Join us September 10-18, 2022, to discover the natural beauty of Ireland!

We'll experience the rugged and beautiful Wild Atlantic Way on Ireland's west coast where we'll spend time exploring rolling green landscapes, seascapes, forests, and waterfalls! This is a unique opportunity to experience the beauty and culture of “green” Ireland!

  • Spend Time in Nature

    We will learn about the ecology of this beautiful and rugged "off the beaten tourist track" area of Ireland as we visit scenic natural locations, and we will learn how we can all protect our precious natural outdoor spaces. We'll have the opportunity to try outdoor activities like pony trekking in the beach dunes or learning to surf in Ireland's surf capital, Bundoran, named one of the top ten surf spots in the world by National Geographic!

  • Culture and the Landscape

    We'll visit castles and ruins and will be immersed in Irish culture, music, history, and folklore and the famously friendly hospitality of the locals. Alongside the daily field trips, our expert teachers will talk about links between the landscapes, folklore, custom and tradition, environmental policy and sustainability in Ireland. You will learn about both the traditional and the contemporary and how they are inextricably linked.

  • Gardening and Sustainability

    We'll engage with Green Education Ireland, a grassroots sustainability and resiliency movement that offsets carbon emissions with rewilding and tree planting projects, including edible forest gardens! We’ll visit community gardens and spectacular seaside gardens, enjoy delicious farm-to-table meals, and learn about local foods and sustainable growing methods, including efforts to grow in harmony with natural systems and increase biodiversity and food security.

Travel More Sustainably

The price of our trip includes carbon offsets to help reduce the carbon footprint of our flights. Additionally, we will participate in a planting project in Ireland to further reduce our impact on the local areas we visit.

  • What's Included?

    Ground transportation in Ireland, accommodation in private apartments (2-4 persons sharing, private rooms available,) most meals as listed on itinerary, all admission fees, daily classes, expert private guides for our field trips, carbon offsets, evening entertainment.

  • What's Not Included?

    Airfare to Dublin, Ireland (choose your own preferred airline and seats, use your miles and discounts, choose a layover or not, or choose to arrive a couple days early or stay for a few extra days at the end of the trip!) optional activities such as surfing lesson or pony trek, laundry, some meals, beverages, gratuities, and souvenirs.

  • Trip Fees

    The total price to Go Green with us in Ireland is only $1995, and you can hold your spot with a fully refundable $99 deposit! You will register directly with our Irish host, Find My Ireland, and list The Resiliency Institute on your registration form.

    *Scroll down for the "Find My Ireland" registration button below.

"Going Green" Trip Itinerary

Peruse our trip itinerary to discover the beautiful locations we will visit, the enriching topics we will learn about, and the fun activities we will do throughout our week on the Emerald Isle, then click to register on the Find My Ireland site!

Sign Me Up! I Can't Wait to Join "Ewe" and Go Green in Ireland!

The Resiliency Institute is your stateside trip organizer and group host. Trip registration is managed directly through our trusted Irish host, "Find My Ireland." Click the button below and you'll go right to their registration page!

Join Our Facebook Group For the Trip!

This is where we post trip updates and important information, as well as articles about Ireland and topics related to our travels there.

Even if you can't join us for the trip, you may want to join the Facebook group just for the articles and information we share!
Not on Facebook but want to join us in Ireland and don't want to miss any important information about the trip? Don't worry - once you register for the trip with Find My Ireland, we will add you to our trip email list to be sure you get all the information you'll need!

Also scroll down to join our FREE Green Drinks gatherings!
Irish woodland with stream

Join us for FREE Green Drinks Gatherings!

We will meet at local area restaurants. Each gathering will have a different discussion theme related to sustainability, nature connection, travel, and more. Attend one, or attend them all!

March 4 - Sustainable travel and eco-tourism
April 1 - Sustainable communities & Transition Towns
May 6 - Global permaculture, permaculture around the world
June 3 - Literature and myth inspired by the land. Nature connection, folklore, fairies, and forest bathing.
July 8 - Natural landscaping and Dare to Be Wild movie screening
Oct. 14 - Ireland trip share, photos, videos, and travel stories
Dec. 4 - Year-end celebration

Meet Your Ireland Trip and Green Drinks Hosts

Permaculture Design and Gardening Instructor

Connie Kollmeyer

Connie has been an organic gardener for 25 years and specializes in natural, sustainable, and regenerative growing systems that produce an abundance of food, flowers, and herbs in relatively small spaces. She runs her own small-scale suburban farm, Copper Fox Farm, using her years of experience and learning, including knowledge gleaned from her 2014 Permaculture Design Certificate (hosted at The Resiliency Institute) and her Master Urban Farmer training through the University of Illinois Extension. You may have met her at local farmers markets selling fresh heirloom produce, herbs, and flowers, plus foraged items and herbal preparations. To broaden her foraged and herbal knowledge and offerings, she completed The Resiliency Institute’s Edible Wild Plants Certificate and Bioregional Herbalism Certificate. Connie also owns and manages Plot Twist Permaculture, growing gardens for others in their own outdoor spaces and coaching them to become successful organic gardeners on their own. Connie is a Master Naturalist, Environmental Educator, Adjunct Sustainable Urban Agriculture and Study Abroad Instructor at College of DuPage, and recently earned an International Permaculture Teaching Certificate after completing training in Spain. She is a volunteer in local natural areas as well as gardens and seed libraries dedicated to increasing food security, sovereignty, and community resilience. She has a small flock of backyard hens, and as a lifelong learner, she is currently learning beekeeping as well, and is pursuing her master of science degree in regenerative organic agriculture.

Nature Rx Guide

Jodi Trendler

Jodi Trendler is a co-founder of The Resiliency Institute. Jodi has worked to build community sustainability through several non-profit, community and municipal organizations over her career. She has advanced training in permaculture design and teaching as well as training with several veteran permaculture designers, and became a certified Forest Therapy Guide in 2015. Jodi uses this certification in combination with her training in psychology and stress management to help people develop mindfulness practices for resilient living. The Resiliency Institute’s nature connection programming is a foundational component to all programs. It is our philosophy that re-connecting people to nature is the necessary leverage point to ensure the success of all other resilience building programs. Jodi always welcomes the opportunity to share a walk in the woods or forest garden with everyone who will join her!

Irish Cultural Historian, Professor of Practice in Global Studies

Dr. Niamh Hamill

Dr. Niamh Hamill is one of our Irish hosts with Find My Ireland and will be our lead teacher, or "múinteoir," in Ireland. Niamh is a founder and the Academic Director of the Institute of Study Abroad Ireland (ISAI,) offering customized study abroad programs around the beautiful area of County Donegal, Ireland, which she calls home, for schools like College of DuPage. She and Co-Director John O'Connell also founded Find My Ireland, which offers bespoke tours for other organizations and community groups like The Resiliency Institute. Niamh is a Cultural Historian and Professor of Practice in Global Studies at Drew University. She is also a Climate Ambassador for Ireland and is a co-founder of Green Education Ireland, a collaboration of several Donegal-area schools working together on "a sustainability initiative to offset emissions from travel-based learning" to reduce the environmental impact of these important programs. Additionally, Niamh is a surfer, musician, hiker, writer and blogger, lover of poetry, and she and John O'Connell recently published the book, "Finding Ireland: Notes From the Northwest," which makes the perfect souvenir to bring home - and we bet they'll even sign it for you. We could not ask for better people to experience authentic Ireland with than Niamh and John!