Coming soon –  our 3rd ‘Introduction to Permaculture’ weekend workshop,  the weekend of the 27th – 28th August 2016.

In the 3 years since our first Permaculture course at Lackan the farm has developed to include a natural build classroom complete with a rocket stove mass heater. The off-grid power system has evolved to include wind & solar power, & the woodlands & permaculture gardens are now quite established.

Lackan also features eco-renovation, forest gardens, regenerated & newly planted native coppice woodlands, waste-water treatment systems, rainwater harvesting, small livestock & horses. It is a practical, lived-in permaculture demonstration site.

So this is a really excellent opportunity to learn & live Permaculture theory & practise at an established Permaculture site.

Places are limited to 16 participants so do let us know if you are interested in joining us for a weekend of interactive, exploratory & hands-on learning.

The course

This workshop is a full weekend of interactive, exploratory & hands-on learning. It’s an excellent opportunity to learn permaculture theory & practise at an established permaculture site, taught by experienced permaculture teacher Hannah Mole. Hosts Steve & Claire will also share their experiences, give a site tour and explain how the off-grid set up works.

No prior permaculture experience is necessary to join the workshop.

Over the weekend we will cover the core Permaculture themes; ecological design principles & ethics, & we will explore the practical application of these at Lackan cottage where Permaculture design is used in the garden, woodlands, forest garden, animal management, water harvesting, compost toilets, natural building, eco-renovation & more….

Participants will also get to grips with using the design principles for themselves through applying what we learn to some real life projects onsite.

So, we will be on & in the landscape, connecting with our surroundings & with each other, we’ll be starting from scratch, and coming back down to earth, working with nature to create simple solutions to meet our needs… In other words…
This will be a practical, heads, hearts & hands on workshop! so bring your wellies, and an open mind…

Lackan Cottage Farm is a 6 acre smallholding featuring natural building, eco-renovation, renewable energies, permaculture gardens, forest gardens, regenerated & newly planted native coppice woodlands, waste-water treatment systems, rainwater harvesting, small livestock & horses. It is a practical, lived-in permaculture demonstration site, there is so much to learn here & Steve & Claire’s application of their vision is inspiring.

It also happens to be in a beautiful spot looking out towards the Mourne mountains, a lovely place to spend the weekend!

Course cost is based on a sliding scale -the full cost is 120 pounds, with limited lower cost places available, It includes all hearty vegetarian meals & the option to camp onsite. Other accommodation options (such as tipi or holiday cottage) will be available at separate cost & can be arranged through enquiry to Steve at Lackan Cottage. For more logistical info please see below.

Places are limited to so to reserve a place, please visit to pay a deposit.


The full cost for the weekend is 120 pounds, (40 pound deposit secures you a place) There is also a sliding scale with limited lower cost places, (let us know why you’d like to be considered for a concession)

And, as an experiment, we are also welcoming barter or part-barter for your place on the course. Do get in touch with questions, offers and suggestions!

79 Lackan Road, BT32 5HR Ballyroney, Newry And Mourne, County Down.

Participants are welcome to camp on site on Friday and Saturday nights, a secure camping area onsite, with composting toilets is available. If availing of this option please bring a tent and plenty of warm bedding!
If you’d prefer to stay in a local B & B contact us & we will send you details of places in the area.

We will provide lunches (vegetarian soups) on Saturday & Sunday, a vegetarian meal on the Saturday night, A simple breakfast of hot porridge will be provided for campers on saturday & sunday, and as much tea as you can drink throughout the weekend!

Course times:
Please let us know when you plan to arrive.

You are welcome to arrive onsite from 4pm on the Friday.
The workshop begins on Saturday 5th September at 9a.m., Please arrive in plenty of time to set up your tent and settle in if you are camping.
It will run all day Saturday, including with a light session after the evening meal, We will finish up at 4.30 p.m on Sunday 6th September.

A 40 pound deposit is required to secure your place on this course, please book online at Lackan Cottage website or contact Steve stevepbyrne [at] for other payment options.