Foundations of Holistic Management 3 day course

Foundations of Holistic Management
3-Day Training Course

Course Description

This training course covers the fundamentals of Holistic Management:

  • The four key insights.
  • The four ecosystem processes and how to assess their condition.
  • The tools for managing the ecosystem processes, and the results they tend to produce.

The course then moves into holistic decision-making:

  • Defining the whole under management.
  • Creating a holistic context.
  • Using the seven context checks and the feedback loop to ensure better decisions.

It ends with an overview of the Holistic Management planning and monitoring procedures:

  • Holistic Financial Planning.
  • Holistic Planned Grazing.
  • Holistic Land Planning.
  • Holistic Ecological Monitoring.

Why are the foundations important?

This course provides you with an overview of the holistic management framework, and introduces the foundational concepts and insights which enable you to start practicing holistic management straight away.

Foundations of Holistic Management is a pre-requisite for all other courses, because it lays the foundation for holistic decision-making and planning in any arena of life.

For some, this course is all you need. For most, you will want to carry on with the other courses at your own pace.

Detailed Curriculum

How is the course delivered?

  • This is a face-to-face, 3-day course, delivered by two Savory Institute Accredited Educators.
  • Learning is primarily in the classroom, with a few activities outdoors.
  • There are practical exercises mixed throughout, where you apply what you have learned, sometimes by yourself, sometimes with a partner.


The course will be held in Moy Hill Community Farm, Ireland. 

Moy Hill Community Farm,
Lackamore Moy,
County Clare.
V95 CP28

Five years ago, Moy Hill Community Farm, in County Clare, Ireland, started off with a 1/2 acre community garden, and through several recent land acquisitions, are now up to 67 acres. They plan to expand their CSA beyond vegetables to include seasonal fruit, laying hens, turkeys or geese for Christmas, and eventually beef and lamb, goat’s milk, and honey.

Fergal Smith took Holistic Management onboard because, “I’ve always been interested in how the market garden fits in with the larger landscape. I’ve wanted to have more of an understanding of land management and how it all works together.”


€185 – Through National Organic Training Skillnet

Who is the intended audience?

  • Livestock farmers
  • Arable farmers
  • Gardeners
  • Conservationists and ecologists
  • Food and fibre manufacturers and retailers
  • Agronomists
  • Academics
  • Educators
  • Curious consumers
  • Management consultants
  • Business people
  • Healthcare professionals
  • Nutritionists
  • Those who wish to become a Savory Institute Accredited Professional.

How to get ready for the programme?

To get the most out of the course, there is some optional pre-reading. You will be sent E-books by email after you register and pay for the course.

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