Mike comes from an IT and business background, and has particular interests in local food, bushcraft, DIY skills, natural beekeeping, technology that people can understand and emergent self-sustaining human systems. He is involved in the construction and maintainence of most of the non-living systems at the farm, including the Ram pump, water collection systems and outbuildings.
His local website/IT business Indytech exclusively uses a community built "open source" system for its work, and he is active in the open source community.
As an educator, he has taught primary school children in rural Vermont, high school teachers learning about computers in the classroom when it was a new thing, high school students aboard an environmental education schooner in Long Island Sound, college students under the original author of the BASIC programming language, business people and Irish Travellers.
At Carraig Dulra he teaches bushcraft, DIY skills and natural beekeeping, and will launch into long explanations of ram pumps at the drop of a hat.
He is keenly interested in local food, and has started several different projects to bring people and their food closer together, including an ethical/organic market in Wicklow Town, an organic wholefood buyers group, a local food box (OOOOBY), and an ethical/organic shop in Glenealy, Co Wicklow (which also became a hub for other like-minded people).
Suzie Cahn runs a Garden and Permaculture Design business and is also a Director of Carraig Dulra teaching farm.
She says that she is one of the lucky people, in an increasingly urban world, who have been able to develop a deep connection with nature through a frequently unstructured natural childhood by the sea and in the Irish countryside. She was exposed to a Steiner based community living through a strong family connection with the Camphill movement. (Her Grandmother was a founding parent of Camphill in Ireland) Without knowing it at the time, throughout her teens she was got to experience to bio-dynamic agriculture, eco-building and intentional communities and working with the natural landscape. She is a mother, Permaculture Designer and Educators, and an Artist and a Art Therapist working with nature, evolving into an Eco Psychologist.
Suzie says her passion is reconnecting adults, young people, families and children to the learning, healing and creativity found in both nature and art.
She has grown produce for her family since she had her first tiny plot on which to do so and has brought an organic and wildlife community garden and teaching programs to schools and community gardens. She gives workshops and lectures on many topics and in many settings: Hospice Foundation, art therapy training programs and others. She set up a local group called Wicklow Community Gardening Group in 2006 which carried out its aim of developing community gardens throughout county Wicklow. She has served on several boards: CREATE, community rep Wicklow County Partnership, and currently GIY.
She loved the family's six months WWOOFing on the road in Europe in her beloved 1971 VW camper in 2005 "Living inside other peoples lifestyles was amazing and so helpful in choosing what to do ourselves after what I called our 'mid-life crisis gap year.' After twenty years trying to live an ethical, eco life and to spread that ideal, we needed to recharge. It was becoming harder not to give in to hopelessness in the face of massive global environmental crisis' such as GMO, loss of bio diversity, global warming, and unimagionable levels of pollution from everything we do, even from our attempts at healing ourselves through medicine, not to mention running out of oil! " In 2014 the family went off again, this time driving a van (to be donated to the Mongolia Charity GoHelp) across England, France, Germany, the Czech Republic, Ukraine, Russia, Kazakhstan to Mongolia. She says "this time the trip was about reminding ourselves of our easy lives in Ireland even in "austerity" and contributing what we could to permaculture and education projects and a children's charity along the way."
Suzie hopes that her work and that of Carraig Dúlra continues to inspire and support people and communities developing personal and local resilience under the permaculture umbrella ethics of earth care, people care and fair share.
Suzie's blogs can be found at:
Designer maker James Carroll creates hand crafted furniture pieces from his workshop in the Wicklow mountains. He has an intuitive instinct for seeing the potential beauty in items and materials often discarded or passed over by others. He works in green wood as well as recycled items.
Using traditional Irish craftsmanship executed to the highest standard, he brings these pieces to life. Through meticulous attention to detail, combined with quirky and original finishing touches, he infuses a sense of energy to these pieces and gives them back their soul.
Lily de Sylva had her own smallholding in West Cork for many years selling vegetables, eggs and pork. She went on to manage Ireland's first CSA project, and now runs the Irish Smallholders Association.
Lily qualified as a trainer and course designer with the Irish Institute of Training and Development. Her expertise includes animals in the system, smallholders and biodiversity.
Orlaith was one of the first participates in Carraig Dulra’s organic garden complete course in 2006. A keen allotment grower, Orlaith has a level 3 diploma in Horticulture from the RHS. She also has completed courses in Forest Gardening and most recently Geoff Lawtons Permaculture Design Course.
