Ireland: 5 Eco + Sustainability Festivals 2018

 

Green Earth Organics – Sustainability and Food Festival 

Green Earth Organics are one of Galway, and Ireland’s, most well-known organic farms. Delivering veg and fruit boxes to homes around the country and many local businesses. Not only have they been encouraging and making fresh, local and organic produce more accessible to everybody they are committed to sustainability and zero plastic – as much as possible. They generate their electricity using solar panels, use rainwater to wash the veg and as much as possible the have eliminated plastic completely from their veg boxes, you can also request a 100% plastic free box.

Green Earth Organics Sustainability Festival. Photo: Source

I am delighted to be back in Ireland for this sustainability festival just outside Galway city (and not far from Tuam). It is free and there will be farm tours, food demos, kids activities and sustainability talks. There will be food on site to purchase by one of Galway’s best vegan/veggie cafe The Lighthouse Cafe.

This is one not to be missed and a great way to learn more, discuss and share ideas as well as get back to nature and see first hand all of the hard and passionate work that goes into organic farming.

Register for you free ticket HERE.

When Sunday 26th August, 10am – 6pm

Where Caherlea Cottage, Caherlea, Corrundulla, Co.Galway

 

 

Moyhill Farm Gathering. Photo: Source

Moyhill Farm Gathering

Moyhill is a community farm in Co.Clare. The farm gathering will be three days of music (Mick Flannery and friends!), food, tours of the organic farm, workshops, dancing and being in nature; coming back to the benefits, joy and support of community.

This will be an alcohol and drug free event, mobile phone use is encouraged to be kept at a minimum and used outside of the gathering if needed and quiet and silence after 11pm.

You can expect workshops in all things ranging from yoga, singing, lake activities (paddle boarding anyone?) as well as a whole range of inspiring and informative talks.

Moy Hill is a farm which promotes community, growing local, organic food, planting and creating more woodland (their charity HomeTree has planted 14,000 native trees with the aim to be protected eco-system to support plant and animal life).

When September 21st – 23rd, 2018

Where Moyhill Farm, Co.Clare

 

BYEco Camping – Electric Picnic 

I am really looking forward to the BYEco camp at Electic Picnic again this year. BYEco was set up by Stephen Corcoran and will be celebrating its tenth year at Electric Picnic this year (Celebrations will be had for all the BYEco campers!)

Be Your Environment (B.Y.E) is a community camping environment and an opportunity to educate and create awareness about our impact on our immediate environment and to find solutions which will create a more balanced lifestyle and festival experience. BYE.co’s end goal is to see all our knowledge put to good use in situations that need us most. Creating Emergency Camping Org (E.C.O.) which will be the charity that provides sound environmental and temporary accommodation to those in need. BYEco feel that it can use the festival world as a model to try and test ideas and inventions that can maximize efficiency in dealing with vast numbers of displaced people in remote areas.

BYEco Steve and his NiftyBins!

With the onsite Nifty bins and F.B.I (Festival Bin Inspectors), all waste is separated at source and there is a strict clean as you go (or party) principle – no bags and piles of rubbish outside the tents here. It is a community effort and if you saw just how clean it was on the Monday morning after last year’s festival in comparison to the neighboring camps – you would see just how important it is to have more education and camps like these.

This year we will have yoga (I will be teaching over the weekend), pilates and dance/movement. We will be hosting talks with people and projects who are doing impressive work to raise awareness and education on all things sustainable and how we need to start looking after our planet – now.

We will also have an on-site shop selling some BYEco goods and more, with all profits going towards the replanting of native Irish oak trees and saving our beloved bees.

Food and coffee on site and the best thing to ever hit a festival camp site – LooWatts, luxury, eco toilets. Yes, they are luxurious.

Once you go BYEco you will never go back, be warned.

When August 30th – Sept 3rd

Where Electric Picnic, Stradbally, Co. Laois

 

 

Build and Sculpt – National Heritage Week 

Colin and Fele from Mud and Wood will be guiding you in how to mix your own wood for sculpting and building. This will take place as part of National Heritage Week.(Sept 18th – 25th)

Mud and Wood offer courses and education in natural, environmentally friendly building – specialising in construction and salvaged wood timber (Mud and wood, get it?! )

There are always a whole range of excellent workshops and courses on offer here, really reasonably priced and with different pricing options for waged/unwaged.

This workshop sounds like a great introduction, it is free and takes place in one of my favourite parts of Ireland, Sligo.

Find out more or sign up HERE.

You can check out more events happening in towns and cities all around Ireland, as part of National Hertiage Week HERE.

 When  18th August, 2- 5.30pm

Where Mud and Wood, Grange Beg, Skreen, Co.Sligo

 

Connemara Green Festival

Who doesn’t love Connemara? Never been? Well now is your chance to not only visit it but also join in on their Green Festival.

The Connemara Green Festival is now in its 4th year. The festival celebrates Mother Nature, aims to raise awareness of the unique ecology of Connemara and raise funds for biodiversity projects.” Source

This years theme is ‘Eating for Conservation’ and it takes place in October, primarily based in one of my favourite parts if Connemara – Letterfrack. There will be walks and talks with local historians, ecologists, vegetarian cookery demos, outdoor activities including water sports. You can see a full schedule of the events HERE.

Letterfrack is just over an hour or so from Galway city and it truly is a gorgeous part of the country, taking the road through Inagh Valley is a reminder of just how spectacular Ireland truly is.

When October 12th – 14th

Where Letterfrack, Connemara, Co. Galway

Letterfrack, Connemara
The stunning views from Connemara National Park + Diamond Hill, Letterfrack
With Stephen Corcoran, the founder of BYEco and NiftyBins – Electric Picnic 2017.

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