Seaweed Safaris

Seaweed Foraging – Irelands Ancient Feast

Those of you who know me know I am a great lover of nature and incorporating that into a bit of an adventurous day out is what I love! 

Having been out on one of these seaweed foraging experiences I can heartily recommend this as a unique and fun adventurous day out! 

We have been inspired by the Ireland’s Ancient East concept to think about the earliest, ancient settlers of this island, and what foods they lived on.We have researched the plant and animal species living here at the time, about 8,000 years ago and created a range of dishes based on what was available to those Mesolithic people. With some concessions to modern tastes, we hope to share that on the new moon in July. We will start foraging on the shore for seaweeds and continue through the Anne Valley gathering wild plants. Come with a spirit of adventure and take a walk on the wild side!

Interested in an experience like this? Contact Roz Today>> 

Seaweed Foraging

Seaweed Forage and Beach Picnic 

Join us to find edible seaweeds, learn how dry and store and how to prepare & cook with them, to use them in the garden and in the bath. We’ll prepare lunch with our forage afterwards, so you will taste the unique flavours of several species.
Interested in an experience like this for your group? Contact Roz Today >>

Waterford Harvest Festival 2015

Harvesting the sea in Waterford

Festival forager shines the spotlight on seaweed’s benefits

Marie Power, aka The Sea Gardener, is a Waterford-based seaweed forager, educator, food producer and author of a cookbook and foraging guide called “The Sea Garden.”
The Sea Gardener launched a range of healthy protein snack bars in 2014, and soon after, a savoury caponata, all containing her own special blend of seaweeds. These innovative and tasty foods are broadening the appeal of seaweeds. The products were very well received and are now stocked in stores in Waterford, Cork, Wexford, Kilkenny and Dublin.
Marie has always been interested in wildlife and she now combines her passion for food and ecology in The Sea Gardener business. “We are interested in the source of our food and in making the link between the origin and consumption of food as short and simple as possible.”
The Waterford Harvest Festival takes place from September 11th to 13th and Marie will be educating the public about the benefits of seaweed and showcasing her latest products as part of the Waterford Chamber Skillnet Big Taste tent in the city centre.
Marie Power with helpers    Image: Patrick Browne
Image: Patrick Browne
Marie Power, aka The Sea Gardener, foraging with helpers Katie and Harry Earl on Garrarus beach near Tramore in Co. Waterford. Marie’s book and seaweed products will be available for sale during the Waterford Harvest Festival, which runs from September 11th to 13th.

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: or Tel: +353(0)86 8124275

We're Off To Fungarvan!

West Waterford Food Festival Fun in Dungarvan!

Last year we had to cancel our trip to the annual West Waterford Foodie Fest in Dungarvan (aka Fungarvan) much to our disappointment, however, this year we are delighted to be able to make it down on Saturday 11th April to see what all the fuss is about!
The #wwfof15 is a feast of pleasures with local foraging events, farmers markets, foodie trails, craft beer tastings, LOADS of family fun events AND best of all it all takes place in one of Irelands’ true gems of a place – Dungarvan Co Waterford!
Find out more about it by visiting and follow them on Twitter @WdFoodFestival checking out the hashtag #wwfof15  for the latest gossip!
Not on Twitter? Get on it- it’s fun , fast and reatime.. Meantime here’s their Facebook/WaterfordFoodFestival
Hashtags to use for 2015:#wwfof15

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
    Bia Bofinne, Inishbofin Food Festival
  • October
    Dingle Food Festival

 For more details or Follow Marie on Twitter:@TheSeaGardener

Bushcraft Events in Dublin

Pioneer Bushcraft Events Enniskerry & Dublin

Sean has lot’s of regular events coming up for those interested in doing something different and learning something new this October.

10th Oct. (Fri)

  • Primitive & Modern Fire Skills Workshop – Enniskerry Village Square, 10am.

11th Oct. (Sat)

  • Native Woodland Masterclass – Enniskerry Village Square, 10am.

12th Oct. (Sun)

  • Basic Map & Compass Navigation Skills – Bray Train Station, 11am

13th Oct. (Mon)

  • Urban Botany of Dublin City – canal lock at LaTouche Bridge, Rathmines Road Lower, 11am.

14th Oct. (Tues)

  • Coastal Foraging & Rocky Shore Ecology – Balbriggan Train Station 10am.

20th Oct. (Mon)

  • Urban Botany of Dublin City – canal lock at LaTouche Bridge, Rathmines Road Lower, 10am.

23rd Oct. (Thurs)

  •  Urban Botany of Dublin City – canal lock at LaTouche Bridge, Rathmines Road Lower, 10am.

24th Oct. (Fri)

  •  Night Navigation – Balbriggan Train Station, 7pm.

25th Oct. (Sat)

  •  Native Woodland Masterclass – Enniskerry Village Square, 10am.