She is currently teaching organic gardening with the VEC in North Dublin and Tallaght and has a passion for cooking sumptuous meals with her home-grown produce. Orlaith brings an infectious enthusiasm for the Kitchen Garden lifestyle to the course.
Wendy Nairn has in excess of 30 years extensive practical experience growing vegetables both for resturants and for her own consumption. A wonderful enthusiastic experienced and incredibly knowledgeable teacher, she is also a founder and committed member of the organic movement in Ireland. Wendy is passionate about producing fresh nutritious vegetables using sustainable wildlife friendy methods. She teaches a number of courses in county Wicklow where she is well know for her extensive knowledge of organic sustainable methods of growing.
Permaculture teacher, designer, food grower, farmer, community organiser, agitator, explorer.
I'm based in Roscommon in the mid-West of Ireland where I'm exploring and applying Permaculture to farming, building, growing, designing, organizing, living. I live and work on and from our family farm with multi-functional woodlands, permaculture-designed food production systems, various animals, my tiny home and lots more....
My interests are diverse! Permaculture for personal (& thus community) development, Compassionate farming, Food growing, Permaculture health & wellness, Spontaneous people-led initiatives, Animal welfare, The Wild!
My passion is life, animals and plants, anything breathing. Questionning the 'status quo', personal empowerment, and all things that support these... (Read more detail on my diploma tutor profile)
I did my first PDC in the U.K with Designed Visions in 2009, while living and working on a permaculture farm in France. I later did an advanced design course with D.V. too, and in 2010 I returned again to successfully completed a 'Training of Permaculture Teachers' course following which I did some apprentice teaching on Permaculture Design Courses in the UK.
I was awarded a Diploma in Applied Permaculture Design from the UK Permaculture association in summer 2015.
I have been teaching Permaculture in Ireland since 2010, in that time I have been working with community groups, land owners & individuals, facilitating workshops with those who want to learn how to use permaculture to improve the eco-efficiency of their landscapes, work & lifestyles.
I use a creative teaching style, exploring Permaculture through interactive action learning, challenges, hands on practical projects, investigation, reflections & games.
I am also a tutor for people doing a Permaculture Diploma through the UK system.
I've been priviledged to host the annual All Ireand Permaculture Gathering at our farm & I am a part of the core organising group for that wonderful event!
I offer a Permaculture design consultancy service, my Permaculture design experience so far encompasses household, garden (-staple crop food production, edible landscapes, community gardens), small-medium scale farming (human scale, animals, vegetable crops, woodlands) personal (using permaculture to guide personal focus, reflection, efficiency, business/livelihood), community network building, and appropriate scale shelter (low impact, low cost, high efficiency).
I maintain a permaculture related website and blog at www.earthcare.ie
Having travelled widely and completed an MSc in Human Ecology, I lived in Glasgow from 2004 – whilst studying my first PDC (permaculture design course), Diploma in Applied Permaculture Design, and Training of Permaculture Teachers, as well as working for Bodhi Eco-Project and Urban Roots (a grassroots environmental charity). In 2006 I co-founded an outdoor children and parents’ play-group called ‘Nurture in Nature’ for my wee eco bairns Robin and Luis. I coordinated this group for 6 years, and it's still going strong. I did lots of other permaculture designs too, including of a Housing Association Children's Garden in Castlemilk (a deprived part of Glasgow), and of teaching permaculture which I have been doing since 2009.
In 2012, I moved to Gatehouse-of-Fleet in Galloway, where I continue to teach permaculture to adults and children (including leading Forest Schools, and outdoor work in the local school), volunteer and work for Permaculture Scotland (including coordinating the 2013 Convergence), flexi-school (so home-educate part-time), and love our abundant and beautiful earth. I have a fun, informative, participatory teaching style with lots of diversity.
While working and living in co-operative housing in London during the eighties, Gary continued his life long interest in how we house ourselves. He is a freelance tutor and energy advisor and is currently a tech mentor with Susliving.org and Glaslearning.ie.
Gary believes that natural building materials and methods have an important role in modern building, providing a way to be personally involved and connected to our own space.
Alex has worked extensively in the construction industry for over 30 years, mainly specialising in timber constructions that are both ecological and also healthy for the occupants. He is a qualified Timber Frame Construction supervisor awarded by the Timber Quality Bureau of Ireland and also holds a MSc in Sustainable Development.
