The Bealtaine Project

Bealtaine Cottage before and after

Bealtaine Cottage was created, using Permaculture ethics and principles, on the poorest of soils, despite all the evidence suggesting the impossibility of success…a vision entirely funded by one woman, Colette O’Neill.

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The photos above were taken at the same time of the year, April, but 12 years apart. (Checkout the bare Ash tree at the top of the driveway in both images!)

Despite applying for EU and Irish Government support for the Bealtaine Project, no support has ever been pledged…in fact Bealtaine Cottage and Colette O’Neill have been, over the past twelve years, ignored!

A bitter pill to swallow in a land where agriculture is grant-aided continuously.

cropped-november-2011-018.jpgCreating and funding the Bealtaine Project has been difficult, in that a mortgage to purchase the cottage and land had to be sought, leaving Colette to carry the debt until the age of sixty seven…no mean task for a woman living on her own.

cropped-cropped-garden-permaculture-at-bealtainecottage-com-1071.jpgNevertheless, Bealtaine Cottage has gone from strength to strength through worldwide good will, support and donations…and now, with the book just published by Colette O’Neill, “A Cottage and Three Acres”

Seed growing in the polytunnel in late April at Bealtaine CottageIn fact, in spite of all the odds being stacked against success, Bealtaine Cottage offers a vision for a world of possibilities and inspiration for all, keeping Mother Earth at the heart of life!

cropped-www-bealtainecottage-com-0036.jpgOver the years, your support has provided Colette with a computer, camera, internet access and hope…to spread the message of Bealtaine far and wide…

Evening kitchen at Bealtaine CottageSupporters of this little place have been drawn to visit from all over the world, enjoying tea and scones in the little kitchen at Bealtaine Cottage, however, due to the work in maintaining the gardens, Colette sadly has to refuse visitors now.

Celtic Cross at Bealtaine CottageBealtaine Cottage…keeping the main website free for all, along with a NO ADS Youtube channel and FaceBook site.

“…the care of the earth is our most ancient and most worthy and, after all, our most pleasing responsibility. To cherish what remains of it, and to foster its renewal, is our only legitimate hope.”
Wendell Berry

If you wish to make a small donation in support of the work at Bealtaine Cottage, then bless you XXX…

13 thoughts on “The Bealtaine Project

  1. I feel I was lead to your youtube site and the wonderful philosophy behind your work. My heart is full of anticipation each time you take us on a walk in the garden. I fully expect to see Fairies in the Fairy Garden and a lovely toad resting under a mushroom. I am afflicted with a passion for a similar lifestyle. I have dreamed of living in the mountains of Arkansas in a stone house surrounded by nature such as you have created around your cottage and three acres. If the day never comes for my cottage, I will cherish the visits to your piece of glorious Earth.

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  2. Hi Colette. I wanted to write and let you know you are my hero. I have wanted a place such as yours for many years now… and you have given me inspiration and belief that it will present itself in the near future. I have ordered one of your maps to use on my vision board and I hope to someday come and learn from you. Many blessed thoughts and love are coming to you. Jeri

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  3. Hello. I’ve just discovered your website and youtube. Your project is amazing! Well done reaching your 13th anniversary, your land and philosophy are and inspiration . …. wishing you many more successful years ahead.
    Ps…. do you make the stained glass suncatchers in your windows? They are beautiful.
    Best wishes
    Mandy x

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      • Glad someone else asked and yes, I can understand. I am on your email list already but don’t see any courses yet offered – will that be changing now that the weather is improving? Thanks for all you do, your book is on my list and hope to visit Ireland at some point – hoping even a day visit with a class is achievable! Thank you Collette, you and the cottage are a marvelous inspiration indeed! 🙂

        P.S. I saw you spin and sew – do you knit or crochet too? Saw some of your lace around the windows, thought I would ask! 😉

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