The Living Land Series kicks off with a workshop on Healing the Earth through our Gardens by Mary Reynolds, Chelsea Flower Show gold medal winner, on Saturday, February 4th, in An Sanctoir,Ballydehob, West Cork.
The Series will run throughout 2017 and all the events will be hosted on the 30 acre nature reserve. The varied programme includes workshops, plays, talks, concerts and guided nature walks. Its aim is to celebrate the landscape and Irish wildlife and to highlight the wonders of the Seasons.
Other participants in the Series are award winning writer and actor Donal O’Kelly who will perform of his play about the Shell Corrib gas project on Saturday February 11th “Ailliliu Fionnuala”; Tim Pat Coogan writer, journalist and former editor of The Irish Press will reflect on Ireland in My Life with broadcaster Leanne O’Donnell on Friday, March 24th and on Saturday April 1st, Eanna Ni Lamhna, radio presenter and wildlife enthusiast will give a talk on West Cork in the Springtime.
The Spring Series will end with Johnny Walshe of Living Wilderness leading a two-day Bushcraft experience (Sat 8th and Sun 9th). A modern day Fionn MacCumhaill and Ireland’s answer to Ray Mears, Johnny will teach people how to read the landscape, light fires and survive in the wilderness and will focus on essential knife skills and the craft of wooden spoon carving.
The Summer Series will begin on Saturday, May 20th when Niall McCoitir, an active wildlife enthusiast and author, comes to present Irish Trees: Myths, Legends and Folklore. In June, historical fiction and crime writer Manda Scott will give a two day shamanic dreaming workshop entitled Re-Wilding with Words: shamanic tools to creativity.