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Who we have been fashions who we are to become. Meticulous record-keeping and documentation along the way has the potential to do so much more than document failure, it can predict and possibly avoid it. Our history is important to us, along this 15+ year journey for it's creator. These are some chapters from our ongoing saga of creation.

The Tir Tairngire Foundation – Draft Proposal

The Tir Tairngire Foundation, once simply known as the Tir Tairngire Project, has evolved into a new phase of existence. Once the brainchild of one man, which became a labour of love shared by hundreds of professionals over it’s ten year journey, it has become something so much more real. It’s new mission is to take the information and direction discovered over a solid decade of pure research, haphazardly collected and mutated and analyzed and twisted, and to collate the material into cohesive journal articles with the intent to publish them in monthly, bi-monthly or quarterly collections of cited, sourced, comprehensive reports on all things from...

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By Robin Gosse posted December 1st 2011

Ultra-Passive Worker Screening Saves Time and Resources!

This is the true benefit of my fanaticism right here; it’s a notion that we’ve discussed a little before, in previous generations of the forum and have mentioned it peripherally elsewhere in this forum, but I’ve called “Passive screening”.

Think about it for a moment. We’ve got the hippy-dippy healing ways of reiki, chakra, raindrop therapy, aromatherapy, along with a VEGAN diet devoid of any poultry, pork, beef, etc, no eggs, no bacon, no milk, no chicken, no turkey. We will be living in a world...

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By Robin Gosse posted August 18th 2011

A Secure Perimeter, Secure Homesteads

Security, from the Latin “cautela” meaning caution, precaution, security.

To borrow the phrase “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” we have already solved 99% of the problems by screening both passively through infrastructure and lifestyle, and actively through testing and interviews. Therefore, by making sure that only the right people exist within the walls of the community, or by at least trying, we’ve solved a great number of the challenges... 

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By Robin Gosse posted August 18th 2011

7 year vegan cropping rotation for Tir Tairngire Ecovillage!

After weeks of studying Vegan Organic Food Cropping, I've come up with a pretty typical seven-year rotation using organic compost fertilization and so on... (drumroll please), in the sequense of 7 years:
Fallow Grasses
legumes (alfalfa, clover, peas, beans, mesquite, carob, soy, and peanuts, etc) ...

I Intend to Misbehave

Children of all ages have dreams, and many are taught that such things are exercises in whimsey and best left in childhood. Their parents teach them that well behaved children do not waste time on fantasy, and effort is best resolved for the real world. I aim to misbehave.
My dream is for a sort of freedom, now lost to the ages, for all those who seek a simpler, purer way of life; for those of all walks of life and a united peace of mind. My dream is for the realization of a humbler lifestyle that is neither quaint, nor isolated, nor...

Healing the Homeless!

In the quest for a devoted worker-pool, several ideas were proposed, and most were rejected for fear of lacking reliability or viability in the projected permanence of those enrolled. Given that paychecks for given hours worked will be relatively low for hard-labour, and given that responsibilities such as housing, utilities, clothing and fundamental grocery expenses. The aforementioned inclusions are worked out, logistically, as deductions from the given hourly wage of the workers, reducing the effective purchasing power of the workers to spending for luxuries-only and not much else...

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By Robin Gosse posted August 11th 2011

Tir Tairngire Ecovillage Essay

A community is like an organism, it must be fed, kept healthy, and occasionally it’s members must be culled (typically through some judiciary or healthcare system). The Tir Tairngire is like any other community, even though it has yet to have grown broken. Since it’s inception in 2002, it has taken many forms, had many hundreds of members conversing across the vastness of the internet, and has been reborn three times; each time stronger, healthier and with greater direction towards… uhh… the next time it’s reborn. Haha...

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By Robin Gosse posted August 11th 2011

Vegan Farming Design for Ecovillage

Just a little rant about a potential design for the ecovillage farm, taking a vegan direction. Works beautifully in principle, but is it really the best option for us?

By Robin Gosse posted July 14th 2011

Tir Tairngire Series: Industries


Just a bit of information on how we can use a blacksmith in the ecovillage, and how it can provide an industry, a resource and a valuable asset to the proper functioning of our community.

Our Hairy Potters

A little bit on Simon Leach (not stephen, my bad) style pottery. The man's youtube videos were an inspiration to me, please check him out. We want to create all of our own bakeware, dining ware and the like. Even ornamental pieces! Take a gander and see what we have in store.


From fiber-producing livestock to batts, to dies, to cardded batts, to spun threads, to multi-spun threads to looms to clothing. The A-B-C of how we produce textiles in Tir Tairngire!


Some explaination as to the planned healthcare goals for the project, a first-aide station, herbal medicine and basic animal medical care. I'm pagan, so I believe that the earth is my pharmacy, and the prescriptions are free!

Animal Care

Rabbits, sheep and goats, chickens, turkeys and ducks, oh my! What do we plan to raise on the grounds, what crop-land can we afford to sacrifice to raise animals? It's a difficult question, and an even more difficult balancing act when theory can only take you so far!


Greenhousing, civiculture, farming and more. The very foundation of our ecovillage project is the permaculture farm that will feed us all, take a listen and look to see what we have in store!.

Dining Hall

La, lala, lala! The cook, the baker and the candlestick maker... Oh no! I forgot the candlestick maker! A little chat about our dietary resources and how we can go about supplying ourselves with the cooked foods we require to sustain our little community. Enjoy!


A little bit more on the primary industry of the ecovillage, carpentry. I've already uploaded 8 of these, so here it goes. Enjoy, I wouldn't mind trying my hand at a little woodcarving in this shop myself some day, maybe building that kayak I've been dreaming about.

By Robin Gosse posted May 11th 2011

Tir Tairngire Series: Homeless

Homeless I

Just a little rant about the problem of the homelessness in the world today, and in Canada... and an intro to how I think I may have a solution as it relates to the ecovillage.

Homeless II

Continuation; a discussion of the solution to the homeless question. How we can tap this ignored labour pool and render aide in the form of education and self-confidence. Help us help them.

By Robin Gosse posted May 11th 2011

Tir Tairngire Ecovillage

A summary of what the past 10 years of research has produced, no pun intended, by way of the farm I am designing. Return to the earth with heritage trades, permacultre farms and community decision-making.

Use hand-wrought tools, sit on a handmade chair and eat all organic foods.

Join us in our mission to cultivate a new lifestyle out of the hard soil of Western Newfoundland, Canada.

By Robin Gosse posted March 13th, 2011

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