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Circles, Community, Culture, Creativity – gratitude!

May you feel held in the circle

May you be centred in your centre

May you feel support from the whole within, without, withall

May your creativity flow

May your inner light shine, keeping you warm inside and reminding you that we are living in extraordinary times

May our extra-ordinariness be a gift to all, within, without, withall


(Photo: Uisneach 2001 World Peace & Prayer Day)

It’s nine months before my 50th birthday.

It’s 15 and a half years since I met my husband Brendan.

It’s 13 years since I became a mother and began the journey of home birthing & home educating.

It’s 4 years since our house fire.

It’s 1 year since we celebrated the opening of our new workshop.

It’s the end of an era.

It’s the beginning of a new one.


My wish is for us all and each to be centered, creative and truly ourselves.   Practicing daily gratitude has become nicely integrated into my family life and makes all the difference.  Connecting with the natural in the wilds outside and in the heart of each person I meet has become a pleasure for me.  Over the years I notice that the times when life has been truly great for me is when I sit ‘in circle’ and often that is outdoors when I can notice nature more.

I am delighted to be in a position to offer some support to people who are ready to move on, leaving the old story behind, freeing themselves from trauma and allowing themselves to shine!    Living on the edge is a most interesting place and I’m happy to say that I am centred and as a good friend sensed about me recently, I am consolidated!  From this place, I can share some tools and introduce you to some facilitators who I have lined up to come to Inishowen.

This new culture creation requires a co-operative community and a supportive society and it’s been working on a small scale for me and I hope to find kindred folk who are keen to learn how to effectively and harmoniously work and play together!  So find your way to my (newly forming) mailing list and I will send you regular news about local and national events related to heart communications, energy healing, home education, wilderness school, social permaculture and with all that I will integrate song, story and creativity!   Emergence is the key so engage with this space…. step up and enjoy!

Participatory events to pencil in for 2017 (booking in advance is truly supportive):

January 20th -22nd – Talks and consultations with JANE DONALD in Derry and Inishowen.  Jane is a healing therapist, author, photographer and gardener.  A rare opportunity – highly recommended.

May (probably 26th -28th) – CULTURAL EMERGENCE Foundation Course – Ireland’s 1st  which will be a most powerful and enjoyable liberating experience – Inishowen, Donegal/Derry.

Summer (date to be decided) – ALL IRELAND PERMACULTURE GATHERING – County Donegal

I’m always on the lookout for people interested in sharing the wisdom tools that I have been given – so if you’d like to learn natural co-operative event management through the Acorn Model and might like to be involved in World Cafe, Heart Intelligence, Cultural Renewal, Energy Healing approaches like TARA and ‘the like’ please do get in touch.   Admin and grant form filling support is especially welcome!  Also I’d welcome help editing some great film footage that survived the fire and would be a treat to share….

We are now a Wwoof (World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms) host family farm!  This means the land, animals and people here will have more caring hearts and helpful hands to create a permaculture inspired family farm and creative haven on the edge of Inishowen, Donegal.


I have written an article called “What’s New?” for Other Wise magazine Winter 2016-’17 issue – available nationwide.

Brendan has some wonderful willow weaving tutorials online

Keep well!

Love Kathleen

A Hand on Heart Experience

Living Permaculture from the Inside Out - exploring ways of sharing, caring and connecting - in a welcoming space where stillness is revealing and stories bring laughter.
Living Permaculture from the Inside Out – exploring ways of sharing, caring and connecting – in a welcoming space where stillness is revealing and stories bring laughter.

Hand on Heart – this weekend will be special!

The preparation process has been a pleasure – in all the best (Permaculture) ways, for example, Valuing the Edge & Diversity by learning to see the benefits from leaning into and on the edge of the known to a new workshop offering.  Also I’m really enjoying the qualities that are brought when a new group forms: myself, Hannah and Marella are all looking forward to facilitating Living Permaculture from the Inside Out – feeling it will benefit all who attend and those we engage with afterwards.

Living Permaculture from the Inside Out will enhance what we do naturally and help us bring People Care to the centre as we enter a season of stillness.   The space is ready, the group is forming and the time is right for this experiential workshop weekend!

Kathleen O'Hara Farren liking a perspective surrounded by water & trees!
Kathleen O’Hara Farren liking a perspective surrounded by water & trees!

