Online Courses 2020/21

Join us for our new Online Courses… and Learn more about permaculture and regenerative cultural practices with a wonderful line up of special guests as part of our ongoing ‘Permaculture in the City’ project curated by Martina Finn

About this Event….

November / December 2020

– TSG members have invited a wonderful line up of both local and international guest lectures from permaculture projects around the world, exploring how to restore our human relationships with the land, waters, ourselves, other humans, and more than human species, learning to live a more harmonious and regenerative way of life at home, in our cities and local communities.

Come join us to share knowledge and inspiration with a group of like-minded creatives, cultural workers, planet healers and earth guardians from around the world. 


Tuesday November 24th November – 18.30 – 20.30 – Anna Swisher & Martina Finn

Tuesday December 1st December – 18.30 – 20.30 – Hannah Mole & Martina Finn

Tuesday December 8th December – 18.30 – 20.30 – Tao Orion

Thursday December 3rd or 10th December – Ludwig Leodhas Appeltans

Saturday December 12th December – Permaculture Day of Action on Galway City’s Permaculture Trail.


Online via Zoom (when you register you will receive the Zoom link for each week’s session)

COST: This course is funded by the GRETB.

Donations are welcome to cover ongoing TSG project costs.

Please email us at for information on donating to support our ongoing permaculture work and creative platform.


Please notify us if you can’t attend so we can re-allocate your place

About this Course…

Join us for this exciting opportunity to learn more about developing regenerative and edible home gardens and city landscapes; learning how to work with, rather than against nature, bringing us back in harmony, and towards a transformative and regenerative redesign of our society and way of life.

This year’s GRETB funded training programme will include both an introduction to permaculture principles and ethics, while exploring with different teachers and practitioners how permaculture and regenerative agri and cultural practices are applied in different contexts at home and around the world.

A Regenerative Culture is one that serves humanity and is a steward of Earth’s ecosystems. The transition to a Regenerative Culture is about seeing the world in a different way — a shift to an ecological world view in which NATURE is the model. 

Permaculture is a design approach based on understandings of how nature works. At its heart permaculture has three ethics:

Earth Care

People Care

Fair Shares

This makes permaculture a unique toolkit that is used to design regenerative systems at all scales – from personal, home and garden to community, farms, cities, towns and bioregions.

The word permaculture is originally from ‘permanent agriculture,’ and more recently ‘permanent culture’. Within permaculture, people are treading lightly on our planet, in harmony with nature, nourishing people and fellow creatures as part of the wider community and interconnected web of life, ensuring that we can sustain and regenerate our planet and human activities for many generations to come.

Permaculture is a holistic design system and process based on mimicking living systems from the natural world, understood from being in and observing nature itself. ‘It helps design intelligent systems which meet human needs whilst enhancing biodiversity, reducing our impact on the planet, and creating a fairer world for us all.’ UK Permaculture Association

Permaculture works to radically and positively change the way we live locally and actively supports a worldwide movement, helping to educate, network, support and redesign all aspects of our daily lives to live in harmony with nature and to transform ourselves, our communities and our living landscapes, designing transformative regenerative and restorative practices for the health and wellbeing of both people and planet. 

During the course you will find out more about the permaculture ethics of People Care, Planet Care & Fair Share, the design principles and the 7 concepts of holistic living behind Holmgren’s Permaculture Flower and how they can be applied in nature, in a garden, in our communities and cities, including practical examples of regenerative agri and cultural practices, forest gardening and edible landscapes, sharing and exploring transformative and regenerative practices and examples of their practical application from different projects around the world.

This introduction is not a full design certificate course but gives the basic grounding in what Permaculture and Regenerative practices are and how they can be applied in addressing the climate, cultural and ecological crisis, facing us today: from how we grow our food, act as guardian to our land, redesign our city landscapes, live cooperatively in harmony with nature, community and everyday life.

Each session, TSG member Martina Finn will introduce projects with special guests. Please see bios below for more info 


Permaculture is a holistic design process system for regenerative living, mimicking and in harmony with nature, creating circular systems for minimum effort and maximum effect, recognising and honouring the interconnectedness of all, as part of the web and community of life. 

It includes an overview of topics that are covered in more detail in a full PDC training.

Permaculture Trainers and Practitioners

Who We Are: Bios 

Anna Swisher – is a community activist, ecopsychologist, conscious dance teacher, permaculturist, youth mentor and Work That Reconnects facilitator. She holds an M.A. in East-West Psychology, and is trained in Ecotherapy and Wilderness Questing, Permaculture, the Work That Reconnects, Indigenous traditions, cultural mentoring, Living Systems theory, Yoga Therapy, JourneyDance™, and Mindfulness Education. She has 10 years of experience facilitating nature-based counseling and mentoring, community activism workshops, wilderness/vision quests and rites of passage, yoga, conscious dance, meditation, and earth-based ritual. She also specializes in working with teenagers. She currently lives between Western Ireland and San Francisco, where she focuses on tending the land, building community, and developing programs to support regenerative culture, embodied wisdom, and social and ecological justice. She loves singing, horses, playing in the dirt, and hanging out with young people.

Hannah Mole – Permaculture designer and teacher from ‘Earthcare Permaculture Design in Co. Roscommon.

