“Fostering Active andCollaborative Learning”
A Five Day Course @ Cloughjordan Ecovillage


15th  to  19th of October 2012

This dynamic course is for trainers, facilitators, coaches and anyone working in the field of adult or community education. The objective is to introduce and build capacity in the use of active and collaborative learning techniques. The course will use self-directed, project-based learning pathways allowing participants to work together on real problems in a real place. 

In the environment the Cloughjordan Ecovillage learn about:

·      Place Based Learning

·      Problem Based Learning

·      Education for Sustainable Development

·      The Art of Hosting

Course fees and food for this 5 day course only €250

Some concessions are available on application.

To book or for further details contact Alice McEleney <>

Accommodation available from €20 per night in the eco hostel or in a local B&B - contact us for details.

This course is being held in Ireland’s largest ecovillage, which features 50 high performance green homes, its own woodlands, edible landscapes and the country’s largest renewable energy district heating system. A community supported agriculture scheme provides organic food for the community and a range of new businesses have been established, including a wood fired bakery. The ecovillage is fast becoming a destination for learners with a new 32-bed hostel catering for visitors. The project provides an excellent focal point for ecological and sustainable education.


Facilitated by:

Trish Kinsella, Cloughjordan Ecovillage,
Chris Chapman, Change Exploratory
Alice McEleney, Cloughjordan Ecovillage
Davie Philip, Cultivate Living and Learning

With mentoring and case studies from:

Brendan Dunford
Co-founder of the Burrenbeo Trust

Brendan will speak about the educational work of the Burrenbeo Trust and their vision for the Burren as ‘Ireland’s learning landscape’, including a recent symposium on place based learning titled ‘From Apathy to Empathy – Reconnecting people with place’.

Peadar Kirby
Resident of Cloughjordan Ecovillage and member of the Village Education and Research Group

Peadar Kirby has recently retired as Professor of International Politics and Public Policy in the University of Limerick and the author of many books. Peadar will speak on his experience of using PBL at the University of Limerick and the vision for learning at Cloughjordan Ecovillage.

Lucy White
Director of West Lexham Education Centre, UK

Lucy will speak on her experience at West Lexham, a unique hub for collaboration and learning set in a stunning rural estate. The centre supports connection to personal purpose, collective potential and the natural world.

Clifford Guest
Lecturer at Limerick Institute of Technology, Tipperary

Clifford lectures on sustainable development, rural development, sustainable energy and the economics of sustainability. He will outline his experience in using PBL.

Una Johnson
Cloughjordan resident and European Manager for SXSW Eco

SXSW Eco is a three-day conference in Austin Texas that highlights the need for a concerted, cross sector approach to solving the recognized challenges facing the economy, the environment and civil society. Una will act as a mentor sharing her passion for local enterprise and learning.

Ben Whelan
Cloughjordan resident and Director of Cultivate Living and Learning

Ben has been active in the development of We Create, a collaborative enterprise center in Cloughjordan. He will speak about peer-to-peer learning and enterprise.