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Chill Out This Autumn

Chilled Out Seasonal Events This Autumn

Autumn is my favourite time of year. I love the colours, the feeling of settling down for the winter and the slowing down of everything.
This does not mean an end to activities though as I love to take this reflective time to create and learn. With this in mind there are some lovely events coming up that may be of interest.

Seaweed Cookery Demo with Marie Power

On Wednesday, the 14th of October at 8pm Marie Power, the Sea Gardener, will be giving a cookery demonstration and talk on the benefits of seaweed at Brownes Farmhouse Dungarvan. In response to requests from seaweed enthusiasts, she has developed a range of innovative sweet & savoury foods using seaweed, under The Sea Gardener label.
These will be available on the night!
More Details Here >>

Natural Cosmetic Making Workshops:

Vivienne Campbell is a much sought after herbalist who gives workshops on the uses of natural ingredients for cosmetics and wellbeing. She is holding two natural cosmetic making workshops this November, one in Gorey Co Wexford on 7th and one in Ennis Co Clare on the 1st November. These make great personal Christmas gifts too!
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Natural Soap Making Workshop

I have a friend who makes her own soap and swears that it is addictive!  Nature lover & Holistic practitioner Angela Healy of Willow Cottage at Wells House is giving a one day soap making workshop on November 8th where you can learn how to make your own 100% natural moisturising coconut and olive oil soaps using the traditional cold process method.
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Incidentally it’s also the time of year to make sloe gin and elderberry liquors... great gifts at any time of the year! Yum!

Here’s a great video on how to make Rose Hip Oil for your face too:


Edible Christmas Gifts Workshop

Blackstairs EcoTrails Christmas Workshops

This Christmas I will be making Christmas gifts for family and friends and you can too! Blackstairs Ecotrails in Carlow are holding two wonderful workshops this weekend – details below:


Want to make your own edible Christmas presents? We will show you how at this all day workshop. We will go out into the hills, lanes and byways to collect ingredients to make Turkish Delight, Sloe Gin, Rowan Berry Schnapps, Sweet Chestnut stuffing and more!
€95.00 / €65 concession for OAP & unwaged


A hands on workshop to stock up your larder with herbal tonics, salves and creams to keep you fighting fit for winter. Jacquie Burgess our Master Herbalist will ensure our wellness and preparedness for winter.We will also cook up some delicious treats EG Sloe Gin,Rowan Berry Schnapps,Turkish Delight and more! Suitable for everyone who loves foraging and using wild herbs.
€95.00 / €65 concession for OAP & unwaged
To Book either of these events click here >>

Wild Christmas Gifts Foraging

Wild Christmas Gifts Foraging Event

Coming 16th November:
An exclusive ‘Wild Christmas Gifts Foraging Event’ on Saturday 16th November where you will get to forage for and then make your very own Sloe gin, Chestnut Stuffing, Rosehip Jelly and more!
Perfect for Xmas gifts.
This is what we will do:
We will forage for Sloes, Sweet Chestnuts, Rose Hips and more. We will then make delicious Sloe Gin, Rose Hip Jelly, Chestnut Stuffing and you will go home with wild foods to make your own Incredible Edible Gifts for Christmas , in your own kitchen.

  • Date November 16th
  • Time 10.30- 4pm
  • Cost €95

This is an 8 person only workshop .
We suggest you bring the following:
Strong gloves for picking Sloes and Sweet Chestnuts, boots, warm clothing, apron if they wish, small tubs to bring goodies home in!
A hands on foraging and cooking workshop ideally suited for people who want to know more about safe wild foods, people who want to make wild edible Christmas presents and who will go home with samples, recipes and much more besides.
The cost includes all Teas and Coffees , a delicious organic lunch and home made cookies.
Places are limited to 8 however if we get enough people wanting to book we will hold another event to accommodate same.
Meet The Old Rectory, Killedmond, Borris, Co. Carlow at 10.00.
click here to book