Loophead Summer Hedge School
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Kilballyowen, Cross, Clare, Republic of Ireland
Ms Carmel T. Madigan
The Loophead Summer Hedge School is based on the remote rugged headland of the Loophead Peninsula, and offers environmental and creative experiential leisure learning outdoor activities, indoor workshops and slide shows.
The Loophead Summer Hedge School is owned and directed by Internationally exhibited artist, author, native and naturalist Carmel T. Madigan.
Carmel is part of a family with a long ancestral linkage to Loophead spanning over 300 years and she has been immersed in the beauty and nature of the region for almost 50 years. Having spent five years specifically researching the wild flora habitats of the Region with her young son James, Carmel wrote and published the book 'The Wild Flowers of Loophead' in 2012. The book has been extremely well received by both local and visitor to the Region.
To follow up on the book, guided botanical walks and rocky shore explorations were conducted by Carmel during the Summer of 2012, and in response to the extremely positive feedback from these guided activities, Carmel has decided to open a Summer Hedge School at Loophead opening July 10th 2013.
The offering of activities has expanded to include artistic and poetic workshops, rocky shore and botanical slide shows, for many unable to complete the physical activity, but who wish to learn and know our environment, rugged way walks that will really challenge the body but lead to hidden places of beauty rarely seen where men pushed out their currachs to fish and women and children bathed.
The activity offering also includes 'tasting the Hedgerows' a foraging, collecting, combing of fresh leaves and berries to make smooth, full bodied and refreshing herbal teas, whilst saving the hedgerows offers to collect and store our hedgerow produce as tinctures and ointments etc.
The school will be headquarted in her summer studio gallery, a modern well equiped space set in two acres of manicured gardens and open meadow, with pleasant outdoor vistas and quirky inhouse accents.
All indoor events will be accompanied by fresh/herbal /regular teas and home baking - a truly relax and sociable learning atmosphere. There are events hosted daily throughout the period which ends on August 18th.
To trully get away from it all and immerse onself in nature, fresh breezes, beautiful geological formations, wonderful summer hedgerows, grassy roadways or poetry on the shore workshops, the Loophead Summer Hedge School is pleased to offer all this and more in a remote, forgotten headland landmarked by a lighthouse!