Welcome to our humble community!
are a small community living off-grid amidst a beautiful mountainous
area in West Cork, Ireland. Our aim is to live as self-sufficiently as
possible, relying on resources such as solar and wind power, organic
produce and recycled building materials, so that we can build a small
piece of paradise. We want to create enough gardens and polytunnels to
grow a surplus amount of organic food and to establish an infrastructure for holding various events,
ranging from spirituality and handicrafts to healing and educational
sessions. For this we not only need time and manpower, but also
financial aid, which is why we created a profile on this platform.
Who are we
A group of six people who collectively strive to live healthy, wholesome and meaningful lives in harmony with nature and other human beings, so that we can share wisdom and healing with anyone who reaches out to us. We are people of different ages and various backgrounds, big lovers of nature and Mother Earth, who want to be the change the world needs at this time. We strive to be living examples for other people that it is possible to live a happy, healthy and joyful life without relying on the system, mainstream healthcare, conventional housing or regular employment. We have all decided to stop pursuing careers and working for the benefit of others so that we can dedicate all of our time to the one thing that matters most to us - working on our own land, which in turn provides nourishment and shelter for all of us, our friends and families, and visitors alike. We live by values such as integrity, faith in the laws of the Universe, peace, mutual respect, harmony, unconditional love and joy. Our hope is to one day see more communities emerging around us, so that together, we can heal the world and the whole of humanity by saving and cultivating small or large pieces of land with love and care.
A bit of history
It all started on a boggy cow field around 10 years ago... Two free-spirited and enthusiastic men equipped with one digger and a dumper came together and decided to transform the cow field into a habitable and prosperous piece of land. They started by reshaping the land, draining the bogs, building humble shelters, creating ponds, roads and gardens, all the while spending sections of time abroad. This continued over several years, during which they received help from many of their friends and volunteers from around the world. One roundhouse, two yurts, three ponds, two garden sections and a camping area later, the land was finally able to start hosting its first events. Whether it was people coming to camp with us or holding various kinds of workshops, all the money we have earned we put back into developing our land. And so it continues today, as the community slowly grows and the spirit of the land thrives.
How would you describe a place that feels safe and comfortable, magical and wondrous, and is filled with a peaceful, tranquil atmosphere? We often call our land a sanctuary, because that's exactly what it represents to us in today's world and that's why it is such a joy and a privilege for us to live here. The land is divided by a road, on one side we have our main building/the roundhouse/ and the other side contains the garden and living and camping areas. As for the landscape, you can find everything on our land, from bogs to ponds to forests and grassy fields. It is a truly wonderful place to be.
Our garden area can be split into two sections. The section by the roundhouse features mostly herbs and gourds, while the other section is our main garden. It starts with a small seeding bed and a self-sprouting kale bed around the polytunnel with raised beds of cauliflowers, broccoli and brussel sprouts. We have two large potato beds and four sequential rows where we usually plant carrots, beetroots and parsnips. We also have a new bed featuring onions and garlic next to our fence with peas and beans. Inside the polytunnels we mainly like to grow radishes, tomatoes, cucumbers and spinach. We also have two more beds with swedes and turnips, which are lined with fruit bushes. We also have a couple of apple trees and a pear tree. As you can see, you can find pretty much everything in our magical gardens, and they only continue to grow.
||We currently have one small polytunnel and another larger one in the making. The smaller one we are using for seed propagation and we have even bigger plans for the next ones. The polytunnel that we are building at the moment will include a self-watering system, raised beds, shelving and it will also serve as a drying area for our lovely onions, potatoes and garlic, or any other produce that we can store over winter. We would like to build at least one more polytunnel for growing fruits and creating a small indoor pond to lounge around in bad weather :-).
||One of the second most important areas after our gardens is our ceremonial field. Here we currently have a teepee and a small sweatlodge, which is adjacent to our largest pond. Next we are planning to establish a willow bed for basket making, create paths and decorate the area, so that the visitors can enjoy it. Sadly our teepee got damaged in the storms and is in need of repairs, and some "interior design", such as sheepskins and rugs. We would also ideally like to source better coverings for the sweatlodge.
|Camping and Event Area
||Our camping and event area currently includes an outdoor kitchen, compost toilet and shower, and several round pitches for tents. What we would like to do with this area now is to renovate the kitchen, build a water tank for hot water in the shower and build small roundhouses on the individual tent pitches for guest and visitor accommodation. Unfortunately, tents don't have a very long lifespan in the Irish weather, so we need something sturdier if we want to do away with buying new ones every season! We would also like to source finances for pop-up marquees that will come handy for spontaneous one-day workshops.
||We are hoping to grow enough produce this year to delve into the joys of canning and pickling, so that we can enjoy homemade canned tomatoes, sauerkraut and gherkins during the winter months. The canning kitchen is currently half-built - we have the walls and things that will go into the kitchen, so all we need to manifest now is a roof.|
Community Building - This is a structure that has been on our minds for a while now. We would love to build a large indoor space with a central fire and big windows, where we can all gather, congregate, and do all sorts of tribal things. It would serve as a multi-purpose building that would also be used for energy healing, arts and crafts and yoga.
Planting Native Species - Whether it's bushes, herbs or trees, our land can always benefit from getting back to the native beauty that Ireland once had. It would be great if we could reintroduce wildflower meadows and get rid of the farming grass, and help native trees such as the majestic oak to grow to maturity.
Beekeeping - We would love to have our own bees! One of the things that we do not like to see is bees being mistreated and exploited for all the wonderful gifts they provide. Like everything else here on our land, the bees would be handled with love and care, and we would make sure that they are living their best life and serving their highest purpose. While they pollinate our precious plants in the spring and summer, we can add some sweetness to our life with their honey in the winter!
Fourth Pond - One day, we would like to build a pipe system that will naturally fill a hole behind our roundhouse, which would create another pond for our lovely ducks to waddle in, making a wonderful addition to the outdoor patio.
What we want to give to the world
We are very excited about being able to post information about our land online, because our main goal is to be an inspiration for people who are not happy with their circumstances or who are on the verge of making a leap towards their dreams and need that one last push. We would love for people to see the world through our eyes and discover what is possible to achieve with the power of intention and determination. We want to be able to share our healthy organic food with others, so that they will want to grow their own food as well, and share our knowledge about off-grid living, permaculture and self-sufficiency. We want to offer events that educate people about forgotten crafts or ways of using the land that they do not know about, and provide healing and comfort to those who need it. Lastly, our greatest gift to the world will be the land itself, a small piece of paradise that emanates joy, peace and happiness.
Would you like to become a part of our land?
If our profile managed to bring up a feeling inside you, motivated you or made you feel inspired, then we will consider our job well done. Whether you dream about living on a piece of land such as ours yourself, or are just excited about the fact that such places exist, or support the same values, by contributing your energy to us you will become a part of the land and its spirit, and your kindness will be repaid with waves of love and gratitude from all of us and every other person who visits this land. We thank you for your generosity and for making a difference in the world.