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Meet Crann Og’s Animal Therapists

Meet Crann Og’s Animal Therapists

Animal therapy and back to nature eco-holidays

  T ake time to reconnect and meet our Animal Therapists this summer! From 3rd July – 4th September we will be open for Eco-Tourism at Crann Og Eco Farm, welcoming people from all over the world. You can choose from hand crafted off-grid, luxury accommodation, camping pitches and also our on-grid Long House Cabin.

To see all available options have a look here.

Specially created activity bundles will run on a weekly basis, Wednesday – Sunday. Our bundles will include; Yoga (family and adult only classes), Nature Therapy, Forest School, Woodland Walk followed by Campfire Storytelling, opening and closing circles.

A big hit with the children is our daily animal feeding rounds, 8am & 6pm – everyone gets to meet and feed the farmyard animals!

We are pleased to offer packages and accommodation for groups, individuals and families. Crann Og Eco Farm is all about reconnecting to nature, unwinding and spending some quality time with your friends and family.

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Not In My Bed – Ecopsychology in the garden

Not In My Bed – Ecopsychology in the garden

The Ecopsychology of weeding

  W hen I began searching for a place in Ireland to call    home, I was looking for magic. Magic and nature,    and a place where I could consciously practice connecting to both. A place I could learn, about the land, myself, and my purpose here. And so, with a little intention and good luck, I found Crann Og. Having my own background in Ecopsychology and nature connection, I was thrilled to find a place that was holding ReNature Retreats, Nature Therapy walks, Forest School, food foraging workshops, and more. Here was a place where the beauty of the natural world was not only celebrated, but where people could come and consciously engage with nature in order to receive healing, guidance, and wisdom. Throw in some wise teachers, horses, yoga and meditation, and sprinkle a little magic on top. I was sold.

I’ve been living here for three weeks now, and the magic and learning abounds. In fact, it started before I even moved in, when I came to visit back in March for a couple of days. While I was getting to know the place two months ago, one of my tasks was to weed a particular garden bed. We spent an entire morning close to the ground, hands in the soil, sorting through and pulling out all the eager little weeds that were determined to grow there.

Now, two months later, here I am again. Today I found myself in that same garden bed, bent over the soil, hands full of dirt, removing new weeds, in preparation for planting. And I found myself laughing a little bit to myself; for a moment it felt silly, frustrating even–to be doing the same thing over and over. What’s the point?.

The thing is, it DOES make a difference. Each time we remove the invasive weeds, we give other plants a better chance. We save nutrients in the soil for the things we have chosen to have in our bed. Each time we weed, we are making choices. This, not that. I want to grow this, not that. The weeds themselves are not bad or evil, but in this bed, in my bed, I am nurturing something else, something more intentional.

And suddenly, I felt a huge wave of relief wash over me. This is how my life is. You see, I have a practice of setting clear intentions once a month, on the New Moon (which just passed,) for the coming month. This month I set some really wonderful, inspired, life-affirming intentions…but I couldn’t help feeling a little silly, frustrated even (sound familiar?) because they were things I have intended before. They were intentions that I have probably spoken in some way many, many times. But they felt important. They were things I wanted to choose, for myself and for my life. Things I wanted to give energy to, to nurture and grow.

And in that moment, sitting in that garden bed weeding the same soil I had weeded two months earlier, I realized that this is a never-ending process. If we have fertile soil (or rich lives), and we have life-giving rain, we are going to have weeds. Life happens, that’s it’s nature. If we want to choose what grows in our beds, and in our lives, we are going to be constantly tending it, choosing this, not that. It might be the same stubborn weed that grows over, and over, and over, and it might sometimes feel frustrating to come back time and time again to pull out the same weeds. But it doesn’t mean that there’s something wrong with me because I keep encountering the same challenges. That’s just the nature of it.

 

In the field of Ecopsychology, we operate on an understanding that humans are not separate from nature; in fact, we are designed by nature herself, and therefore fundamentally we operate by her laws. It follows (from an ecopsychological perspective) that spending time in nature helps us to learn about ourselves; to gain a deeper understanding of the natural processes in our body and psyche, and hopefully to help ourselves flourish and grow.

And so, in this time of Spring, new life, new beginnings, new growth, I might ask you: What are you choosing to grow? Is your soil fertile, or does it need some attention? What weeds might you need to sort through and/or pull out? And (this one is the hardest for me): What are those pesky weeds in your life that always seem to take over, to thwart your good intentions?

The garden can be a great place to begin exploring the ideas behind ecopsychology or nature therapy, because it naturally weaves the human back together with nature’s processes. And, if you feel drawn to explore any of this a little more– or perhaps you’re just in need of a little magic–we’re here at Crann Og waiting for you! You can see some of the opportunities we have going on here.