More information and booking details:

Harvests & Hopes

Harvests & Hopes - I will share what I've learned at Living Permaculture from the Inside Out in Omagh Nov 11-13, 2016.
Harvests & Hopes – I will share what I’ve learned at Living Permaculture from the Inside Out in Omagh Nov 11-13, 2016.

Communities online and in person give me great nourishment and I will share some of the tips and techniques I have integrated into my home life at a weekend workshop we are calling, “Living Permaculture from the Inside Out” –  Nov. 11-13 in Omagh. Interested?  It will be ‘just right’ before settling into the long nights of the season.  Nurture skills of care & communication,  explore yoga for all abilities and include good food, gentle creativity and song – all steeped in the wisdom of permaculture – nature’s design.  Treat yourself.  Do book now!

Look @ what’s emerging!

As I enter my 50th year, I am amused at life!   Present moment awareness is a most refreshing perspective which I enjoy now.  Life is flowing nicely as I practice simple daily gratitude and engage with love, entering into a new decade…

…. To start with I will celebrate life with family and folk interested in sharing in a “Cad É? – What’s Happening?” outdoor meet-up event on Saturday, August 27th in the willow dome at our home in Greencastle, Inishowen, Co. Donegal.    Are you interested?

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An afternoon of food, relaxation and creative sharing including:

  • Info share—harvest our stories & news, in particular Cultural Emergence & methods of People Care.
  • Social time for all ages
  • Creative through music, arts and crafts
  • In an outdoor willow dome
  • On a family farm inspired by permaculture
  • Invitation event -please inquire—0861211898 and
  • Option to continue the conversation—Thursday evenings in September—online sessions – see poster below (more info from

Why ask “Cad É?  What’s Happening?”?    Well, it’s creating a way to simply be present and to listen and speak from the moment and in my experience that is one of the most beautiful experiences we can share.

Sourcing from the insight of Social Permaculture & indigenous wisdom from 8 Shields, I will share some of the Core Routines of Cultural Emergence which I learned at CELT this summer.  These include ways to connect with nature and each other which make it simpler to get things done together and enjoy the process through the ACORN model, which is a delivery system to get people connected.  In my experience, what emerges is more organic & enables each person to shine while participating in a shared project.  It’s optional to continue the exploration online in September.


This offers fantastic opportunities for living a happier and healthier life in these sometimes challenging times we live in.  This will interest community facilitators and families interested in regenerative and healthy practices, simple enough to integrate into our lives.

If you are at all interested please let me know … let’s see what we can grow!         Please write to:

(CELT stands for Cultural Emergence Leadership Training and as I understand it, is simply facilitating what’s happening in nature and nurturing the conditions to allow us to be ourselves!  I offer a big thank you to mentors Looby Macnamara and Jon Young and to all who have inspired me through their passion and presence)

ps the next day, Sunday Aug 28th, you might be interested in another local event – North West Yoga Day for all ages—a music & activities fundraiser on the Isle of Doagh, Inishowen. 

Cultural Emergence

Cultural Emergence Foundation Courses in the UK and Europe


I feel like a blossoming rose!

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As I prepare to travel, with borrowed bag, tent & sleeping bag, I know that it is different now – pure trust is carrying me!   I am on the edge with this new venture – 1st website and offering training in a whole new way – but it is all with good foundation and is very familiar too.

I have photo’s and stories to share and renewed hope for living the good life with joy and depth and in good company too!  So if you wanna keep in touch visit here:

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Emerging at the Edge

On the edge is where it's all happening - here the dolphins and the gannet meet where the river meets the sea water - just down the hill from my home - Kathleen @ The Edge School
On the edge is where it’s all happening – here the dolphins and the gannet meet where the river meets the sea water – just down the hill from my home – Kathleen @ The Edge School

“What’s Happening?” Cad É?  is a new morning meet-up idea, which will be an interesting experience!  Stemming from natural need to meet and share skills & ideas is being met here.   On my return from the CELT experience, I will facilitate a morning event in a nice natural setting where we will enjoy an exploration of nature connection and creating the culture in which we can soar with ease!  So mark your calendar, Saturday, July 23rd from 10am to 1pm in Greencastle, Inishowen, Co. Donegal and if you would like a summary of the event, just email me.  A follow-up online series will follow in September.  CELT here stands for Cultural Emergence Leadership Training.  I’d hope this would interest people interested in nature, sustainability, whole health, Home Education, and arts, crafts and music! ps all ages welcome