Intentional community using Native American circle way methods in Ireland



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    We are a small eco community started in November 2015 (so still at a young stage and learning). We are currently 4 women and 6 men (includes a couple with 3 young children and a single mother with 2 young children) plus regular helpers and we have 2 friendly female dogs and 2 cat (living with one of us). We have a community house which has accommodation for helpers with good facilities and 12 hectares of beautiful landscape where we have built some cabins for our permanent residents and we are in early stages of developing organic garden and orchard areas and poly-tunnels to grow our own food. Helpers become part of our community and share in tasks and decision making which is done by consensus using Native American 'Circle Way' methods which is about learning to trust and respect each other and connect with nature. We prefer at least 2 weeks stay though sometimes can take a shorter stay if you contact us near to the time ..

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    DIY and building projects
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    General Maintenance
    Help with Eco Projects
    Help around the house

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    We have people from different countries and with different skills living and helping here. Helpers become temporary members of our community and join in with discussion about tasks, community living and decision making and help with cooking and cleaning. We try to be as sustainable as possible, eat locally grown organic food and care for nature around our beautiful landscape. Visitors can learn ecological skills and basic construction skills. We like to have regular social gatherings and some of us like to attend local traditional music, singing or story-telling sessions for which Ireland is well known.
    We base our community living on the Native American 'Circle Way' teachings of Manitonquat (Medicine Story), an author, story-teller and elder of the Wampanoag tribe who has visited regularly with his partner Ellika and assistant Simon to host camp-workshops about Circle Way. (The photo shows a camp circle workshop). Sadly Manitonquat passed on recently but his spirit lives on strongly in all who follow the Circle Way towards a better world. This is not a cult - it is simply a set of ideas and tools to help us live together with love and respect for each other and for nature.

  • Help


    We are working to become more sustainable and we need helpers who have basic skills such as construction, eco-building, organic gardening, permaculture, general maintenance and also willing to help with cooking, cleaning. Some regular tasks are :
    - firewood gathering, cutting, storing
    - basic construction / eco-building
    - footpath and fence construction
    - gardening
    - helping with child-minding

    We provide food and everyone takes care of their own breakfast and lunch and we share the evening meal. Normally helping 4 to 5 hours for 5 days each week, normally free weekends (but free days can be flexible). There is a shop and post-office nearby and we regularly drive into town for provisions and helpers can usually get a lift if they need to go to town. For leisure time we are in a very scenic region with hills, lakes and woodlands - ideal for walking, cycling, etc. Also not to far to travel to other scenic areas such as Connemara, The Burren and West Clare.

  • Languages spoken

    German: Fluent
    English: Fluent
    French: Intermediate

  • Accommodation


    Bunk bed in shared room in our comfortable community house with good facilities. Sharing cooking, meals and chores.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    We can usually provide a lift to a nearby town so that you can find public transport to places such as The Burren (limestone wilderness), Doolin (coastal village famous for traditional music), Galway (and Connemara), nearby lakes and hills with scenic walking and cycling routes. We sometimes have local like-minded people visiting and helping and we help them in return as part of wider community connection. It is often necessary for helpers to share a 2-bed or 3-bed room.

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    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

    • Can host families

  • Space for parking camper vans

    Space for parking camper vans

    This host can provide space for campervans.

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

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    Hours expected

    Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week

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