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    Opportunity to live very close to nature, rent-free, in an Irish intentional community and education centre

    Opportunity to live very close to nature, rent-free, in an Irish intentional community and education centre

    There are two rent-free bedrooms available (one immediately, one soon) in the farmhouse at An Teach Saor. But this is not a place for people who want to save money. It’s a place for people who want to radically reduce their dependency on it all together.

    Life at An Teach Saor can be as mucky, bloody and sweaty as it can be satisfying; beautiful and rewarding. It is not a place for anyone wanting to make it safely and conveniently to death. In our over-civilized society it seeks to renegotiate the the deal between comfort and aliveness for those who live here, and is a space that enables those who are enthusiastically seeking it to live in direct and immediate relationship with the surrounding landscape.

    It involves hauling, sawing, and chopping wood before breakfast; hot tubs under the night sky; wheel barrowing fresh manure through mud; candle lit dinners from the garden; working in rhythm with life; making blackberry wine; butchering road kill deer; knitting socks; tanning skins; sewing clothes; collecting willow on horse and cart; drying herbs; music; dance; writing; art. Sometimes there will be incredible silence with no distractions from the interiors of your own skull and what’s immediately around you. Other times you may be drinking homebrew at a Shindig in our community event space-The Happy Pig. It encourages you to resist chasing more than you need, and to turn off your screen and to connect to your particular place, in the here and now, instead. Techno-utopians need not apply.

    These large rooms would suit single people, couples or a small group (up to four people). Depending on the numbers living here, living costs are between €45-€65 each per month, with the aim to reduce these overtime. There would be a trial period, but it’s ideally suited to those looking to sink roots. We’re also open to turning it into a cooperative.

    Those offered a room would be joining Elise and Jorne in the farmhouse, along with Mark and Kirsty, with an eclectic mix of poets, doers, thinkers, performers, dreamers, travellers and misfits occasionally staying in our visitor accommodation.

    The farmhouse is part of a 3-acre small holding complete with 110m² event space (with accommodation for 6-15 visitors, a bar, kitchen, composting toilet, shower), a D.I.Y shed, a young orchard and copse, vegetable gardens, two store rooms, a 60m² woodshed and potting shed.

    Qualities we enjoy are lightheartedness, ease of communication, openness, honesty, a love of placed culture, a calling to rewild, generosity of spirit and a longing and determination to explore life in its raw elemental form. Enthusiasm is more important than experience.

    If you or anyone suitable you know are strongly interested, write a letter with any relevant, succinct thoughts (a bit about yourself, why you’d like to join etc.) to the following address:

    Mark Boyle, KnockMoyle, Kylebrack, Loughrea, Co. Galway, Ireland


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    10 Comments

    • 1Undine Downie (Charlie) March 15th, 2018

      This is exciting beyond belief…I’d like to come and visit and bring my skills to help. I am able to do joinery,mixing cement, being inventive and creative with material at hand (SO much can be recycled, upcycled and re-appropriated!), knitting and crocheting, making wine, creating tasty hedgerow salads…have you thought of using wool for insulation? It’s free for the walk (just pick it off the fence if Ireland is similar to Scotland). I have been known to produce sounds resembling folk tunes from my mandolin and bowed psaltery and occasionally I wax lyrical about you name it: I can probably find the prose in it! I’m crap at sarcasm, though and the garden path up which I can be led is truly well-trod! If that sounds acceptable to you all, I’d love to come for a visit although as a general assistant/key worker in a residential home for the elderly I’d need to arrange holiday cover for my night shifts, so a range of dates would be great! I’d come in my trusted car/night accommodation, so wouldn’t need much space!
      I like to give hugs, so hugs to you in advance! Charlie

    • 2SAYA TSUTSUI February 16th, 2019

      His book has completely changed my way to see life.
      So that I tryed to find the community in Japan but there are stilk few. I’ve just started to learn agriculture and permaculture in CSA in Germany so I don’t have much experience and long time to stay. But if you accept me, I’d like to visit you in March just before going back to Japan and start to share ideas.
      I am a social worker, so can take care people(plants too) who needs help. And also can cook Japanese vegitalian foods.
      I’m really looking forward to hearing from you.

      Sincerely,
      Saya

    • 3Riyaz February 16th, 2019

      Hey Charlie and Saya,

      Just seen your replies to Mark’s post. Just in case you missed it, he asks people to get in touch by post:

      “If you or anyone suitable you know are strongly interested, write a letter with any relevant, succinct thoughts (a bit about yourself, why you’d like to join etc.) to the following address:

      Mark Boyle, KnockMoyle, Kylebrack, Loughrea, Co. Galway, Ireland”

      Good luck to both of you,

      Riyaz

    • 4Stephanie February 6th, 2020

      Hi we want to book to stay a night. How do I book my phone number is 086 3331350 could you please let us know

    • 5Marmar July 25th, 2020

      Too bad that it involves butchering road kill.. otherwise it would be a dream come true..

    • 6melodyspencer November 19th, 2020

      Hi there! Since this article is a few years old I just wanted to see if 1) this was still in existence 2) how I might be able to get in touch with Mark about helping out.

    • 7Dave Darby November 19th, 2020

      melody – address in article

    • 8Steve e February 12th, 2021

      Well,is it still in existence,,?,surely it is but if it is not then why donr you whose reding this,create your ,own thing.dont just sit there, hand in your notice and f well start living.!

    • 9Sophie February 15th, 2021

      I hope to come here soon. You seem to have truly figured things out. Would be great to learn from your skills and pick your brain

    • 10Ken December 16th, 2021

      Is this still on going guys ??
      Its so refreshing to see this happening.
      I can do chippy work and welding and worked with hands all my life.
      Let me know the plan for the new year?

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