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Permaculture Resources Ireland Internship

This program is a practical on the ground training with some academic classroom time to take you to a level where you can start and manage your own sustainable project.

90 days Permaclture Internship include

  1. Basic understanding and practicing permaculture principles at the Irish Permaculture Research Center
  2. Permaculture Design Training & Practical Experience Certification

This training is mostly practical hands on experience minimum academic classroom time take you to level how you start & manage your own project

Minimum administrative and outreach support, and project management including the research program.

  • Main outline of the education program
  • Permaculture design
  • Soil food web & Composting
  • Water Management
  • Water Retention Landscaping/ Key-line Design & Wetland management
  • Long term land management
  • Gardening
  • Fruit tree & woodland management
  • Plant propagation & Nursery
  • Animal system (Chickens, Cow, Worms, Bees ect.)
  • Infrastructure improvement & maintenance of bio construction
  • Community building, Social permaculture & networking

About the Centre

Cornucopia farm is a seventy-two acre site that was purchased in 1994. Always evolving, it has been managed as an organic market garden (selling locally), a tree nursery and it now functions as a working organic permaculture farm, currently feeding two families and visitors. Nearly half of the land has been reserved for over 45,000 planted trees.
The farm is also used as a healing ceremony centre with people-care taking precedence. With a combined educational element, people are also taught how to move forward towards a more sustainable way of living.

The farm is made up of:

  • Grazing land with small and large animal systems.
  • Diverse native woodland, mixed non-native forestry, Eucalyptus plantation.
  • A regeneration of exposed slate rock land to Oak forest tree systems.
  • Forest garden, fruit trees, blueberry crop.
  • Tropical greenhouse.
  • Vegetable garden (displaying how we can make a garden anywhere by creating soil on rock).
  • Rock garden.
  • Low maintenance composting systems.
  • Water management systems: pond and streams.
  • Aquaculture: Carp and Rainbow Trout.
  • Reed bed system & grey water system.
  • Natural building: cob, traditional stone building, round house, timber frame cabin.
  • Solar Power
  • … and many more

István Márkuly

Permaculture Mainframe Designer, Consultant, Implementer, Teacher
and Local Community Developer who is working on establishing and growing the permaculture network in West Cork, Ireland and initiating Permaculture waves across the country. His experience is expanding and diversifying through international participation and earth work management from wetland to dryland.
He has completed numerous permaculture training programmes, also learning from those who are leading the way in their field, such as: Warren Brush, Paul Taylor and Geoff Lawton. He is a co-founder of Earth Environmental Education, providing easy understanding through the principles of permaculture to help motivate and inspire others to naturally include the principles of Permaculture into their lives.

Permaculture Resources Ireland
Earth Environmental Education
István Márkuly @pri.irish


Kai Shulze Boeckenhoff

Farm manager & Founder of Cornucopia Farm
Born in 1965, Kai grew up in a rural setting with a close connection to nature. His family were largely self-sufficient with their own orchard, vegetable garden, and a variety of animals including poultry, sheep and horses.
From 1984 to 1985 Kai was living and working on Gut Marienhoff, a bio-dynamic Steiner farm and community in Germany.
In 1986 to 1988 Kai was living in the south west of Spain.
Kai returned to Germany in 1989 to begin his degree in International and Organic Agriculture, and Agroforestry in the University of Kassel, Germany. This included two practical years on organic farms and also conducting research in the University. He graduated in 1994.
In 1995 Kai immigrated to Ireland and since then has developed a 72 acre forestry and organic farm, amalgamating all his experience into creating ‘Cornucopia Farm’, a beautiful haven which includes a forest garden with many rare edible plants, organic vegetable gardens, diverse forestry, a hen house (with 60+hens), cattle fields, and aquaculture. For Kai one of the most essential parts of working with the land is expressing the deep spiritual connection with our mother Earth.
Since Kai has been in Ireland he has also been involved in several landscape projects including being head gardener during the restoration of an Irish Heritage Garden in Bantry House, West Cork.


Teertha Ordish

Born in London in 1981, Teertha grew up in a nature and animal loving family who were also deeply spiritual people. In early 2000’s Teertha began her professional training in the healing arts and went on to open her own healing practice in London in 2003.
In 2005 Teertha took a break from her practice when she gave birth to her son. In 2006 she and her son moved to Ireland. In 2010 Teertha started offering one-to-one sessions and occasional workshops again. In 2012 she got involved with the Bliss Festival Ireland project, and also choreographed a Dance Flash Mob for an Art’s festival. Having always wanted to learn more about and live self-sustainably, in 2014 Teertha and her son moved to Cornucopia Farm.
Teertha still works with clients; individuals, couples and groups, offering sessions in Massage, Energy Healing, Shamanic Healing, Breathwork, Personal Empowerment and Embodiment, Coaching/Counselling/Bodywork, Intimacy and Sexuality, Tantra, and Natural Lifestyle Coaching where she guides clients on health, lifestyle and nutrition, and living more naturally to overcome and help prevent dis-ease; weaving together the deep intimate connection to mind, heart, body, soul, nature and the cosmos. She is a consciousness explorer and she is also regularly involved with Shamanic Healing Events.

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