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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.

The problem with Disposable Coffee Cups

The problem with Disposable Coffee Cups

Disposable Coffee Cup Recycling (infographic)

 

 Are you a coffee lover?  Do you take your coffee on the fly?  Have you ever considered what happens to all those disposable coffee cups?  It hadn’t really crossed our minds, ’til one day the guys over at Cater4You sent us an infographic on the subject…and well, we were shocked!

 

Do the world a favour and check out this infographic, you will be amazed at the impacts and issues created by all those coffees!  Did you know that coffee is now the second most popualr drink in the world, second only to water!  We need to get this issue sorted!  Hats off to all those suppliers offering an alternative to old school disposable coffee cups.  Please do your part and help alleviate this massive waste and recycling issue!  It should make you think twice next time you’re chasing a shot of liquid intelligence!

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Just what my body & soul needed

Just what my body & soul needed

Most nourishing natural retreat

Relax, Walk, Stretch & Enjoy – our ReNature Yoga Natural Retreat from 6th to 9th of April was a wonderful, relaxing experience. Quite a mixed and international group of people joined us for 4 days to unplug, relax and get away from the hustle and bustle of life.

This wonderful retreat was lead by Marion Edler-Burke and Flor Burke, owners and creators of Crann Og Eco Farm.

Participants attended from Ireland, UK and Germany…a lovely bunch!

Days were filled with yoga, nature therapy guided walks, mindfulness practices, good food, lots of laughter, singing and plenty of time to relax and do nothing, to just enjoy the beautiful nature surrounding us.  Not to mention lots of gorgeous vegetarian food prepared by Brigid O’Leary, Paul King and Merle Diekmann.

We also had a storytelling night around a warm campfire, were we shared many of our adventures and experiences with nature.

The retreat included tactile activities such as nature arts and crafts with gentle yoga classes, mindfulness walks and meditation and breathing practices to deepen our connection with nature as well as our inner self.

We were treated to a Sound Bath by Fiona McDonagh of Lamh Clinic on Saturday afternoon.

It was such a joy for us to see everyone drop down deep, slow down and relax.  They were all beaming smiles and bonded deeply.

Here’s what they said:

‘Fabulous retreat, really enjoyed the yoga and woodland walks.’

‘It was just what my body and soul needed.’

‘Thank you all so much for the most nourishing retreat for the soul.’

‘It has been a truly wonderful retreat, thank you for the delicious meals.’

During our retreats, each moment, each experience provides the opportunity to reconnect with nature, yourself and the essence of community.

If you would like to get unplugged & back to nature and experience such a restorative and deeply relaxing weekend yourself, we will host the next ReNature Yoga Retreat from 28th September to 1st of October 2017.

You can find out more and book your place here.

For the next retreat we will be offering yurts, a super big bell tent and our private eco cabin for private accommodation, couples and/or close friends to share…totally glamped out, luxury off grid eco accommodation…to really get back to nature!

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