In 2021, some camps are organising camp experiences for you to participate in. We are hopeful that they will be able to go ahead. Camps will follow the local conditions closely, and may have to cancel activities if the local COVID-19 situation forces them to do so. If you have already signed up for a camp-activity you will be informed when this happens. We will update the website also, when such decisions are taken. Please check your own local authority travel advisory to see if you can travel to or return from the camp after the activity. At all times, when at camps, please observe it’s COVID-19 policy (such as wearing masks, social distancing, washing hands, etc).
Siolta Chroi is a not for profit cooperative created in Monaghan in 2020 by a group of educators, activists, and others who are concerned about the environmental crisis we are living and its impact on humans and wider nature. Their intention is to help build a more connected world where ecosystems are restored and thriving. They contribute towards restoring Ireland’s ecosystems and communities through 1) education for regenerative cultures; 2) exploring resilient and regenerative food systems, and 3) carrying out hands on, practical eco system restoration work.
The camp is based on a 1 hectare site in South Ulster, Ireland which has a temperate oceanic climate. The landscape is heavily drumlinised (steep sloped hills) agricultural land (almost exclusively grassland pasture for beef / dairy production) with lakes, bogland and hedgerows interspersed. Once extensive native forests inhabited the land but clearances, first of the trees for wood and fuel, then of the indigenous population to colonize “the new world” resulted in the decline of this ecosystem.
They are starting to regenerate the land again by planting an agro/food forest and market garden. They are creating projects in the community to rehabilitate our polluted local rivers and lakes and increase biodiversity. The team is also building an education centre on the land where they can offer trainings and retreats for people who want to learn about land restoration and regenerative practices.
To date they have planted 390 trees with another 200 trees to be planted in early 2021.
The camp has set up a tree nursery, run two tree grafting courses and used holistic management of chickens and pigs to clear and fertilize land in preparation for planting a market garden.
They have also recently finalised plans for the agroforestry system and layout of the field, and have just completed earthworks to dig a pond and marked out pathways and access to the training space and other facilities.
Camps will have both an education and wellness focus for campers. Their first offerings centred around particular themes (for example, waterways or foody systems) and their experienced facilitators will offer participative learning sessions in addition to practical outdoor work that will be carried out together. Daily restorative practices such as yoga or meditation will be offered as an integral part of the camp experience and participants will be invited to reflect upon their relationship with themselves and wider nature. They will also have time for connection together over evening campfires, music and storytelling.
At the moment faciities for campers are limited and are under construction! The first camps will be weekend camps of 2-3 days and will involve outdoor camping in tents, with shared meals prepared collectively at the family home alongside. Toilets will be basic outdoor compost toilets. There is wifi in the house but not elsewhere and so internet access is limited.
Siolta Chroi is located in a rural setting and is approximately 7 kms from the nearest town which is accessed by a busy road and is not ideal for walking. Campers can be collected/dropped to town if needed. There are some walks along quieter roads that campers may enjoy including one to a small lake where (weather permitting!) a swim might be nice.
All types of volunteers are needed community workers, administrators, researchers, social media people, photo/videographers, carpenters, other skilled workers. It would be great to have some people with an expertise in natural building.
Yoga, self care, meditation.
Siolta Chroi is planning to host their first eco system restoration camp in spring or early summer (European) 2021 depending on Covid restrictions. Dates will be confirmed as soon as possible.
“We envision a more connected world where ecosystems are restored and thriving. Humans are working in cooperation with wider nature and one another. We all have the opportunity to explore our full human potential. People are awake. The ecosystem is working together like the hum of beehive.
We aim to restore Ireland’s ecosystems and communities. We do this through 1) education focused on regenerative cultures, 2) exploring resilient and regenerative food systems, and 3)eco system restoration work.”
Camping – basic (bring your own tent)
Kitchen is plant based
Restoration of livelihoods
Your safety is very important to us. Most camps are in locations that are completely safe for you to travel to. Some camps are in locations where there is civil unrest, higher levels of crime, or in areas where there could be severe nature events (earthquakes, tornados, vulcanic eruptions). We strongly advise you to check with your national authority’s travel advisory service to see if there are specific travel advisories for the region you are travelling to. We strongly advise you to comply with that travel advisory. If there is a negative travel advisory for the area you plan to go to, we want to impress on you that it is your decision to not heed the warnings and go. ERC can then not be liable in that situation if something happens to you.
Work at camps is usually safe. The camp coordinators make your safety their highest priority too. But you will be working with tools and sometimes even (heavy) machinery. Sometimes the terrain can be slightly treacherous. Heat or cold can become a problem for people at work that do not take the necessary measures to prevent injury from weather conditions. Especially in remote locations, all people at an Ecosystem Restoration Camp will need to watch out for eachother’s safety. For this reason we ask you to also sign our Code of Conduct, through which you commit to contributing to a safe environment at camps for all that are there with you. Take yours and all other camper’s safety seriously! Together, while watching over eachother, we can restore our ecosystems safely and successfully.
Stichting Ecosystem Restoration Foundation /
Ecosystem Restoration Camps 2020