure hunt 3km’.

All walks will be finished by 2pm.
They  will also have an educational aspect to the event with talks,
partner tables, bush craft demonstrations, and leave no trace
principles and other educational topics.
Food will be available to purchase on the day and people will
receive a goodie bag with voucher, and other information provided
by partners.
Walks 
Challenging walk
11am – 1pm – starting from basecamp @Lough Dan. Guided walking
along the Wicklow way and up to Scarr. Down to basecamp.
Family
Open from 11am, self-guided, following the “yellow arrow” along
treasure hunt route. Prize for winners.
An information area will be set up in the marquee. Before, after and between the talks, people will have the chance to interact, find info, and learn about various organisations.
For updates visit them on Facebook/caminoways

Eco Active Ireland will be there so why not come along and join the fun! 

Learn about Wild Herbs

Wild Herbal Workshops

Learn about wild herbs, their uses in medicine, cooking and in cosmetics. Forage for these wonders of nature in lovely green lanes, meadows and byways and after a delicious organic lunch guests will turn their wild herbs into culinary delights, cosmetic uses and natural remedies.
We will have a fully qualified herbalist with us, to discuss the medicinal aspects of herbs.
Delicious treats and herbal teas will be part of a goody bag to take home.

Next Dates:

  • Saturday June 28th,
  • Saturday July 26th.

Please note that a Minimum number 5 bookings is required for an event to go ahead. 
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