To learn more about Anna and her work with ecopsychology and nature-based practice, visit her website here!

 

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Exploring Nature: Educational courses at Crann Og

Exploring Nature: Educational courses at Crann Og

Exploring the educational side of Nature

 The 24th March marked the beginning our Nature School 2018 at Crann Og. With a well attended class and a beautiful afternoon we couldn’t have asked for more. Plenty of fun was mixed with educational aspects as the children practised new skills. There was an introduction to compass reading for the older children and a hand drawn discovery map, marked with symbols, for the younger ones.

We welcomed back some familiar faces and a few new ones, too. It is fantastic to see this great interest in our own back garden! We hope to see a continued rise in interest in Forest and Nature School at home and around the world.

Ireland is home to the youngest population in the EU. With 25% aged 18 or under. Of this 25% it is estimated that 80% do not meet the Government Physical Activity Guidelines. Unchecked this will lead to serious impacts on the emotional, physical and mental well being among the youth.

Ireland has a diverse array of flora and fauna and a rich historical connection to nature. Forest School allows children to gain confidence for exploring and discovering the interconnectedness of their surroundings. Rebuilding this connection will have numerous and long lasting benefits for us as a society and also for the natural environment.

Certified Forest School Leader, Marion-Edler Burke will be hosting more classes over the year, with all dates here.

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Spring is Coming 2018 | A beautiful day at the farm

Spring is Coming 2018 | A beautiful day at the farm

Warming up to Spring 2018

A warm hello from Crann Og!

With the days getting longer, our bones warming (just a little) and the life popping out of every corner of the farm it feels like spring has arrived – allowing all of us here at the farm to be out reconnecting and soaking up the sounds of nature.

We have just hosted our first workshop of the year and would like to take the opportunity to thank all the participants of the Living Willow workshop who braved the elements and brought the laughter with them – thank you!

We have a busy year planned with our Forest School, Nature Therapy, ReNature Retreats and Eco Holidays all focusing on returning guests to their roots through connecting with the animals (domestic, farm and wild), breathing the fresh country air and taking the time to unplug and slow down in to the rhythm of nature…

We are currently building a database aimed at all the music lovers out there, or in other words, everyone out there! The surrounding regions are rich in musical tradition and 2018 has some festivals that are worth stamping our feet about… and we want you to have the craic and dance along with us! This will help any Crann Og guests to plan their stay around the happening festivities.

Watch this space!

We are set for the coming year and hope to welcome you down on the farm.

All the best,

The Crann Og Crew

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Eco Glamping & Camping | Natural Holidays & Packages

Eco Glamping & Camping | Natural Holidays & Packages

Eco Glamping & Camping Natural Holidays

 Have you seen this cool feature article in the Kerryman Newspaper about Glamping and Camping in Ireland?

It was fantastic to be featured in such good company! Glamping and Camping are both great ways to experience Nature up close and being comfortable exploring the outdoors.

Here is an excerpt:

Glorious glamping…have you tried it yet?

The great outdoors and luxury aren’t exactly a perfect match in most people’s minds but when it comes to sampling the delights of nature and scenic beauty, you’ve got to try this. Glamping is the newest trend to hit the outdoor activities market where you can have all the luxury you need while enjoying a night under the stars.

Glamping is basically the evolution of an old favourite (camping) and it certainly seems to be taking the tourism industry by storm with outdoor accommodation in the form of log cabins, microlodges, reworked Romany caravans and bell tents – many of which include quirky bedsits and furniture, Wi-Fi, and lovely porticos and decking areas. While the names, and style of accommodation is certainly novel – even bordering on the chicly absurd – the experience is an amazingly unique one.’

Here at Crann Og we offer the ‘old school’ pitch-your-own-tent camping but also more luxurious and cosy Glamping options. Choose between a Romantic Eco Cabin, a spacious Bell Tent and two newly built and tastefully fitted Yurts, our Cosy Yurt and Luxury Yurt. All of these are perfect for a couple’s romantic getaway, nature lovers, friends and families. Provided for your comfort are solar lights, solid fuel stoves and handcrafted outdoor furniture for alfresco dining right there at your door.

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We have created a beautiful paradise of 14 acres of natural gardens, trees, sculpted willow fedges, arches, domes and tunnels for you to discover. Facilities are hand crafted from reclaimed and recycled materials, avoiding use of potentially toxic building materials. There are additional areas for camping, retreating, playing and many friendly animals.

At Crann Og we limit the number of guests on-site at any one time to guarantee peace and tranquillity, and that all who come and stay have plenty of personal space to relax without feeling crowded or disturbed by others if peace and quiet is a priority for your stay with us.

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