26th Oct. (Sun)

  • Outdoor Camping Skills Workshop – Enniskerry Village Square, 10am.

28th Oct. (Tue)

  • Urban Botany of Dublin City – canal lock at LaTouche Bridge, Rathmines Road Lower, 11am.

29th Oct. (Wed)

  • Night Navigation – Balbriggan Train Station, 6pm.

30th Oct (Thur)

  • Basic Map & Compass Navigation Skills – Bray Train Station, 11am.

31st Oct (Fri)

  • Bull Island Birdwatching Tour – Junction of Causeway Road and Jim Larkin Road, Clontarf, 10am

1st Nov (Sat)

  •  Coastal Foraging & Rocky Shore Ecology – Balbriggan Train Station, 10.30am.

To Book Visit, Call 086-3704773 or Email:

Events at Gortbrac Organic Farm

Foraging Events Tralee

GortBrac Organic Farm & Eco Cabins have some cool events coming up including:

  • 11 October: Mushroom Foraging with Jonathan Spazzi
    Learn how to identify, find and cook wild mushrooms; includes a talk and foraging walk through local woods
  • 18 October: Natural Cosmetics with Vivienne Campbell
    Natural cosmetics are easy and enjoyable to make when you know how. Items such as lip balm, moisturisers, bath bombs and face scrubs can easily be made at home in your own kitchen. This practical course will show you how. Come along and pamper yourself and learn how to make gorgeous, natural products for yourself and loved ones!
  • 08 November: Seaweed Harvesting and Cooking with John Fitzgerald
    Learn how identify, sustainably harvest and cook seaweed; includes a talk, 10 course taster lunch, seashore foraging trip, seaweed bath pack and seaweed garden fertiliser!

Contact Cathy Eastman (085 7782289) to book places or for more details or check out their events page here >>
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Eco Tour of Ireland Day 6 Part 3

Voya Seaweed Baths Sligo

I live by the sea. Yet I have never bathed in Seaweed! That is until Friday last when I ventured to VOYA seaweed baths in Strandhill, Sligo.
Impressed by the professional and friendly welcome I was shown to my very own private bathing room with steam/shower cubicle and a bath filled with seaweed. Aisling – (whom you can hear on our audio) had earlier ran through what to expect and as all the staff had beautiful clear complexions and shiny hair I decided to make the most of this!
I made sure I had first cleansed my face then had a steam to open my pores. Turning off the steam (so as not to needlessly fill the room with steam and dampen my clothes) I stepped into a bath full of seaweed. Honestly.. I was a bit – OMG what the heck am I doing..until I actually sat in the bath when I decided that I loved this gelatinous liquid covering my skin and making me feel nourished and soothed.
The seaweed bath is nice and warm – you can add hot and cold water to suit and you’re given a jug of cold drinking water to keep hydrated throughout. I sat back and relaxed letting my hair get covered in this natural seaweed conditioner  until my time was up!
Some people prefer to leave the shower until the next day at home letting the goodness of the seaweed benefit their skin longer, however, as I was heading out and about later I decided to have a shower – nicely provisioned with VOYA seaweed shower gel, shampoo and conditioner, then got dressed and drifted back into reality.
I say drifted as I was so relaxed afterwards I didn’t do any blogs or tweets until 8pm or so that night! Whoops!!
For full contact details and more for Voya seaweed baths Click Here >>
Listen to the lovely Aisling telling us about VOYA Seaweed Baths on our ‘Cuppa Tae’ here:

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Eco Tour of Ireland Day 10 Part 2

A Visit to Gortbrac Organic Farm & Eco Cabins Tralee

Like magic, the rain disappeared after I left Tralee Bay Wetlands and I found myself arriving (very easily – thanks again to my trusty Smartphone companion Google Maps) at a quaint little sign for Gortbrac Organic Farm.
Gortbrac Organic Farm is much more than an Organic farm. Owned, Created (literally) and Managed by Ian and Eileen Mc Grigor – with help from Cathy Eastman :), Gortbrac Organic Farm offer comfortable private Eco Accommodation and lot’s of really cool and interesting workshops and events throughout the year. 
Workshops held here include Mushroom Foraging, Natural Cosmetics, Seaweed Foraging, Biodiversity, Woodland Management, Coppicing and oh so much more!
Ian’s background is in biodiversity and education so he can put together a customised grow plan for your school, club, business or private area based on working with what already exists and the introduction of suitable native species.
Accommodation is available and eco friendly with two eco cabins available for rent both utilising best sustainable practices yet having a bit of luxury ( regular loos anyone?) thrown in for good measure!
I really enjoyed my visit here and plan to head back very soon – for the seaweed forage if I can get out of a pre arranged date!
For contact details on how to contact Gortbrac Organic Farm online visit their profile page here >>
Listen to our EcoTour Audio with Ian here:

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