Weekend Practical Sustainability skills workshop – Co.Down

***This date is now full*** But the good news is that we are putting on a second date on 21-22nd September here at Lackan. You can book that by clicking here

Alternatively we are running the course at Tir Na Nog, Ballyhaunis in Mayo on 13-14 April and you can book a place on that course by clicking here.

A 2 Day Practical Sustainability Skills Workshop, including how to apply Permaculture design to live well on a small piece of land and little money.

For the first time, Steve Golemboski Byrne from Lackan Cottage Farm, and Claire Templar from Tir na nOg in County Mayo are hosting a two-day weekend workshop to learn and experience first-hand how the principles of Permaculture design can support the development of a low-impact land-based project.

The fully immersive weekend will include:

  • Exploring the setup of a project, including essential knowledge and resilience for our 4 most basic needs: water, shelter, power and food.
  • The practical side of how things work, and the essential art and skill of developing a project on a small budget by using the resources around us, improvising and *diy*ing.
  • Topics covered will include rainwater harvesting and waste water management, introduction to natural building and earth plastering, introduction to sustainable energy production, and perennial food systems and no-dig gardening and feature the creative upcycling and recycling of materials…. And of course compost!
  • Introduction to Permaculture – the ethics, principles, design tools and processes, and key concepts which will support you to ‘permaculture’ your site or project and design your way to ecological abundance.

For this course you have a choice of venues and dates:
27th and 28th April 2019 at Lackan Cottage Farm – which has been Steve and his family’s off grid Permaculture Smallholding in Co.Down since 2012 where making use of easily available low cost materials to meet their needs is at the heart of how they live.
The cost of the weekend at Lackan Cottage Farm is £100, including a hearty lunch both days and camping onsite. Upgrades to accommodation include a restored off grid cottage or converted horsebox.
More info and booking at www.lackancottage.co.uk


13th and 14th April 2019 at Tir na nOg which has been Claire’s home base and Permaculture Project for the last 3 years in County Mayo in the West of Ireland where she’s been busy restoring a historic cottage and abandoned acre and a half of soggy land and exploring self-sufficiency.
The cost of the weekend at Tir na nOg is €100, including a hearty lunch both days and camping onsite. Upgrades to accommodation include a caravan or yurt.
More info and booking at www.tirnanogmayo.com

This course is suitable for anyone with an interest in Permaculture, and how you can apply it to marginal land to create sustainable abundance. No prior permaculture, building or gardening knowledge is required.

What is this ‘Action-led learning’ craic?
Being outside, getting guided hands-on experience in the field, instruction, the opportunity to do the task at hand, asking questions ‘on the job’, absorbing the knowledge & skills in a very practical way, being empowered by physically doing… Listening, Doing, Questioning & Reflecting.

So, please note, this is a very out-door, practical course! Bring boots, wellies, and warm, waterproof clothing (just in case!). Expect at least 75% hands-on learning.

**To enable effective facilitation of this type of learning there is a maximum of 8 participants so please do let us know as soon as possible if you are intending to join**


The course costs £100 for 2 days which includes an abundance of hot drinks and snacks and a hot lunch on both days, using fresh ingredients from the garden.

Also included are course notes, and camping/parking space for anyone who wishes to stay over. (There are also other accommodation options – Birch Cottage and our Off Grid Horse Box)



27 Apr 2019 - 28 Apr 2019


9:00 am - 5:00 pm




Lackan Cottage Farm
79 Lackan Rd, Ballyroney, Banbridge BT32 5HR, UK


Steven Golemboski-Byrne

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Claire Templar
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