During the Sustainability studies he trained as a Facilitator of: Ecovillage Design Education, Training for Transition, Transition to Resilience Training, Community Resilience Training. These required extensive immersive group residential training's in various parts of the world. They have given Alex extensive experience in innovative group work and participatory learning.
Committed to the principles of permaculture and a qualified shamanic practitioner with a deep spiritual vision of a egalitarian world with all Beings living harmoniously.
Noel Higgins designed and built his own Tiny House on wheels three and a half years ago. Built with 50% reclaimed and recycled materials he has been living in it off grid for that time. An Electrician, Carpenter and Biodynamic Farmer and Grower he is also involved in training of draft animals and currently has a pair of oxen.
One key area of John's expertise is water in the landscape. John is a Permaculture Consultant, living in a self-built home and a converted polytunnel in West Cork. He specialises in wetland and marginal land conversion and restoration. Hear him speak and view his home in this awesome video!
Davie was a founding member of both FEASTA: the Foundation for the Economics of Sustainability and Sustainable Projects Ireland Ltd the company behind the ecovillage project in Cloughjordan, Co. Tipperary where he now lives. Here he is speaking about the eco-village project back in 2008.
His experise includes social permaculture, eco-village systems and the local economy.
Courtney's expertise includesprocessing and preserving, and retain and online business. She runs Hips and Haws Wildcrafts which offer everything from fermentation workshops to folk herbalism. Her passion is to make a living being creative and essentially doing what she loves. And to help others to achieve this too!
Gareth's expertise includes working with groups and permaculture in a development context. He has a Masters degree in Development from Kimmage Development Studies Centre, with significant field experience in Africa. Gareth has been working with Development Perspectives since 2008, and brings fresh insights into permaculture's role in the development arena.
Istvan is a professional Permaculture designer providing Permaculture design consultancy; supporting growers, restaurants, private properties, hotels, farms, and community development to become more productive and independent.
He is currently working on establishing and growing the permaculture network in West Cork, Ireland where he is based, while also initiating permaculture waves across the country!
His passion is to integrate Permaculture design into the education systems through identifying needs and supporting connections. To this end, he gives talks & provids workshops through local groups such as G.I.Y, local educational systems, and the community projects and he is immersed in local voluntary community development projects; waste management, water harvesting, food waste and food rescue, community forestry, fairshare favour exchange, community gardens, and school gardens.
His own direction and focus at the moment is teaching permaculture and deeper understanding of soil biology as a part of the overall design process. He has taken PDC’s and Permaculture workshops internationally, and continues to grow his knowledge.
John is a career-changer to farming following 10 years in international oil & gas exploration. His particular interests centre on the natural capital of woodlands, Regenerative Agriculture and Holistic Management.
He is currently working to develop a regenerative farm model for the West of Ireland context.
John is a firm believer that a creative and regenerative approach to agriculture can reverse the decline of rural Ireland.
Dave grew up on his Grandmother's dairy farm in Co. Cork, Ireland, which later became a suckler herd.
After a career in structural engineering, spanning Ireland, Australia and Canada, he spent a year working in International Disaster Relief, during which he realised that he wanted to address the issues at a causal rather than symptomatic level so he returned to Ireland to immerse himself back in agriculture. This time taking a regenerative approach to mitigate both carbon emissions and the impact of climate change as well as addressing general human and environmental health.
Dave has studied with/worked alongside Zach Wright, completed Hugh Lovell's advanced course, and the 5-day course with Jairo Restrepo at Ragman's Lane Farm (Biofertilisers and a lot more), has completed a year long course with Jim Cronin in Market Gardening, is just completing Elaine Ingham's 'Life in the Soil' course, and naturally has explored much other related material too.
Dave has taught all over Ireland and with Regen.AG in the UK.
He is currently a member of the Danú Farming Group which has been awarded funding through the European Innovation Partnership programme and the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine in Ireland to carry out a 5-year Biological Farming Transition Programme.
Joanne Butler is coordinator and facilitator at OURganic Gardens in NW Donegal. She has been growing food for her family for over 10 years and involved in community gardens since 2013.
Joanne currently holds talks in growing your own food at OURganic Gardens and in the community gardens around Donegal. She is also Chairperson of Donegal Community Garden Network, a member of Community and Gardens Ireland and involved in the Environmental PPN and NW Organics.
Joanne did her PDC in 2016 at Cloughjourdan and is now eager to get a more hands on approach to Permaculture and sustainable living.