Our Journey into Magical Braveheart country to meet the team behind Carrig Dulra …

Yesterday Hannah and I met with the Founders of the Carraig Dulra Permaculture Research and Demonstration and Education Center, Suzie & Mike Cahan.  Their site is in the in the Wicklow Mountains in South East of Ireland, close to where the famous Mel Gibson movie “Braveheart” was filmed…

Mike and Suzie started the site 8 years ago and have achieved an impressive amount in that time, But acknowledge the help they had received from their dedicated local Volunteers and Woofers.  Their site buzzes with positive energy from their Children and 2 lovely dogs.

Suzie gave us a tour of Their beautiful site and explained the work they had done in forming the various zones. They have a fantastic natural build hall with hobbit style living roof, giant size glass house, (Recycled of course) plenty of rich soil in annual beds, huge Chicken house and the impressive beginnings of a diverse food Forrest.

Suzie is an experienced Teacher, Organizer & Leader of Permaculture courses, and runs a Permaculture Design Certificate Course every May at the Carraig Dulra site. We went their after asking if we could “pick her brains” about ideas for the Jungle Oasis Permaculture Project and our courses.

Based on what they tried and found had worked for their courses in the past. Both her and Mike gave us in-valuable advice about our project and ideas. She told us many stories of the nature of students and how the cycles of courses tend to run. She revealed to us how she designs them (using permaculture principles of course) to be a valuable experience for all involved.

The visit to the site has left us with a buzz of energy, full of ideas and feeling wiser on the subject, like we had spend time with true masters of their craft. We are tired from seeing all the work and thinking about all that needs to happen on our site, but feeling really excited to be running the project and helping to facilitate the PDC coming up in November.

We wish Suzie, Mike and all the Team all the best for the future and hope when they travel next, it might be to us as The International Permaculture Convergence  in 2017 is only 700 kms from our site, and sure that’s nothing to them…


Permaculture Design Certificate course

This internationally recognised course runs over 2 weeks (72 hours) from the 31st of October until the 15th of November. And is hosted in A beautiful green setting near Arambol, India.

Based on the Permaculture principles: (Earth & people care, fair share, Developed in the 70’s by Bill Mollison & David Holmgren)
The course will teach you how to use design to better enable you to turn your environment into a sustainable and regenerative system. You will learn to utilise strategies and choose which techniques to use, to create a world of abundance for you and those around you.

Price: us $585 *

For Additional cost Accommodation in tipis, located on the edge of the forest, & Vegitarian meals can be provided click here to view pricing options.

Course aims:

  • By immersion into supportive healing spaces &  fun lessons,  students will learn a variety of ways to understand the concepts & philosophy of sustainability via permaculture.
  •  By tried and tested methods and practice, strategies will be demonstrated on how to regenerate the earth’s soil to stimulate abundance in our environments.
  • By facilitating multicultural groups, the individual’s will experience healthy spaces.
  • To deliver a healthy routine of light exercise combined with nourishing food.
  • During relevant visits and practical hands on sessions, students will be not just learn concepts but further their journey of regeneration.  

What is the 72 Hour  Permaculture Design Course ?

Using a variety of learning techniques and strategies this workshop will present Permaculture with all of these applications in mind. Class time will consist of traditional lectures, guest presentations, group discussions, games, exercises, photo shows, and movies. We will focus on land systems with as much hands on work and examples as possible. Many discussions and examples will be explored of possible applications in ‘Invisible Structures’, those social, cultural, political, and economic structures that shape much of our world today. Not only will the course be about Permaculture, but it will also model it by its structure and the environment we create together during the course.

This workshop will involve group work with students completing a real life design project. Based on a site near the venue.
Once completion of the 72 hour Permaculture Design Course theoretical and practical knowledge of Permaculture will be gained.and at the end of the workshop they will receive a  Certificate that will enable the participant to practice as a Permaculture practitioner

Healthy Food:

A vegetarian breakfast, lunch and snacks are an optional addition to the cost of the course.  The varied menu will be varied and we will action feedback from our students to ensure the popular dishes are repeated!!

Please note: evening meals are not included in the course fee.

The restaurant on site will be open in the evenings for those who wish eat at the Jungle café, before the evening sessions. For those sticking to a budget there will be a menu option at just 50 rupees !

Arambol has a wide range of quality restaurants and eaterys. We encourage students to leave the site and explore dining out on their free evenings.


Optional daily morning yoga classes with our dedicated yoga teacher are included in your course fee. They will be held at the venue before breakfast.  They will be designed to suit all levels from beginners to experienced.

We believe these sessions are important for balancing your body and mind during the course. Helping you to reconnect with your body (and weather permitting nature) over this two week period will facilitate you to have a better over all experience.

Students Guide Map:

Recommendations,on places to eat, places to vist  transfers by taxi, scooter or surfboard hire, ATMs (commission free)

This will also include essential information for visitors, the best places visit, arranging transfers by taxi, to hire a scooter or surf boards & ATMs that don’t charge any commission etc…

Support & Signing up :

A dedicated member of the Jungle Oasis Permaculture crew is responsible for all aspects of the smooth running of the Permaculture Design course project.

He will be available on arrival, during the course and will be contactable by mobile phone (in case of emergencies) . He is there to remedy problems, answer questions, and offer advice to students & teaching staff .

His name is Joey Devlin, you can email him now if you have any questions or wish to book on to the course.