Earthcare uses Permaculture design together with practical experience of organic farming, gardening and community, to provide insight and design for practical and applicable ways of living sustainably in an Irish climate.

Hannah brings a unique skillset to her design and teaching work as she draws on:

10 + years of applied Permaculture design practice across Ireland, working on public and private land and community based projects, both solo and in collaboration with other organisations.

20 + years of practical experience that comes with co-managing her family land-base in Roscommon, plus 2 years volunteering at an established Permaculture farm in France. Teachings from skill-specific trainings such as Regenerative Agriculture, Forest Gardening, Organic Market Gardening and Organic Seed Production to name but afew. Involvement in successful community led projects building local resilience.

Hannah has been awarded a Diploma in Applied Permaculture Design from the UK Permaculture Association. She has completed an Advanced Permaculture Design course, a Training of Permaculture Teachers course and Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC).

Earthcare is based near Strokestown, Co. Roscommon at Hannah’s home and family farm.

Tao Orion is the author of Beyond the War on Invasive Species: A Permaculture Approach to Ecosystem Restoration (Chelsea Green Publishing, 2015). She is currently undertaking the CC&FS MA in NUIG and teaches permaculture design at Oregon State University and at Aprovecho, a 40-acre nonprofit sustainable-living educational organization. Tao consults on holistic farm, forest, and restoration planning through Resilience Permaculture Design, LLC. She holds a degree in agroecology and sustainable agriculture from UC Santa Cruz, and grows fruits, vegetables, seeds, nuts, animals, and soil on her southern Willamette Valley homestead, Viriditas Farm. 

Ludwig Leodhas Appeltans is a forest garden/permaculture designer and teacher based on the Isle of Skye, Scotland. A grounding nature connection mentor and engaging storyteller, Ludwig is a well of wisdom when it comes to applying permaculture principles to everyday life. Ludwig focuses on sustainable ways of living that work in collaboration with nature, rather than continually fighting against it. 

For more info visit:

Third Space Galway co- founder and project coordinator, Martina Finn is a curator, community activist and organiser, permaculturist, trainer and facilitator, community food grower and earth holder, engaged in supporting transformative and regenerative cultural responses to current challenges of restoring our ecosystems, addressing climate change, community resilience, mindful living, and collective action. She is a Regional Community Builder for the Earth Holder Community initiative, aimed at bringing mindfulness, compassion, healing and nonviolence to protecting ourselves, one another, all beings and the Earth.
Currently serving on the secretariat of the Galway County Public Participation Network (PPN), she co-founded the Galway County Green Recovery Group, working on a regenerative climate action plan for the county, aimed at co-creating flourishing ecosystems and a future where the individual, the community and the planet thrive, exploring renewable energy, food and land use strategies. She has recently been appointed as Permaculture Champion to Galway’s new National Park City Initiative.

She has many years experience working in a variety of arts, community development and public service roles with different County Councils and holds a BA in Social Science, Post Graduate Diplomas in Communications and Arts Policy and Practice, MA in Visual Art Practices and Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC) from Cloughjordan EcoVillage .

Third Space Galway is a grassroots, eco-arts collective and socially engaged arts platform, acting as a regenerative community and emergent cultural space for creative practice, education, critical reflection and collective action, nurturing stories and creative space for people care and ecological restoration and land stewardship. We have initiated and collaborated on a number of greening the city projects, utilising under-utilised or abandoned areas to cocreate new edible landscapes and sustainable community food initiatives as part of our ‘Permaculture in the City’ and ‘Sights of Regeneration’ projects including;

the Eglinton Canal Permaculture and Biodiversity Trail,

Westside’s Food Forest Demonstration project,

the Westside Youth Centre’s Vertical garden and Huglekulture project and

A permaculture inspired community garden allotment at Shantalla.

For more info please visit; 


What is permaculture?

What is Regenerative Culture and some regenerative practices?

What is Active Hope & ‘The Work that Reconnects’ – Learning more about Joanna Macy’s work and how we can nurture resilience in ourselves and our institutions for a more just, peaceful, and liveable world, drawing on our deep interconnections within Earth’s web of life? 

Why do we need permaculture? What are permaculture ethics and the principles of working with nature’s patterns? What is meant by regenerative agriculture and cultural practices? What are some of the basics of the permaculture design process? What are concepts such as guilds, zones, sectors, edge, stacking and succession, and how do they work for us? 

How can you use permaculture practically in your life, home, garden, land, community, and City? Incorporating practical tips, including; reading your land, saving energy, year round food from your garden and neighbouring landscapes how to use your weeds. 

We will introduce Holmgren’s Permaculture Flower, Living Systems Theory and aspects of building solidarity and integrative collective action exploring resistance, renewal and resilience.

‘A ‘regenerative’ approach goes beyond sustainability to explore how we can organise in ways that actually renew or revitalize our own resources and those of our groups – this can help us stay inspired, nourished, & more creative in our tactical approach.’ The Ulex Project 


Joanna Macy’s The Work That Reconnects and her book wit Chris Johnson Active Hope Https://

The Ulex Project

Kate Raworth’s ‘Doughnut Economics’

Daniel Christian Wahl Designing Regenerative Cultures